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Harbor-UCLA Pediatrics: Committed to Developing Therapies for Rare Genetic Disorders - 08/16/2012

Emil Kakkis, M.D., Ph.D.Habor-UCLA Pediatrics is known for taking biomedical research discoveries in the laboratories and applying them to patients’ bedsides. Former faculty member Emil Kakkis, M.D., Ph.D., clearly proved this point with the development of an enzyme replacement therapy known as Aldurazyme® to treat Mucopolysaccharidosis I (MPS I), also known as Hurler-Scheie Syndrome. MPS I is a rare genetic disease caused by the body’s inability to produce a critical enzyme.

Dr. Carol Berkowitz: At the Helm of Harbor-UCLA’s “Failure to Thrive” Program - 08/16/2012

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., lead investigator at LA BioMed and Executive Vice Chair in the Department of Pediatrics at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, has been at the helm of LA BioMed’s “Failure to Thrive” program and clinic for more than 30 years. “Failure to Thrive” (FTT) is a term commonly used to refer to children who are unable to gain weight and grow (within normal range) as expected, and who have a weight that is below the normal growth chart (the 5th percentile) for their age.

Annual Pediatric Resident Scholar Awards Program Announced - 08/08/2012

Harbor-UCLA Pediatrics announces a new annual awards program for pediatric residents who perform scholarly projects. First through third year residents are eligible to receive awards in the following five categories:

  1. Education, overseen by Drs. Sylvia Yeh and Monica Sifuentes
  2. Research, overseen by Drs. Virender Rehan and Ruey Chang
  3. Advocacy, overseen by Dr. Julie Noble
  4. Humanism, overseen by Dr. Carol Berkowtiz
  5. QI/Health Services, overseen by Dr. Bonnie Rachman

Each award recipient will receive a $500 stipend and may be invited to participate in a Grand Rounds presentation to showcase their work.

Harbor-UCLA Pediatrics Welcomes New Third Year Resident Dr. Jasmine Lew - 07/19/2012

Dr. Jasmine LewThe Department of Pediatrics is pleased to welcome Dr. Jasmine Lew, a new third year resident.

After matriculating from medical school at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine, Dr. Lew completed her first two years of pediatric residency at St. Louis Children's Hospital.

Jasmine recently completed a year of training at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and has joined Harbor-UCLA Pediatrics to complete her final year of pediatric residency.

Getting to Know the New 2012 Interns... - 07/18/2012

A few weeks ago, Drs. Adam Jonas and Julie Noble hosted the annual intern welcome dinner at their home. The academic year is now underway and Harbor-UCLA Pediatrics is proud to welcome this great group of folks. Here's an introduction to the Class of 2015.

2012 Interns with Dr. Adam Jonas












Slideshow from the 2012 Pediatric Resident Graduation "Pediprom" - 06/21/2012

Resident Graduate Dr. Hazel Carranza with Dept. Chair Dr. Adam Jonas and faculty member Dr. Julie NobleThe annual Pediatric Resident Graduation and Awards Dinner took place on Saturday, June 16 at the Portofino Hotel & Yacht Club in Redondo Beach.

Check out these fetching photos of our annual celebration of Harbor-UCLA's newly crowned Pediatrics Resident Graduates along with faculty and current residents.


Congratulations 2012 Graduates! - 06/21/2012

2012 Residency GraduatesThe annual Pediatric Resident Graduation and Awards Dinner took place on Saturday, June 16 at the Portofino Hotel & Yacht Club in Redondo Beach. The Graduating Fellows Presentation will be held on June 28 during Grand Rounds. Congratulations to all our graduates!

Dr. Marianne Gausche-Hill is Recognized by AAP for Outstanding Education - 06/21/2012

Dr. Marianne Gausche-HillDr. Marianne Gausche-Hill, M.D. is the 2012 recipient of the Steve Miller Award for Excellence in Education & Mentorship from the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Emergency Medicine (AAP-SOEM). Dr. Gausche-Hill is the Director of the Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship and a Professor of Clinical Medicine in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Harbor-UCLA. She was the first U.S. physician to complete a sub-specialty training program in pediatric emergency medicine and is nationally known for her work as an emergency medical services researcher and educator, and for her leadership in the field of pediatric emergency medicine.

Harbor-UCLA Pediatrics Alumni Interview: Lisa Schimmenti, M.D., of University of Minnesota - 06/11/2012

Lisa Schimmenti, M.D.Harbor-UCLA Pediatrics resident alumna Dr. Lisa Schimmenti is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Genetics and Metabolism at the University of Minnesota. She holds a joint appointment in the Department of Ophthalmology for her research and patient care in ophthalmic genetics.

Dr. Schimmenti received her undergraduate degree from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. She received her medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. She completed her pediatric residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and her fellowship in Genetics and Metabolism at the University of Minnesota.

Three New Scientists Bring The Promise of Therapeutic Discoveries to Harbor-UCLA Pediatrics - 06/04/2012

CHRC Lab This summer, Tsui-Fen Chou, Ph.D., Michelina Iacovino, Ph.D., and Rebecca Stockton, Ph.D., will join the Harbor-UCLA Pediatrics faculty in the Division of Medical Genetics to help develop innovative therapeutic treatments.

All three investigators will be based out of the Child Health Research Center (CHRC), an 8,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility intended to serve as a hub for translational science research for children. The establishment of the CHRC was the initial phase of a joint effort of the Department of Pediatrics and LA BioMed to emphasize advances in pediatric research.