New Director of General Pediatrics

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It is my pleasure to welcome Dr. Beth Tarini as the new Director of the Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine beginning March 30, 2016. Dr. Tarini is a nationally renowned health services researcher whose interests focus on the organization and delivery of care following positive newborn screening results, risk communication with parents about genetic testing for their children, and the effect of genetic testing on parental behavior.  She maintains a highly productive research program and publication record. She has grant funding from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), and has received past funding from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the Genetic Alliance, the National Human Genome Research Institute, and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Dr. Tarini has consulted for a variety of national organizations on newborn screening. In addition to her research accomplishments, Dr. Tarini has maintained an active clinical practice of more than 300 patients and has been recognized as Outstanding Educator of the Year in General Pediatrics. She brings a research, clinical, and academic perspective to the division that will elevate it to national prominence.

Dr. Tarini earned her medical degree at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She completed pediatric residency at the University of Washington, Seattle as well as a Masters in Health Services and a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars fellowship.  She was also a health policy fellow at the Center for Healthcare Research and Transformation at the University of Michigan. Prior to coming to Iowa, Dr. Tarini was Co-Director of the Pathway of Excellence in Health Policy Program at the University of Michigan Medical School.

I look forward to Dr. Tarini’s contributions and leadership towards our goals of enhancing our general pediatrics programs and creating a national center of excellence in pediatric health services research. Please join me in congratulating her on her new role and welcoming her to Iowa.

New Director of Pediatric Critical Care

Auslender, Marcelo

It is my pleasure to welcome Dr. Marcelo Auslender as the new Director of the Division of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Auslender will begin his appointment in February 2016. Dr. Auslender is nationally recognized as a leader in pediatric critical care medicine as well as in cardiac critical care. Dr. Auslender’s major research interests lie in heart failure in patients with congenital heart defects, the use of nitric oxide in the post-operative management of right ventricular dysfunction in the absence of pulmonary hypertension, heart rate control in postoperative cardiogenic shock, the use of beta blockers in acute/decompensated heart failure and the development and implementation of postoperative clinical pathways.

Dr. Auslender has broad clinical, educational, and administrative leadership experience and is recognized as an outstanding leader and educator. During his tenure at NYU between 1996-2012, he was Director of the Division of Pediatric Critical Care, Director of Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care, Medical Director and Interim Director of the Division of Pediatric Cardiology as well as pediatric cardiology fellowship director. More recently, at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital he has served as Director of Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care and Director of Pediatric Cardiac Inpatient Service.

Dr. Auslender earned his medical degree at the Facultad de Ciencias Medicas, University of Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina. He completed pediatric residency training at Maine Medical Center. He completed fellowship training in both pediatric critical care and pediatric cardiology at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital/Case Western University and a fellowship in pediatric cardiac intensive care and intervention catheterization at the University of Michigan.

I look forward to Dr. Auslender’s contributions and leadership towards our goal of creating a national center of excellence in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. Please join me in congratulating him on his new role and welcoming him to Iowa.