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Rajesh Kumar, MD

Professor of Pediatrics (Allergy and Immunology)

Dr. Kumar has worked as an academic allergist at Lurie Children's for over 18 years. He has a number of research interests. Most prominently he is interested in the prenatal and early life exposures, which in combination with genetic factors are associated with the development of early childhood wheezing, atopic disease and asthma. Dr. Kumar also has interests in a number of other areas including:the determinants of lung function from childhood into later adult life (CARDIA study), development of food allergy in early infancy, and validation of PROMIS instruments in asthma (AAD-PEPR study). Ad...

Stanford T Shulman, MD

Professor of Pediatrics (Infectious Diseases)

CLINICAL INTEREST: Kawasaki Disease, Pediatric Infections, Infective Endocarditis, Rheumatic Fever, Group A Strep Infections, and History of Medicine. RESEARCH INTEREST: My research interest focuses on the epidemiology and antibiotic resistance of Group A streptococci and streptococcal and post-streptococcal illnesses. I am also involved in several aspects of Kawasaki Disease, including studies relating to the etiology, pathogenesis and treatment of this important disease. As chairman of the Infection Prevention and Control Committee, my interests also involve the areas of hospital and communi...

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.

Gregory B Waypa, PhD

Research Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Neonatology)

Gregory B. Waypa, Ph.D. received his B.S. in Biomedical Engineering Sciences from the University of California, San Diego in 1991. He then enrolled as a graduate student at Albany Medical College in Albany, New York, where, under Fred L. Minnear, Ph.D., he studied increased pulmonary vascular permeability associated acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) and explored the possibility of using cAMP-enhancing agents as a possible therapy for the disease. Dr. Waypa received his M.S., and later his Ph.D., in Physiology and Cell Biology from Albany Medical College in 1997 and 1998, respectively....

Karen M Sheehan, MD, MPH

Professor of Pediatrics (Emergency Medicine) and Preventive Medicine

Karen Sheehan, MD, MPH is a Professor of Pediatrics and Preventive Medicine at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. She is a founding volunteer of the Chicago Youth Programs, a community-based organization that works to improve the health and life opportunities of at-risk youth. She is also Associate Chair of Advocacy for the Department of Pediatrics and Medical Director of Lurie Children’s Injury Prevention & Research Center and Lurie Children's Healthy Communities.

Tomitra Latimer, MD

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Academic General Pediatrics and Primary Care)

Improving oral health and access through clinical research providing STI counseling/education, screening and treatment for high risk adolescent populations

Natasha Pillay Smiley, DO

Instructor of Pediatrics (Hematology, Oncology, and Stem Cell Transplantation)

My clinical and research interests are in Pediatric Neuro-Oncology, Cancer Predisposition and Neurofibromatosis. In addition to taking care of newly diagnosed patients with CNS tumors, I serve as the Director of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Survivorship Program and am part of the Cancer Predisposition clinic. I also have the privilege of taking care of patients in the NF-1 Oncology Clinic, with Dr. Bob Listernick. I also serve as the Assistant Hematology/Oncology/SCT Fellowship Director and the Neuro-Oncology Fellowship Director.

Colleen A Malloy, MD

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Neonatology)

neonatology, perinatal hospice care

Rudy J Allen, MD

Instructor of Pediatrics (Hematology, Oncology, and Stem Cell Transplantation)

My clinical interest is the treatment of childhood cancer, particularly tumors affecting the central nervous system and musculoskeletal system. I also have particular interest in cancer survivorship, the diagnosis and treatment of long term effects of therapy for childhood central nervous system tumors. I one of the physicians in the Lurie Children's Hospital Brainstar program.

Santhanam Suresh, MD

Professor of Anesthesiology and Pediatrics

Regional Anesthesia in Children Pain Management in Children

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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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