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

When the inherent resilience of childhood is breached by cancer, infection or immunity gone awry, we fight back with cross-cutting research and clinical expertise spanning every discipline. From allergy prevention to cancer immunology to reducing mortality and hospital admissions for asthma, our brightest minds tackle the biggest problems for the most vulnerable kids. When kids’ native defenses falter, we promise to protect them and work for a cure.

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. 
  • David Gozal, MD, MBA, served as president of the American Thoracic Society and published 47 peer-reviewed papers.
  • 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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