* Photo courtesy of Jenny Grimm Photography

* Photo courtesy of Jenny Grimm Photography

Dr. Chris' Education and Training

  • Assistant Professor in Clinical Pediatrics at Lurie Children’s Hospital
  • Board certified in pediatrics, 2004 - present
  • Pediatric residency at Children’s Memorial Hospital (now Lurie Children’s Hospital), 2001-2004
  • M.D. from Northwestern University School of Medicine, 2001
  • Alpha Omega Alpha (Medical honors society), 2001
  • M.S. in Environmental Engineering/Science from the University of Illinois, 1995
  • B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Notre Dame, 1993

 Philosophy of care

I feel truly lucky to have found my way to a career in general pediatrics.  I think this is the root of the humility, integrity, empathy, and patience I bring to encounters with children and their parents.

My approach to care of children is quite simple – to keep my eyes wide open as I work to nurture and heal the child and to reassure and calm the parent.  Despite significant advances in medicine, the key to optimal care of patients still lies in a thorough history and comprehensive physical.  In pediatrics this takes experience, a focus on process and detail, and a way with children.  I act as the quarterback as I advocate and coordinate care for my patients, whether this involves a simple infant well-child visit, an urgent care visit for a feverish child, or care coordination for a child with significant medical complexity.  I use my experience as a father and doctor to help parents navigate the barrage of information that comes to them as a parent in the 21st century.  And when appropriate, I’ve been  known to weave-in my goofy sense of humor to lighten the atmosphere.

 Why did I make this change?

Over the past 12 years I’ve noticed that more and more families are growing frustrated with today’s medical trends.  Insurance deductibles are increasing so families are paying for much of their care out-of-pocket.  Increasing overhead costs and decreasing insurance reimbursements are resulting in large practices that see an ever-growing number of patients each day.  For many families the result is scheduling challenges, long wait times, urgent-care visits with providers who don’t know their children, and unnecessary visits to emergency rooms.  All of this leads to lower quality care and higher costs to families.

So I have stepped away from the in-network insurance model to provide a different choice for families who would prefer to pay directly for unmatched convenience and personalized care.  I truly enjoy practicing ‘small town’ medicine in our big city.  Most of all, I enjoy having the time and flexibility to develop strong and trusting relationships with all of my patients and their families.

 Personal

When I’m not working, I enjoy reading, building furniture and spending time with my family.  My wife Joy and I have three children;  Tommy (15), Molly (13), and Ian (9) and we live in the North Center neighborhood.