Department of Pediatrics

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Faculty Spotlight

Olatundun O Williams

Instructor of Pediatrics (Hospital-Based Medicine)

My specific clinical interests include myeloid malignancies, bone marrow failure disorders and immune-mediated cytopenias. My research interests are chronic myeloid leukemia and hematopoiesis with a focus on understanding regulation of myelopoiesis. I also have an interest in building basic science research capacity in low and middle-income countries.

Robert I Liem

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

I am the Director of the Comprehensive Sickle Cell Program at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. My clinical interests center on hemoglobin disorders, including sickle cell disease and thalassemia, for which I am also a clinical investigator with active research programs. My major research interests focus on exercise responses, inflammation and vascular function and their relationship to cardiopulmonary fitness, clinical outcomes and physical activity levels in children and young adults with sickle cell anemia. I am also interested in the disease-modifying effects of exercis...

Gal Finer

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Nephrology)

–Dr. Gal Finer is a Board certified Pediatric Nephrologist, MD, PhD, clinician-scientist, and an Assistant Professor at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and The Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. Dr. Finer acquired knowledge in genetic diseases of the kidney while serving the Bedouin population in Israel, and in molecular pathways of renal fibrosis while working in the laboratory of Dr. William H. Schnaper. Her current research interest lies in understanding the pathophysiology of Congenital Anomalies of the Kidney and Urinary Tract (CAKUT). To this end,...

Santhanam Suresh

Professor of Anesthesiology (Pediatric Anesthesiology) and Pediatrics

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Adam B Becker

Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Preventive Medicine (Public Health Practice)

Dr. Becker has extensive training and experience in the practice of Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) and has written a number of book chapters and articles on this approach to examining and addressing public health problems. He has applied this methodology to examine and address the impact of stressful community conditions on the health of women raising children, youth violence prevention, and the impact of the social and physical environment on physical activity. In his role as executive director of the Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children, he is currently exploring th...

Cynthia K Rigsby

Professor of Radiology (Pediatric Radiology) and Pediatrics

My primary clinical interest lies in pediatric CT and MR imaging, with a specialty expertise and research focus in pediatric cardiovascular imaging.

Brian E Nolan

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Rheumatology)

Over the course of his training Dr Nolan developed a strong interest in the complex relationship between autoimmunity and immunodeficiency. As a clinician his goal is to more rapidly and more accurately diagnose autoinflammatory and immune dysregulatory syndromes, and in so doing help identify effective treatments for patients with these exceedingly rare conditions. He hopes to advance translational research in this rapidly developing field as a clinician with a strong background in immunology bench research. His additional interests include general pediatric rheumatology and medical education.

Heng-Fu Bu

Research Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition)

My research mainly focuses on sepsis, inflammatory digestive diseases, pancreatitis and liver hepatocyte injury and repair by animal models and molecular biology methods. We are working on the identification of some novel targets for protection against tissue injury. MFG-E8 (Milk fat globule-EGF factor 8), a secreted glycoprotein regulating tissue homeostasis, possessing potent anti-inflammatory properties, and protecting against tissue injury, is continuously being studied. 

Shawn M Smith

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Hospital-Based Medicine)

Dr. Smith has been a member of the Division of Hospital Based Medicine at Northwestern Medicine and Lurie Children's Hospital since 2006.

Rudy J Allen

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

My clinical interest is the treatment of childhood cancer, particularly tumors affecting the central nervous system. I also have particular interest in brain tumor survivorship, including the diagnosis and treatment of long term effects of therapy for childhood central nervous system tumors.  I have a strong interest in quality and safety improvement as Medical Director of the 17th Floor Inpatient Unit as well as the Ambulatory Infusion Center.

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Faculty Development

Our faculty is one of our greatest resources. To support them on the paths to successful, fulfilling careers, we make faculty development a priority.<

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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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Physician-Scientist Training & Resources

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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