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
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.
Estella Alonso, MD
Estella Alonso, MD: Exceptional clinical care is the cornerstone of what we have built here at Lurie Children’s. But as faculty of one of the nation’s top medical schools, we strive not only to deliver, but to also define excellence in pediatric medicine. In my role with the Office of Faculty Development, I look forward to supporting our clinical faculty as they challenge themselves to realize these goals. I am an alumni of both our medical school and the pediatrics residency program and have been a member of the faculty here for over 15 years. My area of clinical expertise is Hepatology and Transplant Medicine. I also lead a comprehensive health outcomes research program in Pediatric Liver Disease and Transplantation investigating determinants of survival and chronic disability in this population.
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.
Robert Greenberg, MD
Robert Greenberg, MD: I am the division head for Pediatric Hospital-Based Medicine (Lurie). My interests include medical informatics, observation/short-stay care systems and care coordination for children with complex, chronic conditions.
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.
Zena Leah Harris, MD
Zena Leah Harris, MD: I am a Pediatric Intensivist, a Professor on the Clinician-Educator track and have the pleasure of serving Critical Care Medicine as their Division Head. For the last 25 years I have proudly taken care of critically ill children, trained generations of intensivists, mentored countless students of all medical science backgrounds and interests and worked to advise and help fellows and faculty build careers and programs across the academic continuum.
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.
Bill Schnaper, MD
Bill Schnaper, MD: I am a pediatric nephrologist who studies molecular mechanisms of kidney fibrosis and their translational potential. I also have been active in training grants and teaching. As Associate Chair for Faculty Development in the Department of Pediatrics, my primary emphasis is on helping trainees and faculty find ways to optimize their potential and achieve career satisfaction.
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.
Alexis Thompson, MDAlexis Thompson, MD: I am a pediatric hematologist-oncologist and am currently the Hematology division chief. My clinical interests include hemoglobinopathies (thalassemia and sickle cell disease), bone marrow failure syndromes and stem cell transplantation in pediatric patients. I am a clinical and translational research investigator on multi-center trials and as well as my own investigator-initiated studies in thalassemia, sickle cell disease and Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura. I have extensive regional and national experience on advisory committees for governmental agencies as well as non-profit organizations focused on patient advocacy, improving healthcare access and increasing workforce diversity.
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Career Advancement Plan
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