After a National Search, Sandi Lam, MD, MBA, Named as Lurie Children's Division Head of Pediatric Neurosurgery

Sandi Lam, MD, MBA, recently joined Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago as the new Division Head of Pediatric Neurosurgery.

"This is an amazing patient-centered institution with new forward-thinking leadership with a vision for growth in pediatric healthcare and pediatric neuroscience services," said Dr. Lam. "We are set to advance pediatric neurosurgery by building on our high-volume clinical expertise, with investment in talented and dedicated teams engaging in basic science, translational research, clinical studies, health services research, and population health. This is an unprecedented time for pediatric neurosurgery."

Dr. Lam comes from Texas Children's Hospital in Houston, where she had a robust subspecialized clinical practice with international referrals and an academic program in health services research for pediatric neurosurgery and pediatric healthcare delivery. In addition to her clinical expertise and track record with building multidisciplinary patient-centered programs in pediatric neurovascular surgery and craniosynostosis surgery, she is recognized for her work in minimally invasive techniques through endoscopic approaches for epilepsy surgery.

A native of Canada and resident of Hong Kong and the US, she received her medical degree from Northwestern's Feinberg School of Medicine graduating with the highest honors and Alpha Omega Alpha membership. Dr. Lam also holds an MBA from the George Washington University School of Business in Washington, DC. She completed her residency in neurological surgery at University of California Los Angeles and pediatric neurosurgery fellowship at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. She was on faculty at the University of Chicago and subsequently at Baylor College of Medicine, where she achieved the rank of Associate Professor with tenure while caring for children in her practice at the highly-ranked Texas Children's Hospital.

She has published over 150 articles focusing not only on clinical outcomes but also socioeconomic factors and policies that influence and impact access and delivery of neurosurgical care. She is also involved in global neurosurgery, with over 10 years of experience in skill- and knowledge transfer for pediatric neurosurgery in the developing world. Her funded projects focus on examining patterns of care in pediatric epilepsy as well as comparative effectiveness of surgical treatments in pediatric neurosurgery. She works with multiple international neurosurgery and educational organizations and is a member of the editorial board of Journal of Neurosurgery, Pediatrics, the leading scientific journal in the field.

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