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October 29 Grand Rounds Provides 1 Hour Domestic Violence CME
"Abusive Head Tauma — What We Think We Know" is the topic for Pediatric Grand Rounds on Friday, October 29. This Special Pediatric Grand Rounds meets one hour of the two hours of required CME for domestic violence.

Dr. Bruce Herman, Fellowship Director for Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Primary Children's Medical Center/University of Utah, will review the signs and symptoms associated with abusive head trauma and the significance of retinal hemorrhages in the diagnosis of abusive head trauma.
Pediatric Grand Rounds is held Fridays from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the Education & Conference Center Auditorium. You may also watch Grand Rounds via live webcast at www.allkids.org/cme. In addition, presentations are archived for later viewing — and CME credit is also available.

Note: An additional hour of Required CME for Domestic Violence is also available by viewing the archived Pediatric Grand Rounds presentation of Friday, July 30: "Child Abuse & Neglect — Cases from All Children's Hospital," presented by Dr. Sally Smith, Medical Director for the Suncoast Center Child Protection Team.

Pediatric Outreach Grand Rounds: Sarasota
Thursday, October 28,
12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Sarasota Memorial Hospital,
Room 4AB

Dr. Lisa Wittmann will discuss "Alternative Medicine: What's Used, What's Claimed, and What's Known in 2010." An All Children's Specialty Physician, Dr. Witmman is a hospitalist in the All Children's at Sarasota Memorial Hospital program.

Visit www.allkids.org/cme for more information on Pediatric Grand Rounds, Outreach Grand Rounds and other educational programming.
All Children’s Hospital and All Children’s Specialty Physicians welcome three new physicians to the pediatric cardiology program:

Michelle Miller, M.D.

Dr. Miller is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine. She completed her pediatric internship and residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, followed by a fellowship in pediatric cardiology at UCLA Medical Center. She received the Paul Reubenstein Prize for Excellence in Resident Research at Cedars-Sinai and the Golden Heart Award for Outstanding Cardiac Service from the UCLA Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery.

Perinatal/fetal cardiology is Dr. Miller’s area of expertise and clinical focus. Before joining All Children’s, she spent 10 years as Director of Fetal Cardiology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and Associate Professor of Pediatric Cardiology at the David-Geffen UCLA School of Medicine. Dr. Miller is board certified in pediatrics and pediatric cardiology. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a member of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine. Dr. Miller will see patients at All Children’s Specialty Care of Sarasota as well as on our main campus. She is also available for inpatient consultations at Sarasota Memorial Hospital.

Thieu Nguyen, M.D.

Dr. Nguyen is a graduate of the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle and completed his pediatric residency at the University of South Florida and All Children’s Hospital. He then completed a fellowship in pediatric cardiology and a Senior Fellowship in Noninvasive Cardiology at Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, NY. Most recently, Dr. Nguyen was an assistant professor of pediatric cardiology at Loma Linda University Medical Center in Loma Linda, CA.

Dr. Nguyen’s areas of clinical expertise include fetal echocardiography, transthoracic and transesophageal echocardiography, and general pediatric cardiology. He is a member of the American College of Cardiology and the American Society of Echocardiography. Dr. Nguyen is board certified in pediatrics and pediatric cardiology, and is proficient in Vietnamese. He will see patients at All Children’s Specialty Care of Tampa and our main campus in St. Petersburg.

Ivan Wilmot, M.D.

Dr. Wilmot is a graduate of Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA. He completed his pediatric internship and residency at Emory University Affiliated Hospitals and then served as Assistant Program Director of the Emory Pediatric Residency Program. Dr. Wilmot completed his pediatric cardiology fellowship at Texas Children’s Hospital, Baylor School of Medicine, Houston, followed by a Pediatric Heart Failure and Transplant Fourth Year Fellowship.

A fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Dr. Wilmot is also a member of the American College of Cardiology and the Heart Failure Society of America. His areas of special expertise include heart failure and transplant cardiology, and his research interests include the use of ventricular assist devices in medically refractive pediatric heart failure, and quality of life in children with heart failure. Dr. Wilmot was named one of America’s Top Pediatricians and Top Cardiologists by the Consumer’s Research Council of America.





The ACH Neonatal & Pediatric Team has two new ambulances, replacing two older transport vehicles that logged more than 600,000 miles combined.

The new Freightliner M2's have a four-door chassis with a Mercedes-Benz engine plus a four-door cab. The seating arrangement for the Transport Team is safer and more effective—providing staff better patient access even as they remain secured in the seat belts.

Each ambulance travels with a team that includes a registered nurse, a respiratory therapist or paramedic, and an EMT. They provide the highest level of critical care to sick or injured infants and children by bringing equipment and care available in an ICU directly to the patient’s bedside in the transport vehicle. Each vehicle can transport two isolettes or two stretchers, or one of each—capacity that is very important for multiple births or for siblings injured in an accident.

"The special air ride suspension system on the vehicles will help to decrease vibration," said Louise Bowen, Director of Transport Services. "This is especially important for the premature infants we transport." In addition to life-saving medical equipment, each ambulance contains a TV and DVD player; patients can watch a movie or cartoon to help decrease anxiety during the trip.

Each of the new vehicles will rack up approximately 60,000 miles a year traveling throughout west central Florida. Since its inception in the 1970's, the Neonatal & Pediatric Transport Team has safely transported more than 30,000 patients to All Children’s. The Team includes 10 registered nurses, six respiratory therapists, four paramedics and six EMTs. Collectively, the group has 478 years of highly specialized neonatal and pediatric critical care experience. Dr. Tony Napolitano is Medical Director for Neonatal and Pediatric Transport.

Dr. Anthony Robert (Bob) Morelli is the new Medical Director of All Children's Pediatric Telephone Triage Program. Dr. Morelli joined All Children's in 2001 as a physician in the ACH Emergency Center's Quick Kid Urgent Care program. Effective October 1, Dr. Morelli is also the new Medical Director for the ACH General Pediatrics Clinic for Children with Chronic Diseases.

A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Dr. Morelli completed his pediatric internship at Ohio State University and his pediatric residency training at Children's Hospital in Pittsburgh. He practiced primary care pediatrics in Pennsylvania and Florida before coming to All Children's.

Dr. Michael Eisenfeld, who was Medical Director for the Pediatric Triage Program since 2006, left All Children's medical staff on September 30. We appreciate his dedication to our patients and families over the past four years and wish him well.

Any questions about our Pediatric Telephone Triage program can be directed to Mary Ellen Stefanick, Call Center Director, at 727-767-8479.

Child and adolescent psychiatrist Megan Toufexis, D.O., has joined the faculty of the Rothman Center for Neuropsychiatry. Dr. Toufexis's primary interest is the treatment of youth with eating disorders. She also treats children and teens with trichotillomania. A graduate of the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, Old Westbury, NY, Dr. Toufexis completed her psychiatry residency at the University of Rochester Medical Center. She then completed a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of South Florida, serving as chief resident.

At the Rothman Center, Dr. Toufexis will participate in a variety of research projects and will have weekly clinics. In partnership with the Florida Mental Health Institute and the Agency for Health Care Administration, she will also oversee the Pediatric Consult Line that will provide primary care providers with telephone consulation with mental health experts to better meet the needs of children with psychiatric/behavioral problems.

Hyundai’s Hope on Wheels program rolled up to All Children’s Hospital on September 28 to deliver a $100,000 check to All Children's Pediatric Cancer Program. The funds will help support All Children’s CanSurvive Clinic and research addressing fertility and other medical issues for childhood cancer survivors.

In accepting the grant, pediatric hematologist-oncologist Dr. Michael Nieder, Medical Director of the ACH Blood & Marrow Transplant Program, noted that 80% of childhood cancers are now curable — a great increase from 60% when he first entered the profession in the 1980s.

Thanks to these improved outcomes, survivorship is an increasingly important area of clinical care and research in pediatric oncology. Most long-term pediatric cancer survivors lead healthy lives, but their prior treatments may confer an increased risk for chronic medical problems, including obesity, heart failure, infertility, and secondary malignancies.

All Children’s CanSurvive Clinic, led by pediatric hematologist-oncologist Kelly Sawczyn, M.D., provides coordinated multidisciplinary survivorship care that is tailored to their type of cancer and the treatment they received, complications of therapy, potential late effects of therapy and recommended screening studies for late effects. New research is helping to preserve health and fertility in pediatric cancer patients, and will be aided by the Hope Grant.

Cancer survivor Dana Bertoch spoke of some of the long-term effects she faces after treatment at All Children’s for Hodgkins lymphoma, diagnosed in 2004. "I knew that the drugs I received had the potential to harm my heart, lungs, bone marrow, and reproductive organs. I also knew that the radiation came with risks as well, and I had to worry about secondary malignancies in the future. That was an overwhelming amount of worry for me that I often tried to push to the back of my mind." Dana was among the first patients of All Children's CanSurvive Clinic, where the same nurses who'd helped her through treatment now explained the health monitoring she'd need to continue leading a healthy life. " I left that appointment feeling once again that I had a great team on my side in which I completely trust." Dana recently received a BSN degree and is working with adult oncology patients at Tampa General Hospital.

The $100,000 award is one of 68 Hope Grants made by Hyundai as part of its Hope on Wheels campaign marking Childhood Cancer Awareness Month this September. Since 1998, more than 800 Hyundai dealerships have contributed more than $23 million for pediatric cancer.