Peoria, IL,
04:56 PM

New Divisional Leadership Announced at OSF Children's Hospital of Illinois

OSF HealthCare Children’s Hospital of Illinois and The University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria are pleased to announce new leadership for the divisions of Neonatology and Pediatric Cardiology.

After a national search, M. Jawad Javed, MD has been appointed Division Head of Neonatology and Medical Director of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at OSF Children’s Hospital of Illinois in Peoria.

The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is a 64-bed, private-room unit with a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit - the highest state designation - and a Level II Intermediate Care Unit. The most advanced care is provided to premature and high-risk infants from throughout the state of Illinois.

Including Dr. Javed, there are nine neonatologists and 16 Advanced Practice Nurse providers on the team he will lead. Dr. Javed is Fellowship-trained in Neonatal/Perinatal Medicine and is board certified in Neonatal/ Perinatal Medicine and Pediatrics by the American Board of Pediatrics.

After a national search, Marc D. Knepp, MD has been appointed Division Head of Pediatric Cardiology and Co-Director of the Congenital Heart Center at OSF Children’s Hospital of Illinois.

The Congenital Heart Center at OSF Children’s Hospital of Illinois is the only comprehensive congenital heart program outside of Chicago with more than 9,000 clinic visits and about 250 cardiac surgeries performed each year.

Dr. Knepp is Fellowship-trained in Adult Congenital Cardiology and Pediatric Cardiology. He is Board certified in Pediatric Cardiology, Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, and Adult Congenital Heart Disease (one of the first in the U.S. to receive that certification). Dr. Knepp is also medical director of the Adult Congenital Heart Program.He serves as co-director of the Congenital Heart Center at OSF Children’s Hospital with Dr. Mark Plunkett, congenital cardiac surgeon.

OSF HealthCare Children's Hospital of Illinois in Peoria is the third largest pediatric hospital in Illinois and the only full service tertiary hospital for kids downstate. With 136 beds and more than 141 pediatric subspecialists, OSF Children's Hospital cares for more children in Illinois than any hospital outside of Chicago. Formally established as a pediatric hospital within the walls of OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in 1990, OSF Children's Hospital has over 7,000 admissions; 2,500 newborn deliveries, and 18,000 emergency department visits each year. More at