At Alzein Pediatric Associates, we consider it both a great joy and a remarkable responsibility to care for your children. Our doctors, physicians assistants, nurses and professional staff have a true calling to maintain and improve the physical health and overall wellbeing of your children, and understand that it is a privilege to serve your family.
You and your children will be treated with kindness, compassion and respect. Our physicians not only have advanced training in pediatrics and decades of experience, but also a deep devotion to ongoing education and learning, continuing to discover and implement best practices for your child’s benefit.
Our entire practice works together to build life-long relationships with our patients by consistently providing compassion, excellence and value. We are committed to:
Dr. Hassan Alzein earned his medical degree at the University of Damascus in Damascus, Syria in September 1988 and completed his residency in 1994 at the University of IL – Chicago. Dr. Alzein is board certified.
“America’s Top Pediatrician” awarded consistently by Consumer Research Council of America and one of Chicago Magazine’s Top 100 Doctors in 2014 and 2018.
Dr. Alzein served as a clinical instructor for Midwestern University in Downers Grove and Olympia Fields from 1994 to 1996. He gained extensive experience working as a hospitalist caring for critically ill children in Pediatric Intensive Care Units while providing care for children in the community through his offices located in the southwest suburbs of Chicago.
The Chairman of Pediatric Department at Little Company of Mary Hospital (LCMH), Dr. Alzein is a very active member of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He is also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in North Chicago.
Dr. Alzein has special clinical interest in newborn care, asthma, and allergic rhinitis. He also enjoys traveling, listening to classical and country music, reading, and spending time with his wife and children.
Dr. Alzein is affiliated with
Little Company of Mary Hospital
Advocate Christ/Hope Children’s Hospital
Lurie Children’s Hospital
Dr. Katherine Riff earned her medical degree in 2013 at the Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA after graduating Magna Cum Laude from The College of William and Mary with a B.S. in Neuroscience. She completed her pediatric residency at University of Illinois of Chicago. She is board certified.
She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Dr. Riff is passionate about patient education and can help families, parents and caregiver fully understand pediatric issues, including neonatal care, ear infections, rheumatic fever, obesity in children and more.
Dr. Riff is also a proven researcher, involved in studies about asthma control, needle length in obese children, the effect of nicotine on cognitive functioning and more.
Dr. Riff has extensive experience in complex pediatric care, in both inpatient and outpatient settings. She compassionately treats children with ADHD, mental health and behavioral issues.
She has been involved with children, their care and health since she was a child herself. Dr. Riff babysat and nannied throughout middle school, high school and college, spending her summers as a camp counselor. Her experience with children’s care is international, as she spent time in India and Romania, working with orphans and disabled children.
Dr. Riff is affiliated with
Little Company of Mary Hospital
Advocate Christ/Hope Children’s Hospital
Dr. Herath graduated from University of Missouri-Kansas City Medical School and furthered her training at St. Louis Cardinal Glennon Hospital and St. Louis Washington University.
Dr. Herath has an extensive background in pediatric emergency medicine and as a pediatric in-patient hospitalist. She has facilitated helicopter emergency transports at Washington University Children’s Hospital and serves our Urgent Care patients.
Dr. Herath loves to cook, likes puppies and long walks on the beach. She enjoys visiting museums and is a huge movie buff.
Dr Yousef is a board certified pediatrician and pediatric cardiologist. She completed her fellowship in pediatric cardiology at Advocate Children’s Hospital in Oak Lawn, IL. She believes that taking care of your child’s health is a partnership between you and your physician. Building trust and effective communication is key to helping your children live a healthier lifestyle.
She is affiliated with Little Company of Mary Hospital in Evergreen Park, Advocate Children’s Hospital in Oak Lawn, and Palos Hospital in Palos Heights in Illinois.
Dr Yousef’s special area of interests include neonates, infants, children and adolescents with congenital and acquired heart disease, heart murmurs, irregular heart beats and arrhythmias, palpitations , chest pain, high blood pressure or cholesterol , obesity , syncope (fainting) , dizziness, shortness of breath and exercise intolerance, and those with a family history of inherited cardiovascular disease.
Stephanie earned bachelor’s degrees in Biology and in Health Science from Benedictine University and Butler University, then completed the Masters Of Physician Assistant program at Butler University. She previously work with Kid Care Medical.
Stephanie has an assuring, compassionate bedside manner that keeps kids at ease.
Kaitlyn earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from St. Xavier University and achieved a Master of Science from Governors State University. She is a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner, a Certified Pediatric Nurse and certified in Basic Life Support. She is on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners.
Kaitlyn formerly worked at a Bedford Park Urgent Care, performing physical examinations, diagnosing and treating acute walk-in illnesses and injuries, reading x-rays, administering and reading TB skin tests, giving injections and placing sutures (stitches). She has experience working with NICU, critical care, newborns and pediatric wellness.
Here at Alzein Pediatrics, Kaitlyn conducts wellness visits, and evaluates, diagnoses and treats pediatric illnesses and injuries. She evaluates newborns in the hospitals and then focuses on their care as they grow. Kaitlyn is a valuable resource for families, as she encourages questions and emphasizes education in her appointments.
“As a mother myself, I try to understand why children and families feel the way they do about things or why they ask the questions that they do, and I do my best to answer their questions and ease their fears to the best of my ability.”
Growing up, Kaitlyn was a competitive Irish Step Dancer. She is married to her high school sweetheart Nick and they have a son and two daughters. She is a White Sox fan and loves Notre Dame football.
Kathleen Galyean earned her Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology from DePauw University in Indiana and then completed a Master of Medical Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Midwestern University in Downers Grove.
It was while in that program that she met Dr. Alzein, as she worked with him during her core pediatric rotation. Kathleen formally joined Alzein Pediatric Associates in 2016.
Kathleen discovered her love of children and pediatric medicine early in life. Growing up in the midst of a large Irish family in Chicago, Kathleen cared for younger siblings, numerous cousins and family friends. She is an active athlete and youth coach, enjoying everything from yoga and weight lifting to basketball and track and field. Her commitment to family continues, as she now coaches her brother’s grade school basketball team.
Kathleen gained experience in Acute Rehabilitation at Weiss Memorial Hospital. She is certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Basic Life Support, is a member of the American Academy of Physicians Assistants and is board certified by the National Commission on Certification of the Physician Assistant. Kathleen is a licensed Illinois Physician Assistant.
Kathleen is also a Certified ImPACT Consultant, performing baseline and post-concussion evaluations of your child’s memory, attention span and visual and verbal problem solving to ensure a complete recovery before your child returns to normal activities.
Kim is a certified Family Nurse Practitioner and a certified Lactation Counselor.
She graduated from Saint Xavier University with a BS in Nursing and then earned her Masters of Science in Nursing (Family Nurse Practitioner) at Governors State University. She holds licenses as a registered nurse and as an Illinois Advanced Practice Nurse, and is CPR certified.
While attending SXU, she worked at Little Company of Mary Hospital (LCMH) as a CNA on the pediatric floor and in ER. She completed a 6-week leadership clinical rotation at Advocate Hope Children’s Hospital and upon graduation, began working in the Special Care Nursery at LCMH. She has also worked with the Chicago Fire Department and at Loyola University Medical Center in the pediatric office.
Kim has extensive experience and a special focus in working with mothers and babies, an asset to our Baby Basics Program, our pre-natal classes, new baby support, and lactation and breastfeeding program.
Her experience with new babies is now personal as she and her husband welcomed a daughter in 2017. She enjoys trying new foods and country music.
“I always wanted to become a nurse and to work with children. My time in the special care unit at Little Company of Mary Hospital really motivated me to go back to school to become a family nurse practitioner. Now I am able to teach and assist moms in newborn care and breastfeeding after they have gone home from the hospital. This is such an important time to have help available to the family. I absolutely love helping moms and babies stay healthy and thrive.”