Department of Pediatrics

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Faculty Spotlight

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.

Soyang Kwon

Research Associate Professor of Pediatrics

Dr. Kwon is interested in epidemiological studies and wearables data analyses for health outcomes and behaviors, such as obesity and physical activity, among children and families.

Cynthia E Castiglioni

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Hospital-Based Medicine)

Dr. Cynthia Castiglioni completed her undergraduate education at the University of Notre Dame and received her medical degree at the University of Pittsburgh. After completing her pediatric residency at Children's Memorial Hospital, she joined the Division of Hospital Based Medicine in 2009.  Cindy holds the position of Medical Director for Floor 21 at the Ann & Robert H Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago and has previously served as the Clinical Practice Director for the Division of Hospital Based Medicine.  In 2016, she completed a Masters in Healthcare Quality & Patient Safety through Nor...

Irwin Benuck

Professor of Pediatrics (Community Based Primary Care), Pediatrics (Cardiology) and Pediatrics (Primary Care-Outreach)

Identify children at risk CAD. Utlize the new NHLBI guidelines (member expert panel) to reduce cardiovascuar disease in children and adolescents.Provide tools, support, and provide recognition for pediatric office based education and to mentor community pediatricians to provide more teaching to medical students, residents, and other trainees.

Roger A de Freitas

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Cardiology)

I completed complete training in pediatrics and pediatric cardiology as well as adult internal medicine and adult cardiology. This affords me both a unique perspective on the long-term management of patients born with congenital heart disease, but allows me to fully integrate into the care of patients across the full age spectrum. This is reflected in my clinical responsibilities, which range from attending on the consultation service at Lurie Childrens, assessing pediatric patients from neonates to adolescents, to my primary responsibilities attending to adults with congenital heart disease a...

Ellen E Kim

Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Endocrinology)

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

Mary Eileen McBride

Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Cardiology) and Medical Education

Clinically, I am a pediatric cardiac intensivist and I care for children of all ages with congenital and acquired heart disease who require critical care. Academically, I focus on medical education through the teaching and learning of students, trainees, staff and faculty. Through this work, I use simulation as my primary medium as well as small and large group didactic sessions in teaching cardiac physiology, resuscitation, communication, teamwork, feedback and coaching.

Kiona Y Allen

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Cardiology)

Dr. Kiona Allen is the Medical Director of the Regenstein Cardiac Care Unit, Medical Director of the Single Ventricle Center of Excellence, and Associate Director of the NICU-Cardiac Neurodevelopmental Program at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital. Her clinical and research focus is in the longitudinal medical, neurodevelopmental, and psychosocial care of patients with critical cardiac disease in both the inpatient and outpatient settings.

Joanna L Weinstein

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

Dr. Weinstein treats patients with all forms of childhood and adolescent cancer. Her primary areas of expertise include retinoblastoma (the most common form of eye cancer in children), pediatric lymphomas (both Non-Hodgkin and Hodgkin subtypes and post-transplantation lymphomas), and a group of disorders called the histiocytoses, including Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis (LCH) and Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis (HLH). She is also the director of the Cancer Predisposition Program at Lurie Children's Hospital where she performs counseling and provides comprehensive care with surveillance to pa...

Rebecca Ruhana Burns

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Emergency Medicine)

My clinical interest is in Urgent Care/Pediatric Emergency Medicine. I am also involved in quality and process improvement as well as urgent care research.

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Faculty Development

Our faculty is one of our greatest resources. To support them on the paths to successful, fulfilling careers, we make faculty development a priority.<

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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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Physician-Scientist Training & Resources

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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