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December 2018 Newsletter


Welcome to the December edition of the Department of Pediatrics Newsletter. Here you will find a sampling of all the amazing activity happening within the Department of Pediatrics and at Children’s Hospital Colorado. Thanks to all our talented faculty, trainees, and staff who make this the best Pediatrics Department in the country!

Thompson Earns NIH Award Focusing on Disparities in Child Obesity
Darcy Thompson, MD, MPH (Associate Professor, Section of Nutrition) has been awarded a 5-year, $3 million research project grant (R01NR017605) from the National Institute of Nursing Research for her project titled, “Factors Influencing Screen Media Use in Low-Income Mexican American Toddlers.” Unhealthy screen use, which starts very early in childhood, is associated with childhood obesity, a condition that disproportionately affects low-income Latino children. According to Dr. Thompson, interventions addressing screen use in this population are critical to efforts to reduce obesity disparities. Her research aims to advance the understanding of how screen use behaviors develop and are related to health outcomes among low-income Latino children under age three, and to develop early life interventions to reduce unhealthy screen use in this population. In this digital era of highly accessible screens introduced at very early ages, it is imperative that we identify factors associated with early screen use so that we can effectively promote healthy screen use behaviors when they are first developing. Congratulations to Dr. Thompson on this important, major new research award.

Hoffenberg Inspires Child Author
Edward Hoffenberg, MD (Professor, Section of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition), Director of the Center for Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, was recently highlighted in a CBS4 Denver news report about his patient, Lillian Bordoni, and her fight against celiac disease. With Dr. Hoffenberg’s encouragement, Lillian told her story through a new book that she both wrote and illustrated. The book, “Cecilia the Celiac Superhero,” tells the inspiring true story about a little girl who conquers Celiac Disease, encouraging others to embrace who they are and battle the evil forces of Gluten and Cross Contamination so they can become Celiac superheroes just like her. Lillian is donating proceeds from her book to the Children’s Hospital Colorado Inflammatory Bowel Diseases program. You can find her book online.

Children’s Hospital Colorado Medical Staff Survey
The Children’s Hospital Colorado Faculty Medical Staff Survey will be launching on Monday, December 10th. Please be on the lookout for an email with a link to the survey. Your feedback and input is valuable so please take a few moments to complete this survey and maximize our Department’s participation.

Ranney Earns University of Missouri Alumni Award
Congratulations to Bobbette Ranney, MD (Clinical Professor of Pediatrics) who was honored with the 2018 University of Missouri Distinguished Alumni Award. As a student at “Mizzou,” she was the first person ever to graduate with a perfect 4.0 GPA (in physics) and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa in 1964. While working on the Fort Apache Reservation in 1972, Dr. Ranney collaborated with doctors from Johns Hopkins on an Oral Rehydration Therapy (ORT) formula, an effective method of reducing the millions of child deaths caused each year by diarrhea and dehydration.

Anna Villarreal Department of Pediatrics Grand Rounds Fund
A reminder that the Department of Pediatrics is establishing the Anna Villarreal Department of Pediatrics Grand Rounds Fund to support the Visiting Professorship Awards program. To donate in memory of Anna, please visit:

Faculty Interest Group Updates
The PhD Interest Group (PhDIG) will hold a Winter Social on January 31, 2019.   Join us for appetizers, hot chocolate and s’mores. This event will also serve to recognize the accomplishments of our PhDs, so please send any awards, grants, etc., to Rhonda Buckner at no later than January 11th.

Thank you to all the junior faculty that stopped and chatted with our Junior Faculty Interest Group (JFIG) representatives in the Faculty Lounge on November 8th. We were able to answer questions and connect with faculty that were not aware of the Department’s Junior Faculty Interest.

As always, for these and other exciting Department of Pediatrics news stories, please visit our Pediatrics News web page.

Best wishes to all for a happy, healthy, and safe holiday season.


Stephen R. Daniels, MD, PhD
Professor and Chair
Department of Pediatrics | University of Colorado School of Medicine
Pediatrician-in-Chief | Children’s Hospital Colorado