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Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Department of Pediatrics

Department of Pediatrics

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Robert I Liem

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

I am the Director of the Comprehensive Sickle Cell Program at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. My clinical interests center on hemoglobin disorders, including pediatric and adult sickle cell disease and thalassemia. I am also a clinical investigator with active research programs in these areas. My major research interests focus on exercise responses, inflammation and vascular function as well as their impact on cardiopulmonary fitness, clinical outcomes and physical functioning in children and young adults with sickle cell anemia. I am also the principal investigator of se...

Lee M Bass

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

My interests are focused on diagnosis and treatment of children with Gastrointestinal and Liver disease. Specifically, I focus on gastrointestinal endoscopy, both for diagnostic purposes but also for new modalities of therapy and diagnostics including treatment of GI bleeding, complex polyposis syndromes, Gastrointestinal Strictures, treatment of Portal Hypertension, capsule endoscopy, Single Balloon Enteroscopy and new techniques such as Trans-nasal Endoscopy. I have an interest in cholestatic liver disease and participate in the Childhood Liver Disease Research and Education Network (CHiLD...

Elfriede Pahl

Professor of Pediatrics (Cardiology)

I am interested in the causes and treatment of heart failure in children, both congenital and acquired--this includes myocarditis, Single ventricle patients and all types of cardiomyopathy. I believe we can make significant improvements in the long term outcomes of young patients with cardiomyopathy, in terms of their quality of life, and survival. As the medical director of transplant/heart failure, I am committed to studying the clinical aspects of pediatric heart transplantation, particularly in improving the late outcomes that impact on survival, such as allograft vasculopathy and late rej...

Isabelle G De Plaen

Professor of Pediatrics (Neonatology)

Isabelle De Plaen, MD, is an attending physician in the Division of Neonatology (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) at Lurie Children’s, Professor of Pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and a member of the Center for Intestinal and Liver Inflammation Research at Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute.

Matthew H Shapiro

Instructor of Pediatrics (Hospital-Based Medicine)

Dr. Shapiro completed his residency training in Pediatrics and is currently completing a fellowship in Pediatric Hospital Medicine at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. He is also completing coursework to obtain a Masters of Science in Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety at the Norwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

Dana Aronson Schinasi

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Emergency Medicine)

My primary clinical and academic interests align in the development, implementation, and assessment of telehealth programs, with the overarching goals of improving access to care for children, supporting clinicians, and reinforcing the patient-centered medical home. My additional research interests lie in medical education and simulation, specifically in using immersive simulation to train health care providers for difficult conversations encountered during clinical care.

Karen M Sheehan

Professor of Pediatrics (Emergency Medicine), Medical Education and Preventive Medicine

Karen Sheehan, MD, MPH is a Professor of Pediatrics, Medical Education, 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.

Brian E Nolan

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Rheumatology)

Over the course of his training Dr Nolan developed a strong interest in the complex relationship between autoimmunity and immunodeficiency. As a clinician his goal is to more rapidly and more accurately diagnose autoinflammatory and immune dysregulatory syndromes, and in so doing help identify effective treatments for patients with these exceedingly rare conditions. He hopes to advance translational research in this rapidly developing field as a clinician with a strong background in immunology bench research. His additional interests include general pediatric rheumatology and medical education.

Meredith F Bone

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Critical Care) and Medical Education

I am a pediatric intensivist working with a team to care for broad range of critical ill children. My non-clinical work is centered on my roles as Director for the Office of Fellowship Programs and the Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Fellowship. My focus is on professional and career development of faculty and medical trainees.

Jerome C Lane

Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Kidney Diseases)

Dr. Jerome Lane is an attending physician in Pediatric Nephrology at Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, and an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He earned a B.A. in Classics and Biology from Brandeis University in 1987, and his M.D. degree from the New York University School of Medicine in 1991. Dr. Lane completed his residency in Pediatrics at NYU Medical Center/Bellevue Hospital in 1994, and his fellowship in Pediatric Nephrology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Hospital in 1997.

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Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

Lurie Children's is the Fein­berg School of Medicine's affiliated hospital dedicated to pediatric care. Lurie Children's is Illinois' only freestanding hospital exclusively for children and offers pa­tients access to world-class care in a modern, kid-friendly environment.

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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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