Thanks to the generosity of generations of donors, Lurie Children’s is home to 75 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.
Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Cell and Developmental Biology, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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.
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Critical Care) and Preventive Medicine (Health and Biomedical Informatics), Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
"Clinical data science is the set of fundamental principles that support the extraction of information and knowledge from clinical data. It can be transformative. Our patients entrust us with their precious data and we - clinicals, researchers, data scientist and leaders in medicine - have an obligation to learn from it and use it in the best way possible." - Dr. Sanchez-Pinto
Chicago Mercantile Exchange Trust Directorship for Children's Services
Established in 2006 and generously supported by the Chicago Mercantile Exchange Trust.
Susan B. Ruohonen, EdD
Senior Director, Family Services
Children's Research Fund Chair in Basic Science
Established in 2014 and generously supported by the Children's Research Fund.
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.
Chair, Department of Pediatrics; Head, Division of Advanced General Pediatrics and Primary Care; Executive Vice President and Chief, Community Health Transformation – Patrick M. Magoon Institute for Healthy Communities
Professor of Pediatrics (Advanced General Pediatrics and Primary Care), Medical Social Sciences, Medicine (General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics) and Preventive Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Founders' Board Chair in Medical Ethics
Established in 2017 and generously supported by the Founders' Board.
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
Potocsnak Family Professorship in Adolescent & Young Adult Medicine
Established in 2018 and generously supported by the Potocsnak Family.
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. This position is currently held by two research scholars.
Established in 1989 and generously supported by Ace Hardware, JoEllen Weiss, and Louis A. Weiss.
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.
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.
Virginia H. Rogers Professorship in Infectious Disease
Established in 2009 and generously supported by the Estate of Virginia H. Rogers and the Ward C. Rogers Foundation, Inc.
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.
Zeisler Family Neonatology Leadership Chair
Established in 2019 and generously supported by Karen Zeisler, and Karl and Joan Zeisler.