Elsa Vazquez Melendez






Assistant Dean of Diversity and Inclusion
Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics

Medical School & Residencies

Universidad Iberoamericana, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic - 1999-2003
Combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program - 2004-2008


OSF Saint Francis Medical Center

Elsa L. Vazquez Melendez, MD is the Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion. She was born and raised in Puerto Rico and received her B.S. in Biology from the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico (1996). She attended medical school at Universidad Iberoamericana in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (2003). She completed her residency training at University of Illinois College of Medicine Peoria in Combined Medicine-Pediatrics in 2008.
During residency, she became interested in academic medicine, volunteering herself to present lectures and morning reports. She has been recognized for her outstanding work in several occasions, including recognition for her presentation on “Adult End of Life Issues” during Senior Resident Grand Rounds.  She served as the Chief Resident for the Combined Internal Medicine – Pediatrics program during 2007-2008. She was also nominated for the Norris L Brookens Memorial Award in June 2008.
After residency, she joined the faculty of the University of Illinois as an Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics and has continued her academic endeavors presenting her work at several national conferences. In 2015, she was recognized by Children’s Hospital of Illinois for her work in population health in pediatric asthma and received the Outstanding Teaching Award 2014-15. In 2016, she was awarded the Inpatient Faculty Award from the Internal Medicine-Pediatric Residency Program.
Her interests include curriculum development, medical education, simulation, healthcare disparities and population health and pediatric asthma. She enjoys reading classic literature, hiking, running, yoga, traveling and spending time with her family.