Faculty Named to ABP Subboards

Congratulations to the following faculty have been named to various subboards of the American Board of Pediatrics:

Warren Bishop, MD: Named Medical Editor of the Subboard on Pediatric Gastroenterology.

Aliye Uc, MD: Named Member of the Subboard on Pediatric Gastroenterology.

Carla Nester, MD: Named Member of the Subboard on Pediatric Nephrology.

Polly Ferguson, MD: Named Member of the Subboard on Pediatric Rheumatology.

Dr. Howe Accepted into APA Educational Scholars Program

Congratulations to Dr. Erin Howe who was recently accepted into the Educational Scholars Program of the Academic Pediatric Association!

This program targets present or future faculty in academic pediatrics who wish to build their skills in educational scholarship. Educational scholarship is the development, implementation, evaluation and/or dissemination of educational interventions or evaluation methods by a creative, planned and rigorous process that is consistent with best practices in the field and reviewed by peers for excellence.

Resident Teams Receive CATCH Grants from the AAP

Two AAP CATCH grants were awarded to resident teams recently. This is a national, competitive process through the AAP to encourage pediatricians to collaborate within their communities to advance Child Health initiatives.  Of the 18 proposals awarded nationally, two were right here in our program!  The teams will have up to $2000 awarded to advance their initiatives.

  • A LatinXchange project will be lead by Dr. Melanie Reyes-Hernandez (PL3), with mentoring provided by Dr. Marguerite Oetting.


  • A Healthy Hawkeye Smiles project will be lead by Drs. Rachel Segal and Michael Cole (PL2’s) and Elizabeth Wilkinson (pediatric dental resident), with mentoring provided by Dr. Jody Murph.


Faculty Elected to the Society for Pediatric Research


Drs. Darbro, Fischer, Staber, Tansey and Wood were recently elected to the Society for Pediatric Research. Congratulations!

The Society for Pediatric Research provides professionals the opportunity to focus on improving child health through high quality research. SPR encourages and supports research endeavors by creating a network of multidisciplinary researchers for the purpose of connectivity within the pediatric community. As a diverse, innovative group of people, SPR offers collaboration among its members for research in order to create meaningful progress for the future of children’s health.

Drs. McNamara and Norris elected to the American Pediatric Society

Founded in 1888, the American Pediatric Society (APS) is the oldest and most prestigious academic pediatric organization in North America. The APS is dedicated to the advancement of child health through the promotion of pediatric research, recognition of achievement and cultivation of excellence through advocacy, scholarship, education and leadership development. Members of APS are recognized as academic leaders in pediatrics, and they continue to contribute to the overall progress of child health while inspiring the next generation of child health professionals.

Distinguished leaders shaping the future of academic pediatrics relies upon a strong membership base. Working together, APS members are dedicated to the vision of a secure future for academic pediatrics. Membership to the APS is by nomination only, and nominations come from current APS members.


Johnson Receives 2018 UI Outstanding Staff Award

Karen Johnson, RN in the NICU, is the recipient of the 2018 UI Outstanding Staff Award. This award is presented yearly to one staff member across the whole University of Iowa community who demonstrates excellence in performance, commitment to service, and who personifies the best qualities of citizenship. This is a tremendous honor, so please congratulate Karen when you see her!

Drs. Zhorne and White Receive “You Make a Difference” Awards

Dr. Leah Zhorne (Neurology) and Dr. Kaitlin White (current PL3 and upcoming Chief Resident) have received “You Make a Difference” Awards from patients and their families. The statements from their respective families are below.

“Dr. Zhorne and her staff including Prairie were very helpful during an appointment for my son. After a less than pleasant previous experience they made a huge difference this time. Very thankful!”



“I just believe that Kaitlin is very down to earth, very good bedside manner. She is very caring, understanding and compassionate. When we couldn’t understand something, she would explain it in layman’s terms.”




Scholz Receives “Friend of Pediatrics” Award

 Dr. Tom Scholz, Director of the Division of Child and Community Health and Director of Community Relations for the Department of Pediatrrics, received the “Friend of Pediatrics” Award from Medical Associates Pediatrics in Dubuque, IA. This award is presented to someone external to the group in Dubuqe that helps makes a difference to the group and to the patients they serve in the Dubuque area.

Stier Named Chief Wellness Officer

Dr. Amy Stier has been named Chief Wellness Officer in the Department of Pediatrics. In this role, Amy will lead the development and implementation of a comprehensive wellness program to ensure a culture of individual value and respect that will improve faculty wellness. This will include addressing physician burnout. Amy is in the process of establishing a wellness committee to assist her in this role. Interested faculty are encouraged to contact her. Improving faculty well-being is a high priority for our department and this committee will report its findings and recommendations by the end of this fiscal year so that a wellness program can be implemented beginning next summer. Please welcome Amy to this new role.