Pediatrics Experts

Aloka Patel, MD

Chief of Neonatology
Aloka Patel is a neonatal intensive care physician and research director for the Section of Neonatology. She is fellowship-trained and board-certified in neonatal and perinatal medicine, and a professor of neonatology in the Department of Pediatrics at RUSH Medical College.

Media Clips:
Benefits of Breast Milk 
Caring for Premature Babies


Aloka Patel, MD

Laura Meltzer, MD

Children’s Health | Hospital Medicine

Laura Meltzer is a pediatrician who cares for children in the hospital. As chief of inpatient pediatrics at RUSH University Medical Center, she has a perspective on serious childhood illnesses.

Media Clips

Health professionals discuss when to seek medical attention for RSV
RSV cases filling up pediatric hospital beds in Chicago


Dr. Laura Meltzer

Paula P. Meier, PhD, RN

Neonatal Nurse | Researcher
Paula Meier is the director of clinical research and lactation in the neonatal intensive care unit. She has worked as a practitioner and researcher in human milk, lactation and breastfeeding for premature infants and mothers since 1975.

Media Clips:
Why this Chicago hospital is doubling down on breastfeeding
Helping Bring Mothers' Milk to Infants in Neonatal Intensive Care Units Worldwide


paula meier wearing a white coat posed in front of a medical device