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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 Lurie Children’s Uptown clinic where, for the past 23 years, she has cared for a diverse, multilingual, medically complex, underserved patient population. She is the immediate past president of the Illinois Chapter of the AAP and was recently elected to the executive committee of the AAP Council on Early Childhood. She is the medical director of Reach Out and Read (ROR) Illinois, representing and supporting 130 ROR sites throughout the state. Dr. Glusman’s experience includes spearheading ROR's Leyendo Juntos Initiative, a cultural and linguistic adaptation of the program for Spanish speaking families (currently being updated), and helping develop the provider training for ROR’s birth to 6 months Initiative. She is the author of the best selling, "I Love You Like Sunshine: How Everyday Play and Bedtime Stories Grow Love, Connections and Brainpower,"  a combination children's book/parenting guide being distributed in hospitals, clinics, libraries, and community organizations nationwide. 


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Mariana Glusman, MD FAAP


Illinois Chapter American Academy of Pediatrics

Medical Director and Board Chair
Reach Out and Read Illinois

Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Northwestern University - Feinberg School of Medicine
Section of Primary Care
Lurie Children's - Uptown

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