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July 2016 E-Newsletter

Department of Pediatrics eNews

Summer, 2016


Message from the Chair

Dear Department Faculty, Clinicians, Researchers, and Staff,

Our 7th Annual Pediatric Annual Research Symposium was held on Friday, April 22, 2016 at the Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine in La Jolla, and enjoyed a tremendous turnout, with nearly 200 attendees, and some presentations were "Standing Room Only." We had some impressive speakers and researchers presenting on their latest advances in research. To review the list of presenters and their topics, please click here.


We are already planning ahead to next year's Research Symposium (stay tuned!).

Looking ahead,

Gabriel G. Haddad, MD

Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics and Neurosciences

Chairman, Department of Pediatrics, University of California, San Diego

Physician-in-Chief & Chief Scientific Officer, Rady Children's Hospital - San Diego



Please welcome our newest physicians who have newly approved appointments or start dates with the Department of Pediatrics starting July 1, 2016:

Name Division
Harjot BassiCardiology
Jeanne CarrollNeonatology
Joelle DonofrioEmergency Medicine
Tina KanthariaEmergency Medicine
Manaswitha KhareHospital Medicine
Sarah JuddEmergency Medicine
Sydney LeibelAllergy, Immunology, Rheumatology
Amy LovejoyEmergency Medicine
Damian NgEmergency Medicine
Aarti PatelHospital Medicine
Elliot PerensNephrology
Annabelle QuizonRespiratory Medicine
Mark SniderEmergency Medicine
Amy WilliamsEmergency Medicine
Audra WiseNeonatology
Victor WongHematology/Oncology
Yan ZhanEmergency Medicine



Vice-Chair Corner:

Residency Program Update

by Mark Sawyer, MD, Residency Program Director

Our newest residents started in the Residency Program on Monday, June 27th. The program would like to extend our deepest thanks to all the faculty who have helped with this process by interviewing applicants and reviewing files. Without their help we could not have selected such an excellent class of incoming residents. To see photos of the incoming class, click here

From the more general education perspective this is also a time of year where potential curricular and scheduling changes are being considered for our residents and students. Our residency curriculum is excellent, but could use more elective time to allow our residents to customize their experience and participate in research. Chris Cannavino is our 3rd year medical student Clerkship Director and also organizes the 4th year medical student experiences in Pediatrics. He continues to refine both, the result of which is that many UCSD medical students choose pediatrics as a career and our residency program is able to attract the top UCSD students.

Under the direction of Chris Cannavino, one exciting new program is the Master Clinician Program which started this March. The program's goal is to improve medical students' clinical skills through a combination of direct clinical observation, structured feedback, physical examination rounds, and clinical reasoning sessions. Some of our department's most decorated clinician educators will act as Master Clinicians to mentor students and develop educational curricula.

We all really appreciate the support of the educational mission of our department by the faculty and know that it takes extra effort and time commitment out of already very busy schedules. The students and residents also appreciate the excellent teaching they get at UCSD/RCHSD. It is exciting to be involved in shaping the pediatricians of the next generation.

 Faculty in the News

"UCSD Makes New Zika Discovery" - featuring Tariq Rana, PhD,Division of Genetics

"How Autism Research and Mini-Brains Helped Prove Zika Causes Microcephaly" - featuring features Alysson Muotri, PhD     

"San Diego's top scientists talk about emerging discoveries" - San Diego Union-Tribune hosted 14 of San Diego's top scientists, engineers and physicians for a group photo shoot that will highlight an upcoming story about how the region is shaping President Obama's initiatives on the brain, cancer, the microbiome and precision medicine. 



2016 Service Awards

The 2016 UCSD Service Awards were held on April 21 and 22 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in Downtown San Diego. To view photos of both events, click here.

The following Department of Pediatrics employees were recognized at the celebration lunch or dinner:

Years of Service
Name Division/Unit
15 Linda Luo Hematology-Oncology 
15 David Kopald Dysmorphology/Teratology
15 Deanna Beach Dysmorphology/Teratology
15 Joanne Albrecht Residency Program 
20 Rodney Trout Infectious Diseases 
25 Kate O'Shaughnessy Nephrology 
25 Mary Caffery Infectious Diseases
30 Kathryn Bouic Hematology-Oncology  

UCSD Exemplary Staff Employees, 2015-16

The Department of Pediatrics is very pleased to announce that of the ten UCSD Professional and support  Staff members who were recognized at the recent 2015-16 UC San Diego Exemplary Staff employee of the Year Awards, that two are from our Department! We are so proud and want to applaud the remarkable contributions of these valuable department members!

Elizabeth Eddy (see photo at top right)

Administrative Analyst, Division of Dysmorphology-Teratology

Lourdes Rivera (see photo at right)

Staff Research Associate IV - Supervisor

Division of Academic General Pediatrics

Center for Community Health, City Heights

To read more about Elizabeth and Lourdes and the other awardees, click here.

Announcing New Education Coordinator


Shannon O'Donnell  MPH, CHES

We are pleased to welcome the addition of Shannon O'Donnell to the Department of Pediatrics Education Programs staff since earlier this year. Shannon is assigned to the Department of Pediatrics as the Education Coordinator, and works closely with Dr. Mark Sawyer on aspects specific to New Innovations program and  also works closely with Dr. Chris Cannavino on the 3rd and 4th year Pediatric Clerkships, the new Master Clinician Program, and other medical student/resident educational projects.  Shannon also serves as a central point-of-contact for divisional fellowship program support staff, principally as it relates to New Innovations. Shannon comes to us from MedStar Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, DC, where she was the Pediatric Clerkship Administrator from 2012-2016. Shannon's office is located in the Department Administrative Offices collocated with the Chairs office at 8001 Frost Street.  


Frontiers of Innovation Scholars Funding Opportunity

The "Frontiers of Innovation" program is a campus-wide effort to support the primary research initiatives of the UC San Diego Strategic Plan. One component of this program provides funding for up to 80 Ph.D. students and 20 postdoctoral fellows working with mentors in at least two different divisions, and up to 100 undergraduate students working in labs, programs, or centers with a multidisciplinary focus. The deadline for receiving applications for this funding opportunity is October 12, 2016, with funding available in January 2017. Detailed information on the application and selection process, eligibility, and administrative guidelines is available here.

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