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Our multidisciplinary team of pediatric experts provide decades of experience and compassionate care. We have a coordinated approach to treating all aspects of DiGeorge syndrome and offer ongoing support to you, your child, and the entire family.

The DiGeorge Diagnostic and Treatment Team at Advocate Children's Hospital - Oak Lawn:

Primary team:

Javeed Akhter, MD Co-Director, Pulmonology/Immunology
Lydia Jazmines, MD Co-Director, Genetics
Jeannette Israel, MD Genetics
Larry Desch, MD Developmental Pediatrics
Mary Murray, RN Research Nurse Coordinator
Ellen Totten, MS CGC Genetic Counseling

Consultant team:

Sharad Salvi, MD Hematology
Ola Kawadry, MD Endocrinology
Farah Khatoon, MD Endocrinology
Vidhya Viswanathan, MD Endocrinology
Fuad Ziai, MD Endocrinology
Luis Torero, MD Pulmonology
Marijo Pesavento, Physical Therapy
Jenny Fogel, Speech Therapy
Maureen Brennan, MSW Social Work
Ginevra Bianchini, Dietician


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