Cardiology and Genetics Combine to Solve Medical Mystery

“An 11-year-old boy playing baseball stops running, clutches his chest and falls to the ground. He cannot be resuscitated. One of his brothers survives a similar attack and no one can figure out why, until a medical team at the University of Iowa discovered an unknown genetic disorder.”

Charity Nebbe, from Iowa Public Radio’s Talk of Iowa podcast, talked with Dr. Ian Law (Cardiology) and Hannah Bombei, MS, CGC (Medical Genetics and Genomics) to discuss their years of testing and research to stop a disease plaguing an Iowa Mennonite family of eight.

BMT Program Now a Member of PIDTC

Under the leadership of Dr. Arun Modi (Hematology/Oncology), the Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT) program is now a part of the Primary Immune Deficiency Treatment Consortium (PIDTC) – an NIH-funded consortium of select children’s hospitals involved in the diagnosis, cutting-edge research, and new clinical trials for Primary Immune deficiency disorders.

This is a great honor and achievement to be included in the PIDTC. “This is a feather in the cap of Dr. Modi and his BMT team”, says Dr. Yatin Vyas, Division Director for Hematology/Oncology.

Dr. Vyas Accepted into Leadership Program

Congratulations to Dr. Vyas for being accepted into the 9th Cohort of the 2020-2021 Pediatric Leadership Development Program through the Association of Medical School Pediatric Department Chairs (AMSPDC). The purpose of this program is to develop leadership skills and provide experience in all aspects of leading departments in an academic medical centers.

Dr. Dickens to Receive UI Dance Marathon Chair

Congratulations to Dr. David Dickens (Hem/Onc), who will be receiving the UI Dance Marathon Chair in Pediatric Oncology. The investiture ceremony will be Thursday, March 5 at 3:30 PM in the Urmila Sahai Auditorium in MERF (second floor).

All are welcome to attend the ceremony, and no RSVP is necessary.

The College will also will recognize the generosity of the University of Iowa Dance Marathon organization, who with their philanthropic gifts, established this prestigious position within the College of Medicine.

NICU Praised in New Book


Journalist and mother Sarah DiGregorio praises the UI NICU in her new book, “Early,” (Harper Collins, 2020) a deeply personal study of premature birth in the United States.

Inspired by her own harrowing experience giving birth to her premature daughter, the book is a compelling and empathetic work that combines memoir with rigorous reporting to tell the story of neonatology—and to meditate on the questions raised by premature birth.

Ms. DiGregorio also speaks about the book and her experiences on NPR’s On Point podcast.

Specifically, page 188 of the book makes some exemplary comments at the NICU at the UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital.

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.

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.

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!