Dear Faculty and Friends,
Welcome to the May 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!
Hospital Colorado Medical Staff Dinner Award Winners
Congratulations to those Department of
Pediatrics faculty who were recognized at the Children’s Hospital Colorado Annual
Meeting and Medical Staff Dinner held on May 2.
Ricka Messer, MD, PhD (Assistant Professor, Section of Child
Neurology; pictured) is the Century Award winner. The Century Award recognizes
a staff member with five or fewer years of training who has made major
contributions to improving child health through committee work, leadership and
advocacy. Dr. Messer’s clinical interests include acquired brain injuries and
acute neurologic issues.
Outstanding Service Awards were given to three Department
of Pediatrics faculty. Jenny Soep, MD (Associate Professor, Section of
Rheumatology) received the award for Hospital-Based service. Matt Dorighi,
MD (Pediatric Care Network – Cherry Creek Pediatrics) received the award
for Community-Based service. Dr. Dorighi is a graduate of the Department of
Pediatrics residency program. Mona Jacobson, CPNP-PC (Section of Child
Neurology) received the Advanced Practice Provider outstanding service award.
The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit received the
Quality and Patient Safety Award. The unit has consistently performed among the
best in the nation on clinical quality standards as measured by Virtual
Pediatric Systems (VPS). When considering risk-adjusted mortality
(effectiveness) and risk-adjusted length of stay (efficiency), our PICU team
results demonstrate better patient survival at a lower cost than expected given
the complexity of this severely ill patient population.
Dispelling Myths About Childhood
As highlighted in Dean Reilly’s weekly
School of Medicine message, a shout out to Jessica Cataldi, MD
(Assistant Professor, Section of Infectious Diseases), Sean O’Leary, MD
(Associate Professor, Section of Infectious Diseases), and Anne Frank, MD
(Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics), who have been
working diligently to address the falsehoods offered by those opposed to
Their efforts have been featured in numerous recent news
reports, including the Denver
Clinical Immunology Program Receives Center Designation & Funding
Under the direction of Elena Hsieh, MD (Assistant Professor), Cullen Dutmer, MD (Assistant Professor), and Vijaya Knight, MD, PhD (Associate Professor), in the Section of Allergy & Immunology, the clinical immunology program has been granted $150,000 and designated as a Jeffrey Modell Diagnostic & Research Center.
The designation and funding comes from the Jeffrey Modell Foundation (JMF), an international, non-profit, organization dedicated to helping individuals and family members affected by primary immunodeficiency diseases (PIDD). Funding is intended to support educational activities for patients and physicians, with the goal of raising awareness across Colorado about the importance of early detection of PIDD.
Treatment options for children with these complex conditions are targeted toward the specific immune defects and can include bone marrow transplantation, immunoglobulin (antibody) replacement, preventative antibiotics, and unique strategies to manage autoimmune disease.
The Department of Pediatrics Diversity
and Inclusion Committee celebrated a Week of Difference April 8 through April
Events included a TED Talk discussion about diversity
hiring for faculty, as well as the importance of having a diversity plan for
attracting underrepresented in medicine (URiM) students. During the week,
students from Aurora Central High School (pictured) were welcomed to campus for
a half-day of learning about opportunities within the medical field.
The week concluded with Diversity Inclusion Grand Rounds
featuring guest speaker Alden Landry, MD, MPH (Faculty Assistant
Director, Office of Diversity and Inclusion and Community Partnership, Harvard
Together with Brandi Freeman, MD (Assistant
Professor, Section of General Pediatrics and DOP Director of Diversity), Dr.
Landry lead a discussion on the importance of having a diverse faculty in
relationship to delivering patient-centered care and improving health outcomes.
Focus on Advocacy
The Department of Pediatrics was well
represented at the recent American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Legislative
Conference held April 7-9 in Washington, D.C.
During the conference, participants received instruction on
how to become effective child health advocates and experience in the
legislative process through hands-on work sessions.
DOP attendees included Maya Haasz, MD (Assistant
Professor, Section of Emergency Medicine), Julian Benavidez, MD (2nd
year resident), Edwin Asturias, MD (Associate Professor, Section of
Infectious Diseases), and David Keller, MD (Professor and Vice Chair of
Clinical Strategy and Transformation).
On the final day of the conference, attendees visited their
congressional offices to advocate for the passage of comprehensive, common-sense
policies to protect children from gun violence.
Did you know that the Department’s
faculty includes more than 50 clinical psychologists?
Recognizing this growing and critically important group of
providers to our multi-disciplinary care teams, the Department recently hosted
two “psychology town hall” forums on April 8 and April 30.
DOP Chair Dr. Steven Daniels and Rebecca Wilson,
PsyD (Director of Psychology, Section of Developmental Pediatrics/JFK
Partners and Chair of Psychology, Children’s Hospital Colorado) led a
discussion with clinical psychologist colleagues focusing on the challenges and
opportunities facing this faculty group.
Key take away messages from these forums are the importance
of recognizing the contributions of psychologists to the advocacy, clinical,
research and teaching missions of the Department, and of the need for continued
communication and team building throughout the Department. Thank you to all the
faculty who participated in these forums.
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 June 21 from 9-10:30 a.m. in Nighthorse Campbell 204. It
will include information on the SARC Review Process, Team Management, and
Compliance. Lunch will be served. Please RSVP
by June 10. More information can be found on the PhDFIG
Junior Faculty Interest Group (JFIG) seeks nominations for new members. You may
nominate yourself or another faculty member, or section heads may nominate
faculty. Joining the group is a great opportunity to fulfill promotion service
requirements. The deadline to submit is June 3. Visit the Junior Faculty web
page for nomination
will host a Wellness Event on May 16 from noon-1:30 p.m. in Mt. Oxford. The
event will include wellness information and tips, along with breakout groups
for Mindfulness and Art Therapy. Please RSVP by
May 10. Lunch will be provided.
will host a Junior Faculty Social event on 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
by June 3.
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
June 13 from noon-1 p.m. in the Dori Biester Conference Room. The event will
cover topics on career enrichment and advancement opportunities including
advocacy, community outreach, and innovation. RSVPs are required, for heavy
appetizers, beverages, and deserts will be provided. RSVP by June 3 to Tracy.Price-Johnson@ucdenver.edu.
Resident Research Day
Resident Research Day will be held on
Friday, May 31, from noon-2 p.m. in Mt. Oxford, located in the Children’s
Hospital Colorado 2nd Floor Conference Center.
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 and is an excellent mentor of junior faculty and
residents. The 2019 speaker will be William W. Hay, Jr., MD
(Professor, Section of Neonatology).
the flyer to learn more.
Pediatric Research Poster Session
The 2019 Spring Pediatric Research
Poster Session will be held on Friday, May 17 from noon-2 p.m. in the
Children’s Hospital Colorado 2nd Floor Conference Center.
Come see posters highlighting the exciting scientific
activity being conducted by our research teams.
The Pediatric Committee on Fellowship Education will be
awarding most outstanding posters in the categories of first-, second- and
more and register on the CCTSI website.
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