Melody Altman is the Vice President of Administration and Operations for Pediatrics and Research at Lurie Children’s Hospital, also serving as the Pediatrics Department Administrator at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. With more than 15 years of experience in academic medicine, Melody provides strategic direction and purposeful leadership over all aspects of administration of the department comprised of more than 550 faculty, 220 trainees, and 370 staff. Melody’s drive and passion is limitless, evidenced in her dedication and commitment to championing Lurie Children’s values and priorities of healthcare delivery, research, education, and advocacy to help advance the department and research enterprise to achieve its strategic, operational and financial goals. Prior to joining Lurie Children’s, Melody spent 8 years at the University of Chicago, most recently as Executive Administrator for the Department of Pediatrics serving as the administrative and financial lead for all aspects of the department’s operations. She earned her MBA from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business and her BS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is an active member within the Association of Administrators in Academic Pediatrics (AAAP), having served as Site Host for the 2018 regional meeting and Program Director for the 2021 annual meeting, the organization’s first virtual meeting.