The Department of Pediatrics Office of Faculty Development maintains a roster of coaches with expertise regarding career paths, the promotion process, organizing for academic productivity, issue resolution and more. These coaches will counsel and direct faculty toward appropriate resources, including identifying possible mentors.
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Faculty Development Coaches
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Mark Adler, MDMark Adler, MD: I am an attending in the pediatric emergency department, and I am interested in the development and testing of high-quality educational assessment tools, survey development and simulation-based education, with a focus on an interprofessional learner population.
Elizabeth Alpern, MD
Elizabeth Alpern, MD: I am a Professor of Pediatrics, Division Head of Pediatric Emergency Medicine, a health services researcher, and clinical epidemiologist. My research interests include the use of large databases within research networks to improve the quality of care and decrease disparities of care delivered to children through application of evidence-based work. My research has been funded by NIH, AHRQ, and HRSA. I serve on the mentorship teams for multiple K-level career development awards and have a longstanding interest in academic medicine mentorship. I also serve as a standing member of the National Institutes of Health Clinical Informatics and Digital Health study section.
Thomas Green, MDThomas Green, MD: I am a pediatric intensivist/pulmonologist with 30 years of experience in faculty advising and mentoring as a division head and department chair. My current scientific interests are in improving drug therapy in children through quantitative systems pharmacology and statistical modeling approaches.
Aaron Hamvas, MD
Aaron Hamvas, MD: I am a professor of Pediatrics and the division head of Neonatology with 25 years of experience in mentoring and advising trainees and junior faculty in both the research and clinical settings. My research interests are the genetic contributions to newborn and childhood lung diseases.
Susanna McColley, MD
Susanna McColley, MD: I am a pediatric pulmonologist focused on translational research in cystic fibrosis, associate chief research officer for clinical trials at Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute and associate director for child health at the Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute. As principal investigator of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Pediatric Therapeutics Development Center at Lurie Children’s, I have extensive experience in the design and conduct of studies utilizing large databases, prospective observational studies and clinical trials. I also have strong interest and experience in healthcare quality improvement and health disparities.
Jacqueline Pongracic, MD
Jacqueline Pongracic, MD: I am the division head of Allergy/Immunology. I am a clinical investigator in the areas of asthma and food allergy. I have 13 years of experience conducting multi-center clinical trials in large, NIH-funded asthma research networks. I have also engaged in industry-sponsored clinical trials for novel therapeutics in food allergy. I am particularly interested in evaluating immunomodulatory therapies for food allergy and inner-city asthma. I have multiple local and national research collaborations.
Sandra Sanguino, MD
Sandra Sanguino, MD: I am a general pediatrician who has made medical education the focus of my career. I am actively involved in advising and mentoring medical student and residents. I currently serve as the associate dean for student and career development at the Feinberg School of Medicine.
Paul Schumacker, PhD
Paul Schumacker, PhD: I am a basic scientist in the Division of Neonatology working on mitochondrial metabolism and its role in signal transduction, oxygen sensing and cancer biology. I run a research laboratory and have trained undergraduates, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, clinical subspecialty fellows and junior faculty members. I am also interested in promoting career advancement for other faculty members.
Karen Sheehan, MD, MPH
Karen Sheehan, MD, MPH: I practice both general pediatrics and pediatric emergency medicine. I obtained my MPH as a junior attending, and most of my research is public health–related. My research focuses on youth development, injury and violence prevention. I use my research to inform to my work in advocacy. Although my primary interest has been injury and violence prevention, the strategies (policy, system and environmental change) that I have used in injury prevention advocacy can be applied to other conditions. I look forward to helping colleagues disseminate and implement their research findings to positively impact the health of children.
Bill Schnaper, MD
With great sadness, we announce that Dr. H. William “Bill” Schnaper passed away on November 19, 2020, after a long illness. Bill was a committed scientist and scholar who always prioritized education and mentorship as essential to multiply the modest contributions of individuals. His enthusiasm for scientific discovery and collaboration was inspirational. He will be greatly missed.