As Department Head of Pediatrics, I’d like to welcome you to our website. I hope you’ll take a few minutes to read further about innovative programs that are moving forward a charge that is very important to me and my colleagues – a charge to advance the health and well-being of children in Chicago through innovative programs. I look forward to working with all members of our extensive community as we strengthen our foundation and commitment to effective, compassionate, and accessible healthcare for all of Chicago’s children.

Benjamin W. Van Voorhees, MD, MPH
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Head, Department of Pediatrics
Physician-in-Chief, Children’s Hospital University of Illnois (CHUI)


2016 University of Illinois College of Medicine Innovation Award Recipient Barry J. Richmond, MD – Open Forum and Gala Honors Medical Careers

2016 University of Illinois College of Medicine Innovation Award Recipient – Barry J. Richmond, MD

The Department of Pediatrics hosted an Open Forum on September 16, 2016, with Barry J. Richmond, MD, Chief of the Section on Neural Coding and Computation at the Laboratory of Neuropsychology, National Institute of Mental Health, in Bethesda, MD; and his wife Dorothy Anne Richmond, MD, associate professor of pediatrics at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, DC. Led by Benjamin W. Van Voorhees, MD, MPH, the discussion was held in conjunction with the Illinois Medicine Gala on September 17, 2016, at which Julius Richmond, ’37, MD ’40 (post) received the Pioneer in Medicine Award. The legacy of Dr. Julius Richmond, who taught pediatrics at UIC, includes ground-breaking work in child psychiatry and human development. While holding a dual appointment from 1977 to 1981 as surgeon general and assistant secretary of health, he launched such initiatives as immunizing and screening children. He had previously been the first national director of Project Head Start.

“Although the life and accomplishments of Dr. Julius Richmond were certainly worthy of note, it was a distinct honor and pleasure to get to know his son, Dr. Barry Richmond, who is a renowned investigator and social activist, and Dr. Dorothy Anne Richmond, who is a respected medical educator and clinician. In fact it was a special time to discuss the trajectory that careers in the medical field might take, and to pay tribute to all past, present, and future pediatricians,”
said Dr. Van Voorhees, Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Pediatrics.

“Children’s Hospital University of Illinois committed to excellence and community”, By Marie Balice-Ward for the Gazette Chicago

UI Health Pediatrics is featured in the Gazette Chicago’s April edition. The article highlights both inpatient and outpatient clinical expertise, our commitment to equity and community, and Dr. Benjamin Van Voorhees‘ recent appointment as the Head of the Department of Pediatrics and Physician-in-Chief for the Children’s Hospital. Dr. Edmundo Cortez, Dr. Harsha Kumar, Dr. Mary Lou Schmidt, Dr. Van Voorhees and Mary Johnson were interviewed for the article.

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Children’s Hospital University of Illinois (CHUI), home to an extraordinarily committed and talented group of physicians, scientists, educators, and administrators dedicated to advancing the field of pediatric medicine. We have made remarkable progress in fulfilling our three-pronged mission: to provide comprehensive and compassionate care to all children, especially the underserved; be an acclaimed leader in moving pediatrics forward through research; and educate medical professionals and health care workers in all aspects of our field.

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Research Updates

The research of Daniela DeFrino PhD, RN, assistant professor of research at the College of Medicine and Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor College of Nursing and her colleagues, including Huma Khan, MD, Fellow in Adolescent Medicine and Benjamin Van Voorhees, MD, MPH has caught the attention of the international press.

The study: Understanding Teen Expression of Sadness A Qualitative Exploration “They don’t understand why I’m upset. Sometimes, I don’t either” was submitted to the Pediatric Academic Societies conference and accepted for poster presentation. Further, it was chosen, among the many abstracts at PAS this year, for national and international press release by the American Academy of Pediatrics. These findings resonate with the public, and our study is featured in the following articles.

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Thriving Illinois Kids Engagement System (T.I.K.E.S.)

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Programs of Clinical Excellence

Ten Programs of Clinical Excellence have been identified to provide high-quality, comprehensive care for the children of Illinois. By focusing on clinical and basic bench research within these Programs of Clinical Excellence, our goal is to move the field of Pediatric Medicine forward.

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