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Pediatric Endocrinology:
Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics/Physician Surgeon
 
The Department of Pediatrics at the University of Illinois at Chicago, located in a large metropolitan area, is seeking an Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics/Physician Surgeon to assist the department teach medical students, residents and fellows in Pediatrics and Pediatric Endocrinology. Other duties include assisting the department provide clinical patient care, participate in clinical research, and perform administrative duties as assigned. Requirements are an MD degree or its academic foreign equivalent, plus 6 years of training in Pediatrics and Pediatric Endocrinology, Board certification in Pediatrics or eligibility for certification, and an Illinois medical license. Some travel may be required between healthcare facilities. For fullest consideration, please submit a CV, cover letter, and 3 references by 2/15/13 to the attention of Nivid Thakar via email at nthaka2@uic.edu, or mail at UIC, Dept of Pediatrics, 840 S. Wood Street, M/C 856 Chicago, IL 60612. UIC is AA/EOE.

AUGUST 2012

Meet New Faculty!!

   

William A. Frese, MD, has joined pediatrics as Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics in the Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. He graduated from the Medical School at the University of Illinois at Chicago; and his Residency and Internship were at the University of Michigan Health System. He delivers family-centered care with a focus on prevention and empowering children of all ages with the tools to maintain healthy lifestyles. His clinical interests include pediatric oral health, community pediatrics, and pediatric advocacy issues. He is board certified in pediatrics. In addition to English, he speaks some Spanish.

 

   

Harsha Vardhan Kumar, MD, has joined pediatrics as Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics in the Division of Allergy/Immunology/Pulmonology. Dr. Kumar graduated from St. John's Medical College, in Bangalore, India. He completed his Pediatric Residency at the University of Illinois at Chicago and his Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine Fellowship at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago (formerly Children's Memorial Hospital). His clinical interests include asthma, bronchopulmonary dysplasia, and chronic cough. He treats lung and breathing related conditions and diseases in children and newborn infants, offering pulmonary function testing in children and bronchoscopy services. His main research interests are asthma and pediatric obstructive sleep apnea. He is board certified in pediatrics. He speaks English, Hindi, and Kannada.

 

   

Sarah E. Perkins, MD, has joined pediatrics as Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics in the Division of Cardiology. She graduated from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO. Her Residency and Internship in Pediatrics were at the Children's Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University, in Chicago, IL; her Fellowship in Pediatric Cardiology was also at Children's Memorial. Her clinical interests focus on general pediatric cardiology. She is board certified in pediatrics and board eligible in pediatric cardiology.

 

   

Angela Rivers, MD, PhD, has joined pediatrics as Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics in the Division of Hematology/Oncology. She received a PhD from Meharry Medical College, Nashville, TN; and she attended Stanford University Medical School. She completed a combined Internal Medicine and Pediatric Residency at the University of South Florida and a Fellowship in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at the University of Florida. Her clinical focus is the transition of sickle cell disease patients. Dr. Rivers is seeing patients in the Sickle Cell Transition Adolescent-Adult Readiness Clinic (STAR) and the general pediatric hematology oncology clinic. Her research interest focuses on the Adeno Associated Virus as a vector for gene therapy in sickle cell disease.

 

   

Dr. Reshma Shah has joined Pediatrics in the University of Illinois Health System as an Instructor. Dr. Shah's research has focused on examining pediatricians’ experiences with special education as well as monitoring developmental outcomes in children with monogenic diabetes. Her clinical interests include developmental delays, ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, intellectual disability and learning disorders.

 

   

Dr. Saba Ahmad has joined Pediatrics in the University of Illinois Health System as Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Neurology. Her clinical interests include epilepsy and neurogenetics/neurometabolic diseases. Her research interests include epilepsy and genetics. She is particularly interested in epilepsy management, with a focus on dietary epilepsy management and on surgical epilepsy management.

 

   

Megan McCarville, MD, MPH, graduated from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO. Her Residency and Internship in Pediatrics were at the Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, IL; her Fellowship in General Academic Pediatrics was at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago (formerly Children’s Memorial Hospital). She also received a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, in Baltimore, MD. In the area of General Pediatrics she enjoys building relationships with children at all stages of their lives, as well as their families. She has a particular interest in the clinical management of underweight and overweight children. Asthma is another of her research interests. She is board certified in Pediatrics.

 

   

Gillian Brennan, MD, graduated from the Medical School of University College in Dublin, Ireland. Her Residency was at Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York. Her Fellowship was at New York Presbyterian Weill-Cornell Hospital. She is board certified in Pediatrics and in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine. Her main research interest is neonatal stroke. She speaks English and conversational Irish, German, and French.

 

     

DECEMBER 2011

Meet New Faculty!!

   

Ramin Alemzadeh, MD, is Professor; Chief , Division of Endocrinology; Director, Pediatric Diabetes Center. He received his medical degree from St. George’s University in Grenada, West Indies. He is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (FAAP). Among his postgraduate training fellowship appointments are Intern, Surgery, and Obstetrics/Gynecology, North Middlesex Hospital, London, England; Externship in Pediatrics, Jacksonville University Hospital, Florida; residency in pediatrics at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in New Jersey; and a fellowship in Pediatric Endocrinology, Metabolism, and Nutrition at North Shore University Hospital/Cornell University Medical College, Manhasset, New York. He is board certified in general pediatrics and in endocrinology. He has received peer election for inclusion in Best Doctors in America for more than five consecutive years, and he is a reviewer on the editorial board of more than a dozen medical journals. He has authored and co-authored numerous peer-reviewed scientific clinical and experimental articles and book chapters, and he is the lead author for the Diabetes Chapter for “Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics,” which is published by Saunders in Philadelphia and is now in its nineteenth edition. He also has co-chaired four annual Continuing Medical Education (CME) diabetes symposiums at Medical College of Wisconsin. His study on the relationship of vitamin D in obese children and adolescents with such factors as insulin sensitivity and ethnicity was one of the top ten cited papers in 2008 in “Metabolism: Clinical and Experimental.” Other attention has been directed to his research on the relationship between polycystic ovary syndrome and cardiometabolic syndrome in obese adolescent girls. He is board certified in general pediatrics and in endocrinology.

 

   

Lewis Hsu, MD, PhD, Professor of Clinical Pediatrics and Director of the Sickle Cell Program, is a pediatric hematologist who is dedicated to finding cures for sickle cell disease, and to improving treatment and education until cures can be found. He joined UIC as Director of the Pediatric Sickle Cell Center and Professor of Pediatrics in July 2011. He led large pediatric sickle cell programs at Emory University, St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, and Children’s National Medical Center. His clinical and translational research experience include multicenter landmark clinical trials of sickle cell stroke prevention and bone marrow transplantation, and contributing to understanding of inflammation and nitric oxide in mouse models of sickle cell disease. He has published over forty peer-reviewed papers, mentored numerous physicians and graduate students, and contributed to four sickle cell websites devoted to patient education. He has also co-authored a book, now in its third edition, entitled “Hope and Destiny: The Patient and Parent’s Guide to Sickle Cell Disease and Sickle Cell Trait.” He holds certifications from the American Board of Pediatrics and its Sub-board of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology. Dr. Hsu received his MD/PhD in Biophysics from the University of Rochester. He did his residency at the Yale-New Haven Hospital and his fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. In addition to sickle cell disease, his clinical interests include thalassemia and adolescent transition. Among his research interests are sickle cell disease, health education, bone marrow transplantation, and inflammation and vasculopathy health disparities.

 

   

Sekhar P. Reddy, PhD, is Chief, Division of Developmental Biology & Basic Research; Professor of Pediatrics; Director, Center for Pediatric Lung Diseases; and Associate Head of Basic Research. He obtained his PhD from the University of Hyderabad, India, and completed his postdoctoral training at the University of California at Davis. He most recently was Professor in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He is actively involved in NIH funded research in acute lung injury and pathogenesis. He is currently Principal Investigator of three NIH RO1 and one R21 grant awards. He has published more than eighty manuscripts in peer reviewed journals. He is currently serving as a regular member of LIRR (lung injury, repair, and remodeling) study section at the NIH and Pulmonary study section at the Veterans Affairs. He is on the editorial Board of respiratory journals AJRCMB and AJLCMP, and he is currently a member of the ATS-2011 AJRCMB programming committee. He meets with all students, residents, fellows, and junior faculty who are engaged in basic research in pulmonary pathobiology.

   

Benjamin Van Voorhees, MD, MPH, Chief, Division of General Pediatrics, and Associate Professor of Pediatrics, received his BA in History from Dartmouth College, his Doctor of Medicine from Vanderbilt University, and his Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins. He completed a Combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency at Vanderbilt University Hospital and a General Internal Medicine Fellowship at Johns Hopkins. During his fellowship, Dr. Van Voorhees completed four studies examining the managed care, practice level, and patient determinants of treatment outcomes for depression. He has received a NARSAD (National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression) Young Investigator Award, a Robert Wood Johnson (RWJ) Foundation Depression in Primary Care Value Grant, and a NIMH (K-08) Career Development Award to fund a Phase 2 clinical trial of a primary care/Internet-based depression prevention intervention called CATCH-IT) (Competent Adulthood Transition with Cognitive, Humanistic, and Interpersonal Training). The RWJ Foundation Finding Answers and NIMH RO-1 has now funded follow-up Phase 3 clinical trials for the CATCH-IT intervention. The primary author of more than thirty peer reviewed publications, Dr. Van Voorhees has served as a grant reviewer for the government of the Netherlands and the RWJ Foundation. Dr. Van Voorhees has made more than fifty presentations at national and international scientific meetings.

 

   

Arvind K. Shukla, MD, FRCP(C), Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Division of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, received a MBBS from Mahatma Gandhi Memorial College in Jamshedpur, India. He then did residencies in both pediatrics and surgery in New Delhi. After an externship in internal medicine and training in applied surgical anatomy at McGill University, Montreal, Canada, he was a resident in pediatrics at New York University and Rutgers Medical School. He then did a fellowship and research fellowship at the Abraham Lincoln School of Medicine at the University of Illinois Medical Center in Chicago. He most recently was clinical associate professor of pediatrics at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. In 2010, Dr. Shukla was recognized by the International Association of Pediatricians as a Leading Physician of the World.

   

Abdul Mazin, MD, is Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics in the Division of Neurology, as well as Director of the Epilepsy Center. He has completed medical training in Iraq, the United Kingdom, and the United States. He also did a clinical fellowship in epilepsy and neurophysiology at Harvard University. Most recently he was an attending physician in pediatrics at the University of Chicago. He is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology with a special qualification in child neurology. He is also board certified in the subspecialty of neurophysiology. Among his research interests and experience are outcomes of children who are treated with surgery, Lacosamide, and vagus nerve stimulation therapy.

   

Ivie Esangbedo, MD, Interim Chief, Division of Critical Care Medicine; Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, graduated from the medical school at the University of Lagos in Nigeria. She did her residency in pediatrics at the St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Paterson, New Jersey, and her fellowship in pediatric critical care medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. Multi-organ failure is among her clinical interests. She is board certified in pediatrics and board eligible in pediatric critical care medicine.

 

Sachin Amin, MD, Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Division of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, received his medical degree in pediatrics from the University of Bombay in India. He then did his residency in pediatrics and his fellowship in neonatal-perinatal medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is board certified in pediatrics and in neonatal-perinatal medicine.

   

Kimberly Czech, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Division of Nephrology, received her medical degree and did her residency at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, where she was awarded honors in anatomical sciences (gross anatomy/embryology). Her fellowship was in pediatric nephrology at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. After receiving her PhD from the University of Illinois Chicago, she went to Lund University in Sweden for a postdoctoral fellowship. She is board certified in pediatrics and in pediatric nephrology.

 

 

Neeraj Srivastava, MD, is Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Division of Critical Care. After graduating from the Medical College of the University of Delhi, he did pediatric residencies in India and New York. His critical care fellowship was at the Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston.

 

 

Jonathan M. Miller, MD, is Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Division of General Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine. He is interested in all areas of general pediatrics (e.g., primary care, well baby nursery, hospitalism). He graduated from the Johns Hopkinis University School of Medicine, and his residency was at the Yale/New Haven Hospital. His main academic interests are clinical ethics and consultation.

 

Sara Boblick Smith, MD, Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Division of General Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, attended medical school at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University, and did her medical/pediatrics residency training at the University of Michigan Hospitals in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She currently serves as co-director of the inpatient pediatrics unit and medical director of the newborn nursery. Her clinical interests include increasing health services and access to care for vulnerable populations. Among her research interests is the optimization of teamwork and communication among multidisciplinary teams during pediatric emergencies. She also is very committed to resident and medical student education.

 

Sylvia M. Villares, MD, Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Division of General Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, received her medical degree from the Universidad Central del Caribe School of Medicine. At New York Medical College, she did a pediatric residency program and a palliative care program. Her clinical interests include children with special health needs and palliative care. She lists her research interests as symptom management, as well as children with complex medical needs and their care.

   

Alexandria Saulsberry, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Division of General Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, has an interest in diagnosis and treatment of neurodevelopmental disorders (e.g., Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder [ADHD] and autism) and screening for intellectual disabilities and disorders of language and learning. Other clinical interests include oppositional defiant disorder. Her main research interest is behavioral interventions in children with ADHD. She also is involved with community education and parent advocacy within schools. She graduated from medical school and did a fellowship at the University of Chicago. She also did a residency at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee.

   

Deanna Behrens, MD, Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Division of Critical Care Medicine, received bachelor and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois Urbana/Champaign. After earning her medical degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine Peoria, she completed her residency at the University of Miami in Florida in internal medicine and pediatrics. Most recently she was in a fellowship program at the Washington University/St. Louis Children’s Hospital. She was in the Division of Critical Care and was also a certified member of the critical care transport group for high risk transfers. She has done medical education in Cuba, been on a medical mission to Guatemala City, participated in health fairs for underserved populations in Miami and the Florida Keys, recruited patients for a lawsuit to expand Medicaid coverage, been a trainer for a project to aid adolescent survivors of sexual assault, and been the president of UICOMP Physicians for Human Rights. She is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics.