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

Craig Batterman, MD

Dr. Craig Batterman is an associate professor of clinical pediatrics in the primary care and newborn services division. He received his medical degree from Rush Medical College, Chicago, IL, and completed his pediatrics residency at SIU School of Medicine, Springfield, IL.

Dr. Batterman is committed to ensuring children receive adequate immunications. 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. Prasanta Bhamidipati is an assistant professor of clinical pediatrics in the primary care and newborn services division. She completed medical school at MKCG Medical College, Berhampur, Orissa, India; and her pediatrics residency at University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UNDNJ), Newark, NJ.

"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. Brian Bostwick, an assistant professor of clinical pediatrics in the primary care and newborn services division, joined the faculty in 2018. He completed his combined internal medicine and pediatrics residency at University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria and earned his medical degree at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield. He earned two bachelor’s degrees, one in physiology and another in biological sciences at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. Board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and the American Board of Internal Medicine, he is also a certified diabetes instructor. He lives in Peoria with his wife and his two children. He is an active member of the American Diabetes Association and has done considerable work with that organization.

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Marthe dela Cruz, MD

Dr. Marthe dela Cruz is an assistant professor of clinical pediatrics in the primary care and newborn services division. She went to medical school at SIU School of Medicine, Springfield, IL, and completed her pediatrics residency at University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA.

Dr. dela Cruz says, "I enjoy pediatrics because of the opportunity to educate families and children on healthy beahviors 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. Peter Kieffer is an assistant professor of clincal pediatrics in the primary care and newborn services division at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. Dr. Kieffer joined the faculty in 2018. He completed his pediatrics residency at St. Louis Children's Hospital and earned his medical degree at Washington University Medical School in St. Louis, Missouri. He earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. Board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics, he is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He lives in Springfield with his wife and son where he is an active cyclist, runner, and swimmer.

 

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Tracy Milbrandt, MD

Dr. Tracy P. Milbrandt is an associate professor of clinical pediatrics in the primary care and newborn services division at SIU School of Medicine and is division chair of that division. Most recently, Dr. Milbrandt was on the faculty of the University of Illinois College of Medicine and OSF Medical Group in Peoria (2002-05), where she also completed her pediatrics residency and earned her medical degree (2002, 1999). She earned her bachelor's degree at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington (1994). She is board certified as a diplomate by the American Board of Pediatrics and fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. A native of Springfield, Dr. Milbrandt is married to Joseph Milbrandt and has three children.

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Michelle Miner, MD

Michelle Miner, MD

Dr. Michelle M. Miner is an associate professor of clinical pediatrics at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in the primary care and newborn services division, also specializing in pediatric palliative care. Dr. Miner completed her pediatrics residency and earned her medical degree at SIU in Springfield (2002, 1999). She earned her bachelor's degreeat the University of Illinois at Champaign (1995). She is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. A native of Park Ridge, she is married and has three children.

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Sheref Unal, MD

Dr. Sheref Unal is an assistant professor of clinical pediatrics in the primary care and newborn services division. Dr. Unal went to medical school at Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC; completed his pediatrics residency at SIU School of Medicine, Springfield, IL; and completed a neonatology fellowship at Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC.

"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

Sameer Vohra, MD, JD, MA, FAAP is the executive director of Southern Illinois University School of Medicine’s Office of Population Science and Policy, a research and policy organization aiming to improve health outcomes in central and southern Illinois. A general pediatrician, Dr. Vohra is also an assistant professor of pediatrics and medical humanities. Dr. Vohra completed a residency in pediatrics at the University of Chicago. He earned a Master of Arts in public policy at the University of Chicago, a medical doctorate at SIU SOM, a juris doctorate, graduating first in his class, at SIU School of Law, and a Bachelor of Arts with honors at Northwestern University. Dr. Vohra has received several honors including a United States Fulbright Scholarship in 2009, 2014 American Medical Association Foundation’s Excellence in Medicine Leadership Award, and was recently named an Edgar Fellow in 2016, one of 40 emerging political and policy leaders in Illinois.  

"I became a pediatrician because I wanted to protect the dreams of children and give each child the foundation to succeed in life," says Dr. Vohra. "My pediatric practice, in combination with my research and policy work, is dedicated to that goal. It is an absolute pleasure to get to know my patients and their families. I work to keep each one of my patients healthy, happy, safe, and successful."

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Sandra Yockey, MD

Dr. Sandra Yockey, an assistant professor of pediatrics at SIU School of Medicine in the primary care and newborn services division, both earned her medical degree and completed her pediatrics residency at SIU School of Medicine, Springfield, IL (1993, 1990). She earned her bachelor's degree in biology at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington (1986). She is board certified as a diplomate by the American Board of Pediatrics and fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Yockey sees patients at our Decatur office.

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