Dr. Ben Van Voorhees appointed as Interim Head of the Department of Pediatrics

Benjamin Van Voorhees, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, became Interim Head of the Department of Pediatrics on February 20, 2015. An NIH-funded investigator in the area of primary care health service research, Dr. Van Voorhees is Project Director for the CHECK Grant (Coordination of Healthcare for Complex Kids), a $19.5 million CMS Healthcare Innovation Award received by the University of Illinois in 2014. He also is the principal investigator for the multi-center clinical trial of a technology-based "behavioral vaccine" to prevent adolescent depression. Most recently, Dr. Van Voorhees was Chief of the Division of General Pediatrics and Development, as well as Associate Head for Clinical Affairs. Other roles have included Medical Director for the Child and Youth Center at UI Health. Dr. Van Voorhees came to UIC in 2011 after holding faculty positions at Vanderbilt University and the University of Chicago.



The University of Illinois was recently awarded a $19.6 million grant for the launch of a new medical care model for children and young adults with chronic conditions. Coordination of Healthcare for Complex Kids or CHECK is designed to manage the healthcare of over 6,000 children in Cook County ages 0-25 with complex medical issues like asthma, depression, diabetes and sickle cell. "These children have very specialized healthcare needs that often result in frequent hospitalizations and emergency room visits" says Dr. Ben Van Voorhees, pediatrician at UI Health and lead of the CHECK project.


Children's Hospital University of Illinois (CHUI), home to an extraordinarily committed and talented group of physicians, scientists, educators, and administrators dedicated to advancing the field of pediatric medicine. We have made remarkable progress in fulfilling our three-pronged mission: to provide comprehensive and compassionate care to all children, especially the underserved; be an acclaimed leader in moving pediatrics forward through research; and educate medical professionals and health care workers in all aspects of our field. With a solid foundation in place, we are well positioned to meet future challenges in health care delivery, education and research.

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Van Voorhees

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