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Vidhya Prakash, MD, FACP, FIDSA

Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases
Director, SIU Alliance for Women in Medicine and Science
Vice Chair Of Clinical Operations, Infectious Diseases, Department of Internal Medicine
Associate Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program


Primary Responsibilities:

As Founder and Director of the SIU Alliance for Women in Medicine and Science (AWIMS), my vision is a strong and meaningful alliance among all members of the medical community, with the common purpose of working harmoniously in an equitable environment to support the mission of SIU Medicine.  Housed within the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, the mission of SIU AWIMS is to provide a supportive forum to promote honest discussion and positive change in the realms of gender equity, career advancement, work-life balance, and community service, and to champion professional development and promotion of women in medicine and science. 

I am a Professor of Clinical Internal Medicine in the Department of Medicine and a member of the Infectious Diseases faculty.  My other roles in our department include serving as vice chair of Clinical Affairs and chair of the Clinical Competency Committee.  At the state level, I serve as chair of the Health and Healthcare committee of the Illinois Council on Women and Girls. I am also chair of the IDPH Diversity in Health Care Task Force. On the national level, I serve as director of the American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA) membership committee. I was born in Strasbourg, France and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio.  I graduated from the Ohio State University in 2000 and from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in 2004. Through the HPSP (Health Professions Scholarship Program) I joined the United States Air Force and completed Internal Medicine residency at the San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium (SAUSHEC) in 2007 followed by Infectious Diseases fellowship training at SAUSHEC in 2009.  I stayed at the San Antonio Military Medical Center briefly as an attending physician in Infectious Diseases before transitioning to Wright-Patterson Medical Center in Dayton, Ohio in 2010.  I served as an Infectious Diseases faculty, chief of the Infectious Diseases Clinic, and associate program director for the Internal Medicine Residency training program while at Wright-Patterson Medical Center.  I joined SIU School of Medicine in 2014.

I have a passion for teaching and topics salient to women in medicine and science. I currently reside in Springfield with my husband, Dr. Eric Black, who is a faculty member within the Department of Psychiatry and our two children, Eric Shiva and Ethan Prakash.


Medical School: 
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, OH, MD - 2004
San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium, San Antonio, TX, Internal Medicine - July 2004 - June 2007
San Antonio Military Medical Center, San Antonio, TX - Infectious Diseases - July 200- June 2009


Wright-Patterson Medical Center, 2010 to 2014

•             PI on Department of Defense project: Clinical evaluation of the JBAIDS Influenza A and B detection and influenza A subtyping kits. Trial successfully completed 3/25/11

•             The JBAIDS Influenza A&B Detection and the JBAIDS Influenza A Subtyping kit both received FDA clearance in September 2011

Southern Illinois University, 2014 to Present

    • 2020: Joan F. Giambalvo Fund for the Advancement of Women, $9600 “Research Initiative to Sponsor and Empower Women in Medicine and Science (RISE WIMS)” (PI)
  • SIU Medicine Faculty’s Perception of Culture Conducive to Women’s Academic Success (Principle Investigator)
  • A phase 4, observational, multicenter, 10-year prospective cohort safety study comparing subjects with HIV-associated abdominal lipohypertrophy exposed to Egrifta® (tesamorelin for injection) to a similar group of subjects not exposed to Egrifta: EMD Serono Protocol - EGRIFTA LTOS. (Co-Investigator)
  • A Phase 3 Multicenter, Randomized, Open-label, Clinical Trial of Telavancin Versus Standard Intravenous Therapy in the Treatment of Subjects with Staphylococcus aureus Bacteremia Including Infective Endocarditis (Co-Investigator)
  • A Phase 3 Randomized, Double-Blind Study Comparing TR701 FA and Linezolid in Ventilated Gram-positive Nosocomial Pneumonia (Co-Investigator)
  • A Prospective, Randomized, Double-Blind, Multicenter, Phase 3 Study to Assess the Safety and Efficacy of Intravenous Ceftolozane/Tazobactam Compared with Meropenem in Adult Patients with Ventilated Nosocomial Pneumonia (Co-Investigator)
  • “SIU Medicine Faculty’s Perception of Culture Conducive to Women’ s Academic Success (CCWAS)” protocol approved by SIU School of Medicine IRB March 8, 2018 (Vidhya Prakash, PI)
  • Patients as a source of harm: multi-institution survey of internal medicine residents  (Patients as a source of harm-survey) (Co-Investigator). Selected for 2019 AAIM Innovation Grant.