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Vidhya Prakash, MD, FACP

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
Co-Chief, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases


Primary Responsibilities:

As 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 an associate professor in the Department of Medicine and a member of the Infectious Diseases faculty.  My other roles include vice chair for Clinical Affairs and associate program director for the Internal Medicine Residency training program.  I co-founded the Department of Medicine’s Women in Medicine Group in 2015.  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

  • A Prospective, Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled, Multicenter Study to Evaluate the Safety and Efficacy of BAY 41-6551 as Adjunctive Therapy in Intubated and Mechanically-Ventilated Patients with Gram-Negative Pneumonia: Bayer 13084 - Amikacin study (Co-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 randomized, double-blind, multi-center study to evaluate the efficacy and safety of intravenous to oral solithromycin (CEM-101) compared to intravenous to oral moxifloxacin in the treatment of adult patients with community-acquired bacterial pneumonia: CEMPRA _ CE01-301 (Co- Investigator)