News and Events
If you were roaming the halls of the pediatrics in early February, you might have seen something out of the ordinary: Kathleen Crowley, social worker for pediatrics, was walking the halls with camera crew in tow filming her interactions with doctors and families. This was all for a video being created by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, the community in which Sister Kathleen belongs to, showcasing her as well as only three others throughout the United States.
Her "four minutes of fame," as she calls it, is due to a push by the Pope in what he calls the Year of the Catholic Sister. The Sisters of St. Joseph are producing a video program that highlights the Sisters’ mission throughout North and South America. Sisters across the country and in Peru are being asked to participate based on their ministries and geography. As such, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet elected Kathleen to be one of the four of their community highlighted.
The yearly NICU Fellowship Retreat program created and organized by Dr. Soina K Dargan under the guidance of Dr. Virender Rehan has proven to be so successful, they've expanded the program and opened it up to other Fellowship programs outside of Harbor-UCLA: USC/CHLA, UCLA, and UCI fellows attended.
Directors from local hospitals such as Kaiser Downey, Miller Children's Hospital/Pediatrix, and Loma Linda spoke for 45 minutes at a time and doled out useful information to the trainees. Between and after breakfast and lunch, speakers doled out useful information all under the topic of "Creating and Sustaining Your Career in Neonatology. There were special lectures on work-life balance, employment laws, documentation & billing, malpractice insurance and manuscript writing.
Harbor-UCLA & CHOC Joint Neonatal-Perinatal Fellowship Program are having their 3rd annual fellowship retreat. The retreat theme is "Creating & Sustaining Your Career In Neonatology."
There will be special lectures on:
- Employment Laws
- Documentation & Billing
- Malpractice Insurance
- How To Write A Manuscript
Contact Dr. Soina K. Dargan for more details.
Dr. Mona Hanouni arrived in Palestine early January to give first-hand assistance to nurses doctors and midwives to bolster their neonatal care. In addition to on-hand training, she is providing assistance through workshops for the local caregivers.
From Palestine's Children Relief Fund website: "This is a project to help improve the quality of neonatal care and the team are touring the West Bank and Gaza to provide courses and workshops. We thank Jazur association in Ramallah for helping to arrange their workshop and supplies."
You may have heard of a sizeable measles outbreak occurring from unvaccinated children infecting children too young for vaccinations at Disneyland over the weekend.
San Luis Obispo news station KSBY asked a local doctor with a familiar face for her expert opinion on the outbreak and ways to stay safe. Former Chief Resident Dr. Kara Bryden made her television debut speaking about debunked anti-vaccination studies among other things.
See the story and video here.
Happy Hats sat atop the heads of our pediatric patients thanks to a visit from Santa Clause and the hard work of volunteers who took special care in crafting the hats by hand. Happy Hats came into playroom donating Happy Hats to uplift the spirits and ease the fears of hospitalized children.
After the loss of her younger brother, father, mother and grandmother to cancer, Sheri Schrier founded Happy Hats for Kids in Hospitals to put smiles on the faces of hospitalized children to ease their pain so they won't have to experience the emotional trauma that devastated her.
Christmas came early this year, roaring in to the sound of dozens of custom Harley Davidson motorcycles charging into LOT C of the hospital parking lot. The Pinoy Harley Riders motorcycle group delivered toys for our 10th annual Toy Rider for the third year in a row.
Upon arrival to the Toy Ride, participants were immediately put into the Christmas spirit. And why not? What with the Pinoy Riders carolers singing all the classics like "Feliz Navidad" and "Joy to the World" and "Silent Night," kids (and ambitious adults) sitting on Santa's lap making Christmas wishes and snapping photos, and reindeers ears and toys everywhere, it was impossible not to be in the Holiday spirit.
Alexander Gonzales, President of the Pinoy Harley Riders, said the motorcycle club does it every year as a way to give back. "We're fortunate enough to be able to give back to kids in our community," Gonzales said. "We are about family-oriented activities and do this every year to put smiles on the faces of kids throughout the holiday season."
Neonatology Fellow Dr. Nwando Eze To Receive David W. Smith Pediatric Trainee Research Award - 12/02/2014
Congratulations to neonatology fellow Dr. Nwando Eze. She has been selected for the prestigious David W. Smith Pediatric Trainee Research Award. The award will be presented in the Joint Plenary Session and again in the Neonatology – Perinatal Biology I session at the upcoming WSPR meeting in Carmel.
Dr. Eze's award-worthy abstract is A Prospective Randomized Controlled Trial Comparing Sprinting Versus Non-Sprinting Approach to Wean Nasal Continuous Positive Airway Pressure Support in Premature Infants Born at < 30 Weeks Gestational Age.
It is hoped that her work will contribute to the respiratory management of VLBWI (Very Low Birth Weight Infants).
The oral presentation during the 2015 Western Regional Meetings will be held January 29-31, 2015 in Carmel, California.
Dr. Rohit Passi says there is an old maxim in India: "In order to turn gold into an ornament, you have to put it in a fire."
Four months ago, Dr. Rohit Passi was in Pennsylvania at Penn State Children's Hospital. Four years ago, he was in New York completing his residency at Columbia University Medical Center. 10 years ago, he was getting his medical degree in India. He went to medical school at age 17. He got his MD when he was 22; he became a resident at 23; a pediatrician at 26; and an attending at 30.
That stoked fire did its job.
Drastically changing environments make for an interesting life story -- they also make for a good doctor, one who is used to adapting to dynamic situations. Dr. Passi has been in America for nearly 10 years without family or friends. Without support, Dr. Passi admits it was quite challenging, facing the culture shock and dealing with the different languages.
Dr. Suzy Rizi Mokhtari spoke last month at Choices Expo press conference. Speaking as an Urban Health Expert on the topic of obesity, Dr. Mokhtari spoke passionately on the issue of childhood obesity and how it affects communities like the ones Harbor-UCLA Pediatrics advocates for.
Choices Expo is a schools and health exposition that had its first event in the weekend of October 11. Choices Expo seeks to help members of the community find resources and partners to overcome childhood obesity.
Dr. Mokhtari credits her time in Child Advocacy rotation with Dr. Noble in her intern year. "I got to step outside of the clinical setting and see that members of the community were interested in healthy lifestyles and interventions that were taking place outside of Harbor-UCLA."