Lisa Meeks, Ph.D., Clinical Lecturer

Administrative Contact


Dr. Lisa M. Meeks is an expert in disabilities in medical education. As an administrative leader and researcher, Meeks is helping to inform policy and best practice in the area of disability inclusion for medical education, training and practice. Her research interests include: Improving access to medical education for learners with disabilities, medical student and resident well-being, disability curriculum in medical education, reducing health care disparities in patients with disabilities, and the performance and trajectory of learners and physicians with disabilities. Her work has been published in high profile journals including the NEJM, Lancet, JAMA, and Academic Medicine and featured on NPR, in the Washington PostCNBCBloomberg Law, and AAMC News.

Dr. Meeks is the co-founder and Past President of the Coalition for Disability Access in Health Science and Medical Education, co-developer of both the AAMC Disability Webinar Series and co-editor and author of the seminal text on disability in health science The Guide to Assisting Students With Disabilities: Equal Access in Health Science and Professional Education and lead author of the AAMC Special Report: Accessibility, Inclusion, and Action in Medical Education: Lived Experiences of Learners and Physicians with Disabilities. She is also co-creator of the social media campaign #DocsWithDisabilities and host of the Docs With Disabilities Podcast

Areas of Interest

Research Interests
  • Improving access to medical education for learners with disabilities
  • Medical student and resident well-being
  • Disability curriculum in medical education
  • Reducing health care disparities in patients with disabilities
  • Performance and trajectory of learners and physicians with disabilities
Department Areas


Advanced Degrees

M.A., Specialization in Developmental Psychology, University of Alabama Huntsville

Ph.D., Learning and Development, Urban Education, Cleveland State University

Published Articles or Reviews

Key Publications
  1. Change in Prevalence of Disabilities and Accommodation Practices Among US Medical Schools, 2016 vs 2019. LM Meeks, B Case, K Herzer, M Plegue, BK Swenor Jama 322 (20), 2022-2024

  2. Swenor B, Meeks LM. Disability Inclusion — Moving Beyond Mission Statements. New England Journal of Medicine. 2019;380(22):2089-2091. doi:10.1056/nejmp1900348.
  3. Lapedis CJ, Meeks LM. Burnout Contagion. Annals of Internal Medicine. 2019;170(11):816. doi:10.7326/l19-0091.
  4. Meeks LM, Jain NR. Accessibility, inclusion, and action in medical education: Lived experiences of learners and physicians with disabilities. Washington, DC: Association of American Medical Colleges. March 13, 2018. Online here.

  5. Meeks, L. M., Herzer, K., & Jain, N. R. (2018). Removing Barriers and Facilitating Access: Increasing the Number of Physicians With Disabilities. Academic Medicine93(4), 540-543. doi: 10.1097/ACM.0000000000002112

  6. Meeks, L. M., & Jain, N. R. (2018). Accommodating chronic health conditions in medical education. Disability Compliance for Higher Education23(10), 1-6. doi: 10.1002/dhe.30432

  7. Meeks, L.M., Richards, A., Chang, A., & VanSchaik, Sandrijn (2017). Working with students with disabilities: simulation-based faculty development. Medical Education. doi: 10.1111/medu.13423
  8. Meeks, L.M., & Jain, N.R. Accommodating students on anatomy and other lab practical exams. Disability Compliance for Higher Education. doi: 10.1002/dhe.30347
  9. Brown, J. T., Meeks, L.M, and Rigler, M. (2017), Mental Health Concerns of Students on the Autism Spectrum. New Directions for Student Services, 2016: 31–40. doi:10.1002/ss.20189
  10. Meeks, L.M., Thierfeld Brown, J., & Warczak, J. Accommodating learners with Autism Spectrum Disorders in a Clinical Setting. Disability Compliance for Higher Education. In Press.
  11. Meeks, L.M., & Herzer, K.R. (2016). Prevalence of Self-Disclosed Disability Among Medical Students in U.S. Allopathic Medical Schools. JAMA. 2271-2272. doi: 10.1001/jama.2016.10544
  12. Meeks, L.M., Jain, N.R., Herzer, K. R. (2016). Universal Design: Supporting Students with Color Vision Deficiency (CVD) in Medical Education.  Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability. (29) 3.
  13. Meeks, L. M, & Herzer, K. R. (2015). Accommodated MCAT Time and Performance Measurements. JAMA314(14), 1517-1518. doi: 10.1001/jama.2015.10741
  14. Meeks, L.M. & Masterson, T. (2016). Parties, Dorms and Social Norms: A Crash Course in Safe Living for Young Adults on the Autism Spectrum. London, United Kingdom: Jessica Kingsley Publishers. ISBN: 9781849057462
  15. Meeks, L.M. & Jain, N. (Eds.). (2015). The Guide to Assisting Students with Disabilities: Equal Access in Health Science and Professional Education. New York, NY: Springer. ISBN: 9780826123749
  16. Meeks, L.M, Laird-Metke, E., Jain, N., Rollins, M., Gandhi, S., & Stechert, M. (2015). Accommodating Deaf and Hard of Hearing students in Operating Room Environments: A Case Study. Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability. (28) 3.

Working with people who, as a function of their disability, think differently about the world and about healthcare. The insight and perspective of these individuals has the potential to positively impact medicine and reduce health care disparities for people with disabilities.