About Scott Fedler

Admin Services Specialist, Pediatrics Academic Administration

Dr. McElroy Publishes in Journal of Pediatrics

Congratulations to Dr. Steve McElroy (neonatology) for his recent article accepted for publication/published online in the Journal of Pediatrics on Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC).

Necrotizing Enterocolitis: Using Regulatory Science and Drug Development to Improve Outcomes.

Abstract portion:

In this review, the International Neonatal Consortium NEC working group addresses key issues that relate to the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of NEC while suggesting a path forward to evaluate the safety and efficacy of each product. Despite years of clinical investigation, additional key data elements are needed to meet the requirements of regulatory agencies and evidence-based medicine.4 These include reliable diagnostic criteria, biomarkers predictive of risk and prognosis, and criteria for the design and conduct of clinical trials with consistent and clinically meaningful outcome measures for therapeutic trials.

Dr. Arenas Morales Receives Teaching Award from Blank

Congratulations to Dr. Aura Jeannette Arenas Morales (Nephrology) on receiving the Excellence in Teaching Award this afternoon from the residents at Blank Children’s Hospital!

Dr. Arenas is University of Iowa faculty, but sees patients full time at Blank Children’s Hospital. It’s a great honor to have her represent the teaching excellence that is supported through this unique collaboration between the University of Iowa and Blank Children’s Hospital. The residents have provided great feedback to her knowledge and support she has provided to them both in the clinic and inpatient realms.

Congratulations, Dr. Arenas!

Children’s Hospital Ranks in Six Specialties by US News and World Report

We are pleased to announce that University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital is included in the 2019-20 rankings of “Best Children’s Hospitals” released today by U.S. News & World Report magazine.

This distinction is a reflection of the experience, expertise, and longstanding dedication of our faculty and staff who care for our pediatric patients and their families. Congratulations to all for achieving this outstanding national recognition. Following is the news announcement that will be featured on The Loop and included in today’s edition of Noon News:

University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital ranks in six specialties in U.S. News & World Report 2019-20 ‘Best Children’s Hospitals’ University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital is listed among the nation’s best in six specialties, according to the new 2019-20 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings published online today by U.S. News & World Report, the global authority in hospital rankings and consumer advice. UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital—Iowa’s only nationally ranked children’s hospital—ranked in the following areas:

  • 16 in neonatology
  • 21 in pediatric diabetes and endocrinology
  • 26 (tie) in pediatric urology
  • 29 in pediatric orthopedics
  • 39 (tie) in pediatric nephrology
  • 46 in pediatric cancer

The 13th annual Best Children’s Hospitals rankings recognize the top 50 pediatric facilities across the U.S. in 10 pediatric specialties: cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery, neonatology, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology and lung surgery, and urology.

“Being once again ranked as one of the nation’s top children’s hospitals—and the only nationally ranked children’s hospital in Iowa—highlights our dedication to providing the best care to all of Iowa’s children, as well as those in surrounding states and across the country. This is a true testament to the hard work and dedication of our doctors, nurses, and staff,” says Eva Tsalikian, MD, interim physician-in-chief of UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital and interim chair and department executive officer of the Stead Family Department of Pediatrics at the UI Carver College of Medicine. “We celebrate 10 consecutive years of being recognized for our quality of care and look forward to continuing to provide advanced, compassionate care our patients and their families have come to expect.”

“This honor reflects the outstanding care and service provided by our dedicated team of world-class pediatric specialists and health care professionals,” adds Amy O’Deen, interim executive director of UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital. “We are proud of our team and grateful to the thousands of families who trust us to expertly care for their children each year.”

“The Best Children’s Hospitals rankings were designed to help provide families seeking the best medical care for their sick child with access to the most comprehensive data available,” said Ben Harder, managing editor and chief of health analysis at U.S. News. “The rankings, coupled with guidance from pediatricians, help families make better-informed decisions about where to find high-quality, compassionate care for their children when they need it most.”

U.S. News introduced the Best Children’s Hospitals rankings in 2007 to help families of children with rare or life-threatening illnesses find the best medical care available. The rankings are the most comprehensive source of quality-related information on U.S. pediatric hospitals.

The U.S. News Best Children’s Hospitals rankings rely on clinical data and on an annual survey of pediatric specialists. The rankings methodology factors in patient outcomes, such as mortality and infection rates, as well as available clinical resources and compliance with best practices.

This year’s rankings will be published in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals 2020” guidebook (ISBN 9781931469937), available in stores mid-September.

For more information, visit Best Children’s Hospitals for the full rankings and use #BestHospitals on Facebook and Twitter.

Staff Spotlight – Christoph Randak, MD

Dr. Randak is Associate Professor in the Division of Pulmonary Medicine.

I work as an Associate Professor in the Division of Pulmonary Medicine. I work as a physician-scientist. Most of my time I do research on CFTR (the protein that is affected in cystic fibrosis), which brought me originally from Munich, Germany, to Iowa City about 18 years ago. I am exploring how this protein functions in the cell, how mutations reduce this function and whether new research findings can be used to treat cystic fibrosis. In addition, I see children and adolescents with cystic fibrosis and other lung diseases in our pediatric specialty clinic and on the inpatient service. I have joined the faculty of the Department of Pediatrics in 2009. Before that I did my fellowship in Pediatric Pulmonology in this Department.

I am married to my wife, Leigh Ann, for 13 years. We have a son, Daniel (6), who is now a first grader. Most of Leigh Ann’s extended family lives in Iowa while all my extended family lives in Germany where I come from.

I don’t really have a hobby. I spend my free time with my family, going to the playground, swimming or playing at home with my son. Both, Leigh Ann and I like hiking and enjoy the outdoors. We also spend time visiting my family in Bavaria, Germany, about once a year. I don’t read very much for fun but if I do I enjoy books about foreign cultures and countries like those written by the late German journalist Peter Scholl-Latour.

When people ask me about my dream job I tell them: This is it! I always wanted to be a physician-scientist and do both basic research and caring for patients.

I like fruits a lot, like strawberries and pineapple. I am fortunate to say that I love whatever Leigh Ann cooks!

I like old movies, some favorites are “It’s a Wonderful Life”, “To Kill a Mockingbird”, and “The Little World of Don Camillo”.

Staff Spotlight – Lauren Kanner, MD

Dr. Kanner is Clinical Assistant Professor in the Division of Endocrinology and Diabetes.

I started working at UIHC in August 2018. This was my only position here.

I have a 21 month old son, Noah, and have been married to my husband for almost 7 years. We also have a one-eyed orange tabby cat, Casey, who is 9 years old.

Nowadays, I spend most of my freetime outside with my family taking advantage of Iowa City’s great playgrounds and becoming a master bubble blower. I also enjoy gardening in my vegetable garden, reading memoirs, historical fiction and young adult lit and singing, although I have not found a choir in Iowa City yet.

Most fascinating place I have visited would be the Costa Rican jungle because of the awesomeness of being surrounded by the quiet of the nature and wildlife there but the most fascinating place I have ever lived is tied for Copenhagen and New York City because of the opportunities for experiences there and the people watching.

Favorite meal is sushi or my mom’s chicken enchiladas with mole.

Favorite book: Falling Leaves; Favorite movie: Whale Rider.

Fun fact: I used to ballroom dance and know how to lead and follow in multiple styles. I was classically trained for voice in high school and college.

Staff Spotlight – Julianne Torres, DO

Dr. Torres is Clinical Assistant Professor in the Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.

I have been faculty in General Pediatrics since August 2018 after completing my residency here.

At home I have my husband Dias, who is a chef for the university, and our dog Roscoe, who is a lovable crazy puppy.

I love salsa and swing dancing, running, and boxing at Title Boxing. I love to go hiking and exploring with my dog.

I lived in both Ireland and Ecuador during college. I loved both places with their unique culture and beautiful scenery.

My favorite food/restaurant is the pizza from Wig and Pen. I also love the Green Bay Packers.

Fun Fact: I like to learn how to say a few phrases in many languages. I can say ‘hello, how are?’ you in about 10 languages.