pans  |  Pediatric Associates of the North Shore
Helping families thrive

About

Our focus is your child’s well-being.

Helping families of the North Shore for more than 60 years

Our pediatric practice has been a part of the fabric of Wilmette and the neighboring area for more than half a century. And through those years, we've been privileged to care for the children of the North Shore and contribute to this thriving community.

Dr Josephine Earlywine founded our office in the mid-20th century. She was a protegee of Dr Louis Sauer, known for perfecting the vaccine for whooping cough. In 1981, Dr Peter Lewy took over when Dr Earlywine retired and continued the tradition of caring for the local community

Today we are four providers with diverse backgrounds, unique styles, and varied interests: Patricia Brunner, MD, Shoshana Waskow, MD, Bilkis Hirani, MD, and Dilshad Tajuddin, Advanced Practice Nurse. Along with our wonderful team of nurses and administrators, we are committed to the health and well-being of our community’s future generations.

 

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We know that finding a pediatrician that fits your family’s needs is a choice not to be taken lightly. That’s why we offer free consultations to meet with you, understand your goals, share our perspective on care, and help you make a decision that feels right for your family.

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Our providers

 
 

 
 
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PEDIATRICIAN

Bilkis Hirani, MD

I have lived in and practiced in the Chicago area since 2000, joining PANS In 2012. I love the diverse nature of being a pediatrician—working with patients of all ages across a range of issues. What I find unique about my profession is that my work is a two-way experience. Over the years, I’ve learned so much about parenting, life, and the world from my patients and their families.

On my time off, I spend time with my husband and son in our home in Evanston. I enjoy working in my garden or tending to my orchids. I like to include my son in the kitchen when I’m baking or experimenting. When he gets a little older, I hope to resume traveling internationally—so many more places in the world to explore!

 

Education

VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY
BS, Molecular Biology, 1993

UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE
MD, 1997

Pediatric Residency

EMORY UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE
1987-2000

 
 

Activities & Affiliations

  • American Academy of Pediatrics, Fellow

  • American Board of Pediatrics, Diplomate

  • Ann & Robert H Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, member Professional Staff

  • NorthShore University HealthSystem, member Professional Staff

 
 
 

 
 
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PEDIATRICIAN

Shoshana Elkin Waskow, MD

I knew early on that I wanted to practice community-based medicine and sought out training experiences in medical school and residency which reflected that interest. Joining PANS in 2008 was the best realization of this long-term goal which I could have imagined. I find great joy in partnering with parents and children as they learn about development, health, and safety with the goal of thriving, resilient kids. I also care about engaging with the larger community and have enjoyed teaching in-service sessions to Wilmette Public School District 39 nurses and teachers and presenting at Baker Demonstration School.

I have been active on department and professional staff committees at NorthShore University HealthSystem and Lurie Children’s Hospital and regularly teach medical students and pediatric residents in the office and the hospital. I am a physician leader for the community practices which use Lurie’s electronic medical record, working to provide the highest quality of care, efficiency of record-keeping and close communication with colleagues via our EMR.

My husband and I love raising our children in the diverse community of Evanston—one is in high school and the other is now in college. Time with my family is a mix of uproarious laughter and insightful conversations (and the occasional adolescent attitude). Sometimes I get to take over from my “foodie” husband in the kitchen, other times the four of us trade book recommendations or share bike rides. I am an active member of several Jewish congregations and community organizations.

 

Education

UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO
AB, Behavioral Science, 1989

HARVARD MEDICAL SCHOOL
MD, 1995

Pediatric Residency

CHILDREN’S MEMORIAL HOSPITAL, NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY FEINBERG SCHOOL OF MEDICINE
1995-1998

 
 

Activities & Affiliations

  • American Academy of Pediatrics, Fellow

  • American Board of Pediatrics, Diplomate

  • Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Clinical Instructor of Pediatrics (Community Based Primary Care)

  • Ann & Robert H Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, member Professional Staff

  • NorthShore University HealthSystem, member Professional Staff

  • Lurie Children’s Community Connect Governance Committee (for Epic EMR), Chair

  • Pediatric Morbidity and Mortality Committee, NorthShore University HealthSystem

Recognition

  • Outstanding Teacher Award, Community Based Pediatrics, 2018—Ann & Robert H Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago and Northwestern Medicine Feinberg School of Medicine

 
 
 

 
 
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PEDIATRICIAN

Patricia Brunner, MD

I was raised in Glenview and now live in Wilmette. I love living in the same community I serve. I especially enjoy saying hello to our families when I am out and about in town. I like working with patients of all ages—babies through young adults. The challenges of each age range always fascinate me. My mom and my sister are both teachers and I thought I might teach as a profession when I was younger. Alas, I was drawn to the science of medicine. In retrospect, I am thrilled to learn that teaching is a big part of my workday. We teach pediatric residents and medical students in our office. And, of course, I also do a lot of teaching with our families. I teach parents of new babies, teenagers, and young adults AND I teach  patients themselves. I especially love when I’m passing on information and knowledge I learned from my now retired senior partners Dr Peter Lewy and Dr Gail Shorr.

My husband and I have 3 children who keep us busy. As a family we like to hike and take walks together. We also enjoy hanging out at home reading or watching movies. Our newest addition is our dog Charlie. He is a great reason to get a “W-A-L-K “ in every day! (Don’t say the word out loud unless you’re ready at the door with the leash)!

 

Education

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT URBANA-CHAMPAIGN
BS, Chemistry, 1985

RUSH MEDICAL COLLEGE AT RUSH PRESBYTERIAN ST. LUKE’S MEDICAL CENTER
MD, 1995

Pediatric Residency

TUFTS UNIVERSITY’S FLOATING HOSPITAL FOR INFANTS AND CHILDREN
1989-1993

 
 

Activities & Affiliations

  • American Academy of Pediatrics, Fellow

  • American Board of Pediatrics, Diplomate

  • Ann & Robert H Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, member Professional Staff

  • NorthShore University HealthSystem, member Professional Staff

Recognition

  • Alpha Omega Alpha Medical School Honor Society, 1987

 
 
 

 
 
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ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSE

Dilshad Tajuddin, RN, MSN, FNP

My first job as a nurse was in the Infant Special Care Unit (ISCU) of Evanston Hospital / NorthShore University HealthSystem. I worked for over 15 years in their neonatal intensive care unit. The little people that I met there, who could barely even cry, won my heart and got me interested in pediatrics. When I receive holiday cards from these families, it brings me joy and delight that I can’t express in words.

I have proudly served the PANS community as a Registered Nurse since 2013. Now I am honored to serve the same community as a Nurse Practitioner. I hope to build lasting bonds with all of our families.

My first contact with PANS was when my daughter was born. She will soon be heading to college. I live in Glenview with my husband and two lovely girls. We cook together, which has been a source of bonding, stress relief and learning. We enjoy hiking, biking and travelling. I play throwball and enjoy running.

 
 

Education

NORTH PARK UNIVERSITY
MSN Family Nurse Practitioner, 2018

NORTH PARK UNIVERSITY
RN BSN, 2006

AGA KHAN UNIVERSITY
RN Diploma, 1992

Activities & Affiliations

  • Family Nurse Practitioner, Board Certified 2018

 
 
 

Our support managers

 
 

 
 
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OUR PRACTICE MANAGER & OUR NURSE MANAGER

Debbie Calmeyn and Tia Kowalewski

Debbie Calmeyn and Tia Kowalewski, RN, BSN are the heart of the PANS team. Debbie is truly a member of the PANS family. She became our practice manager in 2011, taking over from her mother who had worked in our front office for over 30 years. She supervises our reception staff and manages many aspects of the office and physical facilities. She coordinates financial management with our billing company, HuTech Resources. Tia joined us in 2017 with 2 decades of pediatric nursing experience. She is the cornerstone of our clinical team—supporting the physicians, facilitating the nursing staff, organizing staff training, and ensuring high quality and safe care. Debbie and Tia are available for any questions, compliments, or concerns you have regarding our staff or office.