Department of Pediatrics

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Faculty Spotlight

Rebecca Stephen

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Hospital-Based Medicine)

Rebecca Stephen, MD, MS is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Ann & Robert H Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. She leads Quality and Safety initiatives, including serving as the institutional physician lead for the national collaborative Improving Pediatric Sepsis Outcomes.  She also serves as a Quality Improvement Specialist for Telehealth Programs and is a member of the Center for Quality and Safety at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago.

Maria L Dowell

Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine)

My medical training began at the University of North Carolina where I worked in a research laboratory that focused on diseases of the lung.  Several years later I received my MD degree from that same institution and subsequently moved to Chicago to complete a residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Chicago. My fellowship training in Pulmonary Medicine was completed at the University of Chicago and at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. I served on the faculty at the University of Chicago for 16 years before joining the team at Lurie Children’s i...

Lee M Bass

Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition)

My interests are focused on diagnosis and treatment of children with Gastrointestinal and Liver disease. Specifically, I focus on gastrointestinal endoscopy, both for diagnostic purposes but also for new modalities of therapy and diagnostics including treatment of GI bleeding, complex polyposis syndromes, Gastrointestinal Strictures, treatment of Portal Hypertension, capsule endoscopy, Single Balloon Enteroscopy and new techniques such as Trans-nasal Endoscopy. I have an interest in cholestatic liver disease and participate in the Childhood Liver Disease Research and Education Network (CHiLD...

Wendy J Brickman

Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Endocrinology)

Currently I am an associate professor at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine and an attending physician at the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, splitting my time between research and clinical care. I have been fortunate to train and practice at Lurie Children's. Prior to practicing medicine I pursued advanced degrees in secondary education and biochemistry, both of which have enhanced my skills as a pediatrician.   I am honored and privileged to be part of the care team for the many children and their families I see.  I am dedicated to educating youth a...

Robert Gregory Webster

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Cardiology)

I am a pediatric cardiologist and electrophysiologist, originally from Chicago. My wife's family and my family both live in the midwest and I have two children.

Elizabeth R Alpern

Professor of Pediatrics (Emergency Medicine)

Elizabeth Alpern is a Professor of Pediatrics, Division Head of Emergency Medicine, and Associate Chair for Faculty Development in the Department of Pediatrics of the Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She is both a pediatric emergency physician and clinical epidemiologist with research expertise in the use of large databases within research networks to improve the quality of emergent care delivered to children through application of evidence-based work. Dr. Alpern was funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) as the...

Kristin M Van Genderen

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Hospital-Based Medicine)

My clinical work focuses on inpatient pediatrics, including pediatric intensive care, intermediate care, and general pediatrics. My career interests are in global health, medical education, and simulation.

Ashley S Plant

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

Dr. Plant is currently an attending physician in neuro-oncology at Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and Assistant Professor at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine with a research focus on translational research and early clinical trial development for pediatric brain tumors. Currently, pediatric brain tumors are the leading cause of cancer-related death in childhood now surpassing leukemia, the most common pediatric cancer. Many children diagnosed with malignant brain tumors face a dismal prognosis at diagnosis with minimal effective treatments available. ...

Jacqueline J Guay

Instructor of Pediatrics (Hospital-Based Medicine)

Advanced Level Neonatal Hospitalist

Shelly Vaziri Flais

Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Community Based Primary Care)

Dr. Flais engages in clinical care of pediatric patients in the outpatient setting, medical student and graduate medical education, and authoring/editing parenting book titles with the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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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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