Department of Pediatrics

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Faculty Spotlight

Chitra M Sachs

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 procedural moderate sedation for pediatric patients of all ages.

Ellen E Kim

Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Endocrinology)

Growth and thyroid disorders, diabetes, pubertal disorders, adrenal disorders, PCOS

Jennifer Jao

Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Infectious Diseases)

Dual certified in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, Dr. Jao is an Associate Professor at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in the Departments of Pediatric and Adult Infectious Diseases whose research focus is HIV maternal child health. She obtained her MD at the Medical College of Georgia and completed a Medicine/Pediatrics residency at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. She trained in Infectious Diseases and obtained her MPH degree at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

James W Collins

Professor of Pediatrics (Neonatology)

Dr. Collins earned BS and MD degrees from the University of Michigan and a MPH from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He’s the medical director of the neonatal intensive care unit and the associate program director of the pediatric residency program at Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. He has authored numerous research articles and is a frequent lecturer on issues related to birth outcomes. Dr. Collins has received several awards for his research, teaching, and leadership in infant health.

Hans-Georg Simon

Associate Professor of Pediatrics

After my PhD studies at the University of Freiburg, Germany, and postdoctoral training at Harvard Medical School, I gained research experiences in academic and industrial settings. As a developmental biologist, at Northwestern University, I investigate the reactivation of developmental programs as a mechanism to restore damaged or missing tissues and/or organs in adults. At the Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute I have built the Pre- and Postdoctoral Research Training Program to inspire and educate the next generation scientists.

Kavitha Selvaraj

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Advanced General Pediatrics and Primary Care)

I am a pediatrician and weight management specialist trained in clinical medicine, research, teaching, and advocacy. I take care of patients in the Wellness & Weight Management Clinic at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago Outpatient Center in Lincoln Park.

John B Palla

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine)

My main focus is in the clinical care and research of cystic fibrosis.  I am also interested in outreach and advocacy for children with chronic pulmonary conditions.

Craig B Langman

Professor of Pediatrics (Nephrology)

–Professor Craig B. Langman, is the first Isaac A. Abt, MD, Professor of Kidney Diseases, emeritus and Tenured Professor of Pediatrics at the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University,, and director of the two Davita Children’s Dialysis Centers in Chicago. His funded research focuses on the basic and clinical expression of inherited or acquired disorders of calcium, phosphorus vitamin D, and FGF23 metabolism, mechanisms of cardiovascular diseases in children with obesity or chronic kidney disease, pediatric hypertension, inherited genetic diseases (cystinosis, oxalosis, kidney stone...

Anne T Berg

Research Professor of Pediatrics (Neurology and Epilepsy) and Neurological Surgery

The focus of my research for over 30 years has been the "natural" history of pediatric seizures and epilepsy with a specific emphasis on seizure outcomes, developmental and cognitive consequences the impact on quality of life, impact on families, and the implications of all of these considerations for care and care-models. In 2007, I played a key role in focusing NINDS research priorities on the cognitive, developmental, and behavioral co-morbidities of epilepsy and organized sessions at the American Epilepsy Society meeting to investigate these areas and identify research opportunities for im...

Nicolas F Porta

Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Neonatology)

I have intense curiosity and passion regarding infants with respiratory failure and pulmonary hypertension. Through clinical and research efforts, I have been studying the patterns of disease progression in infants with bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) and congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH), and the impact of pulmonary vascular disease in these patients. More specific interests include the interactions between respiratory and circulatory dysfunction in these infants. Collaborations with other researchers and clinicians has led to the development of programmatic approaches for the care of th...

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Diversity & Inclusion

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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We offer a wide range of resources, mentorship opportunities and formal training programs to help our residents and fellows excel as physician-scientists. Explore all of the resources and hear from housestaff who are making research a major part of their career development plans.

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