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Department of Pediatrics Newsletter
January 21, 2011

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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


January 27, 2011: CUMG Annual Membership Meeting. 5:30-7:30PM in Sound Café at Seattle Children’s. Questions? Contact

January 31, 2011: Dean Ramsey’s Annual Address to the UW Medicine community. 4:30PM in Hogness Auditorium at UW.

February 9, 2011: Department of Pediatrics Faculty Meeting. 5:15-7:30 PM in Wright Auditorium at Seattle Children’s. A social gathering with appetizers from 5:15-5:45 will be followed by the regular meeting from 5:45-7:30 PM. Childcare will be available (with prior notice) from 5:00-8:00 PM. Children must be between the ages of 4-10 years of age. Please inform Diane Wade ( or 206.987.1713) as soon as possible if you will be using this service or have questions about the meeting.

February 15, 2011: Promotion Preparation Meeting. 7:30-8:30 AM, W3747A at Seattle Children’s. The Department of Pediatrics Promotions Committee requires that faculty members who will be considered in the summer/fall of 2011 for promotion to Associate Professor or Professor attend one of these seminars. If you are being considered in 2011 (to be effective July 1, 2012), you, your Division Head and your Division Head’s assistant MUST attend one of these meetings even if you attended one last year (note: you do not all need to attend on the same date). For more information, or to RSVP your attendance at one of these meetings, contact Diane Wade ( or 206.987.1713).

March 5, 2011: Continuing Medical Education: Urgent Pediatric Problems: Bridging Office and Emergency Care. 7:30AM- 4:00PM in Wright Auditorium at Seattle Children’s. Hosted by the Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine, this CME course for the pediatric community will include talks from several members of the division and a keynote address by Steve Krug, MD, Chief of Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago, IL. Registration closes March 2, 2011. Registration forms and other details are available at

April 8, 2011: Duncan Seminar. All day event. More information forthcoming. Please contact with any questions.

April 22, 2011: Fellows’ Research Day. 8:00 AM-3:00 PM in the Soundgarden Conference Room at Seattle Children’s Research Institute. Oral and poster presentations will be given by fellows, leading off with a keynote presentation by Diana W. Bianchi, MD, Professor of Pediatrics and of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Tufts University School of Medicine, and Vice-Chair for Research in the Department of Pediatrics at Tufts Medical Center – Boston. All fellows (MDs, PhDs, and Post Docs) are invited to submit an abstract. The abstract submission deadline is Friday, February 25, 2011 at 5:00pm. For registration information and questions contact Sharon Whitson ( or 206-987-5870).

September 19-23, 2011: SAVE THE DATES for this year’s Intern Retreat. The Retreat has been an integral part of intern education for the past 35 years. The interns spend this week participating in workshops to promote communication skills and professionalism. Your support during this week of education and bonding is greatly appreciated by all of the interns and faculty. Coverage will be needed for Medicine Teams, Emergency Room, Medically Complex Children, Newborn Nursery (UW) and Neonatal Intensive Care (UW). More information forthcoming. Questions? Contact


Name Rank Division
Jacqueline Starr, PhD Associate Professor Craniofacial
Beth Ellen Davis, MD, MPH FTCF-Clinical Associate Professor Developmental Medicine
Adrian Piliponsky, PhD Assistant Professor Immunology/Center for Immunity & Immunotherapies
Sarah Ringold, MD, MS Assistant Professor Rheumatology


Drs. Katie Greenzang, Eric Johnson, and Amber May will be our new Pediatric Chief Residents for 2012-2013.

Drs. Michael Jensen, Joseph Flynn, Julie Park, Doug Hawkins, Leslie Walker, and Richard Wennberg have been elected to the American Pediatric Society.

Harris Baden, MD, has stepped down after serving as Director of the Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Fellowship Program for 7 years. John McGuire, MD, has stepped into this director role as of January 1, 2011.

Margaret Rosenfeld, MD, MPH, was appointed as the holder of the UW School of Medicine Pediatrics Endowed Professorship for Research Sabbaticals.

Peter Tarczy-Hornoch, MD, received a UW School of Medicine Service Excellence Award in Fall 2010 for his contributions to the IT infrastructure of the patient care and research enterprises.

Brendan D. Stamper, PhD (Craniofacial Medicine Postdoctoral Fellow) and Michael Cunningham, MD, PhD, received an award from Sage Bionetworks entitled “Integration of Clinical and Genomic Datasets to Identify Biomarkers for Craniosynostosis”. This formal collaboration with Sage will identify key genes and biologic pathways in the pathogenesis of craniosynostosis using a wide array of genomic, gene expression, and clinical data collected on more than 200 affected children.

Jennifer Becker was promoted to Senior Director for Ambulatory Care and Service Lines.


Charlotte Lewis, MD, MPH: Wanting better. A qualitative study of low-income parents about their children's oral health. Lewis C, Linsenmayer K, Williams A. Pediatr Dent 2010;32:518-24.

Dr. Charlene Wong: Approaches to monitoring biological outcomes for HPV vaccination: Challenges of early adopter countries. Wong CA, Saraiya M, Hariri S, Eckert L, Howlett RI, Markowitz LE, Brotherton JM, Sinka K, Martinez-Montañez OG, Kjaer SK, Dunne EF. Vaccine. 2010 Nov 5.

Maren Olson, MD, MPH, and Douglas Diekema, MD, MPH: Impact of income and income inequality on infant health outcomes in the United States. Olson ME, Diekema D, Elliott BA, Renier CM. Pediatrics. 2010 Dec;126(6):1165-73.

Lin Di Gennaro, MD, and Jerry Zimmerman, MD, PhD: Use and effect of vasopressors after pediatric traumatic brain injury. Di Gennaro JL, Mack CD, Malakouti A, Zimmerman JJ, Armstead W, Vavilala MS. Dev Neurosci 2010;32:420-430.

Tellen Bennett, MD, MS, and Fred Rivara, MD, MPH: Influence of Birth Hospital on Outcomes of Ductal-Dependent Cardiac Lesions. Bennett TD, Klein MB, Sorensen MD, De Roos AJ, Rivara FP. Pediatrics. 2010 Dec;126(6):1156-64.

Drs. Cora Breuner and Megan Moreno (former fellow): Approaches to the Difficult Patient/Parent Encounter. Breuner CC, Moreno MA. Pediatrics. 2011 Jan;127(1):163-9. Epub 2010 Dec 20.

Rachel Katzenellenbogen, MD:

  • NFX1 plays a role in human papillomavirus type 16 E6 activation of NF.B activity. M Xu, RA Katzenellenbogen, C Grandori, DA Galloway. Journal of Virology 84: 11461-11469, Nov 2010.
  • Cytoplasmic poly(A) binding proteins regulate telomerase activity and cell growth in human papillomavirus 16 E6 expressing keratinocytes. RA Katzenellenbogen, P Vliet-Gregg, M Xu, DA Galloway. Journal of Virology 84: 12934-12944, Dec 2010.

Drs. Carrie Heike, Daniela Luquetti, and Kelly Evans: A Phenotypic Assessment Tool for Craniofacial Microsomia. Birgfeld CB, Luquetti DV, Bartlett SP, Low DW, Sie KCY, Evans KN, Heike CL. Plast Reconstr Surg; 127: 313-320, 2011.

Daniela Luquetti, MD, PhD:

  • Surveillance of birth defects: Brazil and the US. Luquetti DV, Koifman RJ. Ciencia e Saude Coletiva; 16: 3129-37, 2011
  • Validity and Reliability of the Brazilian Birth Certificate for Birth Defects Data in 2004. Luquetti DV, Koifman RJ. J Registry Manag; 37 (3): 109-117, 2010.

Drs. Jackie Starr and Michael Cunningham: Pediatric sleep apnea and craniofacial anomalies: a population-based case-control study. Laryngoscope 2010; 120(10):2098-2105. Lam DJ, Jensen CC, Mueller BA, Starr JR, Cunningham ML, Weaver EM.

Michael Cunningham, MD, PhD:

  • Genotype-phenotype analysis of the branchio-oculo-facial syndrome. Milunsky JM, Maher TM, Zhao G, Wang Z, Mulliken JB, Chitayat D, Clemens M, Stalker HJ, Bauer M, Burch M, Chénier S, Cunningham ML, Drack AV, Janssens S, Karlea A, Klatt R, Kini U, Klein O, Lachmeijer AM, Megarbane A, Mendelsohn NJ, Meschino WS, Mortier GR, Parkash S, Ray CR, Roberts A, Roberts A, Reardon W, Schnur RE, Smith R, Splitt M, Tezcan K, Whiteford ML, Wong DA, Zori R, Lin AE. Am Am J Med Genet A. ePub ahead of print Jan 2011, 155:22–32.
  • GF1R Variants Associated with Isolated Single Suture Craniosynostosis. Cunningham ML, Horst JA, Rieder MJ, Hing AV, Stanaway IB, Park SS, Samudrala R, Speltz, ML. Am J Med Genet A. ePub ahead of print Jan 2011, 155:91–97.

Joseph Flynn, MD:

  • Pediatric Hypertension 2nd ed. Flynn JT, Ingelfinger J, Portman R, eds. New York, NY, Humana Press Inc., 2011.
  • Not ready for prime time: aliskiren for treatment of hypertension or proteinuria in children. Flynn JT. Pediatric Nephrology, DOI 10.1007/s00467-010-1726-4.
  • Relationships between renin, aldosterone and 24-hour ambulatory blood pressure in obese adolescents. Shatat IF, Flynn JT. Pediatric Research, DOI 10.1203/PDR.0b013e31820bd148.
  • Hypertension in infancy: diagnosis, management and outcome. Dionne JM, Abitbol CL, Flynn JT. Pediatric Nephrology, DOI 10.1007/s00467-010-1755-z.

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