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Edmundo P. Cortez, MD, is an associate professor of pediatrics and medical director of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Rush University. A Chicago native, he received his medical degree at Loyola University School of Medicine and pediatric residency training at University of Chicago Children's Hospital. He completed a pediatric critical care fellowship at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin/Medical College of Wisconsin. He is an active member in a number of Rush Medical College and Department of Pediatrics standing committees. He serves as director of the pediatric medical student programs for Rush Medical College and co-director of affiliated programs for the Rush University Simulation Laboratory. His academic interests include medical education, evidence-based medicine and patient simulation. He is board-certified in general pediatrics and pediatric critical care medicine.

Amando Ellis-Pelletier, DO, is an assistant professor of pediatrics and attending physician in the Department of Pediatrics and Section of Pediatric Critical Care at Rush University. She is board-certified in general pediatrics and pediatric critical care medicine.

Rani Ganesan, MD, is an assistant professor of pediatrics and attending physician in the Department of Pediatrics and Section of Pediatric Critical Care at Rush University. A Chicago-area native, she received her medical degree from the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. She completed her pediatric residency at Lutheran General Hospital and her fellowship in pediatric critical care at Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago. She is board-certified in general pediatrics, pediatric critical care medicine and hospice and palliative care medicine.

Howard Hast, MD, is an assistant professor of pediatrics and attending physician in the Department of Pediatrics and Section of Pediatric Critical Care at Rush University. He is board-certified in pediatric critical care medicine.

Phillip A. Jacobson, MD, is an associate professor of pediatrics and attending physician in the Department of Pediatrics and Section of Pediatric Critical Care at Rush University. A Chicago native, he received his medical degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine. He completed his pediatric residency at the Phoenix Hospital Affiliated Pediatrics Program in Phoenix, Ariz., and his fellowship in pediatric critical care at Children's Hospital and Medical Center, University of Washington in Seattle. He is board-certified in pediatric critical care medicine.

Valerie Kalinowski, MD, MHA, is an associate professor of pediatrics and attending physician in the Department of Pediatrics and Section of Pediatric Critical Care at Rush University. A Chicago-area native, she attended George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and completed her pediatric residency and pediatric critical care medicine fellowship at Rady Children's Hospital San Diego. She received a master's degree in health care administration from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Kalinowski's interests include cardiac intensive care and patient safety, and she is board-certified in general pediatrics and pediatric critical care medicine.

Jason M. Kane, MD, MS, FAAP, FCCM, is an assistant professor of pediatrics and attending physician in the Department of Pediatrics and Section of Pediatric Critical Care at Rush University. He is an alumnus of Rush Medical College and completed his pediatric residency at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis before completing his fellowship in pediatric critical care at the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. Kane is a recognized expert in all aspects of general ICU (PICU) and has a clinical focus in cardiac ICU. His research interests include cardiac intensive care, clinical outcomes and health care quality. He received his Master of Science degree in health care quality and patient safety from Northwestern University and currently serves as the patient safety officer at Rush Children’s Hospital. He is board-certified in general pediatrics and pediatric critical care medicine.

Joanna R. Kuppy, MD, is an assistant professor of pediatrics and attending physician in the Department of Pediatrics and Section of Pediatric Critical Care at Rush University. A Chicago-area native, she received her medical degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine. She completed a pediatric residency at University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine, and a fellowship in pediatric critical care at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Cornell Medical College. She is board-certified in general pediatrics and pediatric critical care medicine.

Paul N. Severin, MD, FAAP, is an associate professor of pediatrics and medical director for the Pediatric Critical Care Transport Program at Rush University. Severin, a Chicago-area native, returned to our program in 1999 after completing medical school, residency and a pediatric critical care fellowship at Rush Medical College. Severin is the assistant dean of student life at Rush Medical College, co-chair of the Pediatric Advisory Group for the Chicago Health System Coalition for Preparedness and Response, and a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He is board-certified in general pediatrics and pediatric critical care medicine.








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