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Congratulations to our Graduates! - 06/05/2008

The annual Pediatric Residency Graduation Dinner took place on Friday, June 6. The fellowship awards ceremony was Thursday, June 19. Congratulations to our graduates!

2008 Pediatric Residency Graduates
Dr. Kelly Callahan
Dr. Grant Christman
Dr. Jo Chung
Dr. Ilanit Cohen
Dr. Amy Davis
Dr. Amy Lau
Dr. Alma Serna
Dr. Stephanie Washburn
Dr. Wendy Zimmerman

2008 Fellowship Graduates
Dr. Lavonne Sheng -- Neonatology
Dr. Laura Cerny -- Neonatology
Dr. Kevin Haug -- Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
Dr. Cat-Tien Vo -- Child Abuse pediatrics fellowship
Dr. Ben Enav -- Pediatric Gastroenterology

In addition, the pediatric residents gave teaching awards to a graduating resident, two fellows and one faculty member, and selected the nurse of the year:

2008 Resident Teaching Award
Dr. Ilanit Cohen

2008 Fellow Teaching Awards
Dr. Laura Cerny
Dr. Lavonne Sheng

2008 Faculty Teaching Award
Dr. Paul Fu, Jr.

2008 Nurse of the Year Award
Joyce DeGuzman

Gene Black Program Summer Students - 05/28/2008

As we have for the past 26 years, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center will again host high school students from the Los Angeles Pediatric Society Medical Careers Program for the month of July. This year we have accepted four students, who are from Torrance High School, Redondo Union High School, Lennox Academy, and Gardena High School.

The goal of the program is to expose the students to the
health professions and to stimulate them to continue their education.

Heiner Lecture Series - 05/23/2008

The inaugural Heiner lecture took place on Thursday, May 22 and was by all accounts a great success. Dr. Sami Bahna, M.D., Dr.Ph., once at Harbor and now at LSU School of Medicine, spoke on Unusual Food Hypersensitivity Reactions.

The lectureship, made possible by Dr. Charles Song, M.D., (Div. of Allergy and Immunology) will take place twice a year. The lectureship honors Dr. Douglas Heiner, M.D., Ph.D., past Chief of the Division of Immunology and Allergy at Harbor-UCLA.

Click on the attachment below to read a brief description of Dr. Heiner's work, the lectureship, and Dr. Bahna:

Foster Care Awareness Day on May 29 - 05/21/2008

From Chris Mink, M.D.

On May 29, 2008, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center hosted its first “Foster Care Awareness Day.” The purpose of the day was to raise awareness about the needs of children in foster care, and the current activities at Harbor-UCLA to address some of these needs. The sponsoring groups from Harbor included the Kids in the Dependency System (K.I.D.S.) Clinic, a new clinic that specifically assesses the healthcare needs for foster children, and the Child Crisis Center, which has been providing care for suspected victims of child abuse for over 20 years. Other participants included Child Life from Harbor-UCLA, Children’s Institute Inc. (who provides mental health services for foster children and collaborates with Harbor), TIES for Adoption, United Friends of Children, and representatives from the Department of Children and Family Services including the Heart Gallery and Foster Parent Recruitment

The day was a success with plenty of lively discussions, raffles, information about foster children, activities for Harbor UCLA staff and visitors and FUN!

Harbor-UCLA Resident and Faculty Member Raise Money for SIDS - 04/24/2008

April 20, 2008, Dr. Jo Chung (PL-3) and Dr. Julie Noble (Div. of General and Emergency Peds) manned the SIDS booth at the First Annual Kalaea Jennings Memorial Tournament. The event raised an estimated $18,500 for First Candle (www.firstcandle.org), a non-profit organization that advances research and awareness in infant mortality. Dr. Lynne Smith (Div. of Neonatology) is also involved with First Candle to work towards uniform standards for autopsy diagnosis of SIDS. Please contact her if you would like to help. Per Dr. Smith, "in LA, SIDS is a rare autopsy diagnosis (they prefer to use, “cause undetermined” which is not included in the SIDS statistics). Seems like a great advocacy project…"

Welcome Class of 2011! - 04/11/2008

The Harbor-UCLA Department of Pediatrics welcomes the Residency Class of 2011!

Anousheh Ashouri - University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston
Nicolas Cuttriss - George Washington University
Ann Ha - UC San Diego
Megan Langille - Keck School of Medicine at USC
Tawny Saleh - UCLA/Drew Medical Education Program
Beatrice Tetteh - University of Illinois
Neetha Vilasagar - Marshall University
Videth Whitt - Albany Medical College
Dominica Wood - Howard University
Susy Yusung - Drexel University