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Department of Pediatrics

Department of Pediatrics

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Cynthia J Mears

Clinical Professor of Pediatrics (Community Based Primary Care)

Chrinic fatigue symdrome and chlamydia and adolescentimmunizations ,especially flu

Maria H Rahmandar

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Adolescent Medicine) and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Dr. Rahmandar is an attending physician in the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine at Lurie Children's, the Medical Director of the Substance Use & Prevention Program, and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, with a secondary appointment in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. She is board-certified in Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. She joined the faculty at Lurie Children's Hospital in 2017, and her interests include adolescent substance use, mental health and long-acting reversible contraception.

Nancy L Kuntz

Professor of Pediatrics (Neurology and Epilepsy) and Neurology - Ken and Ruth Davee Department

Dr. Nancy Kuntz is a child neurologist with additional board certifications in Pediatrics, Electrodiagnostic Medicine and Autonomic Medicine. Dr. Kuntz joined the Departments of Pediatrics and Neurology at Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine in December 2009 and is Medical Director of the Mazza Foundation Neuromuscular Disorders Program, the PPMD Duchenne Care Center and the MDA Care Center at Lurie Children’s. Before relocating to Chicago, Dr. Kuntz was part of the Department of Neurology at Mayo Clinic Rochester where she did her training in child neurology and clinical electromyography...

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.

Peter A Lio

Clinical Assistant Professor of Dermatology and Pediatrics

I am interested in Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema) and alternative medicines. We have created a center called the Chicago Integrative Eczema Center that is devoted to taking care of patients with eczema and their families, with an emphasis on education about the disease. I am also very interested in connective tissue diseases such as lupus and dermatomyositis. I am a medical acupuncturist and am interested in alternative medical approaches to dermatologic diseases. Finally, I am interested in medical student and resident education.

Dolores A Vitullo

Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Cardiology)

I have a long history of outreach general pediatric cardiology at sites that include Lurie main campus, Arlington Heights, Westchester New Lennox, and Central Dupage Hospital and St. Francis Hospital, Evanston This includes establishment of a large referral base in these areas. I still have an active role in consultation at St. Francis Hospital and do monthly clinics at Westchester. Equally important is the maintenance of family friendly hours which include Saturday outpatient sessions in Westchester and Clark and Deming. In recent years I have become more involved in priority second opinion c...

Elaine R Morgan

Professor of Pediatrics (Hematology, Oncology, and Stem Cell Transplantation) and Pediatrics (Palliative Care)

Expertise in care of children with a variety of cancers, especially pediatric leukemia, palliative care and hemophagocytic syndrome Expertise in palliative care and pain management Expertise in clinical bioethics

Michael B Spewak

Instructor of Pediatrics (Hospital-Based Medicine)

My interests include caring for hospitalized children both before, during, and after hospitalization, diagnostic medicine, medical education and simulation, advocacy, and the history of medicine.

Amy S Paller

Professor of Dermatology and Pediatrics (Dermatology)

The Paller lab studies the role of topically-applied, nanotherapy based gene therapy to treat skin disease, particularly diabetic ulcers, psoriasis, atopic dermatitis (eczema), skin cancer, and rare genetic skin problems. Her lab also focuses on unraveling the mechanism by which membrane-based glycosphingolipids modulate signaling, especially of the insulin-like growth factor-1 receptor (IGF-1R) and the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR)and studying the mechanism of the abnormal innervation in skin related to pain. Dr. Paller is the PI of Northwestern's Skin Disease Research Center, which...

Deepa R Nair

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Emergency Medicine)

My primary interests involve medical student & resident education, care of the acutely ill child & parental education on health maintenance for their children, preventative medicine, and child safety/injury prevention.

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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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