Clinician; Academic Health Sciences & Quality Improvement Research Fellow
Monique Chambers, MD, MSL is a native of California, where she obtained her dual undergraduate degree in Biochemistry and Movement & Sports Science. She received her Medical Doctorate from the University of California, Davis. However, she is no stranger to Midwest or East Coast living. Currently, she serves as a Clinical Researcher for the University of Pittsburgh, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. She also works as a Quality Improvement Analyst in collaboration with the UPMC Wolff Quality, Safety and Innovation Center to impact health care delivery through high quality analysis and policy implementation. Dr. Chambers embodies the compassion, commitment and desire required to improve the lives of all she encounters. From her involvement as the Academic Affairs Chairperson of the Student National Medical Association in which she blazed the path for a minority healthcare disparities elective course at the UC Davis School of Medicine, to serving as the Co-Director of the Imani Clinic, to Student Coordinator of the Cancer Coalition which functions to decrease the cancer disparities of African Americans, and her participation with the Diversity Council at UCDSOM, which advocates for minority students, Dr. Chambers has clearly demonstrated a commitment to devoting her young career to serving those in need and to inspiring the future generation of medical providers. Her first introduction to research was in 2007 when she was granted an internship at the NASA Ames Research Center to conduct research on the impact of space flight on the skeletal system. Later that summer, the data was used to amend space flight treatment protocols in hopes of decreasing osteoporosis in female astronauts. Since then, Dr. Chambers came to realize the valuable interplay between scientific discovery and medical management. Her dedication to eliminating minority health care disparities led her to pursue a Master’s of Studies in Health Law and Policy to better understand how legal policy and processes impact outcomes of healthcare. Since graduating with honors from UC Hastings School of Law, Dr. Chambers has remained devoted to healthcare outcomes research surrounding musculoskeletal disease, as well as health quality measures that are the focus of the Affordable Care Act and physician reimbursement. Additionally, she serves as the Director of Outcomes Research for Nth Dimensions Inc, a non-profit that seeks to increase the number of women and underrepresented minorities in surgical specialties. Her work has been recognized in over 30 scientific publications. When asked what motivates her to remain active in so many areas, she replies, “seeing leaders continue to devote a life to those who have no voice reminds me that at the heart of medicine is service unto others”.