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Accolades

2024 Experts Selected by Pediatrics Instructor Recognition Committee

The Department of Pediatrics Instructor Recognition program aims to recognize instructor/senior instructor faculty who are making substantive contributions to the university above and beyond their primarily clinical roles. Currently in a pilot phase, the program has three specific aims:


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Research    Community    Asthma   

School-based Asthma Trial Expands Across Colorado

A team of CU researchers is making strides to advance health equity by reducing pediatric asthma disparities. Their research is part of the Disparities Elimination through Coordinated Interventions to Prevent and Control Heart and Lung Disease Risk (DECIPHeR) Alliance. This Alliance is a set of seven programs funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) to eliminate cardiopulmonary health disparities.


Author Melissa Santorelli | Publish Date May 21, 2024
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Clinical Research    Kudos   

CCTSI announces three new leaders in clinical research

Associate Director of Resources and Services

Starting in June 2024, Kevin Messacar, MD, PhD, will serve as associate director of CCTSI Resources and Services. In this role, he will work closely with Wendy Kohrt, PhD, director of resources and services, to oversee and integrate many crucial CCTSI resources, including Research Studios, Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Research Design (BERD), the Clinical Translational Research Center (CTRC) Network, Dissemination and Implementation Core, and CCTSI Marketing and Communications. Dr. Messacar is an associate professor of pediatrics and a practicing pediatric infectious disease consultant at Children's Hospital Colorado. He completed his pediatric residency and infectious disease fellowship training at the University of Colorado and has been providing expert clinical care to children for 15 years. He recently completed a PhD in clinical investigations at the University of Colorado Graduate School.


Author Wendy Meyer | Publish Date May 17, 2024
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Education    Community    Students    Graduation   

Rachael Branscomb Fulfills Childhood Dream of Making a Difference Through Medicine

Rachael Branscomb, a fourth-year student at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, decided to be a pediatrician when she was just 8 years old. Now, with graduation on the horizon, she’s excited to take the next step in reaching her childhood goal.  


Author Mara Kalinoski | Publish Date May 13, 2024
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Alumni    Publications

NEJM Perspective: Learning to Say Goodbye

James A. Feinstein, MD, MPH, associate professor of pediatrics, [University of Colorado School of Medicine] offers a heartfelt tribute to the late Steve Berman, MD, in a perspective essay published May 11 by The New England Journal of Medicine.


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Community    Funding    Community and Practice    Global Health   

Support for Stephen Berman, MD Endowed Chair Surpasses $2 million Milestone

The Colorado School of Public Health (ColoradoSPH) is pleased to announce the establishment of the Stephen Berman, MD Endowed Chair in Global Health. Philanthropic gifts totaling more than $2 million generously provided by The Jack and Sarita Gantz Foundation, and scores of esteemed community leaders, family, and friends, have been directed to ColoradoSPH to establish the first endowed chair at the Center for Global Health.


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Diabetes    Alzheimer's    Adolescence   

Diabetes in Youth May Increase Risk for Alzheimer's, Other Diseases

Young people with diabetes may have a significantly higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease later in life, according to a new study by researchers in the Lifecourse Epidemiology of Adiposity and Diabetes (LEAD) Center at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date May 08, 2024
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Education    Community    Students    Pediatrics    Graduation   

Medicine and Education are Both in the Career Mix for a Graduating Med Student

As a former middle-school teacher and soon-to-be-graduating medical student at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, Paige Romer is finding ways to combine the two skill sets.


Author Mark Harden | Publish Date May 08, 2024
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Public Health    Infectious disease   

Bird Flu in Cows? What is H5N1, and What Is All the Fuss About?

Although bird flu (H5N1) has circulated among wild and domestic flocks for 30 years, it has surprised public health experts in the past two years with the longest, largest and deadliest outbreak in history. Either through infection or preventive culling, the avian flu virus has affected a record 90 million domestic birds since January 2022 in the United States alone.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date May 07, 2024
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Research    Accolades

Breuss Selected as CU SOM 2024 Translational Research Scholar

University of Colorado School of Medicine’s Program to Advance Physician Scientists and Translational Research has selected five Translational Research Scholars for 2024. The program aims to foster translational research among early career faculty who are within the first four years of their assistant professor appointment. Each scholar receives up to $300,000 over four years to support their research. Congratulations to Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Section of Genetics and Metabolism and 2022 Boettcher Investigator Martin Breuss, PhD.


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Research    Alumni    Publications

Simon, Cree Publish Review for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome-Related Conditions

Stacey L. Simon, PhD, associate professor of pediatrics, Section of Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine is first author of a review published in late March by The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health that presents prevalence rates, screening tools and treatment recommendations for polycystic ovary syndrome-related conditions. Jaime Moore, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics, Section of Nutrition and senior author Melanie Cree, MD, PhD, associate professor of pediatrics, Section of Endocrinology and director of the Multi-Disciplinary PCOS Clinic are among six colleagues from our campus who are contributors.


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Research    Alumni    Publications

Rolfes Is First Author on Neonate-Specific Liver Transplantation Research

Priya S. Rolfes, MD, a fellow in pediatric gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition program, is corresponding author of an original article published April 29 in The Journal of Pediatrics that identifies neonate-specific prognostic variables for survival with native liver in neonatal acute liver failure. The findings may help early risk stratification to guide medical decision-making and consideration for liver transplantation. Co-authors from our Department of Pediatrics are Professor Shikha S. Sundaram, MD, MSCI, Distinguished Professor Ronald J. Sokol, MD and Visiting Associate Professor Sarah A. Taylor, MD.


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Research    Community    Pediatrics    Pulmonology

Mapping a Way to Identify Neighborhoods With a High Risk of Severe Child Asthma

An index of neighborhood environmental and social conditions can help to predict the risk of severe asthma among children at the hyperlocal level, according to a study led by Emily Skeen, MD, a University of Colorado School of Medicine fellow.


Author Mark Harden | Publish Date April 30, 2024
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Patient Care   

How to Battle the Escalating Misery of Allergy Season

Allergy sufferers greet spring with relief and dread. While they bask in saying farewell to winter, they brace for the unseen enemy of warmer weather – the onslaught of pollen from everything abloom.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date April 29, 2024
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Campus Life   

CU Anschutz Faculty Recognized for 25 Years of Service

Sixty-two faculty members who have served the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus – and is predecessor, the CU Health Sciences Center – for 25 years were honored at a reception at the Anschutz Health Sciences Building on April 23.


Author Staff | Publish Date April 26, 2024
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Research    Alumni    Publications

Grover, Cookson Co-Author Nutrition Guideline for Infants with Hernia

Theresa Grover, MD, professor of pediatrics, [Section of Neonatology] and Michael Cookson, MD '18, MHS, fellow in neonatal-perinatal medicine in pediatrics, are co-authors of an article published April 16 by the Journal of Perinatology that offers a consensus evidence-based framework for meeting the nutritional challenges faced by infants with congenital diaphragmatic hernia.


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date April 23, 2024
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Research    Publications

Simon, Snell-Bergeon First Authors on Adolescent Sleep Study

Stacey L. Simon, PhD, associate professor of pediatrics, [Section of Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine] and Janet Snell-Bergeon, PhD, MPH, professor of pediatrics, [Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes] are shared first authors of an original article published April 8 by Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism that examines associations between sleep and cardiometabolic health in adolescents and adults with type 1 diabetes (T1D). “Sleep may be an important and novel target for improving cardiometabolic health in individuals with T1D,” the authors write. Nine colleagues from our campus are co-authors, including Kristen Nadeau, MD, MS, professor [and vice chair for clinical and translational research] of pediatrics, and Irene E. Schauer, MD, PhD, clinical professor of medicine, who are shared senior authors.


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date April 23, 2024
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Alumni    Accolades

Rozance Named President-Elect of Perinatal Research Society

Paul Rozance, MD, professor of pediatrics and The Frederick C. Battaglia Endowed Chair in Neonatology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine was recently named president-elect of the Perinatal Research Society (PRS). PRS was first established in 1969 to foster scientific interchange among pediatricians (neonatologists), obstetricians and basic scientists with research interests in the areas of perinatal medicine and developmental biology. This unique group first gathered at the University of Colorado under the leadership of the late Fred Battaglia, MD, and has since grown to include more than 400 members nationwide. Rozance’s areas of interest include neonatal hypoglycemia, intrauterine growth restriction and placental nutrient supply. As president-elect, Rozance will carry on the tradition of PRS’s Colorado founders, helping to create connections between leading researchers and other experts in perinatal research and developmental biology.


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date April 22, 2024
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American Society for Nutrition Foundation Announces Recipients of National Scientific Achievement Awards

Stephen Daniels, MD, PhD, chair of pediatrics, has been awarded the Robert Suskind and Leslie Lewinter-Suskind Pediatric Nutrition Lifetime Achievement Award by the American Society for Nutrition (ASN) and the ASN Foundation. The award honors a clinician or researcher for lifelong contributions to pediatric nutrition, emphasizing its importance in child health.


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Announcements

Hickey to Step Down as Sie Center Director

Francis Hickey, MD (Professor, Department of Pediatrics) has announced his intention to retire from the university and step down from his role as director of the Anna and John J. Sie Center for Down Syndrome at Children’s Hospital Colorado, effective on April 30, 2024.


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date April 09, 2024
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Research    Alumni    Publications

Davis Is First Author on Sex Chromosome Aneuploidy Original Investigation

Shanlee M. Davis, MD, PhD, associate professor of pediatrics, [Section of Endocrinology, University of Colorado School of Medicine], is corresponding author of an original investigation published March 29 by JAMA Network Open that considers the prevalence of an additional X or Y chromosome among men who served in the U.S. military. Davis and her co- authors conducted a cross-sectional study of 595,612 men in the VA’s Million Veteran Program, finding that 1 in 370 men had a sex chromosome aneuploidy, but only 14.2% were clinically diagnosed by the time they were 60 years old. Men with an extra X or Y chromosome have increased risk of delayed development, learning disabilities, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disorders.


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date April 08, 2024
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Clinical Research    Obesity    Pediatrics   

A Study Will Explore How a Brain Tumor Can Trigger Severe Child Obesity

A pilot grant funded in part by the University of Colorado Cancer Center will support a study that will look at factors contributing to extreme obesity in children with a type of benign brain tumor.


Author Mark Harden | Publish Date April 04, 2024
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Research    Alumni    Accolades

Two Neonatal-Perinatal Pediatrics Fellows Are SPR 2024 Award Recipients

Paula Dias Maia, MD, fellow in neonatal-perinatal medicine in the Department of Pediatrics, has received the PROSPER Diversity Award from the Society for Pediatric Research (SPR). The PRomotion of FellOwSPEdiatric Research (PROSPER) Diversity Award provides material support and mentoring for a one-year pediatric research project that will facilitate an academic research-focused career trajectory for fellows from under-represented in medicine background(s). Her current research at the Colorado Pulmonary Heart Lung Center focuses on understanding the effects of antenatal inflammation on pulmonary endothelial cell diversity and cardiopulmonary sequelae.


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date April 01, 2024
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Accolades

Bucholz Named Associate Editor of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology

Emily Bucholz, MD, PhD, MPH, assistant professor of pediatrics, has been named associate editor of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, effective July 1. The journal is the world’s highest impact cardiovascular journal. Emily’s research focuses on sociodemographic disparities in pediatric heart disease, pediatric quality measurement, and the development of risk stratification models in congenital heart disease. She is funded by foundational grants from the American Heart Association and the Thrasher Research Fund to study maternal-fetal risk factors for congenital heart disease outcomes. She serves as a principal investigator for CU on the Pediatric Heart Network.


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date April 01, 2024
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Research    Publications

Turner Authors Neonatal Hypoxic-ischemic Encephalopathy Study

Megan J. Turner, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics, is corresponding author of an article published March 20 in the Journal of Perinatology that evaluates whether three specific urine biomarkers of acute kidney injury would predict abnormal brain MRI findings. Having earlier markers to correlate with clinically significant brain injury would help clinicians in communicating prognostic information to families. Nicholas Stence, MD, professor of radiology, and Ilana Neuberger, MD, assistant professor of radiology, are co-authors on the article.


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date March 25, 2024
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Community    Faculty   

Founding Director of ACCORDS Reflects on Success of the Center

When Allison Kempe, MD, MPH, professor of pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, was developing her vision that would one day become The Adult and Child Center for Outcomes Research and Delivery Science (ACCORDS), her goal was to provide a home for health services and outcomes researchers.


Author Melissa Santorelli | Publish Date March 22, 2024
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Accolades

Freeman Appointed to HRSA Advisory Committee on Training in Primary Care Medicine and Dentistry

Brandi Freeman, MD, MS, associate professor, Section of General Academic Pediatrics and vice chair for diversity, equity and inclusion, Department of Pediatrics, University of Colorado School of Medicine, has been appointed as a member of the Health Resources & Services Administration’s (HRSA) Advisory Committee on Training in Primary Care Medicine and Dentistry (ACTPCMD) for a three-year term. As a member of this esteemed committee, Freeman will play a vital role in providing valuable insights and recommendations on training in primary care medicine.


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date March 19, 2024
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Accolades

LaPorta Named PA Educator of the Year

Kate LaPorta, PA-C, MHS, assistant professor of pediatrics, University of Colorado School of Medicine Child Health Associate/Physician Assistant Program, has been named PA educator of the year by the Colorado Academy of PAs.


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date March 18, 2024
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Research    Publications

Feinstein Co-Authors Study on Morbidity of Neurologically Impaired PICU Patients

James A. Feinstein, MD, MPH, (associate professor of pediatrics and clinical research director, Section of General Academic Pediatrics; principal investigator, Adult and Child Center for Outcomes Research and Delivery Science; pediatric director, Children's Hospital Colorado Epidermolysis Bullosa Program), is a co-author of an original investigation published March 15 in JAMA Network Open that explores recurrent intensive care episodes and mortality among children with severe neurologic impairment.


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date March 18, 2024
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Announcements

Pediatric Residency Program Director Rosenberg Steps Down

It is with a mix of admiration and nostalgia that we announce the decision of Adam Rosenberg, MD, a distinguished figure in the realm of pediatrics, to step down from his role as Pediatric Residency Program director. Rosenberg has spearheaded this highly competitive program since 2003, leaving behind a remarkable legacy spanning 21 years characterized by outstanding leadership. Under his direction, our program has flourished, setting a benchmark for excellence, garnering national acclaim and nurturing hundreds of residents who are now contributing significantly to pediatrics on a global scale.


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date March 18, 2024
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Accolades

Akturk to Receive AACE Rising Star in Endocrinology Award

Halis Akturk, MD, associate professor of pediatrics at the Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes, has been selected to receive the AACE Rising Star in Endocrinology Award from the American Association of Clinical Endocrinology at the association’s annual meeting in May in New Orleans.


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date March 18, 2024
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Announcements    Accolades

Pediatric Emergency Medicine Bothner and Givens Award Winners Announced

The Department of Pediatrics Section of Emergency Medicine has announced their Joan Bothner Award for Excellence and Tim Givens Award for Service in Pediatric Emergency Medicine (PEM) winners for their accomplishments and contributions in 2023.


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date March 15, 2024
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Announcements    Accolades

Dr. Daniels Elected President of the American Pediatric Society

Stephen R. Daniels, MD, PhD, MPH, has been chosen as the president of the American Pediatric Society (APS), commencing his term in June of 2024. He currently holds the position of chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, along with being the pediatrician-in-chief and L. Joseph Butterfield Chair in Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital Colorado.


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date March 14, 2024
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Research    Publications

The relationship between severe hypertensive diseases of pregnancy and moderate-severe bronchopulmonary dysplasia

Erica M. Wymore, MD, MPH (associate professor of pediatrics, Section of Neonatology), is corresponding author of an article published March 2 by the Journal of Perinatology that studies the relationship between severe hypertensive diseases of pregnancy and moderate-severe bronchopulmonary dysplasia. Seven colleagues from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, including John Kinsella, MD (professor of pediatrics, Section of Neonatology), are co-authors.


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date March 11, 2024
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Announcements    Accolades

Asturias Invited to Serve on CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices

Edwin Asturias, MD (professor of pediatrics, Section of Infectious Diseases, Department of Pediatrics, University of Colorado School of Medicine and director of Latin American Projects, Center for Global Health, Department of Epidemiology, Colorado School of Public Health), has received an invitation from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to join the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). His appointment is scheduled to commence on July 1, 2024 and conclude on June 30, 2028.


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date March 06, 2024
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Alumni    Announcements

Leamer to Step Down from Chair of the Clinical Faculty Affairs Committee

Karen Leamer, MD `86, FAAP, is set to step down from her esteemed role as the chair of the Department of Pediatrics Clinical Faculty Affairs Committee after an impressive 23-year tenure. Since 1989, Dr. Leamer has been a key figure within the department clinical faculty, taking on the leadership of the Clinical Faculty Affairs Committee in 2000. Currently practicing at Every Child Pediatrics in Aurora, she has shown unwavering dedication, commitment and support to our volunteer clinical faculty. Her remarkable contributions have made a lasting impact on our department, and we are deeply grateful for her significant influence and the privilege of having her on our team. She has taught and mentored numerous medical students and residents over the years.


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date March 04, 2024
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Research    Education    Fellowship    Mentoring    Training   

Ten Years of Research Training and Mentorship

The Surgical/Subspecialists Clinical Outcomes Research (SCORE) Fellowship within the Adult and Child Center for Outcomes Research & Delivery Science (ACCORDS) has played a crucial role in providing training, mentorship, and career development support to physician-researchers in the University of Colorado School of Medicine.


Author Melissa Santorelli | Publish Date March 01, 2024
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Crnic Institute Awarded Anschutz Acceleration Initiative Grant

On January 18, 2024, the Global Down Syndrome Foundation (GLOBAL) announced that Dr. Joaquín Espinosa, leader of its Affiliate, the Linda Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome (Crnic Institute) at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, was awarded an Anschutz Acceleration Initiative (AAI) grant that will fund a pioneering clinical trial aimed at normalizing the immune system and decreasing inflammation in children with Down syndrome.


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Community    Alumni    Publications    Cooking and Nutrition   

CU School of Medicine Faculty Member Oversees New Nutrition Article Series

Nancy Krebs, MD, MS, professor of pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, has worked for decades to emphasize the importance of nutrition to overall health and to medical practice, including incorporating nutrition into the curriculum for CU medical students and residents.


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date February 28, 2024
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Alumni    Announcements    Accolades

Brown Receives Giacomo Meschia Distinguished Professorship

The Department of Pediatrics Section of Neonatology has established the Giacomo Meschia Distinguished Professorship in the CU Foundation in the summer of 2023. Laura Brown, MD, professor of pediatrics in the Section of Neonatology is the first recipient of the Giacomo Meschia Distinguished Professorship for the Section of Neonatal Perinatal Medicine of the University of Colorado School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics. This is for her outstanding and trailblazing work in the field of fetal and neonatal nutrition and skeletal muscle metabolism and physiology.


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date February 27, 2024
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Alumni    Accolades

Williams Receives AAP Advancement in Research Award

Joshua Williams, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics in the Section of General Academic Pediatrics, has been selected as the recipient of the American Academy of Pediatrics' (AAP) Section on Early Career Physicians' Advancement in Research Award. Dr. Williams will be honored at the 2023 AAP National Meeting in October. Dr. Williams is principal investigator on an NICHD-funded K23 grant to examine the impact of digital storytelling on influenza vaccination equity. He is also co-investigator at Denver Health for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Vaccine Safety Datalink project.


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date February 27, 2024
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Alumni    Announcements    Accolades

Bajaj Named Chief Quality Officer of Children's Hospital Colorado

Lalit Bajaj, MD, MPH, will be assuming the role of Chief Quality Officer for Children’s Hospital Colorado starting in January 2024.

Dr. Bajaj will oversee the Department of Patient Safety, while continuing his oversight of the Department of Clinical Effectiveness and Department of Diversity, Health Equity & Inclusion. These departments will now constitute the Division of Quality, and Dr. Bajaj will be working to complete the medical and administrative dyads in each of those departments over the coming months. 


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date February 27, 2024
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Research    Publications

Cotter First Author on Bacterium Infection Quality Report

Jillian M. Cotter, MD, MSCS, assistant professor of pediatrics, Section of Pediatric Hospital Medicine, is a corresponding author of a quality report published February 14 by Pediatrics that describes a quality improvement project aimed at reducing hospital-onset C. difficile infections while also eliminating unnecessary tests. The project, conducted from 2018 to 2020, included developing a clinical care pathway for testing and treatment for C. difficile, a clinical decision support tool to restrict testing, and targeted prevention efforts. Dr. Cotter and her co-authors conclude that such strategies can be used to decrease C. difficile and improve overall test utilization. 


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date February 26, 2024
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Research

Pitts Is Corresponding Author of Suicide Risk Review Article

Brian H. Pitts, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics, Section of Adolescent Medicine, is corresponding author of a review article published February 15 in Pediatrics that reviews and consolidates the available literature on suicide risk screening and brief intervention with youths in outpatient medical settings. Brian and his co-authors conclude that brief suicide interventions for youth in outpatient medical settings can increase identification of risk, increase access to behavioral health services, and for crisis interventions, can limit psychiatric hospitalizations. This is a critically important study because suicide is a leading cause of death in youth across the United States, with a recent survey reporting that 18.8% of students nationwide had seriously considered attempting suicide. Six colleagues from our campus are co-authors.


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date February 26, 2024
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Announcements

CU Pediatric Residency Program Announces 2025–26 Chief Residents

On behalf of the University of Colorado School of Medicine Pediatric Residency Program, please join us in congratulating the 2025–26 Pediatric Chief Residents!


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date February 22, 2024
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Patient Care    Community    Pediatrics   

Addressing Health Inequities in the Black Community

In the Division of Cardiology at the University of Colorado School of MedicineKamal Henderson, MD, is working to understand why marginalized communities shoulder a disproportionate burden of cardiovascular disease. 


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date February 21, 2024
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Research    Community    Vaccinations    Pediatrics   

Most Parents Choose to Vaccinate Their Children, Say ACCORDS Researchers

Despite some media narratives that focus on vaccine hesitancy becoming more commonplace, ACCORDS faculty members at the University of Colorado School of Medicine say the opposite is true. Most parents in the United States still support vaccinating their children.


Author Melissa Santorelli | Publish Date February 20, 2024
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Announcements    Accolades

Adema Selected as an Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Scholar

We are excited to announce that Anne Adema, MD, (assistant professor, Section of Emergency Medicine), has been selected as an Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Scholar for 2024-2025.


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date February 16, 2024
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Announcements

Wilkening To Step Down as Section Head

It is with mixed emotions that the Department of Pediatrics announces that Randy Wilkening, MD, (professor and head, Section of Neonatology; vice chair for clinical practice; chairman, Clinical Practice Committee; associate vice-chairman for Research Affairs, Perinatal Research; Department of Pediatrics) plans to step down from his role as section head pending the completion of the search for his replacement. Dr. Wilkening has served as the section head of Neonatology since 1992 – a remarkable 32-year leadership term.


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date February 14, 2024
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Research

Rao Corresponding Author of Long COVID in Children Summary

Suchitra Rao, MD, associate professor of pediatrics in the Section of Pediatric Hospital Medicine, is the corresponding author of a state-of-the-art review published February 7 by Pediatrics that provides a summary of current knowledge about long COVID in children. The article is a comprehensive discussion of the prevalence and epidemiology, risk factors, clinical characteristics, and outcomes. The article also seeks to inform future treatment and prevention efforts. Listed as co-authors are 21 colleagues from major academic medical centers across the country. The New York Times also quotes Suchitra in an article about the review.


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date February 12, 2024
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Research

Messacar Corresponding Author on Lessons Learned from Surveilling Enterovirus D68

Kevin Messacar, MD, PhD, associate professor of pediatrics in the Section of Infectious Diseases, is the corresponding author of the main article in the March 2024 Emerging Infectious Diseases, a monthly journal of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Messacar and his co-authors report on lessons learned from developing a multimodal surveillance program for enterovirus D68 and how they could be applicable to other emerging pathogens and their associated diseases. Messacar and his 12 co-authors are from University of Colorado School of Medicine, Children’s Hospital Colorado and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date February 12, 2024
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Research

Thomas Is Senior Author on Paper Evaluating Environmental Benefits of Econsults

John “Fred” Thomas, PhD, professor of pediatrics and public health and executive director of the Peer Mentored Care Collaborative (PMCC) at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, is senior author of an article published by Telemedicine and e-Health about the environmental benefits using econsults to deliver care. The authors, six members of the CU Anschutz Medical Campus, reviewed 15,499 econsults between July 2018 and December 2022 from PMCC. Among the benefits they tally are a reduction of 310,858 miles of in-state travel distance, 5,491 hours of saved travel time, fuel reduction of 13,575 gallons, and a reduction of 77 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions.


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date February 06, 2024
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Vaccinations    Advocacy    Pediatrics   

Researchers Say Media Focus on Vaccine Hesitancy Distorts Reality

Media stories focusing on vaccine hesitancy can distort reality and drive a false narrative that a large percentage of parents are refusing to get their children vaccinated, according to an editorial in the New England Journal of Medicine by two pediatricians from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date February 06, 2024
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Press Releases   

Voting for U.S. News & World Report Hospitals Ranking

The University of Colorado School of Medicine is proud of our faculty's work that contributes to UCHealth's annual rankings on the U.S. News & World Report's Best Hospitals. These rankings are important as many students, residents, faculty, and patients consider these rankings when deciding where to train, practice and receive care.


Author School of Medicine | Publish Date February 01, 2024
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Education    Accolades

Lockspeiser Named Inaugural Jones Family Endowed Chair in Medical Education

Colleagues, 

We are pleased to announce a generous gift of $2 million from Doug Jones, Jr., MD, Ann Jones, PhD, and their children, Monica Federico, MD, and Tobin Jones, for the establishment of the Jones Family Endowed Chair in Medical Education.

The inaugural chair holder will be Tai Mara Lockspeiser, MD, MEd, professor of pediatrics in the Section of General Academic Pediatrics, Assistant Dean of Medical Education and Director of Assessment, Evaluations and Outcomes. 


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date January 24, 2024
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Research    Education    Accolades

Tribute to the Legacy of Michael Hambidge, MD, ScD

Join the Department of Pediatrics for "Tribute to the Legacy of Michael Hambidge, MD, ScD," during pediatrics grand rounds on Friday, February 2, from 12:30–1:30 p.m.in Mt. Oxford, second floor conference center in Children's Hospital Colorado. Erick Boy, MD, PhD, chief nutritionist, HarvestPlus Nutrition, International Food Policy and Research Institute, will present "Biofortification – Reaching Millions of Rural Farming Households with Micronutrient-Rich Staple Crops Sustainably," with a reception to follow at 1:30 p.m. in the lobby. 


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date January 23, 2024
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Research    Alumni    Publications

Abman Co-Authors Transpyloric Feeding in Infants with Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia

Steven H. Abman, MD, professor of pediatrics in the Section of Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine, is a co-author of an article published January 13 in the Journal of Perinatology finding that transpyloric feeding is associated with adverse in-hospital outcomes in infants with severe bronchopulmonary dysplasia. Bronchopulmonary dysplasia affects 10,000 preterm infants annually in the United States and is the most common complication of preterm birth.


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date January 22, 2024
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Research    Alumni    Publications

Feinstein Co-Authors Article on Drug-Drug Interaction Exposure

James A. Feinstein, MD, MPH/MSPH, associate professor of pediatrics in the Section of General Academic Pediatrics, is co-author of an article published January 4 in Pediatrics that considers drug-drug interaction exposure in pediatric outpatient settings. Using a database of Medicaid beneficiaries, the authors reviewed cases involving more than 780,000 children and found that 21.4% experienced major exposures, putting children at risk for negative health outcomes and adverse drug events.


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date January 22, 2024
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Accolades

Sundaram Takes on New Leadership Roles

Shikha Sundaram, MD, MSCI, professor of pediatrics in the Section of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, has been named medical director for child health for CU Medicine and associate dean for clinical affairs for the CU School of Medicine, effective February 1.


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date January 22, 2024
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Research    Education    Alumni    Accolades

Maloney Selected as StARR Scholar with Taylor As Mentor

The CU Anschutz School of Medicine’s Program to Advance Physician Scientists & Translational Research recently announced the scholars in its Stimulating Access to Research in Residency (StARR) Program, which is funded by an award from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.

Lauren Maloney, MD, resident in pediatrics, is one of four scholars selected. Her project is studying age-specific differences in the immune response to obstructive cholestasis, with Sarah Taylor, MD, visiting associate professor of pediatrics, as her mentor.


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date January 22, 2024
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Patient Care    Pediatrics    Data analysis   

CU Researchers Unveil Modernized Criteria for Pediatric Sepsis and Septic Shock

An international research team led by Tell Bennett, MD, MS, professor of biomedical informatics and pediatric critical care at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, released new diagnostic criteria for sepsis in children this week, marking the first update to the pediatric sepsis definition in nearly two decades.


Author Kara Mason | Publish Date January 21, 2024
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Research    Community    Pediatric surgery    Cervical Cancer   

CU Doctor Works to Increase HPV Vaccine Uptake to Prevent Cervical Cancer 

A vaccine that prevents all cancer may still be decades away from becoming a reality, but for cervical cancer and several other types of cancer, a vaccine already exists that drastically reduces the risk of getting the disease. 


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date January 17, 2024
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Anschutz Acceleration Initiative Awardees Announced

Nine projects chosen for their promise to deliver life-changing advancements in medicine within the next three to five years were announced as the Anschutz Acceleration Initiative (AAI) winners on Jan. 10, marking the end of a selection process that began with 165 letters of intent and 56 full proposals.


Author Staff | Publish Date January 15, 2024
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Furuta, Jonen Selected for CU Medicine Finance Committee, Wilkening Appreciated

The new members of the Finance Committee with CU Medicine were announced beginning this month with Nanette Santoro, MD (Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology) as the new chair, joined by Neill Epperson, MD (Professor, Chair of Psychiatry), Glenn Furuta, MD (Professor and Section Head, Section of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition) and Katie Dean (DFA for Orthopedics). Mike Jonen (Vice Chair for Finance and Administration) was selected for a second term. 


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date January 10, 2024
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Publications

Cafferty Co-Author of Viewpoint Calling for Formal Training in Pediatric Suicide Prevention

Rachel Cafferty, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics, and Bruno Anthony, PhD, professor of psychiatry, are co-authors of a viewpoint article published December 28 by JAMA that calls for formal training in suicide prevention for frontline emergency clinicians and staff caring for children and adolescents. The commentary describes the growing public health problem of pediatric suicide, high risk patients and the front seat of the ED to this crisis and offers suggestions for clinical and policy-level solutions. They propose standardized screening practices and increased engagement with community partners and outpatient mental health services.


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date January 10, 2024
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Ambroggio, Osborne Publish on Antimicrobial Resistance in the Lung Microbiome

Lilliam Ambroggio, PhD, associate professor of pediatrics, Christina M. Osborne, MD, instructor of pediatrics, and Brandie D. Wagner, PhD, associate professor of biostatistics and informatics in the Colorado School of Public Health, are co-authors of an article published January 2 in Nature Communications that adds information about antimicrobial resistance in the lung microbiome. The authors performed an observational study of children and adults with acute respiratory failure. Their findings of higher resistance in adults compared to children could have implications for clinical management and public health.


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date January 10, 2024
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Waldrop Comments on Inequities in Access to Weight Loss Medications

Stephanie W. Waldrop, MD, instructor of pediatrics, is corresponding author of a comment published January 3 by Nature Medicine that addresses inequities in access to medications for weight loss. Barriers to access for the medications known as glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonists include high list prices, variable insurance coverage, and bias in prescribing. Stephanie and her co-authors conclude: “Health is a social good, and thus society has an obligation to provide health services that address the needs of all. GLP-1 agonists are effective treatments for weight management, and although regulatory bodies and medical providers are on the right path, we have a long way to go.”


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date January 10, 2024
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Funding    Cell and Gene Therapy   

Gates Grubstake Fund Awards over $1.4 Million to CU Anschutz Researchers

Gates Institute recently announced four recipients of the 2023 Gates Grubstake Fund. These awards are designed to support investigators who are researching and developing regenerative medicine-related technologies. The awards of up to $350,000 are made annually in a process administered in collaboration with CU Innovations. The fund made awards totaling over $1.4 million to University of Colorado Anschutz researchers in 2023.


Author Toni Lapp | Publish Date January 08, 2024
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Gates Institute Names Navin Pinto as Medical Lead

Navin Pinto, MD, a professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine on the CU Anschutz Medical Campus, has been named medical lead at Gates Institute. In this role, he’ll work in partnership with the Investigational New Drug and Device (IND/IDE) Office to oversee Gates Institute-supported clinical trials, providing expertise drawn from his extensive experience with chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy. 


Author Toni Lapp | Publish Date January 08, 2024
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Publications

Stille Investigates Pediatric Medical Subspecialist Use in Outpatient Settings

Christopher J. Stille, MD, MPH, professor of pediatrics, is co-author of an original investigation, “Pediatric Medical Subspecialist Use in Outpatient Settings,” published January 4 by JAMA Network Open. The study used electronic health records and health plan claims data to compare rates of subspecialist use, finding that 8.6% of Medicaid beneficiaries, 10.4% of those with commercial insurance, and 21.3% of those whose primary care is received in academic health systems use pediatric subspecialty care each year.


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date January 04, 2024
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Research    Clinical Research   

Experts Discuss Unique Study Aiming to Help People with Down Syndrome and Chronic Constipation

Down syndrome, also known as trisomy 21, is caused by an extra copy of chromosome 21 and is the most common chromosomal abnormality in the population. Research shows individuals with Down syndrome often experience widespread immune dysregulation and inflammation that can lead to many different co-occurring conditions including issues in the gut. Many are diagnosed with several types of gastrointestinal (GI) motility issues such as celiac disease, irritable bowel syndrome and chronic constipation during their lifetime.


Author Chelsea Donohoe | Publish Date December 12, 2023
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Research    Clinical Research    Equity Diversity and Inclusion    Announcements   

From the Rockies to the Andes and Beyond: A Global Approach to Down Syndrome Research

Down syndrome, also known as trisomy 21, is caused by an extra copy of chromosome 21 and is the most common chromosomal disorder in the human population occurring at an estimated rate of one in every 700 births. The number of babies born with Down syndrome continues to increase and individuals with Down syndrome are living longer than ever. In fact, the average life expectancy for an individual with Down syndrome has increased dramatically from 10 years old in the early 1900s to about 60 years old today.


Author Chelsea Donohoe | Publish Date November 29, 2023
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Announcements

Miyamoto Appointed Section Head of Cardiology

The Department of Pediatrics is extremely pleased to announce Shelley D. Miyamoto, MD, (professor, Section of Cardiology) as our new Section Head of Pediatric Cardiology and Co-Director of the Heart Institute, effective December 1, 2023. Dr. Miyamoto brings a wealth of experience to our team, having completed her Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship at the University of Colorado in 2005 and holding key positions since then. Prior to joining us, she obtained her medical degree from the University of Iowa and completed her pediatric residency training at Brown University and Rhode Island Hospital in Providence, where she served as a chief resident.


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date November 28, 2023
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Rumack Receives Prince Mahidol Award

Barry H. Rumack, MD, (Professor Emeritus), has been awarded the 2023 Prince Mahidol Award in the field of Public Health.

Dr. Rumack is recognized for his groundbreaking work in clinical toxicology, specifically in the study of paracetamol overdose.

He created the Rumack-Matthews nomogram, which has allowed doctors worldwide to appropriately diagnose paracetamol toxicity and formed a treatment protocol that became the global standard for managing paracetamol toxicity.


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date November 28, 2023
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Allison Named Director of Prevention Research Center

The Department of Pediatrics announces the appointment of Mandy A. Allison MA, MD, MSPH (Associate Professor, Section of General of Pediatrics) as the next Director of the Prevention Research Center for Family and Child Health (PRC). The PRC is a joint program of the Department of Pediatrics and the Adult and Child Center for Outcomes Research and Delivery Science (ACCORDS).


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date November 27, 2023
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Leadership Announcement: Jonen Named Vice Chair; Jackson Promoted to Associate Director

The Department of Pediatrics has announced several leadership updates, including the appointment of a new Vice Chair.


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date November 07, 2023
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Alumni    Announcements

Honoring Dr. Nancy Nelson: An Exhibit at the Strauss Health Sciences Library

The Strauss Health Sciences Library is proud to present a new exhibit honoring the memory of Dr. Nancy Nelson, MD. The Nancy Nelson memorial display case, donated by the Office of Advancement, will have a permanent home on the third floor of the library outside the Tower Room. This case will frequently feature important women in healthcare and medicine. The inaugural exhibit will showcase the life and achievements of Dr. Nelson herself.


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date October 31, 2023
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Education    Announcements

Announcing the New Vice Chair for Education for the Department of Pediatrics: Thomas Parker, MD

We are pleased to announce that Thomas Parker, MD, Professor, Section of Neonatology, has been appointed as Vice Chair for Education for the Department of Pediatrics effective November 1. Dr. Parker has been serving as Interim Vice Chair since August 2021 and his appointment follows an extensive search led by Dr. Shale Wong (Chair), Dr. Jennifer Barker, Dr. Robin Deterding, Dr. Brandi Freeman, Dr. Mary Kohn, Dr. Adam Rosenberg, Dr. Jennifer Soep, Mike Jonen, Gene Liffick and LeAnn Olonia.


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date October 30, 2023
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Accolades

Annual CU Silver & Gold Alumni Awards Banquet to honor Berman

First awarded in 1969, these awards are the highest honor and recognition bestowed by the Medical Alumni Association. The Silver and Gold Award for Excellence in Humanitarianism, Citizenship and Professionalism is presented for outstanding service to the community and contributions to the science and art of medicine.


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date October 26, 2023
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Research    Accolades

Feldman Awarded Grant from NASPGHAN

A grant entitled, “Living Donor Liver Transplant: Is It a Cost-Effective Option for Children in Need of Transplantation,” from Amy Feldman, MD (Section of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition), was given a Mid-Level Career Development Award from the North American Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (NASPGHAN) Foundation. Over the last five years, Children’s Hospital Colorado (working in partnership with Dr. Elizabeth Pomfret and the liver transplant team at the Department of Surgery) has been the leading center for pediatric living donor liver transplant and the leading center for pediatric non-directed living donor liver transplant across the country. 


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date October 26, 2023
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Research    Accolades

DOP Team Awarded Top Poster at the 9th Annual Quality Improvement Symposium

The poster, Surgical Co-Management (SHARe), highlights the benefits of comprehensive hospitalist co-management of surgical patients. Studies show that co-management of surgical patients by hospitalists can significantly enhance the quality, safety and efficiency of care.


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date October 26, 2023
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Research    Announcements

Ess to Begin Tenure as Neurology Section Head on Oct. 15

Dr. Kevin Ess has been an Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Neurology, Cell and Developmental Biology, the Gerald M. Fenichel Chair in Neurology, and Director of the Division of Pediatric Neurology at Vanderbilt University. As Division Director, he also served as the Neurologist-in-Chief at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital. Dr. Ess has been at Vanderbilt since joining their faculty as Assistant Professor in 2006. Kevin received his PhD in developmental biology (1996) and his medical degree (1998) from the University of Cincinnati. He completed a one-year pediatric internship at the University of Colorado and Children’s Hospital Colorado in 1999.


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date October 02, 2023
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Research    Education    Alumni    Announcements

Bourque Named First Recipient of Niermeyer Family Distinguished Professorship in Neonatology

Stephanie Bourque MD, MSCS, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Section of Neonatology and Associate Medical Director, Children’s Hospital Colorado Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, has been appointed the first recipient of the Niermeyer Family Distinguished Professorship in Neonatology.


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date September 28, 2023
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Research    Announcements

JFK Partners Approved for More Than $2.78 Million in Funding

A research team at University of Colorado School of Medicine, JFK Partners, led by Judy Reaven, Ph.D., has been approved for a $2,780,297 million funding award by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to study A Comparison of Two School-Based Interventions to Manage Anxiety in Autistic Students.


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date September 20, 2023
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Research    Announcements

Eneli to Begin Tenure as Nutrition Section Head on Oct. 1

Ihuoma Eneli, MD, MS, will begin her tenure as the new Section Head of Nutrition on October 1. Dr. Eneli is currently a Professor of Pediatrics at the Ohio State University and Director of the Center for Healthy Weight and Nutrition at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date September 18, 2023
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Accolades

Keller Recipient of the 2023 AAP Council on Community Pediatrics Job Lewis Smith Award

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Council on Community Pediatrics has awarded the 2023 AAP Job Lewis Smith Award to David Keller, MD.  The award, named for Job Lewis Smith, MD, one of the founding fathers of the American Pediatric Society and chief pioneer of American pediatrics. The prestigious honor is the highest award bestowed by the Council and recognizes lifelong outstanding career achievement in community pediatrics.


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date September 11, 2023
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Research

LEAD Center Awarded Two NIH UG3/UH3 Grants

The Lifecourse Epidemiology of Adiposity and Diabetes (LEAD) Center has been awarded two NIH UG3/UH3 grants as participating cohort sites in the national ECHO consortium, which aims to understand the effects of a wide range of environmental exposures on child health and development. The award period is 2023-2030.


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date September 08, 2023
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Announcements

The Future of Pediatric Subspecialty Physicians — New Report

new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine makes recommendations for improving access to pediatric subspecialty care. The Department of Pediatrics very own, Chris Stille, MD, MPH/PSPH, sat on the committee that authored the report.


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date September 07, 2023
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Announcements

Gift Announcement in Honor of Dr. Stephen Berman's Legacy

The CU Office of Advancement is pleased to announce gifts totaling $2 million from Steve Berman and Elaine Gantz Berman, and friends and family of Dr. Berman to establish the Stephen Berman, MD, Endowed Chair for Global Health.


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date August 18, 2023
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Research

Lupus Research Alliance Awards Three Million to Advance Pediatric Lupus Nephritis Diagnosis and Treatment

The Lupus Research Alliance (LRA) is pleased to announce that the 2023 Global Team Science Award (GTSA) has been granted to an exceptional multidisciplinary research team of experts in immunology, pediatric rheumatology and nephrology, genetics, and data analysis to identify drivers of lupus nephritis in children with the aim of improving its diagnosis and treatment. The 2023 GTSA project will be headed by corresponding investigator Elena Hsieh, M.D., Associate Professor of Immunology & Microbiology and Pediatrics at the University of Colorado, Anschutz School of Medicine.


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date August 02, 2023
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Accolades

61 Doctors Recognized by 5280 Magazine for 2023

We are thrilled to announce that our Department of Pediatrics has once again proven its excellence by having 61 faculty members named among 5280's Top Doctors for 2023. In fact, CU School of Medicine has more than 200 faculty members in total who have been honored with this prestigious title. This recognition is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our world-class faculty members who continue to provide exceptional care to their patients.


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date July 31, 2023
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Johnson Recipient of 2023 Oded Bar-Or Award for Excellence in Pediatric Obesity Research

Susan L. Johnson, PhD, (Professor, Section of Nutrition) has been selected by The Obesity Society and the Pediatric Obesity Section as the recipient of the 2023 Oded Bar-Or Award for Excellence in Pediatric Obesity Research. This prestigious award was founded in 2007 to recognize significant contributions to basic and applied pediatric obesity research that have resulted in major advances in scientific understanding of etiology, prevention, and treatment.


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date July 28, 2023
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Six from Department Recognized as Top Doctors in Colorado Springs

We are thrilled to announce that six of our exceptional doctors have been recognized by Colorado Springs Magazine in their annual Top Doctors edition. Our Department of Pediatrics is proud to have such dedicated individuals on our team, and we are honored to have them recognized for their outstanding commitment to our mission and the families we serve.


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date July 24, 2023
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Education    Announcements

Bunik appointed the Bonnie W. Camp, MD, PhD, Distinguished Professor in Pediatrics

Maya Bunik MD, MPH, Professor of Pediatrics in School of Medicine, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, and Associate Chief Medical Officer, Ambulatory at Children’s Hospital Colorado has been appointed the Bonnie W. Camp, MD, PhD Distinguished Professor in Pediatrics.


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date July 10, 2023
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Announcements

Two Invited to Serve on Inaugural Pediatric Council of AAHPM

The University of Colorado’s Department of Pediatrics is thrilled to announce that two of its faculty, Allison Silverstein, MD, MS, and Adam B. Hill, MD, have both been invited to serve on the Inaugural Pediatric Council of AAHPRM (American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine).


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date June 22, 2023
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Department Ranked Specialties Remain in Top 25, Four in Top 10

U.S. News & World Report released its annual rankings and ratings of best hospitals and specialties for 2023-2024. The Department of Pediatrics' ranked specialties were recognized as exceptional and remain in the annual report’s Top 25 with four in the Top 10.


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date June 22, 2023
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Accolades

Academic Pediatric Association Honors

Michael Tchou, MD, MSc, and Tai Lockspeiser, MD, MHPE, were recently honored by the Academic Pediatric Association.


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Department Ranked 8th in the Nation by U.S. News

The University of Colorado's Department of Pediatrics is tied for eighth in the nation for "Best Pediatrics Programs" in rankings released by U.S. News & World Report. The Department of Pediatrics consistently ranks among the best in the nation. The Department has been ranked in the top eight in each of the past 13 years.


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Freeman, Reese Named to Vice Chair Leadership Roles

The Department of Pediatrics announces the appointment of Brandi Freeman, MD (Associate Professor, Section of General Pediatrics) and Jenny Reese, MD, (Professor of Clinical Practice and Head, Section of Hospital Medicine) to Vice Chair leadership roles. Both have been serving in Associate Vice Chair roles under the direction of the Vice Chair for Faculty Affairs, Dr. Andy Sirotnak.


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Accolades

DOP Faculty Receive Awards from Children's Hospital

Children’s Hospital Colorado held its annual medical staff dinner on Thursday, May 11, and recognized School of Medicine pediatrics faculty with awards.


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Hambidge, Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics, Passes Away

Condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of K. Michael Hambidge, MD, ScD, professor emeritus of pediatrics, who died May 2.


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Education    Announcements

Lockspeiser Inaugural Recipient of the Jones Family Professorship in Medical Education

Tai Lockspeiser, MD, MHPE, associate professor of pediatrics, assistant dean of medical education and director of assessment, evaluations, and outcomes, has been named the inaugural recipient of the Jones Family Professorship in Medical Education.


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date April 04, 2023
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Education    Announcements

Kunrath Named Associate Program Director at Denver Health

The Department of Pediatrics and the pediatric residency program would like to welcome Claudia Kunrath, MD as the new Associate Program Director at Denver Health.


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date March 27, 2023
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Bunik Named Inaugural Associate Chief Medical Officer-Ambulatory

Maya Bunik, MD, has been selected as the inaugural Associate Chief Medical Officer-Ambulatory for our System of Care.


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date March 17, 2023
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Reynolds Appointed Developmental Pediatrics Section Head

The University of Colorado Department of Pediatrics announces the appointment of Ann M. Reynolds, MD as the next Head of the Section of Developmental Pediatrics. Dr. Reynolds was selected following a comprehensive national search conducted over the past several months.


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date March 17, 2023
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Research    Announcements

Sagerstrom Named Vice Chair for Basic Science Research

Charles G. Sagerstrom, PhD (Professor, Section of Developmental Biology) has been selected as Vice Chair for Basic Science Research. Dr. Sagerstrom will officially start in this role on March 1, 2023 and will be connecting with basic science research leaders within the Department, the School of Medicine, and the Child Health Research Enterprise.


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date February 17, 2023
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Furuta Named Section Head for Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition

Glenn T. Furuta, MD, Professor and La Cache Endowed Chair for Gastrointestinal Allergic and Immunologic Diseases, has been named as the next Head of the Section of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition. Dr. Furuta was selected following a comprehensive internal search conducted over the past several months.


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date February 10, 2023
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Education    Announcements

Haasz Named Director of the Resident Advocacy Rotation

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Maya Haasz, MD (Assistant Professor, Section of Emergency Medicine) as Director of the Resident Advocacy Rotation. Dr. Haasz graduated from McGill University with her medical degree in 2006. She did her pediatric residency at Montreal Children’s Hospital/McGill University, followed by a pediatric emergency medicine fellowship in Toronto at Hospital for sick Children. She spent seven years at Albert Einstein School of Medicine before coming to the University of Colorado in 2018.


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date January 19, 2023
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Director of the Center for Global Health, former AAP President Berman Dies

Stephen Berman, MD (Professor, Section of General Academic Pediatrics) passed away on January 17, 2023, surrounded by family, after a brief illness. Born in 1947 in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, Dr. Berman graduated from Temple University Medical School and was a pediatric resident and chief resident at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He was a member of the Department’s faculty since 1978. He became the youngest Section Head of General Academic Pediatrics at the age of 34, leading the section twice during his career (1981–1989 and 1998–2007). 


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date January 18, 2023
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Former Department Chair Battaglia Dies

Frederick C. Battaglia, MD, passed away on December 30, 2022. Born in 1932 in Weehawken, New Jersey, Fred was a constant over-achiever. He attended Cornell University and earned his BS in Chemistry in only three years in 1953. Afterwards, he attended the Yale University School of Medicine, where he met the love of his life, Jane Donahue.


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date January 05, 2023
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Former Endocrinology Section Head Kappy Dies

The Section of Endocrinology is saddened to report the passing of Dr. Michael S. Kappy MD, PhD after a brief illness. Dr. Kappy was a committed teacher of generations of students, residents, and endocrinology fellows, as well as a passionate advocate for children and their families. His loss is acutely felt by all who knew him. He is survived by his wife Peggy (nee Markson), two sons, and his adored grandchildren.


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date December 23, 2022
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Sokol Named a University of Colorado Distinguished Professor

Ronald J. Sokol, MD has been named a University of Colorado Distinguished Professor. Dr. Sokol is one of 136 CU faculty members among the four campuses to have earned this distinction since its inception in 1977.


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date November 02, 2022
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Education    Announcements

Residency Program Ranked 6th in Nation

The University of Colorado's Pediatric Residency program was ranked sixth in the nation by Doximity. The results are a reputation ranking, which was compiled via feedback from over 35,000 physicians across 28 specialties.


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date August 26, 2022
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Children's Hospital Colorado Ranked 7th in Nation

Children’s Hospital Colorado has been recognized as the No. 7 pediatric hospital in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report, the global authority in hospital rankings and consumer advice. 

Children’s Hospital Colorado made the 2022-23 Best Children’s Hospitals Honor Roll, ranked No. 1 in both the region and state of Colorado, and ranked in all 10 specialties with five in the top 10.


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date June 13, 2022
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Department of Pediatrics In the News

Denver 7

Families, Children’s Hospital Colorado feeling impacts months after asthma medication is discontinued

news outletDenver 7
Publish DateMay 15, 2024

An asthma medication that thousands of people rely upon, including children, hasn’t been available in pharmacies across Colorado since the beginning of the year. Now, doctors at Children’s Hospital Colorado are beginning to see the impacts from its loss. “They discontinued Flovent,” said Monica Federico, the medical director of the Asthma Program at Children’s Colorado [and associate professor of pediatrics at CU School of Medicine].

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Healio

VIDEO: Increasing HPV vaccination using ‘boot camp translation’

news outletHealio
Publish DateMay 13, 2024

“We have a handful of things we know work,” O’Leary said, “but there’s always room for more.” In the videos, O’Leary, a professor of pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and chair of the AAP’s Committee on Infectious Diseases, explains how “boot camp translation” helped the researchers leverage the participation of clinical and nonclinical staff, parents and teens at six pediatric practices in three Colorado counties to increase their HPV vaccination rates.

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Healthline

Young People with Diabetes May Face Higher Alzheimer's Risk

news outletHealthline
Publish DateMay 10, 2024

“We are about to enter into a different world of healthcare because of the obesity epidemic in young people,” Allison Shapiro, PhD, assistant professor of pediatrics and endocrinology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Aurora, said in a news release.

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The Colorado Sun

A 15-year-old hockey player with MS may never experience a symptom, thanks to Colorado research

news outletThe Colorado Sun
Publish DateMay 09, 2024

It was a school day afternoon when Blaise learned his diagnosis. He came to find out that his parents had received a call from the doctor that day. Soon after, the family had a telehealth appointment with Teri Schreiner, a pediatric neurologist who specializes in neuroimmunology [associate professor of pediatrics at CU School of Medicine] and the study’s lead pediatric researcher.

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