Staff Spotlight – Samuel Wong, DO, MS

Dr. Wong is Clinical Assistant Professor in the Division of Neonatology.

I joined UI healthcare recently in July. I work in the Division of Neonatology. I provide clinical care in the NICU. My academic and scholarly focus will be two areas: 1) assisting the development of our Neonatal-Pediatric Transport program and 2) the development of new tools and utilization of the big data streams collected through Sickbay to improve our delivery of care in the NICU.

I am married. My wife is a nurse, I met her through my primary care clinic during residency. She is a ninja at delivering vaccines to kids. We have a 1 year old son named Emory. He is learning to express himself and is a handful of adorable energy.

I like nature, food and travel documentaries. I am always looking to learn new cooking techniques and incorporate them into new recipes. My current food projects are developing a mean deep dish pizza dough and perfecting a nappa cabbage kimchi. Long term goals are to grow a full-sized watermelon, catch a trout on a dry-fly, and successfully smoke a whole brisket.

My guilty pleasure is Arby’s fast food. I really enjoy fountain Coca-Cola. I will not drink Pepsi.

I enjoy supporting my favorite soccer team, Arsenal, in their quest to win the English Premiere League and Champions League Tournament.

Fun fact: I was a former MN elementary state chess co-champion.

Ride 4 Youth Virtual Bike Ride

For the 8th year in a row, this charity bike ride is being coordinated by a group of hard-working volunteer medical students who are part of the Lois Boulware Learning Community at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine.  100% of Ride 4 Youth proceeds benefit youth and families at United Action for Youth.

The ride is September 26 – October 4 and there are multiple ways to give or participate. Register today!

United Action for Youth (UAY) has been providing support to youth and families in Johnson County since 1970.  UAY is a local, arts-based youth organization that provides mental health, advocacy and enrichment programs for young people in Johnson County and surrounding areas. This year, UAY celebrates 50 years of empowering young people to CREATE, GROW & LEAD.  Help us celebrate by participating in the 8th Annual Ride 4 Youth!

New Faculty Announcement – Dr. Sun

Please welcome Dr. Hua (“Linda”) Sun as Assistant Professor in the Division of Nephrology, Dialysis and Transplantation.

Dr. Sun received all of her training from Nanjing Medical University in China that includes her Bachelor of Medicine degree in 2001, MS in 2004, and MD in 2007. Next, she completed international pediatric residency training from Shanghai Jiaotong University School of Medicine in 2009.  Dr. Sun then completed US pediatric residency from the University of Iowa Stead Family Department of Pediatrics in 2017.  She recently completed nephrology fellowship training at Boston Children’s Hospital.  She is board certified in Pediatrics and board eligible in pediatric nephrology.

Dr. Sun will serve as a physician scientist with a research focus in podocyte biology and genetic renal disease.  While her major role will be to facilitate the expansion of the department’s research portfolio, she will also be instrumental in accelerating the expansion of specialized clinical care in the Division of Pediatric Nephrology.

Please welcome Dr. Sun to the Department, the University, and the community!

New U01 Competitive Renewal for Dr. Uc

Congratulations to Dr. Aliye Uc in Gastroenterology, Hepatology, Pancreatology, and Nutrition on her new U01 competitive renewal from the NIH for “INSPIRE: A Longitudinal Cohort Study of Pediatric Chronic Pancreatitis to Predict Clinical Course and Identify Disease Modifiers”.

The new grant provides just over $2.3 million over 5 years. Congratulations, Dr. Uc!

New Faculty Announcement – Dr. Luangrath

Please welcome Dr. Mitchell Luangrath as Clinical Assistant Professor in the Division of Critical Care.

Dr. Luangrath earned his BS from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2010.  Next, he earned his medical degree from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in 2014.  Dr. Luangrath completed pediatric residency training in 2017 at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics.   He recently completed pediatric fellowship training in pediatric critical care at the University of Iowa.  He is board certified in Pediatrics and board eligible in critical care medicine. 

Dr. Luangrath will attend on one of the PICU inpatient teams, share on-call responsibilities, participate in teaching and educational activities within the Department and help continue the development of the Critical Care program in the Stead Family Department of Pediatrics.

Please welcome Dr. Luangrath to his new role in the Department!