- Clinical Practice:
- Pediatric Primary Care
- Assistant Professor
Irene Mathieu, MD, is a bilingual pediatrician who cares for English- and Spanish-speaking patients in Charlottesville and Orange. She also teaches medical students and residents about primary care pediatrics and is actively involved in research and community outreach.
Born in Washington, D.C., Mathieu grew up in Virginia, spending many of her younger years in Charlottesville. She attended the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, where she studied international relations. Mathieu received a Fulbright Scholarship and lived in the Dominican Republic for a year before attending medical school at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. She went on to complete a residency in general pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia before returning to Charlottesville in 2018 to join the UVA faculty.
As a Fulbright Scholar, a Vanderbilt University Medical Scholar and a resident on the global health track at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Mathieu spent several years before and during her medical training working on research projects. These have included work on intimate partner violence, childhood obesity prevention and disparities in gestational diabetes follow-up care in the U.S. She has also completed projects related to access to essential medications in rural Guatemala and early childhood development in the Dominican Republic.
In addition, as a Fulbright Fellow in the Dominican Republic, her research focused on gender-specific issues related to tuberculosis. Mathieu is also interested in medical and resident education around socio-economic factors that influence the health of individuals and communities, advocacy training and community-engaged health equity research and programming.
Mathieu is working toward a Master of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University. Her public health interests include environmental child health, adverse childhood experiences and resilience in both global and local communities.
At UVA, as the director of the Department of Pediatrics’ Equity and Inclusion Committee, Mathieu focuses on fostering an inclusive and supportive environment for the diverse faculty, trainees, staff and patients. She is also an affiliate faculty member at the UVA Center for Health Humanities and Ethics, and she has developed curricula for pediatric residents and medical students using poetry and literature to teach about health equity. A poet and novelist, Mathieu is the author of several books. She believes that engagement with the community surrounding UVA is critical to being a good neighbor and providing excellent care. As such, she also serves on the UVA-Community Health Partnership committee and volunteers with several community organizations.
- Vanderbilt University
- Children's Hospital of Philadelphia