Castle Connolly Awards and Chicago Magazine Recognizes Dr. Hassan Alzein with America’s Top Doctor® Distinction


Evergreen Park  – Alzein Pediatric Associates is pleased to announce Dr. Hassan Alzein has been selected as a Castle Connolly America’s Top Doctor® for 2018.

Dr. Alzein earned his medical degree in 1988 and then completed his residency at the University of Illinois Chicago in 1994. He is board certified in pediatrics and is the founder of Alzein Pediatric Associates, with offices in Evergreen Park and Oak Lawn.

Both Dr. Alzein and his practice are well known for their exceptional commitment to pediatric healthcare while forming life-long relationships with patients and their families. Dr. Alzein has special interest in ADD and ADHD, asthma and allergies. He has extensive experience working with critically ill children and newborns in while serving in Pediatric Intensive Care Units in Chicago’s southwest suburbs. Continuing education keeps Dr. Alzein and the practice medical professionals at the leading edge of evidence-based advances in pediatric technologies, theories and treatments.

“We are committed to honest communication about pediatric treatments for our patients. Our families are urged to vaccinate their children whenever possible to prevent catastrophic health problems, to be screened for behavioral and developmental challenges and to follow up with any recommended specialists when an issue is identified. We are committed to seeing our patients grow up healthy, happy and sound, in body and in mind,” said Alzein.

An uncommon dedication to both the local and international community also sets Dr. Alzein apart. The practice offices are permanent donation locations for SWADDLE, the Southwest Area Diaper Depository for Little Ends, collecting disposable diapers of all sizes that are then repackaged and given to families in need through social service agencies. Each office also houses a Little Free Library, which encourages families to “take a book, leave a book”, ensuring that books that are outgrown by older patients will be embraced and enjoyed by younger patients. Dr. Alzein is also a founding member of SAMS, Syrian American Medical Society and has completed several missions overseas, most recently in Lebanon, to care for refugee children.

Patient mom Sarah Cordova-Bennett relates how Dr. Alzein became her child’s pediatrician before he was even born. “From the moment my son was born, Dr. Alzein was in constant contact with the hospital. My child’s body temperature was not rising, and he was jaundice. Dr. Alzein was extremely kind and compassionate and put all my worries at ease. For these past 10 years, (Dr Alzein and the staff of Alzein Pediatrics) never stopped advocating for my family’s health and well-being.”

Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. researches physicians at every community hospital in the nation, identifying those who are properly credentialed and licensed. Physicians awarded the Top Doctor recognition are nominated by physician peers and other healthcare professionals. These nominators consider both professional criteria and soft skills such as empathy, listening, communicating, inspiring trust and confidence. A commitment to patient education is considered. Credentials of nominated physicians are then reviewed by a Castle Connolly physician-led team before recognition is awarded.

Dr. Alzein was also recognized by Castle Connolly America’s Top Doctors® in 2014 and by in 2017. The practice was certified a Level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Home by National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) in 2017. He is affiliated with Little Company of Mary in Evergreen Park, Advocate Christ/Hope Children’s Hospital in Oak Lawn and Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago.

Is It A Sore Throat Or Strep Throat – And Why It Matters


When your child wakes up in the morning complaining of throat pain, your first impulse might be to blame it on the dry air pumping from your furnace to keep you warm and comfortable. If that sore throat lasts much past a good breakfast, a glass of water and an attentive toothbrushing, it’s time to take a closer look. Your child may have strep throat, which require antibiotics and quick action to prevent others from becoming infected.

Strep throat is caused by a wide variety of streptococcal bacteria. Your child could have been exposed virtually anywhere – daycare, school, church, stores, other homes – by breathing in infected droplets from a person who has sneezed, coughed or just breathed too closely to your child. Yes, just breathing closely can spread strep throat; it is that infectious. Symptoms usually appear within 2-5 days of exposure to the virus.

Along with the sudden soreness in your child’s throat, he will experience pain while swallowing, a fever, and a bright red throat, possibly with white or yellow spots in the back. His tonsils and lymph nodes in the neck will be swollen. He may complain of a headache or a stomachache.

Call our office immediately to schedule an urgent appointment. Your child will need a rapid strep test as soon as possible. If that test is positive, we’ll know he has strep throat. If that test is negative, we may take a throat culture, which is a little more uncomfortable, but will give us a definitive answer.

If he has tested positive for strep, we’ll start your child on a course of antibiotics immediately. Treating strep medically is extremely important. Without treatment, strep can develop into middle ear infections and sinus infections. More seriously, untreated strep can cause rheumatic fever, tonsil abscesses, kidney damage and pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders (PANDAS). Strep needs to be treated with antibiotics quickly. 

Your child will still be contagious for 24 hours after he begins the antibiotics, so keep him out of daycare, home from school and other activities, and isolated from family members. Replace his toothbrush so he is not re-infected. Do not let him share cups, plates, utensils, towels or other linens. Encourage ample use of disposable tissue when he coughs or sneezes, and throw it away immediately. Your Alzein Pediatric Associates medical professional may also recommend an over-the-counter pain reliever and fever reducer to ease your child’s discomfort.

Preventing strep from infecting your family in the first place can be a challenge. Wash hands with soap and water or alcohol-based gel often, use alcohol wipes on carts and baskets in stores, and stay out of contact with known infected persons.

Though uncommon, if your child has recurring strep even though he is treated with antibiotics, or if he develops abscesses on his tonsils, it may be time to discuss a tonsillectomy.

Sore throats can be caused by dry air, runny noses or allergies. Gargling with salt water can moisten tissues while reducing inflammation. However, whenever you suspect strep throat, it’s time to call Alzein Pediatric Associates immediately to avoid potentially serious complications.

Have a question about strep, tonsils or sore throats? Give us a call at 708-424-7600 and we’ll be happy to answer your questions. Click “Book An Appointment” on the left for an urgent care appointment. We’re with you and your family – from cradle to college!

Little Company of Mary Physicians Team Up to Provide Medical Care Across the Globe

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“The day-to-day interaction with these children truly warmed my heart,” said Dr. Alzein. “This trip gave me a new perspective on life and the ability to be an advocate for those who are unable to advocate for themselves is priceless.”

Some examples of the types of medical concerns that were tended to while on this mission trip include cleft lips, cleft palates, kidney problems, aplastic anemia, Pyloric stenosis, 35 cases of Tonsillectomy and Adnoidectomy, cataracts, and over 10 cases of children’s strabismus surgeries. Dr. Atassi assisted with consultations, echocardiograms and treatments for various cardiac cases, including congenital heart disease, ischemic heart disease and congestive heart failure. He treated up to 35 cases while on the trip.

“It was a very humbling experience to be able to provide care for these individuals,” said Dr. Atassi. Drs. Alzein, Al-Khudari and Atassi worked with a medical team consisting of anesthesiologists and oncologists and were able not only to provide immediate medical care but also to provide screenings and perform surgery, when necessary. In addition to the many adult refugees that were taken care of on this trip by these three physicians, Dr. Alzein treated up to 25 children per day.


Dr. Al-Khudari cannot thank his Little Company of Mary family enough for their generous donation of sutures in support of this mission trip. This was the third medical mission trip for Dr. Al-Khudari. “I left feeling much more rewarded,” said Dr. Al-Khudari. “This mission trip reminded me that the smallest extra effort truly can make all the difference – It was very fulfilling for each physician.”

“On behalf of our administration as well as the Little Company of Mary Sisters we are very proud of the mission driven work done by these physicians,” said Mary Jo Quick, Vice President of Mission and Spirituality at LCMH. “Their passion for and commitment to service with compassion resonates with the Little Company of Mary Philosophy.”

Little Company of Mary Hospital and Health Care Centers (, is a Catholic, not-for-profit hospital based in Evergreen Park. For 85 years, Little Company of Mary has a rich history of providing the community with nationally recognized, high-quality care. Little Company of Mary continues to achieve accolades for quality, provides new medical advances and offers a convenient range of services to our community. For more information about Little Company of Mary, please visit