Updates: New Staff, Programs, Partnerships and Research

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New Gender & Sex Development Program, Almost Home Kids, Retinoblastoma Research, New Specialists
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Happy New Year


We wish you a happy new year and a productive start to 2014! We have many updates to share with you as we begin the year, including new staff, programs and research, as well as family-friendly hours and expanded services at our outpatient locations. 
 

New Gender & Sex Development Program


Lurie Children’s recently opened the Gender and Sex Development Program, co-directed by Earl Cheng, MD, and Robert Garofalo, MD, MPH. The program provides services for children and adolescents with sex development conditions, children with gender non-conforming behavior, and gender-questioning and transgender youth. The team combines pediatric endocrinologists, urologists, surgeons and nurses, in addition to an ethicist and child psychologist experienced in DSD and gender issues. The program’s goal is for each child to have optimal emotional well-being, growth, development and future sexual function along with a stable gender identity. Learn more about the Gender and Sex Development Program.
 

Affiliation with Almost Home Kids


Lurie Children’s has signed an affiliation agreement with Almost Home Kids (AHK), a unique organization that provides transitional and respite care for children who are medically complex after discharge when more expensive acute care is no longer required. AHK is a subsidiary of the medical center. With locations in Naperville and at Ronald McDonald House near Lurie Children's, AHK is staffed with medical professionals in a community setting that help prepare children and their families to return home. Learn more about AHK.
 

Scientists Uncover New Treatment Target for Most Common Pediatric Eye Cancer


The discovery of a novel molecular pathway in retinoblastoma, the most common pediatric cancer of the eye, holds the potential for new treatment targets. What Nikia Laurie, PhD, assistant professor in pediatrics-cancer biology and epigenomics, uncovered is that increased levels of microRNA (miRNA) 449a and 449b lead to both a decrease in cancer cell growth and an acceleration of cancer cell death. Read more about Dr. Laurie's research.
 

New Specialists


Sudhi P. Kurup, MD, recently joined the Division of Ophthalmology as an attending physician. Dr. Kurup is Instructor in Ophthalmology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. His special interests include strabismus and eye muscle disorders, pediatric cataracts, tear duct abnormalities, retinoblastoma and retinal imaging. Dr. Kurup sees patients at Lurie Children's Main Hospital and outpatient locations in Westchester and Lake Forest.
          
Rebecca Mets-Halgrimson, MD, MPH, joined the Division of Ophthalmology as an attending physician. Dr. Mets-Halgrimson is Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Her special interests include strabismus and eye muscle disorders, blocked tear duct, optic nerve glioma, tumors/neurofibromatosis and pediatric cataracts. She sees patients at Lurie Children's Main Hospital and outpatient locations in Lincoln Park, Lake Forest and Westchester.
 
Sheetal Patel, MD, recently joined the Heart Center as an attending physician. Dr. Patel is Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Her special interests include pediatric cardiology, pediatric echocardiography, fetal echocardiography and congenital heart disease. Dr. Patel sees patients at Lurie Children's outpatient locations in Glenview, Arlington Heights and Lake Forest.
Scott Leibowitz, MD, recently joined Lurie Children's to provide care in the general child and adolescent psychiatry outpatient setting and also makes use of his special expertise in pediatric gender identity, sexuality and gender nonconformity as Head Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist for the new Gender and Sex Development Program. Dr. Leibowitz is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He sees patients at Lurie Children's Main Hospital.
   
C. Allen Pratt, MD, joined the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition as an attending physician this fall. Dr. Pratt is also Health System Clinician in Pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. His special interests include endoscopy and gastrointestinal diagnostic testing, food allergies, and pediatric obesity. He sees patients at Lurie Children's at Cadence Health - Central DuPage Hospital.
Aimee Brasher, MD, joined the Division of Orthopaedic Surgery as an attending physician. Dr. Brasher's special interests include pediatric orthopaedic surgery, orthopaedic injuries, musculoskeletal diseases and congenital deformities. She sees patients at Lurie Children's at Cadence Health - Central DuPage Hospital and Cadence Physician Group - Orthopaedics, Warrenville.

Division of Otolaryngology Introduces Family Friendly Hours


The Division of Otolaryngology has added family friendly hours for busy families; appointments during weekday evenings and weekends are now being offered.
 

Eight Additional Specialties Now Available at Newly Expanded Lake Forest Outpatient Center


Our Outpatient Center in Lake Forest has expanded to include audiology, laboratory services (beginning 1/17/2014), neurosurgery, ophthalmology, otolaryngology, psychiatry, pulmonary and urology services.
 

New Partnerships


Pediatric hospitalists and neonatologists from Lurie Children's are now onsite at Presence Mercy Medical Center in Aurora, IL, and pediatric hospitalists are now onsite at Vista Medical Center East in Waukegan, IL.
 

Coding Seminar


Lurie Children's, in conjunction with The Chicago Medical Society, will present Coding for the Pediatric Practice Seminar on Jan. 22, 6-9 p.m. or Jan. 23, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
 

Webinars


Lurie Children's offers online courses for continuing medical education. Upcoming courses include:
Sickle Cell Disease: A Primer for Pediatricians
Jan. 29, 2014
Infantile Seizures
Feb. 11, 2014
Microcytic Anemias
Feb. 26, 2014
Neonatal Follow-up
Mar. 6, 2014
Cutaneous Adverse Drug Reactions
Mar. 20, 2014
Updates on JIA & the Role of the Primary Care Provider
Apr. 30, 2014
The DSM & Autism Spectrum Disorder One Year Later
May 7, 2014
Pediatric Palliative Care: Who, How, When
May 20, 2014
   
Lurie Children's is a recipient of the Illinois Hospital Association Quality Excellence Achievement Award
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