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Alana Biggers, MD, MPH, FACP

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Residency Associate Program Director

Co-Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Department of Medicine, Division of Academic Internal Medicine and Geriatrics


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University of Illinois at Chicago 467 Westside Research Office


1747 West Roosevelt Road Chicago, IL 60608

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Biographical Info

Dr. Alana Biggers has interests in health disparity research and achieving health equity. She leads a mentored research study to investigate the effects of mindfulness meditation on sleep and stress within the context of type 2 diabetes. She also aims to improve diversity among faculty at UIC College of Medicine as the co-chair of the Department of Medicine Inclusion Council (DOMIC) and a previous consultant for the Bias Reduction in Internal Medicine (BRIM) Initiative, another NIH funded grant to address bias in academic medicine.

Research Projects

“My ESSENCE – Mindfulness to Reduce Stress, Improve Sleep, and Reduce Cardiovascular Risk in African-Americans with Type 2 Diabetes” aims to use mindfulness meditation to reduce stress, improve sleep, and reduce cardiovascular risk in African Americans with Type 2 Diabetes. This project is funded by a NIH K01 .


Medical School: University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Medicine
Residency: Medical College of Wisconsin
Post Graduate Education: Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine -Master of Public Health in chronic disease epidemiology