Welcome to Chicago Area Pediatrics. From birth to early adulthood, we pride ourselves on caring for your children as if they were our own. We offer progressive care and are affiliated with Chicago’s leading hospitals and teaching institutions.
Learn what’s new at Chicago Area Pediatrics as well as news in pediatric medicine! From birth to early adulthood, we pride ourselves on caring for your children as if they were our own. We offer progressive care and are affiliated with Chicago’s leading children hospital- Lurie Children’s Hospital.
Announcement: We are pleased to announce that, effective September 1, 2021, Chicago Area Pediatrics (CAP) will be joining Lurie Children’s Primary Care (LCPC) as LCPC-CAP. CAP and Lurie Children’s have enjoyed decades of working together, and with the shift in healthcare delivery, namely the market impacts of COVID-19, we’ve worked to enhance the relationship to support all our needs. We are looking forward to this relationship and the many benefits of being a part of the Lurie Children’s system as LCPC-CAP.
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We are following strict CDC guidelines to offer a safe and welcoming office environment.
- We are pleased to offer covid testing.
- We currently do not have the covid vaccine in our office but vaccines are available through Lurie Children’s Hospital.
- Please continue to schedule well child care. The maintenance of good health and up to date vaccinations is important for the health of your child.
- Please let us know if you have any risks for covid exposure. We are happy to work out a safe way for you to receive care.
- We are limiting visits to one parent and one child per visit
- Masks are required for everyone (regardless of vaccination status) over the age of 2 years
- Please call and schedule an appointment. We continue to offer same day sick appointments but are no longer able to accommodate walk-ins.
- Telehealth visits are available.
We are now on MyChart through Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital’s website, so please see the corresponding tab to sign your kids up and access their medical records. We are also on Facebook at ‘Chicago Area Peds‘, so come visit us and “Like” our page! We post informative articles and updates regularly for parents on here.
Online billing is now available for the convenience of our patients.
As one of the most established practices in the area, we still offer the accessibility and ease of a small town doctor’s office. Conveniently located at the cross roads of Chicago, Evanston, Lincolnwood and Skokie we see children from all around the City and the North Shore. For more than 90 years, we have provided a caring environment your family can call home. As your child’s medical advocate, we seek to ensure their physical, emotional and developmental well-being. Founded in 1923, by Dr. Traisman’s grandfather, Alfred Traisman, M.D., we continue his legacy of compassionate care. All of our doctors are board certified by the American Academy of Pediatrics and are faculty at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine where we shape policy and standards of care of all children. We are also active staff members at the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and North Shore University Health Systems Evanston Hospital.
Irwin Benuck, M.D., Ph.D.
Prior to receiving his MD from Northwestern University Medical School in 1979 (Feinberg School of Medicine), Dr. Benuck received a PhD in 1974 and undertook two years of postgraduate work. He completed his residency at Children’s Memorial Hospital in 1982, the year he started with our practice. He is the Professor and Divison Head for Community-Based Pediatrics in the Department of Pediatrics at Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and is also an attending physician for the Preventive Cardiology Program at the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. His interests include preventive health and cardiology, and he was a member of the expert panel commissioned by the National Heart Lung Blood Institute to develop guidelines for cardiovascular risk reduction in children and adolescents, which were published in 2011 and endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics. In his free time, Dr. Benuck enjoys spending time and traveling with his wife of more than 40 years, exercising, writing, and spoiling his grandchildren.
Teri A. Merens, M.D.
Dr. Merens received her MD from Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine in 1986. Previously, she received an M.S. at The Ohio State University in Microbiology. She completed her residency at Loyola University Medical Center in 1989 where she served as Chief Resident of Pediatrics, then joined our practice in 1989. Dr. Merens enjoys providing well child care for patients of all ages, but has an added interest in adolescent health issues and gynecology, including LGTBQ and transgender/transitioning youth. In her free time, she enjoys spoiling her golden retriever (Daisy), gardening, cooking, exercising, and spending time outdoors. Dr. Merens is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, where she is active in the admissions process. She also serves on various committees at Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, focusing on pediatric public health.
Valerie A. Kimball, M.D.
Dr. Kimball received her MD from The University of Illinois at Chicago in 2001, and completed her Pediatric Residency at Loyola University Medical Center in 2004. Prior to attending medical school, Dr. Kimball earned a Masters degree in Exercise Physiology at the University of Colorado Boulder in 1993 and worked in a muscle physiology research laboratory at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Kimball is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She currently serves as the President of CCPA, or Children’s Community Physician’s Association, and is a board member of Smart Love Family Services. Her medical sphere of interest is the care and development of infants and young children. Outside of the office, she enjoys spending time outdoors with her three active children, and is an avid runner. Dr. Kimball was also awarded Top Pediatrician in Evanston with TOP DOCTOR this year for her outstanding service.
Melanie Thomas, M.D.
Dr. Thomas received her MD from Georgetown University School of Medicine in 2010 and completed her Pediatric Residency at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland in 2013. Prior to attending medical school, Dr. Thomas earned a Bachelors of Music concentrating in flute from Loyola University, New Orleans. Dr. Thomas has a special interest in caring for children of international and domestic adoptions. She also has an interest in breastfeeding medicine and is dedicated to helping new mothers achieve their breastfeeding goals. Dr. Thomas is a certified Breast Feeding Specialist and does lactation consultations in our office. Dr. Thomas is a Health Clinician Educator of Clinical Pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine Outside of the office, Dr. Thomas enjoys cooking, music, reading, and spending time with the Thomas Family Zoo- her husband, four young sons, chocolate Labrador retriever, and two cats.
Edward Traisman, M.D. Emeritus
Dr. Traisman graduated from the Honors Program at Northwestern University Medical School in 1981. After completing his pediatric training at Children’s Memorial Hospital in 1984 he joined our practice. His area of interest is pediatric rehabilitation medicine and the care of the chronically ill. Dr. Traisman is a Professor of Clinical Pediatrics and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Northwestern University Medical School. Away from the office, he likes to run for exercise and enjoys creating clay figure sculpture. After a prestigious and fulfilling career, Dr. Traisman has retired as of July 31, 2020. He plans to spend more time with his family as well as pursuing his favorite leisure time activities.
We look forward to getting to know your family. All of our doctors are currently accepting new patients, and we invite you to call us at (847) 869-4300 to schedule a visit for your child today. It’s best to schedule routine examinations and follow-up appointments as far in advance as possible so you may arrange at a time most convenient for you. If you are unable to keep your appointment, please call to reschedule 24 hours in advance. It is our policy to see all children who need immediate attention on a same-day basis whenever possible, and one of the doctors is always on call 24/7 in case of an emergency. See our FAQ page for more information about our practice.
New to Chicago Area Pediatrics? Please print the following and turn in at your first appointment.
Here are some additional forms you can read before coming in – we will have you provide an e-signature upon arrival!
As of 9/1/2021 LCPC-CAP will accept the following insurance plans:
Questions about insurance? Contact us for more information!
- Aetna PPO
(We do not participate in the Aetna Whole Health Network.)
- The Alliance
- Blue Cross BlueShield of Illinois PPO only (We may be a Tier 2 network provider with certain Blue Choice of Illinois plans because these particular Blue Choice plans allow participants to access the BCBS IL PPO provider network. If you are in Blue Choice or considering Blue Choice, please check your specific coverage and contact BCBS directly to confirm that they will provide coverage for our services. We are not in network with any Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois HMO plans.)
- Cigna PPO/OAP/Local Plus
- Humana Commercial (We are not in network with any Humana HMO plans or Humana Governmental plans)
- Humana National POS-Open Access PPO (We are not in network with any Humana HMO plans or Humana Governmental plans)
- Imagine Health
- Multiplan PPO
- Unicare PPO Classic Plus Network (We are not in network with any Unicare HMO plans)
- United Healthcare CORE
- United Healthcare Navigate
- United Healthcare PPO
- Zelis PPO
- NorthShore BCBS HMO
In case of poisoning call the Poison Control phone number 1-800-222-1222.
If the office is closed and you have an urgent problem, call the main number of our office 847-869-4300 and follow the prompts. Calls concerning medication refills or appointments should be made during normal business hours.
All Kids: www.allkids.com
American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP): www.aap.org
American Medical Association: www.ama-assn.org
Centers for Disease Control (CDC): www.cdc.gov
Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago: www.childrensmemorial.org
Shriners Hospitals: www.shrinershq.org
U.S. News Report: “Best Hospitals for Pediatrics”: www.usnews.com
Phone: (847) 869-4300
Fax: (847) 869-4330
Well and sick visits Monday through Saturday. Call for same-day sick visits.
Walk In appointments available on Mondays (for existing patients only) from 8:30-9:30. You must arrive with in the walk in hours to be seen as a walk in. If you arrive after 9:30, you will be asked to schedule an appointment.
Monday: Walk ins: 8:30-9:30. Regular hours:9:30am-7pm
We are on call for our patients after-hours, 365 days a year. For urgent medical questions, please contact us at 847-869-4300.
Our office is conveniently located in the Evanston Plaza:
1950 Dempster Street
Evanston, IL 60202