Dr. Dagle Chosen for Tow Humanism in Medicine Award

Congratulations to Dr. John Dagle (Neonatology) for being named the recipient of the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award presented by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation.

This prestigious award is given to those that demonstrate the Foundation’s and the Carver College of Medicine’s ideals of outstanding compassion in the delivery of care; respect for patients, their families, and healthcare colleagues; and clinical excellence. The official award ceremony will be held May 8, 2019 at 5:30 PM in the Kelch Conference Room, 1289 CBRB.

Congratulations, Dr. Dagle!

Dr. DeGeeter and Family Welcome New Arrival

Dr. Cathy DeGeeter from the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, Pancreatology and Nutrition. and her family welcomed the newest addition to their family on Friday, March 15 at 5:06 PM. Elora Diane DeGeeter made her debut at 6lbs, 10 oz.

Congratulations to Dr. DeGeeter, her husband Justin, and Elora’s big brother and sister, Elliott and Elsa!

Elora, with Elsa and Elliott

Welcome our 2019-2020 Interns!

Join us in welcoming another new class of interns! Click here for the full composite.

Thank you to everyone in the department for your efforts during another successful residency recruitment season. From our residents and Chiefs, who spend many hours getting to know the candidates, to our faculty committee members who review applications and interview, to our amazing administrative team who keeps the process running, this is a group success, and we have so much to be proud of.

Thank you!

Amy, Eyad, Erin, and Glenda

Dr. Grose Receives New Subcontract

Congratulations to Dr. Chuck Grose in Pediatric Infectious Diseases for his new subcontract for “Identification and Characterization of Children with Asthma Associated Comorbidities Through Computational and Immune Phenotyping“.

The NIH-funded research was provided to Mayo Clinic, who then subcontracted with Dr. Grose for this portion of the grant. The grant provides $38,125/year for 4 years, for a total of $152,500. Congratulations, Dr. Grose!

Please Welcome Dr. El-Shanti to the Department!

Please welcome Dr. Hatem El-Shanti to the Stead Family Department of Pediatrics as the Division Director of the Division of Medical Genetics and Genomics, and Professor of Pediatrics.

Dr. El‐Shanti earned his MD at the University of Cairo, Egypt. He completed a M.Sc. in Genetics and a post‐doctoral fellowship at Indiana University, followed by a pediatric residency and a medical genetics fellowship at the University of Iowa. Following his training he spent 10 years on the faculty of the Jordan University of Science and Technology where he served in a number of roles, including Director of the Cytogenetics Laboratory, Interim Chairman of Pediatrics, and Medical Director of Princess Rahma Children’s Hospital. In 2003, Dr. El Shanti returned to Iowa as Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the Carver College of Medicine. In 2007 he was recruited to Qatar as the Managing Director and Principal Research Scientist, Shafallah Medical Genetics Center where he also served as Director of the Diagnostic Molecular Genetics laboratory. Since 2016 he has been Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Jordan School of Medicine.

Dr. El‐Shanti is internationally‐known for his research on the genetics of a number of disorders of childhood, including autism spectrum disorder, epilepsy, and autoinflammatory diseases. He is a prolific scientist with over one hundred publications and a long track record of funding from the NIH, Jordan’s national research funding agencies, the Qatar National Research Fund, and various foundations. We are thrilled that Dr. El Shanti is returning to the University of Iowa and I look forward to his contributions and leadership towards enhancing our excellence in medical genetics and genomics.

Please join us in welcoming Dr. El-Shanti back to the Department, University, and the community!

New Arrivals in the PICU

Congratulations to Dr. Shilpa Balikai from Critical Care, her husband, Shahzad Ali and daughter Zia, on the arrival of their son, Riann Balikai Ali on March 7, 2019. Riann weighed in at 7 pounds, 15 ounces; and was affectionately deemed to be “Mostly Hair”.

Also, Haley Stoll, ARNP from Critical Care, and her husband and daughter Emory, welcomed Everett Andrew on March 3, 2019. Everett weighed in at 7 pounds, 10 ounces. An adorable baby picture will be loaded as soon as one is received.

Congratulations on the newest additions to your families!

Provider Wellness Workshop for Pediatrics, May 10, 2019

Dr. Amy Stier, Chief Wellness Officer for the Departrment, is excited to announce the first Pediatrics Provider Wellness Workshop on Friday, May 10, 2019.

Dr. Janeta Tansey from Virtue Medicine is a practicing psychiatrist specializing in physician wellness, coaching, and professionalism training.  She will be giving our annual education Grand Rounds at noon on Friday, May 10, entitled “You Can’t Teach Professionalism, and Other Fictions: Finding Meaning in Medicine”. Mark your calendars!

There will also be a workshop that morning from 9:00-11:30 AM titled “Physician, Heal Thyself: A Teaching Stratregy for Tackling Demoralization in Academic Medicine.”

This workshop will be focused on personal reflection and wellness, and will help participants teach these skills in an academic setting. Materials are included in the cost of the workshop, and include an individualized assessment, a book, and some pre-workshop exercises.

  • Target audience:  Physicians, psychologists, and advanced practice providers
  • Cost: $10 per person, can be taken from individual Professional Development Funds (total cost of workshop will be supplemented by the departmental wellness budget)

Attendance will be limited to provide an opportunity for good discussion – contact Amy Stier by March 25 to register.

Staff Spotlight – Dr. Joseph Glykys

Dr. Glykys is in the Division of Child Neurology, and just started in January 2019 as Clinical Assistant Professor.

I recently joined the Division of Child Neurology in January 2019. I am a physician-scientist studying the inhibitory system of the brain and how neurons control their volume and chloride concentration with the aim of improving the treatment of pediatric seizures and neonatal seizures in particular.

I met my wife Cecilia in Venezuela during our medical studies. We have two wonderful daughters, 10 and 8 years old, who are the joy to our lives.

In my free time I enjoy playing board games with my daughters, spending time with my family, watching soccer, and fixing things at home.

My current job is my dream job. Trying to figure out how the brain works, doing experiments, helping kids and families with neurological problems, and teaching the new generation of scientists/child neurologist is a dream come true.

Growing up in Venezuela was a true adventure. Balancing the difficulties at every stage of living there and enjoying the warm people and weather was a fascinating mixture.

My favorite meal is Lasagna. I am blessed to have a wife with excellent cooking skills that is now being passed on to my daughters.

My favorite sports team is Manchester United!!

My favorite book is Rayuela (Hopscotch) by Julio Cortazar. Favorite movie is the original Star Wars.

I love philosophy and spending time in reflective though about simple things and concepts of life.

Staff Spotlight – Richard Van Rheeden

Richard Van Rheeden is the Cytogenetics Lab Supervisor in the Division of Medical Genetics and has been in that role for 16 years.

My wife is Rebecca Blair (professor in the Rhetoric Department). We make our home with two Old English Sheepdogs, Charlotte and Piper.

In my free time I like to restore and ride old motorcycles.

My dream job would be to work at a race track to have the opportunity to talk with drivers, rider and mechanics.

The most fascinating place I’ve lived was in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia supervising the lab at King Faisal Specialist Hospital.

My favorite meal is Fish and Chips with Mushy Peas at “Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese” in London.

My favorite sports team is the US ISDE team (International Six Days Enduro); and my favorite book is ‘The Grapes of Wrath” by John Steinbeck.

If I had three wishes they would be:

  • To be twenty again but know what I know now
  • Strolling through Hyde Park on a summer day
  • Recreate Robert M. Pirsig’s trip on a Honda CB77

I own more books than tools, unless you also count a book as a tool.