July 2010 Online Connection

July 2010 Online Connection

New Additions to the Medical Staff

July is Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month

Hospital's Division of Rheumatology Offering Three Active Studies

Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon from Phoenix Children's will Present at Upcoming American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference

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

Be Sure to Vote to Protect Children's Healthcare

Phoenix Children's David Beyda, MD, Receives Arizona American Academy of Pediatrics Humanitarian Award

Meet Another Member of Phoenix Children's Forensics C.A.R.E. Team

Phoenix Children's Founding Father Passes

Upcoming Events

New Additions to the Medical Staff

Ernerio Alboliras, MD, Pediatric Cardiology

Gregory Mathieu, DDS, Pediatric Dentistry

Donald McClellan, MD, Endocrinology

Emad Youssef, MD, Radiation Oncology

In the News

July is Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month: Did you know kids can have arthritis too? In fact, according to the Greater Southwest Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation, there are 7,000 children in Arizona with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis and other rheumatic diseases.

Treatment from a pediatric-trained rheumatologist gives these kids the best chance because rheumatic diseases behave differently in a child's body than an adult's. Phoenix Children's Hospital is the only dedicated pediatric rheumatology practice in all of Arizona.

Watch a video about rheumatology patient Haley's experience http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7yJQLMYJi70

Learn more about the Rheumatology Program

Pediatric Rheumatologist Michael Shishov, MD, hosts the Webinar for the Primary Care Physician, "Advances in Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis," on July 16 http://action.phoenixchildrens.org/site/Calendar/826838783?view=Detail&i...

Hospital's Division of Rheumatology Offering Three Active Studies: Phoenix Children's Division of Pediatric Rheumatology has three actively enrolling studies:

SINCERE (Safety in Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis: NSAIDs and Celebrex Evaluation Registry)

  • For patients ages 2 to 18 years of age diagnosed with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA)
  • Patients enrolled need to be taking a medication called a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID)
  • Patient information is gathered for a database called a registry to monitor for the safety of the medication
  • The study lasts a total of four years
  • The goal is to collect long-term safety and developmental information on patients taking NSAIDs for JIA

Study # M10-444

  • For children ages 2 to 4 years old diagnosed with severe active polyarticular or polyarticular course JIA (five or more active joints)
  • Patients enrolled will start on a medication called adalimumab, or Humira, a twice monthly under the skin injection that is FDA approved to treat polyarticular JIA in children ages 4 to 18
  • Patient information is gathered for a database called a registry to monitor for the safety of the medication
  • The study lasts up to two years
  • The goal of the study is to collect safety information on using adalimumab (Humira) in children ages 2 to 4

ARCHIVE (A Registry for Children with Vasculitis: e-entry)

  • For children 18 or younger who have vasculitis (blood vessel inflammation)
  • Patient information regarding the diagnosis, symptoms, lab tests and X-ray findings is collected in a database called a registry
  • The study involves just one visit to obtain consent to participate in the study
  • The goal of the study is to collect information about a rare group of diseases in children so better classification criteria can be developed for children with vasculitis

For more information on these studies or the Division of Pediatric Rheumatology, please call (602) 546-0909.

Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon from Phoenix Children's will Present at Upcoming American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference: Hospital pediatric orthopaedic surgeon M. Wade Shrader, MD, who collaborated with colleagues Lee Segal, MD, Greg White, MD, and Judson Karlen, MD, on the study, "Reoperation Rate After Posterior Spinal Fusion for Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis," will present his team's findings in October at the 2010 American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference and Exhibition in San Francisco.

Segmental instrumentation for posterior spinal fusion (PSF) for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) has a high success rate for deformity correction and patient satisfaction. Reoperation for infection, hardware prominence, or pseudarthrosis can negatively affect patients and quality of life. Previous studies from several institutions reported a reoperation rate as high as 13 percent.

This study determined the reoperation rate at Phoenix Children's for 121 patients who underwent PSF for AIS. The mean follow-up was five years (range, two to 10 years), and the mean age at the time of surgery was 15 (range, 11 to 16). The Phoenix Children's reoperation rate for PSF for AIS was only 6.5 percent, half of the national average. For more information, please call (602) 241-0276.

In other news related to the Center for Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery, Segal and Shrader recently had three papers published in peer-review journals:

For more information on any of these papers, please call (602) 241-0276.

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.

Be Sure to Vote to Protect Children's Healthcare: In these tough economic times, it's imperative we elect candidates who will protect funding for the things that matter most, like children's healthcare. The government funding Phoenix Children's receives helps us offer unique programs that are unmatched anywhere in Arizona.

Early voting for the Aug. 24 primary election begins on July 29, 2010.

  • Sign-up now to have yourballot mailed to your home for this election.
  • You can also sign-up for the Permanent Early Voting List.

You can access information about the candidates from their websites, directly contact them, and watch your mailbox for information from the candidates and the groups that support them. A few resources to help:

Websites for all candidates, as compiled by St. Joseph's Hospital

  • Candidates for U.S. Senate and House of Representatives
  • Candidates for Statewide Office
  • Candidates for Arizona State Legislature

Candidate answers to the Arizona Republic's questionnaires. 

 

 

Phoenix Children's David Beyda, MD, Receives Arizona American Academy of Pediatrics Humanitarian Award: David Beyda, MD, a  Phoenix Children's pediatric critical care physician, was recently recognized by the Arizona American Academy of Pediatrics (AzAAP) as the first recipient of the organization's Humanitarian Award. 

 

The award was given for his extraordinary efforts to provide medical care to children in need around the world. Beyda's most recent humanitarian trip took him to Haiti after the catastrophic earthquake on Jan. 12, 2010.

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As director of Mission of Mercy's Medical Mercy program, Beyda has made several trips back to Haiti with teams of medical professionals. On his last trip he provided more than 600 pounds of medicine and examined over 1,000 children in 10 days. 

In his leadership position at Mission of Mercy, Beyda is responsible for the medical care of 40,000 children in Third World countries. 

A son of a diplomat, he spent his youth overseas in Africa and Southeast Asia, which spurred his interest in Third World medical involvement.

Congratulations, Dr. Beyda! For more information on Mission of Mercy and Medical Mercy, visit www.missionofmercy.org.

Meet Another Member of Phoenix Children's Forensics C.A.R.E. Team: Jenne Geyer, MD, has been employed with Phoenix Children's Hospital since 2005. She began her medical training at Arizona State University, graduating with honors, and continued at the Chicago Medical School.

She has extensive experience working with young children who have been victims of abuse, including five years in Valley Advocacy Centers, where she evaluated children who were suspected victims of physical/sexual abuse, neglect, and medical neglect.

While working with the Drug Endangered Children Program, Geyer presented across the country on dangerous issues facing children. She has been published on a variety of important issues, such as retinal hemorrhages in children with osteogenesis imperfecta.

Geyer is currently employed as a pediatric physician working in the Hospital's Specialty and Urgent Care – East and Northwest Valley Centers. She is also a member of Phoenix Children's Forensics C.A.R.E Team. She has testified numerous times in court and has been qualified as an expert witness.

Geyer is double-board certified in general pediatrics and child abuse pediatrics. She is one of the first physicians in the nation to obtain board certification in the subspecialty of child abuse and neglect.

If you have questions about any form of child maltreatment, please contact the Forensics Pediatric Program Hotline at (602) 546-5058.

 

Phoenix Children's Founding Father Passes: It is with deep sadness Phoenix Children's announces the passing of Daniel T. Cloud, Jr., MD, on Tuesday, July 6, 2010.

For many years, Dr. Cloud had a vision of establishing a children's hospital in Phoenix.  That vision became a reality, and Dr. Cloud served as the founding president of Phoenix Children's Hospital from 1983 until his retirement in December of 1990.

Dr. Cloud CEO closeup

Following an extensive career in the military, which began during World War II, Dr. Cloud moved his young family to Phoenix in 1955, where he became the first pediatric surgeon in the state. In addition to practicing medicine as a pediatric surgeon in Phoenix for many years, Dr. Cloud served as the President of the Medical Staff and Chief of Pediatric Surgery at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center.

He also founded State Crippled Children's Hospital, where he served as Chief of the Pediatric Surgical Division and Medical Staff President.

Dr. Cloud is survived by his wife, Virginia, two daughters, one son, and grandchildren.  He will be missed by many friends, co-workers, and former patients.

A private family service will be held. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in memory of Dr. Cloud to Phoenix Children's Hospital Foundation or TAPI at 700 E. Jefferson, Suite 100, Phoenix, Arizona 85034.

Upcoming Events

July 30: Webinar for the Primary Care Physician – "Advances in Diagnosis and Treatment of ADHD," Robin Blitz-Wetterland, MD

August 3: Grand Rounds – "Pertussis: Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention," Karen Lewis, MD

August 6: Trauma Grand Rounds – "Thoracic Trauma," Craig Egan, MD

August 10: Grand Rounds – "Short Stature," Khalid Hasan, MD

For more information, visit www.phoenixchildrens.com and click on the Education & Classes link.

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