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Department of Pediatrics

Department of Pediatrics

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Amir F Kagalwalla

Professor of Pediatrics (Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition)

Clinical and Research interests include Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE) in pediatric populations including studying the mechanisms of fibrosis and remodeling,identifying non invasive biomarkers to assess recurrence of esophageal inflammation. Also interested and I am studying the impact of elimination diets in inducing and maintaining clinical and histological remission in children with EoE.

Oren J Lakser

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine)

My research interest are primarily related to children suffering from chronic cough and/or exercise induced shortness of breath

Norrina Bai Allen

Associate Professor of Preventive Medicine (Epidemiology) and Pediatrics

Dr. Allen specializes in cardiovascular epidemiology with a focus on health services research. Her research interests include the effect of neighborhood and environment on cardiovascular disease, disparities in quality of care and outcomes as well as the use of large databases to examine these questions.

Lisa Simons

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Adolescent Medicine)

I am the Clinical Practice Director of the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine, the Medical Director of the Gender Development Program and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. After completing pediatrics residency at Johns Hopkins Children's Center and fellowship in Adolescent Medicine at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, I joined the faculty at Lurie Children's Hospital in 2013. My interests include improving care for gender diverse youth and young adults (specifically those experiencing gender dysphoria), adolescent HIV preve...

Rajesh Kumar

Professor of Pediatrics (Allergy and Immunology)

Dr. Kumar has worked as an academic allergist at Lurie Children's for over 18 years. He has a number of research interests. Most prominently he is interested in the prenatal and early life exposures, which in combination with genetic factors are associated with the development of early childhood wheezing, atopic disease and asthma. Dr. Kumar also has interests in a number of other areas including:the determinants of lung function from childhood into later adult life (CARDIA study), development of food allergy in early infancy, and validation of PROMIS instruments in asthma (AAD-PEPR study). Ad...

Paul T Schumacker

Professor of Pediatrics (Neonatology), Cell and Developmental Biology and Medicine (Pulmonary and Critical Care)

Our lab is interested in the effects of oxygen on cell metabolism, and in the molecular mechanisms underlying cellular oxygen sensing. The signaling pathways activated by hypoxia, and their regulation of transcriptional and post-translational responses in diverse cell types are also of major interest. Current studies focus on the role of mitochondrial redox signaling in the development of pulmonary hypertension. Other current studies focus on cardiomyocyte regeneration in the heart and molecular factors that regulate hypertrophic and hyperplastic remodeling responses.

John Joseph Millichap

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

Current clinical practice utilizes a multidisciplinary team approach to the diagnosis and treatment of pediatric epilepsy and comorbidities. Dr. Millichap has over 40 peer-reviewed medical publications and serves as the Section Editor of the Resident and Fellow Section of the journal Neurology and the Editor of Pediatric Neurology Briefs. As a member of the academic faculty of Northwestern University, he is involved in the education of trainees and grant-funded clinical research concerning epileptic encephalopathies and epilepsy genetics. <a href="" title="O...

Suzanne M Schmidt

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Emergency Medicine) and Medical Education

Primary interests: Education and assessment of medical students and residents, Otoscopy, Ear disease, Ophthalmologic emergencies, Orthopedic injuries

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 moderate sedation for pediatric patients of all ages undergoing MRI scans.

Patrick C Seed

Professor of Pediatrics (Infectious Diseases) and Microbiology-Immunology

Patrick C. Seed, MD, Ph.D., is Associate Chief Research Officer for Basic Sciences at the Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. He is a Professor of Pediatrics and Microbiology & Immunology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Division Head and Attending Physician in Lurie Children’s Division of Infectious Diseases. Dr. Seed’s lab aims to translate molecular knowledge of microbial/microbiome genetics, physiology, and pathogenesis into diagnostics and treatments for a broad range of pediatric diseases. He join...

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