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Ra-id Abdulla

Professor of Pediatrics (Cardiology)

Ra-id Abdulla is a pediatric cardiologist with 30 years of experience in treating children with heart diseases; he is board certified in pediatrics and pediatric cardiology.  Dr. Abdulla is Professor of Pediatrics at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University.  His interest in the field of pediatric cardiology combines education and clinical work.  Throughout his career, Dr. Abdulla has graduated generations of young physician trainees in pediatric cardiology and cared for thousands of children with heart disease, many are now healthy adults.  Dr. Abdulla’s academic efforts ext...

Nia J Heard-Garris

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Advanced 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 ...

Mark D Adler

Professor of Pediatrics (Emergency Medicine) and Medical Education

I am a pediatric emergency medicine practitioner and educator who began my work at Northwestern and Lurie Children's in 2001, having completed residency and fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital. I am the Director of the founder of the kidSTAR Medical Education Program. I am actively involved in the Society for SImulation In Healthcare and the INSPIRE pediatric simulation research consortium.

Donald M Lloyd-Jones

Professor of Preventive Medicine (Epidemiology), Medicine (Cardiology) and Pediatrics

Dr. Lloyd-Jones attended Swarthmore College for his BA (Major in History), Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons for his MD, and Harvard School of Public Health for his Master of Science (Epidemiology). He was a resident, chief resident and cardiology fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital, and junior faculty at Harvard Medical School. In 2004, he moved to Northwestern and in 2009, he became Chair of the Department of Preventive Medicine. From 2012-2020, he was Senior Associate Dean for Clinical and Translational Research and Director of the NUCATS Institute. He is currently P...

Reema L Habiby

Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Endocrinology)

I am a pediatric endocrinologist primarily engaged in clinic care and medical education. My clinical interests include the care of children with growth disorders including Turner syndrome, disorders of puberty, adrenal disorders and the care of children with long-term endocrine sequelae of cancer treatment and brain tumors. I am the co-director of the Turner Syndrome Multidisciplinary Clinic. I am the Interim Division Head, director of the Pediatric Endocrinology Fellowship Program and I serve as a college mentor for the Feinberg School of Medicine Class of 2022.

Cynthia R LaBella

Professor of Pediatrics (Advanced General Pediatrics and Primary Care)

As medical director for the Institute for Sports Medicine (ISM) at Lurie Children’s since 2004, I have extensive experience caring for children and adolescents with sports-related injuries. I have served as team physician for high school, college, elite, and professional teams. I am currently the team physician for DeLaSalle high school, Moody Bible Institute, North Side Youth Football League, and the USA Rhythmic Gymnastics team. I served on the executive committee of the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness (COSMF) for the past 11 years, and for the last 4 y...

Kristi K Huisinga

Instructor of Pediatrics (Hospital-Based Medicine)

Kristi Huisinga, M.D. is a Health Systems Clinician in the Division of Hospital-Based Medicine at Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and Instructor at the Feinberg School of Medicine. She attained her medical degree at the University of Minnesota and completed her residency training in general pediatrics at the University of Michigan.

Rintaro Hashizume

Research Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Hematology, Oncology, and Stem Cell Transplantation)

Dr. Hashizume's primary research interests in understanding of the molecular mechanisms, that affect the aggressive/ invasive biological behavior of pediatric malignant glioma and would accordingly reveal potential therapeutic targets for glioma therapy.

Priyamvada Tatachar

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Neurology and Epilepsy)

I am a pediatric neurologist with a clinical focus on neurological disorders in infants and children specifically epilepsy. My interests are in the evaluation of children with drug resistant epilepsy for epilepsy surgery and treatment of children with tuberous sclerosis. i believe in universal accessibility to care, and global collaborations in healthcare delivery systems

Amy E Petzel

Instructor of Pediatrics (Hospital-Based Medicine)

Amy Petzel is a pediatrician in the department of Pediatrics, Hospital-Based Medicine. She works at Lurie Children's Hospital and Prentice Women's Hospital. She enjoys caring for children of all ages, from neonates to adolescents.

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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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