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Memoona Hasnain, MD, MHPE, PhD


Associate Head for Faculty Development & Research

Department of Family and Community Medicine


Dr. Hasnain is a tenured Professor and Associate Department Head, Faculty Development & Research in the Department of Family Medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine. The primary focus of Dr. Hasnain's work is at the intersection of medicine and public health, with an emphasis on interprofessional education, service and research. Dr. Hasnain has a special interest in humanism, empathy and social justice as core values in the teaching and practice of medicine. Addressing the social dimension of health and the gaps in health systems and policies that disadvantage vulnerable groups remain a unifying theme in her work. Dr. Hasnain is the principal architect of several educational innovations at UIC. Her work has been consistently externally funded and published in peer reviewed journals. She is a reviewer for federal grants and several scientific journals. Dr. Hasnain has received numerous accolades for her research and teaching. Over her professional trajectory, Dr. Hasnain has demonstrated unwavering commitment to the education and advancement of health professions and has also recognized the unique opportunity to conduct inquiry in populations that traditionally have not been given a great voice in their care.

Other Affiliations

  • Chair, Research Committee; Member, Board of Directors, South Asian Public Health Association
  • Founding Member, Sex and gender Women’s Health Collaborative
  • Member, Women’s Health Committee, American Medical Women’s Association
  • Chair, Group on Faculty Development, Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, 2013-2014
  • Faculty Advisor, Gold Humanism Honor Society UI COM
  • Founding Faculty Advisor, Medical Student Wellness Committee, UI COM


  • Recognized by Housing Opportunities & Maintenance for the Elderly for foundational role and continuing efforts to establish and sustain campus-community partnerships for educating health professionals, 2016
  • Departmental Faculty of the Year Award, University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine, in recognition of outstanding faculty contributions to the Department of Family Medicine, 2015
  • Susan La Flesche Picotte, MD Health Equity Pioneer Award, University of Illinois at Chicago. This award recognizes the achievements of outstanding individuals who have dedicated their lives to improving the health of vulnerable populations, 2015
  • Humanism in Medicine, Chicago Medical Student Council, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2014
  • Macy Faculty Scholar , Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation. This award is given to select faculty nationally to accelerate needed reforms in health professions education to accommodate the dramatic changes occurring in medical practice and health care delivery, 2013
  • Health Policy and Administration Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award, School of Public Health, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2013
  • First Place Award – Community & Public Health Research, Women’s Health 2012: The 20th Annual Congress, Office of Research on Women’s Health, National Institutes of Health, 2012
  • Teaching Recognition Award, Council for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, University of Illinois at Chicago. This award honors top faculty across all university departments and divisions, 2011
  • Outstanding Teaching and Mentoring Recognition Award, Essentials of Clinical Medicine Course for 2nd year medical students, College of Medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2004, 2005 2008, 2009
  • Alan W. Donaldson Memorial Award, highest award for academic excellence, outstanding leadership and community service awarded to one graduating student annually, School of Public Health, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2002


- Medical School: Dow Medical College, Karachi, Pakistan
- Ph.D. Public Health Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2001
- M.H.P.E., University of Illinois at Chicago, 2000