Department of Pediatrics

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Faculty Spotlight

Susanna A McColley

Professor of Pediatrics (Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine)

My clinical and research focus is cystic fibrosis (CF). My research interests are development of new diagnostic tools and therapies, characterizing and treating early lung disease, and improving health equity.  Since newborn screening in cystic fibrosis has been established in the United States, I have been active in evaluating and improving newborn screening processes and infant outcomes, and in extending highly effective therapies into the care of infants and children. 

John James F Parker

Instructor of Pediatrics (Advanced General Pediatrics and Primary Care)

I am a pediatrician and internist with interest in the health impact of an individual's household environment across a life course. 

Michael R Carr

Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Cardiology)

My main area of clinical interest lies in pediatric echocardiography and general clinical pediatric cardiology, with an emphasis on Kawasaki Disease. I also have an interest in fetal cardiology and work with the Chicago Institute for Fetal Health. I have a passion for medical student, resident and fellow education, and devote a good deal of my time to these endeavors, mostly from a clinical standpoint. My main areas of research interest include pediatric echocardiography, Kawasaki disease, MIS-C and medical education.

Sriram Ramgopal

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Emergency Medicine)

As an attending physician in Pediatric Emergency Medicine, I seek to obtain expertise with data science and machine learning methodologies to better elucidate phenotypic characteristics and more precisely identify interventions in the pediatric acute care setting. I derive satisfaction from treating pediatric patients with acute care conditions in the pediatric emergency department in a team with residents, nurse practitioners, and nurses. With respect to research, the work I have performed to date demonstrates an avid interest in clinical and health services research in a variety of domains w...

Roger A de Freitas

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Cardiology)

I completed complete training in pediatrics and pediatric cardiology as well as adult internal medicine and adult cardiology. This affords me both a unique perspective on the long-term management of patients born with congenital heart disease, but allows me to fully integrate into the care of patients across the full age spectrum. This is reflected in my clinical responsibilities, which range from attending on the consultation service at Lurie Childrens, assessing pediatric patients from neonates to adolescents, to my primary responsibilities attending to adults with congenital heart disease a...

William J Muller

Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Infectious Diseases)

My primary clinical interest is in infections in immunocompromised patients, including stem cell and solid organ transplant recipients. I am involved in numerous clinical trials involving vaccines, anti-infectives and diagnostics, in both the immunocompromised population and in other pediatric infections. I also study the pathogenesis of viral encephalitis, using models which focus on host-pathogen interactions in neurologic disease due to herpes simplex virus in newborns.

Brandon Lee Parker

Instructor of Pediatrics (Hospital-Based Medicine)

After completing a residency in general pediatrics at Children's Memorial Hospital, Brandon joined the Pediatric Hospital Based Medicine division as a full time clinical faculty member. In addition to his clinical duties at Lurie Children's Hospital and at Northwest Community Hospital, he is also the site leader for the Convenient Care Clinic at Northbrook. Interests include resident education in hospital based medicine as well as research and clinical interests in pediatric sepsis, asthma, and graduate medical education.

Paul T Schumacker

Professor of Pediatrics (Neonatology), Cell and Developmental Biology and Medicine (Pulmonary and Critical Care)

Our lab is interested in the effects of oxygen on cell metabolism, and in the molecular mechanisms underlying cellular oxygen sensing. The signaling pathways activated by hypoxia, and their regulation of transcriptional and post-translational responses in diverse cell types are also of major interest. Current studies focus on the role of mitochondrial redox signaling in the development of pulmonary hypertension. Other current studies focus on cardiomyocyte regeneration in the heart and molecular factors that regulate hypertrophic and hyperplastic remodeling responses.

Denise M Goodman

Professor of Pediatrics (Critical Care)

Dr. Goodman obtained her undergraduate degree from Niagara University (BS Physics and BA Chemistry) and her Medical Degree from State University of New York at Buffalo. She completed her pediatrics residency at Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, and pediatric critical care medicine fellowship at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. She was a faculty member at the University of Minnesota before coming to Northwestern University Feinberg SOM. She has continued to pursue additional training. She obtained her Masters of Science in Epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Hea...

Rachel S Bercovitz

Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Hematology, Oncology, and Stem Cell Transplantation)

Dr. Bercovitz is triple boarded in general pediatrics, pediatric hematology/oncology, and transfusion medicine.

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Diversity & Inclusion

The Department of Pediatrics strives to create and maintain training programs that mirror the diverse patient population we serve in Chicago. We believe that diverse faculty, residency and fellowship programs are essential to our long-term success as leaders in academic medicine.

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We offer a wide range of resources, mentorship opportunities and formal training programs to help our residents and fellows excel as physician-scientists. Explore all of the resources and hear from housestaff who are making research a major part of their career development plans.

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