2018 NIH Rankings Announced

According to the nationwide 2018 NIH rankings of Departments of Pediatrics receiving NIH funding, the Department has improved its standing.

As a whole the Department was up $2 million over the previous year in NIH funding, and our ranking nationwide went from #27 to #24. More details can be found here.

This is nice progress, and a testament to the robust opportunities to be gained here at Iowa. As the Department dedicates more resources to research recruitment over the next couple years, it is anticipated that this progress will continue. Well done!

Call for Abstracts for Pediatrics Research Day, Friday, April 5, 2019

We invite all fellows, residents, medical students, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students to present their research in poster and oral format on Friday, April 5, 2019. Recent and ongoing work or studies performed as part of summer projects are welcome.

The oral presentations will be 1 minute in length in a data blitz format and will be a brief summary of what will be presented at the poster session. One PowerPoint slide will be expected for each abstract. The data blitz will take place in the UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital Conference Center JCP 2415, (across from Elevator F- 2nd. floor) Friday, April 5th. 2:15-3:00 pm. The poster session and reception will be held from 4:00 to 5:00 pm. at the same location. All pediatric faculty, trainees and their colleagues are invited to attend the poster session. Appetizers and beverages will be served. This session will follow an afternoon of presentations highlighting basic and translational research in the Stead Family Department of Pediatrics.

Cash prizes will be given for the best presentations in the areas of basic and translational/clinical research.

Please submit an abstract and data blitz slide of your presentation to Cheri Stevens (email: cheri-stevens@uiowa.edu). The deadline for submission is Friday, March 22, 2019. Please see the research page of the Pediatrics SharePoint site for templates for the abstract and data blitz slide, or contact Cheri.

New Faculty Announcement – Dr. David Dickens

Please welcome Dr. David Dickens to the Department today in the Division of Hematology/Oncology as Clinical Professor.

Dr. Dickens received his BS in 1992 from Oberline College. He earned his medical degree from Upstate Medical University in 1996. Dr. Dickens completed pediatric residency training in 1999 from Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. Subsequently, he completed pediatric fellowship training in hematology/oncology from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Upon graduation, Dr. Dickens has worked for Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital as a staff pediatrician, as well as Assistant Director of Clinical Services for Pediatric Hematology/Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplantation.

Dr. Dickens will be the Pediatric Oncology Clinical Director. He will staff oncology outpatient clinics for the Division of Hematology/Oncology, and will share in the coverage of the pediatric hematology/oncology inpatient service and the oncology consultation service. Additionally, he will focus on building the clinical oncology program.

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Dickens to the Department, University, and the community!

New Clinic – Genetics Cancer Predisposition Clinic

The new Genetics Cancer Predisposition Clinic was started in April 2018. This is staffed by Dr. Alpa Sidhu in Genetics and Dr. William Terry in Hematology/Oncology, with genetic counselors- Kyle Dillahunt and Karin Panzer. Patients seen in the clinic include (a) Pediatric and adult presymptomatic/asymptomatic hereditary cancer predisposition evaluations, (b) Evaluation for genetic syndromes with an associated oncologic risk, and (c) Treatment and ongoing care of affected pediatric oncology patients with a suspected underlying cancer predisposition syndrome. Providers should contact Kyle Dillahunt or Karin Panzer to make referrals.

Clinic days:

Dr. Sidhu – fourth Wednesday of every month at IRL

Dr. Terry – Monday and Wednesday mornings at SFCH11

Karin Panzer – 2 half-days a month at SFCH11

El-Shanti Named Division Director of Medical Genetics

It is my pleasure to welcome Dr. Hatem El-Shanti as the new Director of the Division of Medical Genetics beginning February 25, 2019. Dr. El-Shanti earned his MD at the University of Cairo, Egypt. He completed a M.Sc. in Genetics and a post-doctoral fellowship at Indiana University, followed by a pediatric residency and a medical genetics fellowship at the University of Iowa. Following his training he spent 10 years on the faculty of the Jordan University of Science and Technology where he served in a number of roles, including Director of the Cytogenetics Laboratory, Interim Chairman of Pediatrics, and Medical Director of Princes Rahma Children’s Hospital.

In 2003, Dr. El Shanti returned to Iowa as Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the Carver College of Medicine. In 2007 he was recruited to Qatar as the Managing Director and Principal Research Scientist, Shafallah Medical Genetics Center where he also served as Director of the Diagnostic Molecular Genetics laboratory. Since 2016 he has been Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Jordan School of Medicine.

Dr. El-Shanti is internationally-known for his research on the genetics of a number of disorders of childhood, including autism spectrum disorder, epilepsy, and autoinflammatory diseases. He is a prolific scientist with over one hundred publications and a long track record of funding from the NIH, Jordan’s national research funding agencies, the Qatar National Research Fund, and various foundations.

I am thrilled that Dr. El Shanti is returning to the University of Iowa and I look forward to his contributions and leadership towards enhancing our excellence in medical genetics. Please join me in congratulating him on his new role and welcoming him to our department. I also want to thank Dr. Val Sheffield for his 21 year tenure as director of the division. Val has created a legacy that will serve the division well into the future.

–Dr. Raphael Hirsch, Professor and Chair, Stead Family Department of Pediatrics; Physician-in-Chief, University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital.

Pediatrics Begins Scribe Pilot Study

The Department of Pediatrics is beginning a pilot study to test the use of scribes in the Pediatric Specialty Clinic and the Developmental and Behavioral Pediatric Clinic. The pilot will continue for 3-6 months with the goal of determining the impact on both the patient experience and the provider experience, using defined outcome measures. These measures include: provider burnout, time spent completing documentation, coding accuracy, and patient satisfaction. Four faculty in two specialties (endocrinology and developmental and behavioral pediatrics) will participate in the pilot, with the hope that the results will provide data to justify a broader use of scribes beyond the pilot period. The Department will be updated after completion of the pilot study.

New Email Address for Peds Bench Research

Please begin using peds-research@uiowa.edu for questions relating to grant submissions and awards (including NIH clinical trials), rather than emailing Donna Friel or Angi Roemerman directly. This will help us provide a more timely and coordinated response to your requests!

Please continue to direct your clinical research questions to Jessica Gallagher and Lindsey Eckrich.

CMN, Dance Marathon, and Stead Leadership and Excellence Grant Applications are Available

The CMN, Dance Marathon, and Stead Leadership and Excellence grant applications are now available for Spring 2019. All information and forms can be found on the Research page of the Pediatrics SharePoint. The deadline for submission is February 15, 2019.

Consistent with our departmental internal grant submission policy, ALL Peds Grant research applications, (CMN, DM, Stead Leadership and Stead Excellence) need to be reviewed and signed off on as stated in the attached grant submission checklist. Once Dr. Hirsch reviews, the department will make a pdf of the application and deliver ALL of them to Lela Schumacher in Hospital Administration at one time.

Note: Dance Marathon non-research applications are a direct web submission. We will receive all the Dance Marathon non-research applications after the grant end date, for review.

If you have any questions, please contact peds-research@uiowa.edu.

Dr. Glykys Joins Division of Neurology

Please welcome Dr. Joseph Glykys to the Department in the Division of Neurology as Assistant Professor. Dr. Joseph Glykys earned his medical degree from Universidad de Carabobo in 2001. He then completed his PhD in 2007 at the University California. Dr. Glykys completed pediatric research fellowship training at Massachusetts General Hospital’s Department of Neurology in 2009. Subsequently, he completed a pediatric internship at Massachusetts General Hospital in 2010. He then completed pediatric residency training through Partners Neurology Residency Program of the Massachusetts General and Brigham and Women’s Hospitals in 2013. Upon graduation, Dr. Glykys has worked as an Instructor in Neurology and an Assistant Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School. He has also worked as an Assistant in Neurology and Assistant Neurologist at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA.

We have recruited Glykys to the physician scientist position. His research areas include neuronal hyper-excitability, neonatal seizures, GABAA receptor physiology mediating phasic and tonic inhibition, as well as changes in neuronal chloride concentration during development and under pathological conditions.

Dr. Glykys’ clinical responsibilities will include half day clinic sessions and on-call responsibilities in rotation with other faculty members. Additionally, he will share in the coverage of the neurology inpatient and consultation services.

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Glykys to the Department, the University, and community!