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Recent Achievements and News of our Alumni
Jenny Reese, MD, associate professor of clinical practice pediatrics, has been named as the Department of Pediatrics Pediatric Hospital Medicine Section Head.
Kevin Messacar, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics, received the Century Award from Children's Hospital Colorado. The Century Award is awarded to a member of the Medical Staff, five or fewer years out of training who has made major contributions through committee work, initiatives, leaedership roles and/or advocacy.
Ronald J. Sokol, MD, professor and vice chair of pediatrics and chief of pediatric GI, hepatology and nutrition, has been elected as the 68th president of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD). AASLD is the leadingorganization of scientists and health care professionals committed to preventing and curing liver disease with over 5,500 members. On January 1, 2018 Ron became the first AASLD president from Colorado and the third pediatrician in the association’s history.
Petter Bjornstad, MD, endocrinology fellow, received the 2017 Endocrine Society Early Investigator Award and the 2017 International Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Diabetes (ISPAD) Young Investigator Award. He was also awarded a Research Fellowship from the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and the ISPAD. In addition, he has received a NIH career development grant.
Irwin Redlener, MD, former pediatric resident (1971) at University of Colorado School of Medicine, has published The Future of Us: What the Dreams of Children Mean for Twenty-First-Century America. "The Future of Us will inform you, fascinate you, and most of all, inspire you. Join Dr. Irwin Redlener, America’s leading advocate for children’s health, as he makes his life journey from rural America to medical school in Europe and the U.S., to treating America’s poor children in the South during the civil rights era to his remarkable creativity and national leadership in founding and leading the Children’s Health Fund and the Children’s Hospital in New York City. Irwin and his partner and wife Karen have improved the health and life prospects of millions upon millions of children, but Redlener never flags in his efforts to do more, and to remind us―with great urgency and eloquence―how much better we can and must do for America’s and the world’s poor and vulnerable children. (Editorial review by: Jeffrey D. Sachs, University Professor of Sustainable Development, Columbia University)."
Patti Thureen MD, professor of pediatrics (Neonatology), passed away on October 23rd, 2017, following a chronic illness. She graduated with honors from the University of North Dakota in 1977, with degrees in French (BA), Chemistry (BS), and Medicine (BS). She received her MD degree in 1979 from the University of Pennsylvania and completed her residency in Pediatrics and her start in academics as an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics from 1982-84 at the University of Wisconsin. She worked at Children’s Hospital of Colorado and the University of Colorado School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, becoming a full-fledged fellow in Neonatology from 1988-91, after which she then joined the faculty and rapidly rose to the rank of Professor. During her training and early faculty period at Colorado, she was acknowledged for her exceptional clinical and educational capacities by winning the Butterfield Award in Neonatology and the Gary Way Award for Outstanding Teaching in the Department of Pediatrics. She mentored many trainees formally, most of whom are still in academics, but also countless colleagues and students of all kinds from all over the world. She was behind so many activities that focused on improving the health of newborn infants. View Dr. Thureen's Obituary.
The inaugural Ruth Fuller Lectureship held on Wednesday, Sept. 20, featured Velma McBride Murry, PhD, professor of human and organizational development at Vanderbilt University. The lectureship was made possible by the leadership of Bonnie Camp, MD, PhD, professor emeritus of pediatrics and psychiatry, and Nancy Gary, PsyD, clinical faculty member in pediatrics, board member of The Piton Foundation, and longtime supporter of the School.
Dr. Susan Niermeyer, professor of pediatrics, was recently awarded the Avroy Fanaroff Neonatal Education Award by the Section on Neonatal Perinatal Medicine of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). She will be presented with the award Sunday, September 16th, 2017.
Dr. Bonnie W. Camp, professor emerita of pediatrics, highly regarded as a pioneer and leader in pediatric medicine, received the Alumni Association’s Silver and Gold Award, the School of Medicine’s highest alumni award. Dr. Camp has published more than 100 articles, abstracts, presentations and workshops on early childhood development and language. Her early work in language development and social behavior in very young children is still cited today, nearly 50 years after her first publications, and in programs dedicated to helping young children develop intellectually and socially.
Dr. Jay Markson, clinical professor of pediatrics, received the James E. Strain Award at the Children's Hospital Colorado Medical Staff Dinner in April 2017. This award is given to a practitioner who exemplifies the ideals of the American Academy of Pediatrics and it advocacy for child health.
Dr. Adam Green, assistant professor of pediatrics, received the American Society of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology (ASPHO) Young Investigator Award. It is awarded to "formally recognize excellence in research in pediatric hematology/oncology."
Simon J. Hambidge, MD, PhD, professor of pediatrics, has been elected Chair of the Reach Out and Read Colorado Board. Dr. Hambidge first fell in love with the Reach Out and Read program as a pediatric resident at the Westside Pediatric clinic in the mid-90s. Twenty years later, he is elected chair of the Reach Out and Read Colorado Board of Directors. Read the full story.
Steven H. Abman, MD, professor of pediatrics, was awarded the International Arvo Ylppo Award in recognition of pioneering work in the study of the newborn and premature infant. This honor is awarded from the Chairmen of Pediatrics of the five Finnish medical schools, the Finnish Pediatric Associate, the Foundation for Pediatric Research in Finland and the Mannerheim League for Child Welfare. The award was given in Helsinki, Finland, October 2017.
IN MEMORY OF DR. WALLACE WHITE, We send our condolences to the friends and family of Dr. Wallace White who died on January 23rd, 2017. He was a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine (CU SOM) and completed a fellowship in Behavioral Pediatrics from CU SOM in 1971. In 2003, Dr. White received the Career Teaching Scholar award from the Department of Pediatrics. He was in private practice for many years and was a true friend of Children’s Hospital Colorado. A memorial service for Dr. Wallace White was held on Saturday, Feb. 18, at 1 p.m. at Wellshire Presbyterian Church, 2999 S. Colorado Blvd., in Denver. View Dr. White's Obituary.
Sean O’Leary, MD, associate professor of pediatrics, received the Special Achievement Award from National AAP “for outstanding work on immunization policy in Colorado.”
Sarah Parker, MD, associate professor of pediatrics, has been appointed president elect of Colorado Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society, and will begin her term as president in April, 2017. She has also been appointed to be an advisor on the national Pediatric Antimicrobial Stewardship Panel for the Solutions for Patient Safety (SPS).
Oren Kupfer, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics, received the Century Award, which recognizes a staff member with five or fewer years of training who has made major contributions through committee work, leadership and/or advocacy.
Jenny Reese, MD, associate professor of pediatrics, received the 2016 Outstanding Service Award for leadership on the hospital’s hand-off steering committee and for her peer support work.
Robin Deterding, MD, professor of pediatrics, received the James E. Strain Award, which is given to a practitioner who exemplifies the ideals of the American Academy of Pediatrics and its advocacy for child health. Robin was recognized for her work founding the Children’s Interstitial Lung Disease foundation.
Stephen Berman, MD, professor of pediatrics, has been featured in an article in the Denver Post and the Cuba Journal. "As Cubans gain access to new medications and technology, training will become very important," Berman said. "We would like to eventually establish an exchange program so Cuban doctors can come and train here at Children's Colorado and vice versa."
Meet our Alumni
James E. Strain, MD, Promoted to Distinguished Clinical Professor. Read More >
We host a reception at the AAP National Conference and Exhibition each fall and the PAS meeting each May (to be held in Toronto, May 5, 2018 from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.). For more information, contact Bobbi Siegel at 720-777-3936 or email her at Bobbi.Siegel@ChildrensColorado.org.
Resident Research Day
Resident Research Day celebrates the research accomplishments of our residents and their faculty mentors. Many of our residents participate in mentored-research projects, which are presented at Grand Rounds and displayed on poster boards at the Spring Poster Session. The featured speaker is an alum who has had a successful career in research.
2018 -- Jose Romero, MD, FAAP, FIDSA, FPIDS
Professor of Pediatrics
Horace C. Cabe Endowed Chair in Infectious Diseases
Director, Pediatric Infectious Diseases Section, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and Arkansas Children's Hospital
Director, Clinical Trials Research, Arkansas Children's Research Institute
2017 -- Scott Sagel, MD, PhD
Professor of Pediatric Pulmonology
Asher-Accurso Chair of Cystic Fibrosis
Director, Cystic Fibrosis Center
2016 -- Marlene Rabinovitch, MD
Dwight and Vera Dunlevie
Professor of Pediatric Cardiology at
Stanford University School of Medicine
2015 -- Allison Kempe, MD, MPH
Professor of Pediatrics
Director of Adult and Child Center for
Outcomes Research and Delivery Science
University of Colorado School of Medicine
Children’s Hospital Colorado
2014 -- Randi J. Hagerman, MD
Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics
Endowed Chair in Fragile X Research
Medical Director of the MIND Institute
UC Davis Health System
2013 -- Mary (Mimi) P. Glodé, MD
Former Section Head, Infectious Diseases
University of Colorado School of Medicine and
Children's Hospital Colorado
2012 -- David N. Cornfield, MD
Director, Center for Excellence in Pulmonary Biology
Division Director, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine and
Pulmonary Medicine, Stanford University School of
Medical Director, Respiratory Therapy
Lucile Packard Children's Hospital
2011 – Steven H. Abman, MD
Professor, Section of Pulmonary Medicine
Director, Pediatric Heart Lung Center
University of Colorado School of Medicine and
Children's Hospital Colorado
2010 -- Jane C. Burns, MD
Professor and Chief, Division of Allergy, Immunology,
Director, Kawasaki Disease Research Center
UCSD School of Medicine and
Rady Children's Hospital, San Diego
History of the Department
The Department of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado and Children's Hospital Colorado has a long and proud history of major research accomplishments which include the following pediatric research discoveries and milestones:
- Performing the first pediatric liver transplant in the world (1963)
- First description of the medical consequences of child abuse (The Battered Child Syndrome) (early 1960s)
- Participation in clinical trials leading to the licensure of new pediatric vaccines, including Haemophilus influenza and meningococcus (1970s)
- The description of toxic shock syndrome (TSS) (1978)
- The first statewide newborn screening program for cystic fibrosis in the U.S. (1983)
- Discovering the effects of Zinc and Vitamin E nutritional deficiencies in infants and children (1983)
- Description of Kawasaki Syndrome (1976) in the U.S. and clinical trials, leading to its successful treatment with IVIG (1990s)
- Groundbreaking research in the treatment of hemophilia and blood-clotting disorders (1980s and 1990s)
- Methods to save newborns with severe lung disorders, including the treatment of pediatric pulmonary hypertension by using a non-invasive method of inhaled nitric oxide (1992)
- Pioneering pediatric AIDS research, as one of a handful of AIDS clinical trial groups in U.S. (1993)
- The Cystic Fibrosis Center participated in early research and drug trials for Kalydeco, the first drug that treats the underlying causes of CF (2006)
- The development and licensure of a new shingles vaccine (2006)
- Top Specialists from CU Anschutz and Children's Hospital Colorado make historic visit to Cuba (2016)
Honoring Our History of American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Leadership
Department of Pediatrics faculty members have been leaders in child advocacy in Colorado, nationally, and internationally. The State of Colorado has had more presidents of the AAP than any other state. With their leadership, the AAP has led the nation in advocacy for universal health coverage for children and the development of the Medical Home Initiative, which is now recognized as the foundation for creating a better health care system to improve the health outcomes of children and adults.
Four of the past presidents of the AAP have been University of Colorado Department of Pediatrics alumni:
- Franklin P. Gengenbach, MD, served from 1943-1944
- James E. Strain, MD, FAAP, served from 1982-1983
- Donald Schiff, MD, FAAP, served from 1988-1989
- Donald E. Cook, MD, FAAP, served from 1999-2000
- Stephen Berman, MD, FAAP, served from 2001-2002
Learn more about our alumni who have served as President of the AAP (.pdf)
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Department of Pediatrics
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