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  May/June 2013
Monthly Pediatric Updates   

Research, Quality,
and Safety

The Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition is taking part in the KAZOO clinical research program to see if an investigational medicine can help teenagers who have Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD). Your patient may be able to participate if he or she is 12 to 17 years old and has Gastroesophageal Reflux disease (GERD), also known as reflux or heartburn.  Read More>



Dr. Steven Pavlakis at the AAN Meeting in San Diego

Congratulations to Dr. Juan Kupferman for being awarded the National Medical Award in Pediatric Nephrology by the Kidney and Urology Foundation of America.

Kudos to Drs. Danielle Laraque, Ludovico Guarini, Michael Marcus, Steven Pavlakis and Graciela Wetzler for being named in the Super Doctors 2013 list, which appeared in New York Times Magazine!

A recent study in the Journal of Clinical Pediatrics reports a high number of child injuries at amusement parks over the past 20 years. Dr. Laraque was interviewed by ABC news on how to keep children safe during the summer. See video >

Dr. Laraque and MICH are proud to support The Teens in NYC - Protection +mobile app.  NYC Health Department data recently showed a steady decline in the teen pregnancy rate. 
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Congratulations to Dr. Tania Mangones on the birth of her baby girl, Isabella Eleni.

Fond farewell to Dr. Shivinder Narwal, Dr. Jason Perlman, Dr. Lucy Pontrelli, Jessica Dugre, Kathryn Fitzgerald, Margaret Hess, Christine Sarhan & Jill Wegener. We thank them for all their years of service to Maimonides and the children of Brooklyn.

New Staff 


Keith Breglio, MD
Pediatric Gastroenterology

Christina Gagliardo, MD

Pediatric Infectious Disease

Phillip Kahn, MD

Pediatric Rheumatology

Michelle Katzow, MD

Pediatric Hospital Medicine

Joshua Needleman, MD

Pediatric Pulmonology


Victoria Brown
Project Coordinator
Pediatric Disaster Mental Health Intervention

Tiffany Folks, RN

Clinical Nurse Specialist





Message from the Chair

The Department of Pediatrics and members of the Maimonides Infants & Children's Hospital of Brooklyn had the pleasure of joining the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology in their biennial retreat alongside the Department of Anesthesia. The collaborative spirit was evident from the start.  Members of each of the departments greeted each other and introduced themselves.  The setting was conducive to reflection and collaboration.  The Tarrytown House in Westchester is a large estate with rolling hills, flowers, outdoor and indoor pool and wonderful food.  But while the setting did much to calm the soul it was the leadership and camaraderie that really set the tone for the important discussion of the theme issue, the Patient Experience. Read More > 
Pediatric Spotlight
Pediatric Gastroenterology & Nutrition at Maimonides Infants & Children's Hospital
The Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology & Nutrition provides state of the art services for infants, children, adolescents and young adults with gastrointestinal disorders. We treat patients with Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis), H-Pylori Gastritis, Celiac Disease, Constipation, Abdominal Pain, Polyps, Hepatitis B and C, Failure-to-Thrive, Feeding Disorders, Fatty Liver and Obesity. Our outpatient practice is located at two Maimonides locations in Brooklyn: 948 48th Street and 6701 Bay Parkway. We also provide inpatient and ER consults, and parenteral and enteral nutritional support.  Read More >

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
The majority of calls we receive are from worried parents who are concerned whether their baby's spit-up is normal. The baby may regurgitate once a day or after every feeding. In fact, 40 percent of healthy babies spit up more than once a day. Usually, he or she is content and is gaining weight -- we call them "happy spitters" -- but the parents are nervous wrecks. They complain that their clothing is stained, their carpets smell, and they're worried that something is seriously wrong with the baby's digestive system. Although in rare instances spit-up may be a sign of a real problem, in most cases it is a normal, benign, transient symptom.  Read More>

Latest News

Primary Care
Approximately 400,540 children and adolescents were in foster care in the US at the end of 2011, with 24,962 residing in New York State. The majority of these children enter the child welfare system due to allegations of abuse or neglect that has often occurred in the context of parental substance abuse, parental mental illness, extreme poverty, homelessness, and domestic violence. Youth in foster care represent an extremely vulnerable population who experience rates of physical, developmental, and mental health problems that are significantly greater than that of the general population. Despite their immense physical, mental health, and developmental needs, the care that these children receive is often fragmented, and many needs go unmet.
Congratulations to our graduating residency class! We are very proud of them and their post-graduation plans, which include fellowship and attending positions from right here at Maimonides Medical Center to hospitals and private practices across the country.  We wish them much success in their future endeavors.  Read More >

Family Centered Care
The residents who are graduating this June have had the opportunity to go through the developmental and behavioral rotations, meet with child life staff and learn about the family centered care (FCC) approach which is a priority at Maimonides Infants and Children's Hospital. Residents were interviewed regarding their experience with family centered care. 
Read More >

For Your Interest
Last month, we bid farewell to fellow colleague, nurse and mentor Jill Wegener. Many staff came to wish her good luck at her new position. See pictures from her party>

A note arrived to our radiology department, from a second grade girl after a successful sedation-free MRI with contrast: "Thank you for everything you did today for me.  You were very nice to me.  The shot did hurt a little.  But I had fun.  I never sat that still in my life." Such examples of patient and family satisfaction drive our radiology department's efforts to accomplish sedation-free imaging.  Read More >

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