Dr. Meredith Volle is an assistant professor of clinical pediatrics at SIU School of Medicine, specializing in pediatric primary care. She completed a medical degree, residency, and chief residency at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield, IL. She earned a Master's in Public Health degree from the University of Illinois at Springfield in Springfield, IL, and serves as the Education Director for the Department of Population Science and Policy at SIU. Volle is board certified in pediatrics, and is a proponent of breastfeeding support for newborns and their families with research interests that include safe sleep education and prevention of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. She is President of the Ann T. Havey Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides clothing and supplies to families of newborns.
Education & training
Population Science and Policy Primary Responsibilities: My primary responsibility for the Department of Population Science and Policy is to innovate the population science and prevention curriculum for undergraduate and graduate education at SIU School of Medicine and to oversee all aspects of PSP education to engage with students, residents, faculty and staff.
About Me: Growing up in Springfield gave me the opportunity to learn about medicine from many of the healthcare providers in our region. While in medical school, I questioned why the health care system was seemingly waiting for patients to get sick before providing them with care. I searched for job opportunities which would allow me to help prevent disease and promote health. A joint appointment in PSP and Pediatrics has provided that opportunity. I am thrilled to combine my experiences in public health and medicine to inspire future doctors to find new ways to address the health of the residents of central and southern Illinois.