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Milestones: E-news from the University of Wisconsin Department of Pediatrics
JULY 2018

Contents


Top Story: Meet our New Residents!

In Memoriam: Milton Fischer, PhD

In the News: Dr. Megan Moreno Discusses the Best Ways for Children to Get Vitamin D  |  Dr. Dipesh Navsaria on Bug Bites, Parental Controls and Reach Out and Read  |  Dr. Paul Sondel Honored by Hyundai Hope on Wheels

Honors and Awards: Six Department of Pediatrics Faculty Receive Promotions  |  Drs. Ryan Coller, Michael Wilhelm and Melissa Cercone Receive UW Health Physician Excellence Awards  |  Meet the 2017-18 Residency Award Winners  |  Dr. Barbara Knox Named APSAC Outstanding Front Line Professional  |  Dr. Anisha Rimal Receives AAP International Elective Award  |  Dr. Daniel Sklansky Receives UW DFMCH Clinical Teaching Award  |  Dr. Ellen Wald Receives SUNY Downstate Medical Center Alumni Achievement Award  |  American Familly Children's Hospital Ranks Among Best Hospitals

Wellness Tip: A Small Dose of Gratitude

Learner Tribute: Daniel O'Connell, MD

Hi-5 from a Colleague: Ellen Connor, MD

New Grants

New Publications

New Faculty and Staff: Claudette Adegboro, MD; Daniel Adu, MD; Maggie Bushman; Julia Chini; Sara Daneshjoo; Amelia Hansen; Ryan Meinen, DO; Megan Stein; Jacob Svenson; Nathan Teachout; Katharine Tippins

Top Stories

Meet Our New Residents!

Meet the New Residents!

On July 1, 2018, the Department of Pediatrics welcomed 15 interns and two new chiefs to its residency program.

Each intern brings outstanding accomplishments and a deep commitment to children to their residency education.

Two are members of Alpha Omega Alpha, the national honor medical society; one participated in the NIH/NIDDK medical student summer program; and one was an epidemiology elective intern at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Christina Amend, MDWilliam Stanford, MDOur two new chiefs, William Stanford, DO, and Christina Amend, MD (pictured at right), were selected for their teaching skills, role modeling of professionalism, and commitment to making the program better.  We are excited to have their enthusiastic perspectives as part of the education program!

Get to know the full class…

In Memoriam: Milton Fischer, PhD

Milton Fischer, PhDMilton Fischer, PhD, a long-time clinical adjunct professor in the Department of Pediatrics, and a distinguished researcher at the Central Wisconsin Center (CWC), died on March 26, 2018.

Dr. Fischer joined the CWC staff in 1968 and worked with Dr. Harry Waisman, for whom the Waisman Center is named. His volunteer appointment with the Department of Pediatrics started in 1975.

Dr. Fischer retired from the CWC in 1992, but returned two years later as a part-time volunteer, seeking ways—through his field of biochemistry—to identify and solve complex, poorly understood nutritional and metabolic issues in people with profound developmental disabilities.

He also worked part-time in a UW-Madison nutritional sciences lab developing the method to study the structural reason for the indigestibility of a gel-forming polysaccharide, the active substance in the psyllium seed, work that resulted in an internationally acclaimed paper.

In addition, he developed a database to better understand how fracture patterns differ between people at the Center and postmenopausal women. Most recently, he was working on a manuscript describing the contributions of biochemistry to the field of autism.

Since 2000, Dr. Fischer coauthored at least 11 publications and one poster. In 2008, he received an award from President George W. Bush for his commitment to volunteer work—efforts that he continued until his death.

Full obituary...

In the News

 

Megan Moreno, MD, MSEd, MPHDr. Megan Moreno Discusses the Best Ways for Children to Get Vitamin D

Megan Moreno, MD, MSEd, MPH (Vice Chair of Digital Health; Academic Division Chief, General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine) was quoted in a story on how parents and caregivers can ensure children can get the vitamin D they need through sunlight exposure, diet and supplements. The story, which appeared in multiple news outlets worldwide, references her new patient resource published in JAMA Pediatrics. “Balancing health recommendations can be really tricky for families,” she said. “We create these pages so parents can receive the best information possible to make these choices.” Full story…
 

Dipesh Navsaria, MPH, MSLIS, MDDr. Dipesh Navsaria on Bug Bites, Parental Controls and Reach Out and Read

Dipesh Navsaria, MPH, MSLIS, MD (Associate Professor [CHS], Division of General Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine), wrote or was quoted in three news articles last month. The first, which appeared in the Washington Post, discussed what parents should know to prevent and deal with bug bites in children. The second, a column in the Cap Times, discussed how parental controls for mobile applications are valuable, but not a replacement for parenting. The third, an article in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, profiled the Reach Out and Read Program and quoted Dr. Navsaria on how it connects parents and children.
 

Paul Sondel, MD, PhDDr. Paul Sondel Honored by Hyundai Hope on Wheels

Paul Sondel, MD, PhD (Professor, Division of Hematology, Oncology & Bone Marrow Transplant), appeared on NBC15 as part of a ceremony to recognize his new $100,000 award from Hyundai Hope On Wheels, and to honor Wisconsin children affected by cancer. Patients and other kids dipped their hands in paint and put their handprints on a white 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe on the American Family Children’s Hospital patio. Dr. Sondel plans to use the award for research to develop immunotherapy regimens that will translate into potent anti-neuroblastoma clinical therapy. Full story…

Honors and Awards

 

Six Department of Pediatrics Faculty Receive Promotions

Congratulations to the six Department of Pediatrics faculty who were approved for promotion this year. Their new ranks are effective July 1, 2018.

Juan Boriosi, MD Elizabeth Cox, MD, PhD Michelle Kelly, MD 

Megan Neuman, MD Mario Otto, MD, PhD Kristin Shadman, MD

TOP ROWJuan Boriosi, MD (Division of Critical Care Medicine) was promoted to Associate Professor (CHS); Elizabeth Cox, MD, PhD (Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine) was promoted to Professor; Michelle Kelly, MD (Division of Hospital Medicine) was promoted to Associate Professor (CHS).

BOTTOM ROW: Megan Neuman, MD (Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine) was promoted to Clinical Associate Professor; Mario Otto, MD, PhD (Division of Hematology, Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplant) was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure; Kristin Shadman, MD (Division of Hospital Medicine) was promoted to Associate Professor (CHS).
 

Drs. Ryan Coller, Michael Wilhelm and Melissa Cercone Receive UW Health Physician Excellence Awards


Three Department of Pediatrics faculty were among those honored at this year’s UW Health Physician Excellence Awards ceremony, held June 14, 2018, at the Health Sciences Learning Center.

Ryan Coller, MD, Receives UW Health Rising Star Clinical Excellence Award

Above, Ryan Coller, MD, MPH (Assistant Professor, Division of Hospital Medicine), received the Rising Star Clinical Excellence Award. He's pictured with UW Health Senior Vice President Nizar Jarjour, MD.

Michael Wilhelm, MD, Receives a UW Health Clinical Practice Excellence Award

Above, Michael Wilhelm, MD (Assistant Professor, Division of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine), received a Clinical Practice Excellence Award. He's pictured with UW Health CEO Alan Kaplan, MD.

Melissa Cercone, MD, Receives a UW Health Clinical Educator Excellence Award

Above, Melissa Cercone, MD (Clinical Assistant Professor [CHS], Division of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine) received a Clinical Educator Excellence Award. She's pictured with UW School of Medicine and Public Health Dean Robert Golden, MD.

Full story...
 

Meet the 2017-18 Residency Award Winners

Congratulations to the following faculty, residents and staff who received awards at the Department of Pediatrics residency graduation ceremony, held June 16, 2018, at Monona Terrace.

Ann Allen, MD Jonathan Fliegel, MD Brittany Allen, MD
Christina Amend,  MD Shawn Damodharan, MD Jared Kevern, MD Jennifer Szmanda, DO

TOP ROW: Ann Allen, MD: Lobeck Award for Outstanding Teaching in Pediatrics (Clerkship); Jonathan Fliegel, MD: Todd Varness Outstanding Clinical Teacher (Residency); Brittany Allen, MD: Outstanding General Pediatrician (Residency).

BOTTOM ROW: Christina Amend, MD: Outstanding Senior Pediatric Resident (Residency); Shawn Damodharan, MD: Outstanding Intern (Residency); Jared Kevern, MD: Patient/Family-Centered Care Award (Child Life-Barb Byrne/Julie Auenson); Jennifer Szmanda, DO: Med Student Resident Teacher Award (Clerkship).

More about the awards…
 

Barbara Knox, MDDr. Barbara Knox Named APSAC Outstanding Front Line Professional


The American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC) selected Barbara Knox, MD (Professor [CHS], Division of Child Abuse & Bioethics), as the 2018 winner of its Outstanding Front Line Professional Award.  This award recognizes a front-line professional (e.g., child protection worker, law enforcement personnel, mental health counselor or medical professional) who demonstrates extraordinary dedication and skill in his or her direct care efforts on behalf of children and families.
 

Anisha Ramal, MDDr. Anisha Rimal Receives AAP International Elective Award


Resident Anisha Rimal, MD, received the American Academy of Pediatrics International Elective Award, which supports expenses related to global health electives and projects. Dr. Rimal will return to Nepal in spring 2019 to work on a school-based health initiative with the Dhulikhel Community Health Department and nearby schools, in collaboration with Dr. Biraj Karmacharya. She will also work clinically in the Dhulikhel Hospital Urgent Care Center.
 

Daniel Sklansky, MDDr. Daniel Sklansky Receives UW DFMCH Clinical Teaching Award


Residents in the University of Wisconsin Department of Family Medicine and Community Health (DFMCH) Madison residency program selected Daniel Sklansky, MD, Assistant Professor [CHS], Division of Hospital Medicine), as the 2018 recipient of its Clinical Teaching Award. Dr. Sklansky received the award at the residency program’s graduation ceremony on June 30, 2018.
 

Ellen Wald, MD, receives SUNY Downstate Alumni Achievement AwardDr. Ellen Wald Receives SUNY Downstate Medical Center Alumni Achievement Award


In recognition of her outstanding work as a leader in Pediatrics, the State University of New York (SUNY) Downstate Medical Center Alumni Association presented Department of Pediatrics Chair Ellen Wald, MD, with an alumni achievement award in Pediatrics. The award was presented on May 4, 2018, at the association’s 138th anniversary alumni reunion.
 

American Family Children's HospitalAmerican Family Children's Hospital Ranks Among Best Hospitals


UW Health's American Family Children's Hospital ranked in the top 50 children's hospitals in six medical and surgical specialties in this year's U.S. News and World Report Best Children's Hospital rankings. The children's hospital was named in the top 50 for: Full story...

Wellness Tip 


Sarah Webber, MD

A Small Dose of Gratitude

Showing gratitude towards others can bolster the well-being of both the giver and receiver. Many health care workers describe the importance of feeling that one’s work and efforts are valued and appreciated by colleagues, patients and the institution.

Showing gratitude and appreciation—verbally, through emails, Hi-5’s or written cards—can remind coworkers of their value and contribution to the workplace and build stronger workplace relationships. In addition, a culture of practicing gratitude has gained popularity in many business workplaces, as it has been associated with less employee stress and feeling more able to achieve goals. One of the top priorities of the UW Health Provider Well-being Committee is to improve the culture of gratitude and recognition.

For more information, please see the full post on the Peds intranet (DOP login required).

Sarah Webber, MD

Learner Tribute

 
Daniel O'Connell, MDHere's what a student had to say about Daniel O’Connell, MD (Assistant Professor [CHS], Division of Gastroenterology and Nutrition):

“Dr. O'Connell focuses on teaching and answering questions, while bridging the discussion to other topics that are relevant.  He is honest with families and the primary team about ambiguity, and his thought process in these situations is great to have role modeled. Even in patients without specific findings that explain abdominal pain, Dr. O’Connell discusses potential etiologies, presents options for managing symptoms rather than curing them and sets up expectations for patient and families - one of the best physicians I’ve seen doing this. I really enjoyed working with and learning from him!”

Hi-5 from a Colleague

 
Ellen Connor, MDEllen Connor, MD, (Professor [CHS], Division of Endocrinology and Diabetes) was recognized with this Hi-5:

"I had a mother of a patient today express such gratitude for all your help today---she was so thankful that you are willing to continue to care for her daughter while transitioning care! While I wanted to tell you this mother says "Thank you," I also want to say you rock!!!!!”

Send a Hi-5 to a colleague through U-Connect

New Grants

 

Katie Beverley Receives Endocrinology & Reproductive Physiology Training Grant Support

Katie BeverlyKatie Beverley, a graduate research assistant in the lab of Bikash Pattnaik, PhD, was selected as a Trainee on the National Institutes of Health-funded T32 Endocrinology & Reproductive Physiology (ERP) Training Grant, directed by Ian Bird, PhD. The Endocrinology & Reproductive Physiology Program at the University of Wisconsin is a broad-based, interdepartmental degree-granting program designed to provide training at the predoctoral and postdoctoral level in interdisciplinary research at the forefront of endocrinology and reproductive physiology.
 

Yury Bochkov, PhD, Awarded Grant from Arctic Therapeutics

Yury Bochkov, PhDYury Bochkov, PhD (PI), received a one-year, $50,000 award from Arctic Therapeutics, LLC, for his grant, “Testing RV-C inhibitors and receptor function of animal CDHR3 sequences in HeLa cells.” The main objective of this project is to test the effects of four new antiviral compounds developed by Arctic Therapeutics, LLC on rhinovirus C (RV-C) binding and/or replication in transduced HeLa-E8 cells. In addition, receptor function of CDHR3 protein, a transmembrane protein that serves as a cellular receptor for RV-C, from some animal species (e.g., mouse, marmoset, rhesus macaque) will be tested.
 

Drs. Ryan Coller and Mary Ehlenbach Awarded Grant from Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin 

Mary Ehlenbach, MDRyan Coller, MD, MPHRyan Coller, MD, MPH (PI), and Mary Ehlenbach, MD (co-PI), were recently awarded a four-year, $226,521 grant from the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin for their project, “Healthcare delivery system innovations for children with medical complexity.” The purpose of this funding initiative is to improve the quality of life for children with medical complexity, the well-being of their families, and the cost-effectiveness of their care, through the development and implementation of innovative care and payment models using a Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (CoIIN) approach.
 

Michelle Kelly, MD, Awarded ICTR Pilot Grant

Michelle Kelly, MDMichelle Kelly, MD, was recently awarded a Clinical & Community Outcomes Research award from the University of Wisconsin Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (UW ICTR) for her proposal, “Sharing doctors' notes to improve parent understanding of their hospitalized child's care plan.” This one-year, $75,000 pilot project will involve the sharing of daily doctors’ notes with parents of patients hospitalized at American Family Children’s Hospital. In addition to sharing notes, interviews and focus groups conducted with nurses and parents will be used in conjunction with parent and nurse interviews and focus groups to inform a future study to determine if giving families access to notes improves their understanding of their child’s care and ability to recognize errors and partner with doctors’ to prevent harm. The project also involves Department of Pediatrics faculty Ryan Coller, MD, MPH, Daniel Sklansky, MD, and Shannon Dean, MD as advisors.

Ryan Coller, MD, MPH Daniel Sklansky, MD Shannon Dean, MD
 

Stand Up to Cancer-St. Baldrick’s Pediatric Dream Team Award Renewed 

Paul Sondel, MD, PhDCongratulations to Paul Sondel, MD, PhD (PI), and the University of Wisconsin Pediatric Dream Team who received renewal funding through the Stand Up to Cancer-St. Baldrick’s Pediatric Dream Team Translational Cancer Research Award, supported by the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) and St. Baldrick’s Foundation. This award provides $250,000 per year to the University of Wisconsin Dream Team, for a four-year total of $1,000,000.

Led by overall team leaders Dr. John Maris (at the Center for Childhood Cancer Research at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, the lead institution) and Dr. Crystall Mackall (at Stanford University), Dr. Sondel and his team at UW continue their important role on the Dream Team. Key members of the Wisconsin team from the Department of Pediatrics, pictured below, are co-PI Kenneth DeSantes, MD, and Young Investigators Christian Capitini, MD, Mario Otto, MD, PhD, and Inga Hofmann, MD.  

Kenneth DeSantes, MD Christian Capitini, MD Mario Otto, MD, PhD Inga Hofmann, MD

Additional members of the Wisconsin team are Collaborators Peiman Hematti, MD, and Jacques Galipeau, MD, from the Department of Medicine; and Investigators Amy Erbe Gurel, PhD, Jacquelyn Hank, PhD, Alexander Rakhmilevich, MD, PhD, from the Department of Human Oncology, and Kimberly McDowell, MD, PhD.

This collaborative multi-institutional consortium, entitled “Immunogenomics to Create New Therapeutics for High Risk Childhood Cancers,” proposes to link genomics and immunotherapy efforts underway at seven Pediatric Oncology Centers [Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Stanford University, Baylor, University of Washington, University of British Columbia, University of Toronto, and UW] in order to perform preclinical and clinical collaborative work designed to move new therapies into clinical testing for pediatric patients.

New Publications


Scholarly Publications


Kelly MM, Coller RJ, Hoonakker PL. Inpatient portals for hospitalized patients and caregivers: A systematic review. J Hosp Med. 2018 Jun 1;13(6):405-412. doi: 10.12788/jhm.2894. Epub 2017 Dec 20. PubMed PMID: 29261819.

Walley SC, Mussman GM, Lossius M, Shadman KA, Destino L, Garber M, Ralston SL. Implementing parental tobacco dependence treatment within bronchiolitis QI collaboratives. Pediatrics. 2018 Jun;141(6). pii: e20173072. doi: 10.1542/peds.2017-3072. Epub 2018 May 16. PubMed PMID: 29769242.
 

Public Educational Resources


Jain SR. How often and how much should your baby eat? American Academy of Pediatrics healthychildren.org website. https://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/baby/feeding-nutrition/Pages/How-Often-and-How-Much-Should-Your-Baby-Eat.aspx. Updated March 22, 2018. Accessed June 4, 2018.
 
Editor’s note: this citation was listed incorrectly in the June 2018 issue of Milestones. A corrected version is included here.
 

New Faculty and Staff


Faculty  


No new faculty in June.
 

Staff  

Claudette Adegboro, MDClaudette Adegboro, MD
Division of Neonatology and Newborn Nursery
Dr. Adegboro is a Neonatal and Perinatal Medicine fellow and now has a small appointment as a clinical instructor in the NICU.



 
Daniel Adu, MDDaniel Adu, MD
Division of Neonatology and Newborn Nursery
Dr. Adu is a Neonatal and Perinatal Medicine fellow and now has a small appointment as a clinical instructor in the NICU.



 
Maggie BushmanMaggie Bushman
Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine
Maggie has joined us as student help for the Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.



 
Julia ChiniJulia Chini
Division of Allergy, Immunology and Rheumatology
Julia has joined us as student help for the Division of Allergy, Immunology and Rheumatology.



 
Sara DaneshjooSara Daneshjoo
Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine
Sara has joined us as University Services Associate I for the Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.



 
Amelia HansenAmelia Hansen
Division of Allergy, Immunology and Rheumatology
Amelia has joined us as student help for the Division of Allergy, Immunology and Rheumatology.



 
Ryan Meinen, MDRyan Meinen, DO
Division of Neonatology and Newborn Nursery
Dr. Meinen is a Neonatal and Perinatal Medicine fellow and now has a small appointment as a clinical instructor in the NICU.



 
Megan SteinMegan Stein
Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine
Megan has joined us as University Services Associate I for the Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.



 
Jacob SvensonJacob Svenson
Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine
Jacob has joined us as student help for the Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.



 
Nathan TeachoutNathan Teachout
Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine
Nathan has joined us as a project assistant for the Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.



 
Katharine TippinsKatharine Tippins
Division of Hematology, Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplant
Katharine has joined us as student help for the Division of Hematology, Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplant.

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