New Intake Process for Hearing-targeted CMV Screenings

Otolaryngology and Audiology at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) have implemented a new intake process for otherwise healthy newborns who fail the newborn hearing screening as well as have a positive newborn CMV screening. This is referred to as hearing-targeted CMV screening (HT-CMV). These patients will be expedited for an evaluation with Audiology and ENT, and may be invited to participate in a clinical trial of anti-viral treatment.

If your patient meets these criteria, please call 215-590-3440 and ask for Alex Durkin, RN. Please note that this process does not apply to "symptomatic" CMV (i.e., sequelae other than just hearing loss). As in the past, those infants should be scheduled for an appointment with Infectious Disease by calling 1-800-879-2467 (1-800-TRY-CHOP). There are no changes in the clinical care pathways for those symptomatic newborns, which now often include antiviral therapy.

Speech-Language Pathology Services Expanded in Plainsboro, NJ

Outpatient evaluation and treatment appointments with the Department of Speech-Language Pathology are now available in New Jersey at the CHOP Specialty Care, Princeton at Plainsboro location. We see children and adolescents of all ages for a wide variety of concerns, and prioritize caregiver education when working with each family. 

Plastic Surgeons from CHOP Coming to Lancaster

Pediatric plastic surgeons from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia will soon be seeing patients at Lancaster General Health. Both new patient visits and follow-up appointments will be available at our Specialty Care, Lancaster location on Harrisburg Pike. Attending surgeons on staff include Jordan Swanson, MD, MSc, and Jesse A. Taylor, MD. To make an appointment, call 717-544-0375.

Clinical Guidelines: Transition to Adult Care

A new pathway for preparing for the transition to adult care offers guidance for assessing transition readiness, discussing transfer of care with patients and families, and creating and implementing a transfer plan. It also provides information on when to consider a consult with the Multidisciplinary Intervention Navigation Team, and resources to offer your patients.

New Podcast: Gender Identity & Sexuality

This episode explores development of gender identity and sexuality with Linda Hawkins, PhD, MSEd, LPC, Co-Director of the Gender & Sexuality Development Clinic at CHOP. She discusses common developmental stages, gender language, when to refer to a gender specialist, how providers can talk to both patients and parents, and other ways to best support them.

New Pediatric General Surgeon

The Division of Pediatric General, Thoracic and Fetal Surgery is pleased to welcome attending surgeon Gary Nace, MD. Dr. Nace will see patients at CHOP’s Main Campus in Philadelphia, as well as our network locations in Voorhees, NJ, and Princeton, NJ. He will operate at Main Campus and the Specialty Care & Surgery Center in Voorhees. His areas of clinical expertise include minimally invasive surgery and thoracic surgery, as well as trauma, neonatal and oncologic surgery.

Nephrology Team Expanding

The Division of Nephrology recently welcomed two new attending physicians. Amy Kogon, MD, MPH, and Christopher LaRosa, MD, specialize in the care of children and adolescents undergoing kidney transplant and dialysis, and management of hypertension in chronic kidney disease. Both physicians will see patients at Main Campus, and Dr. LaRosa will also see patients at the Specialty Care & Surgery Center, Brandywine Valley. To refer a patient, call 215-590-2449.

Cardiac Center Announces New Team Members

Meet the newest members of the Cardiac Center:

  • Kelly Grogan, MD, Attending Anesthesiologist in the Division of Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology
  • Chris Janson, MD, Attending Electrophysiologist in the Cardiac Center
  • Andreas W. Loepke, MD, Associate Division Chief of Cardiac Anesthesia and Cardiothoracic Anesthesiologist



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