Save the Date:
36th Annual Florida Suncoast Pediatric Conference
June 21-24, 2012
This year's conference features a wide range of topics of interest to the primary care pediatrician. The keynote speaker will be Victor C. Strasburger, M.D., Professor of Family and Community medicine and Chief of the Division of Adolescent Medicine at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, Albuquerque.

The pre-conference workshop on Thursday, June 21 will focus on Sports Medicine, including evaluation of concussion, cardiac screening and examination of injuries.

Online conference registration is available at You should reserve your room now, as last year's room block was sold out. To receive the All Children's Hospital room rate, use reservation code SUNSUNA. You may reserve your hotel room now at or at

Pediatric Grand Rounds at ACH
Pediatric Grand Rounds at All Children's Hospital are held Fridays in the Education & Conference Center from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Lunch is available for $5. Grand Rounds presentations are not streamed via live webcast, but archived presentations are available at, usually within 72 hours of the presentation.

Friday, May 4
Diagnosis and Management of Atypical Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome
Larry Greenbaum, MD, PhD
Marcus Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Nephrology, Emory University School of Medicine and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

Friday, May 11
Congenital Malformations of the Respiratory Tract and Chest
Seifu M. Demissie, MD
Pediatric Pulmonologist, ACH

Friday, May 18
Bipolar Disorder in Pediatrics – Diagnosis and Treatment
Mark Cavitt, MD, MPH
Medical Director, Pediatric Psychiatry, All Children's Hospital, St. Petersburg, FL; Courtesy Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, USF College of Medicine, Tampa, FL

ACH Grand Rounds Program Takes Summer Hiatus
Grand Rounds at ACH will be on summer hiatus following the May 18 presentation, returning Friday, September 7. Archived presentations are available for viewing at

Wednesday Pediatric Grand Rounds from Baltimore
In addition to our Friday Pediatric Grand Rounds at ACH, we are pleased to provide an additional weekly educational opportunity:

Pediatric Grand Rounds Videoconferenced Live from
The Johns Hopkins Children's Center in Baltimore

Wednesdays, 8:30 – 9:45 a.m.
ACH Outpatient Care Center Classrooms A&B

A 15-minute "warm-up" discussion precedes a 60-minute presentation; topics may not be available until the morning of the presentation. You must attend this live program and sign in each time to receive CME credit from Johns Hopkins Medicine.

Archived presentations are made available on BeACH and and can be viewed at

Renovations to the former Physicians Office Building, located at 880 Sixth Avenue South, are now complete and the building has reopened on the ACH campus as the Child Development & Rehabilitation Center (CDRC). The new building brings together these services:

Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Sports Rehabilitation
Speech-Language Pathology
Developmental Pediatrics
Pediatric Psychiatry
The Rothman Center for Pediatric Neuropsychiatry
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)
Autism Center

The therapeutic playground located across the street from the CDRC is being renovated thanks to a gift from the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) and the National Journal in honor of the 2012 Republican convention. All Children's was selected as the playground recipient for the Tampa convention; Levine Children's Hospital is the recipient for the Democratic convention in Charlotte, NC. A groundbreaking ceremony for the new playground was held April 11.

"We know how powerful therapeutic play can be in the rehabilitation process of our children," said Jonathan Ellen, MD, interim president and physician-in-chief, All Children's Hospital. "We appreciate that the National Journal and credit unions are coming together to make our vision of a therapeutic playground a reality for All Children's patients and their families."
All Children's and Johns Hopkins Medicine are pleased to announce the continuation of the "Designing Clinical Research Program" at All Children's Hospital. Applications to take part in the second research cohort are due May 15 and are available at

Using a combination of structured didactic training and ongoing mentorship, the goal of the program is to support the All Children's Hospital community in developing skills in clinical research and educational scholarship. These skills will include: study question and concept development; appropriate study design, project proposal, IRB application, data collection, management and interpretation; submitting and presenting abstracts; and submitting manuscripts to peer-reviewed publications.

The yearlong program will begin in October 2012 with a weekend retreat that introduces key concepts of clinical research and then will continue with ongoing mentorship through biweekly contact with a research mentor and/or biostatistician. Follow-up workshops will focus on preparing abstracts and presentations for scientific meetings, and providing feedback on research project posters and presentations.

Participants need not have significant previous research experience or a fully developed project idea; the goal of the program is to assist clinicians with project development, study design, biostatistics and presentation of findings.

Applicants will be selected for participation in the program based on their level of interest, merit of their project idea and division support.

If you have any questions or need any additional information, please feel free to contact any member of the Planning Committee:

Tina Cheng, MD, MPH, Professor of Pediatrics & Public Health, Johns Hopkins University,

Paul Danielson, MD, Chief, Division of Pediatric Surgery, All Children's Hospital,

Michael Epstein, MD, Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs, All Children's Hospital,

Sharon Ghazarian, PhD, Director, Bayview Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Data Management (BEAD) Core, Johns Hopkins University,

Tracy King, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins University,

Erica Sibinga, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins University,

Rajan Wadhawan, MD, Director of Clinical Research, Neonatology, All Children's Hospital,

Sandy Wismer, MS, Director of Research & Grants Administration, All Children's Hospital

Hernandez, RG, Thompson, DA, Cheng, TL, Serwint JR: Early-Childhood Obesity: How Do Low-Income Parents of Preschoolers Rank Known Risk Factors?
Clinical Pediatrics
Published online before print April 11, 2012

Raquel Hernandez, MD
, Associate Director of Medical Education for All Children's Hospital, Johns Hopkins Medicine and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, is first author on this paper investigating parental perceptions of known risk factors for childhood obesity. A recent Institute of Medicine consensus statement on childhood obesity stressed the importance of beginning preventive efforts even before children enter school. Because children in lower-income populations are known to be at increased risk for childhood obesity, the researchers sought to determine how parents prioritize the complex array of risk factors and barriers for weight-related behavior change. Using a quantitative technique, card sorting, 150 parents of children ages 2 to 5 ranked perceived risk factors for childhood obesity, perceived barriers to achieving a healthy child weight, and motivators for achieving a healthy child weight in this age group.

While parents recognized the importance of food choices in preventing childhood obesity and identified their inability to control food choices made by other caretakers as a barrier to healthy eating, only 7.4% identified low levels of physical activity as the top risk for obesity in their child. Healthcare providers need to offer guidance for parents on how to best achieve adequate levels of physical activity in order to prevent unhealthy weight as well as to promote healthy weight in preschoolers.

All Children's Outpatient Care, East Lake recently expanded to 23,000 square feet and now offers a range of diagnostic services and several subspecialty clinics in addition to pediatric speech, occupational and physical therapy services. The facility also has a dedicated gym for the Sports Rehabilation program.

Diagnostic services include: x-ray, ultrasound, laboratory collection services, EKG, Holter monitoring and echocardiograms. Nutrition services are also available, and other services will be added in the near future.

Pediatric cardiology and urology are now seeing patients at the center, and endocrinology, pulmonology and perinatology will begin clinics there at a later date.

All Children's Outpatient Care, East Lake is located at 3850 Tampa Road in Palm Harbor. The center serves patients from northern Pinellas County.
The All Children's Hospital Endocrinology and Diabetes program is teaming up with Tampa Bay JDRF and the USF Diabetes Center to provide a day of free education for families living with type 1 diabetes. Speakers include: physicians Pallavi Iyer, MD and Suzanne Jackman, MD; diabetes educator Ana Warren, ARNP; dietitian Noaa Bujanover, MS, RD, LD/N and clinical psychologist Laura Smith, PhD. Sam Fuld of the Tampa Bay Rays will provide a personal perspective on living with type 1 diabetes. School nurses and endocrinology nurses will be on hand to assist families with forms for the 2012-2013 school year. Patients and families should RSVP by April 2 by contacting Ana Warren at 727-767-8289 or They may also visit Day.