Norris Named Permanent Division Director of Endocrinology and Diabetes

I’m happy to announce Dr. Andrew Norris as the permanent Division Director of the Division of Endocrinology and Diabetes beginning July 1, 2020. He had been interim Division Director since July 2019.

Dr. Norris received his MD and PhD in Molecular Biophysics from Washington University School of Medicine in 1997. He completed his Pediatric internship and residency from 1997‐2000 at the University of Iowa, followed by his Pediatric Endocrinology fellowship from 2000‐2003 at Children’s Hospital Boston. From 2003‐2005 he was an Instructor in Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, before starting at the University of Iowa in 2005. He has been Professor of Pediatrics and of Biochemistry since 2018.

Aside from being an active clinician, an excellent teacher and mentor, Dr. Norris has been a productive investigator that has focused in the study of the root causes of cystic fibrosis‐related diabetes, early life programming of type 2 diabetes risk, fatty acid metabolism and insulin action, and the bioinformatic study of common metabolic diseases. He has published extensively and has received numerous R01 awards through the NIH and remains a prolific scholar. Dr. Norris is also Associate Director of the Fraternity of Eagles Diabetes Research Center at the University of Iowa.

Please join me in welcoming Dr. Norris to his permanent role within the Department.

–Eva Tsalikian, MD Professor and Interim Chair, Stead Family Department of Pediatrics

Leadership Transitions in the Department

John Heinemann will be stepping down from his position as Clinical Department Administrator after being appointed to a new position in Hospital Administration.  In his new role, John will be working closely with all Department Chairs, hospital leaders, and other stakeholders on a wide range of initiatives to broaden strategic alignment for UI Health Care.  While his last day in the Department will be Friday, June 12th, there will be a longer transition period in place to ensure the process is as seamless as possible. 

In the interim, Cody Ching, will be serving as our Clinical Department Administrator. He will oversee the day-to-day operations in pediatrics and ensure the continuation of our projects and strategic priorities. In addition, Jacque Meierotto will be appointed to serve as Assistant Administrator on an interim basis.  She will assume responsibilities previously held by John and Cody to better support Division and Departmental operations.

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!

First Joins the Department as Senior Financial Analyst

Cindy First joined the Finance team on May 6th as a Senior Financial Analyst.

Before joining the University of Iowa Healthcare, Cindy worked as a Financial and System Analyst at Waypoint Services, a non-profit organization.  She also worked for AEGON (aka Transamerica) for 20 years before serving as a Senior Financial Analyst for Collins for 5 years.  Cindy has a daughter, Keegan, who has been accepted directly into the College of Public Health at the University of Iowa. Keegan will start the program at the University of Iowa this Fall so Cindy plans to relocate from Cedar Rapids to the Coralville area with her yellow lab (Nala), long haired chihuahua (Rico), and a cat (Taz).

Please welcome Cindy to the Department!

TIAA Financial Consultants Are Available for Virtual Individual Meetings

I wanted to make sure you – and your employees – are aware that your local TIAA Financial Consultants continue to be available to meet with you to discuss your retirement plan and your investments.  The only difference is that these meetings are now being conducted over the phone or virtually through our web based meetings.  These meetings are secure and only you and the Financial Consultant will be in that virtual meeting room together.  

Above I have provided you with a copy of our schedules for both our University of Iowa meetings and our local Iowa City office meeting dates where our local Financial Consultants will be available to meet during the month of April. 

As you may know TIAA Financial Consultants meet with University of Iowa employees to help them with any questions they have with the University of Iowa retirement plans that they contribute to with TIAA.  These meetings are offered for no additional charge and are provided as a service to the University of Iowa and your employees.

If you would be willing to share this schedule with employees that you support we would be very appreciative.  The attached schedules include information on how to select and reserve a specific meeting time directly with TIAA – for anyone that wishes to do so.

Transition to University Shared Services for Financial Transactions

We are excited to announce the Stead Family Department of Pediatrics will officially partner with University Shared Services (USS) to standardize financial related functions including purchasing, travel, and reimbursement effective February 1, 2020.

Currently, there are more than 120 faculty and staff engaging in over 14,000 transactions per year in the Department.  The inconsistency in our process along with the large volume of transactions can lead to delays in reimbursement, auditing errors, and increased risk. The decision to partner with USS will allow us to streamline financial transactions, reduce processing timelines, and allow faculty and staff to focus on other activities related to our clinical, education, and research missions.

USS will assign two highly trained representatives to process our transactions.  Both Representatives (below) will be located within our central administrative offices in BT 2000 and provide the following scope of services:

In Scope (handled by USS)

  • Procurement Card reconciliation
  • Travel Expense Vouchers (TEV)
  • eBuy requisitions
  • eVouchers
  • pReqs

Out of Scope (remains with Department faculty/staff)

  • Travel arrangements and trip creation
  • Procurement Card purchases
  • Lab and research purchases

Additional information will be provided by your Division’s Administrative support staff. The attached cheat sheet can also be useful in learning how to utilize USS.

Pham Named Finance Manager for the Department

We are pleased to announce that Phuong Pham has been promoted to Finance Manager in the Stead Family Department of Pediatrics. She has been serving as the interim Finance Manager since October 1, 2019 and will assume her new position immediately.  As Finance Manager, Phuong will oversee all areas of finance, including financial reporting, research, clinical trials, budgeting, and department fund flows.

Phuong joined the Department in December 2016 as a Senior Financial Analyst. In her role, she was responsible for collaborating with the Finance Manager multiple functions, including financial reporting, budget development, and assisting with the Departmental incentive plan. Previously, Phuong served as a Financial Analyst in central finance with UI Health Care overseeing and preparing Medicare cost reports, Tricare reimbursement reports, and assisting with Medicaid audits. 

Prior to joining the University, Phuong held multiple roles in the Finance Departments at both New Pioneer Coop and Frontier Coop as a Certified Public Accountant. 

Phuong received a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Posts and Telecommunications Institute of Technology in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Iowa.

Please join us in congratulating Phuong!

John M. Heinemann, MHA, MPH; Interim Clinical Department Administrator

It’s Performance Review Season!

The annual performance review cycle is underway. The Department of Pediatrics has established a goal to have all performance reviews completed no later than February 29, 2020. Below is an outline of the necessary steps to complete this process.

P&S Review Process

  1. Employee selects “Create New Review” in the online performance review tool to initiate the review.
  2. Employee completes self-evaluation in the online performance review tool and submits to the supervisor via the online performance review tool by December 13, 2019. You can submit by selecting the green button titled “Submit Performance Review”. Attached are tips to assist you with completing a well-rounded self-evaluation.
  3. Supervisor utilizes request feedback option in the online performance review tool.
  4. Supervisor completes Performance Review in the performance review tool (does not finalize).
  5. Supervisor meets with employee to review and discuss the performance review and rating.
  6. Once completed, supervisor selects “Finalize Performance Review” which sends the form to employee for acknowledgement.
  7. Employee adds additional comments and acknowledges review with electronic signature.
  8. Performance Review and Peer Review report is automatically uploaded into employee’s ePersonnel file. Please allow 24 hours for the system to complete this process.

You can access the Performance Review tool and last year’s review through Self-Service under the Personal tab (refer to picture below). Additionally, your completed Performance Review from 2018-2019 is available via your ePersonnel file in Self-Service under the Documents section.

If you need a copy of your current job description to use as a reference during this process, you may email the general Pediatrics HR email address (listed below). In the event your job duties and responsibilities have changed or evolved over the last year, please work with you supervisor to update your job description and return an updated copy to Pediatrics Human Resources.

Please do not hesitate to email PedsUIChildrensHR@healthcare.uiowa.edu with any questions.

Departments Seeks Applicants for Fellowship Coordinator

The Stead Family Department of Pediatrics is seeking a Fellowship Coordinator to assist in the design, planning, integration and evaluation of fellowship curriculum; manage application enrollment process; ensure compliance with Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) standards and graduate medical education (GME) office; and manage teaching resources.

Some of the specific duties will include:

  • Some of the specific duties will include:
  • Coordinating administrative and operational activities for multiple Pediatric Fellowship programs in collaboration with Pediatric Fellowship Program Director(s) and the Vice Chair for Education within the Stead Family Department of Pediatrics.
  • Monitor national subspecialty match system and prepare reports for Pediatric Fellowship Director pertaining to success and suggested methods for improvement.
  • Plan and organize events for Pediatric fellowship Program (graduation, retreat, etc.).
  • Plan, schedule and facilitate orientation for incoming fellows. Compile required documentation for orientation packet, including documentation guidelines and electronic medical record training at UIHC.  
  • Organize and coordinate Departmental Fellow Core Curriculum for Pediatric Fellowship Programs, including weekly conference series. 
  • Serve as liaison for site visits with ACGME and GME (internal).
  • Monitor Pediatric Fellowship Program expenditures, including travel, books, food and Departmental Fellow Core Curriculum series.
  • Collaborate with Residency Education and Medical Student Education Programs within the Department.

We are encouraging all interested departmental candidates to consider applying for this great opportunity. To review or apply for this position click here. The posting close date is October 4, 2019. You are encouraged to contact John Heinemann or Maeve Jackowski Price with any questions about the position.

Please assist in our recruitment efforts by sharing this information with those who may be interested and meet the required qualifications. Thank you!

Department Seeks Applicants for Admin Services Coordinator

The Stead Family Department of Pediatrics is seeking an Admin Services Coordinator to support the functions and daily operations of multiple Divisions in the Department of Pediatrics at the direction of the Department’s administrative leadership team.

  • Support the daily operations of an office, project or program, including coordination of specialized events and activities, appropriateness of expenditures, contract or grant requirements, and changes in policies and procedures
  • Support assigned division director in planning, developing, coordinating and implementing short and long range goals as outlined in the strategic plan for the division
  • Assist with recruitment including coordinating visits, arranging travel and planning itineraries
  • Assist with bi-weekly ELMS editing of division timecards
  • Adherence to University and Departmental policies regarding purchases and expense management to meet division fiscal responsibilities.
  • Understand business need/justification for the use of any UI funds and applies sound judgment.
  • Collect, analyze, maintain and provide information on various divisional activities. 
  • Support Division operational and programmatic functions at the direction of the Division leadership.

We are encouraging all interested departmental candidates to consider applying for this great opportunity. To review or apply for this position click here. The posting close date is October 4, 2019. You are encouraged to contact John Heinemann or Stefanie Pirkl with any questions about the position.

Please assist in our recruitment efforts by sharing this information with those who may be interested and meet the required qualifications. Thank you!