2018 NIH Rankings Announced

According to the nationwide 2018 NIH rankings of Departments of Pediatrics receiving NIH funding, the Department has improved its standing.

As a whole the Department was up $2 million over the previous year in NIH funding, and our ranking nationwide went from #27 to #24. More details can be found here.

This is nice progress, and a testament to the robust opportunities to be gained here at Iowa. As the Department dedicates more resources to research recruitment over the next couple years, it is anticipated that this progress will continue. Well done!

Staff Spotlight – Joanna Reichert

Joanna is a Revenue Cycle Representative and works in the Pediatric Insurance Authorizations office.

I have done the “same” job for almost twelve years. I have five grown children and eleven grandchildren. They are all local, and I see them all regularly at Sunday night supper.

I am also a massage therapist, so I see a few clients every week.

My husband and I also farm. As we have gotten older, my husband and I enjoy traveling. Two years ago we went to Alaska, and cruised the Inside Passage.

Staff Spotlight – Mary Schlapkohl, ARNP

Mary is currently the pediatric BMT clinic specialty nurse in the Division of Hematology/Oncology.

I have worked here for 34 years (total). Have also worked as a staff nurse, assistant nurse manager, and pediatric BMT clinic specialty nurse (current role since 1992).

I have 2 grown children. Nick works in supply chain management for Ruan Trucking Company in Des Moines; Sara works as a child life specialist/event planning in the Children’s Hospital here. My husband, Bill, works for MidAmerican Energy.

I love spending time with my family, reading, and watching sports.

I recently visited Ireland in October of 2018 – amazing scenery and wonderful people.

Staff Spotlight – Carol Johnson

Carol is the Program Coordinator for the Iowa Newborn Screening Program (administered through the Iowa Department of Public Health) in the Division of Medical Genetics.

I have been in Pediatrics and the Division of Medical Genetics since 1992. I started out as the administrative support person for our Cytogenetics Laboratory. In 1998, I became the administrative support person for the division after Dr. Val Sheffield took over as the Division Director. In 2011, I became the follow up coordinator for the Iowa Newborn Screening Program.

In terms of dream jobs, as corny as this sounds, my job in newborn screening is pretty amazing. I get to be a part of saving babies lives. That’s pretty awesome! My other dream job would be to work in a bookstore or in a craft store.

I have been married for 37 years (to the same guy!). We have two daughters and three granddaughters. Being a grandparent is the BEST THING EVER!

I read – a lot. I read, on average, about 62 books/year. I also scrapbook, stamp, and play with mixed media projects.

The most interesting place I have visited is New Orleans. The culture, food, lifestyle and weather is very different there. Someday I hope to travel outside the US.

My favorite food is pasta, and I love cheering on the Hawkeyes, Bears or Cubs.

The most interesting place I have visited is New Orleans. The culture, food, lifestyle and weather is very different there. Someday I hope to travel outside the US.

If I had 3 wishes, they would be for good health for my family, good health for me; and have enough money to live comfortably, travel, and give some to charities

Fun fact: my parents were 48 and 45 when I was born – which I joke explains a lot about me 🙂

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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Call for Abstracts for Pediatrics Research Day, Friday, April 5, 2019

We invite all fellows, residents, medical students, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students to present their research in poster and oral format on Friday, April 5, 2019. Recent and ongoing work or studies performed as part of summer projects are welcome.

The oral presentations will be 1 minute in length in a data blitz format and will be a brief summary of what will be presented at the poster session. One PowerPoint slide will be expected for each abstract. The data blitz will take place in the UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital Conference Center JCP 2415, (across from Elevator F- 2nd. floor) Friday, April 5th. 2:15-3:00 pm. The poster session and reception will be held from 4:00 to 5:00 pm. at the same location. All pediatric faculty, trainees and their colleagues are invited to attend the poster session. Appetizers and beverages will be served. This session will follow an afternoon of presentations highlighting basic and translational research in the Stead Family Department of Pediatrics.

Cash prizes will be given for the best presentations in the areas of basic and translational/clinical research.

Please submit an abstract and data blitz slide of your presentation to Cheri Stevens (email: cheri-stevens@uiowa.edu). The deadline for submission is Friday, March 22, 2019. Please see the research page of the Pediatrics SharePoint site for templates for the abstract and data blitz slide, or contact Cheri.

Dr. Uc Publishes in Gastroenterology on Pancreatitis

Dr. Aliye Uc, Division Director of the Division of Gastroenterolgy, Hepatology, Pancreatology, and Nutrition, published a review of Pancreatitis in Children in Gastroenterology. The review summarizes the definitions, epidemiology, risk factors, diagnosis and management of pediatric pancreatitis, identifies the features that are unique to the childhood-onset disease, identifies gaps and proposes recommendations for future opportunities.

New Faculty Announcement – Dr. David Dickens

Please welcome Dr. David Dickens to the Department today in the Division of Hematology/Oncology as Clinical Professor.

Dr. Dickens received his BS in 1992 from Oberline College. He earned his medical degree from Upstate Medical University in 1996. Dr. Dickens completed pediatric residency training in 1999 from Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. Subsequently, he completed pediatric fellowship training in hematology/oncology from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Upon graduation, Dr. Dickens has worked for Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital as a staff pediatrician, as well as Assistant Director of Clinical Services for Pediatric Hematology/Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplantation.

Dr. Dickens will be the Pediatric Oncology Clinical Director. He will staff oncology outpatient clinics for the Division of Hematology/Oncology, and will share in the coverage of the pediatric hematology/oncology inpatient service and the oncology consultation service. Additionally, he will focus on building the clinical oncology program.

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Dickens to the Department, University, and the community!

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