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Dr. Sonia Morales named New Century Scholar - 01/22/2016

Morales gives books

Second year resident Sonia Morales, MD, has been given the distinguished honor of being named by the Academic Pediatrics Association (APA) a New Century Scholar.

Competition this year was particularly tough due to the high number of applicants. To be selected for the honor, applicants must be from an under-represented minority group having shown an interest in pursuing an academic career in pediatrics as well as an interest in pursuing scholarly activities in the areas of racial/ethnic health disparities, minority child health and development, sociocultural determinants of health, and cultural competency

The Academic Pediatric Association New Century Scholars Program is a mentorship program aimed at increasing the diversity of the academic general pediatric workforce

The APA created the New Century Scholars program to provide support for under-represented minority residents who are interested in pursuing academic careers in general pediatrics and related fields, with an emphasis on health inequities and minority child health and development.

Dr. Shetgiri Publishes Violence Prevention Among Adolescents - 01/06/2016

Dr. Rashmi Shetgiri has published a new study examining the perspectives of parents on adolescent fighting and prevention. The new study, entitled "African-American and Latino Parents' Attitudes and Beliefs Regarding Adolescent Fighting and Its Prevention" has been published in the Journal of Child and Family Studies. In it, Dr. Shetgiri and her colleagues have findings which suggest "that youth violence-prevention programs may benefit from addressing parental attitudes towards fighting and parent–child communication about fighting, teaching adolescents non-violent conflict-resolution skills, and tailoring programs by race and ethnicity."

Dr. Shetgiri’s research focuses on bullying and violence prevention among children and adolescents. 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.

Pediatric Grand Rounds with Michael Goran, MD - 12/09/2015

Dr. Goran

Dr. Michael Goran will be speaking at Pediatric Grand Rounds Thursday, December 10th. Dr. Goran, who holds appointments as Professor in the Departments of Preventive Medicine, Physiology & Biophysics and Pediatrics in the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California, will be speaking on the subject: Effects of Dietary Sugars on Obesity and Metabolic Risk During Growth & Development.

Dr. Goran is the founding Director of the USC Childhood Obesity Research Center and holds the Dr Robert C and Veronica Atkins Endowed Chair in Childhood Obesity and Diabetes. He also serves as Director of the USC Center for Transdisciplinary Research on Energetics and Cancer (USC C-TREC), a program project funded by the National Cancer Institute, and a Center of Research Excellence in Minority Obesity in Youth from the National Center for Minority Health Disparities.

White Elephant & Ugly Sweater Christmas Party - 12/09/2015

Celebrate the Holidays with Harbor Pediatrics style with ugly sweaters and White Elephant on Friday, December 18th at 1:30pm in the 6th floor conference room.

As the flier indicates, bring snacks and desserts!

Molina Foundation Grants Books to Child Life - 12/07/2015

The Molina Foundation has generously granted Child Life with 335 books.

This grant goes a long way towards improving the literacy of our community. Harbor-UCLA Pediatrics is focused on improving the literacy and reading habits of our patient population, as seen by our Reach out and Read program. This focus on health and literacy is shared by the Molina Foundation which is focused on reducing disparities in access to education and health.

The 15 boxes of books granted by the Molina Foundation are part of their Holiday Book Grant campaign, a noble campaign sure to spread Holiday cheer with our patient population. The Molina Foundation works hand-in-hand with community-based organizations in vulnerable communities. At Harbor-UCLA patients are particularly at risk for growing up in homes without books.

Jose Montano Foundation Drops off Toys, Care Packages and Laughs - 11/18/2015

The Jose Montano Foundation made the first of it’s monthly care-package drop-offs to Harbor-UCLA Pediatrics this week. Mr. and Mrs. Montano arrived with a cart full of vibrant blue bags brandishing the Jose Montano Foundation name which is the namesake of their son Jose who passed away of cancer last year.

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.

There are only smiles as Mr. and Mrs. Montano visits our hemonc patients, turning another run-of-the-mill day of treatment into a day of surprise snacks and gifts.

Pediatric Grand Rounds with Dr. Matthew Greenhawt - 11/18/2015

Matthew Greenhawt, MD

Pediatric Grand Rounds, which takes place every Thursday, will have special guest speaker Dr. Matthew Greenhawt of Child Health Evaluation and Research Unit (CHEAR) of the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital.

Dr. Greenhawt will be presenting on the topic of "Preventing Food Allergy: Leaping Forward Looking Back". Food allergy risk and the utilization of food allergy related health services is Dr. Greenhawt's area of research. He serves as a member of many national committees for both the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology and American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. He has also served as an advisor on behalf of these organizations to the Centers for Disease Control Advisory Council on Immunization Practices pertaining to his work with influenza vaccine.

Halloween at Harbor, Turtle-style! - 11/05/2015


Child Life Services by way of Cheer For Children provided costumes for patients in our ward to give them an opportunity to trick-or-treat while hospitalized. They made stops PICU, NICU, the pharmacy, the chief resident's office and pediatrics administration. In addition to costumes, they received pumpkins filled with treats.

The pediatric endocrinology team dressed as Nickelodeon's Bella and the Bulldogs, in honor of actress Brec Bassinger who participated in the JDRF Walk for diabetes.

5 Star Review: A Mother's Point of View - 11/03/2015

Pediatrics Diabetes Fund Sends Kids to Camp - 10/28/2015


Pediatric Endocrinology team @ JDRF

Camp Conrad-Chinnock in the Angeles National Forrest is a place where kids with type 1 diabetes from all over Southern California gather and spend time together, learning from one another and even celebrate type 1 diabetes.

Dr. Emily King, who serves as a medical volunteer at the camp, says that for many of the campers, camp becomes their home away from home.

“The Pediatric Diabetes Fund at Harbor-UCLA is really important because it provides our diabetic Harbor Pediatric patients the opportunity to attend camp and meet other children with diabetes,” she says.

“Some Harbor Pediatrics patients go year after year, developing lasting friendships with other campers. I personally feel very fortunate to be training in pediatric endocrinology at Harbor-UCLA, where I have the opportunity to experience camp and witness how transformative camp can be for our patients.”