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UW Health Expands Reach Out and Read

Posted: June 23, 2015

UW Health will support the Reach Out and Read Program in all 28 of its pediatric and family medicine clinics, up from the 19 clinics currently offering the program.

Reach Out and Read trains and supports clinicians who provide books to children ages six months through five years during well-child visits. Studies show that children who participate in Reach Out and Read have language scores three to six months ahead of peers who are not exposed to the program.

UW Health has committed $70,000 to the program, including the purchase of 32,000 books.

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MEDiC Program Establishes Pediatric Clinic

Posted: June 23, 2015

The UW School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH) MEDiC program has established a new pro bono clinic in Madison specifically for children.

The new pediatric clinic is a partnership with the Center for Families (CFF) on Fordem Avenue, a nonprofit organization that provides social services to address the needs of families. Nearly 85 percent of children served at the CFF are from households at or below 100 percent of the federal poverty line.

The monthly clinic is staffed by UW students from the medicine, nursing, pharmacy, physical therapy and physician assistant programs; social workers from the CFF; and UW medical faculty.

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Jamie Limjoco, MD

Jamie Limjoco, MD

Jamie Limjoco, MD, Named Neonatology Medical Director of New Mother-Baby Service Line

Posted: June 23, 2015

Jamie Limjoco, MD, was named the medical director for neonatology for the new Mother-Baby service line at American Family Children’s Hospital (AFCH) and Meriter-UnityPoint Health.

Dr. Limjoco currently serves as Medical Director of the Level 4 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at AFCH. Her role will now expand to include the Level 3 NICU at Meriter Hospital.

The Mother-Baby service line was formed through a joint operating agreement between AFCH and Meriter-UnityPoint Health with the goal of improving patient care and making Madison a regional destination for mothers and babies.

Rounding out the service line leadership team are Klaus Diem, MD, vice chair of the UW Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, who was named medical director for obstetrics/gynecology; and Kathy Kostrivas, RNC-OB, MBA, the former assistant vice president of women’s services at Meriter Hospital, who was named executive director.


U.S. News Ranks AFCH Among Top 50 Children’s Hospitals

Posted: June 23, 2015

American Family Children’s Hospital (AFCH) is among the top 50 children’s hospitals in five medical and surgical specialties in the annual U.S. News and World Report Best Children’s Hospitals rankings.
The following specialties were ranked among the top 50:

  • Cancer (28)
  • Diabetes/endocrinology (31)
  • Gastroenterology (37)
  • Orthopedics (31)
  • Nephrology (36)

U.S. News collected data from 184 children’s hospitals, including level and quality of hospital resources directly related to patient care, delivery of health care such as programs that prevent infections and adherence to best practices, and clinical outcomes like patient survival, complications and infection rates.

It also evaluated results from a reputational survey of board-certified pediatric specialists and supplemental information from resources like the National Cancer Institute. 

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Christine Seroogy, MD

Christine Seroogy, MD

Undergraduate Awarded Welton Summer Sophomore Honors Apprenticeship for Research in Seroogy Lab

Posted: June 22, 2015

Congratulations to undergraduate student Jiaying Lai who was awarded a Welton Summer Sophomore Honors Apprenticeship for the project, "Utilization of a novel knock-out mouse to test the intrinsic requirement for Gene Related to Anergy in Lymphocytes (GRAIL) in CD4+ cell anergy." This project will take place in the lab of Christine Seroogy, MD, and the purpose of these apprenticeships are to allow talented students to learn what research is and how it is conducted within a discipline by participating in actual, cutting-edge research. Congratulations to Dr. Seroogy and Jiaying!


Ryan Coller, MD, MPH

Ryan Coller, MD, MPH

Ryan Coller, MD, MPH, Awarded Grant through Wisconsin Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs Program

Posted: June 22, 2015

Ryan Coller, MD, MPH, and Sarah Ahrens, MD were awarded a Wisconsin Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) Youth Health Transition Quality Improvement Grant in the amount of $20,000. This one-year implementation grant through the Wisconsin CYSHCN, funded by the Maternal Child Health Title V Block Grant and sponsored by the Waisman Center, entitled "Transitioning Hospital Care from Pediatric to Adult Care Settings for Medically Complex Children," will expand on previous work to eliminate barriers and improve the inpatient transition process for children and adults with medical complexity.


Seven Undergraduates Awarded Wisconsin Hilldale Undergraduate/Faculty Research Fellowships

Posted: June 22, 2015

Congratulations to the following students and their mentors who have been awarded 2015-2016 Wisconsin Hilldale Undergraduate/Faculty Research Fellowships. Award recipients receive $3,000 and faculty mentors $500 to sponsor a research project that will be presented at the Undergraduate Symposium in April 2016. Additionally, award recipients were recognized at the Chancellor's Undergraduate Awards Ceremony in early May.

  • Peter Ferrazzano, MD - student Alex Waldman: "Age-Dependent Microglial Gene Expression Profiles in Hypoxic-Ischemic Brain Injury"
  • James Gern, MD - student Shakher Sijapati: "Construction and Analysis of Infectious cDNA Copy of HeLa Cell Line Adapted Rhinovirus (RV-C15)"
  • Pamela Kling, MD - student Colin Korlesky: "Heart Rate Viability (HRV) As a Determinant of Male Versus Female Cardiovascular Health in Intrauterine Growth Restriction"
  • Paul Sondel, MD, PhD - student Monica Gressett: "The Effect of Radiation on Tumor Cell Susceptibility to Immune Response"
  • Jacquelyn Hank, PhD and Paul Sondel, MD, PhD - student Amal Javaid: "Analysis of Anti-GD2 Monoclonal Antibody hu.14.18K322A Administered in Conjunction with NK Cells in the GD2NK Pediatric Neuroblastoma Trial"
  • Christine Sorenson, PhD - student Catherine Wintheiser, "Expression of Bcl-2 in Pericytes is Essential for Retinal Neovascularization"
  • Andrew Watson, MD - student Carol Coutinho: "Understanding Maturational Differences in Cardiorespiratory Fitness Development in Children"
Peter Ferrazzano, MD

Peter Ferrazzano, MD

James Gern, MD

James Gern, MD

Pamela Kling, MD

Pamela J. Kling, MD

Paul Sondel, MD, PhD

Paul Sondel, MD, PhD

Jacquelyn Hank, PhD

Jacquelyn Hank, PhD

Christine Sorenson, PhD

Christine Sorenson, PhD

Andrew Watson, MD

Andrew Watson, MD

 

Paul Sondel, MD, PhD

Paul Sondel, MD, PhD

Undergraduate Awarded a 2015 Sophomore Research Fellowship for Research in Sondel Lab

Posted: June 22, 2015

Congratulations to undergraduate student Swetha Saseedhar who was awarded a 2015 Sophomore Research Fellowship for the project, "A New Immunocytokine to Selectively Activate Immune Cells Expressing Intermediate Affinity IL-2 Receptors within the Tumor Microenvironment." Advisors for the grant are Paul Sondel, MD, PhD and Zulmarie Perez. These fellowships, which include a stipend to each student and to their faculty advisors, are funded by a one-year University of Wisconsin System Undergraduate Research & Discovery Grant.


Eleven Students and Mentors Chosen by the Shapiro Summer Research Program

Posted: June 19, 2015

The following eleven students and their mentors were recently awarded Shapiro Summer Research Awards. The Shapiro Summer Research Program provides opportunities for more than 60 first-year medical students to participate in eight- to 12-week summer research projects with UW-Madison faculty members. First-year medical students apply at the beginning of each calendar year with basic science, clinical, translational, public health, or health systems projects. Funding for the program comes from the Herman and Gwendolyn Shapiro Foundation, with additional support from SMPH departments and centers and investigator grants. Congratulations to the following faculty and students:

  • James Conway, MD - student, Katharine Kelly
  • Elizabeth Cox, MD, PhD - student, Clara Ye
  • Amanda Eggen, MS - student, Julia McPherson
  • Pamela Kling, MD - student, Barbara Ha
  • Olachi Mezu-Ndubuisi, MD, OD - student, Sean Buck
  • Olachi Mezu-Ndubuisi, MD, OD - student, Kevin Rolnick
  • Dipesh Navsaria, MPH, MSLIS, MD - student, Heather Smaby
  • Dipesh Navsaria, MPH, MSLIS, MD - student, Terra Thimm
  • Bikash Pattnaik, PhD - student, Bryce Aul
  • Amy Peterson, MD - student, Sarah Zoutendam
  • Sushant Srinivasan, MD - student, Max Rusek
James Conway, MD

James Conway, MD

Elizabeth Cox, MD, PhD

Elizabeth Cox, MD, PhD

Amanda Eggen, MS

Amanda Eggen, MS

Pamela Kling, MD

Pamela J. Kling, MD

Olachi Mezu-Ndubuisi, MD, OD

Olachi Mezu-Ndubuisi, MD, OD

Dipesh Navsaria, MPH, MSLIS, MD

Dipesh Navsaria, MPH, MSLIS, MD

Bikash Pattnaik, PhD

Bikash Pattnaik, PhD

Amy Peterson, MD

Amy Peterson, MD

Sushant Srinivasan, MD

Sushant Srinivasan, MD

     

Bruce Klein, MD

Bruce Klein, MD

Klein Lab Researcher Nydiaris Hernandez-Santos, PhD Receives Postdoctoral Fellowship

Posted: June 19, 2015

Congratulations to Nydiaris Hernandez-Santos, PhD, who was recently awarded a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship (F32) from the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIH-NIAID) in the amount of $58,864.

In her grant, entitled, "Role of airway epithelial cells in host defense against pulmonary fungal pathogens," she will test the hypothesis that airway epithelial cells underpin the generation of adaptive immunity to fungi. This 13-month fellowship is under the sponsorship of Bruce Klein, MD.


Paul Sondel, MD, PhD

Paul Sondel, MD, PhD

Paul Sondel, MD, PhD, Awarded Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation Innovation Grant

Posted: June 19, 2015

Congratulations to Paul Sondel, MD, PhD, for his recent Innovation Grant award from Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation for his project entitled, "Identifying how Pre-existing Anti-Therapeutic Antibodies (PATA) are Associated with Better Outcome in a Clinical Trial of ADCC-inducing Anti-GD2 mAb."

This two-year award, in the amount of $250,000, will help determine whether these PATA might be used to improve outcome for children receiving mAb treatment for cancer, either by using it as a selection criterion, or by using it to modify the design of mAb-based therapeutics or clinical trials that test them.


Mary Schroth, MD

Mary Schroth, MD

Mary Schroth, MD, Receives Renewal for Pediatric Pulmonary Center Training Grant

Posted: June 19, 2015

The University of Wisconsin Pediatric Pulmonary Center (UW PPC) Training Grant was recently renewed by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) for the next 5 years. This award of over $1.6 million provides funding for Years 25-29 of this project. The renewal of the UW PPC Training Grant helps continue its mission to develop future leaders who will improve the health of children with respiratory conditions.

The UW PPC, led by Mary Schroth, MD, provides high-quality, interdisciplinary leadership training, and supports culturally and linguistically competent, family-centered practice, policies, and research relevant to addressing the health disparities related to chronic respiratory conditions.

Congratulations to the UW PPC team!


Michelle Kelly, MD

Michelle Kelly, MD

Michelle Kelly, MD to Chair Academic Pediatric Association's Patient and Family Centered Care Committee

Posted: June 4, 2015

Michelle Kelly, MD, was named the next chair Academic Pediatric Association's (APA) Patient and Family-Centered Care Special Interest Group (SIG). During her three-year term, she will collaborate with committee members to host SIG sessions at the Pediatric Academic Society's meetings.

The Patient and Family Centered-Care Special Interest Group is dedicated to helping individuals and programs provide high quality patient and family centered care. This national group provides a forum to exchange ideas and lessons learned to further advance the field of Patient and Family Centered Care and foster efforts in collaboration, education, quality improvement and research.


Elizabeth Cox, MD, PhD

Elizabeth Cox, MD, PhD

Elizabeth Cox, MD, PhD, to Participate in Panel on Patient Engagement in Research

Posted: May 28, 2015

Elizabeth Cox, MD, PhD, will participate in a panel discussion on the role of patients in health services research at AcademyHealth’s upcoming research meeting on June 13 in Minneapolis.

She will be joined by a senior policy and research analyst from the Patient Centered Research Outcomes Institute (PCORI), and a community program specialist at the University of Minnesota Department of Pediatrics.

The panel is part of a Quality and Value Special Interest Group meeting focused on patient engagement, patient-centered care, health care efficiency measures, among other themes.

For more information, visit: http://arm.academyhealth.org/qvig.


Christian Capitini, MD

Christian Capitini, MD

Top Abstract Award Given to Christian Capitini, MD

Posted: May 27, 2015

Christian Capitini, MD, was awarded a certificate and $1000 in flexible research funds for his laboratory at the First Annual Immuno-oncology Young Investigator's Forum in Chicago, IL in May. Dr. Capitini presented one of the top abstracts at the Forum, and his presentation was entitled, "Incorporating immunocytokine to enhance graft-versus-tumor effects against neuroblastoma."


Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer Awards Eight Grants

Posted: May 27, 2015

The Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer (MACC) Fund has declared that it will fund each of eight separate grant requests made by the Departments of Pediatrics and Human Oncology. The grants will fund each project for $100,000 over the next two years. Congratulations to all of the researchers involved.

  • Christian Capitini, MD, "Exploitation of the STAT1-BCL2 Axis to Dissect GVL from GVHD"
  • Ken DeSantes, MD, "Treatment of Relapsed or Refractory Neuroblastoma with Ex-Vivo Activated and Expanded Haploindentical NK Cells and Continuous Infusion Hu14.18-IL2ts," and "Support for clinical research infrastructure"
  • Jacquelyn Hank, PhD, "Monitoring of Immune Network Responses in Pediatric Neuroblastoma Patients Treated with ch14.18, hu14.18K322A or hu14.18-IL2 Immunocytokine (IC)"
  • Mario Otto, MD, PhD, "CLR-1404: A Tumor-selective Alkyl Phospholipid Analog for the Treatment of Pediatric Solid Malignancies," and "Effect of Zoledronate on Engraftment and T-cell Development after TCRab/CD19-depleted Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation"
  • Alexander Rakhmilevich, MD, PhD, "Combining ADCC, Macrophage Activation and Checkpoint Blockade for Treatment of Experimental Cancer"
  • Paul Sondel, MD, PhD, "Enhancing Immunocytokine Efficacy in Neuroblastoma: Synergy with Radiation Therapy (RT) and Development of 2nd Generation Immunocytokines (IC)"
Christian Capitini, MD

Christian Capitini, MD

Ken DeSantes, MD

Ken DeSantes, MD

Jacquelyn Hank, PhD

Jacquelyn Hank, PhD

Mario Otto, MD, PhD

Mario Otto, MD, PhD

Alexander Rakhmilevich, MD, PhD

Alexander Rakhmilevich, MD, PhD

Paul Sondel, MD, PhD

Paul Sondel, MD, PhD

   

Christian Capitini, MD

Christian Capitini, MD

Christian Capitini, MD, Receives Vilas Award

Posted: May 27, 2015

Congratulations to Christian Capitini, MD, for winning a Vilas Faculty Early Career Investigator Award from the UW Provost Office. This award, which provides $50,000 in flexible research funds for his laboratory, will be used for supplies and animal costs associated with Dr. Capitini's ongoing productive in vivo experimental program. His research laboratory is focused on bone marrow transplant (BMT), and in using components of the immune system to enhance the efficacy of BMT by preventing the common complications - namely tumor relapse and graft-versus-host-disease (GVHD).


Mario Otto, MD, PhD

Mario Otto, MD, PhD

Drs. Otto and Bednarz Receive NIH Award to Study CLR1404

Posted: May 27, 2015

Congratulations to Mario Otto, MD, PhD, Principal Investigator, and co-PI, Bryan Bednarz, PhD, of the UW Department of Medical Physics, who were recently awarded a 2-year, R21 grant from the National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute (NIH/NCI), for their project entitled, "A cancer-targeted phospholipid ether analog for molecular radiotherapy of pediatric solid tumors."

This funding, in the amount of $366,053 will be used to investigate the highly tumor selective phospholipid ether analog CLR1404 as scaffold for delivery of radioiodine isotopes for molecular radiotherapy and personalized dosimetry in pre-clinical rodent models of pediatric solid cancers. The project has a strong potential to increase the dismal survival rate of children with these particularly deadly tumors.


Christian Capitini, MD

Christian Capitini, MD

Christian Capitini, MD, and Medical Student Receive Second Summer Research Award

Posted: May 27, 2015

Congratulations to Christian Capitini, MD, and Medical Student Tara Gavcovich from George Washington University School of Medicine, for their recent grant of $5,000 to support summer research in Dr. Capitini's Lab.

This HONORS (Hematology Opportunities for the Next Generation of Research Scientists) award from the American Society of Hematology (ASH), is intended for medical students and residents with an interest in hematology research.

The project, entitled "Improving GVL/GVHD for T-Cell ALL," will allow Gavcovich to study whether BCL2, an anti-apoptotic protein that is expressed in T cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), combined with STAT1 inhibition, results in a synergistic improvement of the graft-versus-leukemia (GVL) effect.


Christian Capitini, MD

Christian Capitini, MD

Paul Sondel, MD, PhD

Paul Sondel, MD, PhD

Faculty Receive St. Baldrick's Summer Fellowship to Fund Medical Students

Posted: May 22, 2015

Congratulations to Christian Capitini, MD, and Paul Sondel, MD, PhD, who were recently awarded a joint St. Baldrick's Summer Fellowship worth $5,000 to fund two medical students in their respective labs this summer.

Tara Gavcovich, a graduate of Duke University and current medical student at George Washington University School of Medicine, will work in Dr. Capitini's lab on the project, "Improving allogeneic bone marrow transplant for neuroblastoma," with the goal of using models of allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplant (alloHSCT) to prevent graft-versus-host disease, while enhancing graft-versus-tumor effects against neuroblastoma.

Maureen Riegert, a graduate of University of Notre Dame and a current UW medical student, will work in Dr. Sondel's lab on the project entitled, "The Effect of Radiation on Tumor Cell Immune Susceptibility," where she will investigate the effect of radiation on the expression of immune susceptibility markers in the GD2-expressing NXS2 neuroblastoma cell line. These experiments will allow a more in-depth understanding of the potential synergy of radiation and immunotherapy.


Margo Hoover-Reagan, MD

Margo Hoover-Reagan, MD

Margo Hoover-Reagan, MD, Receives ICTR Voucher Award to Study Prevention of Mucositis in Bone Marrow Transplant

Posted: May 22, 2015

Margo Hoover-Reagan, MD, was recently awarded a $5,000 voucher from the UW Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR), for her project entitled, "Topical Phenylephrine to Prevent Mucositis in Bone Marrow Transplant." This funding mechanism is designed to rapidly advance the translation of discovery into therapy. Her study represents the first clinical trial step in the development of a novel therapeutic for prevention of oral mucositis, a common short-term complication of stem cell transplantation, which causes significant distress, expense, and morbidity. This study will support pharmacokinetic studies on serum of 5 patients to establish systemic absorption of phenylephrine, in the hopes of establishing a safe and effective mucositis prevention strategy, which would lead to immense benefits in patient morbidity including decreased use of pain medication and increased ability to take oral nutrition.


David McCulley, MD

David McCulley, MD

David McCulley, MD, Selected as ICTR KL2 Scholar to Study Genetics of Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernias

Posted: May 22, 2015

Congratulations to David McCulley, MD, for awarding of his UW Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR) grant entitled, "Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia: Genetic Mechanisms of Pulmonary Hypoplasia and Pulmonary Hypertension," in the amount of $297,594. He has been selected as part of the KL2 Scholars Program, which provides promising young clinical and translational investigators the training, mentoring, and protected time to develop an independent research program. This program is funded by the NIH through ICTR's Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA). In this Mentored Career Development Award, David will examine the role of Pbx1 (Pre-B-Cell leukemia transcription factor 1) in the complex phenotype of congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) and in normal formation of the diaphragm as well as normal lung and pulmonary vascular development. He will use data from microarray analyses of changes in gene expression in embryonic and early postnatal lungs of Pbx-mutant mice to determine the genetic pathways affected by loss of Pbx that are critical for postnatal lung and pulmonary vascular development. Goals are to develop genetic and pharmacological approaches to treat and rescue the pulmonary hypertension phenotype of the Pbx-mutant mice, and provide insight into the cause of this lethal disease and help to design targeted therapies that improve the outcome of patients.


Endocrinology Team Members Receive Pediatric Endocrine Society's Travel Award

Posted: May 22, 2015

Congratulations to Endocrinology/Diabetes fellows Tasa Seibert, MD, Allison Pollock, MD, and Robert Strait, MD for being selected as recipients of the Pediatric Endocrine Society's Travel Award for 2015. Each received $750 to support their travel costs to the PES Annual Meeting in San Diego, California in April 2015.

Tasa Seibert, MD

Tasa Seibert, MD

Alison Pollock, MD

Alison Pollock, MD

Robert Strait, MD

Robert Strait, MD

 

Sabrina Butteris, MD

Sabrina Butteris, MD

Sabrina Butteris, MD, to Chair American Board of Pediatrics Global Health Task Force

Posted: May 21, 2015

Sabrina Butteris, MD, was just named the next chair of the American Board of Pediatrics Global Health Task Force. She will assume her new role in October 2015.

She will succeed Steven Ludwig, MD, medical director of international medical education at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Dr. Butteris is an assistant professor (CHS) in the Department of Pediatrics and director of its residency program’s pediatric global health track.


Elizabeth Cox, MD, PhD

Elizabeth Cox, MD, PhD

Elizabeth Cox, MD, PhD, Among Speakers at June 4 "Partnering With Patients" Mini Med School

Posted: May 12, 2015

Elizabeth Cox, MD, and colleagues from the UW Center for Patient Partnerships and the UW Departments of Family Medicine and Surgery, will speak at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health's upcoming Mini Med School on June 4, 2015 at 6:30 pm.

The session, "Partnering with Patients in Health Care," will focus on how patients and healthcare professionals can partner to best navigate the healthcare system.

Speakers will share simple tools for self-advocacy, examples of how patients are making a difference at UW-Madison and in the community, and how we can learn from patients’ experiences to improve healthcare.

For more information or to register, visit: http://www.med.wisc.edu/mini-med-school/36954


Kathleen Maginot, MD, David Wargowski, MD, and Jamie Limjoco, MD

Kathleen Maginot, MD, David Wargowski, MD, and Jamie Limjoco, MD

Three Pediatrics Faculty Receive UW Health Physician Excellence Awards

Posted: May 11, 2015

Jamie Limjoco, MD, Kathleen Maginot, MD, and David Wargowski, MD, were among 10 UW Health physicians who received Physician Excellence Awards at a May 5, 2015, ceremony at the Health Sciences Learning Center.

The awards recognize those who demonstrate exceptional performance in clinical practice, education or regional services and a commitment to the mission, vision and values of UW Health.

Dr. Limjoco received a Rising Star Clinical Excellence Award, which honors outstanding clinicians and educators who have demonstrated exceptional and measurable contributions to clinical practice during their short time at UW Health. Dr. Limjoco's most significant contribution has been serving as the initial clinical director for the American Family Children's Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), which opened in May 2014.

Drs. Maginot and Wargowski received Regional Services Excellence Awards, which recognizes physicians who provide extraordinary care for patients at neighboring health care facilities in Wisconsin and beyond.

Dr. Maginot has provided pediatric cardiology care in the Fox Valley area for over five years. She also teaches pediatric residents at UW Health and welcomes local family medicine residents to join her in caring for her patients at the regional clinic.

Dr. Wargowski cares for children with genetic disorders who live in outlying communities. His outstanding communication skills help him communicate with patients and families at what may be the most difficult time in their lives.

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New PICU Protocol Reduces Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections

Posted: May 6, 2015

American Family Children's Hospital's pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) has instituted a protocol that has reduced central line associated blood stream infections (CLA-BSIs) -- and likely decreased the time very sick patients spend in the hospital. National statistics also suggest the initiative may have saved lives.

The new protocol, developed by the National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions, identified standard interventions that decrease infections. The protocol's maintenance bundle includes instruction on when to change dressings surrounding central lines, having nurses wear masks when changing dressings, and creating central line kits that have all of the equipment needed for dressing changes.

Since the protocol's implementation, the improvement in the PICU has been quantifiable. The PICU staff followed an insertion bundle when placing a central line and the maintenance bundle when accessing the line since November 2013 and went 354 days without a CLA-BSI.

Since that October 2014 infection, the PICU has been CLA-BSI-free, a string of more than 200 days.

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Pediatric Cardiology Team Wins National Lipid Association Award for Best Abstract

Posted: May 5, 2015

An abstract by resident Hilary Stempel, MD, nurse practitioners Ann Dodge, MS, RN, CPNP, and Erin Marriott, MS, RN, CPNP, and pediatric cardiologist Amy Peterson, MD, received the The Foundation of the National Lipid Association (NLA) Hunninghake FH Abstract Award.

The new award recognizes the best abstract submitted in the area of familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) research. The team's abstract, "Universal vs Selective Pediatric Lipid Screening in the Diagnosis of Familial Hypercholesterolemia," identified universal pediatric lipid screening as an evolving, effective tool to identify patients and family members with FH.

Dr. Peterson will present the abstract live during the 2015 NLA Scientific Sessions in June. The award also includes a $1,500 prize and a travel grant to the conference.


Hilary Stempel, MD

Hilary Stempel, MD

Ann Dodge, MS, RN, CPNP

Ann Dodge, MS, RN, CPNP

Erin Marriott, MS, RN, CPNP

Erin Marriott, MS, RN, CPNP

Amy Peterson, MD

Amy Peterson, MD


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