We encourage residents to engage in projects that enhance their interests, career development and engagement with the pediatric field. Many residents continue their scholarly activity throughout their residency, and even choose to continue their projects after graduation.

Recent Scholarly Activities:


  • Aktas O.N., Kao L.M., Hoyt A., Siracusa M., Malone. R. & Gupta R.S. Implementation of an Allergic Reaction Reporting Tool for School Health Personnel: A Pilot Study of Three Chicago Schools. The Journal of School Nursing. 2018, May; 35(5): 316-324. Cited in PubMed; PMID: 29788794. Pub Status: Published.

  • Aktas ON, Ozturk AB, Erman B, et al. Role of natural killer cells in lung cancer. Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology. Jun 2018.

  • Esezobor CI, Akintan P, Nwaogazie U, et al. Enuresis in children and adolescents with sickle cell anaemia is more frequent and substantially different from the general population. PLOS One. Aug 2018.

  • Shea J, Martusiewicz M, Bilaver LA, Aktas ON, et al. Pediatric residents’ assessment of atopic dermatitis severity for risk assessment of early peanut introduction. Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. Aug 2018.

  • Rabago J, Ahmad S, Antoon J. Headache in an adolescent. Annals of Pediatrics. June 2019

  • Selvaraj K, Ruiz MJ, Aschkenasy J, Chang JD, et al. Screening for toxic stress risk factors at well-child visits: The addressing social key questions for health study. Journal of Pediatrics. Feb 2019.

  • Matheu MSunil TCastro-Peña ASpears CESmith CJFlores JMTaylor BSLack of virologic suppression is associated with lower HIV-related disclosure stigma in people living with HIV. Aids Care. 2019 Oct 28:1-7. doi: 10.1080/09540121.2019.1679705

  • Aktas O.N., Warren C.M., Guzman B. &Gupta R.S. Prevalence and Characteristics of Multifood Allergy Among US Children with Food Allergy. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2020, Feb; 145(2): AB243. Pub Status: Published.

  • Aktas O.N., Chang J. & Pappalardo A.A. An Unusual Presentation of Hereditary Angioedema Type II with Amnesia, Poor Concentration and Headache. Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. 2020, Jun; S1081-1206(20): 30419-1. Cited in PubMed; PMID: 32565143. Pub Status: Published.


  • Michelle Matheu, MD, Laurie Gleason, BA, Thankam Sunil, PhD, MPH, Norys A. Castro-Pena, MD, Camille Spears, MD, MPH, Christopher Smith, MD, John Michael Flores, MD and Barbara S. Taylor, MD, MSThe Impact of Disclosure Stigma on Virologic Outcomes in People Living with HIV”. ID Week October 4th, 2018. San Francisco, CA.

  • John Flores, MD, Lindsay Waggerman, BA, Cheryl Connor, MD. “Hidden in Plain Sight: a Case of Gastroparesis with Diarrhea in a Homeless Patient with Schizoaffective Disorder and Polysubstance Abuse.” Poster presentation at ACP Illinois Northern Region Residents & Medical Students’ Day. October 10th, 2018 University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL

  • K Kellner, A Pham, A Schwartz, N Srinivasan. Abnormal diastolic blood pressure trends in very low birth weight infants following acute kidney injury. Midwest Society for Pediatric Research Program. Oct 2018.

  • Saavedra J, Saoud K. Connecting early childhood education and medical homes. Oral presentation at Pediatric Academic Society national meeting. April 2019

  • Leon Silva, Astrid; Guzman, Arielle; Schwartz, Alan; Patel, Saurabh; Sierra-Fernandez, Hernan; Srinivasan, Nishant. Do Early pRBC Transfusions Increase Risks for Adverse Outcomes in VLBW Infants? Accepted for presentation at Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting, May 2020. 

  • Aktas O.N., Warren C.M., Guzman B. & Gupta R.S. (March, 2020). Prevalence and Characteristics of Multifood Allergy Among US Children with Food Allergy. Oral Presentation presented at: AAAAI 2020 Annual Meeting; Philadelphia, PA, USA.

  • Dr. Leah Finkel, Dr. Camila Ospina, Dr. Michael Byers, Dr. Wesley Eilbert. Fever without source in unvaccinated children 3 to 36 months – what workup is recommended? UIC Hospital. Presented at: Pediatric Urgent Care Conference 2020, Los Angeles.