Ask the Doctor — Sponsored by CCDPH and the Cook County Physicians Association (CCPA) Wednesday, Nov. 3 — theme is vaccines for children (final approval expected next week) 7 p.m. Dr. Kerri Lockhart,
Dr. Kerri M. Lockhart is a native of Chicago, Illinois; born and raised on the Westside of the city near Humbolt Park. She attended the residential high school the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy in Aurora, Illinois and went on to attend Northwestern University, graduating with a BA in Psychology. Having wanted to attend medical school since roughly age 8 and after spending a few years working in a private pediatric practice after college, she recommitted herself to becoming a physician and applied to The MEDPREP program at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, in 2004. She would attend the 2- year program and stay on to continue her studies at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine to graduate with her Doctor of Medicine in 2010. The split campus meant spending the first year in Carbondale followed by a move to Springfield, Illinois for years two-four. After medical school she matched into her first choice for residency in general pediatrics at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Illinois, which meant returning home to Chicago. Felt close to a full circle moment as she was slowly made her way back to the Westside of Chicago. Since graduating from residency, she has practiced in several community health centers on both the West and South sides of Chicago. The time she spent at Federally Qualified Healthcare centers provided an opportunity to serve in communities whose experiences with accessing health care were at times kindred to her own as young child. However, it would be the timely opening of a position with a local academic hospital’s pediatric group, Rush University Medical Center, at the very time when she was exploring new opportunities that would bring her back “home”—back to the community where she grew up and back to the community to whom she made a promise in her medical school admissions essay: to return to the community to make competent and compassionate care more accessible. In addition to a busy clinical practice, she is involved in formal and informal roles including Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee Chair in the pediatrics department; precepting medical students and resident physicians, mentoring both pre-medical and medical students, and participated as a mentor with Link Unlimited Scholars program for the past 4 years. When time allows, she enjoys traveling, live music, and reading. Lastly, Dr. Lockhart is a board-certified pediatrician and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She has the Leading Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion certification through Northwestern University. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Cook County Physicians Association, National Medical Association, American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and Illinois Chapter of the AAP.
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