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Children's in the News - 2013


Flu Resource Center - Guides and Tips to Keep Families Healthy - December 30, 2013
Children’s National has put together this flu resource center so you have access to up-to-date and accurate information about the flu.

Children’s National Health System Welcomes First Lady Michelle Obama - December 16, 2013
First Lady Michelle Obama visited patients and staff today at Children’s National Health System. 

Children's National Medical Center Receives 'A' Bond Rating - December 11, 2013
Fitch Ratings has upgraded the rating on Children's National Medical Center’s outstanding debt to 'A' from 'A-'.

Flu Resource Center - Guides and Tips to Keep Families Healthy - December 9, 2013
Children’s National has put together this flu resource center so you have access to up-to-date and accurate information about the flu.

Children’s National Division Chief Co-Authors Article on Pediatric Emergency Care - December 4, 2013
Children’s National’s Division Chief of Emergency Medicine and Trauma Services, James Chamberlain, MD, is the lead author of an article published in the journal Health Affairs titled, “Emergency Care for Children in the United States.” The article advocates for federal research dollars and changes at the national level to improve the quality of pediatric emergency care and promote best practices.

Children’s National Researcher Authors Study on Pediatric Brain Stem Tumors - December 3, 2013
Children’s National researcher, Javad Nazarian, PhD, authored a new study entitled, “Comparative Multidimensional Molecular Analyses of Pediatric Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma Reveals Distinct Molecular Subtypes.”

Children’s National Researcher Receives Grant for Pediatric Brain Cancer Research - November 27, 2013
Javad Nazarian, PhD, a researcher with Children's Research Institute (CRI) at Children’s National,  is the recipient of a $99,979 grant from the DIPG Collaborative for his proposal entitled, “Comparative Proteomic and RNA Sequencing of DIPGs.” The DIPG Collaborative is a leading association of foundations funding pediatric diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG) research.

Children’s National Applauds IOM Report on Sports Concussions in Youth: It’s Time for a Culture Change - October 31, 2013
Children’s National Health System praised the new Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, Sports-Related Concussions in Youth, which urges a number of steps to fill existing knowledge gaps and to change the culture of youth sports regarding concussions.

Kathleen Gorman Named by Becker’s Hospital Review to “Women Leaders to Know” - October 29, 2013
Kathleen Chavanu Gorman, MSN, RN, Chief Operations Officer and Executive Vice President of Patient Care Services for Children’s National Health System, has been named by Becker’s Hospital Review to its list of “130 Women Hospital and Health System Leaders to Know.”

Dr. Joseph Wright Receives AAP-Section on Emergency Medicine Distinguished Service Award - October 28, 2013
Joseph L. Wright, MD, MPH, Senior Vice President of Community Affairs and the Child Health Advocacy Institute at Children’s National Health System, has been named the 2013 recipient of the Jim Seidel Distinguished Service Award by the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Emergency Medicine.

Paramjit T. Joshi, MD, named President of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry - October 25, 2013
The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) recently welcomed Paramjit T. Joshi, MD, as the organization’s newest president during AACAP’s 60th Annual Meeting in Orlando, Fla.

Laura Tosi, MD, Installed as 2013-14 President of Medical Society of DC - October 24, 2013
Laura L. Tosi, MD, of Children’s National Health System, was installed as the 2013-2014 President of the Medical Society of the District of Columbia, at the Society’s October 23 annual meeting.

Children’s National Experts Presenting at American Academy of Pediatrics Conference - October 23, 2013
Pediatric experts from Children’s National Health System will present at the 2013 American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference and Exhibition, which runs from October 26 – 29 in Orlando. Experts from a variety of pediatric disciplines will discuss relevant topics for child health practitioners.

Children’s National Researcher Co-authors Study on Transitioning from Pediatric to Adult Cystic Fibrosis Care - October 23, 2013
Children’s National pediatrician and researcher, Lisa Tuchman, MD, MPH, co-authored a new study on cystic fibrosis (CF) care that found patients had a less rapid decline in pulmonary function and no other significant health-related changes after transitioning from pediatric to adult care.

Children’s National Nurse Named Magnet Nurse of the Year® in Empirical Outcomes - October 22, 2013
For her work at Children’s National Health System, Elizabeth Mikula, MSN, RN, CPN, has received the 2013 Magnet Nurse of the Year Award® in Empirical Outcomes.
The National Magnet Nurse of the Year Awards® are presented annually by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Children’s National CEO: Despite Challenges, Children’s Hospitals Should Strive for “What’s Possible” - October 10, 2013
Despite the challenges that hospitals and health systems face, children’s hospitals must continue to think big about what’s possible for kids, said Dr. Kurt D. Newman, president and CEO of Children’s National Health System of Washington, D.C. Newman addressed more than 1,000 hospital leaders, corporate and media partners, philanthropists, and fundraisers at the annual “Celebration” conference at the Walt Disney World® Resort’s Coronado Springs Resort.

Catherine M. Bollard, MBChB, MD, Immunology Expert, Joins Children’s National - October 9, 2013
Children’s National Health System announced the appointment of Catherine M. Bollard, MBChB, MD, FRACP, FRCPA, as a senior scientist in the Center for Cancer and Immunology Research at the Children’s Research Institute, a member of the Division of the Blood and Marrow Transplantation, and the Principal Investigator and Co-Director of the Immunology Initiative of the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation.

Children's National and Inova Health Systems Collaborate in Pediatric Specialty Care - September 30, 2013
Pediatric Specialists of Virginia begins operations today as a collaboration between Children's National and Inova. Designed to make pediatric specialty care more accessible to families in Virginia, the specialty practice offers pediatric services in:  Oncology and Hematology, Gastroenterology, Genetics, Nephrology, and Orthopaedics. Additional services will be added in the coming year.

Children’s National Nurses Receive Two of 10 Washingtonian 2013 Nursing Excellence Awards - September 30, 2013
Nurses at Children’s National Health System have received two of the 10 Excellence in Nursing Awards for 2013 from Washingtonian magazine. The two Children’s National recipients are Christy Baxter, MSN, MHA, RN, CPN, BA, a Clinical Manager in Pain Medicine, and Lindsey Kennedy, BSN, RN, CPHON, a nurse in the Hematology/Oncology/Bone Marrow Transplant Unit.

Mark L. Batshaw honored with the Marion Kingsbury Award for Distinguished Service and Outstanding Achievement from The Kingsbury Center - September 27, 2013
Children’s Physician-in-Chief Mark L. Batshaw, MD, was honored with the Marion Kingsbury Award for Distinguished Service and Outstanding Achievement from The Kingsbury Center during the Center’s 75th Anniversary Awards Gala. Dr. Batshaw was one of four award recipients, each of whom has made significant contributions in the field of learning and developmental differences. 

Sheikh Zayed Institute at Children’s National Receives FDA Grant To Form Pediatric Device Innovation Consortium - September 26, 2013
The Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation at Children’s National Health System has received a grant from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to form the National Capital Consortium for Pediatric Device Innovation.

Children’s National and Cerner Collaborate in First Pediatric Health Information Technology Institute in the Country - September 25, 2013
Children’s National Health System and information technology leader Cerner Corporation (Nasdaq: CERN) today announced the formation of The Bear Institute, a joint effort that will be the first exclusively pediatric health informatics institute in the nation.

Gerard R. Martin, MD, Co-Authors Letter in Lancet Urging Congenital Heart Defect Screening in Europe - September 23, 2013
Gerard R. Martin, MD, Senior Vice President of the Center for Heart, Lung and Kidney Disease at Children’s National Medical Center, is the senior author of a letter published in The Lancet urging implementation of routine critical congenital heart defect (CCHD) screening for newborns across Europe.

Children’s National’s Immunization Improvement Program Receives PhRMA 2013 Research & Hope Award - September 19, 2013


Children’s National Receives Award from Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute to Study New Behavioral Treatment for Low-Income Children with ADHD and Autism - September 18, 2013
Children’s National Medical Center has been approved to receive a research award from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to study a new treatment for low-income children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism spectrum disorder (ASD). 

New Muscular Dystrophy Treatment Shows Promise in Early Study Led by Children’s National - September 17, 2013
A preclinical study led by researchers at Children’s National Medical Center has found that a new oral drug shows early promise for the treatment of Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD).

Children’s National Awarded NIH Grant to Study Potentially Safer Anesthesia Method - September 13, 2013
Children’s National Medical Center has received a five-year grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, part of the National Institutes of Health.

Dr. Yuan Zhu Joins Children’s National as Gilbert Family Neurofibromatosis Institute Scientific Director - September 11, 2013
Yuan Zhu, PhD, has joined the faculty of Children’s National Medical Center as Scientific Director and The Gilbert Family Professor of Neurofibromatosis Research for the Gilbert Family Neurofibromatosis (NF) Institute.

Children’s National Receives NIH Grant to Further Research Prenatal Brain Injury - September 6, 2013
Children’s National Medical Center has received a five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health to identify reliable early signs of prenatal brain injury caused by congenital heart disease.

Children's National to Issue Consensus Paper on Pediatric Surgical Innovation and Device Development - August 29, 2013
The Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation at Children’s National Medical Center is facilitating an international consensus paper as an outcome of its International Symposium on Pediatric Surgical Innovation

Children’s National Study Finds That Apoptosis Triggers Replication of Common Viruses - August 27, 2013
Researchers from Children’s National Medical Center have found that an alternate, “escape” replication process triggered by apoptosis—the process of cell death or “cell suicide”—appears to be common in human herpesviruses (HHV).

Linda Talley Named Chief Nursing Officer at Children’s National Medical Center - August 2, 2013
Linda B. Talley, MS, BSN, RN, NE-BC, has been appointed Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer for Children’s National Medical Center. In her new role, she will oversee Nursing at Children’s National and hold responsibility for advancing nursing practice, research, and for supporting the Children's National commitment to exceptional patient care.

Children’s National Announces Collaborative Service in Pediatric Radiation Oncology - August 2, 2013
Children’s National Medical Center announced plans to create a collaborative new service with Sibley Memorial Hospital for pediatric radiation oncology. A Certificate of Need application will be filed in September, and if approved, the program could start as early as 2014.

Children’s National Medical Center First Medical Institution Awarded Washington, DC, Mayor’s Sustainability Award - July 26, 2013
Children’s National Medical Center became the first medical institution in Washington, DC, to be presented the Mayor’s Sustainability Award for demonstrating outstanding achievements and leadership in sustainable practices.

Children’s National Appoints Naomi Luban, MD, as Institutional Review Board Chair - July 23, 2013
Naomi L. C. Luban, MD, has been named Chair of the Institutional Review Board and Medical Director of the Office for the Protection of Human Subjects at Children’s National Medical Center.

#GamifyAsthma Design Challenge - July 16, 2013
As part of its summer program, Health for America is pleased to announce the #GamifyAsthma Design Challenge in partnership with Children’s National Medical Center. The goal of this hackathon-style challenge is to create a game that appeals to children ages 5-12, and encourages those with asthma to use their inhalers.

New Videos in Five Languages Teach Parents about Newborn Screening for Heart Defects - July 15, 2013
Children’s National Medical Center, through support from Baby’s First Test, has created videos in five languages to help new and expectant parents learn the importance of screening newborns for potentially critical heart disease.

Charles Berul, MD, Named Co-Director of Children’s National Heart Institute - July 2, 2013
Charles I. Berul, MD, has been named Co-Director of the Children’s National Heart Institute at Children’s National Medical Center.

NIH Science Education Leader Visits Children’s National - June 28, 2013
Celebration Caps Science Education Programs for DC and Prince George’s Students, Teachers

A Web Portal Measures Health Needs in Washington, DC - June 26, 2013
Today marks the release of two important community health resources for Washington, DC: a citywide community health needs assessment and an interactive community health web portal, DC Health Matters. 

International Study on Fragile Newborns Challenges Current Practices - June 20, 2013
One of the largest clinical trials done in infants with congenital (present at birth) heart diseases, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, shows that the increasingly common practice of using the drug clopidogrel (Plavix®) to reduce shunt-related blood flow issues is not effective in the dose studied.

Children’s National Researchers Contribute to Major Study Evaluating Implantable Defibrillators in Children - June 18, 2013
Implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) treatment for children and young adults is limited by the short lifespan of the leads—wires that connect the device to specific places in the heart—according to a major international study.

Children’s National Staff Contribute to National Recommendations on Screening All Newborns for Critical Congenital Heart Disease - June 17, 2013
Gerard R. Martin, MD, Senior Vice President of the Center for Heart, Lung and Kidney Disease at Children’s National Medical Center, is the lead author of new national recommendations for implementing routine screening for critical congenital heart disease (CCHD) in newborns.

Children’s National Presents First Sheikh Zayed Prize for Pediatric Surgical Innovation - June 14, 2013
Children’s National has presented its inaugural Sheikh Zayed Prize for Pediatric Surgical Innovation to Heung Bae Kim, MD, of Boston Children’s Hospital.

Delaying High School Start Times: Children’s National Developing a "Blueprint for Change” for Fairfax County Public Schools - June 14, 2013
In order to help students get the sleep they need to perform at their best and optimize their health, Children’s National Medical Center’s Division of Sleep Medicine has been contracted by the Fairfax County School Board in Virginia to develop a plan to delay high schools’ start time to 8 am or later. 

U.S.News & World Report: Children’s National Medical Center Again Ranked among Best Children’s Hospitals - June 11, 2013
Children's National is proud to once again be ranked as one of America’s best pediatric hospitals by U.S.News & World Report in its 2013-2014 America’s Best Children’s Hospitals rankings. Children’s National is nationally ranked as a best pediatric hospital in all 10 specialties for the third year in a row!

Robert Keating, MD, Edits New Edition of Leading Textbook on Pediatric Brain Tumors - June 7, 2013
Washington, DC—Robert F. Keating, MD, Chief of Neurosurgery at Children’s National Medical Center, is the principal editor of the second edition of the leading textbook, Tumors of the Pediatric Central Nervous System. The book is published by Thieme Medical Publishers.

New Sleep Medicine Space at Children’s National Features Greater Flexibility and Technology - May 31, 2013
Today, Children’s National Medical Center opened a new space for the Division of Sleep Medicine that features new rooms, equipment, technology, and clinical capabilities.

International Study Shows Improved Survival Rates through Longer Treatment for Children with Langerhans Cell Hystiocytosis - May 29, 2013
A new international study finds that prolonged, intense initial treatment in children with multi-system Langerhans cell histiocytosis (MS-LCH) can achieve survival rates as high as 84 percent—a full 15 percent improvement over the previous clinical trial in this series.

Pediatric Cardiologist Charles Berul Contributes to Important Study of Sports Safety and Implantable Defibrillators - May 24, 2013
Charles I. Berul, MD, Chief of Cardiology at Children’s National Medical Center, has contributed to an important new study about the safety of vigorous or competitive sports for athletes with implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs). The study was published in the May 21 edition of the American Heart Association’s flagship journal, Circulation.

Depression Common among Children with Temporal Lobe Epilepsy - May 24, 2013
A new study led by Jay Salpekar, MD, Director, Neurobehavior Program at Children’s National Medical Center, determined that children and adolescents with seizures involving the temporal lobe are likely to have clinically significant behavioral problems and psychiatric illness, especially depression.

American Psychiatric Association Honors Paramjit Joshi, MD, with Special Commendation - May 22, 2013
The American Psychiatric Association has presented Paramjit T. Joshi, MD, with a Special Presidential Commendation. Dr. Joshi is the Chair of the Division of Behavioral Medicine and Director of the Psychiatry and Psychology programs at Children’s National Medical Center.

Children’s National to Host Symposium on Medical Device Development - May 21, 2013
Medical device development is the focus of an up-coming symposium hosted by the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation at Children’s National Medical Center. 

More than Half of Top Physician Societies Factor Costs into Clinical Guidance - May 17, 2013
Slightly more than half of major physician societies explicitly consider cost when developing their clinical guidance, according to a study published May 6 online in JAMA Internal Medicine. A few intentionally exclude cost from consideration, but many do not address cost at all.

Children’s National Medical Center Earns National Respiratory Care Distinction - May 9, 2013
Children’s National Medical Center has earned Quality Respiratory Care Recognition from the American Association for Respiratory Care.

Children’s National Appoints Mark Batshaw, MD, to New Physician-in-Chief Post - May 7, 2013
Mark L. Batshaw, MD, has been appointed to the new position of Physician-in-Chief at Children’s National Medical Center. The goal of this position is to optimize synergies at Children's National across patient care, research, and education.

Children and Teens in Emergency Departments Who Are at Risk for Suicide: Nearly 20% Have Access to Guns - May 6, 2013
Nearly one in five children and teens found to be at risk for suicide by emergency department care teams report that there are guns in their homes. This is according to a study presented today by Stephen Teach, MD, at the Pediatric Academic Societies annual meeting in Washington, DC.

Family-Centered Rounds Improve Education and Quality of Care for Pediatric Residents - May 3, 2013
While many academic hospitals have adopted family-centered rounds, little is known about how this practice helps residents and their education. A team from Children’s National Medical Center along with Children’s Medical Center in Dallas, Texas, sought to conduct focus groups with pediatric residents who were exposed to family-centered rounds and determine its effectiveness. 

Children’s National Staff Recognized by the Academic Pediatric Association for Excellence in Research and Teaching - May 2, 2013
Children’s National Medical Center physicians are receiving prestigious awards from the Academic Pediatric Association. Ellie Hamburger, MD, and Mary Ottolini, MD, MPH, will receive the 2013 Teaching Program Award for their program, the Children’s Academic Pediatric Educators.

Japanese Delegation of Pediatric Researchers and Clinicians Visit Children's National - May 1, 2013
A delegation from the National Center for Child Health and Development (NCCHD) in Tokyo, Japan, is spending several days with Children's National Medical Center counterparts to advance ongoing dialogue around best practices in pediatric care and research. 

Children’s National Experts Presenting at Pediatric Academic Societies Conference - April 30, 2013
More than 120 pediatricians and researchers from Children’s National Medical Center will present at the 2013 Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting, which runs from May 4 through May 7 in Washington, DC.

Pediatric Oncologist Gregory Reaman, MD, Honored with ASPHO Distinguished Career Award - April 29, 2013
Gregory H. Reaman, MD, Associate Director of the Food and Drug Administration’s  Office of Hematology and Oncology Products, and a Children’s National Medical Center Oncology faculty member, has received the 2013 Distinguished Career Award from the American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology (ASPHO). 

NIH and Children’s National Partner in New Cardiac Intervention Suite - April 26, 2013
The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), part of the National Institutes of Health, is partnering with Children’s National Medical Center to establish a new state-of-the-art facility dedicated to pediatric cardiac imaging and intervention. This collaboration brings NHLBI’s extensive experience in cardiac imaging to Children’s renowned clinical program.

Children's National Celebrates Earth Day and Bring Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day - April 26, 2013
Kurt Newman, MD, President and CEO, Children's National, joins daughters and sons of staff members for a joint celebration of Earth Day and Bring Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day. 

Children’s National to Advance Dialogue for Pediatric Medical Innovations - April 19, 2013
There is a critical unmet need in the United States and around the world for the development of pediatric medical devices, with support coming only from a scarce number of available grants and some private investments and philanthropy. 


National Institutes of Health Director, Francis Collins, MD, PhD, Discusses “Exceptional Opportunities for Biomedical Research” at Children’s National Medical Center - April 18, 2013
Speaking about “Exceptional Opportunities for Biomedical Research,” National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Francis Collins, MD, PhD, addressed faculty and staff at Children’s National Medical Center.

Study: First Comprehensive Review of Social Media as a Tool in Medicine - April 11, 2013
As technology and social media continually change the way people live their lives, healthcare professionals are trying to understand how this medium can help them treat and interact with patients and communities. 

Children’s National Medical Center Unveils New Pain Medicine Care Complex - April 3, 2013
Pediatric pain medicine program uses revolutionary “distract, measure, treat” approach to tackle pain in children.

Collaborations Forged to Create Innovative Solutions to Children’s Health Issues - April 3, 2013
Virginia Tech, Children’s National Medical Center, and the George Washington University have partnered in a unique program to create research breakthroughs in children’s health.

Gerard Gioia, PhD, Contributes to Updated Sports Related Concussion Guidelines from the American Academy of Neurology - March 20, 2013
Updated sports-related concussion guidelines from the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) draw on work done by Gerard Gioia, PhD, Chief of  Neuropsychology at Children’s National and internationally recognized in concussion research and clinical care. The updated guidelines confirm best practices in place at Children’s National.

First-of-its-Kind Study Shows Teens with Cancer Benefit From Family-Centered Advance Care Planning - March 18, 2013
For teenagers with cancer, advance care planning helps families understand the wishes of these young, sometimes very ill patients and may help them navigate difficult healthcare decisions, according to a new study published online first by JAMA Pediatrics.

Pediatric Cardiac Surgeon Richard Jonas, MD, Honored with 2013 Gibbon Award and a Scientific Journal Tribute - March 15, 2013
Richard A. Jonas, MD, Chief of Cardiac Surgery and Co-Director of the Children’s National Heart Institute at Children’s National Medical Center, has received the prestigious Gibbon Award from the American Society of Extra-Corporeal Technology (AmSECT).

Children’s National and Inova Forge Joint Venture to Provide Specialty Care to Northern Virginia Families - March 1, 2013
Children’s National Medical Center and Inova announced today the formation of Pediatric Specialists of Virginia, LLC.

Children’s National Cardiology Team Travels to South Africa for World Congress Pediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery - February 20, 2013
Several members of the Children’s National team traveled to South Africa to attend the 6th World Congress Pediatric Cardiac Society of South Africa, hosted by the South African Heart Association.

Children’s National Welcomes Drs. Hubbard and Tucker-Powell to Children’s Pediatricians and Associates (CP&A) - February 14, 2013
Effective this week, the pediatric practice run by Angela Hubbard, MD, and Danita Tucker-Powell, MD, has become part of Children’s Pediatricians and Associates (CP&A).

New Members Named to Children’s National Medical Center Boards - January 18, 2013
New officers and members have been named to the Children’s National Medical Center governing boards. Children’s National includes several corporate entities, each with its own board. 

Inauguration Day: Visiting Information - January 17, 2013
Monday, January 21, is Inauguration Day and Children’s National expects the main campus may be affected by the increased traffic and road closures, as a result of the events in the downtown Washington, DC, area.

Children’s National Calls for Improved Pediatric Mental Health Treatment - January 16, 2013
Kurt Newman, MD, a pediatric surgeon and President and Chief Executive of Children’s National Medical Center responds to White House actions and task force on gun violence recommendations.

Children’s National Names Two Chief Medical Officers - January 3, 2013

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