Dr. Fischer Appears on Iowa Public Radio About E-Cigarettes

Dr. Tony Fischer from the Division of Pulmonary Medicine, Allergy and Immunology recently appeared on the Iowa Public Radio program River to River discussing the vaping and e-cigarette epidemic.

The U.S. Surgeon General says electronic cigarette use among young people is increasing at “epidemic proportions.” In Iowa, 2018 data shows that nine percent of high school students in the state used e-cigarettes. Nationally, there was a 78 percent rise in vaping among high school students from 2017 to 2018.

This episode of River to River focuses on the rising use of e-cigarettes or vaping among Iowa teens. Guests include:

  • Danielle Oswald-Thole, the Iowa Government Relations Director for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, Inc
  • Daisy Contreras, a reporter for WUIS in Springfield, IL
  • Michael Triplett, president of Triplett Enterprises Ltd.
  • Dr. Anthony Fischer, a pediatric pulmonologist at University of Iowa Children’s Hospital
  • Dr. Ted Bonebrake, an addiction specialist at UnityPoint Health in Cedar Falls

Dr. Dagle Chosen for Tow Humanism in Medicine Award

Congratulations to Dr. John Dagle (Neonatology) for being named the recipient of the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award presented by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation.

This prestigious award is given to those that demonstrate the Foundation’s and the Carver College of Medicine’s ideals of outstanding compassion in the delivery of care; respect for patients, their families, and healthcare colleagues; and clinical excellence. The official award ceremony will be held May 8, 2019 at 5:30 PM in the Kelch Conference Room, 1289 CBRB.

Congratulations, Dr. Dagle!

New Arrivals in the PICU

Congratulations to Dr. Shilpa Balikai from Critical Care, her husband, Shahzad Ali and daughter Zia, on the arrival of their son, Riann Balikai Ali on March 7, 2019. Riann weighed in at 7 pounds, 15 ounces; and was affectionately deemed to be “Mostly Hair”.

Also, Haley Stoll, ARNP from Critical Care, and her husband and daughter Emory, welcomed Everett Andrew on March 3, 2019. Everett weighed in at 7 pounds, 10 ounces. An adorable baby picture will be loaded as soon as one is received.

Congratulations on the newest additions to your families!

Pediatric Cardiology Team Featured in Patient Story

Members of our pediatric cardiology care team were featured in a patient story on the SFCH website. Drs. Aldoss and Reinking, with Trudy Pierick, ARNP and Brenda Haag, RN were prominently featured in the story of the Knapke family.

“When Shalan and Kyle Knapke found out that their daughter Adira would be born without a fully developed right ventricle, they turned to UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital. “We are so blessed to have such an amazing hospital nearby!”

Dr. Mathews and Pediatric Neurology Team Featured in UI SFCH Patient Story

Once a week, 12-year-old Ben Schussler boards a 9 a.m. plane near his hometown of Eagan, Minnesota, and flies – usually with either a parent or a “Ben’s Team” member – to the Eastern Iowa Airport in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. From there, he and his escort drive 25 minutes to the clinical research unit located within University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics.

Clinic staff all know Ben, and he enters the clinic and heads to his infusion bay, where for an hour he’ll receive an experimental treatment for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). After the infusion, staff will monitor Ben for side effects, and on some days he has to have a blood draw to test progress. He’s usually back home by 7 or8 p.m. that same day.

Ben is part of a clinical trial testing to see whether a new therapy will change the progression of Duchenne muscular dystrophy, says Katherine Mathews, MD, pediatric neurologist at University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital and the UI’s principal investigator for the study in which Ben is participating. DMD is a genetic disorder marked by progressive degeneration of the muscles and increasing weakness.

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Dr. Sato and Dr. Pesce Featured in Patient Story

Dr. Mariko Sato (Hem/Onc) and Liuska Pesce (Endo) were featured in a touching patient story on the UI SFCH website about a child in the pediatric brain tumor clinic. The story highlights the multidisciplinary care provided here at the hospital, and includes pediatric subspecialists from other Departments as well, such as ophthalmology and radiation oncology.

Brady’s story: Finding help, balance, and hope

Calhoun and Marcellus Featured in STATNews

Amy Calhoun
Samantha Marcellus

“A decade earlier, her happy, easygoing little boy had died just after his second birthday. And now here she was, pregnant with twin boys, hoping against hope that they wouldn’t have the same mutated gene that killed their older brother. So when Alyssa Martin found out 21 weeks into her pregnancy that they, too, had inherited the faulty DNA, “it just felt like the end of the world,” she said.

This time, though, Martin knew what she was up against. While she was still pregnant, she and a team of doctors devised a plan to try to save the twins. The boys’ best hope was an experimental drug — a form of copper injected under the skin twice a day — designed to counteract the effects of that mutated gene, which wreaks such havoc on the body’s copper levels that it often kills boys before age 3. If the medication was to have a chance of working, doctors believed, it was crucial that the twins get it within weeks after birth — so time was of the essence.

But getting that drug to Charlie and Kolton Martin proved to be harder than anyone imagined.”

Read more about Dr. Amy Calhoun and Samantha Marcellus and their amazing story on the Martin twins.

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

Babies!!

Congratulations to Noy Vongmoukda, who works in the Insurance Pre-Authorization office, and her family on the birth of her son, Koda Sengchanh Xayasene. Koda was born January 21 at 8:13 AM, weighing 8 lbs, 10 oz.

Dr. Sarah Haskell had a baby girl! Dr. Haskell and her husband, Dennis Firchau, recently had a baby girl – Greta Ann Patricia Firchau, born 1/18/19 at 9:09 AM, weighing 6lbs, 12 oz.

Congratulations to both!!

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.