Dr. Ruth Seeler Retired as Professor

Nearly fifty (approximately one for each year of her UIC service) current and former colleagues and students attended a reception held in the COM Faculty Alumni Lounge on 5.21.15 to honor Ruth Andrea Seeler, MD. Although Dr. Seeler has officially retired as Professor in the Section of Hematology/Oncology, she plans to continue several roles in the Department of Pediatrics, including leading weekly write-up sessions for third-year medical students in the pediatrics rotation.


Faculty/Residents Receive Awards at Graduation

The following awards were received by faculty/residents at the graduation ceremony held May 30, 2015, at the University Club of Chicago:

• Outstanding faculty mentor, from the residents: Dr. Pavan Srivastava
• Outstanding intern, from the residents: Dr. Xochil Galeano

• Outstanding senior resident, from the interns: Dr. Gabriela Villanueva

• Outstanding fellow, from the residents: Dr. Nishant Srinivasan

• Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching: Dr. Saba Ahmad, Dr. Amanda Osta, and Dr. Pavan Srivastava

• Research Award: Dr. Tanbeena Imam

• Global Health Certificate: Dr. Amber Dave

• Outstanding faculty, from the students: Dr. Sara Smith and Dr. Andrew Griffin

• Outstanding senior resident, from the students: Dr. Gabriela Villanueva

• Outstanding intern, from the students: Dr. Margarita Mankus


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