Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Department of Pediatrics

Department of Pediatrics

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Sally Reynolds, MD

Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Emergency Medicine)

I graduated from Loyola Medical School and did pediatric residency and pediatric emergency medicine fellowship at Children's Memorial Hospital / Northwestern University. I served as the medical director of the emergency department at Children's Memorial and Lurie Children's hospital. I'm currently the medical director of risk management. I'm very involved in disaster planning for children and hospital preparedness.

Monica M Laronda, PhD

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Endocrinology)

I have developed a strong research interest in basic reproductive biology and endocrinology to feed the underlying knowledge required to develop treatments that can protect or restore fertility and hormone function. My independent research laboratory strives to understand how the ovarian niche maintains and promotes gametogenesis; to use this information to generate in vitro models and implantable bioprosthetic ovaries as a regenerative means to support endocrine function and gamete production in patients with primary ovarian insufficiency, and to engineer endocrine organs that support sex hor...

Gemma L Carvill, PhD

Assistant Professor of Neurology (Neurophysiology/Epilepsy), Pediatrics and Pharmacology

The primary aim of our research is to identify the genetic factors and biological mechanisms that cause epilepsy. We use a variety of sequencing technologies to identify new genetic causes in both the DNA regions that code for proteins (genes) and those that control the expression of these genes (regulatory regions). The second mission of our lab is to capitalize on the advances in gene discovery in epilepsy to create neuronal models of this disorder. Many of these 'epilepsy' genes are involved in the control of expression of other genes. In other words, they are responsible for switching cert...

Amy S Paller, MD

Professor of Dermatology and Pediatrics (Dermatology)

The Paller lab studies the role of topically-applied, nanotherapy based gene therapy to treat skin disease, particularly diabetic ulcers, psoriasis, atopic dermatitis (eczema), skin cancer, and rare genetic skin problems. Her lab also focuses on unraveling the mechanism by which membrane-based glycosphingolipids modulate signaling, especially of the insulin-like growth factor-1 receptor (IGF-1R) and the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR)and studying the mechanism of the abnormal innervation in skin related to pain. Dr. Paller is the PI of Northwestern's Skin Disease Research Center, which...

Kenny delBarco Kronforst, MD, MS

Instructor of Pediatrics (Neonatology)

Kenny D. Kronforst received a B.S. degree in Microbiology, as well as, her MPH with a concentration in Epidemiology from University of Miami. She then completed her M.D. at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (now McGovern Medical School). She graduated medical school in 2006 and continued her intern year in Pediatrics at the same institution. In 2007, she transferred to Boston, MA, and became part of the Boston Combined Residency Program in Pediatrics. She successfully completed that program and transitioned to the Boston Children’s Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship ...

Michael D Kelleher, MD

Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Critical Care)

I have a general interest in medical informatics and am interested in applications of informatics and information systems to the care of critically ill children.

Rebecca Ruhana Burns, MD

Instructor of Pediatrics (Emergency Medicine)

My clinical interest is in Urgent Care/Pediatric Emergency Medicine. I am also involved in quality and process improvement as well as urgent care research.

Theresa A Laguna, MD, MS

Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine)

I received my MD from UCSF. I completed my Pediatric Residency and Chief Residency at the University of Washington, Seattle. I completed my Pediatric Pulmonology Fellowship at the University of Colorado and received a Master's Degree in Clinical Science. After spending 10 years at the University of Minnesota, I moved to Chicago to join Lurie Children's.

Chariya A Christmon, MD

Instructor of Pediatrics (Hospital-Based Medicine)

Primary interests lie in Pediatrics, specifically newborn care and neonatology

Rebecca Newman, MD

Instructor of Pediatrics (Hospital-Based Medicine)

Newborn care involving breastfeeding, nutrition, safety, skin care, and vaccine medicine

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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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Graduate Research Resources

We offer a wide range of resources, mentorship opportunities and training 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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