News and Events
Harbor-UCLA Pediatrics Faculty Dr. Charles S. Grob in LA Times: Healing Power of Hallucinogens - 12/23/2011
On November 29, Harbor-UCLA Pediatrics faculty member Charles S. Grob, M.D., was featured in an LA Times article about the therapeutic use of hallucinogens and other street drugs for various conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder, addiction, chronic pain, depression and terminal illness.
He recently led a research team that found psilocybin ("magic muschrooms") improved the mood of patients with advanced-stage cancer. Grob is the Division Chief of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and a Professor of Psychiatry at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.
The annual Harbor-UCLA Pediatrics Chromotones concert on Friday, December 16 was a big hit. This year's performance took place in the Assembly Room giving the band and the vocalists plenty of room to "bring the noise." Faculty, staff, residents, prospective applicants and even passers-by turned out to see Harbor-UCLA's most talented group perform.
The orchestra was conducted by maestro Dr. Henry Lin:
Accompaniment - Dr. Ken Zangwill (piano)
Brass - Dr. Joe Lasky (trombone)
Strings - Dr. Agnes Chen (violin), Dr. George Emerson (cello), Dr. Henry Lin (stand-up bass), Mr. Larry Schneider, Chief, Department of Clinical Social Work (violin)
Woodwinds - Dr. Adam Jonas (flute)
The choir was led by soprano Dr. Patti Dickson:
Drs. Sana Ashraf, Hazel Carranza, Clare Kasper, Alejandro Diaz, Thanh Huynh, Nilou Tehrani (Residents)
Kathleen Crowley (Department of Social Work)
Jessica Howard-Anderson (3rd Year UCLA DGSOM Medical Student)
The 2012 Western Society for Pediatric Research meeting is being held in Carmel, CA from Jan. 25 to Jan. 28. This year, Harbor-UCLA Pediatrics will again have a strong presence at the well attended annual conference. See below for the papers presented by students, faculty and fellows. A (*) indicates an award-winning presentation.
For the complete meeting schedule, download the program here.
Harbor-UCLA Pediatrics Alumni Interview: Pamela Riley, M.D., M.P.H., of The Commonwealth Fund - 12/14/2011
Pamela Riley, M.D., M.P.H., is a pediatrician with a longstanding commitment to improving the health of low-income, medically underserved populations. Dr. Riley received her M.D. from the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine and completed her internship and residency in pediatrics at Harbor–UCLA Medical Center. She received her M.P.H. from the Harvard School of Public Health as a Commonwealth Fund/Harvard Minority Health Policy Fellow.
Riley joined The Commonwealth Fund in July 2011 as Program Officer for the Vulnerable Populations program. The program is part of a health care delivery system improvement and innovation effort. Riley also oversees The Commonwealth Fund/Harvard University Fellowship in Minority Health Policy. The Harvard-based fellowship program seeks to develop physician leaders who will address the health needs of vulnerable populations.
On November 29, Blake Griffin, power forward for the Los Angeles Clippers, made a special trek to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center to spend some time with pediatric patients.
NBA All-Star Blake Griffin is one of the league's brightest stars. As "the face" of the Los Angeles Clippers, he is one of the NBA's elite athletes. Earlier this year, Blake wowed audiences worldwide when he won the NBA's 2011 Slam Dunk Contest by jumping over a car! In addition to his fame for "The Blake Griffin Car Dunk," he was voted the 2010-11 NBA "Rookie of the Year."*
Blake's trip to Harbor-UCLA helped kick off the "Campaign of Giving" for the holiday season. The program was organized by Dr. Reza Babapour (Division of Dermatology) and Melissa Hebron (Director of Child Life Services) to help support the many families and children in need at the hospital.
It's that time again! The Harbor-UCLA Pediatrics Chromotones perform every Holiday season. The Chromotones are an informal group of musicians and singers of all levels from the department.
2011 Chromotones Concert:
Friday, December 16
Rehearsal: 7:00 a.m.
Performance: 8:30 a.m.
6th Floor Conference Room
If you want to join the coolest music sensation in the South Bay, contact maestro Dr. Henry Lin. Sheet music is forthcoming.
Not comfortable in the spotlight? Be a part of the audience and spread the word.
Support Harbor-UCLA Pediatrics "Reach Out and Read" Program: Barnes & Noble Book Fair 12/10-12/15 - 12/06/2011
Barnes and Noble in Torrance continues to support our "Reach Out and Read" Program (ROR) with an in-store book fair on Saturday, December 10 and an online book fair from December 10 to December 15.
A percentage of all Barnes and Noble purchases (either at the Torrance store or online) will be donated to the Harbor-UCLA Pediatrics ROR Program. Any purchase counts - books, electronics, music - purchases do not have to be children's books.
In September, resident alumnus and former Chief Resident Dr. Nathan Kuppermann received the "Outstanding Contribution in Research Award" from the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP). The award recognizes a physician who has made a significant contribution to emergency medicine research. Dr. Kuppermann was given the only research-related honor this year.
Kuppermann was part of a select group of doctors honored at the 2011 ACEP Scientific Assembly. The conference recently took place in San Francisco and is the biggest annual gathering of emergency physicians in the U.S.
Harbor-Pediatrics Alumna Dr. Beatrice Tetteh Advises on the Flu at 2011 AAP National Conference - 11/16/2011
Dr. Beatrice Tetteh completed her residency training in pediatrics at Harbor-UCLA earlier this year. At the AAP’s National Conference and Exhibition (NCE) in Boston last month, Dr. Tetteh was interviewed on the importance of the flu vaccine for families and newborns. Her segment garnered attention from a CNN radio affiliate in Sonoma County, KSRO, who requested a follow-up interview with her. In addition, her spot was featured in a national health news wire.
Genetics Clinical Conference
CHRC Conference Room
Pediatric Grand Rounds - "CPC Presentation" - Thanh, Huynh, MD
Clinical Case Conference
Resident Lecture Seminar - "Journal Club", "TBA, "PICU Talk"
6th Floor Conference Room
6th Floor Conference Room