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Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Department of Pediatrics

Department of Pediatrics

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YouYang Zhao

Professor of Pediatrics (Critical Care), Medicine (Pulmonary and Critical Care) and Pharmacology

Youyang Zhao, Ph.D., is William G. Swartchild, Jr. Distinguished Research Professor and Director of the Program for Lung and Vascular Biology at the Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. He is Professor of Pediatrics, Medicine (Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine), and Pharmacology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and member of the Feinberg Cardiovascular Research Institute. Dr. Zhao joined Lurie Children’s in July 2017 from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he started with Assistant Professor in ...

Rukhmi Bhat

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

My clincial interests are in bleeding and clotting disorders in children as well as non malignant blood disorders in children. My research interests are in risk-based optimization of treatment in pediatric thrombosis. My research focus within pediatric thrombosis is in neonates with thrombotic complications as well as developing venous thromboembolism risk assessment models in pediatrics.

Nana Matoba

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Neonatology)

I am a neonatologist in the neonatal intensive care units at Prentice Women’s Hospital and Lurie Children’s Hospital. Unique to this position, I also see patients up to 5 years of age in the Developmental Follow-up Clinic, where I frequently witness disparities in neurodevelopmental and physical health outcomes among preterm infants. Although decades of research have focused on racial disparities of preterm birth itself, little is known regarding determinants of disparities in mortality, or subsequent outcomes among the survivors of prematurity. Combining my clinical experience and public heal...

Maria H Rahmandar

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Adolescent Medicine) and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Dr. Rahmandar is an attending physician in the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine at Lurie Children's, the Medical Director of the Substance Use & Prevention Program, and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, with a secondary appointment in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. She is board-certified in Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. She joined the faculty at Lurie Children's Hospital in 2017, and her interests include adolescent substance use, mental health and long-acting reversible contraception.

Lindsay R Koressel

Instructor of Pediatrics (Hospital-Based Medicine)

Dr. Koressel is a Pediatric Hospitalist in the Department of Pediatrics. She is board certified in Pediatrics. She currently directs the fourth year subinternship in Pediatrics for the Feinberg School of Medicine. She has a strong interest in improving the medical education our future physicians receive. Through scholarly research, curriculum design, simulation, and innovative teaching, she aims to train our future physician leaders at the bedside, in the classroom, and through novel research. She is currently completing her Masters in Medical Education through the University of Cincinnati.

Katelyn E Burgess

Instructor of Pediatrics (Hospital-Based Medicine)

My clinical work focuses on the care of hospitalized children, from the observation unit to the neonatal and pediatric intensive care units. I also supervise pediatric residents at the Lincoln Park continuity clinic. My interests include advocacy, global health, injury prevention, and the clinical education of medical students and residents.

Sulekha P Kumar

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Cardiology)

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Preethi L Raghupatruni

Instructor of Pediatrics (Academic General Pediatrics and Primary Care)

I am general pediatrician who has a deep focus in preventative medicine, specifically in obesity and mental health. I strive to create a strong medical home and advocate for all my patients.

Conrad L Epting

Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Critical Care) and Pathology

I completed my BS at the University of Iowa in Biology, working alongside Steven Green studying PC12 cell neural differentiation. I completed Medical School at Johns Hopkins, followed by Pediatric Residency at the University of Colorado, working in the laboratory of Steve Abman to understand the evolution of pulmonary vascular disease in animal models. I took pediatric critical care training at UCSF with a Pediatric Scientist Develop Grant to with myogenic stem cell biology and muscle regeneration with a focus on skeletal myogenesis as a model system in Harold Bernstein's lab. Following my tra...

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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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