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Pediatric Hospitalists

Douglas Carlson, MD

Douglas Carlson, MD, earned an undergraduate degree from Illinois Wesleyan University in 1981.  He then completed his medical degree at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Springfield, IL in 1984, and residency in pediatrics at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, St. Louis, MO in 1987.  Prior to coming to SIU and HSHS St. John’s Children’s Hospital in 2014, Dr. Carlson was with Washington University and St. Louis Children’s Hospital for over 25 years. There he was the Associate Chief Medical Officer for Patient Safety and Clinical Quality as well as the Director of the Division of Pediatric Hospital Medicine.  Dr. Carlson’s research focuses on improving processes of care. Much of that work has focused on improving access and outcomes in pediatric sedation.  Dr. Carlson is recognized internationally for his work in pediatric sedation.  Dr. Carlson continues to provide care to children and adolescents in the emergency department and inpatient pediatric unit of HSHS St. John’s Hospital.  Dr. Carlson is active in the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Society of Hospital Medicine and the Academic Pediatric Association. He is a member of the American Board of Pediatrics Sub-Board on Pediatric Hospital Medicine. Dr. Carlson is board certified in pediatrics and pediatric emergency medicine.

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Jody Lack, MD

Jody Lack, MD, is an Associate Professor of Clincal Pediatrics at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Associate Program Director for Pediatric Graduate Medical Education and the Division Director of Pediatric Hospital Medicine.

Dr. Lack joined the faculty in 2009. She completed her pediatrics residency and earned her medical degree at SIU School of Medicine in Springfield (2009, 2006).  She earned her bachelor’s degree in Zoology at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston (2002).

Board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics, she is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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Neil Patel, MD

Neil Patel, MD, is a faculty member at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. He is an assistant professor of pediatrics medicine in the division of hospital medicine. He joined the faculty in July of 2013. He has provided medical care at SIU’s affiliated hospitals in Springfield in the pediatric inpatient unit.

Dr. Neil Patel completed his residency in pediatrics at the University of Louisville in Louisville, Ky. (2013). He earned his medical degree from University of Toledo College of Medicine in Toledo, Ohio (2010), completed the medical certificate program at Medical University of Ohio in Toledo (2006), and earned his bachelor’s degree in biology at the University of Toledo (2004).

Dr. Neil Patel is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and is Board Certified in Pediatric Medicine.

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Shreepada Tripathy, MD, FAAP

Shreepada Tripathy, MD FAAP, is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at SIU School of Medicine. He is also the Director of Pediatric Simulation for the Department of Pediatrics.  He completed a residency at the University of Louisville (2014) after earning his medical degree at Marshall University (2011). He earned a bachelor’s degree at Washington University in Saint Louis (2007). Board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics, he is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, and Pediatric Hospital Medicine.

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Sarah Majcina, MD

Sarah Graham Majcina, MD, is a Pediatric Hospitalist who cares for children admitted to the general and intermediate care inpatient units and the emergency department at HSHS St. John’s Children’s Hospital.  She is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at SIU School of Medicine as well as a member of SIU Medicine, the medical school’s practice group.  She joined the faculty in August of 2014.  Before joining SIU, Majcina worked as a Pediatric Hospitalist for Washington University at St. Louis Children’s Hospital from 2010-2014. There she cared for patients in the general inpatient ward, well baby and special care nurseries, and emergency department. She provided newborn resuscitation at high risk deliveries and participated in procedural sedation services.

Dr. Sarah Majcina completed her residency in pediatrics at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Md., in 2010 after earning her medical degree at SIU School of Medicine in Springfield (2007).  She received a bachelor’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis (2001).   She worked as a Certified Child Life Specialist from 2001-2003 at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.  She is a Board Certified pediatrician by the American Board of Pediatrics and a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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Aysha Rafaquat, MD

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