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Annette M Wagner, MD

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Dermatology) and Dermatology

I am an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Dermatology at Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine and an Attending Pediatric Dermatologist, Dermatologic Surgeon and Laser specialist at Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. I received my medical degree from McGill University in 1988, and completed internship (1989) and residencies in Pediatrics (1991) and Dermatology (1994) at the University of Arizona. I received Board Certification in Pediatrics (1995-2006), Dermatology (1995-2025) and Pediatric Dermatology (2004-2025). I am a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatolog...

Nikia A Laurie, PhD

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Retinoblastoma, the most common pediatric cancer of the eye, is a devastating and sometimes fatal pediatric cancer. Within the United States, the majority of retinoblastoma patients are diagnosed before their 2nd birthday, and many lose their sight due to this disease. Outside of the United States, advanced retinoblastoma is an even greater clinical challenge in developing countries, where the mortality rate among children diagnosed with advanced metastatic retinoblastoma is as high as 80%. Our laboratory mission is to understand the molecular mechanisms associated with retinoblastoma progress...

Pedram Gerami, MD

Professor of Dermatology, Pathology and Pediatrics

Dr Gerami is the director of the Skin Cancer Institute of Northwestern Medical Group (SCIN-Med) and the director of the Melanoma Program in the Skin Cancer Institute and the Melanoma clinic in the department of Dermatology. His clinical and research interests are primarily focused on melanoma skin cancer, atypical nevi and borderline melanocytic tumors such as Spitz tumors which maybe difficult to classify. As a dermatologist, dermatopathologist and researcher focused in the care of patients with melanoma and atypical nevi, he has a unique perspective on the behavior of melanocytic neoplasms. ...

Robert Garofalo, MD, MPH

Professor of Pediatrics (Adolescent Medicine) and Preventive Medicine

My primary clinical and research activities relate to the care of marginalized youth populations including HIV+ and LGBT young people. Our research is largely HIV prevention in nature, mostly targeting either young men who have sex with men or transgender individuals. A new area of research and clinical interest involves working with young gender variant children and families

John V Lavigne, PhD

Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Pediatrics

Preschooler's behavior problems; Psychological interventions in pediatric primary care Not presently accepting students to work in this lab

Youngran Chung, MD

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine)

Integrative medicine (Complementary/Alternative medicine) in pediatrics. I am board certified by the American board of Integrative Medicine (ABIOM). Having been trained/certified in Medical Acupuncture,Homeopathy, and Medical Hypnosis, I am interested in the integration of Complementary/Alternative medicine modalities along with conventional medicine to provide safe and effective ways to treat patients.

Sheetal R Patel, MD, MSCI

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Cardiology)

My clinical interest include congenital heart defects and cardiac imaging including pediatric and fetal echocardiography. My specific interest include perinatal cardiology and cardiac care of patients with Turner Syndrome. I work with the Chicago Institute for Fetal Health to provide perinatal cardiology expertise. I co-direct the multidisciplinary Turner's syndrome clinic at Lurie. My research interests are in evaluating outcomes in congenital heart defects; with special focus on single ventricle heart defect and Fontan palliation.

Chitra M Sachs, MD

Instructor of Pediatrics (Hospital-Based Medicine)

I am a board certified pediatrician with primary interests in the care of both the well and preterm or ill newborn. In addition to newborn care I provide moderate sedation for pediatric patients of all ages undergoing MRI scans.

Kerri Z Machut, MD

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Neonatology)

I am interested in ensuring the health and well-being of all newborns through clinical care. I enjoy supporting our division and hospital's mission to enhance patient care through various administrative roles.

Sangeeta Kaur Gill Schroeder, MD

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Hospital-Based Medicine)

Sangeeta Schroeder, M.D., Masters in Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and the Associate Medical Director of the Center for Excellence at Ann & Robert H Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. She leads numerous Quality and Safety initiatives, including Hospital Acquired Conditions reduction and Evidence Informed Practice creation. She has presented her work at national forums including the Society of Hospital Medicine, Pediatric Hospital Medicine and Pediatric Academic Society Conferences. She also directs the education of Healthcare Quality and Safet...

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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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