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Department of Pediatrics Newsletter
October 24, 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


October 26: Resident Case Presentation. 12:30–1:15PM, Wright Auditorium, SCH. “Toddler Behavioral Feeding Problems” presented by Marla Kosydar, MD. Questions? Contact:

October 27: Grand Rounds. 8:00–9:00AM, Wright Auditorium, SCH. “RU Blue? Improving Care for Adolescent Depression in Primary Care Settings” presented by Laura Richardson, MD, Associate Professor, UW; Adolescent Specialist, Seattle Children’s. Questions? Contact

October 27: Washington Global Health Alliance Discovery Series. 4:30–5:30PM, Foege Auditorium S-060, Genome Sciences Building, UW. "Nature, Nurture, and Nutrition: Genetic Clues As To Why Children Are Not Created Equal In Susceptibility To Malnutrition" presented by William A. Petri Jr., MD, PhD. Reception: Vista Court Café, one floor above Foege Auditorium. Questions? Contact

October 27: Internal Deadline: Clinical Scientist Development Award. $150,000 per year in direct costs and $12,000 per year in indirect costs over three years. For additional details visit the Doris Duke website. Questions? Contact

October 28: Fall Global Health Seminar Series. 12:30-1:50PM, Turner Auditorium (D 209), UW. “Trauma Based Intervention in Cross-cultural Contexts: A Focus on the Democratic Republic of Congo” presented by Debra Kaysen, Associate Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, UW.

November 4: MSRTP Call for Faculty Projects. If you are interested in submitting a project abstract for consideration please see the attached guidelines. Questions? Contact

November 8: Promotion Process, Tracks, and Teaching Portfolio. 5:00–6:30PM in Small Dining Room 1&2 in the Sound Café, SCH. Chris Gleason and Fred Rivara give a talk annually for faculty on promotion criteria for different faculty tracks and the promotion process. This is intended for junior faculty as well as all new faculty. Please RSVP to

November 8: Workshop on Genome Engineering. All day event at UW Medicine South Lake Union Campus. This one-day workshop is designed to provide a forum for exposure to and discussion of genome engineering concepts, methods and applications under study in both consortium and non-consortium laboratories. The workshop is open to everyone; registration is free and travel scholarships are available. Visit the website for more details:

Saturday, November 12: Northwest Infant Survival and SIDS Alliance 50th Year Anniversary Events. Two events at Marriott Town Center, Redmond. First at 10:00-11:30AM, Dr Henry Krous gives a research update. Second, a dinner and auction start at 5PM, “An Evening of Dinner & Hope”. Questions? Call 206-548-9290 or visit

December 8: Launch of the UW Global Center for Integrated Health of Women, Adolescents, and Children (Global WACh). 4:00-7:00PM, Foege Auditorium and Vista Café, UW. Come kick-off the official opening of this new School of Public Health center sponsored by the Departments of Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Global Health. Seed grant recipients will be announced and a reception will follow the address by the keynote Speaker Leslie Mancuso, President and CEO of Jhpiego. Questions? Contact or visit the Global WACh website.

December 8: Annual Work Life Balance Symposium. The keynote speaker will be Laura Kastner, PhD, a well known clinical psychologist in the area. She is the author most recently of “Getting to calm: Cool-headed strategies for parenting tweens and teens.” The theme of the day will be “The Gift of Perspective” and the symposium will feature panel discussions and workshops focusing on promoting balance in our lives, in addition to two talks by Dr. Kastner. Questions? Contact

December 15: Global Health Nexus Student Competition proposal deadline. A contest for high school, community college, and undergraduate university students in Washington state to advance solutions, awareness, and innovation in global health, sponsored by Global Health Nexus. Teams of students will design projects using technology, social media, the arts and more. The projects will range from innovative solutions to service delivery issues to advocacy and awareness campaigns through social media. Initial proposals are due December 15th. More information, resources and application forms can be found on the website at or by contacting The contest is open now! Please spread the news to faculty, students and parents in your community and give young people from Washington state an opportunity improve health at home and around the world.

April 13, 2012: SAVE THE DATE for Fellow’s Research Day. More information forthcoming. Questions? Contact the Fellowship Office at 206-987-5870 or

2012 Pediatric Faculty Meetings. 5:15–8:00PM, Wright Auditorium, SCH (5:15–5:45PM social gathering; 5:45–8PM program)

  • Monday, February 13, 2012
  • Tuesday, June 12, 2012
  • Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Questions? Contact


Name Promotion Division
Bruce Hardy, MD FTCF-Clinical Professor Cardiology
Christina Gerhardt, MD FTCF-Clinical Assistant Professor Endocrinology
Randolph Otto, MD Assistant Professor (Adjunct; primary Radiology) Cardiology


The following faculty members have been awarded funding from the Academic Enrichment Fund:

  1. Dr. Susan Apkon for “Impact of Walking Activity on Bone Health in Children with Cerebral Palsy”
  2. Dr. Craig Birgfeld for “Three Dimensional Assessment in Craniofacial Microsomia”
  3. Carin Cunningham, PhD, for “The Development and Evaluation of the Psychosocial GI Screener”
  4. Dr. Jane (Lin) Di Gennaro for “Safety, Feasibility, and Effectiveness of Acupuncture for Sedation in Mechanically Ventilated Children with Respiratory Failure”
  5. Dr. Mariska Kemna for “Non-invasive Assessment of Endothelial Dysfunction as an Early Marker of Coronary Artery Vasculopathy in Pediatric Heart Transplant Recipients”
  6. Dr. Elizabeth Misbe Jacobson for “Serum Markers of Iron Stores in Patients with Gastroschisis”
  7. Aaron Owens for “Hyperlipidemia, Epilepsy and the Ketogenic Diet: Are Our Patients at Risk?”
  8. Dr. Carolyn Paris for “Achieving Best Practice Care for Pediatric Diabetic Ketoacidosis-Implementation of a Hospital Wide Guideline of Care”
  9. Dr. Kyle Steinman for “Verbal and Non-Verbal Semantic Knowledge in Autism”
  10. Dr. Jonathan Swanson for “Dose Reduction Simulation to Evaluate the Efficacy of Lower Dose Spinal and Chest Wall Computed Tomography”

Holly Tabor, PhD received an NIH grant for $743,105 in support of her project “Innovative Approaches to Returning Results in Exome and Genome Sequencing Studies”.

Dr. Fisal Malik was elected to the AAP Section on Medical Students, Residents, and Fellowship Trainees (SOMSRFT) Executive Committee to serve as Assistant District VIII Coordinator.

Dr. Kyle Yasuda has been elected as District Chairperson to the AAP Board of Directors.

Dr. Kenneth Schenkman was granted $150,000 from the Life Sciences Discovery Fund to support commercial development of health and health-care products for his project “Muscle Oxygenation for Noninvasive Stratification of Shock Severity.”

Dr. Kristina Toncray has accepted a position in Children’s Patient Safety Department, as the physician director for adverse event management. Kristina will continue to be clinically active as a hospitalist. We congratulate Kristina on this new leadership role.


Drs. Reid Farris and Lesta Whalen received acceptance of poster presentations at the 2012 Society of Critical Care Medicine meeting in Houston February 4-8, 2012.

Dr. Ken Feldman: Abusive Head Trauma During a Time of Increased Unemployment: A Multicenter Analysis. Berger RP, Fromkin JB, Stutz H, Makoroff K, Scribano PV, Feldman K, Tu LC, Fabio A. Pediatrics; originally published online September 19, 2011; DOI: 10.1542/peds.2010-2185

Dr. Helén L Dichek: Expression of Apolipoprotein A-I in Rabbit Carotid Endothelium Protects Against Atherosclerosis. Flynn R, Qian K, Tang C, Dronadula N, Buckler JM, Jiang B, Wen S, Dichek HL, Dichek DA. Mol Ther. 2011 Oct;19(10):1833-41. doi: 10.1038/mt.2011.
133. Epub 2011 Jul 19. Dr. Dichek isolated and purified the rabbit apoAI in the lab. The paper reports that expression of apoA-I in arterial endothelium significantly retards atherosclerosis in rabbits. The paper also shows that helper dependent (HD) adenovirus provides prolonged, stable expression of a therapeutic transgene in the artery wall.

Dr. Richard Wennberg: Risk Factors for Neurotoxicity in Newborns With Severe Neonatal Hyperbilirubinemia. Gamaleldin R, Iskander I, Seoud I, Aboraya H, Aravkin A, Sampson PD, Wennberg RP. Pediatrics. 2011 Oct;128(4):e925-31. Epub 2011 Sep 12.

Dr. Troy McGuire: Clinical and Laboratory Features of Pertussis in Infants at the Onset of a California Epidemic. Nieves DJ, Singh J, Ashouri N, McGuire T, Adler-Shohet FC, Arrieta AC. The Journal of Pediatrics. In Press. Published online 20 September 2011. Abstract was previously presented in poster format at the 50th Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy in Boston, MA, September 12-15 2010.

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