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David Allen, MD

David Allen, MD

David Allen, MD, and Patient Talk About Turner Syndrome

Posted: March 3, 2015

Brooke Schmidtke, a Rosendale, Wisconsin, woman with Turner Syndrome who is a patient of David Allen, MD, spoke to the Fond du Lac Reporter to raise awareness of the disease.

In the article, Dr. Allen, who has treated Brooke for the past 15 years, explained the nature and severity of the disease, which has no cure, and some of the ways it can be treated.

"Each of the problems associated with TS has a different type of treatment," Allen said. "For about 30 years now growth hormones have been used to help the girls grow. If we can increase their height by a modest degree, an extra couple of inches can bring them close to an average height."

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Shannon Dean, MD

Shannon Dean, MD

AFCH Pilots Bedside App to Improve Patient and Family Experience

Posted: February 26, 2015

American Family Children’s Hospital (AFCH) is the first pediatric hospital in the nation (and the first hospital in Wisconsin) to pilot a “MyChart Bedside,” a new tablet-based application that gives patients and caregivers access to important information about their health, their care team, and what to expect during the hospital stay.

In the pilot, parents of hospitalized children receive tablet computers loaded with the application to use throughout their hospital stay. The application displays photos of the child’s care team; allows for messaging with the care team; displays the daily schedule; and provides access to key portions of the patient’s medical record, including a list of hospital medications, test results, patient education, and the anticipated discharge date.

An initial survey suggested that parents found the application easy to use, believe that it helps them monitor and understand the care of their child, and believe that it helps to improve the quality of hospital care.

“Good communication is really at the core of good care,” explained Shannon Dean, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics and chief medical information officer for UW Health. “We are continually looking for innovative ways to use health technology to improve communication between providers and patients, thereby improving the patient and family experience and the quality of care we provide.”


Christian Capitini, MD

Christian Capitini, MD

Christian Capitini, MD, Leads 'Breakthrough' Leukemia Trial

Posted: February 26, 2015

Christian Capitini, MD, is leading a new clinical trial that will test a promising method of immunotherapy for children with relapsed acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL).

The multi-site trial just opened at the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center and American Family Children’s Hospital. The experimental immunotherapy, named CTL019, was first developed at the University of Pennsylvania.

In the therapy, patients' T-cells are extracted and reprogrammed to express a chimeric antigen receptor that, after reinfusion, may detect and potentially destroy leukemia cells.

The therapy has been accelerated through the work of a “dream team” of academic institutions granted $14.5 million from Stand Up to Cancer and the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.

More information about the trial


Aaron Friedman, MD

Aaron Friedman, MD

Aaron Friedman, MD, Receives ASPN Founder's Award

Posted: February 12, 2015

Congratulations to Aaron Friedman, MD, who has been selected to receive the 2015 American Society of Pediatric Nephrology's Founder's Award. Since 1996, the ASPN has used the Founder's Award to recognize individuals who have made a unique and lasting contribution to the field of pediatric nephrology and have contributed significantly to the ASPN by promoting its activities to assure a continuing role for its members in science as well as in specialized health care for children with kidney disease. Dr Friedman completed his internship and residency in pediatrics and his pediatric nephrology at the University of Wisconsin, then joined the Department as a faculty member for 23 years, the last 10 as Chair of Pediatrics, before moving on to Brown University. His last position before retiring in January 2014 was Dean of the Medical School at the University of Minnesota.


Anthony Wampole, MD

Anthony Wampole, MD

Dr. Anthony Wampole Receives Outstanding Resident Teaching Award

Posted: February 12, 2015

Congratulations to Anthony Wampole, MD, who has been selected to receive the Wisconsin Medical Alumni Association's (WMAA) Outstanding Resident Teaching Award for 2015. The award, which is awarded based on the votes of the 4th year medical students, is granted in recognition of dedicated commitment to teaching excellence. The award will be presented at the annual UW School of Medicine and Public Health's Honors and Awards Ceremony on Thursday, May 14 at the Health Sciences Learning Center.


Barbara Knox, MD

Barbara Knox, MD

Barbara Knox, MD, Invited to Help Develop National Protocol for Pediatric Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Examinations

Posted: February 11, 2015

Congratulations to Dr. Barbara Knox, who has been invited to participate in the upcoming Medical Working Group to develop a National Protocol for Pediatric Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Examinations. This project will directly connect the needs of juvenile survivors with an evidence-based, patient-focused national medical-forensic sexual assault examination protocol. Dr. Knox was one of four national child abuse pediatricians selected for participation based on their extensive knowledge of the topic and their efforts to enhance the existing practices.


Christine Seroogy, MD

Christine Seroogy, MD

Dr. Christine Seroogy Receives Funding from Carbone Cancer Center

Posted: January 28, 2015

Congratulations to Christine Seroogy, MD, on funding of $40,000 from the UW Paul P. Carbone Cancer Center (UWCCC) and the Tumor Microenvironment Program. Her project, "The Role of the Anergy-related E3 ubiquitin ligase, GRAIL, in Tumor Immune Evasion," utilizes mice to further understanding of the role of GRAIL in tumor immune evasion, in hopes of providing further insights into proteasome inhibitor mechanisms of action and pursuing combinatorial therapies.


Judith Smith, MD, PhD

Judith Smith, MD, PhD

Smith Lab Researcher Mike Khan Receives Predoctoral Fellowship

Posted: January 28, 2015

Congratulations to Mike Khan on funding of his Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Predoctoral Fellowship (F31) from the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIH-NIAID). This 3-year, pre-doctoral fellowship, in the amount of $90,760, is under the sponsorship of Dr. Judith Smith, MD, PhD. His project, "The role of the Unfolded Protein Response in Brucella melitensis replication," will investigate the mechanism by which Brucella melitensis, an intracellular bacterial pathogen that is the causative agent of Brucellosis, establishes its intracellular niche, in order to increase understanding of the pathogen as well as develop novel therapeutics.


Bruce Klein, MD

Bruce Klein, MD

Bruce Klein, MD, Receives 5 Year Renewal Grant From NIH-NIAID

Posted: January 28, 2015

Congratulations to Bruce Klein, MD, on his recent R01 award of over $2.5 million from the National Institutes of Health - National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIH-NIAID). His 5-year renewal, "Molecular pathogenesis of Blastomycosis," provides funding for Years 20-24 of this project, in which the team will dissect the role and action of a yeast fungal product that inactivates innate immunity, enabling progressive infection. This work will yield insight into the microbial mechanism that underlies intense immune disturbances linked with a progressive systemic mycosis, while emphasizing action on GM-CSF and CCR2+ inflammatory monocytes, and the disabling consequences for innate immunity.


Sheryl Henderson, MD, PhD

Sheryl Henderson, MD, PhD

Dr. Sheryl Henderson Receives Grant for iPads for UW HIV Clinic

Posted: January 28, 2015

Sheryl Henderson, MD, PhD, was awarded a grant in the amount of $1,891 for her project entitled, "iPads to Enhance Health Education for Youth and Families in the UW HIV Comprehensive Care Clinic." This project, funded by the Friends of the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics (UWHC), will provide funding for 3 iPads, which will allow HIV-infected pediatric patients and their families in the UW HIV clinic to utilize this technology to better understand their condition, and thus, improve their health.


Daniel Jackson, MD

Daniel Jackson, MD

Daniel Jackson, MD, Receives NIH Award to Research Respiratory Pathogen

Posted: January 28, 2015

Daniel Jackson, MD, was awarded $74,878 from the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIH-NIAID) for his project entitled, "Mechanisms of Enhanced Enterovirus (EV) D68 Pathogenicity." EV D68 has emerged as an important respiratory pathogen in children, with an outbreak of severe illnesses in the United States in 2014. In this project, awarded as part of the NIAID U19 Opportunity Fund, investigators will clone one of the current circulating strains of EV D68, along with strains from previous years, then perform studies in differentiated airway epithelial cells and peripheral blood mononuclear cells to compare the immune response elicited by the different strains of EV D68 along with rhinovirus species A, B, and C. Then, investigators will assess whether altered receptor specificity, temperature sensitivity, or other characteristics may help explain the enhanced severity of EV D68 illnesses that occurred in the United States in 2014.


James Gern, MD

James Gern, MD

Daniel Jackson, MD

Daniel Jackson, MD

Drs. Gern and Jackson Receive Supplement to ICAC Contract

Posted: January 28, 2015

Congratulations to James Gern, MD and co-investigator, Daniel Jackson, MD for their recent supplement to the Inner City Asthma Consortium (ICAC) contract, entitled, "Pets and the Infant Microbiome: Effect on Immune Maturation & Atopic Asthma." With this award of $78,548 from the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIH-NIAID) and (University of California - San Francisco), Drs. Gern and Jackson will complete virus assessment on selected index samples collected in the ICAC PROSE clinical trial. In addition, Drs. Jackson and Gern will integrate the clinical data from the PROSE trial to develop outcomes including the number and severity of respiratory illnesses, the number and etiology for distinct viral infections, and virus-induced exacerbations of asthma.


Paul Grossberg, MD

Paul Grossberg, MD

Dr. Paul Grossberg Wins 2014 AMERSA Best Workshop Award

Posted: January 22, 2015

Paul Grossberg, MD, has been awarded the 2014 Best Workshop Award by the Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse. The workshop, titled “Behavioral Change in Our Patients and Ourselves:  Interdisciplinary, Experiential Teaching to Improve MI Skills in Clinical Practice”, was held at the annual AMERSA national conference. The selection criteria for this award were the quality of the workshop -- in terms of timeliness of the topic and relevance for AMERSA conference attendees -- and participants’ evaluations of the workshop. Along with the award, Dr. Grossberg has received a complimentary registration to the 2015 AMERSA conference.


Luke Lamers, MD

Luke Lamers, MD

One of the First Patients to Benefit from AFCH Expansion Profiled in State Journal

Posted: January 7, 2015

The Wisconsin State Journal profiled Gabriel Kampka, a six-month-old baby who was one of the first patients treated at American Family Children’s Hospital’s (AFCH) new neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and hybrid catheterization lab.

Gabriel---who was born with congenital atresia of the left main coronary artery, a twisted bowel, and cystic fibrosis---spent nearly three months at AFCH before going home. Pediatric cardiologist Luke Lamers, MD, and pediatric surgeon Peter Nichol, MD, teamed up in the new hybrid suite to evaluate his heart function and repair his bowel.

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