Dr. James Conway, UW Health Experts Discuss Importance of HPV Vaccination
University of Wisconsin Department of Pediatrics Professor (CHS) James Conway, MD, along with UW Carbone Cancer Director Howard Bailey, MD, and UW Department of Human Oncology Assistant Professor Randy Kimple, MD, was quoted in a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article on the importance of vaccinating children for human papillomavirus (HPV).
In the article, Dr. Conway, who is also the medical director for immunization services and chair of the Immunization Program and Planning Committee at UW Health, referred to a recent report from the Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality for health systems in their success at immunizing teens against HPV across the state.
UW Health ranked second in Wisconsin, with a 71.2 percent vaccination rate by age 15, but in some parts of the state, the rates are as low as 30 percent.
Dr. Conway said that even though some may feel uncomfortable discussing a sexually transmitted disease such as HPV, it is important for patients and providers to consider HPV vaccination as a necessary and safe way to prevent several types of cancers.
"[Vaccines] are tested on hundreds of thousands of people, they're scrutinized way more than anything else in the medical system," he said. "Even after they're licensed and put on the market, they're followed really closely for any sort of safety issues."
Stand Up to Cancer-St. Baldrick's Pediatric Dream Team Award Renewed
Congratulations to Paul Sondel, MD, PhD, Principal Investigator, and the UW Pediatric Dream Team, for their renewal funding through the Stand Up to Cancer-St. Baldrick's Pediatric Dream Team Translational Cancer Research Award, supported by the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) and St. Baldrick's Foundation. This award provides $250,000 per year to the University of Wisconsin Dream Team, for a 4-year total of $1,000,000. Led by overall Team Leaders, Dr. John Maris at the Center for Childhood Cancer Research at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, the Lead Institution, and Dr. Crystall Mackall at Stanford University, Dr. Sondel and his team at University of Wisconsin continue their important role on the Dream Team. Key members of the Wisconsin team are Kenneth DeSantes, MD, Co-PI; Young Investigators Christian Capitini, MD, Mario Otto, MD, PhD, and Inga Hofmann, MD; Collaborators Peiman Hematti, MD and Jacques Galipeau, MD from the Department of Medicine; and Investigators Amy Erbe Gurel, PhD, Jacquelyn Hank, PhD, Alexander Rakhmilevich, MD, PhD, from the Department of Human Oncology, and Kimberly McDowell, MD, PhD. This collaborative multi-institutional consortium, entitled, "Immunogenomics to Create New Therapeutics for High Risk Childhood Cancers," proposes to link genomics and immunotherapy efforts underway at 7 Pediatric Oncology Centers [Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Stanford University, Baylor, University of Washington, University of British Columbia, University of Toronto, and UW] in order to perform preclinical and clinical collaborative work designed to move new therapies into clinical testing for pediatric patients.
Katie Beverley Receives Endocrinology & Reproductive Physiology Training Grant Support
Congratulations to Katie Beverley, Graduate Research Assistant in the lab of Bikash Pattnaik, PhD, who was recently selected as a Trainee on the National Institutes of Health-funded T32 Endocrinology & Reproductive Physiology (ERP) Training Grant, directed by Ian Bird, PhD. The Endocrinology & Reproductive Physiology Program at the University of Wisconsin is a broad based, interdepartmental degree-granting program designed to provide training at the predoctoral and postdoctoral level in interdisciplinary research at the forefront of Endocrinology and reproductive physiology.
Michelle Kelly, MD, Awarded ICTR Pilot Grant
Michelle Kelly, MD, was recently awarded a Clinical & Community Outcomes Research award from the University of Wisconsin Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (UW ICTR) for her proposal, "Sharing doctors' notes to improve parent understanding of their hospitalized child's care plan." This 1-year, $75,000 pilot project will involve the sharing of daily doctors' notes with parents of patients hospitalized at American Family Children's Hospital, in conjunction with parent and nurse interviews and focus groups, to inform a future study to determine if giving families access to notes improves their understanding of their child's care and ability to recognize errors and partner with doctors' to prevent harm. The project also involves Pediatric advisors Ryan Coller, MD, MPH, Daniel Sklansky, MD, and Shannon Dean, MD. Congratulations!
Yury Bochkov, PhD Awarded Grant from Arctic Therapeutics
Congratulations to Yury Bochkov, PhD, Principal Investigator, for his $50,000, 1-year award from Arctic Therapeutics, LLC, for this grant entitled, "Testing RV-C inhibitors and receptor function of animal CDHR3 sequences in HeLa cells." The main objective of this project is to test the effects of four new antiviral compounds developed by Arctic Therapeutics, LLC on rhinovirus C (RV-C) binding and/or replication in transduced HeLa-E8 cells. In addition, receptor function of CDHR3 protein, a transmembrane protein that serves as a cellular receptor for RV-C, from some animal species (e.g., mouse, marmoset, rhesus macaque) will be tested.
Ryan Coller, MD, MPH, and Mary Ehlenbach, MD, Awarded Grant from Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
Ryan Coller, MD, MPH, Principal Investigator, and Mary Ehlenbach, MD, Co-Principal Investigator, were recently awarded a 4-year grant of $226,521 from the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, for their project, "Healthcare delivery system innovations for children with medical complexity." The purpose of this funding initiative is to improve the quality of life for children with medical complexity, the well-being of their families, and the cost-effectiveness of their care, through the development and implementation of innovative care and payment models using a Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (CoIIN) approach. Congratulations!
Six Department of Pediatrics Faculty Receive Promotions
Congratulations to the six Department of Pediatrics faculty who were approved for promotion this year. Their new ranks are effective July 1, 2018.
Juan Boriosi, MD
Division of Critical Care Medicine
Promoted to Associate Professor (CHS)
Elizabeth Cox, MD, PhD
Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine
Promoted to Professor
Michelle Kelly, MD
Division of Hospital Medicine
Promoted to Associate Professor (CHS)
Megan Neuman, MD
Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine
Promoted to Clinical Associate Professor
Mario Otto, MD, PhD
Division of Hematology, Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplant
Promoted to Associate Professor with tenure
Kristin Shadman, MD
Division of Hospital Medicine
Promoted to Associate Professor (CHS)
American Family Children's Hospital Ranks Among Best Hospitals
UW Health's American Family Children's Hospital ranked in the top 50 children's hospitals in six medical and surgical specialties in this year's U.S. News and World Report Best Children's Hospital rankings.
The children's hospital was named in the top 50 for:
- Cancer (39)
- Cardiology and heart surgery (46)
- Gastroenterology and GI surgery (41)
- Nephrology (44)
- Pulmonology (40)
- Urology (45)
Data were collected from 189 pediatric hospitals across the United States. The categories measured were clinical outcomes, level and quality of hospital resources, technology and special services, delivery of health care, staffing and expert opinion among pediatric specialists. Only 86 of the 189 hospitals surveyed were ranked in the top 50 in at least one of the 10 specialties.
The children's hospital continues to be the smallest children's hospital ranking this high in multiple subspecialties.
Pediatric cancer care has ranked among the best for many years at American Family Children's Hospital. The team has had noticeable accomplishments. They include Stand Up 2 Cancer designating our pediatric hematology/oncology work a "Dream Team" of researchers.
The children's hospital this year began offering Chimeric Antigen Receptor T-cell treatment (CAR-T) for children with refractory acute lymphocytic leukemia. The children's hospital is among a handful of institutions in the U.S. that are offering this specific treatment.
Drs. Ryan Coller, Michael Wilhelm and Melissa Cercone Receive UW Health Physician Excellence Awards
Three Department of Pediatrics faculty were among those honored at this year’s UW Health Physician Excellence Awards ceremony, held June 14, 2018, at the Health Sciences Learning Center. The peer-nominated awards recognize those who demonstrate exceptional performance in clinical practice, education, leadership or regional services and a commitment to our mission, vision and values.
Ryan Coller, MD, MPH (Assistant Professor, Division of Hospital Medicine)
Dr. Coller (pictured on right with UW Health Senior Vice President Nizar Jarjour, MD) received the Rising Star Clinical Excellence Award, which honors outstanding clinicians and educators who have, in a more limited tenure at UW Health and SMPH, demonstrated exceptional and measurable contributions to clinical practice.
He is described as one of few remaining “triple-threats” in an era of increasing specialty, excelling in clinical practice, teaching and research. He is an exceptional complex care physician, attending to the most medically fragile children in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Family-centered care comes naturally to Dr. Coller, who always considers the values, home environment and resources of the family in crafting care plans.
His arrival at UW Health coincided with the launch of the UW Pediatric Complex Care Program, and Dr. Coller deftly assumed management of the evaluation component of the HCMS Health Care Innovation Award, a multi-million-dollar collaboration with the State of Wisconsin Department of Health Services and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Special Needs Program. And as research director, he has successfully created a nationally-recognized reputation of excellence.
Michael Wilhelm, MD (Assistant Professor, Division of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine)
Dr. Wilhelm (pictured on right with UW Health CEO Alan Kaplan, MD) received a Clinical Practice Excellence Award, which honors outstanding clinicians who demonstrate an extraordinary commitment to safety and quality patient- and family-centered care.
He is known to be a superb pediatric interventionist, someone who provides excellent care to neonates, infants, young children and adults with an in-depth understanding of physiology and safe delivery of care.
He is respected by his peers for his intelligence, compassion and integrity. He is described as a physicians’ physician and someone who can push established subspecialists to the limit of their knowledge. He has earned a reputation as the one to go to when the complexity is high and an ability to think holistically is needed. His mantra is that there is no reason why we can’t be better at what we do.
As Medical Director for the PICU, he is known for his skill in articulating a clear vision and helping everyone find their place. His training as a scientist and rigorous and passionate commitment to continuous improvement have resulted in an improved quality of care in our PICU that makes us among the best in the country.
Melissa Cercone, MD (Clinical Assistant Professor [CHS], Division of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine)
Dr. Cercone (pictured on right with UW School of Medicine and Public Health Dean Robert Golden, MD) received a Clinical Educator Excellence Award, which recognizes clinicians who show remarkable skill in teaching the next generation of physicians, interdisciplinary team members, patients and families.
She is widely respected for her role in developing the UW Pediatric Residency Simulation Core Curriculum. Using simulation, she creates events that trainees use to practice their skills and clarify their thinking related to time-sensitive medical decision making.
She regularly shares her skills to educate nursing and other ancillary staff within UW Health, teaches regionally at multiple hospitals, and is regularly invited to present at national and international conferences, but she is particularly invested in the education of trainees within the department of pediatrics.
As a clinician, she is recognized for her compassionate care of children and her ability to educate families, especially when the diagnosis or prognosis is particularly difficult. As one trainee said, “Her lessons that mean the most cannot be found in a book. She has taught me that it is okay to not always know the answer, that doctors also grieve, and that there are things worse than death. It is these lessons that truly improve the quality of tomorrow’s doctors.”
Physician Excellence Award Honorees
In addition, Paula Cody, MD, MPH (Assistant Professor [CHS], Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine) and Gregory Rice, MD (Associate Professor [CHS], Division of Genetics and Metabolism) were honorees at this year’s awards.
Meet the 2017-18 Residency Award Winners
Congratulations to the following faculty, residents and staff who received awards at the Department of Pediatrics residency graduation ceremony, held June 16, 2018, at Monona Terrace.
Lobeck Award for Outstanding Teaching in Pediatrics (Clerkship)
Winner: Ann Allen, MD
This award winner is nominated and selected by the third-year SMPH class. The award recognizes a faculty member who demonstrates excellence in the teaching of medical students through sustained effort and dedication to medical student education, and who demonstrates a high level of teaching effectiveness through consistently superior evaluations. This faculty member serves as a role model and actively promotes the professional rewards of a career in the field of pediatrics.
Todd Varness Outstanding Clinical Teacher (Residency)
Winner: Jonathan Fliegel, MD
This award winner is nominated and selected by Pediatrics residents. The award recognizes a faculty member who demonstrates the humanism and teaching skills exemplified by Dr. Todd Varness, “who found joy in just about everything in life, and a fulfilling challenge in just about everything about medicine. Todd's teaching was an artistic experience, like listening to improvisations of a talented musician. He had a tireless work ethic, an inspiring and positive nature, and a true love for people.”
Outstanding General Pediatrician (Residency)
Winner: Brittany Allen, MD
This award winner is nominated and selected by Pediatrics residents. The award recognizes a general pediatrician who demonstrates excellence through the provision of care to patients in a primary care setting, a commitment to resident education, and the promotion of resident interest in primary care pediatrics.
Outstanding Senior Pediatric Resident (Residency)
Winner: Christina Amend, MD
This award winner is nominated and selected by first- and second-year Pediatrics residents and Pediatrics faculty. The award recognizes a senior resident who demonstrates excellence in the areas of leadership, teaching, patient care, professionalism, and advocacy for children.
Outstanding Intern (Residency)
Winner: Shawn Damodharan, MD
This award winner is nominated and selected by second- and third-year Pediatrics residents and Pediatrics faculty. The award recognizes an intern who distinguishes her/himself in some significant way through patient care, professional behavior, and advocacy for children.
Patient/Family-Centered Care Award (Child Life-Barb Byrne/Julie Auenson)
Winner: Jared Kevern, MD
This award is given by nurses and child life staff and reflects the four principles of family-centered care.
Med Student Resident Teacher Award (Clerkship)
Winner: Jennifer Szmanda, DO
This award winner is nominated and selected by the third-year SMPH class.