Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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Tomoko Hayashida

Research Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Kidney Diseases)

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) affects approximately 20% of US population. Primary causes for CKD varies from genetic disorder to metabolic problems, but many are unknown. Regardless of the primary cause, CKD progresses with two essential phases; injury to podocyte, the primary barrier for filtration units of kidney, and progressive scarring of kidney, which would eventually obliterate the filtration units and lead to loss of kidney function. My research goal is to understand the molecular mechanisms underlining these two features of CKD in order for developing novel therapeutic approaches for C...

Michael C Verre

Instructor of Pediatrics (Hospital-Based Medicine)

As a hospital-based pediatrician, Dr. Verre cares for infants and children admitted to Prentice Women's Hospital and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. He is involved in medical student and pediatric resident education and has a special interest in immigrant and refugee health as well as infants exposed to opioids.

Sharon M Unti

Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Academic General Pediatrics and Primary Care) and Medical Education

Dr. Sharon Unti is the Director of the Pediatric Residency Program for Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine based at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. In this role, she has overall accountability for the residency program including administering and maintaining a learning environment conducive to educating residents as it relates to all ACGME competencies, ensuring the quality of resident didactic and clinical education, monitoring resident performance, evaluating teaching faculty, and providing resident guidance and career mentoring.

Naomi R Fogel

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Endocrinology)

I am a clinical pediatric endocrinologist with a focus on the care of children with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. I work as part of a multidisciplinary team that aims to provide comprehensive care to support families living with diabetes. I also care for children with thyroid disorders, growth disorders, PCOS and disorders of puberty.

Denise M Goodman

Professor of Pediatrics (Critical Care)

De. Goodman obtained her undergraduate degree from Niagara University (BS Physics and BA Chemistry) and her Medical Degree from State University of New York at Buffalo. She completed her pediatrics residency at Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, and pediatric critical care medicine fellowship at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. She was a faculty member at the University of Minnesota before coming to Northwestern University Feinberg SOM. She has continued to pursue additional training. She obtained her Masters of Science in Epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Hea...

Nikia A Laurie

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Retinoblastoma, the most common pediatric cancer of the eye, is a devastating and sometimes fatal pediatric cancer. Within the United States, the majority of retinoblastoma patients are diagnosed before their 2nd birthday, and many lose their sight due to this disease. Outside of the United States, advanced retinoblastoma is an even greater clinical challenge in developing countries, where the mortality rate among children diagnosed with advanced metastatic retinoblastoma is as high as 80%. Our laboratory mission is to understand the molecular mechanisms associated with retinoblastoma progress...

Norell Rosado

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Child Abuse)

I graduated from La Universidad LaSalle, School of Medicine in Mexico City, Mexico. In 2000, I completed a residency in Pediatrics at Sinai Children’s Hospital in Chicago. I became Board Certified in General Pediatrics by the American Board of Pediatrics in 2001 and in Child Abuse Pediatrics in 2009. In 2000, I joined the Child Protective Services Team at Sinai Children’s Hospital. I served as its Medical Director from 2002 to 2005. In 2004, I joined the Division of Child Protective Services at the John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County. I was one of four Child Abuse Pediatricians workin...

Sabrina Tsao

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Cardiology)

My interests include: - Adults with congenital heart disease with arrhythmias, particularly, which type of device (pacemakers/defibrillators) is indicated in patients to prevent sudden cardiac death. - Management of arrhythmia in patients of all ages, from fetal arrhythmias to adult congenital patients. - Catheter ablation - of complex arrhythmias, and ways to minimize fluoroscopy. - Utilization of resynchronization in single ventricle patients and in patients with cardiomyopathy. - Screening athletes and patients on ADHD medications. - Prevention of sudden death in congenital central hypovent...

Jane L Holl

Professor of Pediatrics (Community Based Primary Care), Medicine and Preventive Medicine

Current research topics include: (1) application of industrial and operations engineering and design methods of risk assessment, user-centered design, and implementation science; (2) redesign of healthcare delivery in diverse clinical disciplines (surgery (thoracic, general, oncologic, pediatric), critical care medicine, neurovascular medicine, obstetrical anesthesia, gynecological oncology, emergency medicine, and pediatric urology); (3) clinical trial of a food allergy iintervention; and (4) global health research training and innovative device design and implementation.

Norrina Bai Allen

Associate Professor of Preventive Medicine (Epidemiology) and Pediatrics

Dr. Allen specializes in cardiovascular epidemiology with a focus on health services research. Her research interests include the effect of neighborhood and environment on cardiovascular disease, disparities in quality of care and outcomes as well as the use of large databases to examine these questions.

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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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