People & Culture

Combating racism and promoting inclusion

Lurie Children’s launched several new initiatives focused on addressing and dismantling institutional racism. This year saw the start of hospital-wide education on bias, inclusion and anti-racism under the leadership of Adeola Oduwole, MSc, Chief, Diversity and Inclusion, with the support of Valeria Cohran, MD, Associate Chair, Diversity and Inclusion. More than 70% of the workforce completed a multi-part online race equity curriculum, and 448 people leaders underwent in-person implicit bias training over the summer, with the training open to all staff in FY22.

Workday to transform work culture

Lurie Children’s accelerated progress on the multiyear implementation of the Workday At Hand platform, which will transform the organization’s core finance, supply chain, human resource and management practices. More than 1,000 employees participated in surveys, testing and design activities to develop processes tailored to the Lurie Children’s employee experience. Preparing for launch in April 2022, the new platform will affect every member of the Lurie Children’s workforce.

Recruiting the best talent

Rajit Basu, MD, MS

Dr. Basu rejoined Lurie Children's as Division Head of Critical Care Medicine and the Posy and John Krehbiel Professor of Critical Care Medicine. Internationally recognized for his research, Dr. Basu focuses on acute kidney injury among critically ill and injured children. After receiving his medical degree from Indiana University Medical School, he completed his residency in pediatrics and then fellowship in pediatric critical care at Lurie Children’s. His faculty career began at Cincinnati Children's Hospital and Medical Center before joining Children's Hospital of Atlanta and Emory University School of Medicine in 2017, where he served as Research Director and a pediatric intensivist-investigator.

Thomas Inge, MD, PhD

Dr. Inge, an internationally recognized surgeon-scientist, joined Lurie Children’s this year as the next Surgeon-in-Chief, where he holds the Lydia J. Fredrickson Board Designated Professorship in Pediatric Surgery. Renowned for his expertise in pediatric bariatric surgery and research, Dr. Inge has held leadership roles in numerous national organizations and has been a frequently invited faculty and speaker internationally. Dr. Inge’s leadership skills, success in outcomes research and support of innovation help position Lurie Children’s as a local, regional and national leader in pediatric surgery.

Carlos Prada, MD

As the new Division Head of Genetics, Birth Defects and Metabolism, Dr. Prada is propelling scientific discovery to have a long-term impact on our current and future patients. He also leads and mentors trainees in a new genetics fellowship program as the Valerie and George D. Kennedy Research Professorship in Human Molecular Genetics. Internationally regarded as an outstanding clinician, researcher, and mentor, Dr. Prada received his medical degree at the Universidad Industrial de Santander in Bucaramanga, Colombia, before completing his residency at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and his postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, San Diego.

Audrey Williams-Lee, MS

Lurie Children’s recruited Audrey Williams-Lee as Senior Vice President and Chief People Officer. The hospital changed the title of this role from Chief Human Resources Officer to emphasize the importance of people in advancing its mission. In this role, Ms. Williams-Lee brings impressive experience leading a diverse, service-oriented workforce in major companies, including the Hyatt Hotels Corporation and McDonald’s Corporation. She has presented at conferences and summits focused on the future of work, equity in hiring, and work and economic mobility.

New Appointments

Ravi Jhaveri, MD, who stepped up as Interim Head of the Division of Infectious Diseases last year during the COVID-19 pandemic, has been named Division Head.

Santhanam Suresh, MD, MBA, was appointed Senior Vice-President and Chief of Provider Integration. Dr. Suresh will also maintain the focus of his clinical activity in regional anesthesia and provide clinical care within the pain clinic.