O’Brien Receives Patient Praise

Congratulations to Dr. O’Brien in Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics for his recent patient praise.

“Outstanding client centric approach. Dr O’Brien spent more than allocated time with us, was very thorough, explained his perspectives and possible path forward. Excellent first impression. We are enthusiastic and optimistic about partnering with him.”

New Position in Hematology/Oncology

The Division of Hematology/Oncology is seeking a Research Assistant who will be responsible for maintaining the laboratory and performing research related activities within the Stead Family Department of Pediatrics, Division of Hematology/Oncology.  This position will conduct experiments, collect data, and analyze results.

Referral link: http://p.rfer.us/UIOWAX.85s5.

Please share this opportunity with anyone who may be interested.

Staff Emergency Fund for Derecho Recovery

The UI Health Care Staff Emergency Fund (SEF) provides limited financial assistance for those impacted by the August 10, 2020, derecho. Funds granted to you may be counted as income and may be subject to federal and state taxes.

This specific fund is dedicated to employees whose employment does not require student status.

The SEF is made possible through the support of the Vizient Foundation.

To be eligible, you must:

  • Be a currently employed, active, UIHC staff member
  • Have full or part-time continuous employment for at least 3 months prior to the date you apply
  • Have experienced a significant financial hardship because of damage caused by the August 10, 2020, weather event
  • Have an annual base salary (equivalent to 100% FTE) of $75,000 or less
  • Awards will be limited to $250 per household
  • The deadline for application is Sept. 21, 2020

Given the limited amount of funds, not all requests will be granted even though there may be a clear need for assistance. Awards will be made until the funds are exhausted, so qualifying employees are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Employees separating from university employment are ineligible.

How to Apply

  1. Complete the Staff Emergency Fund – Derecho Recovery Workflow form at: https://workflow.uiowa.edu/form/DerechoRecovery (you may need to copy and paste link into your browser). Be sure to verify that the information is valid and accurate.
  2. You will be required to attach copies of bills related to the hardship, insurance filings, and a relevant photo illustrating the loss to the Workflow form.  Other documentation may be requested during the application process.
  3. You may be contacted by Human Resources staff to review the application and to discuss other resources or services.
  4. You will be notified by HR of approval or denial after your completed application and supporting documents are received and reviewed.
  5. If your application is approved, disclosure of your Social Security number (SSN) will be requested from you in order to process payment. Internal Revenue Service regulations require that the money be reported as income. Failure to provide your SSN may result in inability to release the funds. Payment will be made by direct deposit (if you have an established accounts payable ID in the UI system) or by check sent to the MAILING address you specify.

Note: If your application is found to contain misleading or false information it will be invalidated.

If you have questions or need to make alternate arrangements to submit your application, please email healthcare-hr@uiowa.edu or call 319-356-2008.

Chair Search Update

Drs. Jackson and Winokur informed us that the final 2 candidates for chair have declined at this time. Because of COVID the recommendation from the search firm is to hold off the search for 6 months and reconsider at that time.

Dean Jackson is committed to a National search.

He emphasized that the candidates were enthusiastic about the state of the Department and their decision not to join at this time was personal.

Dean Jackson is encouraging us to continue the great work everyone is doing in the Department of Pediatrics. The Deans were appreciative for all the help the Department faculty had provided before and during the search.

Let me know if you have questions

Thank you

Dr. Eva Tsalikian, Professor and Interim Chair, Stead Family Department of Pediatrics; and Interim Physician-in-Chief, University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital.

Tuberous Sclerosis Complex Clinic (TSC)

At the University of Iowa, a multidisciplinary TSC clinic was formed in 2018. The shared clinic includes pediatric genetics (Dr. Sidhu) and genetic counseling, pediatric neurology/epilepsy (Dr. Ciliberto), and pediatric nephrology (Dr. Harshman). The purpose of this clinic is to provide coordinated, comprehensive care in parallel with guidelines from the TSC Alliance.

Tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) is an autosomal dominant genetic disorder effecting 1 in 5000-10000 live births. TSC is known for the potential to cause severe neurologic manifestations such as intellectual and learning disabilities, epilepsy, and hydrocephalus. However, TSC is a multi-system disorder that can affect most organ systems including the skin, kidneys, lungs, and heart.

Because this disease has such a broad range of signs and symptoms, across the country, it has become the standard of care for academic institutions to develop multidisciplinary clinics for patients with this disease to provide comprehensive care in an efficient, caring, and multigenerational manner. Often, multiple family members are affected and benefit from comprehensive, family-centered care in a focused clinic.

This quarterly clinic currently serves approximately 50 pediatric patients with TSC. For questions about this clinic or information on how to refer a patient for comprehensive TSC care, please contact 319-356-8427 or email liberty-taeger@uiowa.edu.

Staff Spotlight – Samuel Wong, DO, MS

Dr. Wong is Clinical Assistant Professor in the Division of Neonatology.

I joined UI healthcare recently in July. I work in the Division of Neonatology. I provide clinical care in the NICU. My academic and scholarly focus will be two areas: 1) assisting the development of our Neonatal-Pediatric Transport program and 2) the development of new tools and utilization of the big data streams collected through Sickbay to improve our delivery of care in the NICU.

I am married. My wife is a nurse, I met her through my primary care clinic during residency. She is a ninja at delivering vaccines to kids. We have a 1 year old son named Emory. He is learning to express himself and is a handful of adorable energy.

I like nature, food and travel documentaries. I am always looking to learn new cooking techniques and incorporate them into new recipes. My current food projects are developing a mean deep dish pizza dough and perfecting a nappa cabbage kimchi. Long term goals are to grow a full-sized watermelon, catch a trout on a dry-fly, and successfully smoke a whole brisket.

My guilty pleasure is Arby’s fast food. I really enjoy fountain Coca-Cola. I will not drink Pepsi.

I enjoy supporting my favorite soccer team, Arsenal, in their quest to win the English Premiere League and Champions League Tournament.

Fun fact: I was a former MN elementary state chess co-champion.

Ride 4 Youth Virtual Bike Ride

For the 8th year in a row, this charity bike ride is being coordinated by a group of hard-working volunteer medical students who are part of the Lois Boulware Learning Community at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine.  100% of Ride 4 Youth proceeds benefit youth and families at United Action for Youth.

The ride is September 26 – October 4 and there are multiple ways to give or participate. Register today!

United Action for Youth (UAY) has been providing support to youth and families in Johnson County since 1970.  UAY is a local, arts-based youth organization that provides mental health, advocacy and enrichment programs for young people in Johnson County and surrounding areas. This year, UAY celebrates 50 years of empowering young people to CREATE, GROW & LEAD.  Help us celebrate by participating in the 8th Annual Ride 4 Youth!