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Department of Pediatrics Newsletter
August 27, 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


September 1: New IRB Process & Forms Effective.

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:

September 29, 8:00·11:00AM: Center for Immunity and Immunotherapies Scientific Presentations. The members of the Center for Immunity and Immunotherapies will be presenting their current research. All are welcome to attend. Soundgarden Conference Room, Building 1. Contact for more information.

October 2, 6:00·8:00PM: UW Department of Pediatrics & Seattle Children's Faculty and Alumni Reception at the AAP meeting. San Francisco Marriott Marquis, Foothill E. Contact:

October 21: The annual Work Life Balance Symposium and Lana Staheli Endowed Lecture will take place on Thursday, October 21 and will feature Dr. Perri Klass who will give grand rounds and the Keynote Lecture for the symposium. The theme of the symposium will be, "Pursue your passion: Creating a balance and satisfying life." Contact:

October 25: Department of Pediatrics Fall Faculty meeting. Wright Auditorium from 5:15-7:30 PM (5:15-5:45 PM social gathering with buffet service of assorted hors' d'oeuvres and appetizers; 6:15-7:30 PM meeting) The topics will be: 1. Introductions and announcements 2. SCH Strategic Planning presentation by Sandy Melzer, Bruder Stapleton, and McKinsey Consultants. More information will be provided at a later date.

November 1: UW Child Health Research Center application deadline. The UW Child Health Research Center is a K12 (career development) grant and is meant for faculty on the clinician-scientist track who have an interest in basic science research. It provides support during the transition from trainee to junior faculty status. This opportunity is open to all Board-certified pediatricians who have completed a subspecialty fellowship. Applications are available from the Program Director's office. To obtain an application, please email before Friday, October 22, 2010. Completed applications are due in the Program Director's office by Monday, November 1, 2010.


Name Rank Division
New Appointments
Stanford "Heath" Ackley, MD FTCF-Clinical Assistant Professor Emergency Medicine
Kelly Black, MD Assistant Professor Emergency Medicine
Jocelyn Hanna, MD FTCF-Clinical Instructor Hospital Medicine
Kihan Kim, MD FTCF-Clinical Instructor Critical Care Medicine
Katherine "Casey" Lion, MD, MPH FTCF-Clinical Instructor Hospital Medicine
Ali "Murat" Maga, PhD Acting Instructor Craniofacial Medicine
Paul Mann, MD Assistant Professor Neonatology
James Metz, MD FTCF-Clinical Instructor Hospital Medicine
Janna Patterson, MD Acting Instructor Neonatology
Elizabeth Shaw, DO Acting Assistant Professor Rheumatology
Christopher Traudt, MD Acting Assistant Professor Neonatology
Changes in Current Faculty Appointments
Kym Ahrens, MD, MPH Assistant Professor Adolescent Medicine


Sidney M. Gospe, Jr., MD, PhD was elected to a two year term as "Councillor to the West" of the Child Neurology Society.

James O'Callaghan, MD, FAAP, received the Fellow in Hospital Medicine designation from the Society of Hospital Medicine. He was inducted in April at the SHM meeting in Washington DC.

J. Elaine-Marie Albert, MD, MHA and Mithya Lewis-Newby, MD, MPH of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine just received their Masters degrees. Congratulations!

Congratulations to Christi Gerhardt MD, Division of Endocrinology, who will lead the UW/Seattle Children's site of the CF Foundation and the Pediatric Endocrine Society Learning and Leadership Collaborative for Cystic Fibrosis Related Diabetes Care (CFRD). This is the first Learning and Leadership Collaborative devoted solely to issues pertaining to the care of people with CFRD. The teams participating in this collaborative are from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, University of Cincinnati/Cincinnati Children's, Emory University, Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, and University of Washington/Seattle Children's.

The site's medical team includes:
Christi Gerhardt MD, Pediatric Endocrinologist, team leader
Ellen Fischer RN, CDE, Pediatric Diabetes Educator
Susan Casey RD, CF Pediatric Dietitian
Janine Cassidy MSN, RN, CF Clinical Nurse Specialist
Debra Thompson RN, CF Clinic Nurse
Ron Gibson MD, PhD, CF Pediatric Pulmonologist and CF Center Director
Thida Ong, MD, CF Pediatric Pulmonologist
Al Lew, MSW, CF Social Worker
Mary Moyer Janci MSN BC-ADM, CDE, Diabetes Nurse Practitioner at UW
Cathy Siefert RD, Adult Dietitian at UW
The team also includes a parent of a child with CFRD and a patient with CFRD


Luke Hoffman, MD, PhD, was featured in Discover Magazine's Sept 2010 issue for his work with antibiotic resistance in Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

Jeffrey G. Demain, MD, Clinical Associate Professor: Anaphylaxis and Insect Allergy. Curr Opin Allergy Clin Immunol 2010;10(4):318-322. Demain JG, Minae AA, Tracy JM.

Michael Bamshad, MD, Heather Mefford, MD, PhD, Anita Beck, MD, Holly Tabor, PhD, and Mark Hannibal, MD, PhD: Exome sequencing identifies MLL2 mutations as a cause of Kabuki syndrome. Aug. 15 advanced online edition of Nature Genetics. Michael Bamshad was the senior author.

Erica A. Michiels, MD and Suzan S. Mazor, MD: Toddler With Seizures Due to Ingesting Camphor at an Indian Celebration. Pediatric Emergency Care & Volume 26, Number 8, August 2010

Christi Gerhardt, MD, Assistant Professor, Pediatric Endocrinology will be moderating a workshop on Endocrine and Bone Health at the 24th Annual North American Cystic Fibrosis Conference in October.

James Taylor, MD, and Janet Englund, MD, Development of a symptom score for clinical studies to identify children with a documented viral upper respiratory tract infection. Pediatr Res 2010; 68: 252-57.

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