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CABC 2012 Physician Friendly Award Winner Bios

CABC 2012 Physician Friendly Award Winner Bios

Swedish Covenant Medical Group Pediatrics
2740 W. Foster Avenue, Suite 401
Chicago, Illinois 60625

Dr. Andy Sagan completed his pediatric training at the University of Minnesota and has been in general practice for nearly two decades. He emphasizes child development and behavioral issues in his practice, and promotes practical parenting strategies and skills whenever possible. Dr. Sagan is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics, follows vaccination guidelines strictly, and believes strongly in nurturing competency and resourcefulness in parenting. He has two adolescent boys, is a die-hard Bears fan, and enjoys a variety of interesting hobbies.

Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Institute of Health Care Studies, and Institute for Policy Research (IPR), Cells to Society (C2S): The Center on Social Disparities and Health
Feinberg School of Medicine
Northwestern University

Dr. Ann E.B. Borders, MD, MSc, MPH, joined the Northwestern University faculty in 2006 as an assistant professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the Feinberg School of Medicine. Her research interests are primarily focused on investigating determinants of adverse pregnancy outcomes in vulnerable populations of women, with a specific focus on the relationship between chronic maternal stress and preterm birth. Dr. Borders worked with the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control to lobby and pass legislation that implemented rapid HIV testing in the state’s birthing hospitals and helped lead the statewide implementation effort. In 2008, she began a breastfeeding peer counselor and prenatal education program at the prenatal clinic to serve low income patients affiliated with Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Dr. Borders is a Co-Investigator in The National Children’s Study Greater Chicago Study Center and leads hospital and provider outreach. She currently serves on the IDPH State Perinatal Quality Council and leads the IL Department of Healthcare and Family Services CHIPRA perinatal workgroup. Dr. Borders has received an MSc degree in health policy from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and an MD from Harvard Medical School in 1999. She completed a Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship and a NRSA Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Health Services Research at Northwestern in 2006. In 2007, she completed an MPH degree at Northwestern University. She became a Faculty Associate in the Institute for Policy Research (IPR) and Cells to Society (C2S): The Center on Social Disparities and Health, Northwestern University in 2009.


Dr. Rosalind Downing has completed her pediatric residency at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She grew up in the Chicagoland area and is active in her community. She is a board certified Pediatrician and currently a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She is affiliated with several Chicagoland hospitals including Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital, Edward Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale and Adventist Bolingbrook, Sherman Hospital, and St. Alexius Medical Center. Her focus as a primary care physician is to educate families regarding growth and development as well as an advocate to her families and patients. She strongly believes that in order to treat a child, it is important to address their physical, mental, and social health issues as a whole. Equally important, she is passionate about providing education and promotion of breastfeeding as well as a medical provider who promotes childhood literacy program know as “Reach Out and Read.” During her free time, she enjoys watching her son’s soccer games and her daugther’s ballet and swimming, biking, and training for marathons.


Dr. Jeffrey A. George, DO, completed his Pediatric Residency and Neonatal Perinatal Fellowship at Advocate Lutheran General Children’s Hospital (ALGCH) in Park Ridge, Illinois. He currently serves as director of Neonatology at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, in addition to being the Director of Neonatal Quality Management and Co-Director of their ECMO Program. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, a Section Member of Perinatal Pediatrics and is board certified in Neonatal Perinatal Medicine. For the past 12 years, Jeff has been the lead physician representative for ALGCH’s participation in the Vermont Oxford National Evidenced-based Quality Improvement Collaborative for Neonatology. He played a primary role in helping to establish the Donor Breast Milk Program at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital. As a member of Advocate Medical Group Neonatology, he is affiliated with six Chicago land and Southeast Wisconsin hospitals including Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital, Elmhurst Memorial Hospital, Rush Copley Medical Center, Wheaton Franciscan All Saints Hospital, and Saint Catherine’s Hospital. Jeff enjoys teaching, gardening, and spending time with his family.