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.

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.

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!

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. Hirsch is Departing UI Health Care

 

Dear friends and colleagues,

It is with mixed feelings that I am writing to notify you that I will be stepping down as department chair on or about June 1. I have accepted the position of Chair of Pediatrics at UCSF and Physician-in-Chief of Benioff Children’s Hospitals. I will be working with Dean Jackson and Department leadership to ensure a smooth transition.

I look forward to sharing additional thoughts with all of you in the coming weeks about the Department and its future. In the meantime, I want you to know that the decision to leave this wonderful organization was a difficult one. But as I indicated at my recent State of the Department address, I believe that an organization must refresh its leadership on a regular basis in order to remain outstanding and that the time has come to pass on the baton. It has been my honor to shepherd the Stead Family Department of Pediatrics and the Stead Family Children’s Hospital these past seven years. I have never worked with more outstanding people than yourselves and I will miss all of you. I will retain many fond memories of my years at the University of Iowa and the times we shared together.

Raphi

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.

Holiday Message from Dr. Hirsch

As the holidays are approaching and this calendar year will soon be coming to an end, I would like to extend my thanks to each and every one of you for your contributions towards our Department’s achievements in patient care, education, research, and public health. I look forward to working with all of you in the coming year to help make the world a better place for the children and families we serve. I wish you and your families a joyous holiday season and a happy and healthy new year.