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Jon Cooper, PhD - 10/27/2016

Jon Cooper, PhD

Jon Cooper, PhD
Division of Medical Genetics
Professor of Pediatrics

Contact Information:
Phone: (424) 571-7754
Fax: (424) 571-7556
Email: jon.cooper@labiomed.org

Research Focus:
Jon Cooper has recently been recruited to LA BioMed from King’s College London, where he was Professor of Experimental Pathology and Head of Graduate Studies (Research). His Pediatric Storage Disorders Laboratory (PDSL) was founded in 2000 after his previous spell in California, when he was a postdoc at UCSF and Stanford. Jon is a leading international authority on the neuropathology of Batten disease or Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis (NCLs), and other lysosomal storage disorders.

Jose Montano Foundation Donates to our pediatric clinic - 09/27/2016


Jose Montano became famed from San Diego to the South Bay for his courageous and giving spirit, founding Jose Montano Foundation. He made trips to local hospitals, visiting children undergoing cancer treatment, while himself still undergoing treatment for his rare form of brain cancer.

The foundation provides healthy snacks and toys to children in local hospitals. “We started out with Jose passing out lollipops and we went on from there. And now thank God we’re able to reach out to more families," Mr. Montano says. "It’s a beautiful mission that he left for us to complete and here we are.

Fighting Childhood Hunger - 02/19/2016


by ChrisAnna M. Mink, M.D.

No school today, so no lunch. Nine-year-old Marilyn and her mom, Maria Villa, are cleaning their porch and discussing what to cook for their only meal today. Perhaps, soup with rice and beans. No meat, no veggies.

Marilyn is petite with expressive chestnut eyes, long brown hair that’s barely combed and the slightest of smiles. If she could eat anything, it would be fruit, especially apples and bananas, but these are treats – they’re too expensive to have everyday.

The Villa Family live in Wilmington in an apartment in a strip of six single-units that looks like an emaciated 1960’s roadside motel; all of the correct structures are present, just shrunken. The tiny patio is cluttered with broken toys, baseball bats, recyclable bottles and a wire bookcase covered with leafy green foliage. The plants are Maria’s pride - she insists flowers and children make a home.

Daniel Patrick Lamb, Jr., M.D. - 03/17/2015

Daniel Patrick Lamb, MD

Daniel Patrick Lamb, Jr., M.D.
Director of Pediatric Hospital Medicine Quality Improvement
Clinical Instructor, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Harbor-UCLA Medical Center

Contact Information:
Phone: (310) 222-2301
Fax: (310) 328-0864
Email: dlamb@dhs.lacounty.gov

Certifications:
American Board of Pediatrics, General Pediatrics

Training:
Internship and Residency in Pediatrics, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center

Education:
Stanford University, B.A. Human Biology
Oregon Health and Science University School of Medicine, M.D.

Michael Bolaris, MD - 02/12/2015

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Michael Bolaris, MD
Chief, Antibiotic Review Committee
Director, Adult and Pediatric Antimicrobial Stewardship Program
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Contact Information:
Phone: (310) 781-3630
Email: mbolaris@labiomed.org

Research Interests:

Susy A. Yusung M.D., M.S. - 11/06/2014

Dr. Susy Yusung

Susy A. Yusung M.D., M.S.
Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics

Contact Information:
1000 W. Carson St.
Box 468
Torrance, CA 90509

Email: syusung@labiomed.org

Research Focus:

Certifications:
American Board of Pediatrics

Training:
Internship and Residency, Pediatrics, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
Fellowship, Pediatric Gastroenterology, UCLA Geffen School of Medicine

Education:
M.D., Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
M.S. in Molecular and Cellular Biology, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland

Selected publications:

1. Lin Lin, Chao Ma, Bo Wei, Najib Aziz, Susy Yusung, Raja Rajalingam, Henry A. Erlich, Elizabeth A. Trachtenberg, Stephan R. Targan, Marla C. Dubinsky, Dermot P.B. McGovern, James R. Heath, Jonathan Braun. KIR Genes Modify Crohn’s Disease Susceptibility by Altering the Human Natural Killer Cell Cytokine Program. The Journal of Immunology. 2014 July;193(2):940-9. PMCID: PMC4096688

Rohit Passi, M.D. - 11/06/2014

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Rohit Passi, M.D.
Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics

Contact Information:

1124 W Carson St.
RB-1 Box 446
Torrance, CA 90502

Phone: (310) 222-8179
Fax: (310)222-3887
Email: rpassi@labiomed.org

Research Focus:

  • BioElectrical Processes in Neonates
  • Role of Electromagnetic Fields in ICU and Effect of Electrically Grounding human body

Certifications:
American Academy of Pediatrics
Medical Council of India
AAP Section on Perinatal Pediatrics
AAP TECaN

Training:
Fellowship, Pediatrics, Penn State Children's Hospital
Residency, Columbia University Medical Center, the affiliation at Harlem Hospital

Education:
Pt B.D.Sharma Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences
India

Selected publications:

Rashmi Shetgiri, M.D. - 11/04/2014

Dr. Shetgiri

Rashmi Shetgiri, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Contact Information:
1000 W. Carson Street, Box 491
Torrance, CA 90509

Phone: (310) 222-4150
Fax: (310) 533-8579
Email: rshetgiri@labiomed.org

Research Focus:

  • Bullying prevention
  • Health services research
  • Language, culture, and child health
  • Latino child health
  • Racial/ethnic disparities in child health
  • Violence prevention in children and adolescents

Dr. Shetgiri’s research focuses on bullying and violence prevention among children and adolescents. She has been awarded grant funding by the National Institutes of Health for her research on Latino youth violence prevention and by the Academic Pediatric Association for her research on primary-care-based bullying prevention. She conducts health services research and community-based research to address racial/ethnic disparities in child health and to improve the health of Latino children. She also collaborates on research to examine the impact of language and cultural issues on children’s health.

Certifications:

Lynda E. Polgreen, M.D., M.S. - 11/04/2014

Lynda Polgreen, MD, MS

Lynda E. Polgreen, M.D., M.S.
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Contact Information:
1124 West Carson Street, RB-1, Rm 213
Torrance, CA 90502

Phone: (310) 222-1961
Email: lpolgreen@labiomed.org

Research Focus:
Dr. Polgreen's research focus is on musculoskeletal disease in the Mucopolysaccharidoses (MPS) and the immunologic effects of vitamin D. Current projects include identification of biomarkers that predict disease severity in MPS, inflammatory pathways involved in MPS related skeletal disease, anti-inflammatory therapy in MPS, and the role of vitamin D in immune response to malaria infection.

Certifications:
Diplomat, American Board of Pediatric Endocrinology
Diplomat, American Board of Pediatrics

Training:
Fellowship, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
Residency, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
Internship, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Education:
Master’s in Clinical Research, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
M.D., Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY

John M. Graham Jr., MD, ScD - 03/21/2014

John Graham, MD

John M. Graham Jr., MD, ScD
Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics
Division of Medical Genetics

Contact Information:
Email: jgraham2@labiomed.org

Research Focus:
Dr. Graham's background in public health, communication disorders, developmental pediatrics and dysmorphology has helped to branch his research into a wide variety of medical conditions that lead to developmental disabilities. He also has a research interests in various teratologic disorders and craniofacial disorders, such as craniosynostosis, plagiocephaly, cleft lip and palate, hemifacial microsomia and microtia. Additional research interests include the genetics of mental retardation and common birth defect syndromes. He has written well over 200 peer-reviewed scientific articles and book chapters and recently revised his book, Smith's Recognizable Patterns of Human Deformation.

Training:
Internship, Medicine, Children's Hospital Medical Center, Boston MA
Residency, Children's Hospital Medical Center, Boston MA
Fellowship, Developmental Disabilities, Children's Hospital Medical Center, Boston, MA