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Former preemies celebrate Halloween at CHUI

"Halloween Happiness," the 2014 reunion of neonatal intensive care graduates, offered games and entertainment, pumpkin decorating and face painting to entertain children previously cared for at the Children's Hospital University of Illinois. The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit has provided intensive care services to ill newborns since the early 1960s. The NICU is a referral destination for critically ill newborns from other hospitals in Illinois, and includes a 30-bed ICU and a 24-bed intermediate care nursery.

More than 200 people – including 50 graduates of the NICU and their families, nurses, physicians and hospital staff — attended the celebration. The event is made possible by generous donations from Discovery Labs, Friends of Pediatrics and hospital staff.

J. Usha Raj Honored with 2014 Rich Award

Since 2000, the Membership Committee has presented the Elizabeth A. Rich, MD award to an outstanding woman in ATS who:
• has made significant contributions in the fields of pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine,
• is an ATS member and has made contributions to the Society and;
• is a leader and has mentored others, all attributes that Elizabeth Rich embodied.
J. Usha Raj, MD, the 2014 recipient, is head of the Department of Pediatrics at University of Illinois at Chicago and physician-in-chief at the Children's Hospital University of Illinois. Dr. Raj, the Anjuli S. Nayak Professor of Pediatrics at UIC, is a member of the Research Advocacy Committee and serves as an associate editor of the American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology and is on the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine Editorial Board. An ATS member since 1985, Dr. Raj won the 2008 ATS Recognition Award for Scientific Accomplishment for the "Regulation of the Pulmonary Circulation in the Fetus and Newborn." She has also served on the Strategic Research Planning Committee, as chair of the Pulmonary Circulation Assembly Nominating Committee, and as a member of the Revenue Development and Honors and Awards Committees.


Children's Hospital University of Illinois (CHUI), home to an extraordinarily committed and talented group of physicians, scientists, educators, and administrators dedicated to advancing the field of pediatric medicine. We have made remarkable progress in fulfilling our three-pronged mission: to provide comprehensive and compassionate care to all children, especially the underserved; be an acclaimed leader in moving pediatrics forward through research; and educate medical professionals and health care workers in all aspects of our field. With a solid foundation in place, we are well positioned to meet future challenges in health care delivery, education and research.

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WELCOME the Departmentof Pediatrics at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  It has been an exciting year at UIC, with new faces  joining our talented Faculty whose expertise make up the department. 
Whether you are interested in learning more about our Pediatric or Med/Peds Residency, or Fellowship programs, or perhaps you are interested in seeing who is on our Faculty and what research is being done, we trust you will find our website helpful.
To our  Alum visiting Chicago, we welcome you to stop by the University and the department  and visit us. Take a  tour of campus where you can reminisce about old times, see new facilities and even sit in a classroom and remember your days at UIC Pediatrics.
J. Usha Raj, MD
Anjuli S. Nayak Professor of Pediatrics 

Head, Department of Pediatrics
Physician-in-Chief, Children's Hospital