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Chief Residents

The chief residents at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago are dedicated solely to the education of residents and to the advancement of the program. They help with medical decision-making on the wards, send out a daily educational email complete with a board review question to all of the residents and always have good candy in their office. Chief residents are first and foremost advocates for the residents and serve as their primary system of personal support and professional guidance.

Kate Kuppersmith, MD


Hometown: Glencoe, IL 
Undergraduate: Washington University
Medical School: Rosalind Franklin University School of Medicine
Career Interest: Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Medical Education, Advocacy

What made you come to Lurie? Why do you love Lurie?

I chose Lurie for so many reasons! I was excited to learn from experts in the field and care for a diverse patient population. Coming into residency, I was not sure where my interests would lie, so I was looking for a program that would expose me to both general pediatrics and subspecialty care. Lurie has provided me with all of this and so much more. I am constantly in awe of my peers and their dedication to their patients and co-residents. I love the collegial, collaborative culture at Lurie, and I learn something from my peers every day! Plus, you can't beat Chicago summers!

Thomas O'Gorman, MD


Hometown: Charlotte, NC
Undergraduate: Vanderbilt University
Medical School: University of North Carolina School of Medicine 
Career Interest: Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Medical Education & Simulation

What made you come to Lurie? Why do you love Lurie?

As cliche as it sounds, I came to Lurie for the people. I fell in love with the Lurie community on my interview day. It was so clear that everyone was genuinely supportive and invested in each other. All of the programs I applied to would have provided me with the training I needed, but only Lurie had the people I wanted to spend that much time with. Now that I'm here, I know I made the right choice. My co-residents (now my co-chiefs!) are incredibly supportive and all of the faculty are so eager to teach and get you involved. Also the views from the hospital of the city and Lake Michigan are incredible.

And applicants can contact you about...

Moving to Chicago, restaurants, PICU, medical education.

Abigail Whitney, MD


Hometown: Sartell, Minnesota
Undergraduate: University of Minnesota - Duluth
Medical School: University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
Career Interest: Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Epidemiology/Social Influences of Health, Advocacy

What made you come to Lurie? Why do you love Lurie?

I chose to come to Lurie for so many reasons! The people here are phenomenal and so committed to teaching and supporting residents. I also love Chicago so much. It is such a beautiful, vibrant, and diverse city.

I love Lurie for a ll the same reasons that made me want to come here. I love having the privilege of serving children from communities all across the city, the state, the Midwest, and the world. I am obsessed with all of my co-residents, and I have had such phenomenal experiences with my mentors here and the medical education leadership.

And applicants can contact you about...

Anything at all! Some things I especially love to talk about are the Chicago food scene, all fo the live music/concerts in the park/shows that happen in Chicago, and the amazing neighborhoods that you could live in and/or explore. I am planning on neonatology fellowship following my chief year, so also happy to discuss babies!


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