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Dennis Vickers, MD; Vice-President, Illinois Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics

Dennis Vickers, MD
Illinois Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics President

Dr. Vickers has been actively involved in ICAAP for the past decade. His first involvement with the organization was as chairperson of the Chapter’s Reaching Our Goals Immunization Project Advisory Committee. He has served as chairperson of this group since its inception and has provided direction and leadership to all aspects of the immunization provider education program”including the office-based education that happens every year, the hepatitis b birth dose initiative, advocacy and policy decisions, and education and training of pediatric and family medicine residents. Dr. Vickers is one of the ICAAP representatives to the Illinois Department of Public Health’s Immunization Advisory Committee and has served on the chapter’s Committee on Infectious Diseases for many years.

Dr. Vickers completed his Residency in Pediatrics at Cook County Hospital. In 1994, he worked with Children’s Memorial Hospital to establish a primary care clinic in Chicago’s Uptown community. He subsequently completed a Masters of Public Health at the University of Illinois, Chicago.

In 1999 he returned to Cook County Hospital to serve as the Chairman of Ambulatory Pediatrics. He was the Pediatric Residency Program Director at Cook County Stroger Hospital in 2007. Dr. Vickers is currently the Chairman of Pediatrics at Sinai Children’s Hospital/Sinai Medical Center.

He is active in many organizations involved in improving community child health. Dr. Vickers currently serves on the Board of the Illinois Maternal and Child Health Coalition.

Because of his strong background and passion for community pediatrics, Dr. Vickers has focused primarily on healthcare disparities related to immunization in the city of Chicago and has literally dedicated his career to healthcare of the underserved”those individuals who have barriers to accessing immunizations for so many challenging reasons.


Illinois Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics
1400 W. Hubbard, Suite 100
Chicago, IL 60642-8195
Voice 312/733-1026
Fax 312/733-1791