Mariana Glusman, MD, has dedicated her career to decreasing health and educational disparities among low income children. She is an associate professor of pediatrics at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine and an attending pediatrician at Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Uptown clinic where, for the past 25 years, she has cared for a diverse, multilingual, medically complex, underserved patient population. She completed her undergraduate studies at Brown University, medical school at the University of Chicago, and her pediatric residency at Children’s Memorial, now Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. She is the immediate past president of the Illinois Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (ICAAP) and co-chairs ICAAP’s anti-bias and anti-racism taskforce. She is also a member of the executive committee of the National AAP Council on Early Childhood, as well as a member of the AAP Section on Minority Health, Equity and Inclusion. She is nationally recognized for her work with Reach Out and Read (ROR), a program that partners with pediatricians to promote early literacy development, and is currently serving as medical director of ROR Illinois, representing and supporting 130 ROR sites throughout the state, and training medical providers regionally on literacy promotion in pediatrics. She is also a founding member of Bilingualism Matters Chicago, a consortium of universities with the aims of sharing perspectives on bilingual education and the bilingual experience, and combating myths about bilingual language development.
Dr. Glusman is the author of I Love You Like Sunshine: How Everyday Play and Bedtime Stories Grow Love Connections and Brainpower, a book for newborns and their caregivers, with more than 100,000 copies in distribution in hospitals, clinics, libraries, and community programs nationwide.