About AMWA – Board of Directors & Staff

Vidhya Prakash, MD, FAMWA

Director 2023 – 2025

Vidhya PrakashDr. Vidhya Prakash is the Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs and Population Health and Chief Medical Officer at SIU Medicine in Springfield, Illinois. She is a Professor of Clinical Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases faculty. Dr. Prakash graduated from The Ohio State University with a BA in English. She received her MD degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. She completed her Internal Medicine residency followed by Infectious Diseases fellowship at the San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium. After serving as an Infectious Diseases physician in the United States Air Force for ten years on active duty status, she retired from the military in 2014 and joined SIU School of Medicine. Dr. Prakash is founder and director of SIU Medicine’s Alliance for Women in Medicine and Science (AWIMS). She serves as Chair of the Health and Healthcare Committee, Illinois Council on Women and Girls and as Chair of the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Diversity in Health Care Task Force. She is a proud member and fellow of the American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA) and was recently elected to the AMWA Board of Directors for 2023-2025.

She lives in Springfield, Illinois with her husband, Dr. Eric Black, and their children, Eric Shiva and Ethan Prakash.

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