"Using advocacy to improve the health and well-being of children is a defining element of pediatrics."
— Karen Sheehan, MD, MPH
Associate Chair, Advocacy
Discover the many ways our faculty are impacting children's health beyond the hospital.
Our faculty effectively utilize television, radio, print media and blogs to promote messages about child health and well-being.
Many of our faculty members testify at city, state and federal levels to promote issues concerning child health and well-being, as well as serving as content experts for legislative advocacy or policy development.
Mary Clyde Pierce, MD, works to differentiate abusive from accidental trauma. She applies the knowledge gained through her investigations to educate others (such as judges, lawyers and child protective services) about how to recognize the different patterns of intentional and unintentional injury. Pierce is a member of the Division of Emergency Medicine.
Greg Webster, MD, is the founder of a support group for children and young adults with pacemakers and implantable defibrillators. Working with Senators Durbin and Duckworth and their staff, Webster is an advocate for long-term healthcare for patients with pacemakers and implantable defibrillators. Webster is a member of the Division of Cardiology.
Kyle Mack, MD, works at the local and national level to improve quality of life and health outcomes for patients with sickle cell disease. Mack also directs community outreach initiatives to increase blood donations for children with sickle cell disease. Mack is a member of the Division of Hematology, Oncology and Stem Cell Transplantation.
Ronit Lever, MD, directs the pediatric residency advocacy and population health certificate program. She also co-directs the Feinberg School of Medicine "Health & Society" element, overseeing and coordinating curricular activities related to health equity and advocacy, business of medicine, teamwork and leadership, healthcare quality and patient safety and lifestyle medicine. Lever is a member of the Division of Hospital-Based Medicine.
Barbara Bayldon, MD, is the past president of the Illinois Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (ICAAP) and the organizer of the ICAAP advocacy day. Bayldon directs Lurie Children’s Community Medicine and Advocacy residency rotation and is working to create the Illinois Collaborative, which brings together Illinois pediatric residency program leaders who direct the community medicine and advocacy rotations to share best practices and create an opportunity for collective action.