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APRIL 2020

In this issue: 

Top Story: A Message to Our Department on COVID-19 | Match Day 2020: Department of Pediatrics Announces Incoming Residents | New Grants | In the News | Learner Tribute  | Professional Development Update |  Upcoming Grand Rounds  | Hi-5 from a Colleague | New Publications | New Faculty and Staff 

Top Story

A Message to Our Department on COVID-19

Above, Ellen Wald, MD (Chair and Professor, University of Wisconsin Department of Pediatrics) stands in the lobby of American Family Children's Hospital.
 Dear colleagues and friends,
It is hard to believe that it has been nearly a month since we took drastic measures to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 to our patients, ourselves and our community and state. 
Even though we were aware of the spread of COVID-19 in China, South Korea and Japan, I think very few of us, including me, really anticipated how it would impact the United States, let alone our campus and department. When colleges throughout the state and country began closing their campuses, and schools state-wide closed under the direction of Governor Tony Evers, the seriousness of the problem became our reality. We then got the mandate to clear our workplace and postpone all non-emergent clinic visits and procedures. 
Almost a full four weeks later, nearly every aspect of our lives has been altered by COVID-19. We are leveraging telehealth and technology whenever possible to serve our patients and families. We are working remotely and physically separating ourselves from colleagues through social distancing. When in clinic, we are adjusting to the sight of empty waiting rooms and hospital halls. Finally, we continue to prepare for the time when our inpatient facility may be filled with COVID-19 patients who are seriously ill. These changes, while significant, do not even begin to touch on the new personal pressures many of us are facing, including caring for young or school-aged children at home, coping with a partner or family member’s job loss, managing personal and financial stress, and much more. 
As I reflect on the many changes we have experienced both professionally and personally over the past month, I am in awe at how our department has remained poised and works cohesively as we respond to the evolving COVID-19 crisis. Additionally, there are many things I am grateful for:
  • The outstanding leadership throughout the University of Wisconsin and UW Health, which led to a very well-coordinated effort to get through numerous workflows and establish necessary collaborations. I believe we are meeting the challenges of this truly unprecedented occurrence for which few had the benefit of comparable previous experiences. 
  • UW Health’s Incident Command has been responsive to suggestions and concerns and has made incredible efforts to communicate openly with faculty and staff. 
  • Our own American Family Children’s Hospital leaders, intensivists and hospitalists have likewise put in, and are continuing to devote, tremendous energy, commitment and creativity in adjusting our workflows and preparing for a possible surge in patients. 
  • Finally, I am incredibly proud of what I have witnessed from all of those who work within our Department of Pediatrics. I could truly name every provider and staff member here, as each of you have pulled together and are trying hard to make the best of a very challenging situation. 
My ask for all members of this department is that we continue to pull together as we have.  When we look back on this situation in the months to come, let us know that we did the best that we could, that we provided the best care we could for our patients and families, and that we took care of each other. That is all that I ask of you, and it is what I ask of myself.  
Ellen Wald, MD
Chair and Professor, Department of Pediatrics

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Match Day 2020: Department of Pediatrics Announces Incoming Residents

The University of Wisconsin Department of Pediatrics is delighted to welcome the following incoming residents for the 2020-21 academic year. These residents will join the department in June and embark upon a residency program which prepares pediatrician leaders who provide exceptional care to patients and families, who advocate for the health of children, and who engage in lifelong learning and service. Photos of each individual are available on our website.
Aisha Ansar, MD, Aga Khan Medical School
David Bergstrand, MD, University of Minnesota Medical School
Samantha Cordum, MD, University of Oklahoma College of Medicine
Laura Dos Reis, MD, Boston University School of Medicine
Christiana Ekezie, MD, Abia State University
Emily Lai, MD, Georgetown University School of Medicine
Mariana Montero Jaques, MD, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
Olawale Oduru, MD, Saba University School of Medicine
Brenna Redemann, MD, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health 
Kelsi Rogers, DO, West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
Hannah Schumacher, MD, University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine
Tyler Sternhagen, MD, University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine   
Samantha Tyler, DO, Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Anna Uhing, MD, Medical College of Wisconsin
Therese Woodring, MD, University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria
Preliminary Pediatrics
Allison Nackers, MD, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
Child Neurology
Megan Berry, DO, Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
In addition to welcoming this exceptional group, the Pediatric Education Program would also like to thank Kari Bruckner (Education Program Manager), Bethany Hutchins (Residency Coordinator), Ronni Peterson (Education Programs Assistant), and all of the faculty who participated in the selection process.

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New Grants


Dr. Yury Bochkov and Team Awarded R01 Grant from NIH

Congratulations to Yury Bochkov, PhD (Senior Scientist, Division of Allergy, Immunology & Rheumatology) who was recently awarded an R01 grant from the National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIH/NIAID) for his project titled “Mechanisms of Enhanced Neutralizing Antibody Responses to Rhinovirus C.” This five-year, $3.9 million award will allow Dr. Bochkov, along with Co-Investigators James Gern, MD and Daniel Jackson, MD, as well as Ronald Gangnon, PhD, from the Departments of Biostatistics and Medical Informatics and Population Health Sciences, to identify host and viral determinants of neutralizing antibody responses, determine antigenic cross-reactivity between rhinovirus C (RV-C) types, and map major neutralizing immunogenic epitopes. The ultimate goal of this project is to enable formulation of a broadly protective multivalent RV-C vaccine, to be used in the prevention and treatment of wheezing illnesses and exacerbations of asthma in young children.

Pediatrics Resident Receives AAP Travel Grant

Stephanie Syu, MD (Department of Pediatrics PL2 Resident) was awarded the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Section on Hospital Medicine Resident Travel Grant to attend the Pediatric Hospital Medicine (PHM) Conference in Lake Buena Vista, Florida - July 23-26, 2020. PHM 2020 is the premier educational conference for pediatric hospitalists and other clinicians who care for hospitalized patients. The conference provides an all-inclusive arrangement of educational and networking opportunities for pediatric hospital medicine professionals.

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In The News Mass cancellations, restrictions for COVID-19 pandemic unprecedented for most Americans

Quoted: James Conway, MD (Professor (CHS), Divisions of Global Pediatrics and Infectious Diseases, and Program Director for Infectious Disease Fellowship) | Full story.

WKOW: Liver donation gives infant a second chance to grow up

Quoted: Katryn Furuya, MD (Visiting Professor, Division of GI, Hepatology & Nutrition) | Full story. How Much Formula to Feed a Newborn

Interviewed: Amy Stockhausen, MD (Clinical Associate Professor, Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine) | Full story.

WKOW: Outstanding Women of Color honored at UW-Madison

Mentioned: Jasmine Zapata, MD, MPH (Assistant Professor (CHS), Division of Neonatology & Newborn Nursery) | Full story. Overwhelming Support for Raise The Age To 21 Bill At Senate Hearing

Mentioned: Brian Williams, MD (Clinical Assistant Professor, Division of Hospital Medicine) | Full story.

WPR: Got Older Children At Home? Use This Moment To Teach Some Self-Direction

Interviewed: Dipesh Navsaria, MPH, MSLIS, MD (Associate Professor (CHS), Division of General Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine) | Full story.

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Learner Tribute

Here’s what a student had to say about Ellen Connor, MD (Professor (CHS), Division of Endocrinology & Diabetes):

Ellen Connor, MD“Dr. Connor was a wonderful clinician to work with; she consistently demonstrates an excellent bedside manner and clearly takes the time to connect with her patients and put them at ease while advocating for them. She motivates residents to actively participate in the care of patients and make clinical decisions on our own. She provided excellent teaching moments and was very considerate and respectful of all the members of the team.”

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Professional Development Opportunities 

Update from the Office for Faculty Affairs and Development Regarding Clock Extensions During COVID-19

In acknowledgement of the COVID-19 crisis and its extraordinary impacts on our faculty, particularly those in their probationary periods, UW-Madison will offer an expedited process to request a clock extension for Assistant Professors on the tenure and CHS tracks.   All assistant professors currently employed at UW-Madison whose mandatory review dates are after 31 December 2020 are eligible. Any faculty member wanting to go through the promotion process "on time" (i.e., at their previously scheduled time) may do so without prejudice. To learn more, visit the Office for Faculty Affairs and Development (UW-SMPH intranet).

Subscribe to or view archives of Faculty Central, the OFAD's bimonthly newsletter.

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Upcoming Grand Rounds

The following Grand Rounds will be presented virtually via Blackboard Collaborate. 

Grand Rounds: Vector Borne Diseases and Surveillance Efforts Tick Team
April 16, 2020 | 7:30am - 8:30am
Livestreamed via Blackboard Collaborate
Speaker: Lyric Bartholomay, PhD (Department of Pathobiological Sciences, University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine)

Grand Rounds: Viral Infections and Exacerbations of Asthma
April 23, 2020 | 7:30am - 8:30am
Livestreamed via Blackboard Collaborate
Speaker: Jim Gern, MD (Professor, Vice Chair of Research, Division Chief for Allergy, Immunology and Rheumatology, University of Wisconsin Department of Pediatrics)

Grand Rounds: Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes Fellowship
April 30, 2020 | 7:30am - 8:30am
Livestreamed via Blackboard Collaborate
Speaker: Elizabeth Mann, MD (Pediatric Endocrinology Fellow, University of Wisconsin Department of Pediatrics)

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Hi-5 from a Colleague

Melissa Cercone, MD (Clinical Associate Professor, Associate Residency Program Director, Division of Critical Care) received the following Hi-5 from a colleague: 

Melissa Cercone, MD"Thank you for staying all day, post-call, to be available for T's family after they received grim news. Please know that your skill and presence made an impact not only on the family, but also for the staff at the bedside. Our PICU is very lucky to have you."

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

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New Publications

  1. Bryan MA, Evans Y, Morishita C, Midamba N, Moreno MA. Does the narrative voice influence parental perceptions of pediatrician blogs?. Acad Pediatr. 2020 Feb 27;. doi: 10.1016/j.acap.2020.02.025. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 32114088
  2. Coller RJ, Berry JG, Kuo DZ, Kuhlthau K, Chung PJ, Perrin JM, Hoover CG,Warner G, Shelton C, Thompson LR, Garrity B, Stille CJ. Health System Research Priorities for Children and Youth With Special Health Care Needs. Pediatrics. 2020 Mar;145(3).doi: 10.1542/peds.2019-0673.Epub 2020 Feb 5.PubMed PMID: 32024751
  3. Goldberg JL, Navid F, Hank JA, Erbe AK, Santana V, Gan J, de Bie F, Javaid AM, Hoefges A, Merdler M, Carmichael L, Kim K, Bishop MW, Meager MM, Gillies SD, Pandey JP, Sondel PM. Pre-existing antitherapeutic antibodies against the Fc region of the hu14.18K322A mAb are associated with outcome in patients with relapsed neuroblastoma. J Immunother Cancer. 2020 Mar;8(1). pii: e000590. doi: 10.1136/jitc-2020-000590. PMID:32169872
  4. Gusland DY, Livermore AT, Sterkel AK, Nguyen JC, Conway JH. Two Cases Illustrating the Diagnostic Challenge of Pediatric Blastomycosis Presenting as Osteomyelitis. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2020 Mar 19. doi: 10.1097/PEC.0000000000002084. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed PMID: 32205801
  5. Jenkins MC, Moreno MA. Vaccination Discussion among Parents on Social Media: A Content Analysis of Comments on Parenting Blogs. J Health Commun. 2020 Mar 10;1-11. doi: 10.1080/10810730.2020.1737761. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 32154770
  6. Kim M, Rao S, Eickhoff JC, DeSantes KB, Capitini CM. A Retrospective Analysis of Antithrombin III Replacement Therapy for the Treatment of Hepatic Sinusoidal Obstruction Syndrome in Children Following Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation. J Pediatr Hematol Oncol. 2020 Mar;42(2):145-148. doi: 10.1097/MPH.0000000000001422. PMID:30676436
  7. Mann EA, Binder AT, Young HN, Moreno MA, Cox ED. Factors associated with health psychology use in pediatric type 1 diabetes. Diabetes Res Clin Pract. 2020 Feb 11;161:108071. doi: 10.1016/j.diabres.2020.108071. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 32057961 
  8. McAdams RM, Pak D, Lalovic B, Phillips B, Shen DD. Dexmedetomidine Pharmacokinetics in Neonates with Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy Receiving Hypothermia. Anesthesiol Res Pract. 2020 Feb 25;2020:2582965. doi: 10.1155/2020/2582965. eCollection 2020. PubMed PMID: 32158472
  9. McBride JA, Sterkel AK, Matkovic E, Broman AT, Gibbons-Burgener SN, Gauthier GM. Clinical Manifestations and Outcomes in Immunocompetent and Immunocompromised Patients with Blastomycosis. Clin Infect Dis. 2020 Mar 17. Pii : ciaa276. doi: 10.1093/cid/ciaa276. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID : 32179889
  10. Merkhofer RM, Klein BS. Advances in Understanding Human Genetic Variations That Influence Innate Immunity to Fungi. Front Cell Infect Microbiol. 2020 Feb 28;10:69. doi: 10.3389/fcimb.2020.00069. eCollection 2020. Review. PubMed PMID: 32185141; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC7058545
  11. Mohr-Holland E, Reuter A, Furin J, Garcia-Prats A, De Azevedo V, Mudaly V, Kock Y, Trivino-Duran L, Isaakidis P, Hughes J. Injectable-free regimens containing bedaquiline, delamanid, or both for adolescents with rifampicin-resistant tuberculosis in Khayelitsha, South Africa. EClinicalMedicine.2020 Mar;20:100290.doi: 10.1016/j.eclinm.2020.100290.eCollection 2020 Mar.PubMed PMID: 32154506; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC7057194
  12. Moreno MA, Hoopes AJ. (2019)Technology and Adolescent Health. Elsevier.
  13. Ryan MS, Kind T, Jirasevijinda TJ, Paul CR, Keeley MG, Rocha MEM. Propelling Educational Innovations to Publication in Five Steps. Acad Med. 2020 Mar 3. doi: 10.1097/ACM.0000000000003275. [Epub ahead of print]
  14. van Swol LM, Chang CT, Kerr B, Moreno MA. Linguistic Predictors of Problematic Drinking in Alcohol-related Facebook Posts. J Health Commun. 2020 Feb 25;:1-9. doi: 10.1080/10810730.2020.1731632. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 32096449
  15. Webber S, Babal JC, Shadman KA, Coller RJ, Moreno MA. Exploring academic pediatrician perspectives of factors impacting physician well-being. Acad Pediatr. 2020 Feb 22;. doi: 10.1016/j.acap.2020.02.018. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 32097783
  16. Wooldridge AR, Carayon P, Hoonakker P, Hose BZ, Eithun B, Brazelton T, Ross J, Kohler JE, Kelly MM, Dean SM, Rusy D, Gurses AP. Work system barriers and facilitators in inpatient care transitions of pediatric trauma patients. Applied Ergonomics, Volume 85, 2020, ISSN 0003-6870, doi:10.1016/j.apergo.2020.103059.
  17. Yang RK, Kuznetsov IB, Ranheim EA, Wei JS, Sindiri S, Gryder BE, Gangalapudi V, Song YK, Patel V, Hank JA, Zuleger CL, Erbe AK, Morris ZS, Quale R, Kim K, Albertini MR, Khan J, Sondel PM. Outcome-related signatures identified by Whole Transcriptome Sequencing of Resectable Stage III/IV Melanoma Evaluated After Starting Hu14.18-IL2. Clin Cancer Res. 2020 Mar 9. pii: clincanres.3294.2019. doi: 10.1158/1078-0432.CCR-19-3294. [Epub ahead of print] PMID:32152202

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New Faculty and Staff 

Please join us in welcoming the following individuals who joined the Department of Pediatrics in March.
Anne Marsh, MD
Hematology, Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplant
Dr. Marsh joined the department as an associate professor in the Division of Hemotology/Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplant. She joined us from the University of California–San Francisco. Connect with Dr. Marsh.
Brittany JohnsonBrittany Johnson
Neonatology & Newborn Nursery
Brittany joined the department as a program assistant supervisor for the Division of Neonatology & Newborn Nursery. Connect with Brittany.


Gaurav Bairwa, PhD
Infectious Diseases, Klein Research Group
Gaurav joined the department as a research associate for the Klein Research Group in the Division of Infectious Diseases. Connect with Gaurav.

Jessica Fassbender
Allergy, Immunology & Rheumatology
Jessica joined the department as an associate clinical nurse specialist in the Division of Allergy, Immunology & Rheumatology. Connect with Jessica.

Joshua Boadu
Cardiology, Von Bergen Research Group
Joshua joined the department as a student researcher for the Von Bergen Research Group in the Division of Cardiology. Connect with Joshua.

Meike Jiang
Cardiology, Ralphe Research Group
Meike joined the department as a student researcher for the Ralphe Research Group in the Division of Cardiology. Connect with Meike.

Vishwanatha Chandrahas
Infectious Diseases, Mohr Research Group
Vishwanatha joined the department as a research associate for the Mohr Research Group in the Division of Infectious Diseases. Connect with Vishwanatha.

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The purpose of Milestones is to celebrate achievements and foster teamwork and community within the department.  Please contact to share information about your professional achievements in education, research, clinical care, outreach and advocacy; honors and awards; new grants or publications; or other accomplishments of interest to your colleagues. 
Next Publication Date: Tuesday, May 12.
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