Keck School of Medicine of USC • Children’s Hospital Los Angeles KSOM - CHLA E-News an e-newsletter for faculty of the Keck School of Medicine of USC January 2011 News Welcome Messages From Dr. D. Brent Polk As chair of the Department of Pediatrics, vice president of academic affairs, vice dean of clinical affairs and director of The Saban Research Institute of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, I would like to introduce our new CHLA-KSOM newsletter. Together, the faculty at CHLA comprise more than 25 percent of the Keck School of Medicine of USC faculty membership, and the Department of Pediatrics is the largest department at KSOM with more than 80 years of service in that role. There have been many shared successes over the years including important discoveries, innovative approaches to prevention and the treatment of diseases impacting children, adolescents, young adults and their families. The CHLA-KSOM newsletter will feature many of the faculty-related accomplishments, news and events with the united purpose of strengthening the relationships between Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and the University of Southern California while providing pertinent information and relevant stories. I am pleased that we are partnering here to recognize and honor the faculty through this CHLA-KSOM newsletter. From Dr. Carmen A. Puliafito, Dean The Keck School of Medicine of USC is comprised of numerous academic units dedicated to advancing biomedical research, providing exceptional and compassionate patient care, and offering comprehensive training for medical students and residents. As dean, I take tremendous pride in the fact that Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is one of the nation’s premier pediatric research and teaching hospitals and part of the Keck School of Medicine family. CHLA is home to the Keck School’s Department of Pediatrics and 345 Keck faculty members and researchers. The hospital serves as a beacon of hope to children and their parents from all walks of life searching for excellence in pediatric medical care. I would like to express to our faculty at CHLA my admiration and gratitude for the exceptional work you perform caring for children and adolescents, for collaborating in scientific breakthroughs to prevent, diagnose and treat disease, and for imparting your knowledge to the next generation of physicians and other health care professionals. CHLA is a wonderful place that is incredibly important to the mission not only of our medical school, but also of USC as a whole. Please accept this inaugural newsletter as one among a number of steps I am taking to help strengthen the relationship between CHLA and our Keck School of Medicine of USC family. Faculty gather for Town Hall Keck School Dean Carmen A. Puliafito co-hosted a Town Hall and Holiday Reception in The Saban Auditorium at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Dec. 8, 2010, to celebrate Keck faculty working at CHLA. Dr. D. Brent Polk, professor and chair of the Department of Pediatrics and director of The Saban Research Institute of CHLA, and Dr. Henri R. Ford, vice dean of medical education at Keck and chief of surgery at CHLA, co-hosted the event. Faculty gathered in the Saban Auditorium to hear Dean Puliafito outline his plans for the school and take questions from the audience. The meeting was the first in what the dean plans as a series of periodic meetings to strengthen the Keck-CHLA relationship and inform faculty of important school updates. Dr. Henri R. Ford, Dean Carmen A. Puliafito and Dr. D. Brent Polk, co-hosts of the Town Hall and Holiday Reception at CHLA on Dec. 8, 2010. Haiti service anniversary Dr. Henri Ford, vice dean at the Keck School of Medicine and surgeon-in-chief at CHLA, was in Haiti Jan. 11-12, 2011, a year after a catastrophic earthquake struck the Caribbean nation, killing more than 300,000 people and leaving millions more without water, food and shelter. Last year, Ford led a team of 10 trauma specialists – two CHLA physicians and eight other specialists from the Keck School – to treat quake victims at capital Port-au-Prince’s national soccer stadium. While in Haiti, Ford operated on patients, gave lectures to medical students, and studied plans with the American College of Surgeons to build a trauma hospital in Port-au-Prince. Ford grew up in Port-au-Prince and has traveled to Haiti eight times in the past year to lead recovery efforts following the earthquake. His work there was highlighted by numerous international, national and local media outlets. Professional development for women academicians Drs. Ami Shah, Anat Erdreich-Epstein, Victoria Niklas and Jill Hoffman recently completed the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) 2010 Mid-Career Women Faculty Development Seminar in Scottsdale, Ariz. The four-day professional development seminar was designed for women academicians with a clear potential for advancement to departmental and institutional leadership. The program’s goal is to enhance knowledge and skills needed to support progress along the path to leadership in academic medicine. Shah is associate professor of clinical pediatrics and interim division chief for CHLA’s Division of Research Immunology/Bone Marrow Transplantation. Erdreich-Epstein is associate professor of cancer biology, pediatrics and hematology-oncology. Niklas is associate professor of pediatrics. Hoffman is associate professor of pediatric infectious diseases. American Pediatric Society honors three Drs. Charles Gomer, Thomas Coates and Andrea Kovacs have been elected to the American Pediatric Society. Gomer is vice chair for faculty development at CHLA and professor of pediatrics and radiation oncology at the Keck School. Coates is professor of pediatrics and pathology at Keck. Kovacs is professor of pediatrics and pathology, and director of the Maternal, Child and Adolescent Center for Infectious Disease and Virology at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. Membership in the society is bestowed upon investigators, scholars and teachers who contributed to the improvement in treatment, diagnosis and prevention of diseases of children and young adults. Society for Pediatric Research elects three Three Keck School faculty members who work as investigators at The Saban Research Institute of CHLA have been elected to the prestigious Society for Pediatric Research. Dr. Steven Mittelman conducts his research at the Center for Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at CHLA and is assistant professor of pediatrics, physiology and biophysics at the Keck School. Dr. Leo Mascarenhas is director of the Clinical Trials Office in the Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases and principal investigator for the National Cancer Institute-funded Children’s Oncology Group grant at CHLA. He is also associate professor of clinical pediatrics at Keck. Dr. Sebastien Bouret is part of the neuroscience program at The Saban Research Institute of CHLA and assistant professor of pediatrics at Keck. The Society for Pediatric Research exists to foster the research and career development of investigators engaged in creating new knowledge that advances the health and well being of children. Membership is by election only. Ramanathan named Hospital Hero The National Health Foundation honored Dr. Rangasamy Ramanathan in December with its 2010 Hospital Hero Award for his exceptional patient care at LAC+USC Medical Center, where he serves as associate division chief and section head of the Division of Neonatal Medicine and medical director of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. The award citation credited Dr. Ramanathan with saving the life of a patient, who was born three months premature, weighing only 14 ounces. Under Ramanathan’s care, the patient spent 140 days in the neonatal intensive care unit before his release home. Ramanathan is professor of pediatrics at the Keck School of Medicine and associate division chief of the Division of Newborn and Infant Critical Care at CHLA. The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education recently appointed him a panel member for pediatrics-neonatal-perinatal medicine for the period 2010-2016. National Health Foundation honoree Dr. Rangasamy Ramanathan Siegel chairs CureSearch for Children’s Cancer board Dr. Stuart Siegel, head of the Division of Hematology-Oncology in the Department of Pediatrics at CHLA, has been named chair of the board of CureSearch for Children’s Cancer, a leading pediatric oncology research foundation. Siegel is professor and vice chair of pediatrics at the Keck School, associate director for pediatric oncology at the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, and founding director of the Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases at CHLA. Siegel has been a longtime board member of CureSearch for Children’s Cancer and has worked to ensure that the organization continues to support the cutting-edge research of the Children’s Oncology Group, a collaborative research group of more than 210 member hospitals worldwide. In the U.S., Children’s Oncology Group hospitals treat more than 90 percent of children with cancer. New hires Drs. Cecelia Fu and Shahab Noori, former members of the CHLA-Keck family, have returned for appointments as associate professors of clinical pediatrics. Fu’s interests include childhood leukemias and developmental therapeutics, in particular more rare leukemias, including chronic myelogenous leukemia, acute promyelocytic leukemia, infant leukemia and relapsed leukemias. She is also interested in the late effects of cancer treatment, supportive care and palliative care. Dr. Cecelia Fu Noori’s focus is developmental cardiovascular physiology and pathophysiology, and cerebral blood flow and brain injury in neonates. Dr. Shahab Noori CHLA-HSC shuttle schedule Children’s Hospital Los Angeles operates a shuttle bus that runs between CHLA and the USC Health Sciences Campus (HSC) Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The shuttle departs from the front entrance of CHLA at 10 a.m. and again at 12 noon. The last tram leaves CHLA at 2 p.m. At the USC Health Sciences Campus, the shuttle departs at the Shipping Dock (Biggy Street) between USC Norris Cancer Hospital and the Keith Administration Building at 10:45 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. The last tram leaves HSC at 2:30 p.m. The service is free. You can verify shuttle times by calling the Department of Parking at CHLA at (323) 361-2214. Parking Self-parking is available on the Health Sciences and University Park campuses for USC faculty and staff based at CHLA. If you need to visit one of the campuses, please contact Danny Lagos in the Office of Academic Affairs at CHLA at (323) 361-4084 or e-mail at [email protected] to make parking reservations. Be prepared to provide details about your visit including: the campus, structure, date, time and purpose of your visit. To accommodate each request, please provide 48 hours advance notice. Media Mentions On Jan. 12, CNN: Interviewed Dr. Henri Ford as he returned to Haiti one year after the earthquake. Business Wire and The Los Angeles Times Magazine also covered the story. On Dec. 20, U.S. News & World Report: Cited a new study published by Heather Volk and a team of researchers from Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and the Keck School of Medicine, which found that children born to women living within about a thousand feet from a freeway are twice as likely to have autism. Los Angeles Times, WebMD, KTLA, KTTV (FOX11 News), Time, United Press International, CBS News, NECN/ KCAL, Los Angeles Daily News, Medical News Today, CTV (Canada), Asian News International (India) also carried the story. The coverage resulted from a news release/media pitch by USC Health Sciences Media Relations and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Media Relations. 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