Dr. Allen's clinical and research focus is in the longitudinal medical, neurodevelopmental, and psychosocial care of patients with critical cardiac disease in both the inpatient and outpatient setting - primarily focused on patients with single ventricle physiology.
As a cardiac critical care attending physician in the Regenstein Cardiac Care Unit at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Dr. Allen's primary clinical focus is the inpatient care of patients with prolonged length of stay (including single ventricle patients and patients receiving mechanical circulatory support) and her clinical work involves collaboration with the multidisciplinary health care team including developmental specialists, cardiac rehabilitation and exercise physiologists, Child Life, case managers, social workers, and chaplains. She also coordinates Lurie Children's Comprehensive Single Ventricle Program, which is tasked with coordinating outpatient care for patients with single ventricle physiology from fetal diagnosis to the transition to adult congenital care.
Clinical Interests: Pediatric cardiac intensive care, single ventricle heart defects, mechanical circulatory support, neurodevelopmental outcomes
Education: Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, 2008
Postgraduate Training: Fellowship in pediatric critical care medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, 2014-2015; Fellowship in pediatric cardiology, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, 2011-2014; Residency in pediatrics, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, 2008-2011