Meenakshy K. Aiyer, M.D., FACP




Meenakshy Aiyer, MD, FACP, a Professor of Clinical Medicine, is the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Head of the Department of Health Sciences Education at the University of Illinois College of Medicine Peoria (UICOMP). Born and raised in India, she attended medical school at Madurai Kamaraj University. She completed her internship and internal medicine residency and chief residency at University of Louisville and UICOMP respectively. Since 1996, she has served in patient care as a general internist and in education as a faculty member in the Department of Internal Medicine, where her teaching roles have included resident supervision, and serving as clerkship director for third and fourth-year medical students. Dr. Aiyer led the overhaul of the medical curricula at the Peoria campus – part of a collaborative process across the College of Medicine. She also chaired a task force to help develop a national curriculum for sub-internships at medical schools across the country, which earned her national recognition and the Louis Pangaro Education Program Development Award. Dr. Aiyer has received numerous awards, including the Raymond B. Allen Golden Apple Award for outstanding contributions to teaching and the Illinois Laureate Award of the American College of Physicians in Illinois. She is the Director of the Caterpillar Faculty Scholars Fellowship program at UICOMP and was selected to participate in Executive Leadership for Academic Medicine (ELAM) program, the nation's only in-depth leadership program for women in academic medicine. Her areas of interest include curriculum development, program evaluation and faculty development. Personal interests include music and spending time with her husband and two children.