Title: Physician and Professor of Pediatrics and Infectious Diseases
Company: Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
Location: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Tina Q. Tan, MD, FAAP, FIDSA, FPIDS, Professor of Pediatrics at Feinberg School of Medicine, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Doctors for dedication, achievements, and leadership in infectious disease research.
Following obtaining a Bachelor of Science in biology and biological studies in 1982 from the University of New Orleans, Dr. Tan continued her education in 1988 with a Doctor of Medicine from the Louisiana State University School of Medicine. She completed a residency in pediatrics with Baylor College of Medicine in Houston in 1991 and a fellowship in pediatric infectious diseases with Baylor in 1994. Dr. Tan is board certified in pediatrics and pediatric infectious diseases.
Since 1996, Dr. Tan has provided superior service as co-director of the Pediatric Travel Medicine Clinic; since 1998 as director of the International Adoptee Clinic at Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago; as professor of pediatrics and infectious diseases with the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University since 2009; and medical director of the International Patient Services Program (IPS) since 2014.
Dr. Tan’s academic research primarily focuses on pneumococcal infections, pneumococcal vaccines and antibiotic resistance, and she is a principal investigator in the U.S. Multicenter Pneumococcal Surveillance Study Group. In addition, she studies community-acquired methicillin-resistant staphylococcus infections and is involved in several vaccine survey studies which examine the awareness, acceptance, barriers and utilization of recommended preventative vaccines among healthcare consumers and primary healthcare physicians, advanced practice nurses and pharmacists. Her clinical focus, meanwhile, is on pneumococcal infections, methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus Infections (MRSA), pertussis (whooping cough) disease and vaccine, travel Immunizations, international adoption, antibiotic resistance, vaccine-preventable diseases, vaccine education for healthcare providers and general infectious diseases.
Dr. Tan serves on several professional committees and boards, including as a member of the Board of Scientific Counselors, Office of Infectious Diseases of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, chairperson for the nominations committee for the Section on Infectious Diseases of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a member of the vaccines and related biological products advisory committee of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. She was also recruited as an editor for the American Academy of Pediatrics Redbook Atlas of Pediatric Infectious Diseases and the companion “Red Book: A Quick Diagnosis Deck.” She has also excelled as the editor-in-chief for Contemporary Pediatrics and an editorial board member for several medical publications. To support her community, she contributes to the medical advisory board for the Lincoln Park Zoo and participates in the Talk About Vaccines program with the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry.
Dr. Tan’s many accolades and honors include the Infectious Diseases Society of America 2021 Society Citation Award from the Infectious Diseases Society of America and the American Academy of Pediatrics S. Michael Marcy Visiting Professor Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics. The same year, she accepted a Pediatric Residency Teaching Award from the infectious disease division of the department of pediatrics at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. In addition, Dr. Tan has been recognized as one of the Best Doctors in America in 2020 and received a certificate of appreciation from the United States Department of Health and Human Services in 2019.
Dr. Tan became involved in her profession because she wanted to be a doctor since she was 4 years old and later gravitated toward biological sciences. When she was in college, she worked doing research in an embryology laboratory and taught comparative anatomy. Dr. Tan enjoyed working with families and children and pediatrics gave her the opportunity to work with children and their parents.
In the coming years, Dr. Tan’s major goal is to fully implement the vaccination protocol at Lurie Cancer Center of Northwestern Medicine, one of the top 10 cancer centers in the country. The Center sees around 17,000 new cancer patients a year. Fully implementing the vaccination protocol will protect the patients as they go through their treatment. Vaccination of all newly diagnosed cancer patients will provide them with protectants so they do not develop a vaccine-preventable disease while they are going through their cancer therapy.
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