Dr. Raj Award

An award was given to J. Usha Raj, MD, the Anjuli S. Nayak Professor of Pediatrics, Head of the Department of Pediatrics, and Physician-in-Chief of the Children's Hospital, in recognition of Exceptional Service to the Institution at the Annual Meeting of Medical Staff of the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System on October 23, 2014. In making the presentation, Michael Warso, MD, President of the Medical Staff, Associate Professor and Chief of the Division of Surgical Oncology, mentioned the role of Dr. Raj in the Department of Pediatrics and University of Illinois receiving $19.6 million from the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare for the Coordination of Healthcare for Complex Kids (CHECK), which is designed to manage the healthcare of more than 6,000 Cook County children.



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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Welcome … to the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Please visit our website to learn more about our General Pediatricians and Subspecialists who take pride in offering comprehensive and compassionate healthcare to any child who lives in Illinois. If you are a past, current, or prospective student, resident or faculty member, you will find information about unique opportunities to participate with us as we advance the field of pediatrics. We have launched several community-based urban-health research programs for children in an effort to eliminate health disparities as we believe that every child deserves the best. Consequently all our educational programs emphasize advocacy and research. If you are in the vicinity please come and visit our Children’s Hospital University of Illinois (CHUI) and our Child and Youth Center (CYC)!

J. Usha Raj, MD
Anjuli S. Nayak Professor of Pediatrics 
Head, Department of Pediatrics
Physician-in-Chief, Children's Hospital