Two Publications for Dr. Harshman in Nephrology

Congratulations to Dr. Lyndsay Harshman on her two recent publications in the journal Pediatric Nephrology.

Johnson RJ, Gerson AC, Harshman LA, Matheson MB, Shinnar S, Lande MB, Krogon AJ, Gipson DS, Warady BA, Furth SL, Hooper SR. A Longitudinal Examination of Parent-Reported Emotional-Behavioral Functioning of Children With Mild to Moderate Chronic Kidney Disease. Pediatr Nephrol. 2020 Jul;35(7):1287-1295. doi: 10.1007/s00467-020-04511-9. Epub 2020 Mar 10.

Harshman LA, Krogon AJ, Matheson MB, Johnson RJ, Shinnar S, Gerson AC, Warady BA, Furth SL, Hooper SR, Lande MB. Bicarbonate, Blood Pressure, and Executive Function in Pediatric CKD-is There a Link?. Pediatr Nephrol. 2020 Jul;35(7):1323-1330. doi: 10.1007/s00467-020-04507-5. Epub 2020 Apr 15.

Haskell Receives New Grant from NIH

Congratulations to Dr. Sarah Haskell in the Division of Critical Care on her new NIH grant titled “SSRI Exposure and Ventricular Development from Bench to Bedside: A Prospective study to Determine if Maternal Depression Treatment Impacts Offspring Cardiac Development”.

The grant provides almost $1.8 million over the next 5 years.

New K23 Grant for Dr. Rios in Neonatology

Congratulations to Dr. Danielle Rios in the Division of Neonatology for receiving her recent K23 transfer grant from Baylor. The grant is titled “Real Time Predictive Analytics of Hemodynamic Clinical Deterioration during the Pretern Transition to Extra Uterine Life“. The grant, from the NIH, provides just over $342,000 over 2 years.

Congratulations Dr. Rios!

Recognition for Dr. Wellington

Congratulations to Dr. Melanie Wellington in the Division of Infectious Diseases for a recent peer recognition from Dr. Andy Peterson in General Pediatrics/Sports Medicine.

“I just wanted to take a moment to make sure you folks were aware of how incredibly helpful Melanie Wellington has been in our planning as we move to reopen Hawkeye Athletics. Her input has been invaluable.  She’s helping us find practical solutions to difficult problems.  And her affable demeanor has been appreciated by all involved.  Really outstanding work.  Our campus is lucky to have her.”

Dr. McNamara Named Vice Chair for Inpatient Acute Care

The Department is happy to announce Dr. Patrick McNamara, Division Director for the Division of Neonatology, has been named Vice Chair for Inpatient Acute Care for the Stead Family Department of Pediatrics effective May 1, 2020.

Dr. McNamara received his MB, BCh, BAO in 1993 from Queen’s University, Belfast, Ireland. From 1993-1997 he was a House Officer in hospitals in Derry, Belfast, and Antrim, Ireland; and from 1997-2001 served as a Specialist Registrar in Neonatal Medicine and General Pediatrics in Essex and London, England, while obtaining his MSc from the University of London in 1999. From 2001-2003 he completed a fellowship in Neonatology Transport in the Department of Paediatrics at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.

Upon graduation from fellowship, he became a clinician teacher (2003-2005) in the Division of Neonatology at the Hospital for Sick Children, and Assistant Professor (2003-2009) at the University of Toronto. While at the Hospital for Sick Children he also became a project investigator (2003-2009), and has also been a staff neonatologist there since 2003. In 2005 he became a clinician investigator in the Division of Neonatology, and in 2007 became Director of the Targeted Neonatal Echo Program in the Division of Neonatology. In 2008 he became a member of the Institute of Medical Services in the Department of Physiology at the University of Toronto and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2009. In 2009 he also became an Associate Scientist at the Research Institute at the Hospital for Sick Children. From 2010-2011 he participated in an Executive Leadership Course in the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. In 2011 he became Associate Professor in the Department of Physiology at the University of Toronto, and in 2015 he was promoted to Professor in both the Departments of Paediatrics and Physiology at the University of Toronto.

Since his arrival at Iowa in June 2018, Dr. McNamara has been the Division Director of the Division of Neonatology. Under his leadership the NICU has continued to flourish and his leadership has been instrumental in developing a program in targeted neonatal echocardiography (TnECHO), the first of its kind in the country. He has also developed a TnECHO fellowship program and will begin its 2nd class of TnECHO fellows this July.

In his new role as Vice Chair for Inpatient Acute Care, Dr. McNamara will provide visionary oversight of inpatient clinical program, advise the Chair and Department leadership on all matters related to inpatient clinical activities within the Stead Family Children’s Hospital, oversee Department efforts to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of patient care delivery; oversee Department efforts in the inpatient areas of quality assurance, outcomes, patient safety, and Joint Commission compliance; and assist in fostering educational and research activities in the inpatient care environments.

Please join the Department in welcoming Dr. McNamara to his new role!

New Publication Out of Neonatology on SARS-CoV-2

Congratulations to Neonatology providers Drs. Tim Elgin, Melanie Reyes-Hernandez (PL-3), Brady Thomas, and Patrick McNamara for their recent article published in the Journal of Neonatal Perinatal Medicine on SARS-CoV-2.

Dr. Avery Receives YOU Make a Difference Award

Congratulations to Dr. Kristen Avery (PL-3) on her recent positive feedback and YOU Make a Difference Award from a family’s nomination. From the nomination:

“Dr. Avery has been spectacular since the moment we have met her. When our son was born in July, he lost weight at his first appointment so we had more regularly scheduled appointments with Dr. Avery. She always spent so much time with us and really made sure that we felt prepared and knew how to help our son gain weight. She talked through all of our questions and was so kind with us and our son. We chose to follow her to North Liberty Pediatrics even though it adds an additional drive because she is an exceptional doctor…Dr. Avery was compassionate and so helpful to us as new time parents. She was so good with our son and will do amazing things throughout her career.”

Patient Story Lauding Providers

A parent uploaded praise through the “Share Your Story” link on the children’s hospital website praising several providers, including Drs. Adam Brown and Lori Christensen (General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine); and Dr. Christoph Randak (Pulmonary Medicine).

“In September of 2019, AJ was diagnosed with RSV and hospitalized for two days. Fast forward to the first week of February 2020 and AJ was admitted again, but for 3 different viruses this time; the common human coronavirus, parainfluenza, and RSV once again. Different treatments and medications were attempted, but her cough and “junkiness” just wouldn’t go away. It was a CT scan in mid-March (near the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak) that confirmed a growing mediastinal mass in her chest, which was starting to bump up against her heart and one of her lungs….and she went into surgery to remove the mass less than one week after the CT scan. I was consistently updated during her surgery and all of her care team members spoke to me in a way that I could understand, while maintaining the extreme detail that I desired. From her first stay at Stead to (hopefully!) her last, I can’t speak highly enough about how everything was handled! Putting the life of my child in someone else’s hands was a very nerve-racking, gut-wrenching ordeal for me; especially with her being so young AND during the outbreak of COVID-19. However, I never had a single shred of doubt in her care team at any point in the process and their professionalism, while maintaining the utmost compassion, is unparalleled!”


Glowing Peer Comment for Dr. Bhoojhawon

Congratulations to Dr. Guru Bhoojhawon (General Pediatrics, hospitalist) on his glowing peer comment lately:

“I wanted to bring your attention to Dr. Guru Bhoojhawon and his excellent and timely care of a perioperative patient who presented for elective surgery today but had poorly controlled asthma and wheezing. We couldn’t do surgery as planned given her reactive airway, but Dr. Bhoojhawon came and saw the patient right away in the pre-op holding area which was immensely helpful to the patient and her mother (who had been struggling to get the patient’s local primary care doctor to assess the child for asthma for over a year with multiple admissions, oral steroid courses, et al.). He saw to follow-up when ordering medications for the patient on an outpatient basis and further followed up with the mother when one of the medications ended up not being covered by the patient’s insurance and had to be switched for another.

I was blown away by Dr. Bhoojhawon’s professionalism, promptness, and attention to detail when talking to the patient’s mother. He is a credit to your department and he really helped us out today when I consulted him. Thanks for having wonderful pediatric hospitalists like Dr. Bhoojhawon in your department!”

Martha herbst, MD
Clinical assistant professor, anesthesiology

Staff Spotlight – Trudy Pierick, ARNP

Trudy is an ARNP in the Division of Cardiology.

My current position is Single Ventricle Program Coordinator. I started as a nursing assistant on 2JCW during my undergraduate education, where I developed a passion for the cardiac population. We spent 3 years in LaCrosse, Wisconsin where I worked on a pediatric floor with a variety of specialty services. We returned to Iowa City in 1993 where I was able to work as an RN on 2JCW while pursuing my master’s degree. Following graduation, I worked as a PNP in the newborn and intermediate nurseries at UIHC for two years before landing a position as inpatient nurse practitioner in Pediatric Cardiology in 2001. As professional staff member, I have been at UIHC for 27 years.

I grew up on a farm in western Iowa 35 miles southeast of Sioux City. I have 5 brothers and 1 sister. I still enjoy going back to the farm and reminiscing my childhood. I married my high school sweetheart from a neighboring farm town. He is a financial analyst at Collins Aerospace (formerly Rockwell Collins) in Cedar Rapids. We have two young adult children. Philip is a free lance saxophonist in Chicago. Alyson is a Peds resident finishing her second year at Emory in Atlanta. She will be applying for Pediatric Cardiology fellowships this summer/fall.

I love to cook and bake. Treats by Trudy is a side business to share my treats with those who need something for a special event or just a pick-me-up. I also enjoy vegetable and flower gardening. We have had the fortune of traveling to a variety of locations nationally and internationally, and hopeful we can do that again soon!

My dream job would be an owner of a small bakery shop where I’m my own boss, serving specialty teas and adult beverages to compliment the baked goods.

China would have to be the most fascinating place I’ve visited because it was different from any other place we have traveled, from geography to people to food to community. This was a mother-son trip over spring break 2019, just after my mother passed away. Given our current pandemic, I’m so glad I took this opportunity to see Shanghai, Beijing and Suzhou with many temples and walking along the Great Wall of China.

Favorite meal? I love all kinds of salads!

Favorite sports teams? Iowa Hawkeyes, LA Dodgers, Dallas Cowboys.

Favorite book or movie? Movie-The Hangover-makes me laugh every single time!