Thanks to the generosity of generations of donors, Lurie Children’s is home to more than 70 donor-funded, honorific positions that recognize the clinical accomplishments, scholarship and research of our faculty and staff. These prestigious positions have been established to advance the hospital’s mission across the four pillars of care, research, advocacy and education. They convey a great honor for both the individuals who hold them, and for those who establish and name them through enduring investments.
We thank and celebrate the generous donors who have made these positions possible, and recognize each position holder for significant accomplishments in their fields.
Arnold-Gorter Family Professorship in Healthy Communities
Established in 2017 and generously supported by Anonymous, the Cigna Foundation, Lauren A. and David F. Gorter, Ray and Debbie Guerin, the Leo & Yuki Graham Foundation, Karen and Roger McEniry, David and Suzu Neithercut, and Karyn and Bill Silverstein.
Professor of Pediatrics (Infectious Disease) and Microbiology-Immunology, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
President & Chief Research Officer, Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute
"At each child’s bedside, I ask myself, ‘What secrets do you hold, and what are your lessons for how to make our care better?’ I wake every day to use research to tackle mysteries and challenges our patients and families put before us, and inspire others to join this mission." - Dr. Seed
Children's Research Fund Professorship in Neurobiology
Established in 1991 and generously supported by the Children's Research Fund.
Attending Physician, Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition) and Medicine (Allergy and Immunology), Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
David G. McLone, MD, PhD Professorship in Pediatric Neurosurgery
Established in 1995 and generously supported by the Donnelley Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. James R. Donnelley, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas E. Donnelley, the Dr. Scholl Foundation, the Arthur C. King Trust, and the Walter J. and Edith E. Best Foundation.
Associate Chair for Clinical Affairs, Department of Pediatrics, Chief of Cardiology in the Department of Pediatrics, and Professor of Pediatrics (Cardiology), Medicine (Cardiology) and Pediatrics (Critical Care), Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Gracias Family Professorship in Cardiac Critical Care
Established in 2019 and generously supported by Sabrina and Antonio Gracias.
Head, Section of Otology/Neurotology and Medical Director, Audiology & Cochlear Implant Programs, Lurie Children's; Director of Research, Lurie Children's
Professor of Otolaryngology (Pediatric Otolaryngology), Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine; Professor & Fellow, Knowles Hearing Center, Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders, Northwestern University School of Communication
Lorna S. and James P. Langdon Chair in Pediatric Neurology
Established in 1999 and generously supported by the Founders' Board.
Chair, Pritzker Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health
Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
"Every parent of a child with a mental health problem wants to know what they can do to help their child. Thankfully, as a field we now have the knowledge of what to do and when to do it, and the platform to empower parents to partner with us. Our biggest challenge is to expand awareness of what treatment can do and create access to care for the large number of affected children and their families." - Dr. Walkup
Marion Robinson Heise, PhD Chair in Neonatal Development
Established in 2002 and generously supported by the Founders' Board.
Attending Physician, Advanced General Pediatrics and Primary Care
Professor of Pediatrics (Advanced General Pediatrics and Primary Care) and Medicine (Allergy and Immunology), Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
"My mission is to improve the health and lives of children and their families. We make sure this is the underlying purpose of everything we do every day. No one cares how much you know unless they know how much you care." - Dr. Gupta
Mary Ann and J. Milburn Smith Research Professorship for the Director of Child Health Research
Established in 2001 and generously supported by Mrs. J. Milburn Smith.
Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Emergency Medicine), Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Director, Mary Ann & J. Milburn Smith Child Health Outcomes, Research and Evaluation Center; Scientific Director, Community, Population Health, and Outcomes, Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute
Max Lacewell Endowed Brain Tumor Research Scholar
Established in 2012 and generously supported by the Max Lacewell Charitable Foundation.
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
"Nurses are innovative and collaborative stewards of scarce resources. We must empower them to provide the best care for our children and invest in their time, talent and knowledge." - Renee C.B. Manworren
Posy and John Krehbiel Professorship in Critical Care Medicine
Established in 1997 and generously supported by Mr. John H. Krehbiel and Mrs. Karen Z. Gray-Krehbiel, and Posy Krehbiel.
Medical Director, The Siragusa Transplantation Center
Professor of Pediatrics (Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition) and Medical Social Sciences, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
"I have always been inspired by the trust that families place in our ability to care for their child, especially when their illness is severe and life-threatening. The responsibility inherent to that trust is strong motivation not only to provide the very best care, but also to drive research programs that will inform strategies to improve care in the future." - Dr. Alonso
Sharon B. Murphy, MD and Steven T. Rosen, MD Research Professorship in Cancer Biology & Chemotherapy
Established in 1995 and generously supported by Ann Lurie.
Medical Director, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit; Attending Physician, Neonatology
Professor of Pediatrics (Neonatology), Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Recruitment is underway for the following positions:
A.C. Buehler Professorship in Surgery
Established in 1979 and generously supported by Mr. and Mrs. Albert C. Buehler Jr., the Buehler Family Foundation, the Flaherty Family, and Mrs. Richard L. Thomas.
A Todd Davis, MD Professorship in Advanced General Pediatrics and Primary Care
Established in 1997 and generously supported by the Founders' Board.
A. Watson and Sarah Armour Professorship in Childhood Cancer and Blood Diseases
Established in 1996 and generously supported by the Founders' Board.
Founders' Board Centennial Professorship in Pediatrics
Established in 1982 and generously supported by the Founders' Board.
George M. Eisenberg Chair in Developmental Biology
Established in 1995 and generously supported by the George M. Eisenberg Foundation for Charities.
Gus Foundation Chair in Neuro-Oncology
Established in 2003 and generously supported by the Gus Foundation.
Irene Heinz Given and John La Porte Given Research Professorship in Pediatrics
Established in 1968 and generously supported by the Irene Heinz Given and John La Porte Given Foundation, Inc.
Martha Washington Foundation Professorship in Pediatric Orthopaedics
Established in 1978 and generously supported by the Martha Washington Foundation
Marvin E. Wodika Board Designated Research Professorship in Cardiology
Established in 1996 and generously supported by Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Allan, and the Marvin Wodika Charitable Trust.
Orvar Swenson Founders' Board Chair in Pediatric Surgery
Established in 2015 and generously supported by the Founders' Board.
Paul H. Holinger, MD Professorship in Pediatric Otolaryngology
Established in 1990 and generously supported by Robert B. Edelmann, Dr. and Mrs. Lauren D. Holinger, the Lillian S. Wells Foundation, the William F. O'Connor Foundation, and Mr. and Mrs. William Thomas.
Rory David Deutsch Malignant Brain Tumor Research Scholar
Established in 2005 and generously supported by the Rory David Deutsch Foundation.
Willis J. Potts, MD Professorship in Surgery
Established in 1995 and generously supported by Drs. Carl Backer and Constantine Mavroudis, and Mrs. Raymond H. Giesecke.
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