Faculty Spotlight – Danelle Wilson, DO

Danelle Wilson, DO, Clinical Assistant Professor and Pediatric Hospitalist. I work with General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine in the newborn nursery as well as on the general pediatric floors. I just started work here in September 2018. I love working inpatient at a children’s hospital. I also enjoy teaching and working with residents and medical students.

I am recently married (May 2018) and moved to Iowa City from California with my husband. He is a new Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Fellow.

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Faculty Spotlight – Amy Calhoun, MD

I am Clinical Assistant Professor and Medical Director of the Iowa Newborn Screening Program in the Division of Medical Genetics where I see patients in general genetics and metabolic clinic. I’ve worked here for two and a half years. I did my categorical pediatrics residency here and was a former chief resident in pediatrics.

I did my categorical genetics residency at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. Salt Lake City is absolutely gorgeous. The University is perched on the side of the Wasatch mountain range, and I could see mountains out the window of my cheapo grad student apartment. It’s hard to explain how beautiful it is there.

My current job is my dream job. The Iowa Newborn Screening Program is one of the best in the world, and I’m honored to work with them. My colleagues in the Division of Medical Genetics are amazing and brilliant people and are also a lot of fun. Genetics is fast-paced and forward-looking. No two patients are anything alike and I learn many new things every day.

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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.

Residents Matched to Fellowships

Congratulations to the residents below on being recently matched to great Fellowship programs!

Faris Al-Gharaibeh, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at Cincinnati Children’s

Rachel Han, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at Nationwide in Columbus

Kyle Merrill. Pediatric Nephrology at Cincinnati Children’s

Lance Nelson, Adolescent Medicine at Stanford

David Segar, Pediatric Cardiology at Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee

Ben Spector, Pediatric Nephrology at Children’s Mercy in Kansas City

Amy Strong, Pediatric Nephrology at CHOP

Dr. Elgin receives Innovations in Teaching with Technology Award

Dr. Tim Elgin (Neonatology) was awarded $11,500 for his project “The use of biomedical engineering to enhance realism in neonatal simulation based medical education.” The funds are awarded by the Academic Technologies Advisory Council of the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost.

Joining Dr. Elgin in his endeavor will be Lecturers Seth Dillard and Colleen Bringman from Biomedical Engineering.

Residents Shine at Quality and Safety Symposium

Dr. Rachel Segal and Dr. Alex Hoover represented a resident QI group, whose project looked at reducing contamination rate in urine cultures. Their work has impacted the process used house-wide.The project was mentored by Tope Awelewa in General Pediatrics.

Project title: Urine Trouble: A Quality Improvement Initiative to Reduce Contamination Rate in Pediatric Midstream Clean-Catch Urine Cultures. Rachel Segal, MD (PL2), Alex Hoover, MD (PL2), and Matt Rysavy, MD PhD (not pictured, former resident, current first year neonatal fellow).

Rachel Segal, MD (PL2) and Alex Hoover, MD (PL2)

Giesinger and McNamara Publish in Journal of Paeditrics and Child Health

Congratulations to Drs. Giesinger and McNamara who recently published in the Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health titled “Clinical and Echocardiography Predictors of Response to Inhaled Nitric Oxide in Hypoxic Preterm Neonates“. “The aim of this study was to identify clinical and echocardiography predictors of response to iNO in premature infants with acute hypoxemia. We hypothesized a priori, based on anecdotal experience, that the presence of pulmonary hypertension on echocardiography may be associated with an increased likelihood of clinical inhaled nitric oxide response.”

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.

Staff Spotlight – Cathy Chavez

Meet Cathy Chavez! I manage and care for medical students as they rotate through Pediatrics. I am blessed to be able to work with Drs. Jennifer Jetton and Vanessa Curtis, two of the most caring people I know. 🙂 I’ve been in this position for almost 18 years, but have worked for the UI for almost 30 years.

I have 2 boys: Tyler who is 24 and Cameron who is 18. Tyler graduated from Western Illinois University where he played soccer and studied Finance/Accounting. Cameron is currently a student at UI and is studying environmental policy and sustainability. My husband, Tony, retired from the UI Department of Pathology 2 years ago and now works at the Dental College. And I have 2 golden retrievers, Pele and Messi. Yes, we are a soccer family!

I’m an avid reader – if something is well written, I’ll read it! At various times of my life the following have been my favorites: The Hobbit and the Trilogy of the Rings, Peace Like A River, and Shantaram are just a few. I also garden, craft, and spend time with my friends.

My dream job would be working with David Milarch who has taken it upon himself to clone all the ancient trees. Just working with someone who cares that deeply about the environment and trees specifically would be amazing. However, I do get to help grow future residents and doctors, so my current job is almost as good!

I could eat pho every week and be a very happy person. My favorite restaurant is Pho Zaika, with Red Ginger (for the ramen) a close second.

I once caught David Lee Roth’s bracelet at a concert but didn’t realize what it was and threw it into the crowd. For those of you too young to know who David Lee Roth is, he was the original lead singer for Van Halen. He took a brief respite from that but is back at it again, I hear.