New Primary Immune Deficiency (PI) Program at Advocate Children’s Hospital – Park Ridge

Advocate Childrens

About the program

  • The Primary Immune Deficiency Program (PI) is an extension of the well-established PI program at the Advocate Children’s Hospital – Oak Lawn campus.
  • The program is recognized by the Jeffrey Modell Foundation; one of only two in Illinois
  • Created by Dr. Javeed Akhter, MD, board certified in allergy/immunology and pulmonology, with clinical and research interest in PI
  • Dr. Akhter is one of only three immunologists in Illinois designated to evaluate infants with “positive newborn screen for SCID”
  • Patients have an opportunity to become part of the USIDNET registry
  • The clinic is held once a month at the Advocate Children’s Outpatient Center (Yacktman) in Park Ridge
  • Dr. Akhter will not see pulmonary and CF patients at this clinic

Who should be referred to the new Primary Immune Deficiency (PI) Program?

  • Patients with “recurrent” infections (e.g. four or more ear infections, two or more sinus infections, two or more pneumonias, failure to thrive, infections with atypical severity)
  • Patients with “sentinel” infections (e.g. Candida, Aspergillus, NTM, Neisseria, HSV encephalitis)
  • Children with syndromes known to be associated with PI (e.g. DiGeorge, NEMO, Ataxia, Telangiectasia)
  • Auto immune presntations (e.g. Penias, Evan’s syndrome, multiple endocrine disorders with Candida infections, early onset Type-1 diabetes)
  • Auto inflammatory disorders (e.g. HIDs, PFAPA, NPMID)
  • Family history of PI
  • Patients with chronic diarrhea with no recognized GI disorder on unusual infections

Call 815-588-5012 and ask for appointment at the immune deficiency clinic at Lutheran


To reach Dr. Akhter call 708-684-3333