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Harbor-UCLA Pediatrics "Resident Spotlight" on Nick Cuttriss, M.D., M.P.H. - 11/04/2010

Nick Cuttriss, M.D.Dr. Nicolas Cuttriss is a third year resident in the Department of Pediatrics. Last year, Dr. Cuttriss was profiled in Pediatrics in Review for his role in the global health initiative, American Youth Understanding Diabetes Abroad (AYUDA).

Dr. Cuttriss, a Washington, DC native, co-founded AYUDA at the age of fourteen with friend Jesse Fuchs-Simon during their freshman year at Georgetown Day High School. While still in high school, Dr. Cuttriss and his friend traveled to Ecuador where he met a family that had exhausted all of its funds paying for a child’s insulin. After also discovering that few families in the country had any information about how to manage diabetes, Dr. Cuttriss and his friend started AYUDA. AYUDA empowers youth to serve as agents of change in diabetes communities abroad.

Harbor-UCLA Pediatrics "Faculty Spotlight" on Adam J. Jonas, M.D., Professor and Chair, Department of Pediatrics - 10/07/2010

Adam J. Jonas, M.D. Adam J. Jonas, M.D. is currently Professor and Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Harbor-UCLA and Professor and Joseph St. Geme, Jr., M.D. Honorary Chair of Pediatrics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Before leading the department at Harbor, Dr. Jonas held professorships at Harbor-UCLA and ultimately served as the Division Chief of Medical Genetics. Prior to his tenure at Harbor, Dr. Jonas held academic appointments at UC San Diego and at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Dr. Jonas received his M.D. from UC San Diego, where he went on to complete his pediatric residency and fellowship training in Genetics and Metabolism.

In the academic pediatric community, Dr. Jonas has held many leadership positions at the local level, the state level and the national level, such as serving as Chair of the Medical Biochemistry Study Section for the NIH in the late ‘90s. In 2009 he was awarded the prestigious Joseph St. Geme, Jr., M.D. Honorary Chair of Pediatrics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. In 1991, Dr. Jonas won the Richard E. Weitzman Research Memorial Award. Since 1997, Dr. Jonas has pioneered the California Newborn Screening Program. Harbor-UCLA is home to one of the few California State-Designated Newborn Screening Centers within Los Angeles County. Dr. Jonas has initiated the construction of a new facility at Harbor-UCLA called the “Child Health Research Center,” where similar advances in pediatric research will surely take place in the near future.

Harbor-UCLA Pediatrics "Faculty Spotlight" on Carol Berkowitz, M.D., F.A.A.P., F.A.C.E.P. - 07/01/2010

Carol Berkowitz, M.D., F.A.A.P., F.A.C.E.P.Carol Berkowitz, M.D., F.A.A.P., F.A.C.E.P. is currently Executive Vice Chair in the Department of Pediatrics at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. She has held many national leadership positions including President of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and has won many awards. She is the editor of Berkowitz’s Pediatrics: A Primary Care Approach, a textbook now in its third edition, and is a contributor to VisualDx Mobile, a new application which helps doctors diagnose diseases. Dr. Berkowitz is married to David Berkowitz, M.D., a gastroenterologist, and she is a proud mother of two daughters, Nicole and Ellie, and a grandmother of four.