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Department of Pediatrics

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Avani V Shah

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine)

I am Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine. My focus includes high risk asthma, primary ciliary dyskinesia and medical education. I also serve as the Assistant Fellowship Director of the Pediatric Pulmonology Fellowship.

Gal Finer

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Kidney Diseases)

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, ...

Duri Yun

Instructor of Pediatrics (Dermatology) and Dermatology

Dr. Duri Yun is a board certified dermatologist who practices general pediatric dermatology and has a special interest in teledermatology. Her expertise includes birthmarks, inflammatory skin disorders, skin infections and exanthems.

Dana M Brazdziunas

Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics)

I am a board certified developmental behavioral pediatrician who has been in academic practice for over 25 years with special interest in children with autism spectrum disorders from a clinical, research, education and advocacy perspective

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...

Kiran A Kulkarni

Instructor of Pediatrics (Hospital-Based Medicine)

I completed a Pediatric Hospitalist Medicine Fellowship with an interest in medical education and faculty development. Since joining Lurie Childrens Hospital I have developed in Clinical documentation with a focus on Quality Improvement and Patient Safety. My interest is in developing educational curricula for residents and faculty to improve communication amongst healthcare teams

Mary Eileen McBride

Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Cardiology) and Medical Education

I am interested in using high-fidelity simulation to analyze and assess teamwork behaviors, communication and medical decision making during critical events. I am primarily interested in studying these areas in the field of congenital heart disease and the cardiac intensive care unit.

Marla A Mendelson

Associate Professor of Medicine (Cardiology) and Pediatrics

Adult Congenital Heart disease Heart disease and Pregnancy with ongoing research in Preconception evaluation Women's cardiovascular health during her lifetime

Pedram Gerami

Professor of Dermatology (Dermatopathology), Pathology and Pediatrics

Selected to Best Doctors in America 2019-2020, Dr Gerami is the director of the Skin Cancer Institute of Northwestern Medical Group (SCIN-Med) and the director of the Melanoma Program in the Skin Cancer Institute and the Melanoma clinic in the department of Dermatology. His clinical and research interests are primarily focused on melanoma skin cancer, atypical nevi and borderline melanocytic tumors such as Spitz tumors which maybe difficult to classify. As a dermatologist, dermatopathologist and researcher focused in the care of patients with melanoma and atypical nevi, he has a unique perspec...

Isabelle G De Plaen

Professor of Pediatrics (Neonatology)

Isabelle De Plaen, MD, is an attending physician in the Division of Neonatology (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) at Lurie Children’s, Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and a member of the Center for Intestinal and Liver Inflammation Research at Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute.

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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 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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