New Faculty Announcement – Dr. Bermick

Please welcome Dr. Jennifer Bermick at Associate Professor in the Division of Neonatology.

Dr. Bermick earned her BS from Purdue University in 2003.  She earned her medical degree at Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health in 2007 after which she completed pediatric residency training in 2010 and completed neonatal-perinatal fellowship in 2013, both at the University of Michigan.  She is board certified in pediatrics and sub-boarded in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine.  Dr. Bermick joins the University of Iowa after spending 7 years as a member of the Division of Neonatology at the University of Michigan where she was an Assistant Professor. 

Dr. Bermick will provide inpatient services in the Neonatal Critical Care unit, Neonatal transport and NP teams (Bay II/III), and level VI  service. Her area of research focus includes epigenetic regulation of the neonatal immune system and the impact of early life inflammatory exposures on neonatal immune system development and function. Dr. Bermick was just awarded two RO1s to study the neonatal immune system.

Please welcome Dr. Bermick to the Department, the University and the community!

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.

New Faculty Announcement – Dr. Sun

Please welcome Dr. Hua (“Linda”) Sun as Assistant Professor in the Division of Nephrology, Dialysis and Transplantation.

Dr. Sun received all of her training from Nanjing Medical University in China that includes her Bachelor of Medicine degree in 2001, MS in 2004, and MD in 2007. Next, she completed international pediatric residency training from Shanghai Jiaotong University School of Medicine in 2009.  Dr. Sun then completed US pediatric residency from the University of Iowa Stead Family Department of Pediatrics in 2017.  She recently completed nephrology fellowship training at Boston Children’s Hospital.  She is board certified in Pediatrics and board eligible in pediatric nephrology.

Dr. Sun will serve as a physician scientist with a research focus in podocyte biology and genetic renal disease.  While her major role will be to facilitate the expansion of the department’s research portfolio, she will also be instrumental in accelerating the expansion of specialized clinical care in the Division of Pediatric Nephrology.

Please welcome Dr. Sun to the Department, the University, and the community!

New Faculty Announcement – Dr. Luangrath

Please welcome Dr. Mitchell Luangrath as Clinical Assistant Professor in the Division of Critical Care.

Dr. Luangrath earned his BS from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2010.  Next, he earned his medical degree from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in 2014.  Dr. Luangrath completed pediatric residency training in 2017 at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics.   He recently completed pediatric fellowship training in pediatric critical care at the University of Iowa.  He is board certified in Pediatrics and board eligible in critical care medicine. 

Dr. Luangrath will attend on one of the PICU inpatient teams, share on-call responsibilities, participate in teaching and educational activities within the Department and help continue the development of the Critical Care program in the Stead Family Department of Pediatrics.

Please welcome Dr. Luangrath to his new role in the Department!

Dr. Tsalikian to Present State of the Department Address

Dr. Eva Tsalikian, Professor and Interim Chair of the Stead Family Department of Pediatrics; and Physician-in-Chief of University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital will present the annual State of the Department Address on Friday, September 4 from 12:00-1:00 via Zoom. All are welcome to attend.

The Zoom link will be sent out the day before.