Monique Jindal, MD, MPH
Dr. Monique Jindal is an internal medicine and pediatrics primary care physician and health services researcher with expertise in racism and racial health equity. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Cincinnati with a B.A. in Spanish in three short years. She then spent a year in Peru and India volunteering with youth and women-led community groups and participating in community based participatory research. She then completed medical school at the University of Cincinnati, where she received the Most Distinguished Alumni award.
She went on to pursue her med-peds residency training in Cincinnati where she was selected to be a chief resident and then completed a General Academic Fellowship at Johns Hopkins. She was named a 40 Under 40 Leader in Health by the National Minority Quality Forum for her dedication to racial health equity. She is now an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Illinois Chicago.
Dr. Jindal's broad research interest is in understanding the impact of racism on health equity for systemically oppressed groups. During her chief residency, she created a racism curriculum for residents. Subsequently during fellowship, she secured national grant funding to rigorously evaluate the curriculum. This pilot work served as the foundation for her recently submitted career development award to evaluate its impact on patient-provider communication. She was also the PI for the first systematic review summarizing the relationship between police contact and the health and well-being of Black youth. Recently published in JAMA Pediatrics, this manuscript received national attention from outlets such as NPR, allowing this crucial work to be disseminated broadly. Given her innovation and experience in the intersection of racism and health, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has invited her to write articles and book chapters on these topics and serve as a thought leader within multiple national group convenings.
Her academic career goal is to inform both provider-level and community-level interventions to mitigate health disparities for systemically oppressed groups, particularly those driven by racism.