Dr. Eroglu Joins the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, Pancreatology and Nutrition.

Please welcome Dr. Yasemen Eroglu to the Stead Family Department of Pediatrics as Clinical Professor of Pediatrics.

Dr. Eroglu received her MD from Hacettepe University School of Medicine, Ankara, Turkey in 1982 and completed pediatric residency training at Hacettepe University Children’s Hospital in 1989. Next, she completed pediatric gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition fellowship training at Northwestern University School of Medicine in 2001. Additionally, Dr. Eroglu completed a clinical biochemical genetics fellowship at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in 2003. She is board certified in Pediatrics and board eligible in gastroenterology. Dr. Eroglu has been a Clinical Associate Professor at Oregon Health and Science University since 2011.

Dr. Eroglu will staff pediatric gastroenterology clinics at the Children’s Hospital and outreach, attend on the inpatient and consult service, share on-call responsibilities, participate in teaching and educational activities within the Department and help rebuild the pediatric liver transplant program in the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, Pancreatology and Nutrition.

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Eroglu to the Department, University, and the community!

Staff Spotlight – Marguerite Oetting, MD

Dr. Oetting is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.

I have worked in the Division of General Pediatrics since 2008. Before that I worked at Pediatric Associates in Iowa City for 10 years.

I am married to Tom Oetting, residency Director for Ophthalmology and we have 3 grown children. Drew is a venture capitalist in San Francisco, Lilli is computer engineer in Austin and Blake is a graduate student in Art History at NYU. We also share our home with two shih-tzus.

In my free time I am learning how to work in the political environment. I am the Immediate Past President of the Iowa AAP and in that role have met legislators in DC and Des Moines, proposed and helped to pass legislation, lobbied/educated legislators and committees and connected many Iowa Pediatricians to state committees to leverage our expertise. My goal is to hear all the presidential hopefuls speak at least once in this caucus cycle!

I have my dream job! 12 years ago I helped to start Healthy Kids School Clinic, a clinic for uninsured children and youth in Johnson County. Serving this group of children and their families who have no other access to healthcare in a school setting was my goal from the time I first stepped into a school clinic in Greensboro, NC during residency. I had the great pleasure of presenting the Healthy Kids Clinic Story poster to my mentor, Dr. Jane Foy, at the American Academy of Pediatrics national meeting in 2018. That was a very special experience!

Most fascinating places I’ve ever visited? Patagonia and Atacama Chile. Tom and I hiked at the “end of the world” in May and it was truly astounding.

Favorite restaurant? Any restaurant with outdoor seating downtown! Love to people watch…

My favorite sport to watch is tennis and my favorite players to watch are Roger Federer and Madison Keys (who grew up in Moline).

Favorite movie? Romantic Comedies, possibly Princess Bride is my all time favorite.

If I had 3 wishes they would be: 1. Universal Healthcare 2. Universal kindness and tolerance 3. More time to travel.

Staff Spotlight – Aaron Boes, MD, PhD

Dr. Boes is Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Neurology & Psychiatry; and Director of the UI Noninvasive Brain Stimulation Program.

I split my time between research, directing the noninvasive brain stimulation program, which primarily involves treating major depression using transcranial magnetic stimulation, and pediatric neurology. I’ve worked at UIHC almost 3 years.

My wife Stephanie is a neonatal nurse practitioner in the NICU here at UIHC. We have two kids, Elise (7) and Emmett (3). Stephanie and I stay pretty busy outside of work trying to keep up with our kids. Other activities would be finding new restaurants in the area or watching movies \ Hawkeyes athletics.

This is my dream job. I love what I’m doing and there’s no place I’d rather be than Iowa City.

I don’t know if I’d describe it as fascinating but I loved living in San Diego for two years as a pediatrics resident.

Favorite meal? Sushi at Sushiya in North Liberty, with my daughter Elise who shares my love of sushi.

Favorite book? The Feeling of What Happens by Antonio Damasio (former UI faculty member in adult neurology).

Staff Spotlight – Dianne McBrien, MD

Dr. McBrien is Clinical Associate Professor in the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics.

I’m in the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. I’m also the medical director of CDD, and I’m the director of Iowa’s LEND (Leadership in Education in Neurodevelopmental and Other Disabilities) Program.

I live with my husband, Bob Bacon, and our two dogs, Cubby and Rizzo.

My hobbies include reading, photography, creating playlists on Spotify. Napping should probably be in there somewhere, but I don’t want to sound like a slug.

My dream job would be as a photojournalist, because I like the idea of learning about new places with my camera.

Most fascinating place I’ve visited? Yellowstone National Park! I want to go back and see buffalo and bears again.

My very favorite meal is Middle Eastern food–hummus, baba ghanouj, stuffed grape leaves, and mujaddara (lentils with rice and fried onions).

Favorite sports team? The Chicago Cubs. Please see the names of the family dogs.

My favorite book always seems to be the one I’m reading at the moment. I’ve just finished a book called “Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland”. It’s fascinating and I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in the country’s history of sectarian violence.

September is Now Newborn Screening Awareness Month in Iowa

Family members and Newborn Screening Program (NBS)  staff with Governor Kim Reynolds. Carol Johnson, Program Coordinator for the NBS program from the Division of Medical Genetics and Genomics is on the far right, with her granddaughter, Lillian.

Due to the work of the individuals in our Iowa Newborn Screening (NBS) program, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds recently signed a proclamation designating the month of September as Newborn Screening Awareness Month in Iowa!

Congratulations to all the NBS staff in the Division of Medical Genetics and Genomics for all they do for newborns and their families.

Dr. Hong Receives Praise for Patient Care

Congratulations to Dr. Sandy Hong (Rheumatology) for a recent positive comment from a patient’s family!

“In 2014, we noticed that Lia’s knees were very swollen. She was having trouble running, going up and down stairs, and had quite a limp when she walked. We took her to our pediatrician who referred us to Dr. Hong at UI Children’s Hospital. Lia also lives with heart disease and has endured 3 open heart surgeries, so we were quite nervous to add yet another diagnoses to her health issues. Dr. Hong determined that Lia had rheumatoid arthritis and began treatment right away. Now, at age 7, we can happily say that Lia’s arthritis is in remission. There is no cure for arthritis, so she continues to be monitored.    

Dr. Hong always takes time to talk with us and make sure we understand everything going on with Lia. We are so thankful for the good care we received at UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital!”

Glowing Patient Comment for Dr. Rebecca Weiner

One of the newest faculty members, Dr. Rebecca Weiner in Pulmonary Medicine, received a glowing patient comment recently. Well done, Dr. Weiner!

“Dr. Weiner was fabulous! she spent a lot of time with us, asking questions to really understand our child. She included us in the treatment plan and considered his whole well being not just his asthma.”

Drs. Elgin and McElroy Publish on Neonatal Intestinal Injury

Congratulations to Dr. Tim Elgin and Dr. Steve McElroy for their recent articles on neonatal intestinal injury!