Staff Spotlight – Bill Terry, MD, MPH

Dr. Terry is Clinical Assistant Professor in the Division of Hematology/Oncology.

I moved from New York City in October, 2015 to work in the Division of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology. In Pediatrics, I focus on pediatric solid tumors and cancer predisposition. I also co-manage the Cancer Survivorship Program. In addition, I am the Director of the Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Program, which is an awesome collaboration between the Stead Family Children’s Hospital and the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center. Our program helps to coordinate care for cancer patients ages 13-35.

My husband, Jody, is a dance teacher at Nolte Academy. We have a 7 year old son, Micah, who will be in 2nd grade at Wickham.

Some people say I have an addiction to gardening, but I like to consider it a healthy obsession. If I’m not in the garden, we like to take family bike rides and have lots of parties at our house for friends.

My dream job? A job where I can help improve outcomes for kids and young adults with cancer. My current position allows me to do all the things I want to do in order to build programs that can make a difference.

One of the favorite places I’ve lived is in Sevilla, Spain. It is a fascinating city that mixes Europe and the Middle East. Travel to the rest of Europe and Northern Africa is relatively easy and the people, food and culture are amazing.

Favorite meal or restaurant? Any place outside, by the water, eating seafood.

Favorite book or movie? My most recent favorite book is “A Man Called Ove” by Fredrik Backman.

Staff Spotlight – Amy Conrad, PhD

Dr. Conrad is Assistant Professor in the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics.

I am in the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics and my time is split between outpatient clinical care and research. Clinically, I evaluate children for learning disabilities with a focus on dyslexia. My research uses a combination of neuropsychological testing and neuroimaging to evaluate the development of children with different medical diagnoses. Currently, my research focuses on children with isolated oral clefts as well as children of premature birth. I graduated from the doctoral program in Counseling Psychology from the University of Iowa in 2004 and started in the Department of Psychiatry as a Research Assistant in the lab of Dr. Peg Nopoulos. After nearly 10 years managing research projects in her lab, I moved into a faculty position in the Department of Pediatrics so I could return to some clinical work and focus on my own research interests. I maintain close collaboration with the Nopoulos lab.

I live in Mount Vernon with my husband (Chad) and two children (Rebecca [14 years old] and Nathan [11 years old]). Our kids keep us pretty busy, but when things are slow we like to re-watch episodes of The Office or Parks and Rec; quoting every line and laughing like crazy.

I grew up in Solon and my family is still in the area, so a lot of my free time is spent with family and friends. I am hooked on kettlebells and am trying to convince myself that I am a runner (haven’t been successful yet).

I honestly have my dream job right now. (Okay, less difficulty with the grant process would make it more dreamy – but every job needs some level of challenge.) I love the fact that no day is ever the same. I get to work with patients, develop and conduct research projects, run statistics and present my work, and I get to teach and mentor students. I get to help people in a variety of ways every day.

Most fascinating place I’ve ever visited? A bioluminescent bay in Puerto Rico. My mother met me there right before a conference I was attending and took me to the bay. It was absolutely stunning – the water shimmered with what looked like millions of diamonds.

Favorite sports team? The Hawkeyes! I grew up watching Hawkeye football with my father and look forward to every season.

Favorite book or movie? The Season of Passage, by Christopher Pike.

Fun fact? I once sang back up for a band.

Staff Spotlight – Adam Brown, MD

Dr. Brown is Clinical Assistant Professor in the Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.

I work in the Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine as a general pediatrician. I work at the North Liberty pediatric clinic and have been with the University for a little over a year.

I’m married and have two children, ages 4 and 2. My wife is a student and also works at the University.

My dream job involves teaching medical students and residents. And that’s exactly what I get to do here.

The most fascinating place I’ve lived is Hawaii. The culture and environment there are very unique, and it was a great experience.

The Denver Broncos are my favorite sports team.

My favorite books are the Sword of Truth collection by Terry Goodkind. My favorite movie is Avengers: Endgame.

I love candy, just about anything will do.

Staff Spotlight – Marguerite Oetting, MD

Dr. Oetting is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.

I have worked in the Division of General Pediatrics since 2008. Before that I worked at Pediatric Associates in Iowa City for 10 years.

I am married to Tom Oetting, residency Director for Ophthalmology and we have 3 grown children. Drew is a venture capitalist in San Francisco, Lilli is computer engineer in Austin and Blake is a graduate student in Art History at NYU. We also share our home with two shih-tzus.

In my free time I am learning how to work in the political environment. I am the Immediate Past President of the Iowa AAP and in that role have met legislators in DC and Des Moines, proposed and helped to pass legislation, lobbied/educated legislators and committees and connected many Iowa Pediatricians to state committees to leverage our expertise. My goal is to hear all the presidential hopefuls speak at least once in this caucus cycle!

I have my dream job! 12 years ago I helped to start Healthy Kids School Clinic, a clinic for uninsured children and youth in Johnson County. Serving this group of children and their families who have no other access to healthcare in a school setting was my goal from the time I first stepped into a school clinic in Greensboro, NC during residency. I had the great pleasure of presenting the Healthy Kids Clinic Story poster to my mentor, Dr. Jane Foy, at the American Academy of Pediatrics national meeting in 2018. That was a very special experience!

Most fascinating places I’ve ever visited? Patagonia and Atacama Chile. Tom and I hiked at the “end of the world” in May and it was truly astounding.

Favorite restaurant? Any restaurant with outdoor seating downtown! Love to people watch…

My favorite sport to watch is tennis and my favorite players to watch are Roger Federer and Madison Keys (who grew up in Moline).

Favorite movie? Romantic Comedies, possibly Princess Bride is my all time favorite.

If I had 3 wishes they would be: 1. Universal Healthcare 2. Universal kindness and tolerance 3. More time to travel.

Staff Spotlight – Aaron Boes, MD, PhD

Dr. Boes is Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Neurology & Psychiatry; and Director of the UI Noninvasive Brain Stimulation Program.

I split my time between research, directing the noninvasive brain stimulation program, which primarily involves treating major depression using transcranial magnetic stimulation, and pediatric neurology. I’ve worked at UIHC almost 3 years.

My wife Stephanie is a neonatal nurse practitioner in the NICU here at UIHC. We have two kids, Elise (7) and Emmett (3). Stephanie and I stay pretty busy outside of work trying to keep up with our kids. Other activities would be finding new restaurants in the area or watching movies \ Hawkeyes athletics.

This is my dream job. I love what I’m doing and there’s no place I’d rather be than Iowa City.

I don’t know if I’d describe it as fascinating but I loved living in San Diego for two years as a pediatrics resident.

Favorite meal? Sushi at Sushiya in North Liberty, with my daughter Elise who shares my love of sushi.

Favorite book? The Feeling of What Happens by Antonio Damasio (former UI faculty member in adult neurology).

Staff Spotlight – Dianne McBrien, MD

Dr. McBrien is Clinical Associate Professor in the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics.

I’m in the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. I’m also the medical director of CDD, and I’m the director of Iowa’s LEND (Leadership in Education in Neurodevelopmental and Other Disabilities) Program.

I live with my husband, Bob Bacon, and our two dogs, Cubby and Rizzo.

My hobbies include reading, photography, creating playlists on Spotify. Napping should probably be in there somewhere, but I don’t want to sound like a slug.

My dream job would be as a photojournalist, because I like the idea of learning about new places with my camera.

Most fascinating place I’ve visited? Yellowstone National Park! I want to go back and see buffalo and bears again.

My very favorite meal is Middle Eastern food–hummus, baba ghanouj, stuffed grape leaves, and mujaddara (lentils with rice and fried onions).

Favorite sports team? The Chicago Cubs. Please see the names of the family dogs.

My favorite book always seems to be the one I’m reading at the moment. I’ve just finished a book called “Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland”. It’s fascinating and I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in the country’s history of sectarian violence.

Staff Spotlight – Sandy Hong, MD

Dr. Hong is Clinical Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology.

I am a physician with Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology. I do both in patient and out patient care and have been here for 12 years.

I have a mother who lives with me part of the year, two energetic boys and a husband.

I like to play with my boys! I enjoy sewing and listening to music and reading. I also enjoy great food. I love great Japanese soups and Italian pasta.

My fantasy job would be to become a professional food critic. I love trying new things.

Favorite place I’ve ever visited? I loved visiting Kyoto, Japan. The food, gardens, and culture are beautiful.

Fun fact: I have pet shrimp!

Staff Spotlight – Kaitlin Carr, PA-C

Kaitlin in a Physician Assistant in the Division of Pediatric Cardiology.

I work within the Division of Pediatric Cardiology and I spend the majority of my time within the Pediatric Catheterization Lab assisting with and performing procedures. I also provide backup for the pediatric PICC line service and assist with the training for placement of pediatric central lines. Finally, I get to spend one day a week in clinic performing consult and prescreen visits for patients with upcoming catheterization procedures. This is my first position at UIHC and I am coming up on being here for 3 years!

My family is made up of my wonderful husband Ben, who is a firefighter in Davenport, our energetic 9 month old, Charlotte, and our dog Andi.

We enjoy any time we are granted outside, whether that be spent working on our property or venturing to local festivals and markets. We try to find time to spend with our family and friends as often as possible. Finally, we love to travel even if that means a quick weekend trip to a new location within the Midwest.

I feel very fortunate to say that at this point in my life I have my “dream job”. I have the opportunity to help children and their families while working with the absolute best team. I am able to continue to grow my skillset and my scope of practice and I am challenged to learn and improve daily. There is no where else I would want to be.

Favorite trip? I spent a month in Africa living with a host family and working at a women’s clinic. It was the most eye opening experience and my favorite international trip. The people, the culture and the experiences were amazing. And, I got the opportunity to go on a safari which was unbelievable.

When it comes to favorite food, you cannot go wrong with good biscuits and gravy!

My favorite sports team will always be my alma mater, the Coe College Kohawks. But these days, I prefer watching the NFL.

Favorite book or movie? I have read too many good books to count. I guess I feel the same way about movies but if Matthew McConaughey is involved that always helps!

If I had 3 wishes, they would be: 1. More exposure and funding for congenital heart disease (probably sounds cliché but it is greatly needed). 2. Unlimited first class airline miles so I could travel the world in style. 3. World peace?!!

Fun fact: I spent my summers in high school and college running a detasseling crew and the best part was getting to drive a big 70 passenger school bus!

Staff Spotlight – Michelle Krantz, RN

Michelle is a Hemophilia Nurse Coordinator in the Division of Hematology/Oncology.

I am one of the Hemophilia Nurse Coordinators, working with both the pediatric and adult bleeding disorder patients, I have been with the Hemophilia group for 6 years. In total I have worked at UIHC for 10 years. I previously worked on 3JCP, the Pediatric/Hematology/BMT unit before the children’s hospital was built.

My family is all in Cedar Rapids so I get to visit them quite often. I have been cohabitating with a feisty feline named Cleo for about 12 years now. Sometimes we tolerate one another. My dream job is to be a stay at home cat mom.

I like to spend time with my family and friends. I enjoy going to the theater, any sort of crafting/art project, traveling to historical sites, photography, and baking.

Most fascinating place I’ve lived? I used to live in Australia. I lived in Melbourne and on the island of Tasmania. Australia is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been and often get “home sick”.

Favorite meal? I love Mexican food, the more authentic the better!

I love The Hawkeyes…if they aren’t playing I am not that interested in sports.

My favorite movie would have to be a tie between “Across The Universe” and “Pride and Prejudice”.

If I had 3 wishes they would be: 1) The world was blind to hatred 2) The ability to time travel 3) Ice Cream didn’t contain any calories.

Fun fact: I am going back to school and pursuing my Doctorate of Nursing in the Family Practice Program.

Staff Spotlight – Lyndsay Harshman, MD, MS

Dr. Harshman is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Nephrology, Dialysis, and Transplantation.

I started as faculty in 2016. I completed all of my medical training at the UI – including medical school, residency and fellowship.

I primarily see transplant patients in our renal clinic but also have worked with colleagues in neurology and genetics to start a multidisciplinary tuberous sclerosis clinic. I have a research focus on cognition and brain development in chronic kidney disease.

I’m married to Jonathan who is a teacher. My children are Henry (6) and Margaret (2).

I enjoy playing piano and play regularly at church I love spending time with my husband and kids in my free time – we have recently been enjoying watching Henry play hockey and t-ball!

I was a competitive pianist in high school and selected as both an all-state accompanist and all-state jazz pianist when in high school.