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Catherine J Hunter, MD

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...

Joel E Frader, MD

Professor of Pediatrics (Palliative Care )

I have a strong interest in medical ethics, especially ethical issues in pediatrics, end-of-life care, research on human subjects, transplantation, children with differences of sex development (DSD) and gender identify nonconformity (GIN), medical and surgical innovation, transplantation and conscientious objection to requested care by health care professionals. My main clinical interests are in pediatric palliative and hospice care, multidisciplinary care of children with DSD/GIN and parent support for difficult decisions under conditions of uncertainty. More recently I have developed interes...

Yongchao Ma, PhD

Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Neurology - Ken and Ruth Davee Department and Physiology

Regulation of Motor Neuron and Dopaminergic Neuron Function in Development and Disease -------- Spinal Motor Neuron Development, Function and Degeneration in SMA and ALS: Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)and Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) are characterized by the selective degeneration of spinal motor neurons. As the leading genetic cause of infant mortality, SMA affects one in every eight thousand live births. Our group is interested in studying mechanism regulating motor neuron development and function, as well as why motor neurons specifically degenerate in SMA and ALS. To address these qu...

Barbara K Burton, MD

Professor of Pediatrics (Genetics, Birth Defects, and Metabolism)

I am primarily interested in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with inherited metabolic disorders and in clinical trials of new therapies for rare disorders. I have particular interest and expertise in disorders diagnosed through newborn screening (phenylketonuria and others) and in lysosomal storage disorders.

Jennifer S Wicks, MD

Instructor of Pediatrics (Hospital-Based Medicine)

As a hospital-based pediatrician, Dr. Wicks works at both Lurie Children's Hospital and Prentice Women's Hospital with clinical areas of focus including management of critically ill newborns in the Neonatal ICU and general pediatric acute care. Dr. Wicks' interests also include clinical education of medical students and residents.

Rachel G Robison, MD

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Allergy and Immunology)

Rachel Robison, MD completed her undergraduate training at Emory University in Atlanta, GA obtaining a BS in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology and received her medical degree at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. She moved to Chicago, IL in 2005 to complete her postgraduate residency training in Pediatrics and a subsequent fellowship in Allergy and Immunology at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and the former Children's Memorial Hospital. She is currently a Pediatric Allergist/Immunologist at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and an Assistan...

Jessica Teresa Fry, MD

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Neonatology)

I am study the experiences of families who have children hospitalized in a neonatal intensive care unit, as portrayed in social media. My focus is on medical decision-making and the interactions of families with medical providers in the process of that decision-making. In addition to this research and my work as a clinical neonatologist, I also work with the Lurie Bridges Pediatric Palliative Care team to provide palliative care consultation and support in the perinatal and neonatal populations.

Dana M Brazdziunas, MD

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

Kendra M Ward, MD

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Cardiology)

As a pediatric electrophysiologist, I follow pediatric and adult congenital patients with all types of arrhythmias. In addition, I am interested in exercise medicine, exercise testing and cardiac rehabilitation. I am interested in determining appropriate exercise parameters for children with heart disease, cardiac changes from intense sports training, exercise prescription and in cardiac rehabilitation in children with heart disease. I am interested in prevention of heart disease and have a Preventive Cardiology Clinic that focuses on hyperlipidemia, obesity and hypertension in the pediatric patient.

Marisa S Klein-Gitelman, MD, MPH

Professor of Pediatrics (Rheumatology)

Dr. Marisa Klein-Gitelman has been the division head in pediatric rheumatology since 2003 and is the current program director for the division's fellowship program. She has expertise in pediatric lupus, vasculitis, uveitis and neuro inflammatory diseases. She has published/co-authored over 100 journal articles, case reports and reviews, 107 abstracts, 10 chapters in textbooks, and has received over 3100 citations. Her roles as a team member, consensus builder and division head have led to leadership positions and the opportunity to mentor others. She has served in leadership positions both reg...

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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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