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Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Department of Pediatrics

Department of Pediatrics

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Nia J Heard-Garris

Instructor of Pediatrics (Academic General Pediatrics and Primary Care)

Dr. Nia Heard-Garris is a pediatrician and a researcher in the Department of Pediatrics at Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University; and also in the Division of Academic General Pediatrics and Mary Ann & J. Milburn Smith Child Health Research, Outreach, and Advocacy Center at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. Dr. Heard-Garris is an active member in the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and serves as the Chair and founding member of the Provisional Section of Minority Health, Equity, and Inclusion.Dr. Heard-Garris recently completed a prestigious Robert ...

Jill H Samis

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Endocrinology)

I am a pediatric endocrinologist engaged in clinical care and clinical research.  My clinical interests are in the care of children with long-term endocrine sequelae of childhood cancer, thyroid disorders, growth disorders, and disorders of puberty.  I participate in the multidisciplinary STAR (Survivors Taking Action and Responsiblity) clinic and participate in the Fertility & Hormone Preservation & Restoration Program.

Aaron Hamvas

Professor of Pediatrics (Neonatology)

Dr. Hamvas has a longstanding interest in genetic contributions to lung diseases that affect newborns, children and adults, he has combined his clinical interests in the care of newborn respiratory diseases with an integrated investigative program to understand the modifiable factors that influence outcomes of newborns.

Katelyn E Burgess

Instructor of Pediatrics (Hospital-Based Medicine)

As a pediatric hospitalist, Dr. Burgess cares for children in a variety of clinical settings, including taking care of patients who are admitted to Lurie Children's Hospital, and seeing children at Lurie's Immediate Care clinic in Lincoln Park. She is also the Site Leader for Lurie's pediatric consultant group at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, where she helps to care for pediatric rehab patients.Additionally, Dr. Burgess supervises pediatrics residents at their primary care clinic in Lincoln Park, and she volunteers as a Clinical Skills Small Group Leader for medical students at Northwestern Univers...

Soyang Kwon

Research Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Dr. Kwon is interested in epidemiological studies of child well-being and health, with a focus on health behaviors including physical activity and diet.

Parul P Soni

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Emergency Medicine)

Interested in providing quality Pediatric Emergency care, to teach trainees, and to improve overall emergency care for children by contributing to research in this field with special interests in injury prevention, and Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC).

Marla A Mendelson

Associate Professor of Medicine (Cardiology) and Pediatrics

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

Lauren S Wakschlag

Professor of Medical Social Sciences, Pediatrics, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences

As a developmental/clinical psychologist, Dr. Wakschlag's scientific focus is on how early development (from the prenatal-preschool period) shapes mental health pathways. One major line of inquiry is characterizing the phenotype of emergent mental health problems in early childhood. She and her collaborators have generated the first “developmentally-sensitive toolkit specifically designed to enhance early identification of mental health problems, via by empirically-based differentiation of the normative misbehavior of early childhood from the onset of disruptive behavior at preschool age. C...

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 pediatric and adult sickle cell disease and thalassemia. I am also a clinical investigator with active research programs in these areas. My major research interests focus on exercise responses, inflammation and vascular function as well as their impact on cardiopulmonary fitness, clinical outcomes and physical functioning in children and young adults with sickle cell anemia. I am also the principal investigator of se...

Chitra M Sachs

Instructor of Pediatrics (Hospital-Based Medicine)

I am a board certified pediatrician with primary interests in the care of both the well and preterm or ill newborn. In addition to newborn care I provide moderate sedation for pediatric patients of all ages undergoing MRI scans.

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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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