Department of Pediatrics
USF Health College of Medicine

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USF Pediatrics at the 22nd Annual USF Health Research Day

-February 29, 2012

The Department of Pediatrics made a strong showing at this year's Research Day, which was held on February 24, 2012.  The Department was represented by 26 posters,  4 of which won awards.  Click here to see a list of the Pediatrics abstracts and the award winners, and click here to see pictures.

Dean Klasko's Pediatrics Grand Rounds Lecture

--July 7, 2010
Dr. Klasko's lecture entitled "The Future of USF Health Care" is posted on the USF Pediatrics website for viewing: Grand Rounds Archive

USF Pediatrics Welcomes New Residents

--June 8, 2010
Nineteen Pediatric first year and 5 Med-Peds first year residents joined the department in July. Dr. Robert Nelson, USF Pediatric Chairman, and his wife Linda Nelson, ARNP hosted a welcome party at their home. Click here to view a slide show of the event and click here to view a photo-gallery of our new residents. Please visit the residency website for a complete listing of the USF Pediatric residents.

The 2010 Lewis A. Barness Lecture and Fellows' Forum

-- April 22, 2010
The 2010 Lewis A. Barness Lecture and Fellows' Forum were held on April 15, 2010. This annual event honors Dr. Lewis A. Barness, who founded the USF Department of Pediatrics in 1972. Dr. Barness' remarkable career, which has spanned more than 55 years, is filled with professional accolades and awards including the John Howland Medal from the American Pediatric Society, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Abraham Jacobi Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Joseph St. Geme Leadership Award given by 7 pediatric societies. He has been inducted into the Pediatrics Hall of Fame, which honors physicians who have made remarkable contributions to the practice of pediatrics.

This year's speaker was Diana Bianchi, MD, Zucker Professor of Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology at Tufts University School of Medicine. Her lecture, entitled "Cell-Free Nucleic Acids: Beyond Biomarkers, Towards Fetal and Neonatal Personalized Medicine" described noninvasive prenatal diagnosis using cell-free nucleic acids in maternal blood and amniotic fluid. This area of research has already transitioned to clinical obstetric care, and Dr. Bianchi is a lead investigator in this exciting field. The lecture was followed by the Fellows' Forum during which 1 junior faculty member and 7 fellows presented their research. Click here to view the program and the abstracts. Click here to view a slide show of the events.

USF Pediatrics at the 20th Annual USF Health Research Day

-- February 19, 2010
USF Pediatrics faculty, trainees, students and staff made a great showing at the 20th Annual USF Health Research Day on February 19. The day-long event provides an opportunity for participants to meet other investigators who may have similar research interests, and provides participants an opportunity to showcase their research prior to presenting at national and international meetings. The 18 abstracts presented by the Department Pediatrics included the Divisions of Neonatology, Allergy/Immunology, Cardiovascular Research, Child Development/Neurology, General Pediatrics, Pediatric Neuropsychiatry and Adolescent Medicine. Click here to view the abstracts.

USF Health Float in Children's Gasparilla Parade

-- January 23, 2010
For the first time this year, USF Health was represented in the Children's Gasparilla Parade with its own float. The float, created by the Department of Pediatrics, paved the way for the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile, which has been a regular in the annual parade for the last several years.

Faculty and staff from the Pediatrics, Urology, Engineering and the College of Public Health, and their family members, rode on or walked alongside the green-and-gold USF Health float, which rolled along the scenic Bayshore Boulevard route lined by thousands of children and their parents. They came bearing plenty of beads to throw to little pirates who clamored for the sparkly treasures. View Full Story

Dr. Krischer’s Group Receives Additional NIH Funding

-- November 16, 2009
The National Institutes of Health recently announced an award of $117 million for the second phase of the Rare Disease Clinical Research Network (RDCRN). The Data Management Coordinating Center for the RDCRN is led by Jeffrey Krischer, PhD. Dr. Krischer, Professor and Chief of Epidemiology and Biostatistics for USF Pediatrics, has led the RDCRN data coordinating center from its start. USF has received nearly $15.3 million for NIH’s rare diseases research initiatives over the last 5 years, and Dr. Krischer expects to receive an additional $15 million over the coming 5 years. The RDCRN is exploring the natural history, epidemiology, diagnosis and treatment of more than 95 rare diseases. View Full Story  

TEAMS Center Featured on USF Health Homepage

-- July 28, 2009
The 2,300-square-foot facility opened on July 1, 2009, and houses more than $250,000 worth of high-fidelity patient simulators – adults, children, newborns, and a mother that gives birth – each with a computer-driven age-appropriate physiology that can mimic routine and crisis medical scenarios. The center trains multi-disciplinary medical teams using crisis resource management principles borrowed from other high-stakes industries such as aviation. In its first month of operation, the TEAMS Center has had over 120 learners participate in a variety of simulation courses including Conflict Management in the Trauma Room, Team Training in the Delivery Room, and Management of the Difficult Airway. The TEAMS Center Director and founder is Laura Haubner, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Neonatology. She is assisted by coordinator Jason Fields. View Full Story  

John Curran Lecture 2009

-- July 23, 2009
The John Curran lecture was given on July 23, 2009. This annual lecture is given each year in honor of Dr. Curran, a founding member of the USF Dept. of Pediatrics, and founder of the USF Neonatology Fellowship Program and the Tampa General Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Dr. Curran is currently the USF Health Associate Vice President for Faculty Affairs. This year’s distinguished speaker was Dr. David Tayloe, President of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Tayloe’s lecture was entitled “Medical Home and Health Care Reform”. Following the lecture, Drs. Tayloe and Curran visited the new Team Education and Multidisciplinary Simulation (TEAMS) Center. TEAMS Center Director Laura Haubner, MD led the tour of the new center, during which Dr. Curran participated in simulation exercises. Following the tour, Jeannine del Pizzo, MD, third year pediatrics resident, gave a presentation entitled “A Resident’s Introduction to the American Academy of Pediatrics.” After the presentation, Drs. Tayloe and Curran further elaborated on the benefits of AAP membership.