People & Culture

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Celebrating culture

Over the last year, through focus groups, surveys, and many diverse committees, Lurie Children’s articulated a new cultural framework representative of our most valued asset: our people. Built around Mission, Vision, Purpose and Principles, the framework links the unique aspects of the employee experience that connect and ground our workforce with the aim of providing the best care, discovering breakthroughs, eliminating health disparities in our communities and working together towards our common goals.

Gun violence advocacy

Advocacy is a pillar of Lurie Children’s mission and violence prevention was a key advocacy focus in FY22. Viewing gun violence as a public health crisis, we led a statewide coalition of gun violence advocates to pass legislation that will invest $3.5 million over two years to develop and implement a comprehensive statewide safe gun storage public awareness campaign in Illinois. On the federal level, one of our patients provided testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, chaired by Senator Durbin, to advocate for federal gun control legislation that Congress passed in June. In addition to advocacy, Lurie Children’s conducted gun violence research and partnered with communities on evidence-based violence prevention initiatives.

Recruiting the best talent

Olutoyin Olutoye, MD

Dr. Olutoye, an internationally renowned clinician, researcher, and educator joined Lurie Children’s this year as the Anesthesiologist-in-Chief & Department Chair of Pediatric Anesthesiology and the Arthur C. King Board Designated Professor in Anesthesiology. Her clinical interests are in neonatal, craniofacial, and fetal anesthesia, and her research focuses on the effect of anesthesia on the developing fetal brain.

Max Siegel, JD

As Chief Compliance & Integrity Officer, Max Siegel brings a wealth of healthcare and compliance experience to Lurie Children’s, having served as Regional Integrity & Compliance Officer for two separate health systems across three states. He has also represented the interests of children, youth, and women in advocacy coalitions and on Capitol Hill.

Brenda Paulsen, MEd, FACHE

The Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute recruited Ms. Paulsen as its Chief Operating Officer. She brings more than 30 years of leadership experience in academic, medical, and research administration to Manne Research Institute, including facilitating partnerships with internal stakeholders to support organizational missions.

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New Appointments

Derek Wheeler, MD, MMM, MBA, was appointed Executive Vice President, Chief Clinical Officer overseeing all clinical operations. He will continue as the Chief Medical Officer and Crown Family Professor in Pediatrics.

Ken Gray was appointed as Vice President of Medical Center Services, responsible for Support Services and Facilities.

Mehul Raval, MD, MS, FAAP, FACS, has been appointed Vice Chair for Quality and Safety in the Department of Surgery. In this newly created role, he will manage quality monitoring and improvement and oversee collaboration with Lurie Children’s Center for Quality and Safety.

Reema Habiby, MD, has been named Interim Division Head of Endocrinology. She is also the director of the Turner Syndrome Multidisciplinary Clinic and director of the Pediatric Endocrinology Fellowship Program.