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Madeline U. Shalowitz , MD, MBA

Attending Pediatrician
Director, Health Services Research
Director, Section for Child and Family Health Studies
Director, Biomedical Research Informatics, Research Institute
Department of Pediatrics

Contact Information


  • Undergraduate: ScB, Brown University
  • Graduate: MBA, Health Industry Management and Management and Strategy, The Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
  • Medical School: MD, Brown University
  • Fellowship: Health Services Research, Institute for Health Services Research and Policy Studies (IHSRPS), Northwestern University

Research and Academic Interests

Dr. Madeleine Shalowitz was appointed attending pediatrician and Director, Section for Child and Family Health Studies for the Department of Pediatrics, NorthShore University HealthSystem in March, 2001. Prior to accepting this post, Dr. Shalowitz served for seven years as a behavioral and developmental pediatrician in the Section of Chronic Diseases, Department of Pediatrics at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine.  She was the Director of the Failure to Thrive Program at La Rabida Children's Hospital and Research Center.  Dr. Shalowitz was Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the University of Chicago.  She is currently Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Northwestern University Medical School and a Faculty Fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Studies (IHCS) at Northwestern University.

As Director of the Section for Child and Family Health Studies for the Department of Pediatrics, Shalowitz is building collaborative relationships to increase NorthShore University HealthSystem's interdisciplinary research-to-action agenda on the health and development of young families.  At NorthShore University HealthSystem, she works closely with the Department of Maternal-Fetal Medicine and with the Center on Outcomes, Research and Education (CORE).  She serves on the NorthShore University HealthSystem Institutional Review Board. At Northwestern University, Shalowitz is a member of the Fellowship Executive Committee for the Institute for Healthcare Studies (Feinberg), and a faculty member in the interdepartmental Institute for Policy Research and its Section on Social Disparities and Health, "Cells to Society" (C2S).

Since completing her postdoctoral fellowship in September, 2000, Dr Shalowitz has been continuously funded by the NIH to conduct research on health disparities in pediatric asthma and maternal-child health.  She was co-Principal Investigator of a 5 year  $2.54 million community-based study on "Social Factors and the Environment in Pediatric Asthma," funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS).  She is a co-Investigator on a Feinberg-based asthma disparities project funded by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI, Weiss, PI).

Beginning in 2003, she was awarded 4 years of developmental funding (approximately $600,000) by the National Institute for Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) to create the ENH-Lake County Health Department Community Health Center (LCHD-CHC) partnership called "Community Action for Child Health Equity" (CACHÉ).  In July, 2007, the CACHÉ partnership (NorthShore University HealthSystem and LCHD-CHC) were awarded $2.998 million from NICHD to conduct the Phase 2 longitudinal study on health disparities in fetal growth and preterm birth, child development, obesity and asthma as part of the 5 site Community Child Health Network.  The other awardees are Johns Hopkins/Baltimore, Georgetown/DC, UNC/Eastern North Carolina, and UCLA/LosAngeles.  In recognition of her work on CACHÉ, Shalowitz was the 2004 recipient of the Dr Dorothy I. Height Racial Justice Award, the top honor of the Lake County YWCA.

Dr. Shalowitz received a ScB with honors and a MD degree from Brown University.  She trained in general pediatrics and in behavior and development at Children's Memorial Hospital and Northwestern University Medical School.  She is a 2000 MBA graduate of The Kellogg Graduate School of Management, with concentrations in Health Industry Management and Management and Strategy. Concurrently, Dr. Shalowitz completed a National Research Service Award (NRSA) Fellowship in Health Services Research at the Institute for Healthcare Studies, funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).  Clinically, Shalowitz is a nationally recognized authority on "failure to thrive," a syndrome of malnutrition in children and on the social determinants of pediatric chronic illness.   She was a founding editor of Behavioral Developments, the newsletter of the Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, and served on the Board of Directors of the Illinois Association for Infant Mental Health.


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