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Department of Pediatrics

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Dana M Brazdziunas

Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics)

I am a board certified developmental behavioral pediatrician who has been in academic practice for over 25 years with special interest in children with autism spectrum disorders from a clinical, research, education and advocacy perspective

Margot A Paisley

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Hospital-Based Medicine)

Dr. Paisley is a hospital-based pediatrician. Her interests include reducing childhood injury, improving communication with patients and families, and teaching and advising in undergraduate and graduate medical education.

Estella M Alonso

Professor of Pediatrics (Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition) and Medical Social Sciences

My primary research interest is in health outcomes following pediatric liver transplantation and acute liver failure. I lead a research group that studies all aspects of outcomes from survival to health related quality of life (HRQOL). Our research group has extensive experience examining HRQOL and cognitive outcomes in pediatric liver transplant survivors, long term complications related to immunosuppressive medications and the causes and treatment of acute liver failure. Our group has also actively involved in new trials of immunosuppression withdrawal in liver transplant recipients. I am al...

Robert W Dettman

Research Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

My interest is in cell fate decisions that lead either to normal development or pathology. In many cases, epithelial cells are induced to undergo cell-shape and migratory changes that allow them to become mesenchymal fibroblasts. This is a process called epithelial-mesenchymal transition or EMT. Fibroblasts then differentiate into new cell types or, in the case of fibrotic disease, abnormal myofibroblasts. In the bladder, outlet obstruction leads to permanent changes to the bladder wall resulting in either a small, high resistance bladder or a very large, atonic bladder. In either case, this l...

Mehul V Raval

Associate Professor of Surgery (Pediatric Surgery) and Pediatrics

Mehul V. Raval, MD, MS grew up in a small town in North Carolina. From a young age he was mesmerized by science and medicine. Dr. Raval completed is undergraduate studies as the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his medical education at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. During medical school he participated in a one-year Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellowship. Dr. Raval trained in General Surgery at Northwestern University where he completed a 2-year American College of Surgeons Clinical Scholar program during which he also earned a Masters of Science in Clinical Invest...

Michael R Carr

Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Cardiology)

My main area of clinical interest lies in pediatric echocardiography and general clinical pediatric cardiology, with an emphasis on Kawasaki Disease. I also have an interest in fetal cardiology and work with the Chicago Institute for Fetal Health. I have a passion for medical student, resident and fellow education, and devote a good deal of my time to these endeavors, mostly from a clinical standpoint. My main areas of research interest include pediatric echocardiography, Kawasaki disease and medical education.

H. William Schnaper

Professor of Pediatrics (Kidney Diseases)

William Schnaper received a B.A. in Philosophy from Yale University and his M.D. from University of Maryland, then served as Resident and Chief Resident in Pediatrics at the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. After two years in the National Health Service Corps he was a Fellow in Pediatric Nephrology at St. Louis Children's Hospital/Washington University, then joined the Faculty there. After 4 years in the extracellular matrix laboratory of Hynda Kleinman at the NIDR, NIH, he joined the Faculty in Pediatrics at Northwestern in 1994.

Catherine J Hunter

Associate Professor of Surgery (Pediatric Surgery) and Pediatrics

Dr. Catherine Hunter was delighted to join the faculty at Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago and Northwestern University in the summer of 2012. Dr. Hunter is originally from Edinburgh, Scotland where she completed her undergraduate degree in Physiology. She received the national physiology prize and first class honors for her work. After a summer research internship at New York Presbyterian Hospital she decided to pursue a medical degree from Cornell University. After medical school she completed her General Surgery training at Harbor-UCLA medical center in Los Angeles, and was awarded board...

Sandra M Sanguino

Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Academic General Pediatrics and Primary Care) and Medical Education

My primary interest is in the career advising of medical students.

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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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