January 2010 E-Newsletter
January 2010 Online Connection
Ramon Montes, MD, Phoenix Children's Medical Group, Gastroenterology
Vasudha L. Bhavaraju, MD, Hospital Medicine
Timothy Kelsch, MD, Orthopaedic Surgery
Steven A. Yee, MD, Anesthesia
In the News
Phoenix Children's Hospital is excited to announce the opening of its ADHD Diagnostic Clinic and invite you to refer your patients for evaluation. ADHD is a chronic, neurodevelopmental disorder that affects 5 to 7 percent of school-age children. Left untreated, ADHD can cause significant distress for children and families.
Effective treatment can help the child achieve success in school, at home, and with friends. In the new clinic, Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician Robin Blitz-Wetterland, MD, and pediatricians A.D. Jacobson, MD, and Sara Bode, MD, precept pediatric residents as they evaluate children ages 5 to 18 who have learning and attention problems. Children and their parents are seen for three visits to provide a comprehensive assessment, establish diagnosis, and provide initial treatment of ADHD and its co-morbidities. Clinic staff then sends the patient back to your practice for continued care. Dr. Blitz-Wetterland, along with the department of psychiatry and psychology, are available for consultation if further complications arise.
Along the way, the care team employs other resources at Phoenix Children's as needed for each individual patient. These may include audiology, speech/language, cardiology, and laboratory, to name a few. Please consider a referral to the ADHD Diagnostic Clinic at Phoenix Children's. Physicians can obtain referral forms by calling (602) 546-0945.
Phoenix Children's updated Physician Network Web site, a resource exclusively for medical professionals, has referral forms available online for your convenience. Other resources on the site include a physician directory, information on professional education, a calendar of events, and a comprehensive list of physician services. For more information, please visit the home page.
Four KidsLink Hospitalists, a program designed for private practice doctors, specialists, and surgeons who desire assistance in covering their hospitalized patients, have transitioned from their posts at Scottsdale Healthcare-Shea to Phoenix Children's Hospital.
Lisa Adams, DO, Wendy Arafiles, MD, Richard Engel, MD, and Linda Heckler, MD, are now providing 24/7 coverage at the Hospital's main campus on behalf of community providers who have requested assistance in caring for their patients during hospitalization. Additionally, KidsLink has expanded its services to
A cornerstone of the KidsLink program is the Hospital's respect for the existing physician-patient relationship. The program provides a critical link between temporary hospitalization and the physician's ongoing care of the child and family. The KidsLink Hospitalist Division consists of 18 board-certified pediatricians and provides 24-hours-a-day, in-house service to Phoenix Children's Hospital.
For more information on the KidsLink Hospitalist Service, call (602) 546-0945.
Ramon Montes, MD, a pediatric gastroenterologist who from 1998 to 2003 worked at Phoenix Children's Hospital, has rejoined the Hospital's Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology (GI), the largest and most established pediatric referral center for chronic liver disease, inflammatory bowel disease, and nutritional disorders in Arizona. He serves patients and families at Phoenix Children's Specialty and Urgent Care – East Valley Center. While Dr. Montes is based at the East Valley Center, he also sees patients at the Hospital's Specialty Care Center - Scottsdale and Northwest Valley Center.
Dr. Montes, who most recently was chief of pediatric gastroenterology at Banner Health System in Mesa after having started his own Scottsdale private practice, graduated from the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine, San Juan, Puerto Rico, and finished his pediatric residency at Caguas Regional Hospital, Caguas, Puerto Rico. He completed a fellowship in pediatric gastroenterology at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Md.
Dr. Montes has held academic appointments at the University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico, University of California, Davis, Calif., University of Illinois College of Medicine, Rockford, Ill., and University of Arizona College of Medicine, Tucson, Ariz. He also served with distinction as a medical officer in the U.S. Air Force for several years. Dr. Montes has been a national speaker in his specialty and published many scientific articles. He has been listed as a Phoenix Magazine "Top Doctor" each of the last four years.
At Phoenix Children's, Dr. Montes works alongside a team of other board-certified physicians, nurse practitioners, specialized nurses, medical assistants, nutritionists, and social workers who work together to care for all of the child's healing needs. He treats infants, children, and adolescents with a wide variety of gastrointestinal and nutritional disorders.
The Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology at Phoenix Children's Hospital provides a full range of diagnostic services and comprehensive management for pediatric patients. The department also offers a state-of-the-art, full-service laboratory using specialized equipment and techniques scaled for a child's smaller anatomy, including endoscopic and manometric evaluation.
Event Type: CME
Date: Jan. 22, 2010
Time: 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: Phoenix Children's Hospital Administration Building C
1919 East Thomas Road
Phoenix, AZ 85016
To register or for more information, please contact JoAnn Cunningham at (602) 546-0766 or Sharon Kerr at (602) 546-0761.
Event Type: Webinar, CME Category II
Presenter: Marcy Yonker, MD
Date: Thursday, Jan. 28, 2010
Time: 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
The following topics will be discussed during this presentation:
· Review headache epidemiology in children
· Review HIS classification of primary headache disorders in children
· Review features that distinguish primary from secondary headache disorders
To register for the Webinar, visit https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/323479816.
Event Type: CME
Date: Feb. 9, 2010
Time: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: Phoenix Children's Hospital – Melvin L. Cohen Conference Center
1919 East Thomas Road
Phoenix, AZ 85016
To register, visit http://events.signup4.com/compliance
For more information on events, visit http://pch.convio.net/site/Calendar.