Department of Pediatrics

CHOIWelcome to the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Illinois College of Medicine Peoria (UICOMP). The mission of the Department is to become the premier pediatric program in Illinois while providing medical education to UICOMP students and residents. We perform our mission in the context of collaboration with OSF Healthcare Children’s Hospital of Illinois, Easter Seals-UCP, and multiple other partners within the community. The Department has 145 faculty members providing general pediatric services and pediatric subspecialty coverage in most pediatric subspecialties to children in Central Illinois.

Our residency program is offered in collaboration with Children’s Hospital of Illinois. Our Program Director is Dr. Bhavana Kandikattu, our Associate Program Director is Dr. Michele Beekman, and our Assistant Program Directors are Dr. Amy Christison, Dr. Elizabeth Rose and Dr. Zohra Moeenuddin.

Our clinical services provided in collaboration with Children’s Hospital of Illinois include Cardiology, Child Abuse, Critical Care, Cystic Fibrosis, Developmental Pediatrics, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, Genetics, Hematology/Oncology, Infectious Diseases, Neonatology, Nephrology, Neurology, Pulmonary Medicine (including a home-ventilator program), Child Psychiatry, and General Pediatrics.

Our clinical services include a Cystic Fibrosis Center. The Children’s Hospital Cystic Fibrosis Center is one of 115 accredited centers in the USA . The multispecialty health care team cares for about 100 pediatric and adult patients with cystic fibrosis from 27 surrounding counties. We participate in the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s national registry and quality improvement program, and our patients’ results are better than the national median for growth and lung function. If you would like more information or an appointment, please call Marie at 309-624-9632 or Sarah at 309-624-9627.

Our Hemoglobinopathy/Sickle Cell Program serves patients from birth to 18 years of age. The program is jointly sponsored by the Department of Pediatrics of UICOMP and Children’s Hospital of Illinois, and is housed at the St. Jude Midwest Affiliate clinic on the first floor of Children’s Hospital of Illinois. Our team of board-certified pediatric hematologist/oncologists, sickle cell nurses, counselors, and child life specialists work together with other subspecialists to meet the often complex needs of these unique patients and their families. We see patients throughout Central Illinois, many of whom attend our IDPH-sponsored Outreach Clinics, held at several sites within the region. The contact number for the program is 309-624-4945.

The James Maloof St. Jude Midwest Affiliate is a collaborative effort between UICOMP, Children’s Hospital of Illinois and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Within the Affiliate, the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology provides comprehensive care to children, adolescents, and young adults with hematological disorders or cancer. Outpatient care is provided in the modern James Maloof St. Jude Affiliate Clinic. The clinic partners with the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis and together they collaborate to provide comprehensive protocol-structured treatments for the pediatric hematology-oncology patients. The clinic has a highly trained and dedicated nursing staff and five Pediatric Hematologists/Oncologists.

The Pediatric Resource Center (PRC) is a community service program that combines medical and social services in evaluating and treating children who are suspected of being physically abused, sexually abused, and/or neglected. Referrals come from the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, physicians, police officers, parents, and others. The staff serves over 350 children per year from 40 counties in Central Illinois. The Medical Director is Dr. Channing Petrak and the Executive Director is Stephanie Johnson.

The Pediatric Diabetes Resource Center serves over 700 children and teenagers with Types 1 and 2 diabetes mellitus. This program is jointly sponsored by the Department of Pediatrics at UICOMP and The Children’s Hospital of Illinois and is located at 530 NE Glen Oak Avenue. The staff includes pediatric endocrinologists, CDE nurse educators and dietitians, and a social worker. Individual and group education sessions are offered, and on-going diabetes care is available in the Pediatric Diabetes Clinic. For more information, please call 1-309-624-2480 or 1-888-436-2278.

Outpatient clinics are located in several facilities within the hospital complex. Child Development and Rehabilitation, along with Peds Psychiatry is held in collaboration with Easter Seals in their building. Primary Care, Adolescent Medicine, and Infectious Disease clinics, as well as the Pediatric Resource Center, are located in the Allied Agencies Building. Gastroenterology, Neurology, Genetics, Cardiology, Endocrinology, Nephrology, and Healthy Kids U clinics are located in the Hillcrest Building. The St. Jude Clinic, Pediatric Diabetes Resource Center, Pulmonology, and the Hemoglobinopathy clinics are located within the hospital.

Welcome again to our site. If you have questions regarding our residency program, special programs or patient care, please do not hesitate to contact us or visit the specific links for these programs.