Giesinger and McNamara Publish in Journal of Paeditrics and Child Health

Congratulations to Drs. Giesinger and McNamara who recently published in the Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health titled “Clinical and Echocardiography Predictors of Response to Inhaled Nitric Oxide in Hypoxic Preterm Neonates“. “The aim of this study was to identify clinical and echocardiography predictors of response to iNO in premature infants with acute hypoxemia. We hypothesized a priori, based on anecdotal experience, that the presence of pulmonary hypertension on echocardiography may be associated with an increased likelihood of clinical inhaled nitric oxide response.”

Faculty Named to ABP Subboards

Congratulations to the following faculty have been named to various subboards of the American Board of Pediatrics:

Warren Bishop, MD: Named Medical Editor of the Subboard on Pediatric Gastroenterology.

Aliye Uc, MD: Named Member of the Subboard on Pediatric Gastroenterology.

Carla Nester, MD: Named Member of the Subboard on Pediatric Nephrology.

Polly Ferguson, MD: Named Member of the Subboard on Pediatric Rheumatology.

Staff Spotlight – Cathy Chavez

Meet Cathy Chavez! I manage and care for medical students as they rotate through Pediatrics. I am blessed to be able to work with Drs. Jennifer Jetton and Vanessa Curtis, two of the most caring people I know. 🙂 I’ve been in this position for almost 18 years, but have worked for the UI for almost 30 years.

I have 2 boys: Tyler who is 24 and Cameron who is 18. Tyler graduated from Western Illinois University where he played soccer and studied Finance/Accounting. Cameron is currently a student at UI and is studying environmental policy and sustainability. My husband, Tony, retired from the UI Department of Pathology 2 years ago and now works at the Dental College. And I have 2 golden retrievers, Pele and Messi. Yes, we are a soccer family!

I’m an avid reader – if something is well written, I’ll read it! At various times of my life the following have been my favorites: The Hobbit and the Trilogy of the Rings, Peace Like A River, and Shantaram are just a few. I also garden, craft, and spend time with my friends.

My dream job would be working with David Milarch who has taken it upon himself to clone all the ancient trees. Just working with someone who cares that deeply about the environment and trees specifically would be amazing. However, I do get to help grow future residents and doctors, so my current job is almost as good!

I could eat pho every week and be a very happy person. My favorite restaurant is Pho Zaika, with Red Ginger (for the ramen) a close second.

I once caught David Lee Roth’s bracelet at a concert but didn’t realize what it was and threw it into the crowd. For those of you too young to know who David Lee Roth is, he was the original lead singer for Van Halen. He took a brief respite from that but is back at it again, I hear.

Staff Spotlight – Peggy Duwa

Meet Peggy Duwa! I have worked in my current position in the division of Critical Care since it’s inception in 1994. I handle the divisional matters and assist the physicians and NP’s with their needs. I’ve been in the Department of Pediatrics since December, 1986, and employed at the university since 1980. Between 1986-1994 I also held pediatric positions in Speech and Hearing, Gastroenterology, and Psychology. I helped recruit Dr. Warren Bishop for faculty, and Dr. Aliye Uc for GI fellowship during my earlier years.

Tom and I have been married 37 years. He is retired after 38 years with the federal government. We have 2 children, a son-in-law, 3 grandchildren, and are excited about expanding our family next fall, adding a daughter-in-law and her 3 children.

I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, and love to sew and craft. I love to read anything by Stephen King and John Grisham, and watching scary movies. I cheer for the Iowa Hawkeyes, St. Louis Cardinals, and Big10 Football. I love to sew and craft, and because of my love for working with my hands, my dream job would be to make a living off my handmade wares.

Staff Spotlight – Deanne Edgar

Meet Deanne Edgar! I’m a Sec III with Nephrology. I worked in Pediatric Endocrinology and MICU, and I have worked at the University for 10 years.

I married my junior high/high school sweetheart. We were each other’s first date, first dance and first kiss. Thirty years later we found each other and were married within two years of reuniting. We have 5 kids between the two of us. I enjoy being with friends, gardening, and just being outside (when it’s warmer!).

My favorite food is grilled hamburgers or steak.

Please Welcome Dr. Joyce Goins-Fernandez to the Department!

Dr. Goins-Fernandez received her BS in Psychology from Xavier University of Louisiana in 2000. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at Butler University/BehaviorCorp (a consortium) in 2009.  Next, she received her PhD in Counseling Psychology at the University of Iowa in 2012.  Upon graduation, Dr. Goins-Fernandez worked as an Adjunct Professor for Mount Mercy University and as a Research Associate for the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics until 2014.  Most recently, Dr. Goins-Fernandez worked as a licensed Psychologist for the Belin-Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development, Assessment and Counseling Clinic.

We have recruited Dr. Goins-Fernandez for outpatient neuropsychology and psychology testing services. Please join us in welcoming Dr. Goins-Fernandez to the Department!

Dr. Howe Accepted into APA Educational Scholars Program

Congratulations to Dr. Erin Howe who was recently accepted into the Educational Scholars Program of the Academic Pediatric Association!

This program targets present or future faculty in academic pediatrics who wish to build their skills in educational scholarship. Educational scholarship is the development, implementation, evaluation and/or dissemination of educational interventions or evaluation methods by a creative, planned and rigorous process that is consistent with best practices in the field and reviewed by peers for excellence.

Rewriting the Brain Pathway for Consciousness

Study in patients challenges old pathway, suggests better targets for treating coma

With a finding that will “rewrite neuroanatomy textbooks,” University of Iowa neurologist Aaron Boes, MD, PhD, and his colleagues show that the thalamus is not a critical part of the brain pathway involved in keeping humans awake and conscious.

The finding upends decades of medical dogma that placed the thalamus as a critical relay point for the signals originating in the brainstem and ending in the cortex that maintain consciousness (wakefulness). The new study, published online Nov. 12 as a preprint in the Annals of Neurology, provides the first systematic evidence from humans that questions the routing of this critical pathway. The study evaluates patients with strokes of the thalamus and shows that even extensive injury to the thalamus does not severely impair consciousness.

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Dr. Strathearn Publishes in the British Journal of Psychiatry

Dr. Lane Strathearn recently published an article in the British Journal of Psychiatry examining, using a prospective record-linkage analysis, whether substantiated child maltreatment is associated with adverse psychological outcomes in early adulthood.

Kisely S, Abajobir AA, Mills R, Strathearn L, Clavarino A, Najman JM. Child maltreatment and mental health problems in adulthood: birth cohort studyBr J Psychiatry. 2018 Dec;213(6):698-703. doi: 10.1192/bjp.2018.207