Leadership & Faculty

The leadership of Manne Research Institute consists of the Chief Research Officer, Associate Chief Research Officers, Chief Operating Officer, Program and Center leaders, as well as Associate Directors representing the research of Lurie Children’s departments and the Manne Research Institute’s Board of Directors. As a team, these leaders provide context, direction and support for the research activities conducted throughout Lurie Children’s.

Manne Research Institute Leadership

Thomas P. Shanley, MD​
Chief Research Officer

Matthew M. Davis, MD, MAPP
Associate Chief Research Officer for Health Services and Policy Research

Susanna McColley, MD
Associate Chief Research Officer for Clinical Trials

Patrick C. Seed, MD, PhD​
Associate Chief Research Officer for Basic Science Research

Cassandra Lucas, PhD​
Chief Operating Officer

Visit our research areas to find a leader of a department, program or center of excellence.

Research Faculty

Manne Research Institute faculty members investigate topics covering the broad spectrum of children’s health. Clinical research focuses on treating or curing diseases, and improving therapies, procedures or devices. Basic researchers study underlying phenomena such as human development, genetics or brain circuitry. Other faculty members engage in clinical, community and population-based research to benefit children, their families and their communities.

Lurie Children’s researchers include physicians, laboratory scientists, nurses, chemists and others who share their expertise. Our pediatricians and scientists routinely collaborate with our academic partner, Northwestern University, other medical centers and academic institutions across the globe, as well as with community partners such as schools and governments.

High profile research projects include:

  • An investigational drug for Spinal Muscular Atrophy
  • Stem cell therapies to improve bladder function
  • Simulation models to train surgeons on difficult procedures

Find a researcher and learn more about their research and areas of interest. ​​​​



Board of Directors

The Manne Research Institute Board of Directors is a body of elected members and appointed staff who jointly oversee the activities of the research institute. The Board’s activities are determined by the powers, duties and responsibilities conferred on it by the Children’s Hospital of Chicago Medical Center. These matters are detailed in the research institute’s bylaws.​

  • Peter B. Bensinger Jr., Chair
  • H. Scott Silverman, DPhil, Vice Chair
  • James Donaldson, MD
  • Mina Dulcan, MD
  • Lesli Falk
  • James R. Ferguson​
  • Andrew R. Gelman
  • Jennifer Grumhaus
  • Arthur L. Holden
  • Pran Jha
  • Kirk B. Johnson
  • Malcolm S. Kamin
  • James L. Katz​
  • Anthony K. Kesman
  • Patrick M. Magoon​
  • James E. Malackowski
  • Sharon L. Manne, PhD
  • David McHugh
  • Eric G. Neilson, MD
  • Elizabeth Perlman, MD
  • Mohan P. Rao, PhD
  • Marleta Reynolds, MD
  • Thomas P. Shanley, MD
  • Margaret Stineman
  • Santhanam Suresh, MD
  • H. Thomas Watkins III