Family Medicine Faculty
Melanie Andrews MDFamily Medical Center Director University of Illinois College of Medicine PeoriaFamily Medicine
Clinical Assistant Professor
Melanie was born in Chicago and grew up in the south suburb of Orland Hills, IL.
She attended Loyola University of Chicago where she earned her BA in Sociology with a double major in Biology and Women’s Studies in 2006. At LUC she received departmental honors and was inducted into Alpha Sigma Nu, the Jesuit honor society. She received her medical degree from the Milton S. Hershey Penn State College of Medicine in the sweetest place on earth, Hershey, PA, graduating in 2010. While there, she was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society, after being nominated and selected by her peers.
Residency brought her back to Illinois, for family medicine training right here in Peoria at UICOMP Family Medicine Residency from 2010-2013. She completed the OB and Women’s Health Tracks during residency. From there, she traveled back east for a year long high risk/surgical OB fellowship in Lawrence, MA. This is where she discovered her love of teaching and decided to return home to Peoria as faculty in 2014.
She was selected by the residents as Faculty Teacher of the Year this year and recently named one of Peoria’s Top 25 Women in Leadership. She chairs the Unity Point Hospital Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Advisory Council and is the physician site lead for the Family Medical Center (FMC), the residency teaching clinic. She practices full scope family medicine, including inpatient adult and pediatric medicine, OB including surgical obstetrics, and staffs the women’s health clinic and skin clinic at FMC. Melanie’s curriculum areas of interest include the resident learning experience of School, and Social Medicine, including social determinants of health and equity.
Melanie and her husband, Brandon, live in Peoria with their delightfully weird, wonderfully soulful, daughter Rosie, dogs, and are expecting their second daughter in a few weeks who is sure to be a happy little wild thing as well. She enjoys knitting, hiking, traveling the National Parks, and making Sunday morning muffins with Rosie. She is a member of the traveling team for Connect Capital in Peoria, which works to improve social determinants of health and equity in the community and encourages mindful city development. She strongly dislikes football and Qdoba, which are two areas of the residency she would like to change.