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Department of Pediatrics Newsletter
July 23, 2010

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Items to be covered in this edition:

  1. Important Dates
  2. Welcome to New Faculty and Changes to Current Faculty
  3. Faculty News
  4. Faculty Publications and Presentations


July 23-24: Pediatrics Bioethics Conference: Tiny Babies, Large Questions: Ethical Issues in Prenatal and Neonatal Care. 

September 20-24: 2010 Intern Retreat.  The dates for this year’s Intern Retreat are Monday, September 20 through Friday, September 24.  As in past years, we will need coverage for Medicine/Wards, Emergency Room, Newborn Nursery and Neonatal Intensive Care.  We hope that you will consider helping with coverage this fall.  Contact: 

September 27, by 5:00 PM: Autumn 2010 round of the Royalty Research Fund (RRF) Proposals due. Questions? New applicants should contact Peter Wilsnack: 685-9316 or  and existing awardees should contact Barbara Thompson: 616-9089 or  Questions about SAGE and the eGC1 should be directed to the SAGE help desk,, 685-8335.
More information on the website: 

October 25:  SAVE THE DATE for the Fall Faculty meeting. 

Please see our Department Calendar for a complete list of upcoming events and more information:





New Appointments

Steven Aller, MD, PhD

FTCF-Clinical Assistant Professor

Hospital Medicine

William Dobyns, MD


Genetics; Center for Integrative Brain Research

Kelly Evans, MD

Acting Instructor/SF


Abraham Fong, MD, PhD

Acting Instructor


Michael Jensen, MD


Hematology/Oncology; Center for Immunity and Immunotherapies 

Abena Knight, MD

FTCF-Clinical Instructor

Hospital Medicine

Carl Koschmann, MD

FTCF-Clinical Instructor

Hospital Medicine

Daniela Luquetti, MD, PhD

Acting Instructor/SF


Kathleen Millen, PhD

Associate Professor

Genetics; Center for Integrative Brain Research

Tamara Simon, MD, MSPH

Assistant Professor

Hospital Medicine

Changes in Current Faculty Appointments

Lauri Burroughs, MD

Assistant Professor


Lincoln Smith, MD

Assistant Professor

Critical Care Medicine

Scott Weissman, MD

Assistant Professor



Dr. Lisa Cranmer, Pediatric Fellow, has been named a Fellow of the Pediatric Scientist Development Program (PSDP), to begin July 1, 2011.

Dr. Allison Eddy has been appointed to the Cystinosis Research Foundation’s Scientific Review Board which reviews applications and recommends grants to research and develop new treatments and cures for cystinosis.

Dr. Julie Brown was awarded $150,000 from Washington state’s Life Sciences Discovery Fund related to her research clinical trial project work with pediatric lumbar puncture success.

The Adolescent Medicine team received the Service Quality Award from Seattle Children’s for being at or below goal on all 3 ART questions and having the most improved composite scores on the Family Experience Survey. 

The following faculty members have been elected Faculty Senate Representatives for a two year term beginning September 2010: Drs. Ed Marcuse, Carol Miao, Brian Saelens,Taraneh Shafii, Charles (Skip) Smith. 


The Rajagopal lab: Regulation of CovR expression in Group B streptococcus impacts blood-brain barrier penetration. Mol Microbiol 2010;77(2):431-443.  Lembo A, Gurney MA, Burnside K, Banerjee A, de los Reyes M, Connelly JE, Lin WJ, Jewell KA, Vo A, Renken CW, Doran KS, and Rajagopal L.

Soren Gantt, MD, PhD:  A Multicenter Study of Outcomes from Novel Influenza A/H1N1 infection in Solid Organ Transplant Recipients. Lancet Inf. Dis.  Kumar D, Michaels MG, Morris MI, Green M, Avery RK, Liu C, Danziger-Isakov L, Stosor V, Estabrook M, Gantt S, Marr KA, Martin S, Silveira FP, Razonable R, Allen UD, Levi M, Lyon GM, Bell L, Huprikar S, Patel G, Gregg K, Pursell K, Helmersen D, Julian K, Shiley K, Bono B, Dharnidharka VR, Alavi G, Kalpoe J, Shoham S, Reid GE, and Humar A on behalf of the American Society of Transplantation H1N1 Collaborative Study Group. (In Press)

Soren Gantt and Lisa Frenkel:  Genetic analyses of HIV-1 env sequences demonstrate limited compartmentalization in breast milk and suggest viral replication within the breast that increases with mastitis. J. Virol. Gantt S, Carlsson J, Bull ME, Heath L, Shetty AK, Mutsvangwa J, Musingwini G, Woelk G, Zijenah LS, Katzenstein DA, Mullins JI, and Frenkel LM. (In Press)

Please let us know of your latest publications, awards, and honors by emailing Brooke Freed: