Vidhya Prakash, MD

Infectious Disease Specialist
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    About me

    Dr. Vidhya Prakash is the Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs and Population Health and Chief Medical Officer at SIU Medicine in Springfield, Illinois. She is a Professor of Clinical Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases, faculty. 

    Dr. Prakash graduated from The Ohio State University with a BA in English. She received her MD degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. She completed her Internal Medicine residency followed by Infectious Diseases fellowship at the San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium. After serving as an Infectious Diseases physician in the United States Air Force for ten years on active duty status, she retired from the military in 2014 and joined SIU School of Medicine. 

    Dr. Prakash is the founder and director of SIU Medicine’s Alliance for Women in Medicine and Science (AWIMS). She serves as Chair of the Health and Healthcare Committee, Illinois Council on Women and Girls, and as Chair of the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Diversity in Health Care Task Force.

    She lives in Springfield, Illinois with her husband, Dr. Eric Black, and their children, Eric Shiva and Ethan Prakash.

    Her treatments are Infectious Diseases including, but not limited to, endemic fungal infections, prosthetic joint infections, latent tuberculosis, endocarditis, atypical mycobacterial infections, and skin and soft tissue infections



    Education & training

    Chief Medical Officer
    Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs and Population Health
    Infectious Diseases faculty
    Board Certifications
    Infectious Diseases
    Internal Medicine
    Medical School
    MD, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, OH
    Undergraduate Degree
    BA, The Ohio State University
    Internal Medicine, San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium (SAUSHEC), San Antonio, TX
    Infectious Diseases, San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium (SAUSHEC), San Antonio, TX


    Clinical locations


    SIU Infectious Diseases Clinic

    751 N. Rutledge St. Springfield, IL 62702 2nd Floor
    Mon - Fri: 8:00 am-4:30 pm

    Hospital privileges

    • Decatur Memorial Hospital, Decatur, IL
    • HSHS St. John's Hospital, Springfield, IL
    • Memorial Health, Springfield IL
    • Vibra Hospital of Springfield, Springfield IL


    Research Interests
    Travel medicine, clostridium difficile

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