Exciting events are always occurring at CHOP. Just recently, Holly Hedrick, pediatric surgeon at CHOP, led a team of 40 professionals in the surgical separation of conjoined twins. The sisters were joined at the chest and abdomen and shared the chest wall, diaphragm, pericardium, and liver. This was the 21st surgical separation of conjoined twins performed at CHOP.

Alex Fiks, a member of the Division of General Pediatrics and a member of PolicyLab at CHOP, was the lead author of a paper published in the journal Academic Pediatrics, which describes a first-of-its-kind tool designed to help parents and healthcare providers better treat ADHD. This tool consists of a three-part survey that helps steer families and doctors toward “shared decision making.” This form of investigation has proven to be valuable in the healthcare of adults, but has not been widely used in children.

In other news, Carole Jenny, former CHOP chief pediatric resident, has been re-elected as District I Vice Chair Person of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She is a professor of Pediatrics at the Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University and has done pioneering work in the field of child abuse and related problems.

Joel Frader, former senior resident at CHOP, has received the William G. Bartholome Award for Ethical Excellence. He is a Todd Davis Professor of Academic General Pediatrics at Northwestern University at the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago.

We welcome the new pathologist-in-chief, Robert Doms. He comes to CHOP after serving as chair of the Department of Microbiology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

Congratulations to Surgeon-in-chief, Scott Adzick, who was honored with the Charles Hunter Prize Lecture from the American Gynecological and Obstetrical Society in Washington, DC.

David Schoenfeld from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center will be the featured speaker at Medical Grand Rounds, on March 13, 2013, sponsored by the Alumni Organization. He will be speaking about post- traumatic stress in children involved in traffic accidents.

Are you and your classmates having an anniversary (10, 15, or 20 years) of your graduation from CHOP residency? Why not return to meet with your classmates and see what is going on at CHOP? You can contact the editor, Patrick S. Pasquariello Jr, MD, or Barrie Nussbaum for details (see email addresses below).

If you have information about yourself or other CHOP alumni, contact Barrie at nussbaumb@email.chop.edu. You can find more information about fellow alumni on our alumni website at www.chopalumni.org.

Awards, Honors

  • Winners of the 2012 Master Clinician Awards from the Department of Pediatrics were honored on Oct. 7. They are Kathleen Loomes, MD, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition; David Munson, MD, Division of Neonatology; and Madhura Pradhan, MD, MBBS, Division of Nephrology.
  • Kathleen E. Sullivan, MD, PhD, division chief, Allergy and Immunology, was chosen to receive the Erwin Neter Award of the Association of Medical Laboratory Immunologists for 2012.
  • Edward Behrens, MD, Division of Rheumatology, was awarded the Stewart J. McCracken Award for excellence in the field of arthritis research from the Arthritis Foundation. This prestigious award was given in recognition of his work on macrophage activation syndrome.

Contributed by: Patrick S. Pasquariello, MD