The University of Chicago Medicine - Comer Children's Hospital

Department of Pediatrics 2017 Annual Report

Cancer & Host Defense

Patient Kylie Conklin with Susan Cohn, MD

Hematology & Oncology

Allergy, Immunology & Pulmonology

  • Christina Ciaccio, MD, MSc, was appointed to the Leadership Institute steering committee of the American Academy of Allergy/Asthma/Immunology.
  • B. Louise Giles, MD, FRCPC, was appointed to the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Editorial Board for PREP Pulmonology. Giles was also honored with a Distinguished Alumni Award by Fanshawe College, London, Ontario. 
  • Leila Kheirandish-Gozal, MD, MSc, was elected chair of the program committee for the Sleep and Respiratory Neurobiology Assembly for the American Thoracic Society and was a keynote speaker at the European Respiratory Society Sleep and Breathing Congress in Marseille, France.
  • Ajanta Patel, MD, served as a delegate from the American Academy of Pediatrics to the American Medical Association.

Critical Care


  • Section members presented three posters at the American Academy of Pediatrics annual meeting.
  • Deirdre De Ranieri, MD, was the medical honoree for the Arthritis Foundation Jingle Bell Run in Wheaton, Ill., where the Rheumatology team was the top fundraiser.

Infectious Diseases

  • Service expansion to Edward Hospital
  • Nearly 100% extramurally-funded HIV program


  • Drafted pediatric clinical guidelines to standardize the care of patients presenting to Comer Children’s with atopic dermatitis flares and severe blistering drug eruptions
  • Had several case series and case reports accepted for publication in pediatric dermatology literature
  • Delivered lectures at the 2017 World Congress of Pediatric Dermatology and the 2017 annual meeting of the American Academy of Pediatrics
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