Dr. Akilah Cook, M.D., is an esteemed pediatric attending physician with over a decade of experience in providing comprehensive care to pediatric patients. Her expertise spans both inpatient and outpatient settings, catering to children from birth to the age of 18 with acute and chronic illnesses. Dr. Cook obtained her medical degree from the prestigious University of Illinois Chicago College of Medicine and completed her pediatric residency at Advocate Hope Children's Hospital, affiliated with the University of Illinois.
Driven by a passion for preventive care, Dr. Cook is dedicated to averting complications from pediatric diseases that are preventable and treatable, such as obesity and childhood asthma. She has made it her mission to ensure that parents receive the necessary anticipatory guidance and education regarding general pediatric care, as well as their children's specific illnesses, in a relatable and accessible manner.
In 2020, Dr. Cook embarked on a mini-fellowship that focused on specialized training in pediatric primary mental health disorders. This invaluable experience has equipped her with the expertise to address the pressing demand for pediatric mental health treatment. Dr. Cook strives to help her young patients gain access to appropriate care for primary mental health disorders. She firmly believes in taking a holistic approach, emphasizing the significance of addressing the physical social aspects of mental health care alongside medication and therapy. When appropriate, Dr. Cook incorporates natural remedies, starting with low doses of psychotropic medications if necessary, and diligently monitors her patients throughout their treatment journey.
As a mother herself, Dr. Cook understands the importance of compassionate care and treats her patients as if they were her own children. She warmly welcomes the opportunity to provide acute care and medical support to individuals with pediatric primary mental health disorders within The Healing Center for Behavioral Health and the surrounding communities. With her vast knowledge, empathetic approach, and commitment to holistic well-being, Dr. Akilah Cook is dedicated to empowering children and adolescents to thrive in both their physical and mental health. Her exceptional care, combined with her genuine passion, makes her an invaluable asset to the pediatric community.