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  • Joel Buchanan, MD and Michael Semanik, MD, MS Awarded ICTR Pilot Grant

    Posted: April 2018
    Michael Semanik, MD
    Michael Semanik, MD

    Congratulations to PI Joel Buchanan, MD, UW Department of Medicine, and Co-PI Michael Semanik, MD, MS for their recent UW Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR) Basic and Clinical Translational Research Pilot Grant in the amount of $50,000. Their project, entitled, "Evaluation of the Impact of a Problem Oriented View on Clinical Workflows," will aim to demonstrate the impact of problem-oriented view (POV) on clinician efficiency, effectiveness, cognitive workload, and satisfaction in a simulation environment.

  • Travel Grants Awarded to Endocrinology Team

    Posted: April 2018

    Congratulations to Endocrinology/Diabetes fellows Lauren Kanner, MD, Yashoda (Mita) Naik, MD, and Elizabeth Mann, MD for each being selected as recipients of the Pediatric Endocrine Society's Travel Award for 2018. Each received $400 to support their travel costs to the PES Annual Meeting in Toronto, Canada in May 2018

  • 28 Pediatrics Faculty Named in Madison Magazine’s Top Doctors 2018

    Posted: April 2018

    Congratulations to the 28 Department of Pediatrics faculty who were named in Madison Magazine’s biennial guide of top doctors in the area.

    • Critical Care Medicine: Michael Wilhelm, MD
    • Medical Genetics: David Wargowski, MD
    • Neonatology: Jamie Limjoco, MD
    • Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine: Kok-Peng Yu, MD
    • Pediatric Allergy, Asthma and Immunology: Mark Moss, MD
    • Pediatric Diabetes and Endocrinology: David Allen, MD; Ellen Connor, MD
    • Pediatric Gastroenterology: Daniel O'Connell, MD; Luther Sigurdsson, MD
    • Pediatric Genetics: Gregory Rice, MD; David Wargowski, MD; Jessica Scott Schwoerer, MD
    • Pediatric Hematology and Oncology: Carol Diamond, MD; Kenneth DeSantes, MD; Paul Sondel, MD, PhD
    • Pediatric Hospitalist: Sabrina Butteris, MD; Kristin Shadman, MD; Ann Allen, MD; Daniel Sklansky, MD
    • Pediatric Nephrology: Allison Redpath Mahon, MD; Sharon Bartosh, MD; Neil Paloian, MD
    • Pediatric Pulmonary Disease: Mary Schroth, MD; Vivek Balasubramaniam, MD; Michael Rock, MD 
    • Pediatric Rheumatology: Anna Huttenlocher, MD; Dominic Co, MD; Judith Smith, MD 
    • Sleep Medicine: Cami Matthews, MD

    They are among more than 200 doctors in 78 categories who were chosen by their peers for inclusion in the guide.

    View the complete listing and selection methodology on the Madison Magazine website

  • Department of Pediatrics Announces New Incoming Resident Class

    Posted: April 2018

    The Department of Pediatrics is honored to announce the 15 new residents who matched into our residency program for the 2018-19 academic year. They will join us in June to as they prepare to become pediatrician leaders who provide exceptional care to patients and families, advocate for the health of children and engage in lifelong learning and service.

    The new residents and their medical schools are:

    • Nicholas Beam, MD, Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine
    • Arij Beshish, MBBCh, PhD, University of Tripoli Faculty of Medicine
    • Jesse Boyett Anderson MD, MS, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
    • Christine Brichta, MD, MPH, Medical College of Wisconsin
    • Victoria Brocksmith, MD, Indiana University School of Medicine
    • Shane Colvin, MD, MA, University of Washington School of Medicine
    • Lindsey Cox, MD, MS, St. George's University School of Medicine
    • Thomas Harris, MD, University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine
    • Adam Heinze, MD, Medical College of Wisconsin
    • Rachel Heinze, MD, University of Minnesota Medical School
    • Lindsey Kitzinger, MD, Indiana University School of Medicine
    • Cassandra Rendon, MD, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
    • Johanna Sehloff, MD, Medical College of Wisconsin
    • Carolyn Sleeth, MD, MPH, University of Arizona College of Medicine
    • Stephanie Syu, MD, Tulane University School of Medicine

    Download a PDF with photos of the incoming class

  • Pawan Shahi, PhD, Receives McPherson ERI/David G. Walsh Research Travel Award

    Posted: March 2018
    Bikash R. Pattnaik, PhD
    Bikash R. Pattnaik, PhD
    Pawan K. Shahi, PhD
    Pawan K. Shahi, PhD

    Congratulations to Pawan Shahi, PhD, a post-doctoral fellow in the Pattnaik Lab, who has been awarded a McPherson ERI/David G. Walsh Research Travel Award. This award provides funding for graduate students and postdocs from McPherson ERI members' research groups to attend conferences to present vision-related work and to advance educational and professional development opportunities. Dr. Shahi will attend the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology Annual Meeting in Honolulu, HI from April 29 – May 3, 2018. His presentation is entitled, “Rescue of Kir7.1 function by gene augmentation in LCA16 patient derived iPSC-RPE cells."

  • Drs. Frohna and Sklansky Named to Leadership Positions within APPD

    Posted: March 2018
    Daniel Sklansky, MD
    Daniel Sklansky, MD
    John Frohna, MD, MPH
    John Frohna, MD, MPH

    Congratulations to John Frohna, MD, MPH, and Daniel Sklansky, MD, who have been named to leadership positions within the Association of Pediatric Program Directors at their Spring meeting. Dr. Sklansky was elected as the Associate Program Director representative for the Midwest region, while Dr. Frohna was elected as a new member of the APPD Board of Directors.

  • Dr. Pelin Cengiz Wins Scientist Investigator Travel Award for Hershey Conference

    Posted: March 2018
    Pelin Cengiz, MD
    Pelin Cengiz, MD

    Congratulations to Pelin Cengiz, MD, who has been awarded a Scientist Investigator Travel Award in order to present her research at the 11th Hershey Conference on Developmental Brain Injury. Dr. Cengiz will present the abstract, titled "Sex differences seen in TrkB agonist therapy-mediated recovery of object recognition and location memories is estrogen receptor a dependent following neonatal hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy", at the conference in Asimolar, CA, which will run June 6-9, 2018.

  • Dr. Megan Moreno Quoted in New York Times Article on Teenage Sexting

    Posted: March 2018
    Megan Moreno, MD, MSEd, MPH
    Megan Moreno,
    MD, MSEd, MPH

    Department of Pediatrics Vice Chair of Digital Health Megan Moreno, MD, MSEd, MPH, was among experts quoted in a recent New York Times article encouraging parents to talk with teenagers early on about sexting, instead of being shocked by the behavior.

    "My main message would be for parents to step back for a minute from the alarmist nature of the word ‘sexting’ and think about developmentally appropriate foolish romantic things teenagers do," she said. 

    She suggested that parents think about the risky things they did when they were younger, and approach their teenagers from that perspective: that although sexting might feel like a normal thing to do, it's risky and if teens are in that situation, they can talk with parents about it.

    Also included was a link to Dr. Moreno's article in JAMA Pediatrics that provides more detailed guidance on how to have conversations with teens about sexting.

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  • Short-Term High-Dose Inhaled Steroids Do Not Prevent Asthma Flare-Ups in Children

    Posted: March 2018
    Daniel Jackson, MD
    Daniel Jackson, MD

    Temporarily increasing the dosage of inhaled steroids when asthma symptoms start to worsen does not effectively prevent severe flare-ups, according to a new study led by Daniel Jackson, MD, an associate professor in the UW Department of Pediatrics and an expert on childhood asthma. And the common medical practice for children with mild to moderate asthma may be associated with slowing a child’s growth.

    The study, funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), part of the National Institutes of Health, was published online March 3 in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) to coincide with its presentation at a meeting of the 2018 Joint Congress of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) and the World Allergy Organization (WAO) in Orlando, Florida.

    Asthma flare-ups in children are common and costly. To prevent them, many health professionals recommend increasing the doses of inhaled steroids from low to high at early signs of symptoms, such as coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath. Until now, researchers had not rigorously tested the safety and efficacy of this strategy in children with mild to moderate asthma.

    “These findings suggest that a short-term increase to high-dose inhaled steroids should not be routinely included in asthma treatment plans for children with mild to moderate asthma who are regularly using low-dose inhaled corticosteroids,” said Dr. Jackson. “Low-dose inhaled steroids remain the cornerstone of daily treatment in affected children.”

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  • Abstract By Dr. Pelin Cengiz Wins SCCM Star Research Award

    Posted: March 2018
    Pelin Cengiz, MD
    Pelin Cengiz, MD

    Congratulations to Pelin Cengiz, MD, whose abstract has been selected as one of the recipients of the 2018 Star Research Achievement Award by the Society of Critical Care Medicine. The Star Research Achievement Award is intended to recognize excellence in critical care research. The abstract, "Vulnerability of Male Brains to Global Hypoxic Ischemic Brain Injury and Estrogen Receptor Alpha", was formally presented during the SCCM Abstract-Based Awards Ceremony on February 27th, 2018.