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

March 15
Intimate Partner Violence and Child Health: The Role of the Pediatrician

Speaker: Megan H. Bari-Merritt, MD, MSCE, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore.

Learning Objectives: After attending this activity, participants will demonstrate the ability to: identify the ways in which intimate partner violence as a toxic stressor impacts children's health. This program is the first part of a two-part requirement for CME for Florida Licensure for Domestic Violence. The next hour will take place on April 5.

March 22Pediatric Migraines

Speaker: Madeline Chadehumbe, MD, Pediatric Neurology, All Children's Hospital.

Learning Objectives: After attending this activity, participants will demonstrate the ability to: demonstrate the impact and disability caused by migraines in children; discuss some multidisciplinary principles of migraine care.

March 29
Blood Transfusion: What You Need to Know

Speaker: Arthur J. Silvergleid, MD, Medical Director, OneBlood, Inc., St. Petersburg, FL;
Affiliate Associate Professor of Pathology & Cell Biology, USF College of Medicine, Tampa, FL

Learning Objectives: After attending this activity, participants will demonstrate the ability to: describe the principles and goals of blood management and employ alternatives to blood transfusion.

The 37th Annual Florida Suncoast Pediatric Conference

The 37th Annual Florida Suncoast Pediatric Conference takes place June 20-23, 2013 at the Ritz-Carlton in Sarasota.

Registration opens March 15.

To do so, click on The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota and use code ACHACHA or call 1-800-241-3333 and mention the All Children's Hospital Suncoast Pediatric Conference to receive our discounted room rate.

Continuing Medical Education

Outreach Grand Rounds will take place in Spring Hill on April 18 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Spring Hill Regional Hospital.

The Pediatric Thrombosis Program at All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg, FL combines the expertise of All Children's Hospital and Johns Hopkins Medicine to help children who have developed a blood clot in the veins (venous thrombosis) or arteries (arterial thrombosis). The program extends from inpatient to outpatient care, consultation, and access to the latest research developments in treatment via leadership and participation in clinical trials.

The program is directed by Dr. Neil Goldenberg, who was recruited by ACH and Johns Hopkins University in 2012 from one of the top pediatric blood clotting programs internationally, the Mountain States Regional Hemophilia and Thrombosis Center at Children's Hospital Colorado, to lead the pediatric thrombosis programs at ACH and the Johns Hopkins Children's Center in Baltimore. The physician team also includes Dr. Irmel Ayala, who has led the All Children's bleeding and clotting disorder clinics at the main hospital in St. Petersburg and the subspecialty clinic in Tampa for over a decade. The ACH program provides a variety of services for pediatric thrombosis patients and their families in a comprehensive, multidisciplinary setting.

Practical Topics in Pediatric Emergency Medicine is the topic of Clinical Updates in Pediatrics Saturday, April 13 from 7:45-5 p.m. at the All Children's Hospital Education and Conference Center. Registration is available at

The speakers will include four physicians from Johns Hopkins: Thuy Ngo, DO, M.Ed., Justin Jeffers, MD, C. Jean Ogborn, MD and Jennifer Anders, MD; as well as three from All Children's: Wassam Rahman, MD, Rafael Santiago, MD and Patrick Mularoni, MD. Topics include Fever Management, Asthma, Head Injuries and Concussions, Abdominal Pain, Non-Surgical Fractures, Splinting and Wound Management, Office Preparedness and more.

Early registration ends March 29.
All Children's Hospitalist Paola Dees, M.D. is the author of a chapter in a new American Academy of Pediatrics handbook: Caring for the Hospitalized Child: A Handbook of Inpatient Pediatrics.

This useful resource is a publication of the AAP's Section on Hospital Medicine and is edited by Daniel A. Rauch, M.D., F.A.A.P and Jeffrey Gershel, M.D., F.A.A.P. The book is written by hospitalists, for hospitalists. In addition to a wide range of clinical issues, this comprehensive manual also addresses ethics, equipment, economics, patient safety and quality management.

Dr. Dees joined All Children's Specialty Physicians as a pediatric hospitalist in June 2011.
ACH President and Physician-in-Chief Jonathan Ellen, M.D. presented the annual All Children's Hospital Quality Improvement Awards at a brief ceremony on Friday, March 1.

"The efforts we are celebrating today were designed, led and implemented by employees dedicated to doing the best for our patients and families," said Dr. Ellen. "They required teamwork, coordination, measurable objectives and a willingness to challenge the conventional way of doing things. They show that our employees are willing to ask important questions about how we can do things better, propose a solution, and be willing to adjust their thinking when data suggest a different approach."
He added, "As we pursue our Pathway to the Top we will put even greater focus on Quality and Patient Safety. These will be the key elements of our bright future-when we are doing our very best in this area it will impact every part of that Pathway."