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

Craig Batterman, MD

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 Acadamey of Pediatrics, I have endeavored to educate about vaccines throughout Springfield and Central/Southern Illinois.

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Prasanta Bhamidipati, MD

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

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Brian Bostwick, MD, FAAP, FACP, CDE

Dr. Brian Bostwick, an assistant professor of clinical pediatrics, 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

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 at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in the division of emergency care 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 pediatrics at SIU School of Medicine and named division chair of ambulatory pediatrics. Most recently, 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, 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 assistant professor of pediatrics at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. Miner completed her pediatrics residency and earned her medical degree at SIU in Springfield (2002, 1999). She earned her bachelor's at the University of Illinois at Champaign (1995). She is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. A native of Park Ridge, she is the daughter of Harry and Marilyn Zatlin of Glenview. She is married to Kenneth Allen Miner, and they have two children, Cody Scott and Kayla Nicole.

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Sheref Unal, MD

Besides the general pediatric care that I provide, 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, completed her pediatrics residency and earned her medical degree, both at SIU School of Medicine (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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