Shelly Flais, MD, born and raised in the Chicago area, received both her undergraduate and medical degrees from Northwestern University within Northwestern’s Honors Program in Medical Education, graduating from the medical school in 1999. Dr. Flais then performed her residency training in pediatrics at Children's Memorial (now Lurie Children’s) Hospital of Chicago. Dr. Flais joined Pediatric Health Associates in 2011.
Dr. Flais works with the American Academy of Pediatrics as both a national spokesperson and as an author of several AAP parenting books. Dr. Flais is the editor-in-chief of the AAP’s Caring For Your School-Age Child: Ages 5-12 Years. She authored the award-winning Raising Twins which is now in its 2nd edition. She served as coeditor of the AAP's The Big Book of Symptoms, as well as a contributor for Sleep: What Every Parent Needs to Know. Dr. Flais loves the opportunity to educate parents about kids beyond the office setting.
Dr. Flais is also involved in medical education as an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics with Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. Her teaching awards include multiple Outstanding Teacher awards, as well as the 2016 Distinguished Pediatric Academic Contributed Service Award from the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Department of Pediatrics, Northwestern University. In 2018, Dr. Flais joined Northwestern’s FAME: The Feinberg Academy of Medical Educators. More locally, she serves on the Edward Hospital Pediatric Credentialing Committee.
She is bilingual in Spanish and has particular interests in multiple births and food allergies. Dr. Flais is a mom to 4 kids, including twins, who are growing up way too fast. She loves to cook and learn about food, and runs for balance.