Pediatrics Team
​Meet the CMU Health Division of Pediatrics team:

​Robert Van Howe, M.D.
Program Director

Dr. Van Howe was appointed Professor and Interim Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics when joining the College of Medicine in September 2013. He became board certified in pediatrics after attending medical school at Loyola University – Stritch School of Medicine and completing a pediatrics residency at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. He has received a Master of Science in Clinical Research Design and Statistical Analysis from the University of Michigan School of Public Health. His research interests include cost-utility analyses, meta-analysis, and bioethics. His clinical interests include the full spectrum of general pediatrics.

Lourdes Morales-Dopico, M.D.
Assistant Director

Dr. Lourdes Morales-Dopico is an Assistant Director of the Pediatrics Department and an adjunct faculty physician. She joined the CMU Health team in November 2011.  She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics.  She is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics.  Dr. Morales-Dopico started her medical studies at the Higher Institute of Medical Sciences of Havana, Cuba, and graduated from Central America Health Sciences University.   She completed her residency in pediatrics at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia.  After her residency she was appointed to the position of chief resident in pediatrics for one more year. She is fluent in English and Spanish.

Erin Hanson, PNP-BC
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Erin Hanson is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. She joined the CMU Health pediatric team in November 2013. She is board certified to provide care for children aged newborn to 21 years through the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Grand Valley State University in 1996. She completed her Master of Science with pediatric nursing specialty from The Ohio State University in 2001. She is a member of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners. As a nurse practitioner, she has experience in pediatric neurosurgery and primary care.