Faculty Promotions as of March 3, 2008
The UW School of Medicine and Public Health promotion committees have approved promotions for the following pediatric faculty. This includes meetings held through March 3rd. The effective date for the promotions is July 1, 2008.
- Anna Huttenlocher, MD, has been promoted to Professor with tenure.
- Istvan Danko, MD, PhD, has been promoted to Associate Professor (CHS).
- Gwen McIntosh, MD, MPH, has been promoted to Associate Professor (CHS).
- John Hokanson, MD, has been promoted to Associate Professor (CHS).
Dr. Patricia Kokotailo named Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Affairs
Patricia Kokotailo, MD, MPH, professor of pediatrics at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH), has been named the SMPH Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Affairs, effective April 1, 2008. This important new position will focus on the development of the School's most valuable and precious resource: our faculty. Dr. Kokotailo will create, direct, and coordinate programs aimed at helping all of our faculty, across our missions and at all levels of experience, achieve their full professional potential. An important aspect will include the school's commitment to recruiting, retaining, and promoting a diverse faculty within a supportive environment.
Residency Project Awarded Funding
Dr. Dipesh Navsaria, PL2, was recently awarded funding for his project titled, "Reach Out and Read: Madison and Dane County Encouraging Literacy in Pediatric Environments” through the Ira an Ineva Reilly Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment. The $107,537 in funding is for the two-year period of January 2008 through December 2009.
Dr. Aaron Carrel Receives 2007 Collaboration Implementation Grant Award
Aaron Carrel, MD, is the recipient of a 2007 Collaboration Implementation Grant Award from The Wisconsin Partnership Fund. His project, in partnership with Brown County (Statewide) was awarded $474,990 for “Got Dirt? Garden Initiative” to improve child health and nutrition by increasing access to and consumption of fruits and vegetables through youth gardens at childcare centers and schools in Wisconsin.
Dr. Michael Rock Honored by Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Michael Rock, MD, a professor of Pulmonology, is being honored by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF) at its annual event in November.
According to a CFF spokesperson, the group identified Rock as someone who is making a significant impact on the foundation's fight against cystic fibrosis in the community. Rock's cystic fibrosis-related work includes collaborating with Philip Farrell, MD, PhD, on the CF newborn screening study. He also has been involved in multiple studies to investigate new medications for CF patients, and in quality improvement initiatives at UW Children's Hospital aimed at improving the health outcomes of patients with CF.
He also helped establish affiliate CF centers in Green Bay, Marshfield and La Crosse. Rock serves on the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Data, Safety and Monitoring Board, and has served on the national Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Center Committee.
Dr. David Bernhardt & UW Health Sports Medicine Team Up to Offer Free Physicals to Uninsured High School Athletes
Dozens of high school athletes may not be allowed to step onto the field or join the huddle this year because many families do not have health insurance to pay for medical physical exams, which are required by the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association before the first day of practice.
Eighty-five thousand students will participate in high school athletics this year in Wisconsin. Of those living in Dane County, it’s estimated that two to five percent have no health insurance to pay for these necessary physical exams.
To help student-athletes get into uniform and back in the race, the Dane County Sports Medicine Council is teaming up with UW Health Sports Medicine Center and the MEDIC program, managed by students of the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, to offer a free athletic physical clinic on Tuesday, August 14. UW Health physicians, athletic trainers, residents, medical students and Spanish translators will be present at the South Madison Health and Family Center—Harambee at 2202 South Park St. from 6 to 8 p.m. to provide athletic physicals and immunizations.
“This is a nice opportunity to take care of a large group of student athletes who have no health insurance or very limited financial resources,” said Joe Greene, supervisor of athletic training services at the UW Health Sports Medicine Center. “Getting these physicals done in a timely manner helps to keep these young people participating and active at what they like to do.”
Greene and Dr. David Bernhardt, a pediatric sports medicine specialist with UW Health Sports Medicine, will provide medical direction for the clinic. Both are members of the Dane County Sports Medicine Council, the organization that is sponsoring the event. The staff at UW Health Sports Medicine Center has been working with other entities to offer free athletic physicals for several years. Medical student volunteers are coordinated by MEDiC, a registered student organization at the University of Wisconsin.
“This is a great collaborative effort between the hospital staff, medical students and the schools,” Greene said, “and the families and athletes are always very appreciative.” Last year, more than 40 student-athletes in the Madison area attended the clinic.