As Interim Department Head of Pediatrics, I'd like to welcome you to our website. I hope you'll take a few minutes to read further about innovative programs that are moving forward a charge that is very important to me and my colleagues – a charge to advance the health and well-being of children in Chicago through innovative programs. I look forward to working with all members of our extensive community as we strengthen our foundation and commitment to effective, compassionate, and accessible healthcare for all of Chicago's children.
Benjamin W. Van Voorhees, MD, MPH
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Interim Head, Department of Pediatrics
Best Doctors of 2015
The following current faculty members at the Department of Pediatrics were among those named "Top Doctors 2015" by Castle Connolly.
• Karen Bernstein, MD, MPH
• Karen Hayani, MD
• Lewis Hsu, MD, PhD
• Diego Ize-Ludlow, MD
• Eunice G. John, MD
• Pravin K. Muniyappa, MD
• C. Lucy Park, MD
• Mary Lou Schmidt, MD
• Benjamin Van Voorhees, MD, MPH
Drs. Frese and Martin to Investigate Oral Health Promotions
The UIC Department of Pediatrics has been selected for the Multidisciplinary and Collaborative Research Consortium to Reduce Oral Health Disparities in Children: A Multilevel Approach Program, which is a grant award from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research at the National Institutes of Health. Our award is called Coordinated Oral health Promotion (CO-OP) Chicago and is led by Dr. Molly Martin (Principal Investigator) and Dr. William Frese (Co-Investigator).
U of I to test medical model for poor children on the South and West sides - By Andrew L. Wang (Crain's Chicago Business)
The University of Illinois Pediatrics is receiving a $19.6 million federal grant to test a medical care model that focuses on poor children and young adults with chronic conditions such as asthma and diabetes. The program, called University of Illinois Check, would establish and build a “medical neighborhood” model to address the lack of access to care in medically underserved areas on the West and South sides of Chicago, said Dr. Ben Van Voorhees, the pediatrician at U of I Hospital and Health System who is leading the project.
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Dr. Ronayne Is Involved in Passage of Bill To Protect Down Syndrome Babies
James Ronayne, MD, Clinical Instructor in the Department of Pediatrics, was among those working on a Down Syndrome bill that became IL Public Act 99-0142 when it was approved in July 2015 by Governor Rauner. Dr. Ronayne composed the initial draft legislation and subsequently gave testimony to the Senate Executive Committee.