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07/03/2023
Sharing great news. US News & World Report ranked Children's Medical Center Dallas as the number one hospital in North T...
06/22/2023

Sharing great news. US News & World Report ranked Children's Medical Center Dallas as the number one hospital in North Texas for 2023-2024!

As an integral part of this success, our UT Southwestern Department of Pediatrics provides care at Children’s Medical Center Dallas and its affiliated clinics.

All 10 out of 10 specialties are nationally ranked, including #4 Orthopedics (a joint program with Scottish Rite for Children), #14 Diabetes & Endocrinology, #15 Cancer, #15 Gastroenterology & GI Surgery, #15 Neurology & Neurosurgery, #15 Urology, #16 Nephrology, #22 Pulmonology & Lung Surgery, #35 Cardiology & Heart Surgery, and #36 Neonatology.

Congratulations to Children's Medical Center Dallas, Scottish Rite for Children and UT Southwestern Pediatric Group physicians, advanced practice providers, nurses, trainees and staff.

The UT Southwestern Department of Pediatrics is honored to be integral to the care delivered at Children’s Medical Cente...
06/21/2023

The UT Southwestern Department of Pediatrics is honored to be integral to the care delivered at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas, which U.S. News & World Report announced today as top ranked pediatric hospital North Texas for 2023-2024, and #16 in the nation. All 10 out of 10 of our specialties are ranked among the best in the United States for the sixth year in a row. This national recognition is a tribute to the expertise of our remarkable doctors, advanced practice providers, nurses, staff, and trainees, as well as to our UT Southwestern Pediatric Group colleagues, Children’s Health and Scottish Rite for Children. Congratulations!

Recognized among the top children’s hospitals in the country, Children's Health provides a network of pediatric specialists throughout North Texas.

UT Southwestern Medical Center is leading a national multicenter clinical trial known as VITAS – short for Vincristine, ...
06/07/2023

UT Southwestern Medical Center is leading a national multicenter clinical trial known as VITAS – short for Vincristine, Irinotecan, Temozolomide, and Atezolizumab in Solid Tumors – to examine the effects of combining chemotherapy agents with an immunotherapy drug in children with solid tumors that have recurred or shown no significant response after initial treatment. Matthew Campbell, M.D., Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, member of the Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Pediatric Hematologist/Oncologist at Children’s Health is leading this work. The survival rate for this population is unacceptably low, with no improvement in decades. Learn how this trial could help improve cancer survival rates among children. https://bit.ly/41bW2Xv

Pediatric otolaryngology nurse practitioner Margaret McCasland, M.S.N., APRN, CPNP-AC/PC, has been an advanced practice ...
11/08/2022

Pediatric otolaryngology nurse practitioner Margaret McCasland, M.S.N., APRN, CPNP-AC/PC, has been an advanced practice provider (APP) for 12 years. Her role includes caring for a diverse group of pediatric patients with needs along the otolaryngology spectrum, which makes every day different! Ms. McCasland’s favorite part about being an APP at UT Southwestern Medical Center and Children's Health is working with families and other care teams to help children feel better. Thank you for your dedication!

Pediatric food allergy nurse practitioner Maria Crain, M.A., APRN, PNP-PC has been an Advanced Practice Provider (APP) s...
10/14/2022

Pediatric food allergy nurse practitioner Maria Crain, M.A., APRN, PNP-PC has been an Advanced Practice Provider (APP) since 2005. Her role includes managing the medical care of children with food and other types of allergies, as well as performing oral food challenges - an office procedure that involves timed feeding of a food to determine whether the child is still allergic.

“My favorite part of being an APP is the relationships I develop with families. I see many of the same patients on an ongoing basis, and I love to educate and spend time helping them achieve health goals for their child. I also love to help families cope with the difficulties of dealing with food allergies in daily life and assist in relieving some of their anxiety.”

“I would want others pursuing a career in medicine to know that being an APP requires lifelong learning and can be difficult at times. Health care is constantly changing, however, the rewards are numerous and you can really make a difference in the health of your patients. Once you step out of school, it is important to continue to learn from your other medical colleagues as much as possible and to challenge yourself so that you continue to grow. I also think it is beneficial to know your strengths and to pursue a role that best suits you. The best part of being an APP is that you can try multiple disciplines until you find one that fits.”

Thank you for your dedication to our patients, Ms. Crain!
[Learn more about our Pediatric Food Allergy Center in Plano: https://bit.ly/3AZGe08]

09/29/2022

Pediatric neurosurgeon Bradley Weprin, M.D., shares his unique shoe collection in this short “Show & Tell” video. Watch to learn why he collects shoes and how he involves his patients in deciding which pair to wear.

ENT physician assistant (PA) Emily Román, M.P.A.S., PA-C, has been a PA for almost 11 years. Her role in otolaryngology ...
09/28/2022

ENT physician assistant (PA) Emily Román, M.P.A.S., PA-C, has been a PA for almost 11 years. Her role in otolaryngology comes with lots of variety in her day-to-day work, which is something she values.

“I love being able to partner with parents to make a plan on how to improve the quality of life for their child," said Ms. Román, who sees patients at the Pediatric Group's Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) Clinic in Plano, plus the Children's Health Specialty Center Dallas Campus. "It's so rewarding to connect with a parent and child to make things a little better for them in their everyday life as a family. I try hard to look out for opportunities to provide reassurance during stressful times.”

Ms. Román also has a partial administrative role as lead APP for the other advanced practice providers in pediatric ENT. “The possibilities are really endless in terms of ways APPs can help not only patients, but how we can help health systems deliver care that is more coordinated, efficient, and compassionate."

As National APP Week and Childhood Cancer Awareness Month come to an end, who better to spotlight than hematology-oncolo...
09/27/2022

As National APP Week and Childhood Cancer Awareness Month come to an end, who better to spotlight than hematology-oncology nurse practitioner Tara Williamson, APRN, PNP-AC.

“I have been with UT Southwestern Medical Center and Children's Health as an Advanced Practice Provider in the Gill Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders since 2009. In 2015, I had the opportunity to join, and help build the Experimental Therapeutics and Immunotherapy/Cell Therapy program at Children’s Health. I am proud to say that our program was the only program in Texas to participate in a pivotal trial that led to U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of Kymriah (CAR-T cell therapy) for pediatric B-lymphoblastic leukemia, and we were also instrumental in research that led to the FDA approval of the first tumor agnostic cancer therapy – Larotrectinib. I feel so privileged to have been part of the success of this program, and so proud that through our success, we have been able to offer innovative therapies and hope to children in North Texas with aggressive and difficult to treat malignancies and hematologic disorders.”

“My favorite part about being an APP in my current role, is that I am constantly learning, and am able to work in a role where we are truly advancing the care of children with cancer every day. I feel like what I do makes a difference, and this is what keeps me going. The thing about working in pediatric oncology, is that you really get to be there for people in the most vulnerable places in their lives. It is such an honor to develop relationships with our patients and their families, to walk alongside them through not only in times of triumph, but also in the hard times and the heartbreak. It really gives you a sense of perspective on the human condition, and I couldn’t be more grateful for the opportunity to do what I do every day.”

Thank you for your dedication, Ms. Williamson!

Food is the top risk factor for early death in the U.S., and culinary medicine could transform the problem into the solu...
09/20/2022

Food is the top risk factor for early death in the U.S., and culinary medicine could transform the problem into the solution. UT Southwestern Medical Center Med/Peds physician Jaclyn Albin, M.D., gives her insights on the value in culinary medicine in this Dallas Innovates article.

From obesity to cardiovascular disease, we live in an era of unprecedented diet-related health problems. But Dr. Albin, who leads the Culinary Medicine program at UT Southwestern, and her team are trying to cook up a solution by reviewing programs at medical schools across the U.S. The review of pro...

⭐ Congratulations to Norberto Rodriguez-Baez, M.D., Professor in UT Southwestern Medical Center's Department of Pediatri...
09/19/2022

⭐ Congratulations to Norberto Rodriguez-Baez, M.D., Professor in UT Southwestern Medical Center's Department of Pediatrics, for receiving NASPGHAN's 2022 Master Educator Award. The distinction recognizes individuals who have made a significant and sustained contribution to the field of pediatric gastroenterology, hepatology, and/or nutrition through education scholarship on a national or international basis. An expert in pediatric liver disease, Dr. Rodriguez-Baez has dedicated his career to advancing medical education. He has recently been appointed Assistant Dean for Student Diversity and Inclusion, serving as faculty adviser for Latino and African American medical students. Keep up the good work, Dr. Rodriguez-Baez!

30+ years ago, UT Southwestern Medical Center and Children's Health founded the After Cancer Experience (ACE) Program – ...
09/16/2022

30+ years ago, UT Southwestern Medical Center and Children's Health founded the After Cancer Experience (ACE) Program – one of the first programs of its kind in the U.S. Learn how the program has evolved while remaining true to its mission.

Daniel Bowers, M.D., Medical Director of the After the Cancer Experience program, discusses the importance of lifelong care for childhood cancer survivors.

The UT Southwestern Medical Center and Children's Health Pediatric Adolescent Gynecology Center – the only of its kind i...
09/15/2022

The UT Southwestern Medical Center and Children's Health Pediatric Adolescent Gynecology Center – the only of its kind in North Texas – is less about pelvic exams and more about building patient relationships and providing education about our patient’s health concerns. Read this MedBlog to learn what you can expect from a pediatric gynecologist visit.

UT Southwestern's pediatric adolescent gynecologist merge conversations and medicine to provide care and education for girls dealing with reproductive health concerns.

09/14/2022

For Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, we asked pediatric oncologist Chelsee Greer, D.O., who cares for children at Children's Health, to share some facts about childhood cancer and why she chose to be a pediatric oncologist.

09/13/2022

Imagine yourself in your workplace surrounded by … zebras. Just another day in the life of Angela Scheuerle, M.D., Professor of Pediatrics and Pathology and Director of the Rare Disease Center of Excellence at UT Southwestern Medical Center.

To be clear, Dr. Scheuerle’s stable of black-and-white striped equines are of the squishy collectible toy variety. So why zebras?

She explains in her “Show & Tell” that in medicine, physicians are familiar with the adage, “When you hear hoofbeats, think horses, not zebras.” In other words, when a patient presents with symptoms, it’s most likely a common diagnosis – a horse. But as a geneticist, Dr. Scheuerle is trained to look for the uncommon cause – the zebra.

Clinicians and researchers who treat and study rare diseases have found a playful way to stand out from other medical and scientific fields by showcasing the zebra concept in unique ways. For Dr. Scheuerle, an office shelf is the home base for a dazzle – yes, dazzle! – of 28 zebras (and one zebra-themed outlier). The squishy animals with their own unique themes and designs are routinely gifted at annual genetics conferences.

Dr. Scheuerle happily showed off the zebras she’s scored so far, along with a few other interesting genetics-themed finds she’s acquired from all over the globe.

Infectious disease expert Zachary Most, M.D., recently spoke to The Dallas Morning News about the monkeypox. Kudos to Dr...
09/12/2022

Infectious disease expert Zachary Most, M.D., recently spoke to The Dallas Morning News about the monkeypox. Kudos to Dr. Most for sharing his expertise.

The number of pediatric monkeypox cases in Texas is slowly climbing, but public health experts say the virus poses little risk to children and adolescents at...

Congratulations! Hyundai Hope On Wheels recently awarded $200,000 to third-year UT Southwestern Medical Center fellow Zo...
09/12/2022

Congratulations! Hyundai Hope On Wheels recently awarded $200,000 to third-year UT Southwestern Medical Center fellow Zoe O'Connor, M.D., for her project, “Role of gut microbiota in CAR T cell efficacy.” Keep up the good work, Dr. O’Connor! Learn more about the awards:

2022 Hyundai Hope On Wheels Research Grant Applications Are Open

Grayce O’Neill, B.S.., PA-C, is a surgical physician assistant (PA) and program coordinator for adolescent bariatric sur...
09/12/2022

Grayce O’Neill, B.S.., PA-C, is a surgical physician assistant (PA) and program coordinator for adolescent bariatric surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center. Ms. O'Neill, pediatric surgeon Faisal Qureshi, M.D., and other interdisciplinary staff, helped launch the program at Children's Health in 2015.

“There are several things I enjoy about being a PA – versatility, work/life balance, and solid job security. My favorite part is you usually have a much closer relationship to your patients than physicians often do. Patients tend to share more information and personal details with me, and as a result, develop a high degree of trust in me. Having that level of rapport with my patients and their families makes my career very rewarding.”

Thank you for your dedication to our patients, Ms. O’Neill!

The Hemostasis and Thrombosis Research Society (HTRS) recently named pediatric hematologist Ayesha Zia, M.D., as Chair o...
09/09/2022

The Hemostasis and Thrombosis Research Society (HTRS) recently named pediatric hematologist Ayesha Zia, M.D., as Chair of the organization’s 2023 Scientific Symposium. The HTRS is the leading North American professional society for physicians, investigators, and other health care professionals interested in advancing care for people with hemostatic and thrombotic disorders. Congratulations, Dr. Zia!

The Hemostasis and Thrombosis Research Society (HTRS) recently named Ayesha Zia, M.D., Associate Professor of Pediatrics, as Chair of the organization’s 2023 Scientific Symposium in Orlando, Fla.

“Food is the top risk factor for early death in the U.S., and culinary medicine could transform the problem into the sol...
09/09/2022

“Food is the top risk factor for early death in the U.S., and culinary medicine could transform the problem into the solution,” said study author Jaclyn Albin, M.D, a UT Southwestern Medical Center and Children's Health physician. Learn more.

Culinary medicine programs are emerging at medical schools to meet a critical need to improve nutrition education in an era of unprecedented diet-related health problems including obesity and cardiovascular disease.

National CNS Week is September 1 - September 7, and we didn’t want to miss this opportunity to highlight all of our amaz...
09/07/2022

National CNS Week is September 1 - September 7, and we didn’t want to miss this opportunity to highlight all of our amazing pediatric clinical nurse specialists! Join us, along with the Office of Advanced Practice Providers, in celebrating UT Southwestern Medical Center's four pediatric CNS and thank them for all they do for our patients and their families.

Our pediatric CNS include (pictured in collage above, left to right): Joanna Spahis, PCNS-BC, (Pediatric Genetics and Metabolism); Rebecca Brooks, PCNS-BC, (Pediatric Respiratory Medicine); Jodie Lantz, PCNS-BC, (Pediatric Cardiology); and Rebecca Nolde-Hurlbert, PCNS-BC, (Pediatric Gastroenterology).

Did you know? UT Southwestern Medical Center and Children's Health were instrumental in the research that led to the CAR...
09/07/2022

Did you know? UT Southwestern Medical Center and Children's Health were instrumental in the research that led to the CAR T-cell therapy drug KYMRIAH’s U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval. Our CAR T-cell therapy expertise is unmatched. Learn more: https://bit.ly/3Qg7L1W #
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The pediatric teams for AML therapy with KYMRIAH at UT Southwestern and Children’s Health explore how CAR T-cell technology can treat other cancers. Learn more.

Wishing our entire community a fun, safe, and healthy   holiday. Help us thank the first responders, medical personnel, ...
09/05/2022

Wishing our entire community a fun, safe, and healthy holiday. Help us thank the first responders, medical personnel, and hospital staff who got up and went into work at UT Southwestern Medical Center, Children's Health, Scottish Rite for Children, Parkland Health, and elsewhere today. We appreciate you.

09/02/2022

Parish Episcopal School is launching a STEM Speaker Series for teachers, students, and locals, and two of our very own, Julie Mirpuri-Hathiramani, M.D., and Danielle Robertson, O.D., Ph.D., will participate in the IF/THEN STEM panel. Dr. Mirpuri is a part of the UT Southwestern Pediatric Group and specializes in neonatal-perinatal medicine. Learn more about the upcoming IF/THEN panel: https://bit.ly/3B5InHJ

ParishSTEM Speaker Series - Parish Episcopal School offers a quality education to elementary, middle and high school students in the North Texas in an exciting environment.

⭐  “We’ve really done a great job of increasing survival rates in some cancers, like leukemia, ... But with brain tumors...
09/01/2022

⭐ “We’ve really done a great job of increasing survival rates in some cancers, like leukemia, ... But with brain tumors and some of the rarer soft tissue sarcomas, advancements have plateaued in some ways,” said Pediatric Group member Dr. Klesse, who is also a pediatric hematologist-oncologist at Children's Health and member of UT Southwestern Simmons Cancer Center. Learn more.

UT Southwestern is joining with medical centers around the nation to apply advanced sequencing to pediatric brain tumors as part of the National Cancer Institute’s new Molecular Characterization Initiative, a subset of the Cancer Moonshot Childhood Cancer Initiative.

Physician Assistant Kaylyn Fisher, M.P.A.S., PA-C, began her career working in the emergency room. She now works in pedi...
08/31/2022

Physician Assistant Kaylyn Fisher, M.P.A.S., PA-C, began her career working in the emergency room. She now works in pediatric plastic, craniofacial, and hand surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center and Children's Health.

“My favorite part about being an Advanced Practice Provider (APP) is the variety. No two days are the same. One day I may be called to the ER to reduce a fracture or repair a facial laceration, and the next day I may spend the majority of my time in clinic or in the operating room. The variety keeps this role exciting, and I continue to see and learn new things.”

Ms. Fisher encourages others looking to pursue a career in medicine that, “APPs have diverse roles and responsibilities and can work in a wide range of specialties. We partner with physicians, nurses, MAs, and therapists to deliver care to our patients. APPs are integral and respected members of the healthcare team.”

Thank you for your dedication to our patients, Ms. Fisher!

Check out the amazing research underway in the research lab of our very own Kenneth Lee, M.D., Ph.D., a pediatric otolar...
08/30/2022

Check out the amazing research underway in the research lab of our very own Kenneth Lee, M.D., Ph.D., a pediatric otolaryngologist with UT Southwestern Medical Center and Children's Health

A self-coiling cochlear implant could offer better outcomes for profound hearing loss. In this MedBlog, Kenneth Lee, M.D., Ph.D., discusses the technology he is developing.

One of the first challenges many new moms face is breastfeeding, but it’s vital that you don’t let these challenges defi...
08/29/2022

One of the first challenges many new moms face is breastfeeding, but it’s vital that you don’t let these challenges define you as a mother. To wrap up National Breastfeeding Month, this UT Southwestern Medical Center blog shares five breastfeeding tips to help you along the way.

Breastfeeding difficulties are very common for new mothers. Dr. Julie Lo offers five breastfeeding tips.

📹 Quiet on the set! That was the phrase of the day earlier this week when some of our  leaders dropped by  for a video s...
08/25/2022

📹 Quiet on the set! That was the phrase of the day earlier this week when some of our leaders dropped by for a video shoot with the . Stay tuned for details about our new partnership! And kudos to Pediatric Chief Resident Cicero Pineda, M.D., for doing such a great job on camera. ...

Carol Watson, M.P.A., PA-C, has been a physician assistant for 14 years. Her day-to-day job includes evaluating patients...
08/24/2022

Carol Watson, M.P.A., PA-C, has been a physician assistant for 14 years. Her day-to-day job includes evaluating patients in the outpatient setting for concerns regarding everything from recurrent ear and throat infections to sleep disordered breathing symptoms to nosebleeds and everything in between. “I create an individualized treatment plan for each patient which could include medications or a recommendation for surgery," she said.

Ms. Watson values spending time educating her patients on post-operative care and recovery. “It's important to remember that PAs (like other health care professionals) are an integral part of the health care team. When PAs and other health care professionals collaborate, we can help provide the highest level of quality care to patients and their families.” Thank you for your dedication to our patients, Ms. Watson!

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