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Department of Pediatrics Newsletter
February 24, 2012

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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


February–May: UWPI Monthly Research Seminar Series. 3:00-4:00PM, select Mondays in the Health Sciences Building, UW campus. The University of Washington-based Principal Investigators (UWPI) announce a new seminar series that will feature research projects from each of their laboratories. The goal is to promote knowledge of their current research and aims to stimulate new ideas and collaborations within the group. The monthly seminars will feature two presentations, and light refreshments will be served. The first research presentations in this series:

Tuesday, February 27: 3:00-4:00PM in RR134, Health Sciences Building, UW campus. “Genomics  for Gene Discovery in Epilepsy" presented by Dr. Heather Mefford, and “Optical Spectroscopy for Monitoring Tissue Oxygen" presented by Dr. Ken Schenkman. Questions? Contact Dr. Helen Dichek at

February 29: Promotion Preparation Meeting. 7:30-8:30AM, at SCH in A-5950/GME conference room, note ROOM CHANGE. The Department of Pediatrics Promotions Committee requires that faculty members who will be considered in the summer/fall of 2012 for promotion to Associate Professor or Professor attend one of these seminars.  If you are being considered for promotion this year (to be effective July 1, 2013),  you, your Division Head and your Division Head's assistant MUST attend one of these meetings even if you attended one last year.  You do not all need to attend on the same date. New changes this year will make the process easier and more streamlined including an online system to request letters of evaluation which will be discussed at these meetings. Please RSVP to Diane Wade at or 206.987.1713

March 6: UWSOM Faculty Development Workshop – The AMIGO3 model: A learner-oriented teaching methodology. 8:30AM-12:00PM  in  South  Campus  Center,  room  316,  UW  campus.   The  heart  of  the  AMIGO3  teaching  design methodology is the concept of creating skilled life-long learners, regardless of the discipline being taught. AMIGO3 strives to make the learning process visible to each learner and enables learners to actively develop their metacognitive assessment and strategies. Presented by David Masuda, MD, MSc, Lecturer, Medical Education and Biomedical Informatics.  For more information or to register visit the  website. Questions? Contact

March of Dimes Opportunities:

March 15: Deadline for Nominations for the 2013 Basil O’Connor Starter Scholar Research Award. This award is designed to support young scientists just embarking on their independent research careers and is limited, therefore, to those holding recent faculty appointments.

April 15: Deadline for Applications for the Prematurity Research Initiative (PRI) 2013. The March of Dimes seeks applications requesting grant support for projects related to causes of prematurity.

April 30: Deadline for Year 2013 March of Dimes Research Program RFPs. Scientists with faculty appointments are invited to submit applications for research grants directed at the prevention of birth defects. Questions? Contact

March 25: Annual Faculty-Resident Winter Party. 6:00-9:00PM at Sole Repair Shop in Capitol Hill.  Please join us for an evening of celebration, including food, music, and fun.  All residents (coverage provided), families, and faculty are welcome to attend. Please RSVP to

March 27: eFECS Report Certification Deadline. Faculty who report effort at UW are responsible for reporting their effort online in the new eFECS system by the March 27 deadline. Questions? Review the faculty toolkit on the eFECS  website; contact your division administrator or grant manager; or contact the department research and finance manager, Dennis Saffer at

March 30:  Annual Duncan Seminar. 7:45AM-4:45PM in Wright Auditorium at SCH.  The Duncan Seminar is an annual interdisciplinary conference focused on the care of persons with physical disabilities. The subject for this conference, 'Adulthood Here We Come: Smoothing the Healthcare Transition for Kids with Disabilities,' will focus on the political climate; issues around family and professional  'letting go'; getting to self-management; point-counterpoint discussion regarding best practices   in   both   the   pediatric   and   adult   care  systems,   and   lessons   learned.   Visit   the   website to   register. Questions? Contact

April 10:  Meeting of Professors/Associate Professors – Discussion of 2nd term Assistant Professor Reappointments. 7:30-9:00AM  in  Wright Auditorium  at  SCH  with  videoconferencing  to  room  606,  Building  1.  Questions?  Contact Diane Wade at or 206.987.1713

April 13:  Fellow & Resident Research Day.  8:00AM-3:00PM in Soundgarden Conference Room, SCRI Building 1.  Oral and poster presentations by fellows and residents, with a keynote presentation by Chris Feudtner, MD, PhD, MPH, Director of Research for the Pediatric Advance Care Team and the Integrated Care Service, and Co-Scientific Director of PolicyLab at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.  For registration and questions contact or 206.987.5870





Thida Ong, MD

Assistant Professor

Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine

Suzanne McGoldrick, MD

Acting Instructor



Joseph Flynn, MD,  Professor of Pediatrics, has  been  named Division Chief of  Pediatric Nephrology.   Dr.  Flynn  is President-Elect of the American Society of Pediatric Nephrology and an international authority in pediatric hypertension.  He joined our faculty in 2007. He will assume his new position March 16, 2012.

The University of Washington School of Medicine has announced that William Walker, MD, has been appointed to the Robert A. Aldrich Endowed Professorship in Pediatrics.   The late Dr. Aldrich was chair of our department and the first director of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.  Congratulations to Dr. Walker for this honor.

Dr. Bonnie Ramsey's study, CFTR Potentiator in Patients with Cystic Fibrosis and the G551D Mutation, resulted  in FDA approval of a new cystic fibrosis drug, which is the first to treat an underlying cause of cystic fibrosis. Read more  here.

Dr. Kyle Yasuda is a new AAP Board member and was featured in the recent edition of AAP News, “Following his heart: Dr. Yasuda's commitment to his daughter has inspired AAP board member on a path of achievement.” AAP News 2012;33;14. St. Clair W. DOI: 10.1542/aapnews.2012332-14.


Dr. David Rawlings’ recent study: “Altered B Cell Homeostasis is Associated with Type 1 Diabetes and Carriers of the PTPN22 Allelic Variant,” was published in January 2012 in The Journal of Immunology. This research has identified new clues as to how a common genetic change in a gene called PTPN22 may pre-dispose children and adults to develop auto-immune conditions including type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus.  See press release for more information.

Heather Mefford, MD, PhD: Genomic Medicine: Genomics, Intellectual Disability and Autism. Mefford HC, Batshaw ML, Hoffman EP. N Engl J Med 2012; 366:733-743.

Douglas Diekema, MD, MPH: Improving Childhood Vaccination Rates. Diekema DS. N Engl J Med 366;5 February 2, 2012.

Drs. Jacqueline Starr and Michael Cunningham with Drs. Collett and Speltz: Multicenter Study of Neurodevelopment in 3-Year-Old Children With and Without Single-Suture Craniosynostosis. Starr JR, Collett BR, Gaither R, Kapp-Simon KA, Michaeleen Cradock M, Cunningham ML, Speltz ML. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. Published online February 6, 2012. DOI:10.1001/archpediatrics.2011.1800

Beth Ellen Davis, MD, MPH, FAAP: Military Children, Families, and Communities: Supporting Those Who Serve. Davis BE, Blaschtke GS, Stafford EM. Pediatrics 2012;129;S3. DOI: 10.1542/peds.2010-3797c

Frederick Rivara, MD, MPH: Universal Screening and Drug Treatment of Dyslipidemia in Children and Adolescents. Psaty BM, Rivara FP. JAMA. Published online December 15, 2011. DOI: 10.1001/jama.2011.1916.

Drs. Samuel Zinner and Gwen Glew: Peer Victimization In Youth With Tourette Syndrome and Other Chronic Tic Disorders. Zinner SH, Conelea CA, Glew GM, Woods DW, Budman CL.  Child Psychiatry and Human Development. 2012;43(1):124-136. DOI: 10.1007/s10578-011-0249-y