March Online Connection 2011
Gina-Marie Barletta, MD, Nephrology
Veronica Bordes, PhD, Psychology
John E. Culp III, DMD, Dentistry
Colin P. Goggins, MD, Orthopaedics
William W. Holland, MD, Family Medicine
William D. Leighton, MD, Plastic Surgery
Andrew Little, MD, Neurosurgery
Sachin Mehta, MD, Ophthalmology
Stephen G. Pophal, MD, Cardiology
Kimberly Sherrill, DDS, Pediatric Dentistry
In recent years, the practice of medicine has undergone significant change. The acuity of cases treated in the hospital has risen steadily, requiring a time commitment that many practitioners do not have. This has led to growth in the number of hospital-based physicians whose skills are focused on the complexities of hospital medicine. At the same time, it has become increasingly difficult for community-based physicians to accommodate the regular inpatient care of patients into their practice.
In response to this trend and with a focus on maintaining our relationship with valued community physicians, Phoenix Children’s Hospital is pleased to announce the creation of the Professional Community membership. This membership is intended to provide physicians in Arizona with a mechanism to maintain engagement with Phoenix Children’s Hospital without membership in the organized Medical Staff.
I encourage you to contact our Medical Staff Services Department at (602) 546-4681 for more information on the Professional Community membership and, if you’re interested, please complete the application. As always, feel free to contact me at (602) 546-0305 with any questions or comments.
Jeffrey Buchhalter, MD, PhD, division chief of Neurology and director of the Hospital’s Pediatric Epilepsy Program, recently co-authored the study, “EEG and Neuroimaging Studies in Young Children Having Epilepsy Surgery,” which aimed to evaluate the yield of electroencephalography and structural and functional neuroimaging in children having resective epilepsy surgery before 5 years of age.
Also, Buchhalter and neurologist Randa Jarrar, MD, recently collaborated with researchers at Arizona State University on another study, “Knowledge about epilepsy and confidence in instructing students with epilepsy: Teachers’ responses to a new scale.” In the study, 91 current teachers of a student with epilepsy and 203 teachers in general were surveyed using a new scale.
As expected, more knowledgeable teachers expressed greater confidence. Results suggest that some facts about epilepsy require additional dissemination to educators.
Phoenix Children’s Division of Pediatric Nephrology recently welcomed Gina-Marie Barletta, MD, to its team.
Barletta earned her medical degree from the University of Arizona College of Medicine, Tucson, Ariz. She completed a pediatric internship and residency at University of Arizona Affiliated Hospitals, Tucson, Ariz., and finished fellowship training in pediatric nephrology at University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor, Mich.
Prior to returning to Arizona, Dr. Barletta was an Associate Professor of pediatric nephrology at Michigan State University and served as the pediatric renal transplantation program director and pediatric nephrology fellowship training program director at the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan. As part of her specialization in pediatric nephrology, she has conducted research in the areas of renal transplantation, hypertension and nephrotic syndrome. She provides care for patients with various nephrologic issues including hypertension, vasculitis and chronic kidney disease, and works with candidates for transplantation and those receiving hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis.
In addition, she plans to collaborate with Division of Pediatric Endocrinology Chief Don Wilson, MD, in that specialty area’s Cardiovascular Risk Assessment, Research and Education (C.A.R.E.) Clinic, which provides health education for and promotes the prevention of premature cardiovascular disease, which often leads to premature heart attacks and strokes as children become young adults.
For more information on the Division of Pediatric Nephrology or to make a referral, please call (602) 546-0965.
Phoenix Children’s Division of Pediatric Dermatology houses clinics that treat vascular malformations and genetic/congenital skin diseases.
It is the only location in the state to offer these services.
Additionally, the division offers services in procedural dermatology that includes the use of four different laser approaches and surgical excision for the removal of birthmarks, all of it pain-free through the use of general anesthesia.
For more information on the state-of-the-art care offered by the Division of Pediatric Dermatology, please call (602) 933-0895.
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.
What: Understanding the Effects of Early Trauma on Brain Development
Who: Victor Carrion, MD, Associate Professor, Director, Stanford Early Life Stress Research Program
When: Friday, April 1, 2011, from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m.
Where: Melvin L. Cohen Conference Center, 1919 E. Thomas Rd., Phoenix, AZ
Put your best foot forward and join Phoenix Children's Child Abuse Prevention program as they walk to raise funds to support families and safeguard children. Last year, over 300 people came together to bring awareness to the community around child maltreatment. All funds raised go back into the community for outreach in prevention and education.
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
To learn more or register, visit www.phoenixchildrens.org/childrensmarch
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.