February 2011 Online Connection

February Online Connection 2011


Meet the New Members of the Medical Staff

Five Phoenix Children’s Outpatient Clinics Make Move to New Tower

Pediatric Hepatologist Joins Phoenix Children’s Division of Gastroenterology

Updates from the Children’s Neuroscience Institute

Opportunity to Tour the New Tower

Plan to Attend Pediatric Update 2011

Join Us at the Grantsmanship Seminar and Clinical and Translational Research Symposium

Phoenix Children’s One Call Physician Assistance Line Available for Admits, Consults, and ED Referrals

New Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Website

Join Phoenix Children's Hospital in the March to End Child Abuse 





Meet the New Members of the Medical Staff

Tamir Miloh, MD, Gastroenterology, PCMG

Karim Diab, MD, Cardiology

Shipra Garg, MD, Pathology

Michael Goodman, DDS, Dentistry

Udaya Kakarla, MD, Neurosurgery

Elisa Kucia, MD, Neurosurgery

John Lane, MD, Critical Care

Peter Nakaji, MD, Neurosurgery

Robert Puntel, MD, Cardiology

Nicholas Theodore, MD, Neurosurgery

Brigham Willis, MD, Critical Care

Five Phoenix Children’s Outpatient Clinics Make Move to New Tower

On Monday, Jan. 31, five Phoenix Children’s outpatient clinics opened for business on the second floor of the Hospital’s new tower.

The Center for Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery and the Divisions of Pediatric Dermatology, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, and Pulmonology started offering outpatient clinical services on that day, representing the initial phase of the transition to the new main campus tower.

New phone numbers for those five divisions are as follows:

  • Orthopaedic Surgery – (602) 933-3033
  • Dermatology – (602) 933-0895
  • Endocrinology – (602) 933-0935
  • Gastroenterology – (602) 933-0940
  • Pulmonology – (602) 933-0985

As a result of the move to the new tower and the opening of a new visitor parking structure, the Hospital will no longer offers valet parking to visitors.

The grand opening of the new Hospital is scheduled for June 2011 and includes the opening of new inpatient beds.

Pediatric Hepatologist Joins Phoenix Children’s Division of Gastroenterology

Tamir Miloh, MD, a pediatric hepatologist, has joined Phoenix Children’s Division of Gastroenterology, where he is charged with developing a comprehensive Hepatology and Liver Transplant Program.

The only board-certified pediatric hepatologist in the state of Arizona, Dr. Miloh is triple-board certified in pediatrics; pediatric gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition; and pediatric transplant hepatology.

An avid researcher, he has been a participating investigator in single and multicenter studies on compliance with medical regimen, liver transplantation, portal hypertension, acute liver failure, sclerosing cholangitis, and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. He also has more than 30 publications in peer-reviewed journals and has presented at national and international meetings.

To meet with Dr. Miloh, refer a patient to the Hepatology/Liver Transplant Program, consult, or schedule a liver-related presentation, please call (602) 933-0940.

Updates from the Children’s Neuroscience Institute

P. David Adelson, MD, FACS, FAAP, director of the Hospital’s Children’s Neuroscience Institute (CNI), was recently awarded a grant from Baxter for $123,863 over two years to support his traumatic brain injury (TBI) basic science project titled, “Experimental Post-Traumatic Epileptogenensis.”

There is increasing evidence that the response of the developing brain to TBI, due to anatomic, metabolic, molecular, and physiologic differences, changes at different maturational ages. Unfortunately, there are few preclinical studies that evaluate the effect of trauma on the developing brain and particularly as it relates to the development of post-traumatic epilepsy. Previous literature in basic and clinical sciences in both adult and children suggests the injury induces a cascade of events during the reparative period that leads to aberrant connectivity and excitability resulting in the development of a seizure focus.

Adelson’s overall hypothesis on this project is that in a brain that develops post-traumatic seizures, there is an inherent susceptibility, either due to genetics, earlier insults, or a brain in development that leads to chronic seizures and epilepsy. Additionally, Adelson hypothesizes as this epileptogenesis evolves after TBI it will be detectable early with specific serum and/or tissue biomarkers in advance of the electroencephalographic changes and provide an opportunity for the development of novel early therapeutic interventions that could lead to a direct treatment option.

In other CNI news, Adelson was awarded a grant of $150,000 over three years to support a clinical research associate position for research and infrastructure. Additionally, physicians (names highlighted) from CNI co-authored studies that were recently published in peer-review journals:

  • Rosenfeld A, Etzl M, Gieseking A, Carpentieri D, Bandy D, Kaplan A. The Use of Positron Emission Tomography (PET) in the Evaluation of Diffuse Intrinsic Brainstem Gliomas in Children. Journal of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology. Accepted 12/2010: Awaiting publication
  • O’Haver, J; Moore, IM; Insel, KC; Reed, PG; Melnyk, BM; Lavoie, MS. Parental Perceptions of Risk and Protective Factors Associated with the Adaptation of Siblings of Children with Cystic Fibrosis. Pediatric Nursing. 2010; 284-291.

Finally, Veronica Bordes-Edgar, PhD, an expert in the sub-specialty of neuropsychology, recently joined the growing CNI team.

Bordes-Edgar obtained her MEd and PhD in counseling psychology at Arizona State University. During that time, she received clinical training at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, and subsequently at Children’s Hospital Boston/Harvard Medical School for her clinical internship. Bordes-Edgar recently completed her post-doctoral fellowship in neuropsychology at the University of Minnesota Medical School/Amplatz Children’s Hospital.

Bordes-Edgar evaluates children, from early childhood to young adulthood, whose central nervous system is not functioning normally. Much of her time is focused on assessing patients and consulting with families and providers in order to facilitate the day-to-day needs of pediatric patients. Because Bordes-Edgar is also bilingual, her addition to the neuropsychology team allows the Hospital to better meet the needs of Spanish-speaking patients and families. Following in the Hospital’s strong commitment to training care providers of tomorrow, Bordes-Edgar will participate in training medical residents, psychology interns, and supervise PhD students from Arizona State University.

In addition to patient care, Bordes-Edgar dedicates time to studying the neuropsychological sequelae of treatments impacting the central nervous system with previous research in the effects of radiation, chemotherapy and hematopoietic cell transplantation in children with oncological/hematological and genetic conditions.

For more information on the Children's Neuroscience Institute, please call (602) 546-2264.

Opportunity to Tour of the New Hospital

Are you interested in taking a tour of floors one and two of Phoenix Children’s new tower? Community physicians who want an in-person look at the new Hospital can contact Lynda Christel, Physician Relations, at (602) 546-5873.

Plan to Attend Pediatric Update 2011

Please join us for Pediatric Update 2011, from Monday, Feb. 28, 2011 to Thursday, March 3, 2011. The event, at Hilton Scottsdale Resort and Villas, 6333 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85250, has been hosted by Phoenix Children's Hospital for the past 34 years.

Pediatric Update offers physicians from across the country the opportunity to learn the latest evidence-based practices in pediatric medicine. The event welcomes hundreds of pediatricians who recognize and value this opportunity for continuing medical education.

To register, visit the Phoenix Children's Physician Network website and click on the “Calendar of Events” link.


Join Us at the Grantsmanship Seminar and Clinical and Translational Research Symposium

You are invited to attend the Grantsmanship Seminar and Clinical and Translational Research Symposium on Thursday, March 24, and Friday, March 25, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 2532 West Peoria Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85029.

This two-day workshop will address topics relevant to research, and at the conclusion of the grantsmanship seminar participants will possess the knowledge of strategies needed for successful grant applications and have learned skills to identify appropriate funding opportunities. 

Registration fees apply and pre-registration is required. The individual rate is $150 for one day (choose either day) or $250 for two days. The group rate is $600 for five people for one day (choose either day) or $1,000 for five people for two days. Attendees must be from the same organization to qualify for the group rate.

For more information, read the event flier, or register now.

Phoenix Children’s One Call Physician Assistance Line Available for Admits, Consults, and ED Referrals

Phoenix Children’s One Call Physician Assistance Line, (602) 546-DOCS (3627), is available to community physicians for admissions, ED referrals, and Phoenix Children’s Medical Group (PCMG) subspecialty consultation. This is not a line to schedule appointments. If you have any questions please contact Lynda Christel, Physician Relations, at (602) 546-5873.  

New Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Website

Through a grant from First Things First, Phoenix Children's Hospital Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics (DBPeds) has developed a program website aimed at significantly improving access and quality of early childhood development programs; preventive health care; developmental screenings for children through age 5; and professional development and training for health providers. 

The website is a resource for community doctors because it puts all the information they need regarding autism, ADHD, developmental delay, and hearing and vision problems into one place. Community physicians can access the resource section for all the contact information they need regarding state services, support groups for families, referral centers, handouts, screening tools, and more.

For more information, please visit the website.

Join Phoenix Children's Hospital in the March to End Child Abuse

What:    The Children's March on Child Abuse

When:   Saturday, April 9, 2011, at 7:30 a.m.

Where:  Phoenix Zoo, 455 North Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, AZ, 85008

Learn more about Phoenix Children's efforts to end child abuse or register for the event now.

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