Head & Neck Surgery Program
The Lurie Children’s Head & Neck Surgery Program is a national leader in the treatment of children with congenital and acquired lesions of the head, neck, and face. With an unwavering commitment to patient care, education, and research, we strive to provide the highest standards of surgical and medical care for children with these conditions.
The Lurie Children’s Difference
We believe in a collaborative, multidisciplinary approach that provides your child and family with the highest quality care for management of these complex head, neck, and face lesions. At the core of our approach is a team of experienced, compassionate providers working together to improve your child’s health.
Head & Neck Surgery Specialists
John Maddalozzo, MD, FACS, FAAP
Dr. John Maddalozzo is the section chief of the Head & Neck Surgery Program and an expert in pediatric head & neck surgery. He has over three decades of experience taking care of a wide range of pediatric ear, nose, throat, and neck conditions. His extensive experience includes management of both benign and malignant diseases. He also has a special focus on thyroglossal duct cysts and salivary gland lesions.
Jeff C. Rastatter, MD, MS, FACS, FAAP
Dr. Jeffrey Rastatter is an expert in pediatric head & neck surgery and takes care of a wide range of ear, nose, throat, and neck conditions. His extensive experience includes management of both benign and malignant diseases. He also has a special focus on thyroid diseases and endonasal approaches for surgical management skull base diseases.
Douglas R. Johnston, MD
Dr. Douglas Johnston is an expert in pediatric head & neck surgery and takes care of a wide range of ear, nose, throat, and neck conditions. His extensive experience includes management of both benign and malignant diseases. He also has a special focus on transoral robotic surgery and vascular anomalies.
Monica M. Herron, MPAS, PA-C
Monica Herron, MPAS, PA-C is a physician assistant supporting the Head & Neck Team. She has over a decade of experience in a variety of settings including surgery, clinic and intensive care.
Meet the rest of our team: Carol Glennon, RN; Nancy Malabanan, RN; Therese Hess, RN; and Daisy Rodriguez.
Conditions We Treat
We provide comprehensive care of many benign and malignant lesions including:
- Disorders and tumors of the salivary glands: parotid gland, submandibular gland, sublingual gland
- Disorders and tumors of the thyroid and parathyroid glands
- Branchial cleft anomalies and thymic cysts
- Cervical masses, both benign and malignant
- Lingual and intraoral lesions
- Maxillary and mandibular tumors
- Midline cervical cleft
- Sinonasal and skull base lesions
- Teratomas and dermoid cysts
- Thyroglossal duct cysts
- Vascular anomalies and lymphatic malformations
- Head & neck malignancies
- Thyroid cancer
The physicians for the Head & Neck Surgery Program at Lurie Children’s collaborate with many experienced physicians from the following medical and surgical specialties:
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
225 E. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60611
Lurie Children's Hospital Outpatient Center in New Lenox
1870 N. Silver Cross Blvd. (formerly Clinton Street)
New Lenox, Illinois 60451
Lurie Children's Hospital Outpatient Center in Westchester
Surgical Treatment Center
2301 Enterprise Drive
Westchester, Illinois 60154
Lurie Children's Hospital Outpatient Center in Northbrook
1131 Techny Road
Northbrook, Illinois 60062
Lurie Children's Hospital Outpatient Center in Lincoln Park
2515 N. Clark Street/467 W. Deming Place
Chicago, Illinois 60614-3393
Lurie Children’s Hospital Outpatient Center in Skokie
3722 W. Touhy Avenue
Skokie, Illinois 60076
What to Expect
Prior to your visit, our team will work with you to obtain any imaging that has been previously performed, and review those results prior to your visit. If you are being referred by an endocrinologist, oncologist, neurosurgeon, or other specialist, you can be sure that we will partner with you and them to create the best plan for your child. Not every child’s treatment plan requires surgery, but if surgery is needed, we will take you step by step through what to expect.
For more information on our program, or if there are questions we can answer for you, please send us a secure e-mail at HeadandNeck@luriechildrens.org. Our Head & Neck nursing team will respond to your e-mail within two business days. We won’t be able to give your family medical advice until after your visit, but we want to help you in any way we can.
- Fill out our online Appointment Request Form, we will call you within 24-48 hours to schedule an appointment OR
- Contact 1.800.KIDS DOC (1.800.543.7362) OR
- For existing Lurie Children's or Town and Country Pediatrics patients, log in to MyChart to schedule your own new or return appointment for some specialties