Staff Spotlight – Marty Krall

Meet Martha (“Marty”) Krall, Insurance Referral Coordinator. I am the Revenue Cycle Coordinator in the Pediatric Insurance Authorization Unit. I have worked at the University for 34 years, and in Pediatrics 33 years. In the earlier years I was in the Pediatric Specialty Clinic, first as a receptionist at the front desk, then as lead scheduler. I was the primary scheduler for Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, and took care of all of the master scheduling templates for our providers, including general pediatricians and the residents. I worked with many wonderful people over the years and have made life long friendships along the way.

I have been married for 29 years to my husband Mark, whom I was introduced to by a co-worker in the clinic 33 years ago. We live in Solon and have two wonderful daughters, Ashley 27 and Camille 24, both University of Iowa graduates. I also have a 17 year old cat named Oliver.

My interests outside of work include cooking, exploring wineries in the area, walking for exercise and spending time with family and friends. I also have a very high regard for the services that are provided at UIHC – particularly the Department of Pediatric Rheumatology, Ophthalmology and Orthopedics for the exceptional care my family has received over the years.

Staff Spotlight – Rick Bonar

Meet Rick Bonar, Fellowship Program Coordinator for the Department of Pediatrics, and for the Division of Critical Care specifically. This is my first position at UI Health Care. I been here for 3 months. I worked 17 years at the College of Public Health and The State Hygienic Laboratory.

I have 2 brothers and 1 sister. 9 nieces and Nephews ages 5 – 34 and 5 Great Nieces and Nephews. If I had three wishes, they would be for 1) More time to spend with family 2) That my nieces and nephews are living their best life. 3) World filled with music and happiness. And Star Wars :-).

In my free time I love gardening, singing with a choir, community theater, attending Hawkeye games, riding horses, and getting together with a great group of friends. I always wanted to train horses professionally. My favorite restaurant is Cafe Dodici in Washington.

 The most fascinating place I’ve visited would be Austria or Germany. Love all of the history you feel walking down their streets.

I’m not a huge Pro Sports Team fan but I am Huge Iowa Hawkeye fan who follows all of the teams.

I’m trying to teach myself how to sew. Definitely not proficient but it has been interesting learning process.

I’ve really enjoyed getting to know everyone that I’ve interacted with and look forward to getting to know others.

Faculty Spotlight – Joyce Goins-Fernandez, PhD

Meet Joyce (“Joy”) Goins-Fernandez, Clinical Assistant Professor in the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics.

I administer psychological and neuropsychological assessments to children and teens with attention and learning concerns. I also do individual therapy. Previously, I worked as a Research Associate in the Department of Psychiatry with Dr. Peg Nopoulos on her Kids-HD study (2011-2014). I eventually would like to run my own clinic. I have a passion for social justice; thus, I would try to work with underserved populations.

I recently got married. My husband is an English Literature professor at Western Illinois University. I’ve begun taking a Spanish class. So, in my free time, I’m usually studying Spanish and planning our next getaway, or watching the Green Bay Packers. I also enjoy reading and going to the movies. I have so many favorite movies, but “A Few Good Men” stands out for me.

I have visited Paris. I enjoyed visiting the Musee d’Orsay because I love impressionist art (especially Edgar Degas). I would love to go on a tour of Italy, win the lottery, and have more time in my schedule to do more outreach for underserved populations. The most interesting place I have lived in is New Orleans.

The most interesting place I have lived in is New Orleans. My favorite meal is my grandmother’s chicken and dumplings.

I have amazing prowess for parallel parking in tight spots :-).

Dr. Oral presents in Greece

Dr. Resmiye Oral recently participated in a Fulbright Scholar program in Athens, Greece. She presented several topics, including talks on a multidisciplinary-Interagency response to child sexual abuse; Hospital-based Child Protection Teams and the Child Advocacy Center Models; and the management of physical and sexual abuse cases. The event was sponsored by the Fulbright Foundation in Greece as well as the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.

Patient Comment for Dr. Lieberman

From the UISFCH Facebook page: “We see Dr. Scott Lieberman. When I needed 4 of my children seen by him he took a full day to see all 4 at once since live over 4 hours away. Dr. Lieberman is VERY thorough and takes his time. I have nothing negative to say about him. I have been a medical mom for 8.5 years and have seen countless doctors for my little ones. Dr. Lieberman is in the top 1%!! Thank you IA City for hiring such an AMAZING Dr!!!”

Congratulations, Dr. Lieberman!

Celebrating the NICU

To our NICU Nurses: "Thank You"

"Our daughters were born 17 weeks premature. Although we've had a roller coaster of ups and downs, the one thing that's been amazing is the nursing staff." Families in our neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) are often on an unexpected journey. As we celebrate our NICU's recent gold-level Beacon Award for Excellence from AACN American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, we simply want to say "thank you" for going above and beyond to provide exceptional care for our tiniest patients and their families. http://bit.ly/2Gq6Ugl

Posted by University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital on Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Dr. Widness Publishes in AAPS

Dr. Jack Widness continues his scholarly proficiency as Professor Emeritus with a recent publication in the journal of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS). The article, titled “Overlooked Issues on Pharmacokinetics Data Interpretation of Protein Drugs – a Case Example of Erythropoietin” reports on two frequently overlooked issues on pharmacokinetics data interpretation of recombinant human erythropoietin (rhEPO) and offers solutions to ensure reliable estimation of the pharmacokinetics parameters. Congratulations, Dr. Widness!

Staff Spotlight – Rachel McGuire, CPA

I have been the Manager of Financial Analysis for the Department for almost 2 years, and previously was the Manager of Financial Analysis for Central Finance in the VPMA’s office for 3.5 years. I recently started a large fruit and vegetable garden which takes up most of my time during the summer. I love to travel in Europe, and most recently went to Italy with my husband last spring.