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Sameer Patel

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.

Kiran A Kulkarni

Assistant Professor 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

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 persp...

Ravi R Jhaveri

Professor of Pediatrics (Infectious Diseases)

After having served on the faculty at both Duke and UNC, Dr. Jhaveri joined the faculty at Lurie/FSM in October 2018. He currently serves as Associate Division Head for Pediatric Infectious Diseases.Dr. Jhaveri is active in leadership of several infectious diseases society at the national level. From 2015-2019, he served as a member of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society Board of Directors. He is the current Vice-Chair of the Infectious Diseases Society of America Leadership Institute working group and the IDSA Standards, Practice and Guidelines Committee. He is a member of the AASLD-IDS...

Robert Garofalo

Professor of Pediatrics (Adolescent Medicine) and Preventive Medicine

My primary clinical and research activities relate to the care of marginalized youth populations including HIV+ and LGBT young people. Our research is largely HIV prevention in nature, mostly targeting either young men who have sex with men or transgender individuals. A new area of research and clinical interest involves working with young gender variant children and families

Heng-Fu Bu

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

My research mainly focuses on sepsis, inflammatory digestive diseases, pancreatitis and liver hepatocyte injury and repair by animal models and molecular biology methods. We are working on the identification of some novel targets for protection against tissue injury. MFG-E8 (Milk fat globule-EGF factor 8), a secreted glycoprotein regulating tissue homeostasis, possessing potent anti-inflammatory properties, and protecting against tissue injury, is continuously being studied. 

Alyssa A Kriegermeier

Instructor of Pediatrics (Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition)

As a pediatric hepatologists I care for children with transient and chronic liver diseases, as well as those that require liver transplantation. I am very grateful for the opportunities to care for our amazing patients. I enjoy building relationships with patients and families, and working collaboratively to keep children as healthy as they can be so they can thrive in all areas of life. 

Nina L Gotteiner

Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Cardiology)

My primary clincal and research interest is in the field of fetal cardiology. I am interested in advancing screening fetal echocardiograms in addition to continuing my research in fetal arrhythmias and congenital heart disease.

Suzanne M Schmidt

Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Emergency Medicine) and Medical Education

Primary interests: Education and assessment of medical students and residents, curriculum development, Otoscopy, Ear disease, Ophthalmologic emergencies, Orthopedic injuries

Kavita S Hodgkins

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Nephrology)

Kavita S. Hodgkins, MD, MSCI, is a Board Certified Pediatric Nephrologist and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She practices as an Attending Physician in the outpatient clinics of Lurie Children's Hospital and also serves as the Director of Resident and Medical Student Education for the Division of Kidney Diseases. She has a joint position with the Urology Division at Lurie Children's Hospital and works closely with the Urology Divisi...[Read full text]Kavita S. Hodgkins, MD, MSCI, is a Board Certified Pediatric Nephrologist and an As...

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