Nizar M. Kherallah, MD, FCCP
Specialties: Pediatrics - Pulmonology
Languages: Arabic, English
Areas of Expertise Asthma, Bronchoscopy, Chronic Lung Disease, Cystic Fibrosis, Infant Lung Disease, Rare Lung Diseases
Languages Arabic, English
Title(s) Director, Cystic Fibrosis Center - OSF Saint Francis Medical Center
Medical Education Damascus University (Damascus, Syria)
Internship(s) Damascus University (Damascus, Syria; 1989-1990)
Residency Pediatrics - Hurley Medical Center (Flint, MI; 1991-1994)
Board Certification(s) Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine - American Board of Pediatrics
Research Interests Cystic Fibrosis
Professional Memberships American College of Chest Physicians, American Thoracic Society
Hobbies and interests?
Outdoors activities particularly biking and camping. I also enjoy theaters and live performances.
Why did you want to become a pediatric pulmonologist?
I became interested in pediatric pulmonology during my residency training in general pediatrics while taking care of unfortunate sick children with serious and unusual lung diseases. It was very rewarding for me to see those patients recover or improve, and be able to breathe again with the healing touch of the medical team.
My interest was nurtured by my professors and became a passion as I started to deepen my knowledge and understanding of the respiratory system. 22 years later, I am still in love with pediatric pulmonology and planning to continue to practice it until the end of my career.
Tell us something interesting about yourself.
I have 5 wonderful children and been married to my amazing wife since 1990 who is also a great family physician.
Why did you choose Peoria to practice medicine?
It has a rich and diverse culture in addition to a great school system. The University of Illinois/OSF is one of the best organizations to work for; the pediatric services are well supported and managed.
Is there anything else you want the community and families to know?
I was born and raised in Damascus; had the opportunity to practice Pediatric Pulmonology in multiple countries. I am also a volunteer for OperationSmile.