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Caring for patients alongside residents at Advocate Children's Hospital - Oak Lawn are academic clinicians who are among the most highly regarded and accomplished physicians in Chicago, representing the full spectrum of pediatric subspecialties. They have been recruited from major teaching institutions throughout the country to a medical center with a vision of growth, quality health care, the opportunity for teaching and scholarly activity, and altruism.

Department members regularly serve on the editorial boards of major medical journals, the board of the NIH Grant Committee, and as examiners for their subspecialty boards. Faculty members are on the Board of Directors of the American Professional Society on The Abuse of Children, the Physician Advisory Board for the Illinois Department of Public Aid, the Board of Governors of the American Heart Association, and the National Injury Prevention Committee of the AAP. One member is Vice President of the Genetic Task Force of Illinois, and one is President-Elect of the American Medical Women's Association.

Members of the Pediatrics Faculty have won the President's Award from the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, the University of Illinois' Raymond B. Allen teaching award (four consecutive years) and the Dianne Masters Award for Community Service from the Crisis Center for South Suburbia. In addition, faculty members have recently been awarded the Distinguished Leadership Award from the American Cancer Society and the annual award of the Crohns and Colitis Foundation of America. In addition, the chairman of the department was recognized as Pediatrician of the Year by the Starlight Foundation.


Rabi F. Sulayman, M.D., FAAP 
Department Chairperson
General Pediatrics and Academic Medicine, Cardiology
M.D.: American University of Beirut
Residency in Pediatrics: American University of Beirut
Senior Resident in Pediatrics: Children's Hospital and Medical Center Harvard Medical School
Fellow in Pediatric Cardiology: University of Chicago

Larry Roy, M.D., FAAP
Chief of Academics and Medical Management
General Pediatrics and Academic Medicine
M.D.: Pritzker School of Medicine University of Chicago
Residency in Medicine and Pediatrics: University of Chicago
Academic Interests: Quality Improvement, Performance Improvement, Continuing Medical Education, Evidence-Based Medicine Curriculum.

Mark Butterly, M.D., FAAP
Program Director
General Pediatrics and Academic Medicine
M.D.: Loyola University
Residency in Pediatrics: Advocate Christ Medical Center
Academic Interests: Developmental Screening, Healthy Steps and Primary Care, Service Recovery, and Patient Satisfaction.

Sonali Mehta Patel, M.D., FAAP
Associate Program Director
General Pediatrics and Academic Medicine
M.D.: University of Illinois at Chicago School of Medicine
Residency in Pediatrics: Advocate Christ Medical Center
Academic Interests/Projects: Pediatric Vision Assessment, Medical Student Education/Site Director for Core Pediatric Clerkship, and Pediatric Oral health.

Kent Nelson, M.D., FAAP 
Associate Program Director
General Pediatrics and Academic Medicine
M.D: University of Illinois at Chicago School of Medicine
Residency in Pediatrics: Advocate Christ Medical Center
Academic Interests/Projects: Information Technology in Student and Resident Education, Continuing Medical Education

Imelda Huerta-Galvez, M.D., FAAP
Cultural Competency Director, Pediatric Ambulatory Services Director
General Pediatrics and Academic Medicine
M.D.: University of Illinois School of Medicine at Chicago
Residency in Pediatrics: Advocate Christ Medical Center
Academic Interests/Projects: Thesis in progress for Masters of Health Professions Education regarding Evaluation of a Cultural Competency Curriculum.

Kimberley Dilley, MD, MPH, FAAP
Community and Advocacy Director, Medical Director Ronald McDonald Care Mobile
General Pediatrics and Academic Medicine
M.D.: Northwestern University Medical School
Residency in Pediatrics: Riley Children's Hospital, Indiana University School of Medicine
Fellowship in General Academic Pediatrics: Children's Memorial Hospital, Feinberg School of Medicine
Academic Interests: Evidence-based medicine, Community health and prevention, Obesity, Bone health, Cancer survivors
Megan Muscia, DO FAAP
Student Site Director
General Pediatrics and Academic Medicine
DO: Michigan State University-College of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency: Advocate Christ Medical Center
Academic Interests/Projects: Newborn Care, Mental Health, Obesity Task Force Member for Illinois Chapter of AAP

Hospital-Based Faculty
Community-Based Faculty

Hospital-Based Faculty

Adolescent Psychiatry
Martin Adeoye, M.D.
Marla Kushner, D.O.
Harold McGrath, M.D.

Adolescent Medicine
Marla Kushner, D.O.
Cynthia Mears, M.D.

Javeed Akhter, M.D.

Cardiac Pathology
Saroja Bharati, M.D.

Bettina Cuneo, M.D.
Andrew Griffin, M.D.
Tarek Husayni, M.D.
Michel Ilbawi, M.D.
Alex Javois, M.D.
Sunthorn Muangmingsuk, M.D.
Melissa Nater, M.D.
Dhaval Patel, M.D.
Earl Phillip Ow, M.D.
David Roberson, M.D.
Imran Sajan, M.D.
Ira Shetty, M.D.
Andrew VanBergen, M.D.
Frank Zimmerman, M.D.

Cardiovascular Surgery
Chawki El-Zein, M.D.
Michel Ilbawi, M.D.
Sujata Subramanian, M.D.

Critical Care
Enrique Cifuentes, M.D.
Enzo Garcia, M.D.
Ira Horowitz, M.D.
Nagendra Polavarapu, M.D.
Luis Torero, M.D.

Developmental Pediatrics
Larry Desch, M.D.

Farah Khatoon, D.O.
Ola Kawadry, M.D.
Vidhya Vishwanathan, M.D.
Fuad Ziai, M.D.

Rajeev Nagpal, M.D.
Christopher Smith, M.D.

General Pediatrics and Child Abuse
Joel Feinstein, M.D.
Anne Grote, RN

George Hoganson, M.D.
Jeannette Israel, M.D.
Lydia Jazmines, M.D.

Jason Canner, D.O.
Ammar Hayani, M.D.
Rebecca McFall, M.D.
Sharad Salvi, M.D.

Infectious Disease
Mary Ann Collins, M.D.
Surasak Pratuangtham, M.D.

Mohammed Allatar, M.D.
Eric Culp, D.O.
Ousama Dallal, M.D.
Brett Galley, M.D.
Corryn Greenwood, M.D.
Gonzalo Hernandez, M.D.
Deepika Kakkera, M.D.
Serguei Kishkurno, M.D.
Thomas Myers, M.D.
Mario Sanchez, M.D.

Andrew Aronson, M.D.
Richard Kaplan, M.D.
Kenneth Miller, M.D.

Robert Egel, M.D.
Mohammed Homsi, M.D.
Ammar Katerji, M.D.
Priti Singh, M.D.

Yoon Hahn, M.D.
Gerald Lemole, M.D.
Dimitrios Nikas, M.D.

Alexander Khammar, M.D.
Benjamin Ticho, M.D.

Oral/Maxillofacial Surgery
Terrance Wall, M.D.

Prasad Gourineni, M.D.
Denise Ibrahim, D.O.

Sue Lyon, M.D.
Silvio Marra, M.D.

Jamie Walloch, M.D.

Pediatric Emergency Room
Sarah Herron, D.O.
Sam Lam, M.D.
Omar Sawlani, M.D.
William Schroeder, D.O.

Pediatric Psychiatry
Martin Adeoye, M.D.
Harold McGrath, M.D.
Amer Smajkic, M.D.

Pediatric Surgery
Thom Lobe, M.D.

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Roy Adair, M.D.
William Adair, M.D.
Douglas Koltun, M.D.

Plastic/Reconstructive Surgery
Joseph Daw, M.D.
Ramasamy Kalimuthu, M.D.
Sai Ramasastry, M.D.
Nicholas Speziale, M.D.

Javeed Akhter, M.D.
Luis Torero, M.D.

Richard Heller, M.D.
Jose Ramilo, M.D.

Karen O'Neal, M.D.
Melissa Tesher, M.D.
Linda Wagner-Weiner, M.D.

Stephen Nold, M.D.


Chris Chapman, D.O.
Heather Dyer, M.D.
Stephanie Lichten, M.D.
Rinku Patel, M.D.
Suha Ramadan, M.D.
Nikita Williamson, M.D.

Community-Based Faculty

Gisela Yingst, M.D.

General Pediatrics
Patricia Arroyo, M.D.
April Bellamy-Peyton, M.D.
Christine Boyd, M.D.
Christopher Calvert, M.D.
Grace Careon, M.D.
Gene Denning, D.O.
Prashant Deshpande, M.D.
Wafaa Hanna, M.D.
Nancy Heil, M.D.
Jordan Kalchiem, M.D.
Alina Karpinski, D.O.
Chawn Lewis, M.D.
Catherine Macyko, M.D.
Heriberto Martinez, M.D.
Manuel Rojas, M.D.
Timothy Wall, M.D.
Wendell Wheeler, M.D.
Lawrence Vogel, M.D.

Palliative Care
Ileana Leyva, M.D.

Deb Czupek, Ph.D.

Sports Medicine
Sangili Chandran, M.D.

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