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First Year Allergy & Immunology Fellows Receive Recognition

Posted: March 18, 2015

Two of the first year Allergy & Immunology fellows received recognition for their outstanding abstracts at the 2015 American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) annual meeting in Houston, TX in February.

Alalia Berry, MD, presented an oral abstract entitled "Human Rhinovirus Species Induce Differential Antiviral and Inflammatory Responses in Peripheral Blood Mononuclear Cells". Her abstract was selected for the Asthma Diagnosis and Treatment (ADT) Interest Section Outstanding Abstract Award. Dr. Berry's primary research mentor is Daniel Jackson, MD.

Ann Esquivel, MD, presented an abstract from the Inner City Asthma Consortium (ICAC) entitled "Rhinovirus Species and Asthma Exacerbation in Inner City Children. Her abstract was selected for the Featured Poster Session - Best of ADT. Dr. Esquivel's primary research mentor is James Gern, MD.


Laura Tetri

Laura Tetri

Graduate Student Receives American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation Seed Grant

Posted: March 18, 2015

Congratulations to Laura Tetri, graduate student in the lab of Dr. Marlowe Eldridge, who was recently awarded a 2015 Seed Grant in the amount of $2,500 from the American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation. In her project, "Role of adrenergic signaling in regulation of blood flow through pulmonary supernumerary arteries," she will study the structure and function of supernumerary arteries to better understand their function on normal physiology and disease states. Increased understanding of the normal physiologic function and regulation of supernumerary arteries will allow further study of their role in the pathophysiology of diseases such as pulmonary arterial hypertension.


Amy Falk, MD

Amy Falk, MD

Amy Falk, MD, Receives the Outstanding Resident Teaching Award

Posted: March 13, 2015

Amy Falk, MD, was awarded the Outstanding Resident Teaching Award from the 4th year medical students. She will receive the award at this month's Match Day celebration.

Congratulations Amy!


Sharon Bartosh, MD

Sharon Bartosh, MD

Sharon Bartosh, MD, Elected to OPTN/UNOS Board

Posted: March 12, 2015

Sharon Bartosh, MD, was elected to the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN)/United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) 2015 board of directors as its at-large physician/surgeon representative. Members of the national organ donation and transplantation community elected her to the volunteer position. Her term begins July 1, 2015.

The OPTN brings together medical professionals, transplant recipients and donor families to develop national organ transplantation policy. UNOS serves as the OPTN under federal contract.


Dipesh Navsaria, MPH, MSLIS, MD, Named Aspen Institute Ascend Fellow

Posted: March 11, 2015

Dipesh Navsaria, MPH, MSLIS, MD, has been selected to join the 2015 class of Aspen Institute Ascend Fellows.

The Ascend Fellowship invests in diverse leaders from different walks of life who have breakthrough ideas to build economic security, educational success and health and well-being for low-income families.

“I’ll be looking at innovative two-generation approaches to working with families in poverty by integrating principles of early brain and child development together with clinical practice," explained Dr. Navsaria. "We have so many opportunities in primary care, given the access we have to families and the trust they place in their health care providers.”

The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues.

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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."

Read the full article here


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.


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