Dr. Allen is a pediatric cardiac intensivist and a leading specialist in the care of patients with single ventricle physiology. In addition to her clinical experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings, her research focuses on longitudinal medical, neurodevelopmental, and psychosocial care of patients with critical cardiac disease.
As the Medical Director of 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 patients receiving mechanical circulatory support and single ventricle physiology). 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. Coinciding with her work in the Regenstein Cardiac Care Unit, Dr. Allen directs Lurie Children's Comprehensive Single Ventricle Program and co-directs the NICU-Cardiac Neurodevelopmental Program.