Watkinson Named Nurse of the Year by National Hemophilia Foundation

Congratulations to Karla Watkinson, RN on receiving the Nurse of the Year Award from the National Hemophilia Foundation!

Nominated by Tami Bullock, Karla has proven to be a great resource and pillar for the many individuals and families at the University of Iowa Hemophilia and Thrombosis Center for nearly 30 years. She is admired for her dedication and kindness to the bleeding disorder community.

The award will be officially presented at the NHF Bleeding Disorders Conference at the Marriott Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA on Saturday, October 5, 2019.

Congratulations, Karla!

Dr. Lindower and Dr. Ahrens to Perform at The Mill

Dr. Julie Lindower (center) and Dr. Dick Ahrens, among others, will perform at The Mill on July 20 at 7:00 PM.

Dr. Julie Lindower (neonatology, Clinical Associate Professor) invites all colleagues to come to the Mill in Iowa City to hear her sing and perform on bass guitar with some outstanding musicians including consummate Iowa City guitarist John Lake, UI faculty Gary Baumbach and Dick Ahrens (Pulmonary Medicine, Professor Emeritus), Iowa City guitarist Jeremy Cohen, and “Recliners” drummer Woody Sims, among others. The event will highlight musicians both young and not so young! A variety of artists will be represented from Queen to Panic at the Disco to Bonnie Raitt.

For every colleague from any division or department who attends and says hi, Julie will make a donation to support children and families cared for at Stead Family Children’s Hospital.

Write Winning Grant Proposals: 2019 Seminar- Friday, Oct. 25th.

The Research Development Office in the Office of the Vice President for Research, in collaboration with the Carver College of Medicine Office of Faculty Affairs and Development, would like to make you aware that Dr. John Robertson from Grant Writer’s Seminars and Workshops (GWSW) will conduct the Write Winning Grant Proposals seminar on Friday, October 25, 2019. The seminar is appropriate for faculty members, postdoctoral researchers and administrative staff who have had some exposure to writing grant applications, either through training / mentoring or personal experience. Please share this information with faculty and staff you think would benefit from this training. Additional details are below.

  • TITLE: Write Winning Grant Proposals
  • DATE: Friday, October 25, 2019
  • TIME: 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM (Check in opens at 7:45 AM)
  • PLACE: The Hilton Garden Inn, Iowa City (328 S. Clinton Street)
  • COST: $150/person (includes supplemental materials and lunch)
  • REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Friday, October 4, 2019 (close of business)

See this page for further details and to register.

Six New Providers Start July 1

The first 6 new faculty begin arriving July 1. Three faces may be familiar, while 3 will be brand new. Please welcome all that start July 1 below.

Donna Cheung, MBBS (GI) – Dr. Cheung completed her MBBS from University of West Indies, Jamaica in 2011. Next, she completed international pediatric internship from the University Hospital of the West Indies, Jamaica 2013. She completed US Pediatric Residency training at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine in 2016, followed by pediatric fellowship training at the same institution in pediatric gastroenterology, which she recently completed in June 2019. She is board certified in Pediatrics, and board eligible in pediatric gastroenterology.

Dr. Cheung will staff gastroenterology clinics at Stead Family Children’s Hospital and outreach, attend the inpatient and consult service, perform and supervise procedures, share evening and weekend calls, and participate in teaching and educational activities within the Department.

Jaime M. Williams Nagy, PhD (Genetics) – Dr. Nagy received her BS from the University of Iowa in 2008, and completed her PhD in Molecular and Human Genetics from Baylor College of Medicine in 2014. She returned to Iowa to complete a Cytogenetics Fellowship from 2015 to 2017. She is board certified in Clinical Cytogenetics.

Dr. Nagy has been a cytogeneticist in the Division of Medical Genetics and Genomics. This appointment serves to recognize her role as Assistant Clinical Lab Director for the Cytogenetics Lab and her contributions to the mission of the Division of Medical Genetics and Genomics. With Dr. Darbro’s support, she plans to submit applications for funding to support their collaborative research.

Anna Schmitz, MD (GenPeds) – Dr. Schmitz earned her medical degree from the University of Iowa in 2014. She completed a Pediatric Residency, Primary Care Track, at the Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals in 2017. Dr. Schmitz was also the Pediatric Chief Resident at the Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals from 2017-2018. Upon training completion, she has worked as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin since 2018. Lastly, Dr. Schmitz is board certified in Pediatrics by the American Board of Pediatrics.

Dr. Schmitz will participate as a member of the General Pediatric Hospitalist Clinical Service. Her duties will include attending on the inpatient and consult service, including child protection, sharing on-call responsibilities, attending on the newborn nursery service, participating in teaching and educational activities within the Department.

Sreenath Thati Ganganna, MBBS (Neurology) – Dr. Thati Ganganna earned his medical degree from Kilpauk Medical College in 2003. Dr. Kilpauk Medical College completed pediatric residency training in 2007 from the University College of Medical Sciences in Delhi, India. He also completed pediatric residency at Brookdale Hospital and Medical Center in 2012. Subsequently, he completed pediatric fellowship training in Child Neurology from Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, University Hospitals & Case Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio. He also completed a fellowship in epilepsy in 2016 and a fellowship in clinical neurophysiology in 2017 at University of Michigan Health System. Upon graduation, Dr. Thati Ganganna has worked as a Pediatric Neurology Attending Physician at Nemours Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware.

Dr. Thati Ganganna will be a pediatric epileptologist within the Division of Neurology. His clinical responsibilities will include holding epilepsy clinics and reading EEGs. Additionally, he will share in the coverage of the neurology inpatient and consultation services.

Emily Hvidston, MD (GenPeds/Education) – Dr. Hvidston earned her BS from College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University in 2010. Next she completed a non-degree program at Lake Superior College in 2010 and continued her University of Minnesota Duluth in 2011. She earned her medical degree from the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences in 2015 and completed pediatric residency training from the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics in 2018. She recently completed serving as co-Chief Resident in the Stead Family Department of Pediatrics. Dr. Hvidston is board certified in Pediatrics by the American Board of Pediatrics.

Dr. Hvidston will have a 50% part time appointment, including 10% clinical as a member of the General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine team, and 40% serving as an Educational Associate working with our Residency Program. Her clinical duties will include outpatient clinics (resident, private, or extended hours) at one of our three practice locations, newborn nursery shifts (weekday or weekend), and inpatient hospitalist coverage.

Bryan Koestner, MD (GenPeds) – Dr. Koestner completed all of his training at the University of Iowa. He received his BS in Psychology in 2010, and his MD in 2016. Dr. Koestner has been a pediatric resident here since 2016.

Dr. Koestner will join the Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine to provide inpatient clinical services as part of the hospitalist team. His duties will include attending on the inpatient and consult service, including child protection, sharing on-call responsibilities, attending on the newborn nursery service, participating in teaching and educational activities within the Department.

Division of Critical Care Turns 25

Left to right: Fred Lamb, James Royall, and Neil Kooy
Peggy Duwa

Congratulations to the Division of Critical Care on turning 25 years old! The division originated on July 1, 1994 with 3 physicians – James Royall, Neil Kooy, and Fred Lamb. Peggy Duwa was, and still is, the administrative assistant. They now include 10 physicians, 6 fellows, 9 ARNP’s and Peggy, and have grown from an 8-bed unit to a 28-bed unit.

DeGeeter and Reinking Named Co-Faculty Directors for Med Student Communities

Catherine DeGeeter and Ben Reinking

Drs. Catherine DeGeeter (GI), and Ben Reinking (Cardiology) were recently co-Faculty Directors of 2 of the 4 medical student communities in the College of Medicine.

Dr. DeGeeter will be co-Faculty Director of the Flocks Community, and Dr. Reinking will be co-Faculty Director of the Boulware Community. Both leadership roles are effective July 1, 2019.