Department of Pediatrics

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Dedicated to understanding and promoting child health.

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Faculty Spotlight

Barbara K Burton

Professor of Pediatrics (Genetics, Birth Defects, and Metabolism)

I am primarily interested in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with inherited metabolic disorders and in clinical trials of new therapies for rare disorders. I have particular interest and expertise in disorders diagnosed through newborn screening (phenylketonuria and others) and in lysosomal storage disorders.

Catherine Berger

Instructor of Pediatrics (Hospital-Based Medicine)

As a board-certified pediatrician practicing hospitalist medicine, Dr. Berger spends her time working as the delivery team attending at Prentice, in the neonatal intensive care units at both Prentice and Lurie, and also in the observation unit practicing general pediatric medicine. She also spends her team conducting research in the areas described below, teaching medical students, as well as pediatric and emergency medicine residents. She has a particular interest in breastfeeding medicine and is pursing her certification as an Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC).

Kelly N Michelson

Professor of Pediatrics (Critical Care)

Kelly Michelson, MD, MPH is Professor of Pediatrics, Julia and David Uihlein Professor of Bioethics and Medical Humanities, and Director of the Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She is an attending physician at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago in the division of pediatric critical care medicine.

Maria H Rahmandar

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Adolescent Medicine)

Dr. Rahmandar is an attending physician in the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine at Lurie Children's, the Medical Director of the Substance Use & Prevention Program, and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, with a secondary appointment in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. She is board-certified in Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. She joined the faculty at Lurie Children's Hospital in 2017, and her interests include adolescent substance use, mental health and long-acting reversible contraception.

Rebecca Unger

Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Community Based Primary Care)

Dr Unger is a general pediatrician and offers well child care from birth through adolescence. She has a special interest in nutrition, prevention and treatment of childhood obesity, and family fitness.

Darren E Eblovi

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Hospital-Based Medicine)

I was raised and attended high school in Boulder, Colorado. I studied economics and Spanish at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana until 2004, where I played on the tennis team and played piano in the jazz ensembles. I served in the Peace Corps in El Salvador with the Rural Health and Sanitation Program from 2006-08. I earned an MD/MPH from the University of Colorado, and completed residency in pediatrics from the University of Chicago in 2016.

Anne D Ryan

Instructor of Pediatrics (Hospital-Based Medicine)

Dr. Ryan has been a member of the Division of Hospital Based Medicine at Northwestern Medicine and Lurie Children's Hospital since 2005.

Jill H Samis

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Endocrinology)

I am a pediatric endocrinologist engaged in clinical care and clinical research.  My clinical interests are in the care of children with long-term endocrine sequelae of childhood cancer, thyroid disorders, growth disorders, and disorders of puberty.  I participate in the multidisciplinary STAR (Survivors Taking Action and Responsiblity) clinic and participate in the Fertility & Hormone Preservation & Restoration Program.

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.

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

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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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