Meredith Volle, MD, MPH
My primary responsibility for the Department of Population Science and Policy (PSP) is to innovate the population science and prevention curriculum for undergraduate medical students at SIU School of Medicine and to oversee all aspects of PSP education to engage with students, residents, faculty and staff.
I also work as a general pediatrician in the Department of Pediatrics.
I am a proud graduate of Springfield District 186 schools. Growing up in Springfield gave me the opportunity to learn about medicine from many of the practices, clinics, and hospitals in our region.
I earned a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Following this, I worked as a Psychiatric Case Manager for adults with serious and chronic mental illness at Mental Health Centers of Central Illinois in Springfield. In addition, I worked for the hospital-based Psychiatric Response Team. I went on to earn a Master in Public Health from the University of Illinois at Springfield, while interning at the Illinois Department of Public Health in Newborn Hearing Screening. I attended medical school at SIU School of Medicine, graduating in 2016. Due to a desire to serve the community I grew up in, I chose to complete my residency and chief residency in Pediatrics at SIU. In addition to my position for PSP, I am also a general pediatrician in the Department of Pediatrics.
While in medical school, I questioned why the healthcare system was seemingly waiting for patients to get sick before providing them with care. I searched for job opportunities which would allow me to help prevent disease and promote health. A joint appointment in PSP and Pediatrics has provided that opportunity. I am thrilled to combine my experiences in public health and medicine to inspire future doctors to find new ways to address the health of the residents of central and southern Illinois.