August 2011 Online Connection
Sarah Bannister, DO, Hospitalist, PCMG
Ratan Bhardwaj, MD, Neurosurgery, PCMG
Ewa Brandys, MD, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, PCMG
John Condie, MD, Neurology, PCMG
Winston Hewitt, MD, Transplant, PCMG
Joshua Canning, MD, Toxicology
David Ember, DDS, Dentistry and Oral Surgery
Edward Frankel, MD, Orthopaedic Surgery
Kimberlie Graeme, MD, Toxicology
Christina Kwasnica, MD, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Jay Patel, MD, Neonatology
Adam Schwartz, MD, Orthopaedic Surgery
Oladiji Vaughan, MD, Hospitalist
Craig Diehl, MD
Linda Kalivas, MD
Martin Kaye, MD
Katherine Krieg, MD
Barbara Lednicky, MD
Tara-Lee Lefkowitz, MD
Elizabeth McKenna, MD
Sharon Novy, MD
Douglas Parkin, MD
Sonal Shah, MD
Louis Trunzo, MD
Leopold Yin, MD
The Children’s Heart Center completed its very first heart transplant on July 18 on 22-month-old Jesus Pereya.
The Children’s Heart Center recently earned certification from the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) to perform pediatric heart transplants, a result of the strategic alliance with St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center.
Jesus came through the transplant surgery very well, but over the coming months doctors will conduct a series of biopsies to check for any signs of rejection. Staff also will monitor the young boy’s other organs for side effects of the medications he’s taking.
"He's not out of the woods yet,” cautioned Pediatric Cardiologist Stephen Pophal, MD, director of the Children’s Heart Center and one of the physicians working on Jesus’ case. “The post-transplant care is probably ten-fold the amount of work the three weeks [of hospitalization] encompassed. He’s part of our family – he's coming to us nearly every single week for the next two months to make sure he's not having any signs of rejection."
Other physicians on the transplant team include Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery Division Chief John Nigro, MD, who led the surgery; Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgeon Jeffrey Pearl, MD; and Pediatric Cardiologist Roy Jedeikin, MD. The team also includes staff from the Hospital’s Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU), cardiac nurses, ultra-sonographers, respiratory therapists and operating room specialists.
For more information on the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery or the Division of Cardiology, please call (602) 933-3366.
On August 1, Pediatric Urology Associates, the largest pediatric urology group in the southwest, officially joined Phoenix Children’s Medical Group (PCMG). Robert Bailey, MD; Luis Argueso, MD; Michael Ritchey, MD; Michael Nguyen, MD; and Zachary Zuniga, MD, compose the group.
All are fellowship-trained pediatric urology surgeons and hold Board certification in pediatric urology. Under the Hospital’s open Medical Staff model, the group has offered expert urological care to children for more than 20 years and the program was recently ranked in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Children’s Hospitals. To refer a patient, please call (602) 279-1697.
Specialty and Urgent Care - East Valley Center CT Department Now Staffed Four Days a Week
Beginning August 9, the CT Department at Phoenix Children’s Specialty and Urgent Care - East Valley Center will be staffed four days a week. The department will see patients Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., and Wednesdays from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. CT is one of several imaging services available at the East Valley Center. For more information, please call (602) 933-1215.
Phoenix Children’s Center for Pediatric Orthopaedics, led by Lee S. Segal, MD, Herbert J. Louis, MD, Endowed Chair of Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery, is dedicated to offering the most comprehensive, state-of-the-art care for children who have experienced musculoskeletal injury or are living with related diseases or conditions.
The center was recently recognized as one of the top pediatric orthopaedic programs in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. One of the Hospital’s six Centers of Excellence, the group of six fellowship-trained physicians provides orthopaedic surgical and non-surgical care to children and teens with:
- Sports-related injuries
- Hip disorders, dysplasia of the hip
- Muscular dystrophy
The division is actively exploring opportunities to expand its subspecialty clinical offerings. For more information on the Center for Pediatric Orthopaedics or to make a referral, please call (602) 933-3033.
With the addition of Andrea Ramirez, MD, MEd, to its team earlier this year, Phoenix Children’s Division of Pediatric Rheumatology continues its consistent growth.
She along with Division Chief Michael Shishov, MD, MPH, and Pediatric Rheumatologist Kaleo Ede, MD, compose a group specially trained to understand and effectively treat children living with rheumatic disease. It’s the only program in the state offering dedicated family-centered, multidisciplinary care to children living with rheumatic disease
Some of the diseases are more aggressive in children than they are in adults; Phoenix Children’s Division of Rheumatology recognizes these nuances and its professionals are uniquely qualified to diagnose and treat young patients.
Because they are solely responsible for caring for pediatric patients, the physicians are familiar with adjusting medication dosages over time to compensate for changes in the weights and heights of growing children.
The division also offers injection procedures that are conducted via interventional radiology through the use of fluoroscopy, which ensures proper placement of the needle in the joint and increases the efficacy of the treatment.
For more information on the Division of Pediatric Rheumatology, please call (602) 933-0909.
The Phoenix Business Journal recently held its 10th annual Health Care Heroes awards breakfast, honoring members of the health care community. Three Phoenix Children’s finalists were honored:
- Cristina Carballo, MD, was the winner in the Physician category for establishing the Phoenix Children’s Neuro-NICU.
- Roberta Adams, MD, was a finalist in the Physician category for her leadership of the Ottosen Family Blood and Marrow Transplant Program, a collaboration between Phoenix Children’s and Mayo Clinic Arizona.
- Grace Caputo, MD, was a finalist in the Educator category for her passionate leadership of the Phoenix Children’s/Maricopa Medical Center pediatric residency program.
The Business Journal special section also included a look back at previous Lifetime Achievement Award honorees. Melvin L. Cohen, MD, received this honor in 2007.
Congratulations, Dr. Carballo, Dr. Adams, Dr. Caputo and Dr. Cohen.
In the August/September 2011 edition of North Valley Magazine, the magazine teamed up with Avvo, Inc., to present their list of Top Doctors in Phoenix. Doctors are ranked based on their professional backgrounds according to Avvo’s proprietary algorithms. The rating is a score on a 10 point scale distilled from the raw rankings generated by Avvo. The rankings and ratings were calculated on June 9, 2011. Several of our physicians are included on this list. View the Top Doctors article in North Valley Magazine.
Congratulations to all the Phoenix Children’s physicians included on this list.
Phoenix Children's Pediatric Intensive Care Unit recently received the Award for Excellence in Life Support from the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization.
According to the ELSO Award Committee, Phoenix Children’s received this “honor due to the overall excellence of your program. Your initial training of Specialists and Physicians is exemplary. You have a comprehensive continuing education program that includes frequent water drill training, lectures, and impressive guest speakers. You have shown a singular commitment to excellence with your efforts in performance improvement.”
Congratulations to the PICU for this significant award.
In related news, the PICU recently announced that Robert Graham, MD, has been appointed director of the division. For more information on the PICU, please call (602) 546-1784.
Phoenix Children’s physicians Randa Jarrar, MD, Jeffrey Buchhalter, MD, PhD, and Korwyn Williams, MD, PhD, along with Mary McKay, R. EEG/EP T, and Claire Luketich, RN, CPN, recently had a research article featured in American Journal of Electroneurodiagnostic Technology titled “Technical Tips: Electrode Safety in Pediatric Prolonged EEG Recordings.” If you’d like to read a copy of this article, please contact Kathy Zeblisky at (602) 933-4248.
Phoenix Children’s Division Chief of Dermatology, Ronald Hansen, MD, and his colleague Lawrence A. Schachner, MD, co-wrote "Pediatric Dermatology Fourth Edition," and the book is Highly Commended in the 2011 British Medical Association (BMA) Medical Book Awards and is shortlisted for first prize in the medicine category. The BMA will announce the winner of this award on Wednesday, Sept. 14 at its Book Awards Ceremony in London, UK.
Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children’s physicians Matthew Troester, DO, Kevin Chapman, MD, and John Kerrigan, MD, along with five of their colleagues, were recently featured in EPILEPSIA with their research article, “EEG and video-EEG seizure monitoring has limited utility in patients with refractory epilepsy associated with hypothalamic hamartoma.” If you’d like to read a copy of this article, please contact Kathy Zeblisky at (602) 933-4248.
Tamir Miloh, MD, recently co-authored a research paper in Pediatric Transplantation titled “Liver transplantation in children weighing 5 kg or less: Analysis of the UNOS database.” If you’d like to read a copy of this article, please contact Kathy Zeblisky at (602) 933-4248.
Phoenix Children’s Hospital pediatric urologist Michael Ritchey, MD, is presenting a webinar for medical professionals titled, “Common Genital Problems in the Newborn,” on September 29, from noon to 1 p.m.
Presentation objectives include:
- Learn the contraindications to newborn circumcision
- Learn the evaluation and surgical treatment of undescended testis
- Gain an understanding of the current treatment of hypopadias in children
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
PC-based attendees - Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server
Macintosh®-based attendees – Mac OS® X 10.5 or newer
Please let your patient families know about the upcoming free conference, "Cerebral Palsy - Recent Advances in Medical Treatment," to be held on Saturday, October 22, from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., in the Melvin L. Cohen Conference Center, 1920 E. Cambridge Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85006, on the campus of Phoenix Children's Hospital. Conference sponsors include Phoenix Children's Hospital, Orthopediatrics, United Cerebral Palsy of Central Arizona and Raising Special Kids
Families interested in attending may register online. For more information, please contact Karen Pennington, Physician Relations, at (602) 933-3300.