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Faculty and Graduates Recognized by LA Magazine as 2014 Southern California "Super Doctors" - 04/23/2014
Congratulations to 22 Harbor Pediatrics faculty members and graduates who were named 2014 Southern California "Super Doctors" in Los Angeles Magazine. The feature is a yearly survey that the magazine conducts. Harbor-UCLA Pediatrics usually has a strong presence in the feature, and this year is no exception in this year's iteration of the survey.
The physicians were chosen for this honor through a rigorous peer-review selection process that ensures that only the top 5 percent of the area's doctors would be recognized with this distinction. The "Super Doctors" are known as pioneers in their fields and all have a distinguished track record of professional excellence.
Among the many Harbor-UCLA physicians listed, 14 were from pediatrics:
Congratulations to Marianne Gausche-Hill, MD, Chief of the Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine and Vice Chair in our Department, for receiving the 2014 National EMS Award from the American College of Emergency Physicians.
This award is presented to a single individual who "has made an outstanding contribution in EMS of national significance or application" and recognizes Marianne’s multiple and substantial contributions to the care of children in the prehospital and emergency department domains.
Marianne was the lead investigator of the largest randomized trial ever conducted evaluating different methods of managing the airway and supporting ventilation for critically ill and injured children in the prehospital setting. This remarkable trial was published in JAMA back in 2000 and set the standard to this type of research.
April is Autism Awareness month. A small torrent of studies has recently been released, the most recent and most chilling among them is the report by the AAP -- "Autism prevalence now 1 in 68, varies by sex, race/ethnic group." -- makes the spreading of awareness all the more important.
The jump in prevalence represents a 30% increase, according to the survey, leading many researchers to now describe the occurrence of autism spectrum as common.
The study found the following:
- Intellectual ability of children with ASD varies greatly. About half of the children have average or above-average intellectual ability (i.e., IQ above 85) compared to only one-third 10 years ago.
- Boys remain more likely to be identified with ASD with one in 42 diagnosed compared with one in 189 girls.
- Prevalence also varied by racial/ethnic group, with non-Hispanic white children 30% more likely to be identified than non-Hispanic black children and 50% more likely than Hispanic children
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. This month and throughout the year, everyone is encouraged to play a role in making Harbor Pediatrics a better place for children and families. By ensuring that parents have the knowledge, skills, and resources they need to care for their children, we can help promote children's social and emotional well-being and prevent child maltreatment within families and communities.
Research shows that when parents possess six protective factors, the risk for neglect and abuse diminish and optimal outcomes for children, youth, and families are promoted. The six protective factors are:
• Nurturing and attachment: Encouraging nurturing and strong attachment relationships between children and their caregivers.
• Knowledge of parenting and of child and youth development: Enhancing skills in positive parenting/teaching (disciplining) and in understanding child development
• Parental resilience: Asking screening questions to parents about mental health and safety
Left to Right: Drs. Mehra, Gotesman, Karandikar, Dasgupta, and Mrs. Dasgupta
For the denizens of rural Guatemala, access to medicine is sparse, and more advanced medicine like surgeries are out of reach. The resources that are available, such as the state-of-the-art facilities in Guatemala City, are not accessed by enough people due to the lack of traveling means. Many aren't even even aware the facilities exist. Including the usual sicknesses that people contract, the people of Guatemala face the highest rate of chronic child malnutrition in the Western hemisphere, with rates often higher than 80% in rural areas.
Since 2007, Dr. Shom Dasgupta has been going to Guatemala as a fieldworker and staff physician for the non-profit organization Wuqu' Kawoq. We profiled his work here in a Resident Spotlight in 2011.
Welcome the interns of 2014!
Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine
B.A. in Biology from University of California, Los Angeles
While at OHSU, Dr. Baghaee contributed to a study that revealed multiple barriers to autism screening and diagnosis in Latino children. She also participated in many volunteer activities in the OHSU community. Her hobbies are cooking, hiking and kayaking.
Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science
B.A. in Molecular Biology
She is an Albert Schweitzer Fellow doing work with PrimeCare. During medical school, she spent a summer in China as a student intern. She has been inducted in the Golden Humanism Medical Society at her school. Her hobbies include tennis, piano and knitting.
Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine
Rohit Passi, MD, has accepted a faculty position in the Division of Neonatology. Dr. Passi is currently completing his fellowship at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital and plans to begin at Harbor-UCLA Pediatrics in July of 2014.
Dr. Passi's research interests include the physiologic effects of grounding preterm infants in the NICU, which he presented last year at the American Academy of Pediatrics' 36th Mid-Atlantic Conference on Perinatal Research in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Dr. Ruey-Kang Chang, pediatric cardiologist, was tired of seeing babies with a delayed diagnosis of heart disease. He decided to do something about it, and literally went to the drawing board to invent ways to help them.
A second baby has been found to be cured of HIV/AIDS at Miller Children's Hospital in Long Beach. Dr. Jag Batra, a pediatric infectious disease physician here at Harbor-UCLA and Miller Children's Hospital, is a part of the medical group that worked on the case.
Four hours after birth, the baby was tested for HIV and immediately started on a drug regimen -- a high dosage usually reserved for the amount that is used to treat the virus.
What is now apparent is that early treatment is what kills the virus before it is able to take root. Doctors caution that the word cure not be used because on-going treatment is still necessary for the baby. Doctors will consider pausing treatment at some point to see if the baby is still virus-free at age 2.
The mother of the now HIV-free baby is mentally ill and did not take the drugs prescribed to her that would have protected her baby.
Dr. Jerome Rotter has been featured in the February edition of American Health Journal on the topic of "Personalized Medicine." The segment, which airs February 28th at 5:30pm on KOCE/PBS SoCal Public Television, is on the topic of Personalized Medicine, and is also available online right now.
In the on-camera appearance, Dr. Rotter emphasizes the importance of personalized medicine representing the entire mosaic of patient populations, a similar chord he strummed in our interview of him this past October in which he praised the diverse patient population of Harbor-UCLA and cited it as a principle reason for his choosing to come to Harbor-UCLA.