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Department of Pediatrics Newsletter
March 28, 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. Department of Pediatrics Ranked #7
  4. Faculty News
  5. Faculty Publications and Presentations


Friday, 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.

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 at SCRI Building 1. Questions? Contact 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, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Attending Physician, 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 information and questions, contact or 206-987-5870.

April 24: Faculty Development Workshop. 8:30AM-12:00PM at South Campus Center, Room 316, UW Campus. Audience Response Systems” and “Digital Professionalism” presented by Michael Campion, MEd, Academic Affairs; Margaret Isaac, MD, Harborview Medical Center; Michael Duyzend, MS3, Jay Conhaim, MS2; Gabriel Wallace, MS4; Alex Farnand, MS3. Free to all UWSOM faculty. Enrollment in each workshop is limited, and registration is required. Register online. Questions? Contact


Name Rank Division
Donna Denno, MD, MPH Associate Professor General Pediatrics
Daniela Luquetti, MD, PhD Acting Assistant Professor Craniofacial Medicine
Doug Opel, MD, MPH Assistant Professor Bioethics & General Pediatrics

Faculty promotions as of March 20 Effective July 1, 2012 (Note: this list is not exhaustive of all 2012 promotions)

Name Rank Division
Julie Park, MD Professor Hematology/Oncology
Danielle M. Zerr, MD, MPH Professor Infectious Disease
Julie Brown, MD, MPH Associate Professor Emergency Medicine
Jason Debley, MD, MPH Associate Professor Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine
Lucas R. Hoffman, MD, PhD Associate Professor Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine
Carolyn A. Paris, MD, MPH Associate Professor Emergency Medicine
Jodi Smith, MD Associate Professor Nephrology


Thank you to our dedicated and hardworking faculty and staff whose collective and individual contributions have ranked the University of Washington Department of Pediatrics #7 overall in Best Medical Schools for Pediatrics in the US News & World Report 2012 rankings. Way to go! Read more here.


Dr. Ken Schenkman with Drs. Kevin Conley and David Marcinek (UW Radiology) were awarded a U.S. Patent for their work “Method and System for Determining the Contribution of Hemoglobin and Myoglobin to In Vivo Optical Spectra.”

Dr. Scott Weissman received two years of funding ($250,000 direct cost total) from NIAID for the R21 proposal “Differences in Infecting and Colonizing Enterobacteriaceae from Short-course vs Standard Therapy of Pediatric UTI.”

Dr. Ghassan Wahbeh will receive the 2012 Mike McCready & Ashley O’Connor Award, the Northwest Region's 2012 outstanding volunteer award given in the name of Pearl Jam guitarist and Crohn's patient Mike McCready and his wife Ashley O'Connor. Dr. Wahbeh is being honored for his incredible commitment to Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) at their May 1 luncheon. To support the organization or attend the event, visit the website. Questions? Contact

Dr. Anne Hing is the recipient of the 2012 Richard A. Molteni Award for Professionalism and Quality. This award is given by Seattle Children’s Medical Staff Program and Recognition Committee in spirit of Dr. Rich Molteni, medical director at Seattle Children’s from 1988-2007. Dr. Hing was applauded for her “clinical brilliance” and “down-to-earth humanity.”

Dr. Matthew Allen is recipient of the Community Physician Molteni award. Dr. Allen served as president of the medical staff at Children’s from 2009 to 2011and is committed to improving communication between Children’s and community-based providers. He was praised for his contributions to initiatives, committees and CPI (Continuous Performance Improvement) events which have helped Children’s create stronger ties with healthcare providers in the community.


Dr. John McGuire: Matrilysin (MMP-7) Inhibition of BMP-7 Induced Renal Tubular Branching Morphogenesis Suggests a Role in the Pathogenesis of Human Renal Dysplasia. McGuire JK, Harju-Baker S, Rims C, Sheen JH, Liapis H. J Histochem Cytochem March 2012 60: 243-253.

Dr. Scott Weissman: High-resolution Two-locus Clonal Typing of Extraintestinal Pathogenic Escherichia coli. Weissman SJ, Johnson JR, Tchesnokova V, Billig M, Dykhuizen D, Riddell K, Rogers P, Qin X, Butler-Wu S, Cookson BT, Fang FC, Scholes D, Chattopadhyay S, Sokurenko E. Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 2012;78(5):1353-60.

Dr. Rita Mangione-Smith: Quality Measures for Primary Care of Complex Pediatric Patients. Chen AY, Schrager SM, Mangione-Smith R. Pediatrics 2012; 129:3 433-445; Published ahead of print February 13, 2012, doi:10.1542/peds.2011-0026.

Dr. Sheela Sathyanarayana: Environmental Exposures: How to Counsel Preconception and Prenatal Patients in the Clinical Setting. Sathyanarayana S, Focareta J, Dailey T, Buchanan S. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. In Press. Accepted manuscript is available online and more information under “Research” at UW Medicine Online News.

Dr. Frederick Rivara: Concussion: Time to Start Paying Attention. Editorial. Rivara FP. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. Published online March 5, 2012. DOI:10.1001/archpediatrics.2011.1602. Read more at UW Medicine Online News (see: “Research”).

Dr. Jeffrey Demain: Fungi and Allergic Lower Respiratory Tract Diseases. Knutsen AP, Bush RK, Demain JG, Denning DW, Dixit A, Fairs A, Greenberger PA, Kariuki B, Kita H, Kurup VP, Moss RB, Niven RM, Pashley CH, Slavin RG, Vijay HM, Wardlaw AJ. J Allergy Clin Immunology 2012;129:280-91.

Drs. Ingrid Lundgren (fellow), Janet Englund, Laurie Burroughs, Troy Torgerson and Suzanne Skoda-Smith: Outcomes and Duration of Pneumocystis jirovecii Pneumonia Therapy in Infants with Severe Combined Immunodeficiency. Lundgren I, Englund JA, Burroughs LM, Torgerson TR, Skoda-Smith S. Pediatr Infect Dis J 2012; 95-7.

Dr. Janet Englund:

  1. Multiple Versus Single Virus Respiratory Infections: Viral Load and Clinical Disease Severity in Hospitalized Children. Martin ET, Kuypers J, Wald A, Englund JA. Influenza and Other Resp. Viruses 2012; 6:71-77.
  2. Antiviral Therapy of Respiratory Viruses in Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant Recipients. Renaud C, Englund JA. Antiviral Therapy 2012; 17(1 ptB):175-91.

Dr. Joseph Flynn:

  1. Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring Should Be Routinely Performed After Pediatric Renal Transplantation. Pediatr Transplant. 2011 Dec 21. DOI: 10.1111/j.1399-3046.2011.01626.x. [Epub ahead of print]
  2. Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring in Children: Imperfect yet Essential. Flynn JT. Editorial Commentary in Pediatr Nephrol. 2011 Dec;26(12):2089-94.
  3. Hypertension and Future Cardiovascular Health in Pediatric ESRD Patients. Flynn JT. Blood Purification, 33:138-143, 2012.
  4. Hypertension in the Neonatal Period. Flynn JT. Current Opinion in Pediatrics. 2012 Apr 24(2):197-204.
  5. Reliability of Resting Blood Pressure Measurement and Classification Using an Oscillometric Device in Children with Chronic Kidney Disease. Flynn JT, Pierce CB, Miller ER, Charleston J, Samuels JA, Kupferman J, Furth SL, Warady B. Journal of Pediatrics, 160:434- 440, 2012.

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