Pediatric Briefs: Winter 2009
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News In Brief
All Children's Specialty Care of Tampa
All Children’s Specialty Care of Tampa now offers EEG services. EEG can be scheduled for the same day as an MRI study. Interpretation by our pediatric neurology program is available, or the recording can be provided to the referring physician for interpretation. Call (813)631-5005 for more information.

Farewell to Dr. Love
Sheila M. Love, M.D.
Sheila M. Love, M.D., retired on November 14 after twenty years of dedicated service to the patients, families, physicians and staff at All Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Love came to ACH in 1988 as Program Director for Pediatric Orthopaedics and our first fellowship-trained pediatric orthopaedist. She is the founding partner of Children’s Orthopaedic and Scoliosis Surgery Associates. Since 1996 she has repeatedly been named in “Best Doctors in America” and also included in America’s Top Surgeons and America’s Top Ortho-paedists. She is a Clinical Professor in the USF College of Medicine Depart-ment of Pediatrics and an Affiliate Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery.

A graduate of Northwestern University School of Medicine and its orthopaedic residency program, Dr. Love completed two pediatric orthopaedic fellowships at Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children in Tampa. She is an active member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the Florida Orthopaedic Society, and the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America.

We wish Dr. Love a most enjoyable retirement and thank her for two decades of outstanding care at All Children’s.

Frank Mendelblatt Celebrates 40 Years
at All Kids
Frank Mendelblatt, M.D.
Frank Mendelblatt, M.D., recently celebrated his 40th anniversary as a member of the All Children’s Hospital medical staff. Thank you, Dr. Mendelblatt, for your ongoing commitment to our patients and their families.

Pediatric Briefs to be published Monthly
We hope you have enjoyed this edition of Pediatric Briefs. Starting in February, this digital edition will switch to a monthly format, delivering to you, our clinical colleagues, more timely news and information about All Children's Hospital.

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SF Rothman Center
for Pediatric Neuropsychiatry
We are pleased to welcome All Children’s Hospital pediatric psychiatrist Tanya Murphy, M.D. Dr. Murphy holds the ACH/USF Maurice A. and Thelma P. Rothman Endowed Chair in Developmental Pediatrics and is nationally recognized for her work with childhood psychiatric disorders, including obsessive-compulsive disorder, autism spectrum disorder, Tourette’s Syndrome, anxiety disorders and dyslexia.

The multi-disciplinary Rothman Center for Pediatric Neuropsychiatry is led by Dr. Murphy and includes psychology, occupational therapy, speech therapy, audiology and research specialists. It is located on the fourth floor of the Children’s Health Center.

Services currently include cognitive-behavioral therapy, habit-reversal training and pharmacological and medical management of a range of disorders, including autism spectrum disorders. Habit reversal training, a behavioral method for managing tics or hairpulling behaviors, has shown promise in Tourette’s Syndrome patients.

The Rothman Center offers both intensive and weekly Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), a highly effective treatment for obsessive-compulsive disorder and anxiety treatment. Intensive CBT consists of daily sessions for three to four weeks, allowing patients and families from outside Florida (even from outside the U.S.) to receive treatment. Psychologist Eric Storch, PhD., will direct the OCD program at the Rothman Center.

The Rothman Center has a significant research focus on patients with Tourette’s Syndrome, obsessive-compulsive disorder, autism spectrum disorders and stuttering. Dr. Murphy and colleagues also will collaborate with pediatric immunologist John Sleasman, M.D., who holds the ACH/USF Robert A.Good Chair in Pediatrics, in studying Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorder Associated with Streptococcus (also called PANDAS). Research suggest that group A streptococcal infections can lead to the abrupt onset of obsessive-compulsive disorder, tics and other psychiatric disorders, and Dr. Murphy and colleagues will study the effectiveness of acute antibiotic therapy for these patients.

Other programs will include intensive therapy for dyslexia, Lindamood reading program, and parent training classes. Dr. Murphy will work in collaboration with our All Children’s Specialty Physicians programs in pediatric psychiatry and developmental-behavioral pediatrics to expand the scope of therapeutic services and clinical trials available to our patients.

Tanya Murphy, M.D.
Tanya Murphy, M.D

Dr. Murphy holds the Maurice A. and Thelma P. Rothman Endowed Chair in Developmental Pediatrics with a joint appointment in the Department of Psychiatry.

After graduating from the University of Florida College of Medicine, Dr. Murphy stayed at UF to complete her residency in general psychiatry and fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry. As a member of the Department of Psychiatry faculty, she served as Director of the UF Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Outpatient Program, Director of the UF Child Anxiety & Tic Disorder Clinic, and Medical Director for the UF Autism Unit. From 2005-2008 she was Chief of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at UF.

Dr. Murphy is board-certified in psychiatry and child psychiatry. She also holds a Master of Science in Clinical Investigation. She has received several major grants from the National Institute of Mental Health and has published more than 100 peer-reviewed papers. Her current research focuses on understanding the role of infections in the onset of childhood psychiatric disorders and pharmacological and psychological treatments for Tourette’s Syndrome and obsessive-compulsive disorder. She holds leadership positions with several national Tourette’s Syndrome groups and serves on the scientific advisory board for the Regional Obsessive-Compulsive Foundation.

Eric Storch, Ph.D.
Eric Storch, Ph.D.
Director, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Program

Dr. Storch is Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology in the USF Departments of Pediatrics and Psychiatry. Dr. Storch received his M.S., M.Phil. and Ph.D. from Columbia University, New York, NY and is a licensed child psychologist. Most recently he was Director of the Obessive Compulsive Treatment Program at the University of Florida and served on the faculty of the UF Department of Psychiatry.

At the Rothman Center, Dr. Storch is conducting research in the areas of cognitive behavioral treatment for childhood and adult OCD and obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders, along with psychosocial and pharmacological treatment augmentation.

Dr. Storch has received grant funding from the National Institute of Mental Health, the Obsessive-Compulsive Foundation and other agencies and foundations for his work on OCD and related disorders. He has published more than 150 peer-reviewed articles and serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychology and four other journals. He has two forthcoming books; one on cognitive behavioral therapy in treatment-resistant pediatric psychiatric illnesses and the other is a textbook on childhood anxiety disorders.

Steven Pence, Ph.D.
Steven Pence, Ph.D.

Dr. Pence specializes in cognitive behavioral therapy to treat obsessive-compulsive disorder, with a special emphasis on severe and treatment-resistant OCD, and social phobias. His research interests include the use of intensive cognitive behavioral therapy for OCD. He holds a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Michigan State University. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics.

Jane Mutch, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Jane Mutch, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Dr. Mutch is a certified speech-language pathologist with more than 20 years of experience working with children with autism. Additional areas of interest include social skills development, language-learning disabilities and written language disorders. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics.

Adina Aldea, Ph.D.
Adina Aldea, Ph.D.

Dr. Aldea specializes in the use of cognitive behavioral therapy in the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and body dysmorphic disorder (BDD). She also has special expertise in treating adolescents who suffer from anxiety and depressive disorders. After receiving a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Florida, Dr. Aldea completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Psychiatry focused on the treatment of OCD and BDD. She is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Pediatrics.

Omar Rahman, Ph.D.
Omar Rahman, Ph.D.

Omar Rahman specializes in Habit Reversal Training for trichotillomania (hair pulling) as well as cognitive behavioral therapy to treat obsessivecompulsive disorder. He earned a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Purdue University and has worked extensively with children with disruptive behavior disorders and anxiety disorders.

Jeanette Reid, M.S.
Jeanette Reid, M.S.

A Social and Behavioral Researcher with USF, Ms. Reid conducts neuropsychological testing and is interested in cognitive behavioral therapy for OCD. She is completing her M.S. in experimental psychology from Bucknell University.

Rothman Center for Pediatric Neuropsychiatry
Phone: 727-767-8230
Fax: 727-767-7786

Pediatric General Surgery Program Expands

Over the past few months three new physicians have joined Dr. Richard Harmel in the pediatric general surgery program at All Children’s. Drs. Kristine Thayer, Paul Danielson and Nicole Chandler. They bring a wide range of experience in minimally invasive surgery and are expanding the use of minimally invasive laparascopic and thoracoscopic surgery at All Children’s.

With instrumentation as small as 2 mm, at times the tiny incisions made during laparoscpic surgery are too small to even be sutured close—only a Band-Aid is needed. Of course, the benefits of minimally invasive surgery are much greater than small incisions—less post-operative pain, fewer post-operative infections, and a quicker recovery and return to normal activities.

Another benefit of the program’s expansion is the ability for two surgeons to work together on complex or lengthy surgical procedures. “We are doing more and more procedures as a team,” says Dr. Danielson.

The pediatric general surgeons are seeing patients at All Children's Specialty Care of Sarasota and All Children’s Specialty Care of Brandon, in addition to the main All Children’s Hospital campus.

Paul Danielson, M.D.
Paul Danielson, M.D.

All Children’s Specialty Physicians welcomes Paul D. Danielson, M.D., FACS, FAAP. Dr. Danielson joins Drs. Richard Harmel and Kristine Thayer in the practice of pediatric general surgery.

A graduate of the University of Rochester School of Medicine, Dr. Danielson completed his general surgery residency training at University of Rochester/Strong Memorial Hospital, where he earned awards for research and for humanism in medicine. Following a research fellowship in pediatric general surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Danielson completed his pediatric surgery residency training at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles.

Dr. Danielson was Assistant Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics at the University of Massachusetts School of Medicine from 2001 until joining All Children’s. At UMass Memorial Medical Center he served as Attending Surgeon, Division of Pediatric Surgery, Director of Pediatric Surgical Oncology and Associate Director of both the General Surgery Residency Program and the Pediatric Trauma Service. He also chaired the Pediatric Tumor Board and Surgical Education Committee for the University of Massachusetts School of Medicine, where he was named Teacher of the Year for the Department of Surgery. A lieutenant colonel with the U.S. Army Reserve since 1992,Dr.Danielson received a Presidential Unit Citation for his service in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

A fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Surgeons, Dr. Danielson is board certified in general surgery and pediatric surgery. He performs minimally invasive laparascopic and thoracoscopic sugery and is a member of the International Pediatric Endosurgery Group. Dr. Danielson is also a member of the Children’s Oncology Group.

Nicole Chandler, M.D.
Nicole Chandler, M.D.

Dr. Chandler is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA, where she completed her general surgical residency. She also was a Research Fellow in Surgery at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, and was principal investigator for a grant that focused on overcoming chemoresistance in pancreatic cancer. In June, Dr. Chandler completed her fellowship in pediatric surgery at Johns Hopkins University Hospital and School of Medicine, Baltimore, with training in laparascopic and advanced miniature access surgery. Dr. Chandler is board certified in general surgery and board eligible in pediatric general surgery and is a member of the American College of Surgeons.

Kristine Thayer, M.D.
Kristine Thayer, M.D.

Kristine Thayer, M.D., is a graduate of New York Medical College, Valhalla, NY. Dr. Thayer completed her surgical internship and residency at University of Medicine and Dentistry, New Jersey (Newark), where she also served as clinical instructor of surgery. Dr. Thayer completed a fellowship in pediatric surgery at Miami Children’s Hospital. From 2002 through 2005 she served on active duty in the U.S. Army, first with the 101st Airborne in Kandahar, Afghanistan and then at a field hospital in Baghram, Afghanistan. A fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Academy of Pediatrics, Dr. Thayer is board certified in surgery.