Children's Doctor News and Updates - Winter 2017

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Children’s Hospital welcomes four new chiefs

Kassa Darge, MD, PhD, has been named Chair of the Department of Radiology and Radiologist-in-chief following an extensive national search. Darge has served as Chief of the Division of Body Imaging in the Hospital’s Department of Radiology since 2006. An internationally renowned pediatric radiologist, he also started the CHOP International Pediatric Radiology Outreach Program, which has led to CHOP radiologists sharing their expertise to raise the skill level and knowledge of pediatric radiologists worldwide.

C. Dean Kurth, MD, is the new Anesthesiologist-in-chief and Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine as of July 1. A former CHOP resident in Pediatrics and fellow in Pediatric Anesthesiology, Kurth served as a CHOP Attending Physician and Penn faculty member from 1989 to 2002. For the past 13 years, Kurth has been the Anesthesiologist-in-chief and Anesthesia Department Chair at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

Eric C. Eichenwald, MD, is the new Chief of the Division of Neonatology in the Department of Pediatrics. Before joining CHOP Sept. 1, Eichenwald was the David R. Park Professor of Pediatric Medicine, Chair of the Department of Pediatrics, and Chief of the Division of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston. He has some familiarity with the Philadelphia area; he completed his undergraduate studies at Swarthmore College. He was a faculty member at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School from 1990 to 2006 and at Texas Children’s Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine from 2006 to 2010, before moving to Houston.

Daniel J. Rader, MD, began as the new Chief of the Division of Human Genetics in the Department of Pediatrics on March 1, marking the merger of the divisions of Genetics and Metabolism. Rader, who is recognized internationally for his work on the genetics of lipoprotein metabolism and cardiovascular disease, continues to serve as Chief of the Division of Translational Medicine and Human Genetics in the Department of Medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and Chair of the Department of Genetics at Penn, positions he has held since 2011 and 2014, respectively.

Urgent care now available at Brandywine Valley

After-hours urgent care, provided by our trained pediatricians and pediatric nurses, is now available at the CHOP Care Network location in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania. You can be confident referring children and adolescents who need to be seen right away. No appointment needed. Hours are:

  • Monday through Friday: 4 – 10 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Sunday: 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Cardiology, endocrinology, neurology, GI services now available in Lancaster

Through CHOP’s partnership with Lancaster General Health, CHOP cardiologists, endocrinologists, gastroenterologists and neurologists now provide outpatient care at Lancaster General Health’s Suburban Pavilion. New patient visits and follow-up appointments are available. CHOP cardiologists also offer pediatric inpatient care at Lancaster General Hospital. Call 717-544-0375 for more information or to refer a patient.

Pathway for hearing screening at well-child visit

A clinical pathway for hearing screenings at well-child visits outlines risk indicators associated with hearing loss in childhood for different age groups; screening schedules and procedures; guidelines for interpreting screening results and when to rescreen; and more. Additional clinical pathways are available at

Guide to early detection and treatment of thyroid disease

Andrew J. Bauer, MD, Director of the CHOP Pediatric Thyroid Center, and coauthors Patrick Hanley, MD, and Katherine Lord, MD, recently published a scientific review of thyroid disorders in JAMA Pediatrics to provide practical information for busy pediatricians and primary care doctors to recognize a thyroid disease. They describe the risk factors, signs and symptoms that may occur in thyroid disorders. One example is how a physician can distinguish the common location for thyroid-cancer-related lymph nodes from benign lymph nodes that are a frequent finding in children and adolescents.

CHOP creates individualized medicine collaborative

In September, CHOP announced the creation of the Roberts Collaborative for Genetics and Individualized Medicine. The $50-million Roberts Collaborative will position CHOP at the forefront of pediatric genetics research, and will take an integrated, multidisciplinary approach toward diagnostics, clinical management, consulting, therapeutics and research driven by the power of genetics. The Roberts family is the principal source of external funding, with a $25 million gift.

New look, new logo

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia launched a new brand strategy in October that builds on our 160-year history of breakthroughs, reflects the institution’s full breadth of services, and reinforces all of the ways we make a difference in children’s lives. Our new themeline “Breakthroughs. Every Day.” gives us the opportunity to share stories about the breakthroughs that happen every day at Children’s Hospital, not just in our labs and operating rooms, but also throughout our entire 50-location Care Network.