Dear Faculty and Friends,
Welcome to the June 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!
New Boettcher Foundation Awardees
Congratulations to Kelly Sullivan,
PhD (Assistant Professor, Section of Developmental Biology; pictured at left)
and Robert Dietz, MD, PhD (Assistant Professor, Section of Neonatology;
pictured at right) on being a named a 2019 “Boettcher Investigator” and
recipients of the Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Award from the Boettcher
Foundation. These prestigious awards support the work of promising, early stage
biomedical researchers at Colorado universities. Boettcher Investigators
receive $235,000 per year for three years to help establish research programs
to become competitive for major awards from federal agencies and private
Dr. Sullivan’s work seeks to better understand the causes
of the novel disease spectrum in Down Syndrome; wherein individuals are
protected from diseases such as solid tumors and heart disease and predisposed
to others like Alzheimer’s disease and autoimmune disorders. Dr. Sullivan’s
research project, titled “Interferon (IFN) signaling in Down syndrome,” aims to
explore the hypothesis that hyperactivation of IFN signaling contributes to the
development of numerous pathologies in people with Down Syndrome, including
those related to development, neuroinflammation, and cognition.
Dr. Dietz’ research project, titled “Functional recovery
and reversal of impairment after ischemia in the developing brain,” is focused
on understanding the impact of ischemic events on the early childhood and
juvenile brain. While a great deal is known about ischemic consequences in
adults, very little is known about the juvenile brain in response to global
ischemic insults, thus leading to very few, if any, therapies for children
after cardiac arrest. Dr. Dietz’ basic science research aims to move beyond the
current clinical focus on preventing neuronal death after ischemic injury, and
instead work to identify new therapeutic approaches to improving the functional
recovery of surviving neurons and maximizing learning capacity before
adulthood. If successful, this research will be of high translational potential
for suggesting novel neurorestorative strategies, both for children and perhaps
for adults and neonates.
Krebs Named ASN Fellow
Nancy Krebs, MD, MS (Professor and Head, Section of
Nutrition) has been named a Fellow by The American Society for Nutrition (ASN).
To be inducted as a Fellow of the Society is the highest
honor ASN bestows, recognizing individuals for significant discoveries and
distinguished careers in the field of nutrition.
Congratulations, Dr. Krebs!
Program Spotlight – Advanced
end of its inaugural year, the Advanced Practice Provider (APP) Fellowship at
Children’s Hospital Colorado is proving a tremendous success. The first of its
kind nationally, the fellowship is a unique, one-year program dedicated to
advanced practitioners interested in pursuing a pediatric hospital-based
medicine career. Designed for graduates of Physician Assistant and Nurse
Practitioner training programs, the fellowship provides personalized education
and mentorship to equip Advanced Practice Providers with the specialized
knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to succeed in a pediatric inpatient
Launched in fall 2018, Kristen
McDaniel and Cathryn (Catie) Senour joined as the first fellows. The training curriculum includes
core rotations in Hospital Medicine (3 months), Pediatric Critical Care (3
months), Cardiac Intensive Care (1 month), Pulmonary (1 month) and
Hematology-Oncology (1 month). Elective rotations are offered in Infectious
Disease, Gastroenterology, and Neurology. Fellows participate in a dedicated
lecture series, patient simulations, clinical conferences and
morbidity/mortality conferences. Lastly, the fellows complete a Capstone
Project focusing on a quality or process improvement initiative, development of
a clinical care guideline, or educational initiative.
for its second year, the program has received 25 applications and expanded to
four training slots. The program is demonstrating efficacy in improving
clinical competence and readiness before having APPs enter a full-time role.
Impact has also been observed in lowering recruitment costs and shortening
the program has been via the partnership of faculty from the Section of
Critical Care and the Section of Hospital Medicine. Program leaders include: Cameron
Gunville, DO (Associate Professor, Section of Critical Care), Erika
Jekich, PA (Senior Instructor, Section of Critical Care), Jolie Eirich,
NP (Senior Instructor, Section of Hospital Medicine), Jason Zamkoff, MD
(Assistant Professor, Section of Hospital Medicine) and Chris Newman, PA-C
(Associate Professor of Clinical Practice, Section of Critical Care).
program is another example of the entrepreneurial spirit of our Department’s
faculty and their strong commitment to high quality educational programs,
career development, and patient safety.
Allison Named PRC Co-Director
Effective June 1, Mandy Allison, MD
(Associate Professor, Section of General Pediatrics) has been named Co-Director
of the Prevention Research Center for Family and Child Health (PRC).
As Co-Director, Dr. Allison will focus her research on
extending the Nurse-Family Partnership to serve new vulnerable populations and
improving NFP dissemination and implementation.
She gradually will become immersed in all aspects of PRC
work so she eventually can assume full leadership.
Please join me in congratulating Dr. Allison on her new
Pediatrics Spring Poster Session
The 2019 Annual Spring Pediatric
Research Poster Session was held on May 17. There were 122 posters presented,
which highlighted the recent and ongoing clinical, translational and basic
research activities of the Department’s trainees – including residents,
fellows, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows. Poster submissions from
41 fellows were evaluated by judges from the Committee on Education and the
Children’s Hospital Research Institute. Winners and Honorable Mentions of the
Fellow Poster Awards are:
1st Year Fellows:
Winner – Kathleen Hannan, MD (Section of
Neonatology). Project Title: Prevalence and Predictors of Complex Chronic
Conditions and Technology Dependence in VLBW Infants.
Honorable Mention – Emily Greenwald, MD (Section of
Pediatric Emergency Medicine). Project Title: Development of ED/UC Algorithm
and Work Tool to Improve Vascular Access in Children with Sepsis.
2nd Year Fellows:
Winner – Richard Roberts, MD, MPH (Section of
Endocrinology). Project Title: Evidence of Systemic Absorption of Enteral
Budesonide in Fontan-Associated Protein-Losing Enteropathy.
Honorable Mention – Irene Hurst, MD (Section of
Pediatric Emergency Medicine). Project Title: Implementing Pediatric
Emergency Department Substance Abuse Screening and Referrals.
3rd Year Fellows:
Winner – Keith Hazleton, MD, PhD Jaime Moore, MD
(Section of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition Pediatric Nutrition).
Project Title: Diet modulates Clostridioides difficile pathogenesis through
host and microbe bile acid metabolism.
Honorable Mention – Nathan Dahl, MD (Section of
Hematology, Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplant). Project Title: NTRK
fusions in pediatric diffuse intrinsic pontine gliomas.
Congratulations to all the poster session winners and
participants. Your hard work as investigators in pediatric research
demonstrates your commitment to academic career development and to advancing
scientific discovery toward improving child health in Colorado and beyond.
Faculty Interest Group Update
The PhD and Junior Faculty Interest
Groups will present “Now What? How to Develop a Project after Receiving a
Grant” on Friday, June 21 from 9 - 10:30 a.m. in Nighthorse Campbell 204.
The event will include information on the SARC Review Process, Team Management,
and Compliance. Please RSVP
online by June 10, as lunch will be served. Additional information can be
found on the PhDFIG web
Junior Faculty Interest Group (JFIG) hosted a Wellness Event on May 16 that
included information on well-being, along with breakout groups for Mindfulness
Mediation and Art Therapy. The event successfully allowed faculty a place and
time to engage in practical methods of managing their wellbeing.
will host a Junior Faculty Social event on Thursday, June 13 from 4 - 6:30 p.m.
at the Cedar Creek Pub (2100 N. Ursula St., north of Building 500/Fitzsimons).
Junior faculty will have the opportunity to grab a free drink and appetizers,
catch up, and network. Please RSVP
online by June 10. More information can be found on the JFIG web
Instructor/Senior Instructor Spring Reception titled “Be Dynamic – Find a
Way to Have Your Say - Taking the Reins in Your Career Enhancement” will be
held on Thursday, June 13 from noon - 1 p.m. in the Children’s Hospital
Colorado Dori Biester Conference Room. The event will cover topics on career
enrichment and advancement opportunities including advocacy, community
outreach, and innovation. RSVPs are required, as heavy appetizers, beverages,
and deserts will be provided. RSVP by June 10 to Tracy.Price-Johnson@ucdenver.edu.
Mentorship Group. The newly formed LGBTQ+ Mentorship Group held its first meeting
on May 30. The group provides LGBTQ+ residents, fellows, and faculty a safe
space to connect with LGBTQ+ colleagues, ask career and life questions, and
increase their visibility. If you are an LGBTQ+ resident, fellow, or faculty
member interested in joining the group, please contact Justin Lotspeich at Justin.Lotspeich@childrenscolorado.org
or Rhonda Buckner at Rhonda.Buckner@childrenscolorado.org.
As always, for these and
other exciting Department of Pediatrics news stories, please visit
News web page.
Stephen R. Daniels, MD,
Professor and Chair
Department of Pediatrics |
University of Colorado School of Medicine
Pediatrician-in-Chief | Children’s Hospital Colorado