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SIU Pediatricians are accepting new patients and welcome the opportunity to care for your child.

Craig Batterman, MD

Dr. Batterman is an Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics in the primary care and newborn services division, Department of Pediatrics, at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.  He received his medical degree from Rush Medical College in Chicago, Illinois, and completed a pediatric residency at SIU School of Medicine in Springfield, Illinois.

Dr. Batterman is committed to ensuring children receive adequate immunizations. He says, "Immunizations are an important component of preventative care in infants and children. In addition to the general pediatric care that I provide, I have become an advocate for immunization and immunization policy. As an Immunization Champion with the Illinois Chapter of American Acadamy of Pediatrics, I have endeavored to educate about vaccines throughout Springfield and Central/Southern Illinois."

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Prasanta Bhamidipati, MD

Dr. Bhamidipati is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics in the primary care and newborn services division, Department of Pediatrics, at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. She completed medical school at MKCG Medical College in Berhampur, Orissa, India, and a pediatric residency at University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UNDNJ) in Newark, New Jersey.

"My goal is to provide comprehensive care to the children of our community, from all backgrounds-- from birth until the transition to young adulthood," says Dr. Bhamidipati.

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Brian Bostwick, MD, FAAP, FACP, CDE

Dr. Bostwick is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics in the primary care and newborn services division, Department of Pediatrics, at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.  He earned his medical degree at SIU School of Medicine in Springfield, Illinois, and completed a combined internal medicine and pediatric residency at University of Illinois College of Medicine in Peoria, Illinois.  Board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and the American Board of Internal Medicine, Dr. Bostwick is also a certified diabetes instructor, and is an active member of the American Diabetes Association.

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Marthe dela Cruz, MD

Dr. dela Cruz is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics in the primary care and newborn services division, Department of Pediatrics, at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. She received her medical degree from SIU School of Medicine in Springfield, Illinois, and completed a pediatric residency at University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa.

Dr. dela Cruz says, "I enjoy pediatrics because of the opportunity to educate families and children on healthy behaviors that they will hopefully maintain into adulthood. I have a particular interest in trying to prevent childhood obesity, and have been involved with local groups that have similar goals."

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Peter Kieffer, MD

Peter Kieffer, MD

Dr. Kieffer is an Assistant Professor of Clincal Pediatrics in the primary care and newborn services division, Department of Pediatrics, at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.  He earned his medical degree at Washington University Medical School in St. Louis, Missouri, and  completed his pediatric residency at St. Louis Children's Hospital in St. Louis.  Board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics, Dr. Kieffer is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

 

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Tracy Milbrandt, MD

Dr. Milbrandt is an Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics in and the Director of the primary care and newborn services division, Department of Pediatrics, at SIU School of Medicine. She earned her medical degree from University of Illinois College of Medicine in Peoria, Illinois, where she also completed a pediatric residency.  She was on the faculty of the University of Illinois College of Medicine and OSF Medical Group in Peoria.  Dr. Milbrandt is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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Michelle Miner, MD

Michelle Miner, MD

Dr. Miner is an Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics in the primary care and newborn services division, Department of Pediatrics, at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, where she specializes in pediatric palliative care. She earned her medical degree at SIU School of Medicine in Springfield, Illinois, where she also completed a pediatric residency.  Dr. Miner is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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Sheref Unal, MD

Dr. Unal is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics in the primary care and newborn services division, Department of Pediatrics, at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.  He attended medical school at Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina,   completed a pediatric residency at SIU School of Medicine, Springfield, Illinois, and completed a neonatology fellowship at Medical University of South Carolinain Charleston, South Carolina.

"Besides the general pediatric care that I provide," Dr. Unal says, "I also have a strong interest in the treatment and care of newborn infants. A large portion of the care that I provide centers on the care of newborns in the newborn nursery. In addition, I have a particular interest in medical student education."

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Sameer Vohra, MD, JD, MA, FAAP

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Meredith Volle, MD

Dr. Volle is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics in the primary care and newborn services division, Department of Pediatrics, at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.  She completed her medical degree, residency, and chief residency at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield. Dr. Volle has a Master in Publlic Health degree from the University of Illinois at Springfield, and serves as the Education Director for the Department of Population Science and Policy at SIU.  She is a proponent of breastfeeding support for newborns and their families, and her research interests include safe sleep education and prevention of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.  She is also President of the Ann T. Havey Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides clothing and supplies to families of newborns in Springfield, Illinois.

 

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Sandra Yockey, MD

Dr. Yockey is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics in the primary care and newborn services division, Department of Pediatrics, at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.  She both earned her medical degree and completed her pediatric residency at SIU School of Medicine in Springfield, Illinois.  Board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Dr. Yockey sees patients at our SIU Pediatrics clinic in Decatur.

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