​Lurie Children’s Second Opinions

If your child has been diagnosed with a serious medical condition or illness, consider getting a second opinion from the pediatric specialists at Lurie Children's. A second opinion from Lurie Children's can offer peace of mind that your child is receiving appropriate medical care.

Online Virtual Consultation

Lurie Children's has partnered with PinnacleCare to offer a virtual second opinion service. If you are not located in the Chicago area, or it's not possible to bring your child in to see us, you can now get the opinion of Lurie Children's top-ranked pediatric experts, no matter where you live!

A virtual consultation may be helpful if:

  • Your child has been given a new diagnosis and/or treatment plan
  • A change in treatment plan has been recommended
  • Surgery or an invasive procedure has been recommended
  • Your child’s diagnosis is unclear

The service is convenient, completely confidential and easy to use.

Step 1: PinnacleCare will collect all of the records and medical information about your child’s diagnosis.
Step 2: A Lurie Children's specialist will review your child's case.
Step 3: You will then receive a report with the specialists’ findings and recommendations.

Get Started

Note: This program should not be accessed for urgent or emergency situations that require immediate medical assistance. For immediate medical assistance, call 9-1-1 or go to your nearest emergency department.

Make an Appointment to See a Specialist

For a second opinion appointment with a specialist at Lurie Children's, call 1.800.KIDS DOC (1.800.543.7362)

Fetal Health Services

For pre-birth issues, contact the Lurie Children’s Institute for Fetal Health at 312.227.4747, fetalhealth@luriechildrens.org or complete our online form.

Heart Conditions

To schedule an appointment for an individual with an existing diagnosed heart defect, please call 312.227.4240.

To schedule an appointment to discuss heart defects diagnosed in before birth, please call 312.227.4724.

Learn more about our Heart Center Priority Second Opinion Program​.

For P​​​hysicians

Physicians are welcome to call 312.227.6690 for complex pediatric medical issues without a clear diagnosis. Our Diagnostic and Consultation Service is operated by physicians in the hospital’s Academic General Pediatrics & Primary Care division.