Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Pediatrics


The Office of Faculty Development (OFD) within the Department of Pediatrics maintains a roster of coaches with expertise regarding different career paths, the promotion process, organizing for academic productivity, issue resolution, and more. These coaches will counsel and direct faculty toward appropriate resources, including identifying possible mentors. 

Please contact OFD if you are interested in meeting with a coach.

Faculty Development Coaches

Mark Adler, MD: I am an attending in the pediatric emergency department and I am interested in the development and testing of high quality educational assessment tools, survey development, and simulation-based education, with a focus on an inter-professional learner population.

Estella Alonso, MD: Exceptional clinical care is the cornerstone of what we have built here at Lurie Children’s. But as faculty of one of the nation’s top medical schools, we strive not only to deliver, but to define excellence in Pediatric Medicine. In my role with the Office of Faculty Development, I look forward to supporting our clinical faculty as they challenge themselves to realize these goals. I am an alumni of both our medical school and Pediatrics residency and been a member of the faculty here for over fifteen years. My area of clinical expertise is Hepatology and Transplant Medicine. I also lead a comprehensive health outcomes research program in Pediatric Liver Disease and Transplantation investigating determinants of survival and chronic disability in this population. 

Matthew Davis, MD, MAPP: I am a general pediatrician and internist, as well as a health services and health policy researcher with a strong interest in community-engaged programs and projects. I am the Division Head for Academic General Pediatrics and Primary Care, and I direct the Smith Child Health Research Program. I also serve as Associate Chief Research Officer for Health Services and Policy Research for Lurie Children’s and the Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute. In these roles, I relish the opportunity to support and mentor faculty and fellows in their career development.

Thomas Green, MD: I am a pediatric intensivist/pulmonologist with 30 years of experience in faculty advising and mentoring as a division head and department chair. My current scientific interests are in improving drug therapy in children through quantitative systems pharmacology and statistical modeling approaches.

Robert Greenberg, MD: I am the Division Head for Pediatric Hospital Medicine (Lurie Children's Campus). My interests include medical informatics, observation/short-stay care systems and care coordination for children with complex, chronic conditions.

Aaron Hamvas, MD: I am a Professor of Pediatrics and the Division Head of Neonatology with 25 years of experience in mentoring and advising trainees and junior faculty in both the research and clinical settings. My research interests are the genetic contributions to newborn and childhood lung diseases.  

Susanna McColley, MD: I am a pediatric pulmonologist focused on translational research in cystic fibrosis, Associate Chief Research Officer for Clinical Trials at Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute (SMCRI) and Associate Director for Child Health of the Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute. As Principal Investigator of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Pediatric Therapeutics Development Center at Lurie Children’s, I have extensive experience in the design and conduct of studies utilizing large databases, prospective observational studies and clinical trials. I also have strong interest and experience in healthcare quality improvement and health disparities.

Rick McGee, PhD: After 20 years doing basic science research, I evolved my career to focus on development of future investigators and qualitative research methods. As the Associate Dean for Professional Development, I lead systematic efforts and work individual faculty in Feinberg to assist them with grant seeking and writing (especially NIH awards), qualitative research design and methods, and general faculty career development advice and guidance.

Jacqueline Pongracic, MD: I am the Division Head of Allergy/Immunology. I am a clinical investigator in the areas of asthma and food allergy. I have 13 years of experience conducting multi-center clinical trials in large, NIH-funded asthma research networks. I have also engaged in industry-sponsored clinical trials for novel therapeutics in food allergy. I am particularly interested in evaluating immunomodulatory therapies for food allergy and inner-city asthma. I have multiple local and national research collaborations.

Sandra Sanguino, MD: I am a general pediatrician who has made medical education the focus of my career. I am actively involved in advising and mentoring medical student and residents. I currently serve as the Associate Dean for Student and Career Development at the Feinberg School of Medicine.

Bill Schnaper, MD: I am a pediatric nephrologist who studies molecular mechanisms of kidney fibrosis and their translational potential. I also have been active in training grants and teaching. As Vice Chair of the Department of Pediatrics, my primary emphasis is on faculty development. 

Paul Schumacker, PhD: I am a basic scientist in the Division of Neonatology working on mitochondrial metabolism and its role in signal transduction, oxygen sensing, and cancer biology. I run a research laboratory and have trained undergraduates, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, clinical subspecialty fellows, and junior faculty members. I am also interested in promoting career advancement for other faculty members.

Karen Sheehan, MD, MPH: I practice both general pediatrics and pediatric emergency medicine. I obtained my MPH as a junior attending and most of my research is public health related. My research focuses on youth development, injury and violence prevention. I use my research to inform to my work in advocacy. Although my primary interest has been injury and violence prevention, the strategies (policy, system, and environmental change) that I have used in injury prevention advocacy can be applied to other conditions. I look forward to helping colleagues disseminate and implement their research findings to positively impact the health of children.

Alexis Thompson, MD: I am a pediatric hematologist-oncologist and am currently the Hematology Section Head. My clinical interests include hemoglobinopathies (thalassemia and sickle cell disease), bone marrow failure syndromes and stem cell transplantation in pediatric patients. I am a clinical and translational research investigator on multi-center trials and as well as my own investigator-initiated studies in thalassemia, sickle cell disease, and Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP). I have extensive regional and national experience on advisory committees for governmental agencies as well as non-profit organizations focused on patient advocacy, improving healthcare access and increasing workforce diversity.

Career Advancement Plan

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