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10 Questions: Marina Capella - 01/10/2014

Today we asked 10 8 questions with Marina Capella, MD
Marina,

If money were no object, what would you buy?
A Vit-A-Mix mixer. I've wanted one for 5 years, but it's too expensive!

What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?
I don't know.

What product do you never go cheap on, for the sake of quality?
Food - I even feed my four pet rabbits organic fresh veggies from Whole Foods.

Alarm clock goes off in the morning…do you hit snooze?
Always. In fact, I set my alarm 15 minutes early just so I can hit the snooze button. Getting out of bed is hard. It should not be rushed.

What was your favorite subject in med school?
Human physiology, by far. I like knowing how things work.

What is your favorite vacation spot?
Anywhere where I can SCUBA dive.

Would you rather live without music or tv?
Music, definitely. I listen to NPR most of the time. I'm probably the least music-savvy person on earth!

In 10 years I’ll be…

Tools of the Trade: VisualDX - 01/06/2014

When you purchase an app, the first thing you want to know is if the app delivers on its promise. The promise VisualDx makes is that it will aid physicians in making clinical decisions with enhanced diagnostic accuracy leading to improved patient safety. A bold statement, to be sure. So does it hit its mark?

"I think VisualDx is a great resource for primary care practitioners," said third-year resident Lori Prakash, D.O., who uses VisualDx very often. "During medical school, we get very little training on how to diagnose different dermatological pathologies, and in practice we see rashes on a daily basis. Having VisualDx as a resource right at our fingertips in clinic or in house is valuable so we can diagnose common conditions without the need for a specialist."

The first page of the VisualDx interface intuits that you either have an idea of what you're dealing with in your search for a diagnosis, or you have no clue where to begin.

10 Questions: Erica Li, MD - 12/20/2013

This week we take a peek inside the ethos of resident Erica Li, M.D. Erica is a medical student out of UC Davis.

Erica,

When did you know you wanted to be a pediatrician?
I knew I wanted to be a pediatrician when... I was treated nicely as a third year student

If money were no object, what would you buy?
All the fish in the ocean.

What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?
Perform piano to a paid audience.

What product do you never go cheap on, for the sake of quality?
Comfort shoes.

Alarm clock goes off in the morning…do you hit snooze?
Yes.

What was your favorite subject in med school?
History mystery rounds.

What is your favorite vacation spot?
Smithsonian museum of natural history.

Would you rather live without music or tv?
Absolutely TV.

Think of your favorite person at Harbor Pediatrics. Without naming him/her, describe what makes that person so appealing.
Corny jokes.

In 10 years I’ll be…

Christmas Toy Ride 2013 A Success - 12/16/2013

If you were there this Saturday for the annual Toy Ride, you likely heard them before you saw them. And suddenly there they were: a fleet of motorcycles from the Pinoy Harley Riders Club arrived with toys in tow for a long line of children from our clinics, ensuring that they have a very merry Christmas.

The Toy Ride took place on Saturday, December 14th. Each child and their close family members received a toy and song from two present Santas. From 10am to just past noon, people lined up. Members of the Pinoy Harley Riders formed a choir and went through many Christmas favorites.

Many faculty and staff were in attendance, including Harbor-UCLA CEO Delvecchio Finley. Dr. Julie Noble of the CHP Clinic, of which many of the children are from, was also there. The Toy Ride would not have been a success without the efforts of coordinators Tony and Xinaia Reyes.

10 Questions: Kelly Vasant, MD - 12/06/2013

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Dr. Vangala (left), Dr. Vasant (right)

Dr. Vasant will soon be leaving us. Before we send her off, let's ask 10 Questions.

Kelly,

When did you know you wanted to be a pediatrician?
When my parents told me it was the greatest profession.




If money were no object, what would you buy?
A fabulous home in Marina del Rey!

What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?
Start my own fashion label!

What product do you never go cheap on, for the sake of quality?
Make up and clothing.

Alarm clock goes off in the morning…do you hit snooze?
Yes, at least 3 times.

What was your favorite subject in med school?
Anatomy

What is your favorite vacation spot?
I'm hoping Greece, once I go there!

Would you rather live without music or tv?
Music

Pediatric Resident Kelly Vasant Accepts Hospitalist Position at UCLA - 12/06/2013

Third year pediatric resident Kelly Vasant, MD, has recently accepted a position at UCLA to be a pediatric hospitalist.

Dr. Vasant reminisced on her time at Harbor Pediatrics as she prepared to embark on a new phase of her career.

"I was applying for Match in 2011, but I got lucky when someone from Harbor was leaving and they asked me to start early."

Kelly joined Harbor Pediatrics in January 2011 after graduating from Ross University School of Medicine. She completed her undergraduate degree at UC San Diego in Psychology and Health Care/Social Issues.

When asked what her experience at Harbor Pediatrics has taught her, she mentioned her role as doctor and advocate. "Going the extra mile for all your patients on a daily basis really has shown me how important and influential I am in the lives of patients," Vasant said. "I've written letters to immigration services to help mothers keep their immigration status to keep them from getting deported."

Harley Club Toy Ride Cycling in Christmas Cheer - 12/03/2013


Mark your calendars for Saturday, December 14th as Child Life Services hosts the Pinoy Harley Riders Club for the second year in a row when they make their 3rd Annual Toy Run Ride.

60 motorcycle riders will meet at Azon's Restaurant and ride (in style) to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center parking lot C on the corner of Carson and Vermont.

This event is only for our Harbor-UCLA pediatric patients. Patients and families from our CHP clinic will await the bikers ad they haul in donated toys. There, each child will receive a gift. And Santa won't forget the kids in the Ward unable to come down. Santa and kids will go upstairs to the 6E ward to carol and give toys to the kids who weren't able to go to the parking lot. And expect to see Harley in the ward as well!

This year is expected to be bigger and better than last year. Please encourage your staff to show support to our donors.

Reminder: This is not a public event. It is for hospitalized children and families. Harbor-UCLA pediatric patients only.

What:
2 Santas
50 Harley Motorcycles
Gifts and Caroling

When:

10 Questions: Alexander Lau, M.D. - 11/15/2013

In a new series being kicked off today, the interns of 2013 were asked 10 questions. Some of them are serious, others less so. Each brings us closer to knowing the inner-most workings of the doctor.

Alexander,

When did you know you wanted to be a pediatrician?
I knew I wanted to be a pediatrician when... I was about two weeks into my third year peds rotation.

If money were no object, what would you buy?
Since things of intangible value can't be directly purchased, I like fun socks, so maybe a few more pairs of those...also, one of those oversized jars of Nutella that are on display at every creperie storefront across Europe and a spare iPhone charger for night shifts.

What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?
Flying sans jet pack.

What product do you never go cheap on, for the sake of quality?
Food...not fancy food necessarily, but I try to avoid fast food as much as possible.

Alarm clock goes off in the morning…do you hit snooze?

Child Life Halloween 2013: A Great Success - 11/07/2013

Halloween was a success! There were costumed heroes, blood-sucking villains and a beautiful, breath-taking princess!

Thanks to Child Life Services for the awesome job they did in bringing Halloween to the pediatrics department. Kids dressed in provided costumes such as surgeon outfits and went trick-or-treating to various offices to receive gifts. Thank you to all who donated.

Harbor-UCLA Pediatricians in LA Business Journal - 11/04/2013


If you pick up a recent copy of Los Angeles Business Journal, you'll see some familiar names and faces.

Drs. Ruey-Kang Chang, Paul Lee, and Laszlo Boros are each featured prominently in the November 4-10 print issue of LA Business Journal. The article highlights the business acumen of these Harbor-UCLA pediatricians who each have turned their inventions and discoveries into profit in the private sector.

Dr. Ruey-Kan Chang is the chief executive officer of QT Medical, a company he founded that will commercialize Dr. Chang's inventions; among them is a baby monitor that prevents Sudden Infant Death Syndrom (SIDS).