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Lebel, Sylvie – MD

Sylvie Lebel, M.D. is a CHOC Specialist in Gastroenterology. She is board certified in Pediatric Gastroenterology and Hepatology & Transplantation with the American Board of Pediatrics. Dr. Lebel received her medical degree at McGill University, Montreal, Canada. She completed her internship , residency and fellowship training in Pediatrics and Pediatric Gastroenterology at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada. She served her fellowship in Pediatric Gastroenterology, Pediatric Liver Transplantation and Immunology Research at the University of Toronto, Canada. Dr. Lebel also received her Masters in Physiology at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada – Clinician Investigator Program at the University of Toronto, Canada.

Nelson Mandela Hospital Executives Visit CHOC

CHOC was recently honored to host a visit from Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital Leaders. Visitors included Sibongile Mkhabela, CEO, and Nana Magomola, Hospital Trustee.

 

The purpose of the visit was to gain insight and clinical information in preparation for the new Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital currently under construction in Johannesburg, South Africa, scheduled to open in 2014.

 

 

From left to right: Dr. Paul Lubinsky, Dr. Leonard Sender, Nana Magomola, Sibongile Mkhabela, Jennifer Trubenbach, Kim Cripe, Joyce Morell, Dr. Nick Anas

Dr. Mustafa Kabeer

Kabeer, Mustafa – MD

Mustafa Kabeer, MD, FACS, FAAP is a CHOC Specialists Pediatric Surgeon, board certified by the American Board of Surgery in Pediatric Surgery, General Surgery and Surgical Critical Care. Dr. Kabeer attended medical school at the University of Missouri, Columbia. He completed both his internship and his residency training at Indiana University. He served his fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan. He is affiliated with the American College of Surgeons and the American Pediatric Surgical Association.

Dr. Kabeer is dedicated to investigating new and innovative ways to treat patients. Over the last ten years, he has been engaged in the investigation of the use of autologous splenic lymphoctye reinfusion to augment vaccine efficacy against gram negative encapsulated organisms. He has a background in tumor cell vaccine and cytokine research and is interested in working with stem cells in order to grow small intestines. He is currently researching the use of Raman spectroscopy in the diagnosis of pediatric tumors and in the diagnosis of Hirschsprung’s disease. He has dedicated a great deal of time and effort toward researching surgical robotics.

Dr. Kabeer performed the first robotic surgery at CHOC in 2003. Additionally, he performed the world’s first robotic pediatric lung resection and has performed many robotic tumor resections. Dr. Kabeer’s other research interests include immunology and cytokine response to injury. He serves on the CHOC Board of Directors. His philosophy of care is treating all children as if they are his own. Dr. Kabeer speaks fluent Gujarati and Hindi.

Dr. Kabeer’s favorite aspect of the physician-patient relationship is trust. “It is humbling to know and realize that parents entrust their most valuable possession to you in their time of greatest need.” – Dr. Mustafa Kabeer

Videos

Dr. Mustafa Kabeer, Pediatric Surgeon, speaks about quality care for CHOC patients


Dr. Mustafa Kabeer Discusses Pediatric Robotic Surgery

Published Works

Publications link:
Dr. Mustafa Kabeer Publications

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Lieber CA, Nethercott HE, Kabeer MH. Cancer field effects in normal tissues revealed by Raman spectroscopy. Biomed Opt Express. 2010 Sep 20;1(3):975-982.

Lieber CA, Kabeer MH. Characterization of pediatric Wilms’ tumor using Raman and fluorescence spectroscopies. J Pediatr Surg. 2010 Mar;45(3):549-54.

Klein, MD, Langenburg, SE, Kabeer, M, Lorincz, A, Knight, CG., Pediatric Robotic Surgery: Lessons From a Clinical Experience. Journal of Laparoendoscopy and Advanced Surgical Techniques, 2007, April, 17(2):265-271

Langenburg, S, Kabeer, M, Knight, C, Fleischmann, L, Auner, G, Lyman, W, Klein, M., Surgical Robotics: Creating a New Program. Pediatric Endosurgery and Innovative Techniques, 2003, 7(4):415-419.

Liu, Q., Kabeer, M., Callahan, M., Orazi, A., Pescovitz, M., Grosfeld, J., Mesocaval Shunt Inhibits Primary and Metastatic Hepatoma Growth and Enhances Apoptosis. Journal of Pediatric Surgery, 1998, 33(7); 1128-33.

Kogon, B., Kabeer, MH., Billings, S., Sawchuk, A., Dalsing, M., Angiosarcoma Arising from an Occluded Popliteal Artery Pseudoaneurysm. Journal of Vascular Surgery, 1998, 27(5):970-3.

Kabeer, MH., Filo, RS., Milgrom, ML., Pescovitz, MD., Leapman, SB., Lumeng, L., Jindal, RM., Central Pontine Myelinolysis Following Orthotopic Liver Transplant and Association with Cyclosporine Toxicity., Postgraduate Medical Journal, 1995, 71(834):239-241

Nygard, NR., Bono, C., Brown, LR., Gorka, J., Giacoletto, KS., Schaiff, T., Graham, MB., McCourt, DW., Kabeer, MH., Braciale, VL., Braciale, TJ., Schwartz, BD., Antibody Recognition of an Immunogenic Influenzae Haemaglutinin-Human Leucocyte Antigen Class II Complex., Journal of Experimental Medicine., 1991, Vol. 174, pp.243-251.

Tollefsen, DM., Wiegel, CJ., Kabeer, MH., The Presence of Methionine or Threonine at Position 381 in Vitronectin is Correlated with Proteolytic Cleavage at Arginine-379., The Journal of Biological Chemistry, 1990, Vol. 265(17), pp.9778-9781.

Musser, JM., Kroll, JS., Granoff, DM., Moxon, ER., Brodeur, BR., Campos, J., Dabernat, H., Frederiksen, W., Hamel, J., Hammond, G., Hoiby, EA., Jonsdottir, KE., Kabeer, MH., Kallings, I., Khan, WN., Kilian, M., Knowles, K., Koornhof, HJ., Law, B., Li, KI., Montgomery, J., Pattison, PE., Piffaretti, JC., Takala, AK., Thong, ML., Wall, RA., Ward, JI., Selander, RK., Global Genetic Structure and Molecular Macroepidemiology of Encapsulated Haemophilus influenzae., Reviews of Infectious Disease, 1990, Vol. 12(1), pp. 75-111.

Weinberg, GA., Ghafoor, A., Ishaq, Z., Nomani, NK, Kabeer, MH., Anwar, F., Burney, MI., Qureshi, AW., Musser, JM., Selander, RK., Granoff, DM., Clonal Analysis of Haemophilus inflluenzae Isolated from Children from Pakistan with Lower Respiratory Infections., Journal of Infectious Disease, 1989, Vol. 160, pp. 634-643

Munson, RM., Kabeer, MH., Lenoir, AA., Granoff, DM., Epidemiology and Prospects for Prevention of Hamophilus influenzae Disease in Developing Countries., Reviews of Infectious Disease, 1989, Vol. 11S, pp. S588-597.

Granoff, DM, Sheetz, K., Pandey, JP., Nahm, MH., Rambeck, JH., Jacobs, JL., Musser, JM., Selander, RK., Kabeer, MH., Murphy, TV., Osterholm, MT., Host and Bacterial Factors Associated with Haemophilus influenzae Type b Disease in Minnesota Children Vaccinated with Type b Polysaccharide Vaccine, Journal of Infectious Disease, 1989, Vol. 159, pp. 908-916.

Books and Chapters

Kabeer, MH, Lam, VT, Gibbs, DG, Robotics Technology in Pediatric General and Thoracic Surgery; Robotics in Surgery; edit. Faust; Nova Science Publishers, Inc; 2007 Kabeer MH, Klein MD, Acute Renal Failure in Neonates and Infants; Current Pediatric Surgery; edit. Mattei; 1st edition; Williams and Wilkins; 2002

Kabeer MH, Klein MD, Intestinal Obstruction; Acute Care Pediatric Intesive Care Unit Handbook; edit. Lieh-Lai; 2nd edition; Lippincott; 2001

Physician’s Profile

Dr. David Gibbs

Gibbs, David – MD

David Gibbs, MD, FACS, FAAP, is President of the Medical Staff at CHOC and is the CHOC Children’s Specialists Division Chief of Pediatric Surgery. Dr. Gibbs is board certified in Pediatric Surgery and General Surgery.

Dr. Gibbs attended medical school at Ohio State University. He completed both his internship and residency at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston followed by serving his fellowships at the UCSF Fetal Treatment Center in San Francisco; Long Island Jewish Medical Center; Schneider Children’s Hospital/Pediatric Surgery in New Hyde Park, New York.

Dr. Gibbs is affiliated with American College of Surgeons, and the Orange County Medical Association. Honors include the Marshall Bartlett Research Fellowship and the Medical Staff award at Ohio State University. His clinical interests include pediatric laparoscopic surgery. He is actively involved in patient care advocacy within the community and at the state level. Dr. Gibbs speaks fluent Spanish.

Published Works

Publications† link:
Dr. David Gibbs Publications

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Physician’s Profile

Pediatric General and Thoracic Surgery

The Pediatric General and Thoracic Surgeons of CHOC Specialists are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We have offices throughout the Orange County area and are available for consultative services at multiple hospitals. Our highly experienced Pediatric Surgeons provide innovative and efficient care to improve the quality of life for both the child and their family.

We commonly treat:

  • Inguinal Hernia
  • Umbilical Hernia
  • Lumps & Bumps
  • Orchiopexy (Undescended Testicle)
  • Hydrocele
  • Pectus Excavatum & Carinatum
  • Circumcision (not newborn)
  • Supprelin Implants (Precocious Puberty)
  • Fundoplications
  • Intussusception
  • Malrotation
  • Cholecystectomy
  • Gastroschisis & Omphalocele
  • Ganglion Cysts

Surgeries Performed Include:

  • Robotic Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Thoracic Surgery
  • Nuss Procedure (minimally invasive repair of Pectus Excavatum)
  • Skin and soft tissue lumps and bumps
  • Pectus deformities
  • Thyroglossal duct cyst
  • Branchial cleft cyst
  • Inguinal hernia repair
  • Circumcision
  • Orchiopexy
  • Lung lesions
  • Diaphragm abnormalities

Pediatric Surgery Research

Dr. Mustafa Kabeer

 

Dr. Kabeer is dedicated to investigating new and innovative ways to treat patients. Over the last ten years, he has been engaged in the investigation of the use of autologous splenic lymphoctye reinfusion to augment vaccine efficacy against gram negative encapsulated organisms. He has a background in tumor cell vaccine and cytokine research and is interested in working with stem cells in order to grow small intestines. He is currently researching the use of Raman spectroscopy in the diagnosis of pediatric tumors and in the diagnosis of Hirschsprung’s disease. He has dedicated a great deal of time and effort toward researching surgical robotics. Dr. Kabeer performed the first robotic surgery at CHOC in 2003. Additionally, he performed the world’s first robotic pediatric lung resection and has performed many robotic tumor resections.

 

 

For more information, please contact:

CHOC Children’s Specialists Pediatric Surgery administrative office at 714-364-4050.

Sola, Augusto – MD

Augusto Sola, M.D. is a CHOC Specialists Neonatologist, board certified in Pediatrics and Neonatology. Dr. Sola has been has over 20 years of experience in Neonatology in two different countries and in six different large centers. Currently, he is President of SIBEN and on sabbatical on International Neonatal Education and Health Care and has written two new books on neonatology.

 

Dr. Sola has extensive experience in Neonatal medicine and in Perinatal medicine. He trained under and worked with the pioneers of fetal physiology at the University of California, San Francisco and also worked for many years as the neonatologist of the Fetal Treatment Center at UCSF, one of the first such centers in the world dedicated to the treatment of human fetus with serious clinical conditions.

 

Dr. Sola received his medical degree at the University of Buenos Aires Medical School, Argentina. He completed his pediatric residency training and served his fellowship at the University of Massachusetts in Worcester, where he was later named Senior Chief Resident in Pediatrics.

 

Dr. Sola completed post graduate studies at the University of California in San Francisco and the Cardio Vascular Research Institute. Before returning to his home country, he worked for two years as a neonatologist in New Orleans (So. Baptist and Tulane).

 

Once in Argentina, he soon became Chief of Newborn Services at the “Hospital de Clínicas” of the University of Buenos Aires. There, Dr. Sola developed clinical neonatal intensive services and established mechanical ventilation; initiated training in neonatal medicine and, initiated the first neonatal fellowship program for MD’s with a completed pediatric residency.

 

At the National Pediatric Hospital (J.P. Garrahan Hospital), Dr. Sola was appointed Director of Neonatology and designed the neonatal unit and supporting services. During the process he developed the concept of “Neonatal Recovery Unit”, where the parents of infants who no longer needed intensive care, but remained ill and had to remain hospitalized, would live with their infants, improving the transition from hospital to home and shortening hospital stay. This was an original and revolutionary concept at the time. Dr. Sola developed the first organized programs in the nation for long-term follow-up of NICU graduates both at both the Hospital de Clínicas and at Garrahan Hospital.

 

Dr. Sola served as full Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Buenos Aires. He created the “Fundación para el Recien Nacido” a non profit organization that assisted poor families and ill newborns.

 

Dr. Sola returned to the United States to become Director of Neonatal Clinical Services at the University of California in San Francisco. There he joined distinguished specialists in the field, was part of the Fetal Treatment Center and was interim director of the ECMO program. He also became progressively more involved in research in areas of neonatal neurology. Dr. Sola then accepted the position of Professor of Pediatrics.

 

Dr. Sola moved on as Division Director of Neonatology at Cedars Sinai Medical Center and Professor of Pediatrics at UCLA. There he re-established the neonatal fellowship program, was given an endowed Chair and started to become involved in the study of neonatal oxygenation and outcome improvement.

 

Dr Sola was tenured Professor of Pediatrics, and Obstetrics and Gynecology, at Emory University in Atlanta where he also held the Goddard Scholarship and directed the Division of Neonatal Perinatal Medicine, the neonatal laboratory for investigations of the mechanisms of injury and protection to the developing brain and the neonatal fellowship training program. During his tenure at Emory and under his leadership, the division became more academically involved, the fellowship program grew exponentially, clinical and grant funding expanded notably and, most importantly, neonatal clinical outcomes improved.

 

Dr. Sola’s neonatal professional activities have encompassed education, research, administration and clinical care. He is an “appassionato clinician” and still takes calls in-house at night and on weekends. He has developed and collaborated to develop innumerable neonatal centers, in Latin America and in the United States.

 

Dr. Sola has developed and established training programs; he has helped many physicians and nurses in their education, training and careers. He stimulates and collaborates with many throughout the America’s and Spain. Some of his colleagues and friends have called him “a trigger” that makes things happen. One of his former trainees, Dr. Adrian Soto, who subsequently became an excellent friend and unfortunately died at a young age because of cancer, was the first one to call Dr. Sola “an enzyme”, he who acts on a substrate and makes the final product much better. Clinical work and improved infants’ outcomes have been his passion and a driving stimulus.

 

Achievements & Honors

 

Dr. Sola has been recognized with numerous prestigious awards including being recognized for his contributions to education and leadership as one of The Ten Distinguished Young Professionals in Argentina and nominated among The Ten Top in the world.

 

Dr. Sola also been a recipient of the following awards:

 

• American Academy of Pediatrics Christopherson Award, for his contributions to International Child Health
• University of California San Francisco, Faculty Teaching Award, Department of Pediatrics
• University of Massachusetts, First Recipient of the Braden E. Griffin M.D. Lectureship
• World Health Organization (WHO) Perinatal Collaborating Center, Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Cicely Williams Award in Recognition of Excellence

 

Dr. Sola has been a visiting professor at many universities and medical centers in the USA and Latin America and has been named member of honor of neonatal societies and pediatric societies in Spain, Cuba, Colombia, Paraguay and others. In addition, Dr. Sola has been recognized as one of America’s Top Doctors, and among the Best Doctors in the Bay Area and in Atlanta. Furthermore, he was accepted as member of the American College of Ethical Physicians and is listed in WHO IS WHO in America for his professional accomplishments.

 

More Honors

 

• Who’s Who in America, 2008
• J. Braverman Award, Argentina Pediatric Society
• Ten Outstanding Young Professionals of Argentina International Junior Chamber, Argentina
• Award for Educational, Scientific and Clinical Contributions to Pediatrics in Paraguay
• “Top Doctors of America in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine” Award
• Leadership Award, presented by the Center for Black Women’s Wellness, Inc.
• “Top Doctors of Atlanta” Award, WHO Perinatal collaborating Center: Dr. Cicely Williams Award in Recognition of Excellence.
• “American’s Top Doctors” — Castle Connolly Award
• Named Honorary or Distinguished Member of various International Pediatric Societies and Distinguished and Visiting Professorships, including Colombia, Cuba, Barcelona and Cataluña, Paraguay, Uruguay and the United States.

 

Societies

 

Dr. Sola is a member of the following societies:

 

• American Pediatric Society (APS)
• Society for Pediatric Research (SPR)
• American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP – Fellow)
• AAP Section on Community and International Child Health
• AAP Section on Perinatal Pediatrics
• Society for Neuroscience
• Southern Society for Pediatric Research (SSPR)
• New York Academy of Sciences
• American Association For The Advancement Of Science
• Eastern Society For Pediatric Research
• European Society for Pediatric Research
• SIBEN, Ibero American Society of Neonatology – SIBEN.net

 

Dr. Sola is a past member of these societies:

 

• Western Society for Pediatric Research (WSPR)
• American Thoracic Society (ATS)
• Pediatric Society of Argentina
• Latin American Society for Pediatric Research
• California Association of Neonatologists (CAN)
• National Association of Hispanic Physicians
• Southeastern Association of Neonatologists (SAN)
• Society for Critical Care Medicine (SCCM)

 

Educational Activities

 

Dr. Sola enjoys participating in education, and this occupies a significant portion of his life outside of work. His passion for Education started when he was a medical student. Dr. Sola has embraced the motto that “to teach is to learn twice” and has committed a significant proportion of his professional career to education. Over the years, he has received several prestigious teaching awards.

Publications

 

Dr. Sola has written two text books in Spanish in the field of Neonatal Medicine.

 

The first one, titled “Cuidados Intensivos Neonatales, Fisiopatologia and Terapeutica”. This book was extremely important in the developing field of newborn care, mostly in Latin American countries, in an era of no internet, e-mails or faxes.

 

The second one is a two volume book, written with his wife, Marta R. Rogido MD. It is entitled “Cuidados Especiales del Feto y el Recien Nacido” (Special Care of the Fetus and Newborn)

 

Dr Sola has written two neonatal books in the Spanish language: One is a comprehensive, multi author text book, with more than 60 authors from various countries and more than 1,500 pages, (“CUIDADOS NEONATALES: DESCUBRIENDO LA VIDA DE UN RECIÉN NACIDO ENFERMO” – ‘Neonatal Care: Discovering the life of a sick newborn’).

 

Dr. Sola also has many chapters in neonatal and pediatric manuals and textbooks written in the USA, Argentina, Chile, Mexico and other nations. In the field of Neonatal Medicine, Dr. Sola has over 80 publications in peer reviewed journals, both in basic research and in clinical topics.

 

Dr. Sola’s most important recent publications have focused in three topics:

 

1. Severe hypoxemic respiratory failure in the newborn, exploring the use of oral sildenafil (Viagra).
2. Mechanisms of injury and protection in the developing brain.
3. Improving outcomes by changing the practice of oxygen administration and pulse oximetry monitoring.

 

The recent most important publications in peer reviewed journals in those three areas of neonatal medicine include:

 

Recent Publications

 

1. Sola, A. Turn off the lights and the oxygen, when not needed: phototherapy and oxidative stress in the neonate. JPediatr (Rio J). 2007;83(4):293-296
2. Bouzas L, Bauer G, Novali L, Dilger A, Galina L, Falbo J, Díaz González L, Manzitti J, Sola A. Retinopathy of prematurity in the XXI century in a developing country: an emergency that should be resolved. An Pediatr (Barc). 2007 Jun;66(6):551-8
3. Sola A, Dieppa FD, Rogido MR. An evident view of evidence-based practice in perinatal medicine: absence of evidence is not evidence of absence. J Pediatr (Rio J). 2007 Sep-Oct;83(5):395-414
4. Sola A, Peng H, Rogido M, Wen TC. Animal models of neonatal stroke and response to erythropoietin and cardiotrophin-1. Int J Dev Neurosci. 2008 Feb;26(1):27-35.
5. Sola A, Rogido M. Iron, oxidant injury, and practice choices in preterm infants. J Pediatr. 2008 Feb;152(2):295-6;
6. Castillo A, Sola A, Baquero H, Neira F, Alvis R, Deulofeut R, Critz A. Pulse oxygen saturation levels and arterial oxygen tension values in newborns receiving oxygen therapy in the neonatal intensive care unit: is 85% to 93% an acceptable range? Pediatrics. 2008 May;121(5):882-9
7. Sola A. Oxygen for the preterm newborn: one infant at a time. Pediatrics. 2008 Jun;121(6):1257
8. Sola A. Oxygen in neonatal anesthesia: friend or foe? Curr Opin Anaesthesiol. 2008 Jun;21(3):332-9.
9. Sola A, Saldeño YP, Favareto V. Clinical practices in neonatal oxygenation: where have we failed? What can we do? J Perinatol. 2008 May;28 Suppl 1:S28-34.
10. Various and Sola A. (“Grupo de Trabajo Colaborativo Multicéntrico para la Prevención de la Ceguera en la Infancia por Retinopatía del Prematuro”) Recommendations for Retinopathy of Prematurity screening in at-risk populations Arch Argent Pediatr. 2008 Feb;106(1):71-6
11. Sola A, Golombek SG, Baquero H, Borbonet D, Cabañas F, Fajardo C, Goldsmit G, Lemus L, Miura E, Pellicer A, Pérez JM, Rogido M, Zambosco G, van Overmeire B: First SIBEN clinical consensus: diagnostic and therapeutic approach to patent ductus arteriosus in premature newborns. An Pediatr (Barc). 2008 Nov;69(5):454-81.
12. Bui T, Sequeira J, Wen TC, Sola A, Higashi Y, Kondoh H, Genetta T : ZEB1 links p63 and p73 in a novel neuronal survival pathway rapidly induced in response to cortical ischemia. PLoS ONE. 2009;4(2):e4373. Epub 2009 Feb 4.

 

Editorials / Commentary

 

1. Postnatal Steroids: Short-term gain, long-term pain? Neil N. Finer, MD, Alissa Craft, DO, MBA, Yvonne E. Vaucher, MD, MPH, Reese H. Clark, MD and Augusto Sola MD J Pediatr 2000:137:9-13
2. An evident view of evidence-based practice in perinatal medicine: absence of evidence is not evidence of absence. Augusto Sola, Fernando Dominguez Dieppa, Marta R. Rogido J Pediatr (Rio J). 2007;83(5): 395-414. (Evidence-based medicine, number needed to treat, randomized trials, outcome variables, treatment effects, critical reading, statistical significance.)
3. Sola, A. Turn off the lights and the oxygen, when not needed: phototherapy and oxidative stress in the neonate. J Pediatr (Rio J). 2007 Jul-Aug;83(4):293-6.

 

Mechanisms of injury and protection in the developing brain:

 

1. Sola A, Piecuch R. Prevalence of cerebral palsy: estimations, calculations and neonatal care. Pediatrics. 1994 Jan;93(1):152-3.
2. Sola A Berrios M, Gregory A, Ferriero D. Fructose-1,6-bisphosphate after hypoxic ischemic injury is protective to the neonatal rat brain. Brain Res. 1996 25;741(1-2):294-9
3. Westmark KD, Barkovich AJ, Sola A, Ferriero D, Partridge JC. Patterns and implications of MR contrast enhancement in perinatal asphyxia: a preliminary report. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 1995;16(4):685-92.
4. Barkovich AJ, Westmark K, Partridge C, Sola A, Ferriero DM. Perinatal asphyxia: MR findings in the first 10 days. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 1995;16(3):427-38.
5. Barkovich AJ. MR contrast enhancement of the normal neonatal brain. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 1997;18(9):1713-7
6. Van Bel F, Sola A, Roman C, Rudolph AM. Role of nitric oxide in the regulation of the cerebral circulation in the lamb fetus during normoxemia and hypoxemia. Biol Neonate. 1995;68(3):200-10
7. Van Bel, Sola A, Rudolph AR. Perinatal regulation of the cerebral circulation: role of nitric oxide and prostaglandins. Pediatr Res. 1997;42(3):299-304
8. Barkovich AJ. Prediction of neuromotor outcome in perinatal asphyxia: evaluation of MR scoring systems. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 1998;19(1):143-9
9. Finer N, Craft A, Vaucher Y, Clark R, Sola A. Postnatal Steroids: Short Term Gain, Long Term Pain? J Pediatr, 2000 July; 137 (1): 9-13.
10. Gressens P, Sola A. Environmental factors and disturbances of brain development. Semin Neonatol. 200;6(2):185-94.
11. Gressens P, Rogido M, Paindaveine B, Sola A. The Impact of Frequent Neonatal Intensive Care Practices on the Developing Brain. J Pediatr,140:646-653, 2002.
12. Rogido, M, Husson I, Bonnier C, Lallemand MC, Merienne C, Gregory GA, Sola A, Gressens P. Fructose-1, 6 biosphate prevents excitotoxic neuronal cell death in the neonatal mouse brain. Brain Res Dev Brain Res, Feb;140:287-297, 2003.
13. Baserga MC, Gregory GA, Sola A. Cerebrovascular Response in Small Preterm Infants during Routine Nursery Gavage Feedings. Biol Neonate, 83:12-18, 2003.
14. Wen TC, Rogido M, Gressens P, Sola A. A reproducible experimental model of focal cerebral ischemia in the neonatal rat. Brain Research Protocols, 13:76-83, 2004.
15. Wen, TC, Rogido, M, Genetta, T, Sola, A. Permanent focal cerebral ischemia activates erythropoietin receptor I in the neonatal rat brain. Neurosci Lett, 355(3):165-168, 2004.
16. Valerie Boss, Augusto Sola, Tong-Chun Wen, Michael J. Decker. Mild Intermittent Hypoxis Does Not Induce Stress Responses in the Neonatal Rat Brain. Biology of the Neonate 2005;88:313-320
17. Sola A, Rogido M, Lee B, Genetta T, Wen TC. Erythropoietin after Focal Cerebral Ischemia Activates the Jaanus kinase-signal transducer and activator of transcription signaling pathway and improves brain injury in postnatal day 7 rats. Pediatr Res, Apr;57(4):481-7, 2005.
18. Sola A, Wen T-C, Hamrick S, Ferriero DM. Potential for Protection and Repair following Injury to the Developing Brain: A Role for Erythropoietin? Pediatr Res, May; 57(5), part 2:110R-117R, 2005.
19. Baserga M, Bertolotto C, Sola A. Different Doses of Dopamine have heterogeneous effects on Cerebral Hemodynamics and Dopamine Receptors in Young Rabbits as measured with Near-Infrared Spectroscopy. Biol Neonate, Jan 14;87(4):229-235, 2005.
20. Deulofeut R, Sola A. Injury to the Developing Brain in Term and Pre-Term Infants: Mechanisms of Injury and Potential for Prevention and Repair. Journal of The Arab Neonatology Forum, 2: 34-47; 2005.
21. Thomas Genetta, Ben H. Lee, Augusto Sola. Low doses of ethanol and hypoxia administered together act synergistically to promote the death of cortical neurons. Journal of Neuroscience Research, 2006;851(1): 131-138
22. Lee Ben H., Wen Tong-Chun, Rogido Marta, Sola Augusto. Glucocorticoid Receptor Expression in the Cortex of the Neonatal Rat Brain with and without Focal Cerebral Ischemia. Neonatology 2007;91:12-19
23. Baud Oliver, Sola Augusto Corticosteroids in perinatal medicine: How to imporve outcomes without affecting the developing brain?
24. Gender Differences in Long-Term Beneficial Effects of Erythropoietin Given After Neonatal Stroke in Postnatal Day-7 Rats. T.C. Wen, M. Rogido, H. Peng, T. Genetta, J. Moore and A. Sola Division of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine, 2015 Uppergate Drive, Atlanta, GA 30322, USA Neuroscience 139 (2006) 803-811

 

Oxygen and its consequences – Improving outcomes by changing the practice of oxygen administration and pulse oximetry monitoring:

 

1. Flynn JT, Sola A, Good WV, Phibbs RH. Screening for retinopathy of prematurity — a problem solved? Pediatrics. 1995 May;95(5):755-7
2. Chow LC, Wright KW, Sola A: Can changes in clinical practice decrease the incidence of severe retinopathy of Prematurity in Very Low Birth Weight Infants? Pediatrics, Feb: 111(2):339-45, 2003.
3. Sola A, Chow, L, Rogido M: Retinopathy of Prematurity and Oxygen Therapy: A Changing Relationship. An Pediatr (Barc), Jan;62(1):48-63, 2005.
4. Sola A, Chow L, Rogido M: Pulse oximetry in neonatal care in 2005. A comprehensive state of the art review. An Pediatr (Barc), Mar;62(3):266-281, 2005.
5. Augusto Sola, MD, Richard Deulofeut, MD, MPH: Oxygen and oxygenation in the delivery room. The Journal of Pediatrics, Volume 148, Issue 4, Pages 564-565 (April 2006
6. Deulofeut R, Critz A, Adams-Chapman I, Sola A: Avoiding hyperoxia in infants< 1250 g is associated with improved short-and long-term outcomes. Journal of Perinatology (2006) 26, 700-705 7. Sola A, Rogido MR, Deulofeut R.: Oxygen as a neonatal health hazard: Call for Détente in Clinical Practice. Acta Paediatr. 2007 Jun;96(6):798-800. 8. Treatment-by-gender effect when aiming to avoid hyperoxia in preterm infants in the NICU. Richard Deulofeut, Golde Dudell, Augusto Sola. Acta Paediatr. 2007 Jul;96(7):990-4. 9. Retinopathy of prematurity in the XXI century in a developing country: an emergency that should be resolved. Bouzas L, Bauer G, Novali L, Dilger A, Galina L, Falbo J, Díaz González L, Manzitti J, Sola A. An Pediatr (Barc). 2007 Jun;66(6):551-8. 10. Ophthalmologic and neonatal guidelines for ROP screening and treatment in Latin American Countries (October/2007) VISION 2020 The Right to Sight AMERICAS 11. Sola, A. Turn off the lights and the oxygen, when not needed: phototherapy and oxidative stress in the neonate. JPediatr (Rio J). 2007;83(4):293-296 12. Bouzas L, Bauer G, Novali L, Dilger A, Galina L, Falbo J, Díaz González L, Manzitti J, Sola A. Retinopathy of prematurity in the XXI century in a developing country: an emergency that should be resolved. An Pediatr (Barc). 2007 Jun;66(6):551-8 13. Sola A, Rogido M. Iron, oxidant injury, and practice choices in preterm infants. J Pediatr. 2008 Feb;152(2):295-6; 14. Castillo A, Sola A, Baquero H, Neira F, Alvis R, Deulofeut R, Critz A. Pulse oxygen saturation levels and arterial oxygen tension values in newborns receiving oxygen therapy in the neonatal intensive care unit: is 85% to 93% an acceptable range? Pediatrics. 2008 May;121(5):882-9 15. Sola A. Oxygen for the preterm newborn: one infant at a time. Pediatrics. 2008 Jun;121(6):1257 16. Sola A. Oxygen in neonatal anesthesia: friend or foe? Curr Opin Anaesthesiol. 2008 Jun;21(3):332-9. 17. Sola A, Saldeño YP, Favareto V. Clinical practices in neonatal oxygenation: where have we failed? What can we do? J Perinatol. 2008 May;28 Suppl 1:S28-34. 18. Various and Sola A. (“Grupo de Trabajo Colaborativo Multicéntrico para la Prevención de la Ceguera en la Infancia por Retinopatía del Prematuro”) Recommendations for Retinopathy of Prematurity screening in at-risk populations Arch Argent Pediatr. 2008 Feb;106(1):71-6

 

Sildenafil (Viagra) in Neonatal Pulmonary Hypertension and Severe hypoxemic respiratory failure in the newborn:

 

1. Hernando Baquero, Solis A, Freddy Neira, Maria E. Venegas and Augusto Sola: Oral Sildenafil in Infants With Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn: A Pilot Randomized Blinded Study. Pediatrics 2006:117;1077-1083
2. Baquero, H, Sola, A: Intratracheal Sildenafil in the Newborn With Pulmonary Hypertension. Pediatrics Volume 119, Number 1, January 2007 pages 215-216
3. Augusto Sola and Hernando Baquero: Oral Sildenafil in Neonatal Medicine: “Tested in adults also used in neonates”. An Pediatr (Barc). 2007;66(2):167-76
4. Lemus-Varela ML, Sola A , Gómez BC , Zamora AL , Ramos ML, Batista CM, Zúñiga GM: Oral sildenafil citrate lacks genotoxicity and cytotoxicity in a primate model: Callithrix jacchus. J Perinatol. 2006 Jul;26(7):423-7.
5. PEDIATRICS Volume 119, Number 1, January 2007. Intratracheal Sildenafil in the Newborn With Pulmonary Hypertension. Hernando Baquero, MD Augusto Sola, MD, Division of Neonatology, MANA and Morristown Memorial Hospital, Morristown, NJ 07962

 

Other recent publications of clinical interest:

 

1. Augusto Sola as senior author: Outcome of infants born at 24-26 weeks’ gestation: I. Survival and cost. Obstet Gynecol. 1997;90(5):803-8
2. Augusto Sola as senior author: Outcome of infants born at 24-26 weeks’ gestation: II. Neurodevelopmental outcome. Obstet Gynecol. 1997;90(5):809-14.
3. Harrison MR et al Correction of congenital diaphragmatic hernia in utero VIII: Response of the hypoplastic lung to tracheal occlusion. J Pediatr Surg. 1996;31(10):1339-48.
4. Harrison MR et al Correction of congenital diaphragmatic hernia in utero VII: a prospective trial. J Pediatr Surg. 1997;32(11):1637-42.
5. Metkus AP, Esserman L, Sola A, Harrison MR, Adzick NS. Cost per anomaly: what does a diaphragmatic hernia cost? J Pediatr Surg. 1995;30(2):226-30
6. Stringer MD, Sola A, Adzick NS, Harrison MR. Fetal diaphragmatic hernia without visceral herniation. J Pediatr Surg.. 1995;30(9):1264-6.
7. Sola A, Chow LC. The coming of (gestational) age for preterm infants. J Pediatr. 1999;135 (2 Pt 1):137-9
8. Renken IO, Sola A, Gooding CA. Direct coronal CT scanning of the neonatal chest. Pediatr Radiol. 1999;29(6):451-4.
9. Sola A, Farina D. Neonatal respiratory care and infant mortality in emerging countries. Pediatr Pulmonol. 1999 May;27(5):303-4.
10. First Trial on Synchronized Intermittent Mechanical Ventilation. Augusto Sola PI at UCSF. Randomized multicenter trial comparing synchronized and conventional intermittent mandatory ventilation in neonates. J Pediatr. 1996;128(4):453-63
11. Sola A, Rogido M. Pulmonary injury in the pre-term neonate. Neonatal Intsv Care, Oct 13(6):60-62, 2001.
12. Rogido M, Sola A. Ventilación mecánica en el recién nacido de muy bajo peso al nacer. UCIN, 2(1):40-51, 2002
13. Chow LC, Vanderhal A, Raber J, Sola A. Are tidal volume measurements in neonatal pressure-controlled ventilation accurate? Pediatr Pulmonol. 2002 Sep;34(3):196-202
14. Wong AF, Sola A. Treatment of peripheral tissue ischemia with topical nitroglycerin ointment in neonates. J Pediatr. 1992;121(6):980-3.
15. Baserga M, Puri A, Sola A. The Use of Topical Nitroglycerin Ointment to Treat Peripheral Tissue Ischemia Secondary to Arterial Line Complications in Neonates. J Perinatol. 2002;22:416-419
16. Deulofeut R, Sola A, Lee B, Buchter S, Rahman M, Rogido M. The impact of vaginal delivery in premature infants weighing less than 1,251 grams. Obstet Gynecol 2005;105(3):525-531
17. Delivery room cardiopulmonary resuscitation of the very preterm infant is associated with adverse short and long term outcomes. R. Deulofeut, A. Sola, B. Lee and M. Rogido Department of Pediatrics, Division of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia And MidAtlantic Neonatology and Morristown Memorial Hospital, Morristown, New Jersey An Pediatr (Barc). 2007;66(1):31-7

 

Abstracts

 

In addition to the above publications Dr. Sola and his colleagues and trainees present research findings at various research societies like National Pediatric Academic Societies (Society for Pediatric Research, American Pediatric Society), International Societies and Regional Societies.

 

Research findings submitted to the APS/SPR Annual Meeting for 2008:

 

1. Inhibition of cleaved caspase-8 and caspase-3 by cardiotrophin-1 in the neonatal brain following focal cerebral ischemia and in cultured neurons exposed to sodium nitroprusside. Wen TC, Peng H, Rogido M, Sola A.
2. BAP31, an integral protein of the endoplasmic reticulum, expresses in ischemic cortex and in cleaved Caspase-8 and TUNEL-positive cells. Wen TC, Peng H, Rogido M, Sola A.
3. Endogenous cannabinoid system activation in neonatal focal cerebral ischemic injury in rat pups. Rogido MR, Martinez Orgado JA, Pazos R, Wen TC, Sola A, Romero J.
4. Is it possible to improve neonatal survival by uniform implementation of continuous quality care measures? The experience of Cuba. Dominguez F, Duenas E, Sola A.
5. Patency of the ductus: first clinical consensus of the Ibero-American Society of Neonatology. Golombek S, Sola A, and SIBEN PDA Consensus Group.
6. Late onset neonatal pulmonary hypertension: Role of persistently prolonged patent ductus? Saldeño YP, Favareto V, Rogido M, Sola A.
7. Saturation limits and alarm settings in a NICU: What is the sound of one hand clapping? Favareto V, Saldeño YP, Rogido M, Sola A.
8. Prolonged persistent patent ductus arteriosus: Potential perdurable anomalies in premature infants. Mirpuri J, Sola A, Favareto V, Saldeño YP, Goldsmit G, Fariña D, Lee BH, Schenkman A. Rogido M
9. Clinical Practice Assessing Problems: Prospective Evaluation of Continuous Positive Airway Pressure in The Early XXI Century. Saldeño YP, Favareto V, Rogido M, Sola A.
10. Lower SpO2 targets and incidence of patent ductus arteriosus. Castillo A, Deulofeut R, Sola A.
11. High PaO2 is directly proportional to SpO2 levels 94%-100% in newborns receiving oxygen in the neonatal intensive care unit. Castillo A, Baquero H, Neira F, Alvis R, Critz A, Deulofeut R, Sola A.
12. A Brief History of the Use of Oxygen in Neonatology. Golombek S, Sola A
13. What Is The Risk Of Low Pao2 In Newborns Receiving Supplemental Oxygen In The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit When Spo2 Is 85%To93%? Castillo A, Baquero H, Neira F, Alvis R, Critz A, Deulofeut R, Sola A
14. Neurological Follow-Up (48 Months) Of Patients Treated With Oral Sildenafil For Severe Neonatal Pulmonary Hypertension In Nicu Where iNO Is Not Available Baquero H, Venegas ME, Lorena V, Neira F, Sola A.
15. Different Approach To The Use Of Intravenous Sodium Bicarbonate In Asphyxia Among European Neonatologists. Saenz P, de Jhong B, Aguar M, Brugada M, Sola A, Vento M
16. An International Survey On Intravenous Sodium Bicarbonate Use In Neonatology. Saenz P, de Jhong B, Aguar M, Brugada M, Sola A, Vento M

 

Listed below are some of the many abstracts presented at National Pediatric Academic Societies (Society for Pediatric Research, American Pediatric Society), International Societies and Regional Societies for 2006 and 2007:

 

1. A Sola, A Schenkman, L Skolnick, M Rogido: Prevention of retinopathy of prematurity. European Academy of Paediatrics and ESPR, 2006 Oct, page 64
2. A Castillo, H Baquero, F Neira, R Deulofeut, A Sola: Levels of (Spo2) between 85% and 93% are associated with normoxemia in newborns (NB) receiving oxygen therapy (FiO2>21%) in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). EAP and ESPR, 2006, Oct, page 65
3. Augusto Sola, Ben Lee: Uniform Application of Neonatal Guidelines Without Adequate Evidence: the Illusion of Knowledge? PAS and Eastern SPR Annual Meeting, 2007
4. A. Castillo, R. Deulofeut and A. Sola: Clinical Practice andSpO2 Technology in the Prevention of ROP in ELBW infants. PAS and Eastern SPR Annual Meeting, 2007
5. A. Sola: Education in Neonatal oxygenation Has Been Insufficient: A Need for Darning. PAS and Eastern SPR Annual Meeting, 2007
6. Hypothermia increases erythropoietin receptor expression in neurons through an adenosine and ATP signaling pathway. Moore J, Peng H, Wen TC, Rogido M, Sola A.
7. Avoiding hyperoxemia during neonatal resuscitation: Time to response of different SpO2 monitors. Baquero H, Sola A
8. Clinical practice and SpO2 technology in the prevention of ROP in ELBW infants. Castillo A, Sola A
9. TOI (Tissue Oxygenation Index) and arterial saturation (SaO2) in extremely low birth weight infants: Are they associated? Bravo C, Cabanas F, Sola A, Madero R, Gaya F, Quero J, Pellicer A.

Dr. Pornchai Tirakitsoontorn

Tirakitsoontorn, Pornchai – MD

Pornchai Tirakitsoontorn, M.D. is a CHOC Specialist in Pulmonology board certified in Pediatric Pulmonology and General Pediatrics. Dr. Tirakitsoontorn is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at UC Irvine.

Dr. Tirakitsoontorn served his fellowship in Pediatric Pulmonology at UC Irvine/Miller Children’s Hospital, Long Beach, California. He served as Chief Resident in Pediatrics and completed his resdiency training program at Seton Hall University, Jersey City Medical Center, Jersey City, New Jersey. Dr. Tirakitsoontorn received his doctorate at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand.

Prior to joining the CHOC Specialists, Dr. Tirakitsoontorn was an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and Clinical Director of Pediatric Pulmonology Division at Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA. Dr. Tirakitsoontorn was the Director of Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and attending physician at Bumrungrad International Hospital in Thailand.

Dr. Tirakitsoontorn’s research activities focus on the effect of exercise on growth, and cardiopulmonary function in patients with cystic fibrosis. His mission is to utilize exercise to the furthest extent as a therapeutic tool in helping them achieve a better quality of life and a longer life expectancy. Dr. Tirakitsoontorn has published a number of original articles and abstracts in peer-reviewed journals, including American Journal for Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, Pediatric Research, Pediatric Pulmonology and The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology Journal.

Dr. Tirakitsoontorn performs the following specialty procedures, flexible larngoscopy, bronchoscopy and bronchoalveolar, pulmonary function test and sleep study interpretation. Dr. Tirakitsoontorn’s clinical interests include asthma, bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD), chronic cough, cystic fibrosis, and neuromuscular lung disease. Dr. Tirakitsoontorn speaks fluent English and Thai.

Dr. Tirakitsoontorn’s philosophy is to provide the best care possible to all his patients and watch them grow up healthy.

Publications

Publications† link:
Dr. Pornchai Tirakitsoontorn Publications

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Arpan Global Charities Fundraiser Silent Auction & Wine Tasting – Saturday, November 12th, 2011

Arpan Global Charities Fundraiser Event Invitation:

Download the Arpan Global Charities Fundraiser Silent Auction & Wine Tasting Event Invitation PDF

 

Arpan Global Charities Donation/Sponsor Letter:

Download the Arpan Global Charities Fundraiser Silent Auction & Wine Tasting Event Donation Letter PDF

 

Arpan Global Charities Brochure:

Download the Arpan Global Charities Information Brochure PDF

 

CHOC Walk in the Park – Sunday, October 16th, 2011

 

Event Details: CHOC Walk in the Park, Sunday, October 16th, 2011

 

Team PSF invites you to walk with us in the 21st annual CHOC Walk scheduled for Sunday, October 16th at Disneyland Park. Money raised from the CHOC Walk goes to support the Kids’ Care Fund, an unrestricted fund that is used to provide patient care and other high priority medical needs of children cared for by CHOC.

 

The CHOC Specialists staff, physicians and family members are walking together again this year in support of the children of CHOC. Last year our Team raised over $20,000 for the children at CHOC and was awarded first place for CHOC associate teams. We had over 100 PSF associates, physicians and family members walk as part of our Team. We encourage you to ask your family, friends and neighbors to walk with you and if they are unable to do so, please ask them to consider sponsoring your walk.

 

If you would like to walk with us, you may register at www.chocwalk.org under PSF Team.

 

If you are unable to walk, we would welcome your sponsorship of our team. Checks may be made payable to CHOC and are tax deductible.

 

Please contact Jackie Aleccia at 714.532.8644 for more information on becoming a walker or sponsor.

 

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On Sunday, October 16th, thousands of CHOC supporters will walk through the Disneyland® Resort at the 21st Annual CHOC Walk in the Park. Last year, over 14,000 participants raised over $2 million helping to support the care, services, education and research that CHOC provides children.

 

Now, every step means more. As CHOC expands the services provided throughout the community, your support will help more children – in addition to making sure that every child who is in need will receive care regardless of their family’s ability to pay.

 

Upon arriving at the Disneyland® Resort, you realize this is more than a visit to Disneyland®. It’s a celebration of the continuous support from our community. It’s a time for families to thank the doctors and nurses that cared for their children, and share their stories with other families.

 

As you walk through Disneyland® Park, Disney’s California AdventureÔ Park and Downtown Disney®, you’ll be joined by your favorite Disney friends – cheering you on and providing unique photo opportunities. You’ll have the exclusive opportunity to experience Disneyland® as you never have before!

 

At the end of the 5k Walk, the celebration continues in the Downtown Disney® District where event sponsors, hospital support groups, shops and restaurants have special offers for all Walk participants.

 

Club Corp Annual Charity Classic,Small Bites for Big Causes,Benefiting For OC Kids – Monday, October 10th, 2011

 

 

Small Bites for Big Causes Invitation Download:(click to download)

 

As part of Club Corp’s Annual Charity Classic, the fund-raising event will take place at the prestigious Center Club in Costa Mesa, which is opening its doors to the general public for this rare occasion. Featuring a spirited competition showcasing small plate fare from the finest local chefs, this anticipated event will also feature live entertainment and a silent auction in the elegant ambiance of the exclusive Center Club. All proceeds benefit MDA’s Augie’s Quest, For OC Kids Neurodevelopmental Center and ClubCorp’s Employee Partners Care Foundation.

 

Celebrity judges such as world-renowned food critic, author and television personality Simon Majumdar will be on hand during the competition to determine the finest cuisine of the evening. Select restaurants, wineries and chefs including Jenny Ross of 118 degrees, Stone Brewery Bistro, Cobblestone Winery and OneHope Wines have already committed to supporting this community-centered event. In addition, Center Club is pleased to announce award winning radio and television superstar Bubba Jackson as the official host of the event representing KJAZZ 88.1 FM.

 

According to Center Club General Manager Shahin Vosough, a variety of corporate sponsorship opportunities remain available. Contributions can also be made in the form of products or services for the auction or underwriting a specific portion of the event.

 

For more information and to purchase VIP or General Admission tickets, visit www.smallbitesforbigcauses.com or contact Shahin Vosough @ 714-662-3414.

 

Small Bites for Big Causes Donation Letter & Form(click to download)

 

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The Center Club, Costa Mesa(click for more info)

 

WHAT:
The Center Club is hosting a premiere charity event and spirited competition showcasing small plate fare from the finest local chefs and celebrity judges, such as world renowned food critic, author and TV personality, Simon Majumdar. This anticipated event will also feature lively music, refreshing cocktails and a silent auction in the elegant ambiance of the exclusive Center Club and be hosted by Bubba Jackson of KJAZZ 88.1 FM.

 

WHO:
Costa Mesa’s private Center Club looks forward to welcoming all foodies and those who enjoy tasting delicious bites, while serving their community and engaging the general public.

 

WHEN:
Monday, October 10, 2011
6:30 – 8:30 pm
*VIP reception begins at 5:30 p.m.

 

WHERE:
The Center Club located at 650 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa

 

WHO BENEFITS?
All proceeds benefit MDA Augie’s Quest, For OC Kids Neurodevelopmental Center and ClubCorp’s Employee Partners Care Foundation.

 

TICKETS:
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.smallbitesforbigcauses.com or call 714.662.3414.

 

PRICING:
$100/guest
$150/guest to also attend VIP reception

 

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Meet the Judges:

 

Simon Majumdar
Best Selling Author, Food Critic, and TV Personality, Simon Majumdar has been selected as one of three returning judges for season three of Iron Chef America.

 

Cathy Thomas
Renowned author, Orange County Register Food Columnist, and Best Food Columnist in the nation from the Association of Food Journalists.

 

Christine Avanti
Nutrition consultant and author, Christine Avanti has been featured on numerous television shows including ABC’s Dancing with the Stars. Her expertise in nutrition has been sought after by Hollywood’s elite.

 

Mary Carrington
Community leader and philanthropist, Mary Carrington has supported the Arts in Orange County for over 25 years, holding executive responsibility on various boards: the Angels of the Segerstrom Performing Arts Center; the Visionaries of the Orange County Contemporary Art Museum; and South Coast Repertory Theater.

 

P.J. Ochlan
Midday host on K Mozart 1260 AM and heard regularly on K Jazz 88.1 FM, P.J. Ochlan is also the general manager of Cobblestone Vineyards, producing boutique wines from the company’s single vineyard family estates in Napa Valley, Monterey and New Zealand.

 

Dr. Abdenur Leads Successful College of American Pathologists Survey of CHOC’s Metabolic Laboratory

On June 21st 2011, CAP (College of American Pathologists) arrived at CHOCs Metabolic Laboratory for the unannounced bi-annual survey. This survey is an all day process with an inspector reviewing our 300 standards. The inspector was quite impressed with the high complexity of the testing, as well as with the overall work and documentation performed in the lab.

 

Under the leadership of Dr. Jose Abdenur, Medical Director of Metabolic Disorders, and Metabolic Supervisor, Maree Burgess, PhD, the laboratory had a very successful survey!

 

The Director as well as the staff put in countless hours of preparation for the survey and assist in distinguishing CHOC as a Premier Childrens Hospital.

 

The entire staff is to be congratulated for a job well done!!

 

CHOC Charity Dinner with Chef Roy Yamaguchi – Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

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CHOC Charity Dinner with Chef Roy Yamaguchi, Wednesday, August 31st, 5 PM, 2011

 

CHOC is holding a fabulous event at Roy’s in Anaheim on August 31st. Roy Yamaguchi is preparing a 5 course meal along with two guest chefs. Kaena Wines and Santa Monica seafood are donating as well. This fantastic 5 course meal is only $85 and the proceeds benefit CHOC!

 

Guests can make reservation and mention CHOC for special reserved seating. Space is limited, so make your reservation today!

 

CHOC PSF Ophthalmology practice office moving – Thursday, September 1st, 2011

New Ophthalmology Map PDF Download Link

 

Dear Patients and Colleagues,

 

We are pleased to announce that our Ophthalmology practice is moving to a new office location, on Thursday, September 1st, 2011.

 

The address is:

 

Old Town Orange
392 South Glassell, Suite 100
Orange, CA 92866

 

Our phone and fax number will remain the same:

 

Phone: 714-509-2389
Fax: 714-509-2390

 

We look forward to seeing you at our new office.

 

Sincerely,

 

David A. Sami, M.D.
Division Chief, CHOC Specialists
Pediatric Ophthalmology & Adult Strabimus

 

Dr. Anthony Chang and Dr. Ronald Bronicki published in Critical Care Medicine Journal: “Management of the postoperative pediatric cardiac surgical patient”

Critical Care Medicine Journal:
August 2011 – Volume 39 – Issue 8 – pp 1974-1984

 

Management of the postoperative pediatric cardiac surgical patient
Bronicki, Ronald A. MD; Chang, Anthony C. MD, MBASection Editor(s): Sevransky, Jonathan E. MD, MHS

 

Abstract:

 

Objective: To review the salient aspects and latest advances in the management of the postoperative pediatric cardiac patient.

 

Data Source: A Medline-based literature source.

 

Conclusion: The practice of pediatric cardiac intensive care has evolved considerably over the last several years. These efforts are the result of a collaborative effort from all subspecialties involved in the care of pediatric patients with congenital heart disease. Discoveries and innovations that are representative of this effort include the extension of cerebral oximetry from the operating room into the critical care setting; mechanical circulatory devices designed for pediatric patients; and surgery in very low birth weight neonates. Advances such as these impact postoperative management and make the field of pediatric cardiac intensive care an exciting, demanding, and evolving discipline, necessitating the ongoing commitment of various disciplines to pursue a greater understanding of disease processes and how to best go about treating them.

 

Click Here to Download Full Article

Dr. Diane Nugent honored with 2011 CalOptima Circle of Care Award

Please join the PSF in congratulating Dr. Diane Nugent on being honored with the 2011 CalOptima Circle of Care Award.

 

The CalOptima Circle of Care Award recognizes health care professionals, community groups and individuals who go above and beyond in the delivery of health care services to CalOptima members. Since the award’s inception in 2000, 172 recipients have been recognized by CalOptima for their extraordinary dedication to their members and community.

 

Hyundai Hope on Wheels 5K Race/Walk – Monday, September 5th, 2011

 

Join Hyundai Hope on Wheels to help raise awareness and funds for pediatric cancer research at the Hope on Wheels 5K Race/Walk, benefitting CHOC and held in the beautiful city of Rancho Santa Margarita! Children 9 and under can participate in the 5K at no cost, and following the event, participants can enjoy a Celebration of Life Family Fun Day, complete with face painting, carnival games, arts & crafts and more. Admission to the Family Fun Day is included with your race entry.

 

Event Details: Hyundai Hope on Wheels 5k Race/Walk

 

On May 10, Hyundai Motor America and its nonprofit organization, Hyundai Hope on Wheels, announced a $10 million gift to CHOC Children’s Hospital in Orange County, CA. The gift was the largest corporate gift in the hospital’s history, and will be used to fund groundbreaking pediatric cancer research, using the latest advances in genomic medicine to provide more effective, individualized treatment for children afflicted with this disease. CHOC Children’s is recognizing this gift by naming its cancer center of excellence the Hyundai Cancer Institute at CHOC Children’s.

 

Hyundai Hope on Wheels Homepage

 

Kids Help Children Benefiting CHOC – Sunday, August 14th, 2011

 

Event Details: Kids Help Children

 

Kids Help Children benefiting CHOC Children’s Hospital at the Hilton Anaheim is carnival, concert and fundraiser with a fun celebrity twist. Families gather friends and come to a unique and fun-packed Sunday afternoon!

 

Children will get autographs and pictures with their favorite stars and enjoy performances by Austin Anderson (Victorious), Savvy & Mandy (Radio Disney), 2-U-Neek (Radio Disney), performers from OCHSA and others! All children attending will get to pick a prize for themselves as well as one for a patient at CHOC.

 

Come experience this fun family event! See animals from SeaWorld up close and a real red carpet arrival. Enjoy balloon artists, bounce houses, refreshments, face painting, magicians, a rockin’ concert finale and lot of surprises!

 

 

 

 

 

Kenyota, Geoffrey – MD

Geoffrey Kenyota, M.D. is a CHOC Specialists Hospitalist who completed his residency training and currenlty serves as Chief Resident Liaison and Clinical Instructor at UC Irvine, California. He attended medical school at SUNY Downstate College of Medicine, Brooklyn, New York. He is currently a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

CHOC CHOC Specialists Cardiology practice office moving – Monday, August 1st, 2011

We are pleased to announce the CHOC Specialists Cardiology practice will be moving to our brand new suite on August 1, 2011.

 

Our new office is located at:

 

505 South Main Street
Suite 200
Orange, CA 92868
New Phone: (714) 509-3939
New Fax: (714) 509-3949

 

New Cardiology Map & Directions Download

 

The new CHOC Specialists Cardiology office is spacious and fully designed to meet the needs of our patients and families. The new office includes the following amenities:

 

– 11 exam rooms equipped with the most current technology
– A fun electronic gaming center for children to enjoy
– Wireless access in the waiting room area
– Resource education for parents and families
– Validated parking available in the adjacent parking structure

 

PSF Cardiologists are all Board Certified in Pediatric Cardiology and provide expert, innovative care for newborns, children and adolescents with congenital and acquired heart disease. Clinical services available include outpatient consultation; Echocardiography including fetal evaluation; and Electrophysiology including stress testing. We’re excited to introduce our sports medicine program, including screening for students and athletes in fall of 2011. For more information on our cardiology services and cardiologists please visit us on the web at www.chocpsf.com/cardiology

 

Sincerely,

 

Anthony C. Chang, M.D., MBA, MPH
Medical Director, CHOC Cardiology
Division Chief, CHOC Specialists Cardiology

William’s Story

“Within nine months [our son] took out his g-tube and threw it away. He received an award in kindergarten for being the best eater. He would like to return to CHOC to show everyone how he is able to eat anything, even a hamburger.”

– William’s Family

 

 

William and his twin sister Kamryn are survivors – miracle babies born at 25 weeks and weighing approximately 1 pound 10 ounces. The twins spent their first months of life in a Colorado hospital while undergoing specialized medical care for micro-preemies. Today, the twins are almost 8 years old, and thriving like the rest of their peers. William, however, took a longer route in reaching age-appropriate milestones. He faced complex challenges that eventually landed him across several states at CHOC Children’s Hospital in Orange, California. This is the story of his journey…

 

After a premature birth, William spent seven months in a Colorado hospital to obtain care and help him overcome various health complications resulting from his prematurity. He underwent the Nissen fundoplication surgery to strengthen his esophagus and had a gastrostomy tube (G-tube) placed in his stomach to ensure he received his required nutrients. Eventually William became entirely dependent on G-tube feedings. During this time, he received extensive oral and physical therapy and, upon discharge from the hospital, was placed on a regular schedule for occupational and feeding therapy. But progress was very slow, according to his parents, Brian and Kristen. He only ate a few bites a day, and associated food with pain. By his 4th birthday he was skiing small slopes in Colorado but unable to eat like a normal child.

 

When William turned five, Brian and Kristen decided it was time to take drastic action to improve their son’s quality of life. They researched feeding programs across the nation, and were even willing to temporarily relocate if it meant getting their son the best possible treatment. Their long-term goal was to wean William off the G-tube and give him the opportunity to thrive and be normal.

 

They found the hospital-based, intensive feeding program they sought over 1,000 miles away at CHOC Children’s Hospital, where a multidisciplinary feeding team provides personalized, comprehensive therapeutic care to children with complex eating disorders. The team administered a health evaluation and found that William was 95 percent dependent on the G-tube to meet his nutritional needs. They accepted William and his parents into the three-week inpatient care program. They even helped the family arrange temporary residence at the Orange County Ronald McDonald House, a few blocks away from the hospital. With a comprehensive treatment plan in place, the life-changing experience for William and his family began.

 

William worked with the feeding team three times a day, five days a week. In between sessions, the family was able to practice the techniques and strategies learned in a supportive and comfortable environment. Part of the program’s mission is for families to learn the skills necessary to achieve long-term success after the inpatient program is complete. Brian said William enjoyed the one-on-one interaction he received. Through his customized therapy and behavioral plan, his motivation to eat food increased daily. By the time he completed his program, William was only 35 percent dependent on his G-tube. Once settled back home, his parents applied the feeding skills learned to William’s feedings, continuing to build upon CHOC’s feeding program success. Within months, William was able to eat orally at 100 percent – he was off the G-tube for good! His parents credit CHOC’s intensive program that emphasizes family participation and training with real-life, applicable skills.

 

These days, William does not have to be prompted to eat. His favorite meals include cheeseburgers and ribs. The ultimate testament to his newfound love of food: He won an award given by his school for his ability to eat. William, now healthy and happy, became “The Best Eater” among his kindergarten classmates!

 

When his father Brian is asked about life without a g-tube he says, “William is just awesome! We still talk about each member of the feeding team, his experiences in the CHOC feeding program as well as our experiences with eating and the success we all have enjoyed!”

 

William’s Family Thank You Letter

 

 

Taste of Downtown Disney – Thursday, August 11th, 2011

Celebrate an evening of Wine, Food and Friends at the Downtown Disney® District.

 

Join us as we taste and savor the flavors of fine cuisine, wine and spirits while enjoying the unique ambience and flair of the Downtown Disney® District. Top off the evening by indulging in decadent desserts and coffee. Live entertainment will also be featured throughout the evening for your listening pleasure.

 

Guests will enjoy a champagne reception, tray passed appetizers, olive oil tasting and select wine/spirits/beer pairings at Catal Restaurant & Uva Bar, ESPN® Zone, House of Blues®, La Brea Bakery® Café, Naples Ristorante e Pizzeria, Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen® and Tortilla Jo’s.

 

Please arrive at 6:00 p.m. at Downtown Disney®.

 

Complimentary valet parking
Check-In at CHOC Welcome table.
Festival will begin at 6:00 pm

General Admission Price: $75.00

 

Special Package Offers:

 

Package #1 (Only 8 Packages Available)
Fireworks viewing at Disneyland Hotel Concierge with a bottle of wine $125.00 per person – Includes one ticket to the Taste of Downtown Disney, Includes refreshments in the Concierge Lounge at the Disneyland Hotel (11th floor)

 

Package #2 (Only 10 Packages Available)
World of Color VIP viewing with park escort
$200.00 per person

 

For more information call Aly Hudspeth (714) 509-7516. Proceeds benefit Children’s Hospital of Orange County.

 

 

Event Details: CHOC Taste of Downtown Disney

 

Dr. Bassam Younes discusses GERD in the Neonate at NICU M&M Conference

This CME conference was designed to provide Neonatologists, Pediatricians, Family Practitioners, Obstetricians and NICU Nursing Staff with the most up-to-date knowledge and skills necessary to care for their neonate patients with symptoms of GERD. Attendees were given the opportunity to discuss a variety of topics with an expert physician through didactic lecture and a question and answer session.

 

Dr. Bassam Younes, PSF Gastroenterologist, provided instruction and education on GERD in the neonate.

 

By participating in this continuing medical education program, attendees are now able to:

 

– Understand the physiology of GER, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment
– Discuss controversies regarding treating cardio-repiratory events as GER
– Consider practice changes based on the information presented
– Understand the cultural and ethnic dietary choices mothers that influence the manifestation of neonatal GERD

 

CHOCPSF congratulates Dr. Younes, organizers and attendees for a successful conference which provided important medical advice for newborns to professionals in our communities.

 

Panbehi, Bahman – MD

Dr. Bahman Panbehi, M.D. is a Hospitalist physician with the CHOC Specialists and is board certified in General Pediatrics. He completed his residency training program at CHOC Children’s, Orange, California. He attended medical school and holds a Masters degree in Bio-molecular Chemistry at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public health, Madison, Wisconsin.

 

Dr. Panbehi’s clinical interest is Pediatric Hospitalist Medicine. He is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Dr. Panbehi speaks fluent English and Farsi.

 

Dr. Van Huynh

Huynh, Van – MD

Van Huynh, M.D. is a CHOC Specialist in Oncology, board certified in General Pediatrics and board eligible in Hematology and Oncology. Her clinical interests include childhood leukemia, kidney tumors and cancer epidemiology. The specialty procedures she performs are bone marrow aspirants/biopsy, lumbar puncture for intrathecal chemotherapy and consious sedation.

 

Dr. Huynh served her fellowship at CHOC, Orange, California and completed her pediatric residency training at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Torrance, California. She attended medical school at UC Irvine College of Medicine, Irvine, California.

Dr. Huynh’s philosophy of practice is to provide the highest quality of medical care to her patients in an honest, supportive and compassionate manner. She is a member of the American Association of Cancer Research (AACR) and the American Society for Bone Marrow Transplant (ASBMT). Dr. Huynh speaks fluent Vietnamese and medical Spanish.

 

Dr. Huynh’s favorite aspect of the physician-patient relationship is “Establishing trust from the patient and their families, so that I can share the burden of their illness and help them through the journey from diagnosis, to treatment, to long term care.”

Dr. Tommy Wang

Wang, Tommy – MD (UCI)

Tommy Wang, M.D. is a CHOC Specialists Hospitalist, board certified in Pediatrics. He serves as assistant clinical professor and the program director for the UC Irvine/CHOC pediatric residency program. Dr. Wang completed his pediatric residency which included a chief residency at UC Irvine, California.

Dr. Wang completed his undergraduate training at UC Berkeley. Before going to medical school at Albany Medical College, Albany, New York, he worked at NASA studying gravitation effects on physiology.

Publications

Dr. Tommy Wang Publications

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Wang TJ and Wade CE. Renal function of rats in response to 37 days of head-down tilt. J Gravit Physiol (Vol. 8, No. 2, Dec 2001, pp. 85-9).

Wang TJ and Wade CE. Effects of hindlimb suspension and elevated ambient CO2 on rat growth and renal function. Aviat Space Environ Med (Vol. 71, No. 6, Jun 2000, pp. 610-618).

Wang TJ, Ortiz RM, Corbin BJ, Wade CE. Influence of altered mass loading on testosterone excretion and testicular mass. FASEB J 1997; 11(3):A30 (FASEB 97 Poster presentation: Scholander award session)

Wang TJ, Lang KC, Corbin BJ, Wade CE. Effects of elevated ambient CO2 on well-being, growth and renal function of hindlimb suspended rats. FASEB J 1996; 10(3):A574. (FASEB 96 Slide presentation)

Wade CE, Wang TJ, Lang KC, Corbin BJ, and Steele MK. Rat growth, body composition, and renal function during 30 days increased ambient CO2 exposure. Aviat Space Environ Med (Vol. 71, No. 6, Jun 2000, pp. 599-609).

Ortiz RM, Wang TJ, Wade CE. Urea and osmotic excretion in rats exposed to chronic centrifugation. Aviat Space Environ Med (Vol. 70, No. 11, Nov 1999 pp. 1089-1095).

Ortiz RM, Wang TJ, Wade CE. Influence of centrifugation and hindlimb suspension on testosterone and corticosterone excretion in rats. Aviat Space Environ Med (Vol. 70, No. 5, May 1999 pp. 499-504).

Linderman JK, Whittall JB, Gosselink KL, Wang TJ, Mukku VR, Booth FW, Grindeland RE. Stimulation of myofibrillar protein synthesis in hindlimb suspended rats by resistance exercise and growth hormone. Life Sciences (Vol. 57, No. 8, 1995 pp. 755-762).

Lang KC, Wang TJ, Alexander RA, Corbin BJ, Vasques MF, Steele MK, Wade CE. Effects of 30 days of elevated ambient CO2 on acid-base homeostasis and renal handling of calcium in male rats. FASEB J 1996; 10(3):A657. (FASEB 96 Poster presentation)

Ortiz RM, Wang TJ, Corbin BJ, Wade CE. Renal response to chronic centrifugation in rats. FASEB J 1997; 11(3):A86 (FASEB 97 Poster presentation)

Linderman JK, Gosselink KL, Wang TJ, Mukku VR, Grindeland RE. Interaction of mechanical load with growth hormone (GH) and insulin-like growth factor I (IGF-I) on slow-twitch skeletal muscle and bone. ASGSB Bulletin 8(1) p. 63 October, 1994. (ASGSB 94 Slide presentation)

Linderman JK, Wang TJ, Bigbee AJ, Gosselink KL, Grindeland RE. Time course of changes in plantar flexor muscles, tibial plate thickness, and growth hormone during 28 days of hindlimb suspension. Med Sci Sports Exerc 1995; 27(5): S250. (ACSM May 95 Poster presentation in Minneapolis)

Navidi M, Moran M, Wang T, Milbury P, Arnaud SB. Comparison of bone mineral in rats with weight gain reduced by diet restriction or skeletal unloading. Gravitational and Space Biology Bulletin 11(1) p. 64 November, 1997. (ASGSB 97 Poster presentation)

Physician’s Profile

CHOC Children’s named a 2011 “Most Trustworthy Brand” in Second Annual Orange County Survey

CHOC Children’s has been voted a “Most Trustworthy Brand” by Orange County residents. The designation is the result of a six-month research effort designed to determine not only the most trustworthy brands based in, or with a strong presence in Orange County but also the reasons why these specific products and services hold the public’s trust more than others.

 

Due to an overwhelming increase in 2011 survey participants, this year’s list of most trusted brands was expanded to 16.

 

CHOC Children’s, and the 15 other top 2011 Most Trustworthy Brands: Orange County Edition™ survey finalists, were honored at the Second Annual Orange County Trust Summit, on June 9 at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel in Anaheim. Finbarr O’Neill, president of J.D. Power and Associates presented the keynote address, “The Sustaining Power of Trust: Why it’s the Key to Growing Your Business.”

 

Organized jointly by the Values Institute at DGWB and OC METRO, the 20-question Most Trustworthy Brands: Orange County Edition™ online survey is based on a proprietary research initiative developed at DGWB. The complete list and a profile of each honored brand is published in the June 2011 issue of Newport Beach-based OC METRO magazine and online at ocmetro.com. A national brand trustworthiness study also is in the works.

 

Most Trustworthy Brands: Orange County Edition grew out of DGWB’s values-based research programs conducted for many of its clients. In 2009, the Santa Ana, Calif., agency founded The Values Institute at DGWB, an independent think tank, to develop the survey and other tools for helping companies, nonprofits and other groups build long-term relationships with their constituents based on common shared values and socially responsible behavior.

 

Founded by Weisman and Chesley Beaver, the agency’s former director of strategic planning who is now a sociologist and demographer, the Values Institute is tasked with furthering the study of relationships by partnering with leaders at academic, nonprofit and for-profit organizations involved in value-based marketing and social entrepreneurialism.

 

2011 Most Trusted Brands: Orange County Edition measures the five trust-related variables of concern, sincerity, identification, consistency/reliability and ability or competence. Through statistical regression analysis, a weighted average of each brand is created, and those Orange County brands with the highest cumulative scores are included on the list. The brands are not ranked.

 

The Values Institute selected OC METRO, Orange County’s only business magazine, as its media partner for the initiative. OC METRO’s total audience of more than 300,000 was targeted for the survey in a six-month campaign that spanned the niche media company’s multiple platforms.

 

Named one of the best children’s hospitals by U.S. News & World Report (2011-2012), CHOC is exclusively committed to the health and well-being of children through clinical expertise, advocacy, outreach and research that brings advanced treatment to pediatric patients. Affiliated with the University of California, Irvine, CHOC’s regional healthcare network includes two state-of-the-art hospitals in Orange and Mission Viejo, several primary and specialty care clinics, a pediatric residency program, and four centers of excellence – The CHOC Children’s Heart, Neuroscience, Orthopaedic and Hyundai Cancer Institutes.

 

CHOC earned the Silver Level CAPE Award from the California Council of Excellence, the only children’s hospital in California to ever earn this distinction, and was awarded Magnet designation, the highest honor bestowed to hospitals for nursing excellence. Recognized for extraordinary commitment to high-quality critical care standards, CHOC is the first children’s hospital in the United States to earn the Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence.

 

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Media Contact:
Denise Almazan, Director of Public Relations
phone: (714) 509-8680
email: dalmazan@choc.org

 

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Dr. Gurpreet Ahuja receives NIH Grant to Study Neonatal Subglottic Stenosis and Edema

CHOC Children’s pediatric otolaryngologist Gurpreet Ahuja, M.D., is the clinical coinvestigator on a team led by Brian Wong, M.D., a University of California, Irvine, otolaryngologist, that is the recipient of a five-year, $3.2 million National Institutes of Health grant to study the effectiveness of optical coherence tomography (OCT) in monitoring the neonatal airway and diagnosing changes that may lead to subglottic stenosis.

 

Dr. Ahuja, who will lead the clinical end of this research study, has collaborated with Dr. Wong in conducting similar OCT studies at UC Irvine, in recent years. The researchers hope that findings from this latest study will ultimately result in a modality that eliminates the need to repeatedly extubate and reintubate ventilatordependent neonates.

 

This close collaboration between the clinicians at CHOC and the researchers and scientists at UC Irvine is the most exciting example to date of the synergies between the two affiliates that are expected to further the health and well-being of children in Southern California.

 

OCT utilizes near-infrared interferometry to produce cross-sectional images of living tissue of near-histologic quality, with a resolution in excess of 10-mcm and to depths of nearly 2 mm. This non-invasive optical imaging technique can distinguish epithelium from underlying tissue microstructures, providing information that is considerably superior to current MRI, CT or ultrasound capabilities.

 

During the first phase of the five-year study, Dr. Ahuja will work with UC Irvine researchers to develop a more advanced optic probe that may be passed through an endotracheal tube to image the neonatal airway. The second phase involves the use of OCT imaging on rabbit models, after which morphology results will be compared with histological data.

 

The final phase will take place at CHOC and at UC Irvine, where Dr. Ahuja and his team will perform transendotracheal tube OCT imaging on 200 intubated neonates. They will then attempt to correlate the morphologic and structural information obtained from OCT with physiologic and functional variables such as the neonate’s gestational age, weight and number of failed extubations.

 

From this study, the team intends to better define the potential role of OCT in monitoring progression of pathophysiologic changes during intubation, and understanding of the in vivo growth and development of the neonatal airway, thereby attempting to identify a better way to predict successful airway extubation.

 

“Our hope is that the application of OCT becomes ubiquitous in NICUs, so that reconstructive surgeries for subglottic stenosis caused by prolonged or repeated intubations may be avoided,” Dr. Ahuja said.

 

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Dr. Paul Lubinsky receives the “Simply the Best” Award for “Partner in Excellence”

CHOC Specialists congratulates Dr. Paul Lubinsky for receiving the “Simply the Best” award for “Partner in Excellence.” This award is given to a physician who demonstrates exemplary nurse/physician partnerships. This physician respectfully engages all disciplines and the patient/family in the plan of care. (Magnet Exemplary Professional Practice).

 

Dr. Lubinsky was nominated for the honor he was deservedly awarded by several PICU team members. The award was presented at the Joint Leadership Committee meeting on Thursday, May 5th.

 

Dr. Anthony Chang & Dr. Anjan Batra Honored by the Orange County Board of Education for LEAPS

CHOC Specialists congratulates Dr. Anthony Chang and Dr. Ajan Bantra on being recognized by the Orange County Board of Education for their integral role in leading the Life Threatening Events Associated with Pediatric Sports (LEAPS) effort. LEAPS unites various stakeholders to address cardiac concerns in children through specific events and conferences.

 

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Dr. Jennifer Lusk

Lusk, Jennifer – MD

Jennifer Lusk, M.D. is a CHOC Specialists Hospitalist physician and is board certified in General Pediatrics. She attended medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine, Washington D.C. She completed her pediatric training residency which included a chief residency at CHOC Children’s, Orange, California.

 

Dr. Green’s clinical interests include infectious diseases and especially typhus. She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society (AOA). Dr. Green speaks fluent English and Spanish.

 

Dr. Green’s philosophy of care is “To provide excellent, broad-spectrum, family-centered care to children while also training the next generation of pediatrics”.

 

Hoy, Zachary – MD

Dr. Zachary Hoy, M.D. serves as both a CHOC Specialists Hospitalist and Rheumatologist. He completed his residency training program at CHOC Children’s, Orange, California. He attended medical school at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, Louisville, Kentucky.

 

Dr. Hoy is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). He speaks fluent medical and conversational Spanish.

 

Take Steps for Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation Annual Walk Orange County 2011 – Sunday, June 26th, 2011

Come and join the PSF GI Division, Administration and Patient Access Staff for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation Annual Walk Orange County 2011 on the afternoon of June 26th to Take Steps and Be Heard!

 

Team Name: “We Got Guts”

 

This year, our team will be walking in the Take Steps for Crohn’s & Colitis Walk. Take Steps is CCFA’s national evening walk and celebration and the nation’s largest event dedicated to finding cures for digestive diseases. Together we will Take Steps towards a cure through support of vital research and we will Be Heard by raising awareness and bringing us closer to a future free from Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis!

 

Registration begins at 4:00pm, come and enjoy live bands, food, the kids zone, and informational booths. The walk will begin at 5:00pm and is approximately 2 miles, which will wind you through the beautiful UC Irvine campus. Over 1.4 million American adults and children are affected by these digestive diseases. While many suffer in silence, Take Steps brings together this community in a fun and energetic atmosphere, encouraging them to make noise and be heard.

 

Your donation will help support local patient programs, as well as important research projects. This cause is very important to us and I appreciate your help as we fight for a cure! In addition to donating, you can join us at the event as a member of our team. There will be food, music and kid’s activities. The more money we raise, the closer we will be to making life more manageable for patients who live with these diseases every day.

 

Please join our team or donate to our efforts to support CCFA in finding a cure!

 

We can’t wait to see you there!

 

Date: Sunday June 26th, 2011
Location: Aldrich Park on the Campus of UC Irvine
Time: Check-in/Registration Begins at 4:00pm

 

Take Steps Be Heard
www.ccfa.org

 

”We Got Guts” Team Registration
www.choc.org/events

 

Dr. David Sami provides training and participates in panel discussion on Sports Eye Injuries in Young Athletes at 1st Annual Sports Medicine for the Youth Athlete Conference hosted by CHOC

This conference was designed to provide primary care physicians, allied health professionals, and athletic trainers with the most up-to-date knowledge and skills necessary to care for their youth athletes. Attendees were given the opportunity to discuss a variety of youth sports medicine topics with expert faculty through didactic lectures, question and answer sessions, and breakout sessions.

 

Dr. David Sami, CHOC Specialists Division Chief of Ophthalmology, provided instruction and participated in panel discussion on Sports Eye Injuries in the youth athlete.

 

By participating in this continuing medical education program, attendees are now able to:

 

– Identify the components of a Pre-Participation Exam (PPE) prior to athletic participation.
– Identify patients with family history who are potentially at increased risk for sudden cardiac arrest.
– Discuss the role of neuropsychological evaluation in concussion management.
– Improve adherence to recent guidelines for concussion management.
– Recognize when to make recommendations for sports clearance and when to refer.
– Integrate discussions of nutrition and supplement use into patient visits during PPEs.
– Identify management strategies for handling the athlete with asthma.
– Increase the ability to evacuate, diagnose , and manage common sports injuries.

 

CHOCPSF congratulates all the speakers, organizers and attendees for a successful conference which provided life-saving advice for our youth athletes to professionals in our communities.

 

Dr. Mary Zupanc discusses Post-Concussive Syndrome in Young Athletes at 1st Annual Sports Medicine for the Youth Athlete Conference hosted by CHOC

This conference was designed to provide primary care physicians, allied health professionals, and athletic trainers with the most up-to-date knowledge and skills necessary to care for their youth athletes. Attendees were given the opportunity to discuss a variety of youth sports medicine topics with expert faculty through didactic lectures, question and answer sessions, and breakout sessions.

 

Dr. Mary Zupanc, Director of the CHOC Comprehensive Epilepsy Program and CHOC Specialists Division Chief of Child Neurology, provided instruction and participated in panel discussion on Post-Concussive Syndrome in the youth athlete.

 

By participating in this continuing medical education program, attendees are now able to:

 

– Identify the components of a Pre-Participation Exam (PPE) prior to athletic participation.
– Identify patients with family history who are potentially at increased risk for sudden cardiac arrest.
– Discuss the role of neuropsychological evaluation in concussion management.
– Improve adherence to recent guidelines for concussion management.
– Recognize when to make recommendations for sports clearance and when to refer.
– Integrate discussions of nutrition and supplement use into patient visits during PPEs.
– Identify management strategies for handling the athlete with asthma.
– Increase the ability to evacuate, diagnose , and manage common sports injuries.

 

CHOCPSF congratulates all the speakers, organizers and attendees for a successful conference which provided life-saving advice for our youth athletes to professionals in our communities.

 

Dr. Joshua Gibbs discusses Asthma in Young Athletes at 1st Annual Sports Medicine for the Youth Athlete Conference hosted by CHOC

This conference was designed to provide primary care physicians, allied health professionals, and athletic trainers with the most up-to-date knowledge and skills necessary to care for their youth athletes. Attendees were given the opportunity to discuss a variety of youth sports medicine topics with expert faculty through didactic lectures, question and answer sessions, and breakout sessions.

 

Dr. Joshua Gibbs, PSF Allergist and Clinical Immunologist, provided instruction and participated in panel discussion on asthma in the youth athlete covering prevalence, pathophysiology, differential diagnosis, diagnostic testing and treatment.

 

By participating in this continuing medical education program, attendees are now able to:

 

– Identify the components of a Pre-Participation Exam (PPE) prior to athletic participation.
– Identify patients with family history who are potentially at increased risk for sudden cardiac arrest.
– Discuss the role of neuropsychological evaluation in concussion management.
– Improve adherence to recent guidelines for concussion management.
– Recognize when to make recommendations for sports clearance and when to refer.
– Integrate discussions of nutrition and supplement use into patient visits during PPEs.
– Identify management strategies for handling the athlete with asthma.
– Increase the ability to evacuate, diagnose , and manage common sports injuries.

 

CHOCPSF congratulates all the speakers, organizers and attendees for a successful conference which provided life-saving advice for our youth athletes to professionals in our communities.

 

Dr. Anthony Chang and Dr. Anjan Batra discuss Sudden Cardiac Death in Young Athletes at 1st Annual Sports Medicine for the Youth Athlete Conference hosted by CHOC

This conference was designed to provide primary care physicians, allied health professionals, and athletic trainers with the most up-to-date knowledge and skills necessary to care for their youth athletes. Attendees were given the opportunity to discuss a variety of youth sports medicine topics with expert faculty through didactic lectures, question and answer sessions, and breakout sessions.

 

Dr. Anthony Chang, Medical Director of the CHOC Heart Institue and the CHOC Specialists Division Chief of Cardiology provided instruction and participated in panel discussion on screening and treatment strategies in combating sudden cardiac death in young athletes.

 

Dr. Anjan Batra, Medical Director of Electrophysiology at the CHOC Heart Institute, PSF Cardiologist and Associate Professor, Clinical Pediatrics, UC Irivine, addressed the usage of AEDs (Automated External Defibrillator) and CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) in schools and participated in panel discussion.

 

By participating in this continuing medical education program, attendees are now able to:

 

– Identify the components of a Pre-Participation Exam (PPE) prior to athletic participation.
– Identify patients with family history who are potentially at increased risk for sudden cardiac arrest.
– Discuss the role of neuropsychological evaluation in concussion management.
– Improve adherence to recent guidelines for concussion management.
– Recognize when to make recommendations for sports clearance and when to refer.
– Integrate discussions of nutrition and supplement use into patient visits during PPEs.
– Identify management strategies for handling the athlete with asthma.
– Increase the ability to evacuate, diagnose , and manage common sports injuries.

 

CHOCPSF congratulates all the speakers, organizers and attendees for a successful conference which provided life-saving advice for our youth athletes to professionals in our communities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“The premier pediatric cardiology practice in Orange County, CA.”
The CHOC Specialists Cardiology Physicians are distinguished by their commitment to clinical excellence and research and through their training and faculty appointments at many of the nation’s most prestigious schools and hospitals including the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles (CHLA), Boston Children’s Hospital, Philadelphia Children’s Hospital, and Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, TX.

 

PADRE Foundation Honors Dr. Susan Clark with the 2011 Cathie & John Haretakis Award at the annual PADRE Fashion Show

 

The PADRE Foundation is pleased to present the 2011 Cathie & John Haretakis Award to Dr. Susan Clark for her care, compassion, dedication and never-ending devotion to those children and their families living with Type 1 Diabetes.

 

For over a decade she has given unselfishly of her time, talent and personal will to help change the lives of countless individuals coping with this disease.

 

Dr. Susan Clark is the Medical Director of Endocrinology at CHOC, PSF Chief of the Endocrinology and Diabetes Division, and Medical Advisor on the PADRE Board of Directors and has been a vital part of our success.

 

We are forever in your debt for giving us the ability to believe and defy the limits.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Padre Foundation will always be indebted to Cathie Haretakis for starting the tradition of the PADRE Fashion Show. We would like to acknowledge the vision and determination of Cathie & John Haretakis and their generosity in the founding of the PADRE Foundation in 1985.

 

A small sparkle of an idea that started with their daughter Nikolina’s diagnosis of Type 1 Diabetes has grown into a galaxy of diabetes education programs, family support and research for new treatments and ultimately a cure for this chronic and lifelong condition.

 

Thank you John for the developing the PADRE Board of Directors. Our heartfelt thanks to both of you for sparking the spirit of philanthropy and encouraging others to find their passion and support our kids.

 

Together with a small group of dedication individuals you both have made a difference in the world for children with diabetes. We will continue to recognize the extraordinary individuals and organizations at our annual PADRE Fashion Show with an award bearing your names.

 

With Honor and Respect from thousands of PADRE Families.
May 2011

 

 

 

 

The PADRE Foundation (Pediatric Adolescent Diabetes Research and Education) plays a critical role in the education and support of children with diabetes and their families.

 

Each year the PADRE Foundation hosts an annual fashion show as a fundraiser highlighting the children of PADRE performing and modeling in the latest fashions, compliments of Macy’s. The fashion show provides positive psychosocial support for children and their families while raising the funds necessary to support our educational programs.

 

For the past 25 years, the PADRE Foundation has been dedicated to helping children from birth to age 21 understand and manage their Type 1 diabetes. PADRE serves more than 2,500 families of all backgrounds in Southern California while partnering with CHOC and CHOC at Mission Hospital.

 

For more information, please visit:

 

22nd Annual PADRE Foundation Fashion Show

www.padrefashionshow.org

 

 

 

 

New U.S. News & World Report Study Ranks CHOC Among Nation’s Top Pediatric Facilities

CHOC has been ranked in eight specialties in U.S. News Media Group’s Best Children’s Hospitals rankings, now available online at:
www. usnews.com/childrenshospitals.

With more than 200 children’s hospitals in the nation, these top rankings place CHOC among an elite group.

Specifically, CHOC ranked 28th in cancer; 33rd in diabetes and endocrinology; 44th in gastroenterology; 39th in neonatology; 41st in neurology and neurosurgery; 45th in orthopedics; 43rd in pulmonology; and 48th in urology.

“We salute CHOC” said Health Rankings Editor Avery Comarow. “The goal of the Best Children’s Hospitals rankings is to call attention to pediatric centers with the expertise to help the sickest kids, and CHOC is one of those centers.”

The new rankings recognize the top 50 children’s hospitals in 10 specialties: cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology, neonatology, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology, and urology.

Now in its fifth year, Best Children’s Hospitals pulls together clinical and operational data from a lengthy survey, completed by the majority of the nearly 180 hospitals asked to participate for the 2011-12 rankings. The survey asks hundreds of questions about survival rates, nurse staffing, subspecialist availability, and many more pieces of critical information difficult or impossible for those in charge of a child’s care to find on their own. The data from the survey is combined with recommendations from pediatric specialists on the hospitals they consider best for children with challenging problems.

For the full rankings and methodology, visit.

www.usnews.com/childrenshospitals

CHOC is exclusively committed to the health and well-being of children through clinical expertise, advocacy, outreach and research that brings advanced treatment to pediatric patients. Affiliated with the University of California, Irvine, CHOC’s regional healthcare network includes two state-of-the-art hospitals in Orange and Mission Viejo, several primary and specialty care clinics, a pediatric residency program, and four centers of excellence – The CHOC Heart, Cancer, Neuroscience, and Orthopaedic Institutes.

Dedicated to the highest performance standards, CHOC earned the Silver Level CAPE Award from the California Council of Excellence, the only children’s hospital in California to ever earn this distinction, and was awarded Magnet designation, the highest nursing honor bestowed to hospitals. Recognized for an extraordinary commitment to high-quality critical care standards, CHOC is the first children’s hospital in the United States to earn the Beacon Award for Excellence.

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Media Contact:
Denise Almazan, Director of Public Relations
phone: (714) 509-8680
email: dalmazan@choc.org

choc.org pressroom link

Dr. Svetlana Goradetski

Gorodetski, Svetlana – MD

Svetlana Gorodetski, M.D. is a Hospitalist with CHOC Specialists and board certified in General Pediatrics. She attended medical school at the Academy of Medicine, Moscow, Russia and UC Irvine College of Medicine, Irvine, California, where she also completed her residency training.

 

Dr. Gorodetski’s research includes pediatric palliative care, treatment of Rhabdomyosarcoma and the process of bone marrow purging for children diagnosed with neuroblastoma. Dr. Gorodetski speaks fluent Russian.

 

 

 

 

Publications

 

1. Boukhny A MD/PhD, Volokh S., History of Development of the Palliative Care for Terminally Ill Patients, Journal of Hematology/Oncology, 2005, no. 2, vol. 4, pages 40_ 48.

 

2. Bialik M. MD/PhD, Boukhny A MD/PhD, Volokh S., Pediatric Palliative Care Initiative for Russia, NHPCO’s First National Conference on Pediatric and Hospice Care, November 2004.

 

3. Bialik M. MD/PhD, Boukhny A. MD/PhD, Volokh S., Let’s Talk about the Terms: Introduction into the Palliative Medicine, Journal of Pediatrics, 2004, no. 4, pages 98_102.

 

4. Boukhny A MD/PhD, Volokh S., Zheludkova 0. MD, Treatment of Extracranial Metastases of Medulloblastoma in Children, The Seventh Annual International Congress “Man and Medicine”, Moscow, Russia, November 2000, page 182.

 

5. Boukhny A. MD/PhD, Volokh S., About Extracranial Bones Metastases in Children with Medulloblastoma, The Second International Symposium of Pediatric Diagnostic and lnterventional Radiology, Moscow, Russia, September 1999. Published in the journal Topics in Oncology/Hematology and Immunopathology, 2005, no. 3-4. vol. 4, pages 64_71.

 

6. Boukhny A. MD/PhD, Volokh S., Ventriculoperitoneal Shunting in Children with Meudulloblastoma as a Risk Factor for Extracranial Metastases, 3rd International Symposium “Modern Technological Inventions in Medicine”, Moscow, November 23-24, 2000, page 84.

 

CHOC PSF Congratulates Dr. Ira T. Lott on his selection for the Developmental Biology Study Section for the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute for Child Health and Human Development, NIH/NICHD

Dr. Ira T. Lott has been invited to be a member of the Developmental Biology Study Section for the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute for Child Health and Human Development, NIH/NICHD to serve a term between 2011-2015.

 

Dr. Lott’s PSF Physician Page

 

 

Hyundai presents $10 million gift, largest corporate donation in CHOC history, to Dr. Leonard Sender for groundbreaking pediatric cancer research

The $10 million gift from Hyundai Motor America will fund groundbreaking pediatric cancer research, using the latest advances in genomic medicine to provide more effective, individualized treatment for children afflicted with this disease. CHOC is recognizing this gift by naming their Cancer Institute the Hyundai Cancer Institute at CHOC Children’s.

 

OC Register Article Link and Photos:
CHOC gets $10 million for pediatric cancer

 

10th Annual Ronald McDonald House Charity Golf Tournament – Monday, June 20th, 2011

 

Brochure Download:
10th Annual Ronald McDonald House Charity Golf Tournament

 

Location:

 

Yorba Linda Country Club
19400 E. Mountain View Ave.
Yorba Linda, CA 92886

 

Schedule of Events:
9:00 am to 11:00 am Registration & Breakfast
11:00 am Shotgun Start
3:30pm to 4:30 pm Cocktails
4:30 pm Awards Banquet

 

Please RSVP by April 29th, 2011 to Mary Hanson at 714.532.7973
or via email mhanson@choc. to reserve your tee time.

 


Dress Code:
Appropriate Golf Attire Required – Soft Spikes ONLY
No denim allowed – Collared Shirts Required

 

CHOC Launches Campaign to Fulfill Destiny of the Hospital

While many Orange County families may not see the national awards for excellence that CHOC Children’s consistently earns, they experience firsthand the world-class care it provides. But in order to sustain its performance as a premier children’s hospital, in keeping with advances in medicine and the region’s growing needs, CHOC is taking bold action for transformative change.

 

Orange County has grown robustly since 1964, when CHOC Children’s first opened its doors. As the county swelled, more and more families turned to CHOC, developing it into the hub of a regional pediatric healthcare system, responsible for two million children—more than the child population in any one of 39 states.

 

Now, market and mission demands are pushing this invaluable local asset to grow and pulling it toward its destiny: to become a sustainable, world-class children’s hospital that stretches the limits of possibility for nurturing and protecting the health of children.

 

This is why CHOC has launched the Change CHOC, Change the World campaign—and why it is turning to you for help in reaching its potential. To meet CHOC’s social responsibility to children and the families of this community, the campaign is comprised of three initiatives that are its focus for the next fi ve years—build a state-of-the-art facility; build a signifi cant endowment; and build an affi liation with an academic medical center.

 

The campaign is already hard at work. Achieving and sustaining the greatness of a premier children’s hospital requires scale. For this reason, CHOC is building a modern tower that will enable it to provide high-quality care and grow well into the future. Beyond improving infrastructure and creating pediatric surgical suites, an emergency department, and radiology and pathology departments, the tower will bring peace of mind and hope to children and families.

 

CHOC is also working to build a signifi cant endowment to enable it to better attract top pediatric subspecialty doctors. All of the top children’s hospitals became great by building endowments that fund talented doctors, and drive research and clinical breakthroughs.

 

Such breakthroughs at CHOC will improve the lives of children locally, nationally, and globally for generations to come.

 

The best children’s hospitals also have affi liations with leading universities and their medical schools. That is why CHOC and UC Irvine have struck an affi liation agreement that integrates comprehensive clinical care with leading-edge research and world-class teaching programs. The affi liation will help CHOC recruit the best and brightest physicians and improve the region’s pediatric care.

 

The campaign represents a critical opportunity for all of us to make a collective statement about what we want for our children. The evolution of CHOC is a defining, foundational element of the culture of this county that says, “We believe it’s critical for Orange County to be one of the safest and healthiest places for children in the country.” With the campaign, CHOC is taking large, necessary steps to make this a reality.

Pacer’s Story


CHOC patient Pacer was only able to eat 5% of his nutrition by mouth and had been fed by a feeding tube for most of his life. A group of dedicated professionals led by Dr. Mitchell Katz, Medical Director of the CHOC Gastroenterology & Nutrition Program all worked together so one little boy could learn to eat. For the first time in 3 years, Pacer now receives all of his nutrition by mouth.

 

“We feel so blessed to have gotten to know all of you. THANK YOU for blessing our lives with your compassion and kindness! We are sending a little video below as a small way of saying thank you to each of you for the impact you have each had on Pacer’s life.”
– Pacer’s Family

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ryen’s Story

According to Ryen’s parents Amanda and Clint, when Ryen was just a few days old he was diagnosed with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, a severe congenital heart defect in which the left side of the heart is too small to effectively pump blood to the body.

 


Within days, Ryen underwent the first of three surgeries to correct the defect in his heart. To keep him nourished, doctors inserted a nasogastric tube, or NG-tube, through his nose and down his throat. Some children tolerate an NG-tube well; others do not. Unfortunately for Ryen, in his case it was the latter.

 

“The NG-tube was really difficult to manage; it caused Ryen’s gag reflex to be so strong he would throw up, and when he threw up, the entire NG-tube came up with it. Then Amanda and I would have to put it back in ourselves. Soon after Ryen underwent his second surgery at four months, doctors removed the NG-tube and inserted a gastric feeding tube (G-tube) instead,” Clint recalls.

 

“The G-tube worked fine for a few years, but we knew we had to wean Ryen off of it. We tried group therapy, one-on-one therapy, and working with Ryen ourselves. At this point, he basically associated food with pure fear,” Clint explains.

 

“Then, my wife Amanda found out about the inpatient Feeding Program at Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC). At that time, Ryen was occasionally sticking food in his mouth and sucking on it. The only time he would actually eat anything was if it dissolved in his mouth, like a Teddy Graham,” Clint says.

 

Last summer, Ryen, along with his father, was admitted to CHOC as part of a three-week inpatient feeding program designed to wean him off his G-tube and teach him how to eat. During Ryen’s stay, he was closely watched by the CHOC Feeding team, who slowly decreased his tube feedings. Even on his first night in the hospital, Ryen’s daily formula was cut from 32 ounces to just 10. The objective was to get Ryen to eat 1,200 calories by mouth each day.

 

During treatment, Ryen had a tight schedule to meet, beginning with a daily weigh-in at 7:30 a.m. According to Amanda, “we would throw our breakfast into a little red wagon and head down to therapy, where we would work with the feeding team on breakfast.”

 

As part of his therapy, Ryen was presented with several items designed to encourage good eating habits, including a timer to show him how much time he had left to eat, a chart to place the stickers he was awarded for the bites he ate, and juice or milk to help supplement his calorie intake. By the end of his inpatient therapy, Ryen was eating solid food. “The progress Ryen made was tremendous, but we still have to motivate him to eat,” Clint explains. “When most of us are hungry, our body tells us to eat. With Ryen, he has a few bites and he’s done; he is not naturally motivated to keep eating.”

 

Today, Ryen is completely off of his G-tube. “This is a day we were beginning to think would never happen,” Amanda says. “Ryen still has a long way to go to be eating like every other kid, but it’s amazing to think that last year he was completely dependent on his feeding tube.”

 

“We owe a special thanks to the Feeding team at CHOC,” Amanda says. “Without them, Ryen would still be struggling to take a bite, and we would still be mixing formula every few days, wondering how Ryen would ever make it through school on a G-tube.”

Paint the Way to Miracles & MagicSaturday, June 18th, 2011

CHOC Children’s and the Downtown Disney® District would like to invite all young artists to participate in an exclusive and rare opportunity. Children will be able to hand paint a custom tile that will be installed in a beautiful, lighted display in Downtown Disney®. These original hand painted tiles will be prominently displayed on the walkway between the Disneyland Hotel and the Downtown Disney® District. You, your family and friends will be able to view the artwork any time you visit the Disneyland Resort and Downtown Disney.

 

Please join us on Saturday, June 18, 2011, in the Downtown Disney® District where children will “Paint The Way To Miracles & Magic.” This fun filled CHOC Children’s fundraiser is limited to only 192 tiles, so act now by reserving your tile or tiles today.

 

The tile painting schedule for the day will be divided into six sessions. You may choose the time of day from the painting schedule posted below. The first session will start at 9:00 a.m. with the last session beginning at 2:00 p.m. Each painting session will accommodate 32 children. Parents, Grandparents, relatives and friends may accompany their children and will be able to view the children painting. When each session is over, all of the fun and magic of the District awaits you.

 

The cost per child is $50.00, all tiles become property of the Downtown Disney® District. Children must be between the ages of 5 and 15, and accompanied by an adult. All proceeds benefit Children’s Hospital of Orange County and the 21st Annual CHOC Walk in the Park on October 16th, 2011.

 

The event will be located in the festival area of Downtown Disney® in front of the AMC 12 Movie Theaters.

 

Tile Painting Sessions:

 

9:00 a. m. – 9:45 a.m.
10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.
1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

 

(times may be adjusted but all painters will be notified if this occurs)

 

Session Cost: $50.00

 

For more information and session purchase info, please visit:

 

Paint the Way to Miracles & Magic
www.choc.org/events

 

 

Otolaryngology (Head and Neck)

Expertise, integrity and professionalism. These are the attributes that form the foundation of the Otolaryngology Division of CHOC Children’s Specialists.

The CHOC CS Otolaryngology Division is the only group in Orange County that is exclusively dedicated to pediatric ear, nose and throat disorders. The division’s highly acclaimed surgeons are all board-certified and have received pediatric fellowship training at some of the top institutions in the country.

Our surgeons are completely dedicated to providing compassionate and comprehensive medical and surgical care for ENT problems in children of all ages—from newborns to teens—while fostering a trusting and professional relationship with our patients and their families. The division is fully committed to providing state-of-the-art treatment options for routine as well as complex pediatric ear, nose and throat/head and neck disorders.

Our surgeons actively participate in a variety of CHOC Children’s multidisciplinary clinics, consistent with CHOC’s commitment to providing the finest care to all Orange County children. Known for their vast expertise, our physicians specialize in the areas of expertise: common management of tonsil and adenoid disorders, recurrent ear infections, management of pediatric sinus disease, complex airway disorders, surgical management of head and neck masses and birth defects, cleft lip and palate defects, gastroesophageal reflux-related ENT issues, voice and speech problems, and surgical management of hearing loss.

Specialties

  • Intracapsular tonsillectomy/adenoidectomy
  • Cochlear implants and BAHAs
  • Congenital and acquired masses of the head and neck
  • Surgical management of voice and swallowing disorders
  • Surgery for sleep apnea
  • Cleft lip and palate
  • Sinus disease
  • Pediatric thyroid and parathyroid surgery
  • Vascular and lymphatic malformations
Dr. Gira Morchi

Morchi, Gira – MD

Gira Morchi, M.D. is a CHOC Specialists Cardiologist, board certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Cardiology. Dr. Morchi is a trained Interventional Pediatric Cardiologist and is an Assistant Clinical Professor, Pediatrics at UC Irvine.

 

Dr. Morchi completed her medical degree at Dartmouth Medical School in Hanover, New Hampshire. She completed her residency training in pediatrics at Brown University School of Medicine in Providence, Rhode Island and went on to complete her fellowship program in pediatric cardiology at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center/The Children’s Hospital in Denver, Colorado. During her fellowship training, Dr. Morchi participated in the Tenwek Hospital Cardiac Screening Program in East Africa and served on a clinical rotation in Bangalore, India at the Narayana Hrudayalaya Institute.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Announcements

 

CHOC Specialists Cardiology practice office moving – Monday, August 1st, 2011

 

 

“The premier pediatric cardiology practice in Orange County, CA.”
The CHOC Specialists Cardiology Physicians are distinguished by their commitment to clinical excellence and research and through their training and faculty appointments at many of the nation’s most prestigious schools and hospitals including the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles (CHLA), Boston Children’s Hospital, Philadelphia Children’s Hospital, and Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, TX.

 

Dr. Diane Nugent lays foundation for recent FDA approval of Factor XIII to treat potentially fatal bleeding disorder


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved the use of Corifact™, Factor XIII Concentrate (Human), for the routine treatment of congenital factor XIII (FXIII) deficiency. Corifact is the first and only FXIII concentrate approved in the nation.

 

Congenital FXIII deficiency is a rare and potentially life-threatening inherited bleeding disorder in which blood clots are unstable, due to a lack of the FXIII protein. Consequently, patients are susceptible to recurrent bleeding, including bleeding inside the skull, which can be life threatening. Studies have shown between 25 and 60 percent of FXIII-deficient patients will experience bleeding inside the skull at least once during their lifetime. Additionally, patients can experience bleeding from the umbilical cord after birth, poor wound healing, miscarriages, subcutaneous bleeding and excessive bleeding in joints and muscles following a trauma.

 

In 1998, Dr. Nugent, CHOC Research Administration and Dr. Nugent’s clinical research team at CHOC Children’s assumed oversight of a compassionate use drug study for FXIII- deficient patients. Since that time, they have supplied treatment to more than 60 patients, and collected safety and efficacy data that helped create the foundation of evidence for the successful FDA approval.

 

“The CHOC Children’s hematology team is very proud of the role we played in treating patients with this serious disease, while collecting supporting evidence on the efficacy and safety of Corifact. It’s been an amazing opportunity for us to make such a positive impact on the lives of these patients – especially given the rarity of their condition,” says Dr. Nugent.

 

“Working with 39 performance sites for more than a decade was a logistical challenge, which was overcome by the strength of our relationships with Dr. Nugent and her cadre of committed investigators and institutions from around the country. The Research Institute is proud to have been part of this successful effort to bring this drug to the patients who need it,” states Brent Dethlefs, executive director, CHOC Children’s Research Institute.

 

Corifact, manufactured by CSL Behring, is an IV infusion administered every 28 days. Clinical studies, including those performed at CHOC, have shown that Corifact immediately increased FXIII levels in the blood. For more information, visit www.corifact.com

 

CHOC is exclusively committed to the health and well-being of children through clinical expertise, advocacy, outreach and research that brings advanced treatment to pediatric patients. Affiliated with the University of California, Irvine, CHOC’s regional healthcare network includes two state-of-the-art hospitals in Orange and Mission Viejo, several primary and specialty care clinics, a pediatric residency program, and four centers of excellence – The CHOC Children’s Heart, Cancer, Neuroscience, and Orthopaedic Institutes.

 

Dedicated to the highest performance standards, CHOC earned the Silver Level CAPE Award from the California Council of Excellence, the only children’s hospital in California to ever earn this distinction, and was awarded Magnet designation, the highest nursing honor bestowed to hospitals. Recognized for an extraordinary commitment to high-quality critical care standards, CHOC is the first children’s hospital in the United States to earn the Beacon Award for Excellence.

 

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Media Contact:
Denise Almazan, Director of Public Relations
phone: (714) 509-8680
email: dalmazan@choc.org

 

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22nd Annual PADRE Foundation Fashion Show – Saturday, May 21, 2011

The PADRE Foundation (Pediatric Adolescent Diabetes Research and Education) plays a critical role in the education and support of children with diabetes and their families.

 

Each year the PADRE Foundation hosts an annual fashion show as a fundraiser highlighting the children of PADRE performing and modeling in the latest fashions, compliments of Macy’s. The fashion show provides positive psychosocial support for children and their families while raising the funds necessary to support our educational programs.

 

For the past 25 years, the PADRE Foundation has been dedicated to helping children from birth to age 21 understand and manage their Type 1 diabetes. PADRE serves more than 2,500 families of all backgrounds in Southern California while partnering with CHOC and CHOC at Mission Hospital.

 

The 22nd Annual PADRE Fashion Show will be held at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa on Saturday, May 21, 2011, in Huntington Beach, California. Our theme, “Defying the Limits,” embodies the hope and support PADRE has provided to children and their families throughout the years.

 

Help us honor our very much loved, Dr. Susan Clark, Medical Director of Endocrinology at CHOC and PSF Chief of the Endocrinology and Diabetes Division, as she will be receiving the Cathie & John Haretakis Award. For over a decade she has given unselfishly of her time, talent and personal will to help change the lives of countless individuals who have been affected by diabetes. Dr. Susan Clark is the Medical Advisor on the PADRE Board of Directors and has been a vital part in our success.

 

For more information, please visit:

 

22nd Annual PADRE Foundation Fashion Show

www.padrefashionshow.org

 

 

March for Babies – Saturday, May 7th, 2011

2011 March for Babies

 

CHOC and CHOC Specialists are proud to be a part of the March for Babies event on May 7th. We care for the smallest of babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, and are grateful for the partnership we have with the March of Dimes in helping babies enjoy healthier lives.

 

When you walk in March for Babies, you give hope to the more than half a million babies born too soon each year. The money you raise supports programs in your community that help moms have healthy, full-term pregnancies. And it funds research to find answers to the problems that threaten our babies. We’ve been walking since 1970 and have raised an incredible $2 billion to benefit all babies.

 

This year, more than 7 million people will join their family, friends and colleagues in 900 communities across the nation. Our volunteers and staff will encourage and support you in your efforts to raise awareness and funds. No matter if this is your first year or your 25th, you can expect the event to be fun, compelling and rewarding.

 

For more information please visit:

 

March for Babies

www.marchforbabies.com

 

CHOC Specialists Neonatology Division

www.chocpsf.com/neonatology

 

CHOC Natal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

www.choc.org/nicu/

 

CHOC PSF Celebrates Grateful Family Donation of $30,000 to CHOC Children’s

In December of 2010, a family received inpatient care for their child who has a metabolic disease. Dr. Richard Chang, CHOC Specialists Metabolic Disorders Specialist, and the incredible 4th floor nurses provided exceptional care to their daughter. With much gratitude, the family made a significant donation to CHOC.

 

As the CHOC Children’s Foundation continues to build a grateful families program, we wish to celebrate with the medical staff donations that are made possible because of the compassion and great care families received while patients of CHOC. Candy Hammeras and the Grateful Family Program in partnership with the medical staff are building grateful families and in return creating funding for much needed programs in the hospital. This gift is a great example of teamwork between the Foundation/Kara Kipp, Hospital Relations/Candy Hammeras, and the medical staff.

 

“CHOC’s Grateful Family Program is an opportunity for patient’s families and friends to recognize the care a loved one received by giving back to their caregivers. This program is successful when there is ongoing support, communication and education between the Foundation, Medical Staff and EMT. As a member of EMT staff, I know the importance of philanthropic support to CHOC, and specifically to your programs. As we establish a culture of philanthropy throughout CHOC – from families to physicians, we would like to take this time to celebrate the gift of $30,000 from an in-patient family directed to the 4th floor. As a result of Dr. Richard Chang’s and the 4th floor nurses’ exceptional care, the family returned to the hospital with this donation. Congratulations 4th floor!” – Dr. Maria Minon, Chief Medical Officer, CHOC Children’s

 

“This celebration celebrates the job you all performed in such a way, that a family was compelled to give back. More specifically, I would like to recognize Dr. Richard Chang, Melissa Garza and Mark Cerda. As physicians and medical staff members of CHOC, we have a role and responsibility to perform our jobs to the best of our ability but also in helping raise support for CHOC. With this responsibility, we allow grateful families the opportunity to give back and support programs that matter most to them. I look forward to celebrating many more grateful family donations with you and all the floors at CHOC!”

– Dr. Nick Anas, Medical Director of the CHOC Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and CHOC Specialists Division Chief of Critical Care

 

Please visit www.iamforchildren.com to find out how you can make a difference through CHOC Foundation today.

 

 

 

 

 

Voices of the Young Adult Cancer Advocate Movement video series produced in collaboration with Dr. Leonard Sender

PRESS RELEASE: Video PSA Campaign Launched for National Young Adult Cancer Awareness Week

 

Continuing Vital Options’ video series on behalf of NYACAW, produced in collaboration with Dr. Leonard Sender, CHOC Specialists Oncologist, and the AYA Program of the NCI-designated UC Irvine Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center in Southern California, these two new videos accompany the prior PSAs of Check Yourself! and Did You Know?

 

Visit www.youngadultswithcancer.org to find out more about young adults with cancer and how you can get involved with awareness efforts, learn more about other programs and initiatives of interest, find links to young adult resources, and view the videos.

 

PSF CHOC Walk Team takes 1st Place in the 2010 CHOC Walk in the Park Affiliate Team Category – Raises $21,362 for CHOC Hospital

PSF CHOC Walk Team takes 1st Place in the 2010 CHOC Walk in the Park Affiliate Team Category having raised $21,362 for CHOC Hospital.

 

Team PSF included over 100 CHOC Specialists physicians, associates and their family members walked in the 20th annual CHOC Walk held at Disneyland Resort on Sunday, October 17. Team PSF has been participating in this annual event since the inception of the Walk.

 

Over 15,000 men, women, and children of all ages joined together, each with their own “reasons to walk” for CHOC Children’s of Orange County (CHOC) and CHOC Children’s at Mission.

 

The Walk has long been a favorite of Orange County residents, who participate in the event to honor a child saved or remember a child lost.

 

Team PSF will participate in the 2011 walk which is scheduled for October 16, 2011.

 

Jackie Aleccia, Debra Cochran and April Andrews accepted the 1st Place Award at the 20th Annual CHOC Walk in the Park Recognition Ceremony on the behalf of CHOC Specialists.

 

GREAT JOB TEAM PSF!!!

 

For more information, please visit: www.chocwalk.net

 

 

CHOC PSF Hosts Successful 8th Annual Sickle Cell Disease Symposium

8th Annual Symposium – Sickle Cell Disease – Services for Children & Families in California

 

April 1st – 2nd, 2011 at Knott’s Berry Farm Resort Hotel

 

Dr. Nugent and the CHOC Specialists Hematology Division with CHOC, were honored to host the 8th Annual Sickle Cell Disease Symposium at Knott’s Berry Farm Resort Hotel.

 

This program was designed to bring together health care providers, consumers and the general community to share information about resources available in California for individuals with sickle cell disease and their families.

 

Participating CHOC Specialists Hematology Physicians: Diane Nugent, M.D. Hematology Division Chief, Geetha Puthenveetil, M.D., Amit Soni, M.D.

 

Special thanks to: Melissa Belvedere , CCS Case Mgr./Nurse Specialist, CHOC and Deborah Green, Program Director for Sickle Cell Disease Foundation of California.

 

Dr. Leonard Sender Helps Launch Journal of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology

3/24/2011 – Dr. Leonard Sender, Medical Director of the CHOC Cancer Institute and Director of the Young Adult Cancer Program at the University of California, Irvine’s Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, is adding the role of Editor-in-Chief of a new journal to his Curriculum Vitae.

Dr. Leonard Sender, Medical Director of the CHOC Cancer Institute and Director of the Young Adult Cancer Program at the University of California, Irvine’s Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, is adding the role of Editor-in-Chief of a new journal to his Curriculum Vitae. The Journal of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology, a multidisciplinary peer-reviewed quarterly publication of Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., will launch in April 2011. The first issue features a roundtable discussion, “Trailblazers in Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology,” with Dr. Sender as one of the subject experts.

“Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) cancer presents the medical community with several unique problems. First, it requires true collaboration between pediatric and medical oncologists as the age range crosses both disciplines. Next, our AYA cancer patients not only have cancer but are also often dealing with ongoing developmental and psychosocial issues at the same time; as such, we must be aware of how a cancer diagnosis interferes with their normal development. The roundtable discussion helps put AYA cancer in perspective for those who have not yet considered the 15-39 year-old cancer patient as a distinct and relevant patient group,” explains Dr. Sender.

Dr. Sender is joined in the roundtable discussion by Archie Bleyer, M.D., Medical Director of Clinical Research for the St. Charles Health System in Bend, Oregon; Karen Albritton, M.D., Director of the Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology Program at Cook Children’s Medical Center and University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth, Texas; Ronald Barr, MB ChB., M.D., Professor of Pediatrics, Pathology and Medicine at McMaster University in Canada; and Ian Lewis, MB ChB, Professor of Cancer Research in Children and Young People at Leeds Teaching Hospital in the United Kingdom. These physicians are considered to be pioneers in the field, helping to mold and advance this area of specialization (AYA).

Adolescents and young adults (ages 15-39) are a distinct group of cancer patients who have not experienced the same improvements in overall survival compared to their younger and older peers. Survivorship issues, including growing concern over the unintended consequences of cancer (infertility, heart and lung damage, and metabolic problems), will be addressed in the Journal of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology (JAYAO). Additionally, JAYAO will provide a forum for AYA cancer research and practice advances, and feature a variety of content, including peer-reviewed articles, clinical trials highlights, case studies, and advocacy efforts.

The CHOC Cancer Institute, in partnership with University of California, Irvine’s Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, has a dedicated AYA program. Under the direction of Dr. Sender, the program offers the full spectrum of services, from sophisticated clinical protocols to psychosocial services such as college and work counseling geared to the adolescent patients. At CHOC, the patient is closely managed by an integrated team of experts, who review each case and customize the care path for each patient according to his or her specific needs.The program gives adolescents access to the latest opportunities for a cure, tailoring treatment specifically to their age group. CHOC offers age-appropriate, disease-appropriate treatment in an environment that allows individuals to feel comfortable and at ease.

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Dr. Jose Abdenur to oversee training for UCLA Intercampus program in Biochemical Genetics

3/23/2011 – Dr. Jose Abdenur Accepts New Position of Training Director

 

Dr. Jose Abdenur, CHOC Specialists Division Chief of Metabolic Disorders, has accepted the position of genetic biochemical specialties Training Director for the UCLA Intercampus Medical Genetics Training Program which includes Clinical Biochemical Genetics and Medical Biochemical Genetics. He will be responsible for approving the training of the biochemical residents and fellows received at their respective campuses, as well as overseeing the trainees’ applications to the Boards. In addition, he will lead the renewal of the ACGME Medical Biochemical Genetics Accreditation Program.

 

1st Annual Sports Medicine for the Youth Athlete Conference – Friday, May 20, 2011

1st Annual Sports Medicine for the Youth Athlete Conference

 

Overview: This conference is designed to provide primary care physicians, allied health professionals, and athletic trainers with the most up-to-date knowledge and skills necessary to care for their youth athletes. Didactic lectures, question and answer sessions, and breakout sessions will give participants the opportunity to discuss problems with expert faculty.

 

Target Audience: Primary care physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, interested allied health professionals who care for children and adolescents, athletic trainers, and coaches.

 

Date: Friday, May 20th, 2011

 

Event Location: CHOC Children’s, 2nd Floor, CHOC West, Harold Wad Education Center

 

7:00 am – Registration/Breakfast/View the Exhibits

 

2:45 pm – Closing Remarks/Adjourn

 

For further information and to register online please visit:
https://www.choc.org/events

 

For further information, please call: 800.329.2900

 

2011 AIDS Walk Orange County – Sunday, May 1st

2011 AIDS Walk Orange County

 

Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the AIDS Walk Orange County by participating or donating online. Disneyland has capped the participation at 10,000 walkers and we are ambitiously hoping to raise $1,000,000 this year.

 

Date: Sunday, May 1st, 2011

 

Event Location: Disneyland Resort, 1313 South Harbor Boulevard, Anaheim – (714) 520-5060

 

5:00 am – Mickey & Friends Parking Structure Open to Walkers

 

5:45 am – Limited Event Check-In Begins at Pinnochio Lot

 

6:30 am – Arrive no later than 6:30 am to give yourself time to walk the tram route to Main Street in Disneyland

 

6:45 am – Opening Ceremony at Disneyland Main Street Hub

 

7:00 am – Walk Begins (Rain or Shine)

 

7:30 am – Disneyland Gates Close; Late Arrivals Join Walk Midway Through at Disney California Adventure Park

 

8:00 am – Sponsor and Recipient Agency Booths Open

 

9:30 am – Walk Ends

 

10:00 am – Event ends

 

Online donations for UCI affiliates can be donated to Team UCIMC under the name of Duane Vajgrt.

 

To register for the walk, donate online or for more information please visit:
http://www.aidswalkorangecounty.org/

Science under the Stars – Thursday, April 7th, 2011

2011 UC Irvine School of Medicine Science under the Stars Gala and Groundbreaking event.

 

Date: Thursday, April 7th, 2011

 

Event Location: UC Irvine Campus, future site of The Gavin Herbert Eye Institute (corner of California Ave./Bison Ave.)

 

5:00 p.m. Reception and silent auction5:00 p.m. Reception and silent auction

 

6:30 p.m. Formal program and Gavin Herbert Eye Institute groundbreaking

 

8:00 p.m. Entertainment by JT & California Dreamin’

 

For more information visit:
http://www.som.uci.edu/deansgala/about.asp

CHOC Charity Classic – Monday, May 16th, 2011

CHOC Charity Classic Golf Tournament

 

Join CHOC for the 1st Annual CHOC Charity Classic Monday, May 16, 2011 at the Beautiful Pellican Hill Resort in Newport Coast.

 

The CHOC Charity Classic hopes to attract the community’s philanthropists, business leaders and true golf enthusiasts that care about children and the future of their care. Our inaugural tournament promises a day of world class golf, with great ocean views at one of the world’s finest golf destinations. After 18 championship holes on Pelican Hill’s North Ocean course, participants will enjoy a short awards reception with a small live auction featuring golf packages and experiences.

 

Pelican Hill Resort
22701 Pelican Hill Road South
Newport Beach, CA 92657

 

For more information visit:
https://www.choc.org/golfclassic/

 

Inland Empire/Corona PSF Outpatient Services Now Available

PSF is proud to announce our New Outpatient Pediatric Cardiology and Pediatric Gastroenterology office location in Corona, California.

CHOC Health Center, Corona
854 Magnolia Ave #101
Corona, CA 92879
Phone 888-770-CHOC (2462)
Hours
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Monday – Friday

Cardiology Appointment Hours: Alternate Wednesdays 1:00 to 5:00pm. For Appt Call: 714.221.5500

Gastroenterology Appointment Hours: Every Wednesday 1:00 to 5:00pm. For Appt Call: 714.532.7984

Telecommunication – The New Face of Medicine

Children’s Hospitals Today, Winter 2011

An interview on health care telepresence with Dr. Jason Knight, “the robot doctor” at CHOC

Hoag Hospitals in both Newport Beach and Irvine, CA, have an unusual team member helping triage pediatric patients in the emergency departments: the RP-7 is a rolling robot that helps bring the telepresence of a far-off doctor into the room. >Most often, the remote doctor behind the robot is Jason Knight, M.D., medical director of transport services at CHOC. Knight is literally the face of this technology for many of the pediatric patients seen in both Hoag emergency departments. When the robot rolls into a room, the high-resolution display that is the “head” of the robot is usually a live feed of Knight wearing a welcoming smile.

Rationale for remote consulting

“Putting a robot at Hoag started as part of our support and commitment to the children of the nearby Newport Beach area,” Knight says. “The robot can move anywhere in the emergency department. I can use it to talk to patients, their families and emergency department physicians, and most importantly, I can look at the patient, look at the monitors, and check vital signs. I can even listen to the heart and breath sounds with a stethoscope attachment that plugs into the robot. All the data coming into my eyes and ears is something that I never would have had before this system.”

A few years ago, Hoag Hospital Newport Beach, which was primarily seeing adult patients, hired a new chief executive officer who made a business case to close the hospital’s low-census pediatric unit. The decision was made to work with CHOC, approximately 15 miles away, to have it transport and admit any pediatric patients in need of specialized services. As part of his roll with transport services, Knight was the physician leader responsible for putting a robot in the Hoag’s Newport Beach emergency department.

“Hoag created a special status for consulting doctors using the robot; there is now a separate certification for telemedicine privileges just for people like me. My only roll at Hoag is performing telemedicine consults,” Knight says. “On our end at CHOC, we trained all the intensivists and transport team on how to use the robot. A pediatric intensivist is available 24/7 to assist and consult on any pediatric patient that comes into the Hoag emergency department.”

Robot capabilities

The Remote Presence RP-7 robot, made by InTouch Health, can be remotely controlled by a joystick from anywhere with a compatible control station. There are approximately 200 RP-7 units in use at hospitals nationwide. Wheels allow the robots to move around on any flat surface, and a system of high precision video cameras, microphones and a stethoscope make it possible for doctors like Knight to examine patients, talk with families and consult ”in-person” with medical staff to decide on the best course of treatment.

“The clarity of the RP-7 system is fantastic. I have the ability to look 360-degrees and can even zoom in on any detail from the corner of a room and look closely at a patient’s respiratory pattern, examine their perfusion, watch the capillary refill time. I can make it even better with still images if I need to. I can then display the images on the robot’s display and draw on the picture from my remote station to highlight details on X-rays, EKGs,” Knight says. “I can narrate and ‘telestrate’ anything that might help in planning treatment; it’s all highly reliable, and it’s all done in real time.”

Reactions to a robot doctor

The robot has been in place at Hoag Hospital Newport Beach for almost three years, and at Hoag Hospital Irvine since it opened on September 1, 2010, but it is still a novelty and reason for excitement for patients.

“They love it,” Knight says. “I have probably done more telemedicine consults than anyone in our hospital—4 to 6 per month on average. I have the ability to assess a patient, recommend interventions and outline a plan of care for the child. This gives families and caregivers incredible peace of mind. I have yet to have a family say anything negative about it. Usually, they are surprised, impressed and put at ease, knowing a pediatric-trained specialist was involved from the beginning.

“The most fun part of the system is when I get to follow up at CHOC with a patient who first met me through the robot at Hoag. The reaction I get the most is ‘hey, you’re the robot doctor!’” Knight says. “I get to explain that in reality, I’m a real doctor who is here caring for patients, but technology has made it possible for me to meet you, and for you to see my face on the robot, before you ever walk into CHOC.”

Next steps for telepresence

CHOC has a second RP-7 robot in action at the newly opened Hoag Hospital location in Irvine, CA, and Knight sees telepresence functionality growing radically in the next few years.

“My hope for the future is to have a portable RP transport unit that allows me to assess any patient being transported by the CHOC team,” Dr. Knight says. “I’m hopeful that in 2011, I will be able to visualize and start planning treatment for patients from the moment our transport team reaches them. The earlier we can provide pediatric-specific expertise to a patient, the better the care we can provide.”

Hopes for the future

With all the functionality available now, Knight is still looking at how the growth of telepresence technology will continue to change medicine.

“I would like to have the functionality for physicians to monitor patients from home. For instance, the cardiac surgeon operates all day and goes home at night. If he wants to see how his patients are doing in the ICU, he could log into a robot and do night rounds with the nurses before he goes to bed,” Knight says.

“On the other hand, we have patients who are chronic and have lots of medical problems and long term morbidities. Many are in-between; they can’t go home right now because they are too much work for their parents and because they can’t be adequately monitored, but they don’t need the full services of an ICU. If we could use telepresence like the RP-7 to check in daily, look at the patient’s vital signs, and talk with the family and home nurse, it could allow patients to spend more time at home. This would provide a huge cost savings over having a patient spend months in an acute care setting.

“I see some form of telepresence becoming standard practice for medicine in the next five years. And this is true whether we are talking about connecting to the home from the hospital or to the hospital from the home. The applications are endless in both directions.”

Interviewed by Tim Haynes, Assistant Director, Communications, NACHRI

Dr. Nita Doshi

Doshi, Nita – MD

Nita Doshi, M.D. is board certified in general pediatrics and pediatric cardiology.

 

Dr. Doshi received her medical degree from the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine. She completed her Pediatric Internship and Residency at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, California. She completed her fellowship training in Pediatric Cardiology at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital, Los Angeles, California.

 

Dr. Doshi specializes in Non-Invasive cardiology, including transthoracic, transesophageal, and fetal cardiology. In addition to congenital and general cardiology, she focuses special emphasis on pediatric patients with heart failure and pulmonary hypertension. She speaks fluent Spanish.

 

 

 

 

 

Announcements

 

CHOC Specialists Cardiology practice office moving – Monday, August 1st, 2011

 

 

“The premier pediatric cardiology practice in Orange County, CA.”
The CHOC Specialists Cardiology Physicians are distinguished by their commitment to clinical excellence and research and through their training and faculty appointments at many of the nation’s most prestigious schools and hospitals including the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles (CHLA), Boston Children’s Hospital, Philadelphia Children’s Hospital, and Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, TX.

 

Dr. Shoba Narayan

Narayan, Shoba – MD

Dr. Shoba Narayan has joined the Nephrology Division of the CHOC Specialists. She is board certified in pediatrics and board eligible in pediatric nephrology. Dr. Narayan received her medical degree from the University of California, Los Angeles; David Geffen School of Medicine.

Dr. Narayan completed her pediatric residency training and fellowship training in pediatric nephrology at the University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California.

She is presently involved in researching the significance of Post-transplant Antibody Production in Pediatric Renal Transplant Recipients.

Do, Thomas – MD

Dr. Thomas Do has joined the Neonatology Division of the CHOC Specialists as a pediatric hospitalist. Dr. Do received his medical degree from the New York Medical College in Valhalla, New York. He completed his pediatric residency training at Children’s Hospital of Orange County, Orange, CA.

 

Dr. Do speaks medical Spanish and is fluent in Vietnamese. He is available to see patients at CHOC Children’s of Orange County and CHOC Children’s at Mission.

Dr. Minodora Totoiu

Totoiu, Minodora – MD

Dr. Minodora Totoiu has joined the Neurology Division of CHOC Specialists. She is board certified in pediatrics and board eligible in pediatric neurology.

 

Dr. Totoiu received her medical degree from the University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Targu-Mures, Romania. In addition to completing a residency in Romania, Dr. Totoiu completed pediatric residency training at King-Drew Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA. She completed her fellowship training in pediatric neurology at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Torrance, CA.

 

Dr. Totoiu is fluent in Romanian and Hungarian and knows basic Spanish.

 

Dr. Totoiu is available to see patients at CHOC Children’s of Orange County and CHOC Children’s at Mission.

Dr. Kushal Bhakta

Bhakta, Kushal – MD

Dr. Kushal Y. Bhakta has joined the Neonatology Division of the CHOC Specialists.

Dr. Bhakta is board certified in pediatrics and neonatal-perinatal medicine.
He received his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine and completed his pediatric residency and neonatal-perinatal fellowship training at Baylor College of Medicine Affiliated Hospitals, Houston, Texas.

Dr. Bhakta is a graduate of the Educational Scholars. He is available to see patients at CHOC Children’s of Orange County and Pomona Valley Medical Center.