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Meet our team

Meet our team

With the goal of treating the whole child, physicians and specialists at Shriners Hospital for Children — Chicago are united in a mission to provide the highest quality care to children within a compassionate, family-centered and collaborative environment.

Orthopaedic Surgery
Jeffrey Ackman, M.D.
Haluk Altiok, M.D.
Teresa Cappello, M.D.
Kelsey Elaine Davidson, M.D.
Peter Smith, M.D.
Katie Aukstik, PA-C
Kelsey Moon, PA-C
Allison Ragins, PA-C
Katrina Vogel, PA-C
Molly J. Grant, MSN, APN, CPNP
Kathleen M. Benson, D.N.P., APRN, CPNP-PC

Spine Surgery
Kim Hammerberg, M.D., Chief, Spine Surgery
Purnendu Gupta, M.D., Chief of Staff
Michal Szczodry, M.D.

Hand Surgery
Michael S. Bednar, M.D.
Felicity G.L. Fishman, M.D.
Sameer Puri, M.D.

Plastic Surgery and Cleft Palate
David Morris, M.D., Chief, Plastic Surgery
Mary M. O'Gara, MA, CCC-SLP, Director, Cleft Lip/Palate and Plastic Surgery Service
Mitchell Grasseschi, M.D.
Julia F. Corcoran, M.D.
Pravin Patel, M.D.
Lee Alkureishi, M.D.
Clark Schierle, M.D., Ph.D.
Chad Purnell, M.D.
Robert L. Walton, M.D.
Patty Engebretson, MSN, APN, CPNP
Marisa Foss, MSN, APN, CPNP
Sarah Richards, SLP

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Sue Mukherjee, M.D.
Gabriela Martinez, M.D.

Pediatric Rehabilitation
Lauren Eckerle, CCC-SLP, Director of Rehabilitation Services
Ann Flanagan, PT, PCS
Kathryn Hess, MS, CCC-SLP

Pediatric Rheumatology
Linda Wagner-Weiner, M.D.
Melissa R. Tesher, M.D.

Arthur Curtis, M.D.
Kathryn L. Colman, M.D.

Rehabilitation/Spinal Cord Injury
Lawrence Vogel, M.D., Medical Director Spinal Cord Injury/Chief of Pediatrics emeritus
Consuelo Fuentes, MSN, APN, CPNP, WCC

Mohan S. Gundeti, M.D.

Polina Voronov, M.D., Chief
Sarah L. Oswald, M.D., Co-Chief
Yulia M. Demidovich, M.D.
Helen Lee, M.D.
Pilar R. Mercado, M.D.
Katherine Ovsevitz, M.D.
Leelach Rothschild Dekoven, M.D.
Farheen Sultana, M.D.
Nicole C. P. Thompson, M.D.

Giffy Bhat, M.D.
Katherine J. Cobian, MS, genetics counselor

Infectious Disease
Karen C. Hayani. M.D.
Andrew J. Kreppel, M.D.

Motion Analysis Center
Gerald Harris, Ph.D., PE, Director
Nancy Scullion, PT, MPT, PCS
Karen Kruger, Ph.D., biomedical engineer

Kenneth Silver, M.D.

Arthur DiPatri, M.D.
Tadanori Tomita, M.D.

Vladimir Vidanovic, M.D.

Pediatric Dentistry
Stephen J. Grud, D.D.S.
Richard Monahan, D.D.S. 
James E. Parkhill, D.M.D.
David J. Reisberg, D.D.S.
Mark L. Runge, D.D.S.
Mital S. Spatz, D.D.S.

Pediatric Intensivists
Lev Podorovsky, M.D.
Susan Kecskes, M.D.
David J. Ubogy, M.D.

Michael Charles, M.D.
Pei-Yuan Tsou, M.D., FAAP
Daphne L. Vander Roest, M.D.

Pediatric Surgery
Nathaniel C. Koo, M.D.

Pediatric Orthotic and Prosthetic Services (POPS) – Midwest, LLC, at Shriners Hospitals
William Craggs, CPO
India Jacobson,CPO
Lauren Kells, MS, CPO
Peter Dreher
Anisah N. Mirza, MBA, CPO

Kathy Zebracki, Ph.D., Chief
Meredith Albert, Ph.D.
Lydia R. Barhight, Ph.D.
Kyle C. Deane, Ph.D.
Alicia M. January, Ph.D.

Cynthia K. Rigsby, M.D., Chief
Martha C. Saker, M.D., Co-Chief
Eugene C. Anandappa, M.D.
Ellen C. Benya, M.D.
James S. Donaldson, M.D.
Miriam M. Kappil, M.D.
Jackson Norman, M.D.
Francis M. Prendergast, M.D.
Carla V. Quijano, M.D.
Jonathan D. Samet, M.D.
Richard M. Shore, M.D.
Mary R. Wyers, M.D.
Tracy O'Brien, RTR, Director of Radiology

Nutrition Services
Pamela Patt, MS, RDN, CSP, LD, CNSC, Director of Nutrition Services

Jennifer Schottler, MPT

Business Development
Sara Klaas, Director of Business Development
Karen Montiel, Community Relations Liaison
Todd Medland, Physician Liaison
Laurie Lindsey, Physician Liaison
Kara Miller, Marketing and Communications

You may also visit our Administration page for information on our hospital leadership.