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Department of Pediatrics – General

The Department of Pediatrics faculty had 30 posters and presentations at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) Annual Meeting in 2013. PAS is the largest international meeting focused on research in child health. This meeting brings together a variety of groups to–not only discuss original research, which has been the hallmark of the PAS meeting, but to also discuss how this research can be applied to actual clinical practice in pediatrics. This alliance also provides opportunity to discuss other critical issues that affect child health such as public policy and advocacy.

The University of Colorado School of Medicine has been ranked #1 for NIH Funding to U.S. Medical Schools in 2013 by the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research and Ronald J. Sokol, MD, is the #1 Pediatric Investigator in terms of funding.

Jeffrey J. Cain, MD, FAAFP, has been named one of four Coloradoans that made the list of top 78 most influential people in American health care, according to Modern Healthcare magazine. Dr. Cain is Board Chair of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). Previously, he served one-year terms as president and president-elect, and three years as a member of the AAFP board of directors. Cain was elected to these positions by the Congress of Delegates, the AAFP's governing body.

Harley Rotbart, MD, was awarded the seventh annual Faculty Professionalism Award for his dedication and commitment to faculty in the Department of Pediatrics and the School of Medicine for the past 29 years.

Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes

Marian Rewers, MD, PhD, MPH, interim director of the Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes, received the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's Mary Tyler Moore and S. Robert Levine Award for Excellence in Clinical Research, recognizing his contributions in the area of prevention of childhood-onset type-1 diabetes.

Child Health Associate/Physician Assistant Program

The Department of Pediatrics Child Health Associate/ Physician Assistant (CHA/PA) Program was ranked 11th in the country out of 173 programs by the U.S. News & World Report. CHA/PA is the only physician assistant program with a pediatric emphasis.

Jonathan Bowser, MS, PA-C, was elected to the Board of Directors of the Physician Assistant Education Association.

Child Neurology

Jennifer Armstrong-Wells, MD, MPH, has been named a Golden Stethoscope Honoree for recognition of commitment to research and contributions to academic medicine.

Amy Brooks-Kayal, MD, became the 1st Vice President of the American Epilepsy Society Board of Directors. She had previously served as the 2nd VP on the Board for the past year. Additionally, Dr. Brooks-Kayal became the Chairperson of the National Institute of Health CNNT (Clinical Neuroplasticity and Neurotransmitters) Study Section. She has been a member of the study section for the past three years.

Julie Parsons, MD, received a 5-Star Award by the Children's Hospital Colorado/PRC National Excellence in Healthcare for scoring in the top 10 percent (at or above the 90th percentile) for patient satisfaction scores.

Alan Seay, MD, received the James Stain Award from the Medical Staff at Children's Hospital Colorado for exemplifying the ideals of the American Academy of Pediatrics and its advocacy for child health.

Clinical Faculty, University of Colorado School of Medicine

Gregory A. Arfsten, MD, received the Outstanding Service Award from the Medical Staff at Children's Hospital Colorado and the Career Teaching Scholar Award from the Department of Pediatrics, University of Colorado School of Medicine.

Cecil Lashlee, MD, received the Outstanding Service Award from the Medical Staff at Children's Hospital Colorado.

Susan Merrill, MD, received the Career Teaching Scholar Award from the Department of Pediatrics, University of Colorado School of Medicine.

Critical Care Medicine

Evgenia Gerasimovskaya, PhD, is an Editorial Board member for the journal, Advances in Pulmonology.

Emergency Medicine

Eric Tham, MD, has become one of the first pediatric physicians in the U.S. to be board-certified in clinical informatics when he passed the certification exam, offered by the American Board of Preventive Medicine (a sub-board of the American Board of Pediatrics).

Epidemiology

James Todd, MD, received a Childhood Immunization Champion Award from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the CDC Foundation for working on state laws that improve the quality and access to health care for children.

Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition

Ronald J. Sokol, MD, was elected to be a Councilor of the Governing Board of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD). Dr. Sokol will ascend to be AASLD President-Elect in 2017, and AASLD President in 2018. He will be the third pediatrician to be President in the 63 year history of AASLD.

Frederick Suchy, MD, received the Distinguished Service Award from the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD).

General Academic Pediatrics

Robert Brayden, MD, received the Career Teaching Scholar Award from the Department of Pediatrics, University of Colorado School of Medicine.

Maya Bunik, MD, MSPH, accepted a Golden Stethoscope award on behalf of Child Health Clinic as one of the first "Master Educator Practices".

Amanda Dempsey, MD, PhD was awarded a $1.5 million, 3-year grant from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute to use community-based participatory research methods to tailor educational materials about HPV vaccination to Latino populations.

Ellen Elias, MD, has been awarded the Golden Stethoscope Award from the University of Colorado School of Medicine for commitment to research and contributions to academic medicine.

Steven Federico, MD, received the James Strain Community Service Award from the Colorado Chapter of the AAP, for an outstanding contribution to children's interest in the community outside of their regular activities.

David Keller, MD, is the 2013-4 President of the Academic Pediatric Association, an organization of over 2,100 pediatricians and other child health professionals dedicated to improving children's health through education, research, advocacy and patient care.

Allison Kempe, MD, MPH, has been appointed to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. Dr. Kempe was awarded the Career Teaching Scholar Award from the Department of Pediatrics, University of Colorado School of Medicine.

J. Lindsey Lane, BMBCh, has been awarded the Golden Stethoscope Award from the University of Colorado School of Medicine for commitment to research and contributions to academic medicine.

Meghan Treitz, MD, was awarded the Golden Stethoscope Award from the University of Colorado School of Medicine for commitment to research and contributions to academic medicine.

Shale L. Wong, MD, MSPH, will be the next Public Policy and Advocacy Committee Chair for the Academic Pediatric Association.

Hematology, Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplantation

Kelly W. Maloney, MD, received the Outstanding Service Award from the Medical Staff at Children's Hospital Colorado.

Infectious Diseases

Mary P. Glodé, MD, received a Lifetime Achievement Award in Pediatric Infectious Diseases at the Pediatric Academic Society Annual Meeting. Dr. Glodé also received the Distinguished Physician Award from the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society for an extensive and distinguished career marked by significant accomplishments and contributions in pediatric infectious diseases.

Medical Education

The Department of Pediatrics, was ranked No. 5 in the nation for "Best Medical Schools – Pediatrics" in U.S. News & World Report's 2014 rankings. The Department trains 85 pediatric resident physicians and 144 fellows in 32 programs, in addition to medical students and physician assistants.

The Combined Internal Medicine/Pediatrics residency training program was approved by the Graduate Medical Education Committee (GMEC) on January 16, 2013. The program will be a length of 4 years (50% IM, 50% Peds) and have a complement of 16 residents (4 per year of training). The program is proposed to start June 23, 2014.

Janice Hanson, PhD, EdS, received the Research and Scholarship Award from the Council on Medical Student Education in Pediatrics (COMSEP). Dr. Hanson presented a symposium and a workshop at the annual meeting of the Association of Medical Educators in Europe addressing the topic of using narrative assessments rather than rating scales for evaluation of learners in medical education. She presented the innovative evaluation system for the Department Pediatric Residency Program at the annual meeting of the Association of Medical Educators in Europe, along with Drs. Lane and Rosenberg.

J. Lindsey Lane, BMBCh, received the Teaching and Education Award from the Council on Medical Student Education in Pediatrics (COMSEP). She also presented a symposium and a workshop at the annual meeting of the Association of Medical Educators in Europe addressing the topic of using narrative assessments rather than rating scales for evaluation of learners in medical education. Dr. Lane co-authored the oral presentation of "Innovative Evaluation System in the Department's Pediatric Residency Program" presented at the annual meeting of the Association of Medical Educators in Europe along with Janice Hanson, PhD, EdS, and Adam Rosenberg, MD.

Tai Lockspeiser, MD, received the 2013 Gary Way Award for Outstanding Teaching from the Department of Pediatrics for "giving more than they could possibly receive, teaching with honesty and sincerity, and consistently putting the needs of their students and housestaff ahead of their own."

Adam Rosenberg, MD, co-authored the oral presentation of "Innovative Evaluation System in the Department's Pediatric Residency Program" presented at the annual meeting of the Association of Medical Educators in Europe along with Janice Hanson, PhD, EdS, and J. Lindsey Lane, BMBCh.

Neonatology

William W. Hay, Jr., MD, received the University of Colorado School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics 2013 Special Recognition Teaching Award for dedication and service to recruitment. Dr. Hay is a Member of the State Board, Colorado Chapter of the March of Dimes, as well as Chair, of the State Advocacy and Government Affairs Committee, Colorado Chapter of the March of Dimes.

Paul J. Rozance, MD, was elected as the secretary treasurer elect for the Perinatal Research Society.

Neurodevelopmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

Nicole Tartagila, MD, received a 5-Star Award by the Children's Hospital Colorado/PRC National Excellence in Healthcare for scoring the top 10 percent (at or above the 90th percentile) for patient satisfaction scores.

Nutrition

Nancy Krebs, MD, received a Golden Stethoscope Award for mentoring a 3rd year medical student.

Pediatric Hospital Medicine

Daniel Hyman, MD, MMM, was appointed to the Quality and Performance Improvement Committee of the Board of Children's Hospital Association (CHA), and the Steering Committee for CHA's Patient Safety Organization. He was also appointed to the Clinical Steering Committee for Children's Hospitals Solutions for Patient Safety National Network.

Karen M. Wilson, MD, MPH, is the Co-Chair of the AAP Provisional Section on Tobacco Control, and was named to the Editorial Board of Pediatric Care Online. She was also elected as the Chair of the Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment's Tobacco Review Committee.

Prevention Research Center for Family and Child Health

David Olds, PhD, has received the Chase Faculty Community Service Award for rendering exceptional educational, humanitarian, civic, or other service in his community, external to the his primary university responsibilities and for no additional remuneration.

Pulmonology

Robin Deterding, MD, was selected to be the Parker B. Francis (PBF) Speaker at the 2013 American Thoracic Society (ATS) meeting for making major research and clinical contributions to Pulmonary Medicine. Dr. Deterding was elected as Chair of the Pediatric Assembly for ATS.

Scott Sagel, MD, PhD, received a 5-Star Award by the Children's Hospital Colorado/PRC National Excellence in Healthcare awards for scoring in the top 10 percent (at or above the 90th percentile) for patient satisfaction scores.

Stanley Szefler, MD, was appointed to the Scientific Advisory Committee for the Global Initiative for Asthma.

Carl White, MD, is on the Editorial Board of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. Dr. White was a Visiting Professor at University of California at Davis Pulmonary Training Program to speak on the topic of Activation of the coagulation cascade in airways: Two Faces of Clotting. Dr. White has also been named to an NIH Special Emphasis Panel: Research for Countermeasures Against Chemical Threats (CounterACT), in Washington, DC.

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