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Department of Pediatrics Newsletter
August 19, 2011

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Items to be covered in this edition:

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


August 25: Olive Lab Open House. 2:00-5:00PM. 1100 Olive Way, Seattle. The Center for Childhood Cancer Research invites you to an open house to get to know the newest facility of Seattle Children’s Research Institute Campus. Questions? Contact

August 31: Faculty-Resident Softball Game. 6:25PM. UW IMA Field #5 across from Safeway. Bring your gear! Questions? Contact

September 19-23: Intern Retreat. All day event. 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). Contact for more details.

September 22-23: Ethical Considerations in Research Collaborations. All day event. Meany Hall at UW. Sponsored by the UW Office of Research, ITHS, FHCRC, and Seattle Children’s and funded by the Office of Research Integrity, of US Health and Human Services, nationally recognized speakers from across the country will gather to discuss ethical challenges in three areas of research collaborations: University-Industry Collaboration, Researcher to Researcher Collaboration, and Collaboration in the International Arena. Online registration ( is $150 until September 8th or available on-site for $200. Questions? Contact

September 28: Professors and Associate Professors Meeting to discuss promotions. 8:00-9:00AM in Wright Auditorium at Seattle Children’s. Questions? Contact

October 18: Department Faculty Meeting. 5:15-7:30PM in Wright Auditorium. More details forthcoming. Questions? Contact


Name Rank Division
Marta Bull, PhD Research Assistant Professor Infectious Disease
Evelyn Hsu, MD Assistant Professor Gastroenterology & Hepatology
Matthew "Boots" Kronman, MD Assistant Professor Infectious Disease
Sarah Radwan, MD FTCF-Clinical Assistant Professor Hospital Medicine
Amanda Striegl, MD, MS Assistant Professor Pulmonary & Sleep Medicine
Sherilyn Smith, MD Professor Infectious Disease
Rebecca Taxier, MD FTCF-Clinical Assistant Professor Hospital Medicine
Neil Uspal, MD Assistant Professor Emergency Medicine
Jamie Murphy, MD FTCF-Clinical Instructor Hospital Medicine


Peter Tarczy-Hornoch, MD, has been appointed to Acting Chair of Medical Education and Biomedical Informatics in the UWSOM.

Malaika Little, MD, MPH, clinical fellow in Pediatric Infectious Disease, received a Fellows Travel Grant to attend the Annual Meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) October 20-23, 2011 in Boston, MA, to present her work "Resistance and relatedness: molecular features of klebsiella pneumoniae as a colonizer and pathogen in pediatric patients in Seattle, Washington."

Lisa Cranmer, MD, MPH, clinical fellow in Pediatric Infectious Disease, received funding from National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Pediatric Loan Repayment Program (LRP).

Doug Opel, MD, received a K23 award from NIH/NICHD for $649,652/5 years for his project "Improving provider-parent communication at well-child visits." Working with his primary mentor, Jim Taylor, MD, his project will involve analysis of videotapes of conversations between parents who are hesitant to vaccinate their children to determine if there are some communication styles that influence the subsequent behavior for vaccination.

Cora Breuner, MD, MPH, was invited to join the UW School of Medicine’s Admissions Committee.

Drs. Leslie Walker-Harding, Michelle Terry, and Nancy Fisher were invited by Dean Ramsey to serve on a new School of Medicine Standing Committee on Minority Faculty Affairs.

Heather Brandling-Bennett, MD, and Kristen Hayward, MD, MS, have been accepted into the Department of Medical Education and Biomedical Informatics’ Teaching Scholars Program for 2011-2012.


Lincoln Smith, MD, presented his abstract "The inflammatory and injury responses of juvenile and adult mice treated with lipopolysaccharide and mechanical ventilation" at Gordon Research Conference on Lung Development, Injury and Repair, August 14-19.

Danette Glassy, MD, FAAP: Co-editor of a joint publication of the APHA and the AAP: Caring for Our Children: National Health and Safety Performance Standards; Guidelines for Early Care and Education Programs, 3rd Edition, 2011.

Joel Tieder, MD: Accuracy of administrative billing codes to detect urinary tract infection hospitalizations. Tieder JS, Hall M, Auger KA, Hain PD, Jerardi KE, Myers AL, Rahman SS, Williams DJ, Shah SS. Pediatrics. 2011 Jul 18.

Drs. Tom Pendergrass and Doug Diekema were featured in the August 2011 issue of AAP News.

Drs. Joan Roberts and Tom Brogan: Intensive care for infants and children in Haiti in April 2010. von Saint André-von Arnim A, Brogan TV, Hertzig J, Kim K, Wurm G, Roberts J, Fink EL. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2011 Jul;12(4):393-7.

Douglas S. Diekema MD, MPH:

  1. Pediatric ethics guidelines for hereditary medullary thyroid cancer. Rosenthal SM, Diekema DS. International Journal of Pediatric Endocrinology 2011; 2011 (Article ID 847603): 8 pages. Online:
  2. Mind the gap and narrowing it: Family presence during pediatric resuscitation and invasive procedures. Nishisaki A, Diekema DS. Resuscitation 2011; 82(6): 655-656.
  3. Committee on Bioethics & Committee on Pediatric Emergency Medicine, American Academy of Pediatrics. Policy statement: consent for emergency medical services for children and adolescents. Sirbaugh P, Diekema DS. Pediatrics 2011; 128(2): 427-433.
  4. Revisiting the best interest standard: uses and misuses. Diekema DS. Journal of Clinical Ethics 2011; 22(2): 128-133.
  5. Examining the quest to eliminate discrepancies in IRB decisions. Diekema DS. AJOB Primary Research 2011; 2(2): 34-36.