Comer Children’s Hospital

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Christine Babcock MD, MSc, FACEP
Program Director, Emergency Medicine Residency Program Associate Professor of Medicine


  • BA, University of Wisconsin College of Arts and Letters
  • MD, University of Wisconsin Medical School
  • General Surgery Residency, University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics
  • Emergency Medicine Residency, University of Chicago Medicine
  • MS, University of Chicago Graham School
  • Humanitarian Studies Course Certificate, Harvard University
  • American Board of Emergency Medicine


  • 2015 Faculty Selected Mentor, Alpha Omega Alpha Banquet, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
  • 2015 Outstanding Emergency Medicine Faculty Mentor Award, University of Chicago, Department of Medicine
  • 2018 EMRA Faculty Mentor of the Year Award
  • 2020 University of Chicago GME Program Director of the Year

Clinical Research & Scholarly Interests:

  • Residency curriculum development
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David G. Beiser MD, MS
Associate Professor of Medicine & Pediatrics

Dr. Beiser’s research applies biomedical engineering methods to the challenge of improving outcomes following cardiac arrest, myocardial infarction and stroke. As part of a mult-disciplinary collaboration between basic scientists, engineers and clinicians, he is involved in a variety of clinical studies, translational research projects and device-development initiatives.


  • B.S., Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
  • M.S., Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
  • M.D., Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL
  • Residency, University of Chicago Hospital, Chicago, IL
  • American Board of Emergency Medicine

Clinical Research & Scholarly Interests:

  • Cardiac Arrest Care
  • Behavioral Health
  • Health Information Technology (HIT)
  • Mobile Health (mHealth) applications
  • Interface between chronic disease management, information technology, connected health interventions and clinical emergency medicine

Other Activities:

  • Course Director, Cell and Organ Physiology, Pritzker School of Medicine
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David S. Howes MD
Professor of Medicine Departments of Medicine and Pediatrics


  • BS, 1973, University of Wisconsin: Biology, Chemistry, & English
  • MD, 1977, University of Wisconsin
  • Residency, 1980, University of Rochester, Internal Medicine
  • American Board of Emergency Medicine
  • American Board of Internal Medicine

Past Accolades:

  • Program Director Emeritus, University of Chicago Emergency Medicine Residency
  • Head and Career Advisor, Dallas B Phemister Society, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine

Special Interests:

  • Interpersonal violence detection and intervention
  • ED patient knowledge of advanced directives
  • Educational teaching models for student and resident trainees
  • Mentorship in the academic medical environment
  • Physician-patient communication
  • STI Screening
Michele McKee MD, MS, FAAP
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Comer Children’s Hospital Director of Emergency Medical Services and Disaster Preparedness

Dr. McKee is a recent addition to our Pediatric Emergency Medicine faculty. She graduated from Temple University School of Medicine and was then trained in pediatrics. She completed residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital and pediatric emergency medicine fellowship at Rady Children’s in San Diego. The US Navy was part of her life for several years, including living abroad and deploying for military operations. She takes her experience from covering space shuttle launches, intra-European and cross-Atlantic patient transport, and Olympic disaster preparedness into the local environment. She also enjoys working on computer based health care adjuncts to facilitate general care as well as resuscitation efforts.

Comer Children’s Hospital Director of Emergency Medical Services and Disaster Preparedness, The University of Chicago

Special Interests
EMS standards and education
Disaster preparedness from the individual to the national level
Computer based health care integration

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Lisa McQueen MD
Program Director, Pediatric Residency Training Program Program Director, Fellowship in Pediatric Emergency MedicineAssistant Professor of Pediatrics

A native Floridian, Dr. McQueen is the rotation director for the pediatric emergency medicine rotation at Comer Children’s Hospital.  After medical school at Mount Sinai in New York City, Residency and Fellowship at Children’s Hospital in Boston, she has now become an official Midwesterner. She will even eat fried twinkies.  Her academic interests include medical simulation and graduate medical education, and she directs the recently opened fellowship in pediatric emergency medicine. An energetic teacher and champion of residents, she has received three resident teaching awards since joining the University of Chicago in 2008.


  • Program Director, Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship, University of Chicago

Clinical Interests:

  • Pain Management During Proced
  • Medical Simulation
  • Medical Ed
  • Pediatric Emergency Medicine
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S. Margaret Paik MD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics

Dr. Paik completed medical school at Temple University School of Medicine and residency
in Pediatrics at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center. She then completed a
fellowship in Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Columbus Children’s Hospital (now known
as Nationwide Children’s Hospital). She is actively involved in medical student education
and is the course director for the senior elective, Pediatric Emergency Medicine and is
the Pediatric Site Director for the Emergency Medicine Clerkship. Her academic interests
include asthma care and MRSA infections in the pediatric population. Additionally, Dr.
Paik is an active member in the Illinois Emergency Medical Services for Children and the
Emergency Department Approved for Pediatrics program for the state of Illinois.


  • Course Director, senior medical student elective, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Priztker School of Medicine
  • Pediatric Site Director, Emergency Medicine Clerkship, Priztker School of Medicine
  • State of Illinois Facility Recognition program, Emergency Department Approved for Pediatrics

Specific Interests:

  • Pediatric Orthopedic Trauma
  • MRSA Infections
  • Asthma
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Veena Ramaiah MD
Clinical Associate (PT)

Boarded in pediatrics with additional training in both pediatric emergency medicine and child abuse, Dr. Ramaiah spends clinical time both in the pediatric ED and on the Child Protective Services team. A graduate of Albany Medical College, she trained in pediatrics at the Medical College of Virginia and in pediatric emergency medicine for a year at St Louis Children’s Hospital. She is our liaison to the CPS team and a key source of expertise in child abuse and pediatric emergency medicine – providing case review of child abuse cases presenting to the ER and lectures on child physical and sexual abuse to our residents and faculty.


  • Faculty, Child Protective Services, University of Chicago

Specific Interests:

  • Pediatric Emergency Medicine
  • Child Maltreatment
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Alison Tothy MD
Assistant Professor


  • Medical Director, University of Chicago Children’s Hospital Emergency Department

Specific Interests:

  • Injury Prevention
  • Camp Health
  • Quality Improvement
  • Patient Experience