Poonam Merai, MD

Poonam Merai, MD

Dr. Poonam is an Internist and Geriatrician at Harper Health.

Dr. Poonam is an Internist and Geriatrician at Harper Health.

Dr. Poonam is an Internist and Geriatrician at Harper Health. She is a Chicagoland native and attended the University of Illinois Chicago, graduating Summa Cum Laude with Departmental Distinction in Philosophy.

During this time, she studied Buddhist Philosophy in India and learned holistic medicine from a traditional Tibetan physician. Dr. Poonam then earned her MD from the University of Illinois Chicago, achieving recognition in the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society.

Dr. Poonam is an Internist and Geriatrician at Harper Health. She is a Chicagoland native and attended the University of Illinois Chicago, graduating Summa Cum Laude with Departmental Distinction in Philosophy.

During this time, she studied Buddhist Philosophy in India and learned holistic medicine from a traditional Tibetan physician. Dr. Poonam then earned her MD from the University of Illinois Chicago, achieving recognition in the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society.

After completing her Internal Medicine Residency and Geriatrics Fellowship training at the University of Chicago, she traveled with her husband to Guam as a hospitalist and intensivist. It is there that her passion for prevention grew as she realized that so much of what she treated in the hospital could have been prevented with measures outside the hospital. In 2016 she returned from Guam and joined Rush Medicine as Faculty in Internal Medicine and Geriatrics and trained future doctors on how to deliver compassionate, high-quality care.

As a member of the Harper Health team, she is excited to be able to use these skills to care for patients, splitting time at the Streeterville and Glenview offices. She lives with her husband and two children in Wilmette.

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