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Department of Pediatrics

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William J Muller, MD, PhD

Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Infectious Diseases)

My primary clinical interest is in infections in immunocompromised patients, including stem cell and solid organ transplant recipients. I am involved in numerous clinical trials involving anti-infectives, in both the immunocompromised population and in situations involving other pediatric infections. I also study the pathogenesis of viral encephalitis, using models which focus on host-pathogen interactions in neurologic disease due to herpes simplex virus in newborns.

Marilyn L Lamm, PhD

Research Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Developmental Biology)

I have been interested in understanding the intricate signaling interactions among cancer cells, stromal cells, and the extracellular matrix environment that contribute to cancer progression, metastasis and the development of drug resistance. Our research has investigated reciprocal cross-talk in bone metastatic tumor development. We hypothesize a role for the Sonic hedgehog - Gli pathway in paracrine interactions between cancer cells and bone cells. Sonic hedgehog (Shh) is a member of the hedgehog family of ligands that activate an intracellular signaling cascade upon binding to transmembrane...

Joshua D Prozialeck, MD

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

My primary clinical interests include general pediatric gastroenterology and integrative medicine.

Conrad L Epting, MD

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...

Sameer Patel, MD, MPH

Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Infectious Diseases)

I am the Director of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. I lead efforts to promote judicious use of antibiotics and limit the emergence of antibiotic resistance. My clinical and research interests include antimicrobial stewardship, multi-drug resistant infections, and patient safety and quality.

Steven E Krug, MD

Professor of Pediatrics (Emergency Medicine)

My primary areas of interest lie within the broad continuum of emergency medical services for children (EMSC). I am interested in issues relating to pediatric readiness of the various components of the EMSC continuum, including prehospital and hospital-based services. Within the realm of pediatric emergency care, i am interested in a variety of clinical issues, including care quality and patient safety. More recently, I have focused on issues relating to pediatric disaster preparedness. My interests in EMSC also include public policy and health care access.

Rebecca Unger, MD

Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Community Based Primary Care)

Dr Unger is a general pediatrician and offers well child care from birth through adolescence. She has a special interest in nutrition, prevention and treatment of childhood obesity, and family fitness.

Waheeda Samady, MD

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Hospital-Based Medicine)

I have an interest in improving clinical efficacy for inpatient pediatric care and have engaged projects involved anaphylaxis, eczema, food allergy, and asthma. I am also the hospital lead for the Pediatric Research Inpatient in Settings (PRIS) projects, a national collaboration dedicated to improving and advancing care of inpatient pediatric medicine. I serve as the Pediatric Hospital Medicine Fellowship co-director, eager to mentor future academic hospitalists.

Lisa Simons, MD

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Adolescent Medicine)

I am the Clinical Practice Director of the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine, the Medical Director of the Gender Development Program and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. After completing pediatrics residency at Johns Hopkins Children's Center and fellowship in Adolescent Medicine at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, I joined the faculty at Lurie Children's Hospital in 2013. My interests include improving care for gender diverse youth and young adults (specifically those experiencing gender dysphoria), adolescent HIV preve...

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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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