All Children's Specialty Physicians Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes Division Expands
The All Children's Specialty Physicians Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes Division welcomed three additional physicians to the practice in July 2012.

Frank Diamond, M.D. and Allen Root, M.D. have long contributed to clinical care, education and research here at ACH as members of the USF pediatric endocrinology program. Both of these experienced physicians have joined the All Children's Specialty Physicians program and will continue to see patients at the ACH Outpatient Care Center. In addition, Dr. Diamond will see patients at the East Lake, Sarasota and Pasco Outpatient Care Centers.

Dr. Suzanne Jackman completed her fellowship in pediatric endocrinology and diabetes at USF, and she will join our division in August. She will be seeing patients at our St. Petersburg, Tampa, and Lakeland Outpatient Care Centers.

Along with Dr. Pallavi Iyer and Dr. Ed Hosono, who joined the practice in August 2011, Endocrinology is able to see patients at six locations:

All Children's Hospital Outpatient Care Center (St. Petersburg)

All Children's Outpatient Care, Sarasota

All Children's Outpatient Care, Tampa

All Children's Outpatient Care, Pasco

All Children's Outpatient Care, East Lake

All Children's Outpatient Care, Lakeland

You may call 727-767-ENDO (3636) to schedule an appointment at any of our locations.

The program is dedicated to providing the highest quality care and pleased to be your partner in maintaining your patients' good health.

ACH Shares Knowledge at Patient Safety Summit

All Children's was well represented at the Armstrong Institute Patient Safety Summit, with seven presentations or posters on a wide range of topics. The Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality is a world leader in creating shared knowledge to enhance patient safety. The annual summit provides an opportunity to highlight patient safety initiatives across Johns Hopkins Medicine. Here are the presentations and posters accepted from All Children's:

JoEllen Harris, Infection Prevention
• Scrub A Dub Dub: A Hand Hygiene Initiative
• Improving the Quality of Care by Reducing Contamination When Drawing Blood Cultures in the NICU
• Sustaining the Results: A Continuous Journey Reducing Catheter Associated Bloodstream Infections

Lisa McGuire, Clinical Education
• The PICU Project
• Recipe for Open Chest Simulation

Richard Williams, Respiratory Care
• Accidental Extubations

David Hunt, Operations Improvement & Kevin Smith, Decision Support
• 120 Day Workout Process

Clinical Updates in Pediatrics: Sports Medicine Update

Saturday, September 22, 2012
7:45 am – 3:30 pm

Five locations to choose from:
St. Petersburg, Tampa, Sarasota, New Port Richey, Brandon, Palm Harbor

Registration is required: the fee is $20.00 by September 7, $4O by September 20 and $50 on September 21-22.

7 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits

Topics: Concussion, Foot and Ankle Injuries, Cardiovascular Screening, Shoulder, Knee and Hip Conditions, including live exams.

For details and to register go to:

Grand Rounds Will Resume September 7

Pediatric Grand Rounds at ACH will resume on Friday, September 7 following a summer hiatus. Grand Rounds can also be viewed via webcast. The September schedule will soon be available at

On July 26, 2012 Jonathan Ellen, M.D., was appointed President of All Children's Hospital. In his new role, he will also serve as President of the All Children's Hospital Foundation and Chairman of the All Children's Health System Board (which oversees the All Children's Specialty Physicians group and other entities). Dr. Ellen has served as Interim President since the retirement of Gary Carnes this past February. Prior to that time, he was the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine vice dean for All Children's Hospital and All Children's Hospital physician in chief.

Since arriving at All Children's in 2011, Dr. Ellen has led the effort for the development of mission-centric research and education initiatives, including a new pediatric residency program and translational research programs that have strengthened the integration of research and education with outstanding clinical care at the 259-bed St. Petersburg hospital.

"We are impressed with the vision, knowledge and experience Dr. Ellen brings to the position," said Jack Kirkland, Chairman of the All Children's Hospital Board of Trustees. "We are certain that we have selected the right person to lead All Children's in its journey to become a top pediatric academic medical center."
All Children's Hospital became a fully integrated member of Johns Hopkins Medicine in April 2011. Since then, the hospital has established a new Office of Medical Education and Office of Research, launched a clinical research mentorship program and created new opportunities for collaboration between clinicians in Baltimore and St. Petersburg.

Dr. Ellen joined the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine faculty in 1999 and in 2006 was named vice chair of the Department of Pediatrics and director of the Center for Child and Community Health Research. In the same year, he also became director of the Department of Pediatrics and Neonatology at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, where he already had established a growing research program to complement the academic and clinical missions of that campus. He is a professor of pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and a professor in the Department of Epidemiology and the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Raised in Philadelphia, Dr. Ellen graduated from Temple University Medical School and completed his residency in pediatrics at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. He completed a fellowship in adolescent medicine at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) in addition to fellowships in sexually transmitted diseases at UCSF, the San Francisco Department of Health and the CDC. He has received numerous grant awards from the NIH and CDC and has authored more than 140 peer-reviewed scientific articles and 30 reviews, editorials and book chapters.

All Children's Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine has received approval to establish a new pediatric residency program on All Children's St. Petersburg FL campus. The first class of resident physicians will enter the program in July 2014.

The new program, approved last month by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), will combine the best resources of both institutions. Johns Hopkins is considered the birthplace of physician training and is respected worldwide as a leader in medical education and research. All Children's Hospital has an 86-year history of providing outstanding care for children from all across the state of Florida and beyond.

The pediatric residency program will use an innovative new curriculum that will feature individual learning plans, early opportunities for research and mentoring, and a focus on identifying factors critical to maintaining health and preventing subsequent hospitalizations, with the ultimate goal of improving the health of Florida's children and communities. The program will provide residents with extensive training in pediatric subspecialty care and offer a solid foundation in general pediatrics. Upon completion of the program, residents will be fellowship ready and prepared to pursue careers in all areas of pediatrics, from general practice to pediatric subspecialty fields.

"Johns Hopkins Medicine has worked very closely with All Children's to create the nation's most outstanding academic environment for pediatrics," said Dr. Jonathan Ellen, President and Vice Dean for All Children's Hospital. "This will be a great opportunity for medical students to develop superb clinical skills and the tools to incorporate research into all aspects of their training. It is our hope that this program will produce the nation's future leaders in pediatrics. In addition, a strong residency program is part of the foundation necessary for growth of a variety of new fellowship programs."

"This is a unique opportunity," said Dr. George Dover, Pediatrician-in-Chief at Johns Hopkins Hospital Children's Center in Baltimore. "There's no place in the country that can provide pediatric residency training tailored to the individual needs of the resident in a first class clinical facility like All Children's and with the academic experience of Johns Hopkins Medicine. This innovative program will prepare the next wave of medical students for the real world of medicine."

The University of South Florida, a long-standing partner with All Children's, will continue its own pediatric residency program and remain a committed collaborator with All Children's on missions of research and education for nursing, medical students and healthcare professionals.

All Children's Hospital became a fully integrated member of Johns Hopkins Medicine in April 2011. Since then, the hospital has established a new Office of Medical Education and Office of Research, launched a clinical research mentorship program and created new opportunities for collaboration between clinicians in Baltimore and St. Petersburg.

Chad Brands, M.D., and Raquel Hernandez, M.D., the director and associate director of the Office of Medical Education at All Children's Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine, are designing a new residency program that will provide a new paradigm for training future pediatricians. After working with a consortium of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine faculty members to shape priorities for the new program, Dr. Brands and Dr. Hernandez are now working with physician leaders to prepare for the first class of residents.

Dr. Brands earned his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas and then completed a combined internal medicine-pediatrics residency at University of Cincinnati and the Children's Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati. His early career efforts focused on hospitalism, medical education, and transitional medicine including young adult care.

He joined the Mayo Clinic in 2000 where he was a charter member of the Division of General Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine which established the Pediatric Hospitalist Service and a Diagnostic Referral Clinic that evaluated patients from around the world and disseminated research findings in orthostatic intolerance and dysautonomia syndromes. He served as Chair of that division from 2008 to 2011 and held a number of leadership positions across the spectrum of undergraduate, graduate and continuing medical education.

Dr. Hernandez completed her medical school, pediatrics residency and a general academic pediatrics fellowship at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Her research efforts have focused on prevention of early childhood obesity, including the role of center-based childcare and the influence of parental perceptions and physician counseling methods on preschool weight risks.

During her fellowship, she received her Masters in Public Health at the Bloomberg School of Public Health gaining additional expertise in food policy and public health nutrition needs in pediatrics. Her work has been presented in both national and international settings.

Prospective first, second and third year medical students are invited to attend one of the scheduled Student Intersessions Programs to be held at All Children's Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine in St. Petersburg, FL. These uniquely designed sessions will feature clinical exposure to pediatric subspecialty fields and sessions facilitated by faculty that will focus on preparing current medical students for residency and their careers in medicine. These 1-2 weeks sessions are available for qualified student applicants interested in a career in pediatrics. Medical students may contact by email at Visiting student rotations for medical students, affording two- to four-week electives in a variety of hospital subspecialty or outpatient settings, can also be arranged through the Office of Medical Education.

For more information about the residency program, please visit or call (727) 767-4106.

Jennifer Longo, M.D., has joined the All Children's Specialty Physicians pediatric emergency medicine program. Dr. Longo completed her fellowship in pediatric emergency medicine at Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota/Regions Medical Center in Minneapolis. After graduating from Saint George's University School of Medicine, she completed a residency in pediatrics at Maimonides Infants and Children's Hospital in Brooklyn, NY.

During her fellowship, Dr. Longo served as principal investigator for a study on clinician adherence with CDC Guidelines during the H1N1 pandemic (poster presentation at the Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting) and a quality improvement study on communication between parent and resident in the ER. She volunteered with the Minneapolis Interprofessional Street Outreach program, providing basic medical care for the homeless and indigent while teaching medical students and also volunteered with Project Medishare in Haiti.

Oscar Winners-Mendizabal, M.D. has joined the All Children's Specialty Physicians neonatology program following a neonatology fellowship in neonatal/perinatal medicine at Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital in Cleveland. He completed a pediatric residency at Kansas University Medical Center, Kansas City, MO, receiving a Resident Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics and serving as an AAP delegate resident. Dr. Winners received his medical degree from the Universidad Boliviana Mayor de San Andrιs, La Paz, Bolivia.

Dr. Winners' research interests include retinopathy of prematurity, chronic intermittent hypoxia and enteral and parental nutrition. He was co-investigator for a study of hypoxia-hyperoxia paradigm in the development of oxygen-induced retinopathy in a rat pump model, with a $40,000 grant from the Knights Templar Eye Foundation.

During his fellowship he also engaged in quality improvement projects focused on management of respiratory distress, poractant administration, and poractant versus boractant therapy for respiratory distress in premature infants.

Colin Nguyen, M.D., has joined the pediatric epileptology and neurology program of All Children's Specialty Physicians and the All Children's Neuroscience Institute. Dr. Nguyen is a graduate of the University of South Florida College of Medicine. Following a pediatric residency at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Women & Children in Orlando, he completed a residency in pediatric neurology at the University of Texas Southwestern Department of Neurology. While at UTSW he received the Neurology Resident Teaching Award and the Fred Baskin Young Investigator Research Award. Dr. Nguyen completed an additional fellowship in clinical neurophysiology at Miami Children's Hospital/University of Miami and subsequently was an attending neurologist with Neuro Network Partners in Miami.

Dr. Nguyen's research includes investigation of predictors of improved outcomes following reoperation for intractable childhood epilepsy. At UTSW he was site co-investigator for a multi-center clinical trial, Validation of the NIH Stroke Scale in Children, led by Rebecca Ichord, M.D., of Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and a member of the Child Neurology Society, the American Epilepsy Society, and the American Academy of Neurology.

Rachelle Schwartz, D.O., joined All Children's Perinatology Specialists in July after completing a fellowship in maternal fetal medicine at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital, Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York. Dr. Schwartz is a graduate of Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Bayfront Medical Center, where she served as chief academic resident. While at Bayfront she received the Laparoscopic Surgeon of the Year Award, Resident Academic Achievement Award, and Academic Excellence Award.

During her fellowship Dr. Schwartz was first author for numerous poster presentations for the annual meetings of the Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine and Society for Gynecologic Investigation. She also authored a paper entitled "Can Third Trimester Ultrasound Predict the Presentation of the First Twin at Delivery" (Schwartz R, Fuchs A, Rosenn B) which was published in the Journal of Maternal Fetal Medicine (Jun 28 EPub).