Fox Named ARNP Supervisor for PICU

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Emily Fox as Advanced Registered Nurse PractitionerSupervisor in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.

Emily graduated from Georgia Baptist College of Nursing of Mercer University with her BSN in 2006 and from Emory University with her MSN and Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner certificate (PNP-AC). Emily is board certified as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner- Acute Care. Emily has over 14 years of experience working with pediatric patients with more than eight years as a pediatric nurse practitioner. Most recently, Emily held the position of Adjunct Faculty, Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program, at Emory University as well as PICU Pediatric Nurse Practitioner with Neonatal Associates of Atlanta.

Emily will bring a positive attitude and professional experience of which we are excited for!  Please join me in welcoming and supporting Emily in her new role.

Dance Marathon Allocations Non-Research Applications for Fall 2020

The Dance Marathon Allocations non-research applications for Fall 2020 are now available!  

The UI Dance Marathon Allocations NEW Application can be found here. If you currently have a project funded through this committee, please submit this renewal application by September 30th.

The UI Dance Marathon Allocations RENEWAL Application can be found here. If you have not been funded by Dance Marathon in the past year, please submit this new application by September 30th.   

If your project has been completed, please notify Anna Soergel in writing and submit your Final Report within 30 days of the project completion. This short report outlines the impact of your project and ways in which you recognized the University of Iowa Dance Marathon. The Dance Marathon Allocations Final Report can be found  here.  Please contact Anna Soergel at anna-soergel@uiowa.edu if you have any questions. 

Consistent with our departmental internal grant submission policy, All Peds Grant research applications need to be reviewed and signed off on by Dr. Tsalikian. Please complete and return the grant submission checklist with attachments, signed by your Division Director, to peds-research@uiowa.edu.

New Faculty Announcement – Dr. Ramakrishna

Please welcome Dr. Akhila Ramakrishna as Clinical Assistant Professor in the Division of Endocrinology and Diabetes.

Dr. Ramakrishna earned her MD from the Armed Forces Medical College in 2011.  Next, she completed an internship at Bangalore Medical College in 2011. Dr. Ramakrishna completed pediatric residency training at the Case Western Reserve University, Metro Health Medical Center in 2017.  She recently completed pediatric endocrinology fellowship training at May Clinic in Rochester Minnesota.  She is board certified in Pediatrics and board eligible in pediatric endocrinology.

Dr. Ramakrishna joins the Division of Endocrinology and Diabetes to expand availability in the Endocrine and Diabetes clinics, including outreach and attending on the inpatient and consultation services. Please welcome Dr. Ramakrishna to the Department, the University, and the community!

New Faculty Announcement – Dr. Mohammad Nijres

Please welcome Dr. Bassel Mohammad Nijres as Clinical Assistant Professor in the Division of Cardiology.

Dr. Mohammad Nijres received his MD from the University of Aleppo-Faculty of Medicine (Aleppo, Syria) in 2005 followed by his pediatric international residency training at Children’s Hospital-Damascus University in 2009.  Next, he completed US pediatric residency training at Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Center in 2015.  Dr. Nijres earned his Master’s degree in 2017 and completed pediatric cardiology fellowship training in 2017, both at Rush University Medical Center.  He completed clinical research and pediatric interventional cardiology fellowship at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in 2019 and recently completed his pediatric interventional cardiology fellowship training at Texas Children’s Hospital/Baylor College of Medicine.  He is board certified in Pediatrics and board eligible in Pediatric Cardiology.

Dr. Mohammad Nijres will perform interventional cardiology procedures, participate in the pulmonary hypertension program, attend on the pediatric cardiology inpatient and consultation service, share on-call responsibilities, including pediatric cardiology interventional call, and help to continue the development of the cardiology program. Please welcome Dr. Mohammad Nijres to the Department, the University, and the Iowa City community!

New Faculty Announcement – Dr. Khan

Please welcome Dr. Rabia Khan as Clinical Assistant Professor in the Division of Cardiology.

Dr. Khan received her MD from the University of Miami, Mill School of Medicine in 2012 followed by her pediatric residency training at Washington University/St. Louis Children’s Hospital in 2015.  Dr. Khan completed cardiology fellowship training at Northwestern/Lurie Children’s Hospital in 2019 and recently completed additional fellowship training in heart failure and transplant at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.  She is board certified in Pediatrics and board eligible in cardiology.

Dr. Khan will staff general, heart failure, cardiomyopathy and transplant clinics.  Additionally, she will share in the coverage of the cardiology inpatient and consultation services.

Please welcome Dr. Khan to the Department, the University, and the Iowa City community!

Dr. Schieltz and Dr. Wacker Praised in Article on Telehealth

Dr. Dave Wacker (Professor Emeritus) and Dr. Schieltz were praised in a recent article on telehealth in the field of behavior analysis.

LeBlanc LA, Lerman DC, Norman MP. Behavior analytic contribution to public health and telehealth. J Applied Beh Analysis, 2020, 53, 1208-1218.

From the article:

“Wacker and his colleagues at University of Iowa initiated this research almost 15 years ago when they began to coach parents of young children with autism to conduct functional analyses of problem behavior and to implement functional communication training (FCT) through the internet (Barretto et al., 2006; Wacker et al., 2013a,b). … As a result of research at the University of Iowa and other research labs, our field now has nearly 15 years of evidence demonstrating that telehealth ABA services can make meaningful changes in families’ lives. This evidence undoubtably impacted the number of practitioners who transitioned to telehealth services during the COVID-19 pandemic and the amount of funding that was available from third parties (e.g., insurance companies) to support these services. In this first special section, Schieltz and Wacker (2020) provide an informative analysis of the type of telehealth work Public Health and Telehealth 1211 pioneered in their lab, along with pointed suggestions to guide the next generation of this research, in “Functional Assessment and Function-Based Treatment Delivered via Telehealth: A Brief Summary.”

Monetary Donations Accepted for Diversity Books

The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee has assembled a list of books recommended to read to children, which address questions on diversity, equity and inclusion.

Our Department’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee has assembled a list of books recommended to read to children, which address questions on diversity, equity and inclusion.  It has been suggested that copies of as many of the books as possible, be placed in each of the hospital libraries.  Faculty and staff have expressed the desire to donate toward the purchase of books and support of this Committee and a fund has been set up specifically for those donations.  The fund will remain open for future purchase of books and activities approved by the Department Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee.

Please find here the list of books to be purchased for this initiative.

To contribute, go to the Center for Advancement Donation Site.To search for the fund, enter “The Department of Pediatrics Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Fund”.

Pictured: Dr. Goins-Fernandez, a psychologist in Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, poses with the first batch of diversity books purchased. Each book will be stamped indicating they were purchased from funds given by the faculty and staff of the Stead Family Department of Pediatrics.

Colaizy and Terry Named to IRB Biomedical Board

Congratulations to Dr. Tarah Colaizy (Neonatology) and Dr. William Terry (Hem/Onc) on being named to the IRB-01 Biomedical Board of the University’s Human Subjects Office. They will serve a minimum of 2 years but can choose to renew their Board membership at that time.

Research projects involving human participants are reviewed by IRB-01 if:

  • the Principal Investigator is from the College of Dentistry, Medicine, Pharmacy, or the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology in the College of Liberal Arts, College of Public Health* OR
  • the Principal Investigator is from the College of Nursing AND the study involves a physical or physiological intervention that is greater than minimal risk OR
  • the study involves patients at the University of Iowa Health Care (UIHC) OR
  • the study involves access to or creation of any protected health information about the subject that is maintained in UIHC health care provider’s records.
    * the College of Public Health has the option to submit under IRB-02 if none of the above apply.