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Department of Surgery

The Department of Surgery at Lurie Children’s, led by Thomas H. Inge, MD, PhD, provides surgical services that range from routine appendectomies, tonsillectomies, and fractures, to complex organ transplantations and surgeries for congenital heart defects. The Department is also the pediatric surgery training partner for Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, and other local and regional hospitals, providing extraordinary resident and fellow training in each of its 10 divisions.

Lurie Children’s is the first children’s hospital in Illinois to be designated as a Level 1 children’s surgery center by the American College of Surgeons, a recognition only achieved by meeting the highest standards for training, staffing, quality improvement and care. Lurie Children’s is also a designated Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center, meaning it is equipped to handle the most severely injured children. 

Our experienced team, comprised of approximately 80 surgeons in 10 sub-specialty divisions, is ready to serve your child’s every surgical need.


Leadership Team

Thomas H. Inge, MD, PhD

Surgeon-in-Chief and Chair

Daniel Skarzynski

Executive Director

Nicole Lantero

Senior Executive Assistant

Sid Chittajallu

Director, Medical Group Financial Operations

Christopher Cosgrove

Senior Director, Surgery Administation and Operations

Jennifer Marcordes

Senior Director, Surgery Administation and Operations

Courtney Jones

Manager of Medical Education

Jamie Schechter

Senior Director Business Operations, Surgical Services

Dana Thompson, MD, MS, MBA, FACS

Vice Chair of Access and Ambulatory Services

Anthony C. Chin, MD, MS, MBA

Vice Chair of Finance

Jonathan B. Ida, MD, MBA, FACS, FAAP

Vice Chair of Procedural Services

James W. Schroeder Jr., MD, MBA, FACS, FAAP

Vice Chair of Medical Education

Sunjay Kaushal, MD, PhD

Vice Chair of Research in Surgery


Division Administration

Sandi K. Lam, MD, MBA

Division Head, Neurosurgery

Sumukh Sathnur

Division Administrator, Neurosurgery

Brenda L. Bohnsack, MD, PhD

Division Head, Ophthalmology

James Vaughan

Division Administrator, Ophthalmology

Dana M. Thompson, MD, MS, MBA, FACS

Division Head, Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

Christopher Cosgrove

Division Administrator, Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

Ray J. Jurado, DDS

Division Head, Dentistry

Melissa Pena

Division Administrator, Dentistry

Erik C. King, MD

Interim Division Head, Orthopedic Surgery

Jennifer Marcordes

Division Administrator, Orthopedic Surgery

Sunjay Kaushal, MD, PhD

Division Head, Cardiovascular Thoracic Surgery

Benjamin Black

Executive Director, Heart Center

Earl Y. Cheng, MD

Division Head, Urology

Brian Hayes

Division Administrator, Urology

Riccardo A. Superina, MD

Division Head, Transplant and Hepatobiliary Surgery

Johanna Mishra

Senior Director, Transplant and Hepatobiliary Surgery

Arun K. Gosain, MD

Division Head, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Chrissy Green-Rogers

Practice Manager, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Fizan Abdullah, MD, PhD

Division Head, Pediatric Surgery

Rachel Wankel

Division Administrator, Pediatric Surgery

Aimen Shaaban, MD

Director, Chicago Institute for Fetal Health

Chen Cheng

Executive Director, Chicago Institute for Fetal Health

For more information please contact Nicole Lantero, nlantero@luriechildrens.org.