Residents Matched to Fellowships

Congratulations to the residents below on being recently matched to great Fellowship programs!

Faris Al-Gharaibeh, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at Cincinnati Children’s

Rachel Han, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at Nationwide in Columbus

Kyle Merrill. Pediatric Nephrology at Cincinnati Children’s

Lance Nelson, Adolescent Medicine at Stanford

David Segar, Pediatric Cardiology at Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee

Ben Spector, Pediatric Nephrology at Children’s Mercy in Kansas City

Amy Strong, Pediatric Nephrology at CHOP

Dr. Elgin receives Innovations in Teaching with Technology Award

Dr. Tim Elgin (Neonatology) was awarded $11,500 for his project “The use of biomedical engineering to enhance realism in neonatal simulation based medical education.” The funds are awarded by the Academic Technologies Advisory Council of the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost.

Joining Dr. Elgin in his endeavor will be Lecturers Seth Dillard and Colleen Bringman from Biomedical Engineering.

Residents Shine at Quality and Safety Symposium

Dr. Rachel Segal and Dr. Alex Hoover represented a resident QI group, whose project looked at reducing contamination rate in urine cultures. Their work has impacted the process used house-wide.The project was mentored by Tope Awelewa in General Pediatrics.

Project title: Urine Trouble: A Quality Improvement Initiative to Reduce Contamination Rate in Pediatric Midstream Clean-Catch Urine Cultures. Rachel Segal, MD (PL2), Alex Hoover, MD (PL2), and Matt Rysavy, MD PhD (not pictured, former resident, current first year neonatal fellow).

Rachel Segal, MD (PL2) and Alex Hoover, MD (PL2)

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!