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St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children
2013 Annual Report
Founded in 1875 as a charitable ambulatory pediatric clinic, St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children is
one of the oldest full-service hospitals in the country dedicated to the care of children. Although it has
grown to be a 189-bed, free-standing academic children’s specialty hospital that provides the full
spectrum from primary to quaternary care, it has never wavered from its commitment to make sure that
all children be provided access to the best possible care. It is a home for many important firsts. Two
examples – the first hospital in the region (in 1886) to offer neonatal intensive care and the first hospital
in the country (in 1940) to establish a child life/play therapy program in a children’s medical center –
illustrate how St. Chris manages to be a leader in tertiary and quaternary care while always maintaining
a true focus on compassionate and child- and family-centered care. Today St. Chris stands out amongst
pediatric hospitals in that it offers care that is of the highest quality while being cost conscious – a true
value provider.
St. Chris has a long-standing and highly respected history as an academic children’s hospital and is the
primary teaching faculty for Drexel University College of Medicine, which with over 1,000 enrolled
medical students is one of the largest of any private medical school in the country. The hospital is also
affiliated with Temple University School of Medicine, Einstein Medical Center, and a number of other
hospitals and medical programs, thereby providing training to a large number and wide range of
pediatric and pediatric surgical trainees.
The St. Chris campus is currently undergoing significant physical transformation and expansion – not to
reinvent itself, but rather to enhance its current capabilities. Construction has begun on the project,
which includes a $110 million critical care tower and the new Center for the Urban Child – representing
again the dual commitment to provide innovative and state-of-the-art pediatric services while staying
true to the historic St. Chris mission to serve the unique needs of its local community. The Center for the
Urban Child is anticipated to open in late 2014, and the critical care tower in late 2015.
St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children is often referred to as a ―hidden gem.‖ We are happy to share with you
this first annual report that highlights some of our accomplishments for calendar year 2013. Whether you are a
pediatric or pediatric surgical faculty member or trainee considering joining the growing St. Chris family, or a
pediatric healthcare provider, community leader or family member in our community wanting to know more
about what St. Chris has to offer you, your patients, or members of the community, we hope that you will find this
information to be of assistance. For further information, we invite you to visit
Best wishes,
Carolyn Jackson
David J Schonfeld, MD
Marshall Schwartz, MD
Department Director: Roy Schwartz, MD
Email Address: [email protected]
The pediatric anesthesiologists at St. Christopher’s combine their unique skills, judgment and compassion to meet
the physical and emotional needs of children. Anesthesia is routinely administered for neonatal and pediatric
surgeries including open- and closed-heart procedures, major burns, spinal fusion, direct laryngoscopy and
bronchoscopy, intracranial procedures and renal transplantation. As the Department of Anesthesia staff members
help prepare and protect delicate infants and children undergoing surgical and diagnostic procedures, they also
devote their attention and skills to comforting both patients and family members.
Section Faculty
John Archer, MD
Colette Bellwoar, DO
Lisa Fazi-Diedrich, MD
Christina LaMonica, MD
Heather McClung, MD
Emily Quiros, MD
Mala Rastogi, DO
Roy Schwartz, MD, Department Director
Yuri Shevchenko, MD
Harvey Stern, MD
Veronica Swanson, MD
Pravin Taneja, MD
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA)
Jennifer Babia-Espiritu
Dawn Bent
Kelly Crowley
Joseph Dlugosz
Lorraine Donatelli
Sherell Everett
Michael Ford
Robert Grasso
Mora Hazlett-O’Neill
Phyllis Patane
Donald Rank, Chief CRNA
Catherine Rowand
Mary Katherine Tolbert
Alexis Yanoff
Contact Information
For more information call (215) 427-5220
Section Chief: Shuping Ge, MD
Email Address: [email protected]
The Section of Cardiology provides tertiary cardiovascular care to fetuses, children, and adults with congenital
heart diseases. Outpatient clinics are located in the main hospital campus and 5 convenient satellite locations in
Pennsylvania and New Jersey. We also provide pediatric ECG, echocardiography and/or consultations to 10
regional medical centers (Hahnemann University Hospital, Temple University Hospital, Einstein Medical Center
Philadelphia, Einstein Medical Center Montgomery, St. Mary Medical Center, Aria Health, Capital Health
Regional Medical Center, Capital Health Medical Center Hopewell, Abington Memorial Hospital, and the
Reading Hospital Medical Center). In 2013, we expanded our pediatric and fetal cardiology out-patient and inpatient services to 2 other tertiary care centers in this region: Children's Regional Hospital - Cooper Health
System, and Deborah Heart and Lung Center in New Jersey.
Our services include outpatient, inpatient, Cardiac Care Unit (CCU), and subspecialty services, including noninvasive cardiology (echocardiography, CT, and cardiac MRI), interventional diagnostic and therapeutic cardiac
catheterization, electrophysiology and pacing, cardiomyopathy and heart failure treatment, cardiovascular
genetics, and preventive cardiology.
Our rapidly growing fetal cardiology program at the main hospital campus and 3 other locations in Pennsylvania
and New Jersey (Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia, Capital Health Medical Center Hopewell, and Cooper
Health System) allows us to work with regional maternal fetal medicine specialists to diagnosis, monitor, and
manage cardiac defect, heart failure, and arrhythmias before, during, and after delivery using an integrated multidisciplinary approach. At the other end of the spectrum, we work closely with adult facilities to care for patients
with congenital and acquired heart disease as they grow into adulthood.
Our innovative programs include real-time 3D echocardiography, 3D angiography, and hybrid interventional
procedures to achieve less invasive and more effective treatment of complex congenital heart diseases in
collaboration with Cardiothoracic Surgery, Critical Care Medicine and Cardiovascular Anesthesiology.
Our areas of focus in research and innovation are: novel cardiovascular imaging technologies; ultrasoundmediated gene delivery to treat myocardial diseases; micro-RNA AAV gene delivery to treat hypertrophic
cardiomyopathy; and randomized clinical trials and clinical outcome studies in congenital and acquired heart
diseases in children. These efforts have led to 4 research grants, 15 peer-reviewed manuscripts, and many
regional, national and international presentations.
Cardiology Faculty Members
Rula Balluz, MD
Rose Cummings, DO
Cara Garofalo, MD
Marjorie Gayanilo, MD
Shuping Ge, MD, Chief
Janaki Gokhale, MD
Nandini Madan, MD
C. Igor Mesia, MD, Interim Clinical Director
John Murphy, MD
Anna O'Riordan, MD
Lindsay Rogers, MD
Jie Sun, MD
Amir Toib, MD
Sharon Weil-Chalker, MD
Fred H Weiss, MD
Cardiology Nurse Practitioner
Jamie Ganley
Contact Information
For more information call (215) 427-4820
Cardiothoracic Surgery and the Heart Center for Children
Section Chief and Executive Director of the Heart Center: Achintya Moulick, MD
Email Address: [email protected]
The Section of Cardiothoracic Surgery works closely with the Section of Cardiology to provide comprehensive
care for neonates, infants, children and adolescents with congenital and acquired heart disease. Evaluation of
pediatric patients with heart problems is provided at the Heart Center for Children and at a network of specialty
care centers. Surgical correction of pediatric cardiovascular abnormalities and complex cardiovascular
malformations of newborns and young infants is provided by an expert surgical team.
A multidisciplinary approach involving cardiothoracic surgeons, cardiologists, nurse practitioners, critical care
physicians, anesthesiologists, nurses and social workers helps to meet the needs of patients and their families.
Patients are treated for a broad spectrum of cardiac diseases including: complex heart malformations such as
hypoplastic left heart syndrome, transposition of the great arteries, or interrupted aortic arch in neonates; single
ventricle anomalies; complex forms of tetralogy of Fallot and atrioventricular canal defects; valvular heart disease
needing either valve repair or replacement (when possible, using only the patient’s own tissue); heart rhythm
disorders requiring pacemakers, implantable defibrillators or surgical treatment; and lung disorders related to
congenital heart disease.
Collaboration with interventional cardiologists in the Heart Center for Children allows many children with
congenital heart anomalies to be treated without surgery, or with less surgery than would otherwise be necessary.
Our team of cardiologists and surgeons perform a combination of traditional surgery and interventional
techniques as ―hybrid‖ approaches for the treatment of complex pulmonary artery reconstruction, closure of
multiple ventricular septal defects and the palliation of hypoplastic left heart syndrome. Minimally invasive
surgical techniques are performed, with the emphasis on patient safety.
Patient safety is a primary focus of the Heart Center. For example, in 2013, an initiative to track days of
pacemaker wire implantation after cardiac surgery and to employ an eluting bio patch successfully eliminated all
pacemaker wire infections. Similarly, the use of silver impregnated dressing in all cardiac patients to decrease
risk of post-operative mediastinal infections reduced infections from an already low rate to none in 2013.
Cardiothoracic Surgery Section Members
Vicki Mahan, MD
Achintya Moulick, MD, Chief
Randy Stevens, MD
Heart Center
Includes specialized faculty and staff of Critical Care, Cardiology, and Anesthesia in addition to the Faculty and
Staff of the Cardiothoracic Surgery Section.
Contact information
For more information call (215) 427-4820
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Director: Nadine Schwartz, MD
Email Address: [email protected]
The consultation psychiatry service is available for medically hospitalized patients 24 hours a day, seven days a
week and currently completes approximately 1000 new consults per year. The neuropsychologists and
psychologist provide diagnostic and evaluative testing and/or supportive services within some of the specialty
clinics and programs at the hospital, including the Neurosurgery and Cleft Palate Repair Clinic, Hematology and
Sickle Cell Clinic, Oncology, Pediatric HIV, and the Grow clinic. In addition, outpatient psychiatric services are
provided within the Dorothy Mann Center for Pediatric HIV.
Dr. Schwartz is also the Associate Director and clinical supervisor of the Healing Hurt People program, which is a
community-focused, hospital-based program staffed by a Social Worker and a Community Intervention Specialist
and is designed to reduce re-injury, retaliation, and longstanding emotional disruption (PTSD and other stress
symptoms) among individuals who have been victims of intentional violence outside of their home environment.
The section provides trainee education on a variety of levels: a required clerkship experience for 3 rd year medical
students, electives for 4th year medical students and Pediatric residents, and required training for both General
Psychiatry residents and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry fellows. Medical trainee education is of particular
interest, and accomplishments include the development and provision of an annual 10 hour lecture series for the
Pediatric residents on Diagnosis and Management of Child & Adolescent Psychiatric disorders in the pediatric
primary care setting.
Scholarly activity includes research in the areas of child neglect and effects of prenatal cocaine and tobacco
exposure as well as collaborative work with the sections of Neurology, Hematology, and the Dorothy Mann
Center on neuropsychological outcomes in Pediatric Stroke, Sleep Disordered Breathing, Phenylketoneuria,
Sickle Cell disease, and Pediatric HIV.
Section Members
David Bennett, PhD
Mitzie Grant, PhD
Randy Inkles, MD
Nadine Schwartz, MD, Director and Associate Director, Healing Hurt People
Reem Tarazi, PhD
Rich Baccare, MSS, LSW
Rachel Compton, MSW, LSW
Contact Information
For more information call (215) 427-5177
Critical Care
Section Chief: Shonola Da-Silva, MD
Email Address: [email protected]
The section of critical care medicine is staffed by critical care fellowship-trained physicians, critical care certified
nurse practitioners (CRNP) and fellows providing clinical care for patients in a 33-bed, 3 unit multidisciplinary
intensive care hospital floor. The units include a cardiac care unit (CCU), intensive care unit (ICU), and a special
care/burn unit (SCU).
Section members are active in clinical and educational research projects. Representative research projects
include: a prospective randomized observational study of the influence of the site of injection of propofol on the
pain experienced by children undergoing sedation in the MRI suite; and participation as a site in the national IPASS project to explore transition of care among healthcare providers in training in a way that optimizes patient
Education and training is a major emphasis for the section. The section currently has residents from 5
surrounding hospital systems being trained in the units: Albert Einstein Hospital, Temple University Hospital,
and Aria Health Systems in PA and Cooper Health Systems and Kennedy Health Systems in NJ.
Section Members
Sharon Calaman, MD, Associate Residency Director, Pediatric Residency Program
Arun Chopra, MD, Director of the ECMO Program and Palliative Care Program
Shonola S Da-Silva, MD, MBA, Section Chief and Director, Critical Care Fellowship Program
Mindy Dickerman, MD, Director of the Painless Pediatric Procedure and Sedation Program
Monika Gupta, MD
Ajit Mammen, MD, Director of the Hospital Rapid Response program
Renata Ostrowicki, MD, Associate Director, Pediatric Fellowship Program
Jason Parker, DO
Christine Schlichting, MD
Paul Shea, MD
Certified Registered Nurse Practitioners (CRNP)
MJ Depiero
Judy Anella
Kurt Freer
Rhonda Hough
Rachelle Jones
Brieann Mellar
Kelly Seta
Judith Ben-Ari Lazcano, MD
Ramin Nazari, MD
Contact Information
For more information call (215) 427-8818
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Dental Medicine
Department Director: Michael Suchar, DDS
Email Address: [email protected]
St. Christopher’s Department of Dental Medicine is staffed by pediatric dentists, periodontists and oral
maxillofacial surgeons who treat infants, children and teens, including those with special needs. Our
comprehensive pediatric dental services include preventive and restorative dental care, patient education, oral
maxillofacial surgery and periodontics for children and adolescents. Through conscious sedation and special
operating room facilities, we are equipped to treat patients with special needs, behavioral issues and medical
problems that affect dental care. We work closely with medical specialists to address the dental needs of patients
with complex medical backgrounds, including but not limited to cardiac, renal, cancer, bleeding disorders, sickle
cell disease, mental or physical challenges, and children with craniofacial anomalies may also be treated by one of
our pediatric dentists. Currently, the Department provides 16,000 patients visits annually.
The Department of Dental Medicine provides resident education to dentists who are seeking specialization in
Pediatric Dentistry. The Department also provides pediatric training opportunities for the Drexel University
College of Medicine Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Residency Program
Section Members
Michael Bianchi, DDS** Section Chief, Oral Maxillo-Facial Surgery
Augustine J. Chialastri, DDS, Pediatric Dentist
Susan Chialastri, DMD, Periodontist
David Metroka, DDS*, Pediatric Dentist
Kristy Slachta, DMD*, Pediatric Dentist
Michael J Suchar, DDS* Clinical Director
* Board Certified by American Board of Pediatric Dentistry
** Board Certified by American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and American Dental Board of
Contact Information
For more information call (215) 427-5065
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Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics
Section Chief: Maureen Fee, MD
Email Address: [email protected]
The Section of Developmental Pediatrics provides initial and follow-up diagnostic assessments for developmental
disorders including, but not limited to, autism spectrum disorder, intellectual disability, ADHD, spina bifida,
cerebral palsy and developmental language disorder. Assessments are provided at the main hospital location in
addition to satellite locations in Abington, PA and Yardley, PA. The Section also provides a neurodevelopmental
pediatrician to the Autism Evaluation Program at Bethanna Services in Southampton, PA as part of a
multidisciplinary assessment team. Multidisciplinary developmental assessments are provided for premature
infants who were patients in the NICU at Hahnemann University Hospital, Temple University Hospital and St.
Christopher’s Hospital for Children, with services recently expanded to include evaluations in the Sequential
Neonatal Assessment Program to those children from St. Luke’s Hospital in Bethlehem, PA. The section initiated
cognitive and vocational assessments on older adolescents within the spina bifida program in order to facilitate
transition of care into the adult arena and workforce.
Section Members
Physician Staff
Thomas J Casey, MD
Maureen A Fee, MD, JD, Chief
Beth Parrish, MD
Certified Registered Nurse Practitioners (CRNP)
Elizabeth Dieckman, DNP, CRNP, FNP-BC
Siobhan Kerr, CRNP, PNP-BC
Contact Information
For more information call (215) 427-8448
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Emergency Medicine
Interim Section Chief: Evan Weiner, MD
Email Address: [email protected]
The Department of Emergency Medicine is a Level I Trauma Center and provides comprehensive care during
medical or trauma-related emergencies to more than 70,000 children and adolescents each year. The faculty also
provide staffing to the Temple University Pediatric ED, Jenkintown Urgent Care Center, the new Allentown
Urgent Care Center, and Emergency Departments managed by our new partner, TeamHealth, including the
Pediatric ED at Pocono Medical Center.
The department is leading St. Christopher’s development of a Telemedicine program designed to bring enhanced
pediatric clinical consultative services to hospitals with limited pediatric services. It continues to support the
Healing Hurt People program, a violence-intervention program which provides trauma-related services to victims
of interpersonal violence and is an active partner in the hospital’s rapid HIV testing program, having recently
instituted a 60-second beside point-of-care test to provide routine HIV screening to ED patients. In addition to
these projects, the department has an active Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship Program, Simulation
Program, Child Maltreatment Program, and engages in clinical research in a number of areas, including projects
focused on the unique epidemiologic perspective of our trauma patient population.
Section Members
Terry Adirim, MD, MPH
Sandra Benanti, DO, FAAP
Richard Aarron Brodsky, MD, Director of Telemedicine
Ena Cade, MD
Carmela Calvo, MD
Lauren Carr, DO
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Danielle Casher, MD
Laura Donaldson, DO, FAAP, SCHC Urgent Care Director
Nicolas Erbrich, MD, FAAP, Director of Disaster Medicine
Beth Etra, MD
Dalit Eyal, DO, Director of Critical Care Transport Team
Lara Ferri, MD
Stacey Garfield Fox, MD, FAAP
Tyler Greenfield, DO
Christopher Haines, DO, MBA, Outgoing Section Chief
Julie Hayes, MD
Daniel Isaacman, MD
Marie Kaifer-Zajdowicz, MD, Jenkintown Urgent Care Center Director
Zach Kassutto, MD, FAAP
Jamie Katz, DO
Ioannis Koutroulis, MD
Joseph Levinsky, MD
Mana Mann, MD, MPH
Raquel Mora, MD
Gina Murray, MD, Allentown Urgent Care Director
Pramath Nath, MD, Medical Director, Temple University Hospital Pediatric Emergency Dept.
Freyda Neyman, MD, FAAP
Anna Pak, MD
Elizabeth Robinson, MD
Kim Rutherford, MD
Lisa Rynn, MD
John Saludades, MD
Sabina Singh, MD
Elizabeth Thomas, MD
Evan Weiner, MD, Interim Section Chief and Fellowship Director
Junior Faculty/Senior Fellows:
Michael Gillman, MD
Swathi Eyyunni, DO
Contact Information
For more information call (215) 427-5369
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Section Chief: Francesco De Luca, MD
Email Address: [email protected]
Faculty and staff in the Section of Endocrinology provide diagnostic and therapeutic services for children and
adolescents with a range of conditions, including: thyroid, adrenal, and pituitary diseases; disorders of growth
and pubertal development; diabetes mellitus, hypoglycemia, and the metabolic syndrome; and disorders of
mineral metabolism. The Center for Diabetes was recognized by the American Diabetes Association and
provides a multidisciplinary approach, involving physicians, nurses, certified diabetes educators, social workers
and nutritionists, to provide medical care, education and support to our patients and their caregivers. The section
established a Center for the Metabolic Syndrome and the Thyroid Tumor Board at St. Christopher’s Hospital for
Children and participates in the newly-developed St. Christopher’s Neuro-Oncology Program.
In addition, the section has an established Pediatric Endocrinology Fellowship Program and our faculty is
involved in a variety of basic science and clinical research projects.
Section Members
Anita Azam, MD
Robert Danish, MD
Francesco De Luca, MD, Chief
Kimberly Fuld, DO
Rita Ann Kubicky MD
Iraj Rezvani, MD
Elizabeth Suarez, MD
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Clinical Staff
Maryanne Cullen, RN
Maureen Dever, CNP, CDE
Lynda Henley, RD, CDE
Barbara Morrison, RN, CDE
Matthew Naliborski, RD
Regina Taddeo, RD, CDE
Contact Information
For more information call (215) 427-8101
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Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition
Section Chief: Harpreet Pall, MD
Email Address: [email protected]
The Section is active clinically, with a busy outpatient clinic (over 7,000 visits per year), in the Endoscopy Suite
(approximately 1,200 procedures per year), and oversees an expanding inpatient service. The full spectrum of
diagnostic and interventional procedures is performed, including percutaneous gastrostomy, capsule endoscopy,
pH-impedance testing, and Bravo wireless pH recording. Newly developed subspecialty programs include: the
Center for Inflammatory Bowel Disease with a multidisciplinary team to provide expert diagnosis and state of the
art medical and surgical interventions; Intestinal Rehabilitation Program providing inpatient and outpatient care
for children with short bowel syndrome in partnership with Surgery colleagues; and the GI Motility Program
which has the ability to perform manometry in the newly opened GI Motility Suite. There is close collaboration
with the Departments of Surgery, Radiology, and Pathology.
Recent research highlights include clinical trials in short gut syndrome and refractory constipation, and the
evaluation of patient education prototypes in colonoscopy bowel preparation. There is also ongoing involvement
in multicenter pancreatitis research. The section offers a robust education elective hosting students, residents, and
adult GI fellows. Patient education and community advocacy is of great interest, and accomplishments include the
Inflammatory Bowel Disease Family Education Symposium, Celiac Support Group, medical directorship of a
camp for children with IBD, and recognition as the top hospital fundraising team for the Crohn’s and Colitis
Foundation of America annual walk.
Section Members
Stephanie Appleman, MD
David Blanco, MD
Kathy Chen, MD
Kevin Kelly, MD
Harpreet Pall, MD, Section Chief
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Vesta Salehi, MD
Philip Stein, MD
Lorileen Bautista, MSN, CRNP
Laura W Forrest, MSN, CRNP
Colleen Vicente, RD
Contact Information
For more information call (215) 427-6781
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General Pediatrics
Section Chief: Lee Pachter, DO
Email Address: Lee. [email protected]
The Section of General Pediatrics includes board-certified general pediatricians and adolescent medicine
specialists, pediatric nurse practitioners, social workers, and care-coordinators housed in three Divisions:
Primary Care, Adolescent Medicine, and Special Programs. The Division of Primary Care/Center for
Child and Adolescent Health provides care for over 27,000 children from birth to 21 years of age, mostly
from the eastern North Philadelphia area surrounding the hospital. It is the main site of primary care
training for the St. Christopher’s Pediatric Residency Program. The Division of Adolescent Medicine
provides primary care and specialty services to adolescents between the ages of 13 and 21, and also is
home to the Family Planning clinic. The Division of Special Programs includes the Center for Children
with Special Health Care Needs which provides primary care and care coordination for 2,400 children
with complex healthcare needs and their siblings, the Grow Clinic, a center for children with poor growth
and failure to thrive, the Child Protection Program which evaluates children who may have been abused
and/or neglected, and the Next Steps Program, a co-located and integrated clinic for approximately 300
NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) graduates which provides primary care, neonatal follow-up and subspecialty services in a patient- and family-centered medical home model.
General Pediatrics also is home to the PhilaKids Medical Legal Partnership, where attorneys provide onsite free council to families who have legal issues that have impact on their children’s health, and train
health care professionals in how to optimally address the social determinants of health. Other innovative
clinical programs include the Family Safe Zone (a parenting program which also trains health care
workers to non-judgmentally address sub-optimal parent child interactions in the clinic), the CAMP
project (which screens and refers families for intimate partner violence counseling), Farms to Families
and Fresh Rx (providing discounted weekly produce to families though an on-site community-supported
agriculture program), and the Newborn Clinic, which provides rapid access to newborn visits and
breastfeeding support. The section is also home to Cap4Kids, an innovative web-based children’s
advocacy project where parents and providers have access to relevant up-to-date community resources for
their children’s health and well being at
Scholarly activity, coordinated through our section’s Director of Research, includes research in the areas
of health inequities, psychosocial stressors, parenting, health communication, psychosocial and
developmental screening, food insecurity, health services, quality improvement, and resident education
innovation. Section faculty have programmatic and research funding from a range of sources, including
the US Department of Housing and Urban Development; the US Department of Health and Human
Services, PA Department of Public Welfare, and PA Department of Health (through the Family Planning
Council); Children’s Trust Fund of Pennsylvania; Pew Charitable Trust; and a number of private
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Section Members
Enitan Adegite, MD, Adolescent Medicine
Vineetha Alias, DO, Center for Child and Adolescent Health
Bruce Bernstein, PhD, Director of Research
Ann Marie Carr, MD, Center for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs
Mario Cruz, MD, Center for Child and Adolescent Health
Stacy Ellen, DO, Center for Child and Adolescent Health
Jeremiah Goldstein, MD, Center for Child and Adolescent Health
Keith Herzog, MD, Center for Child and Adolescent Health
Shareen Kelly, MD, Center for Child and Adolescent Health
Hans Kersten, MD, Grow Clinic and Center for Child and Adolescent Health
Leonard Levine, MD, Adolescent Medicine
Maria McColgan, MD, Director, Child Protection Program
Matthew McDonald, MD, Center for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs
Francis X McNesby, MD, Center for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs
Katie McPeak, MD, Medical Director, Center for Child and Adolescent Health
Lee M. Pachter, DO, Chief
Anna Pak, MD, Center for Child and Adolescent Health
Nadja Peter, MD, Adolescent Medicine
Benjamin Sanders, MD, Center for Child and Adolescent Health
Deborah Sandrock, MD, Center for Child and Adolescent Health
Leah Scherzer, MD, Center for Child and Adolescent Health
Nancy Spector, MD, Center for Child and Adolescent Health
Kathryn Stroup, MD, Center for Child and Adolescent Health and Adolescent Medicine
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Daniel Taylor, MD, Center for Child and Adolescent Health
Dana Toib, MD, Center for Child and Adolescent Health
Renee Turchi, MD, Medical Director, Special Programs
Certified Registered Nurse Practitioners (CRNP)
Donna Almeida, CRNP, Center for Child and Adolescent Health
Danielle Costello, CRNP, Center for Child and Adolescent Health
Dale Drucker, CRNP, Adolescent Medicine
Alexandra Ellison, CRNP, Center for Child and Adolescent Health
Sarah Eloise, CRNP, Center for Child and Adolescent Health
Elizabeth Grund, CRNP, Child Protection / Grow Clinic
Jennie Hack, CRNP, Center for Child and Adolescent Health
Lisa Joseph, CRNP, Center for Child and Adolescent Health
Madelyn Maldonado, CRNP, Adolescent Medicine
Heather Palasky, CRNP, Center for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs
Antonette Shaw, CRNP, Center for Child and Adolescent Health
Lynne Yates, CRNP, Adolescent Medicine
Care Coordinators
Monica Kondrad, RN, Center for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs
Social Services
Shannon Kiry, MSW, Center for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs
Katherine Sachs, MSW, Center for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs
Jodi Schaffer, MSW, Center for Child and Adolescent Health
Rachel Schendler, MSW, Child Protection Program / Grow Clinic
Giacinta Talarico, MSW, Adolescent Medicine / Center for Child and Adolescent Health
Darin Toliver, MSW, Center for Child and Adolescent Health
Contact Information
For more information call (215) 427-5553
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General, Thoracic, and Minimally Invasive Surgery
Division Chief and Surgeon-in-Chief: Marshall Schwartz, MD, FRCS-Eng (Hon)
Email Address: [email protected]
The Division of Pediatric General, Thoracic and Minimally Invasive Surgery is staffed by board-certified
Pediatric Surgeons, as well as Physician Assistants and a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. The members of
the Division address the surgical needs of children from extremely premature infants to adolescents up to
21 years of age, with a variety of conditions including: congenital malformations, infections, tumors
within the chest and abdomen (including the liver, pancreas, kidney and adrenal glands), and endocrine
disorders, as well as hernias, hydroceles, undescended testes, and soft tissue masses. The scope of practice
includes neonatal surgery, surgical oncology, non-cardiac thoracic surgery, and pediatric trauma. Our
Division also provides head and neck surgery, endocrine surgery, gastrointestinal and hepatobiliary
surgery, pediatric gynecology, and some general urologic procedures. The practice is at the forefront in
the use of minimally invasive surgery techniques, creating shorter hospitalizations, less postoperative pain
and minimal incisions. The Division is also involved in clinical and basic science research.
Representative specialized programs include: Minimally Invasive Surgery; Multidisciplinary Intestinal
Rehabilitation Programs (includes intestinal failure and inflammatory bowel disease); Trauma and Injury
Prevention; Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO); and the Regional Fetal Evaluation Center
for prenatal counseling. Patients are seen at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children as well as outpatient
offices in Bethlehem, PA, Bucks County, PA, Washington Township, NJ, and Hopewell Township, NJ.
Section Members
L. Grier Arthur, MD, FACS
Helena Crowley, MD
Mathew Moront, MD, FACS
Pajeev Prasad, MD, FACS
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Marshall Schwartz, MD, FRCS-Eng (Hon), Surgeon-in-Chief and Division Chief
Shaheen Timmapuri, MD, FACS
Hope Delacruz, NP
Robert Cohen, PAC
Jacquelyn English, PAC
Contact Information
For more information call (215) 427-5446
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Section Chief: Carol Anderson, MD
Email Address: [email protected]
Dr. Anderson provides consultation for both inpatients and outpatients and was joined by
Dr. Reena Jethva, who, in addition to evaluating and managing patients with metabolic disorders,
expanded the clinical genetics evaluation services. They were assisted by the section’s Genetic
Counselor, Sue Moyer, MS, one of the first group of genetic counselors to be licensed in the State of
Pennsylvania; she also attends a number of multi-specialty clinics (e.g., PKU, Craniofacial, Hemophilia,
Spina Bifda, and Cystic Fibrosis) to provide on-site genetic counseling. Jinglan Liu, PhD, is the Director
of the Genetics Laboratory and provides diagnostic support to the section and the medical center.
Section Members
Carol Anderson, MD
Reena Jethva, MD, MBA
Sue Moyer, MS, Genetic Counselor
Jinglan Liu, PhD, Director of the Genetics Laboratory
Contact Information
For more information call (215) 427-8413
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Graduate Medical Education
Designated Institutional Officer: Alan Zubrow, MD Email: [email protected]
Residency Program Director: Nancy Spector, MD Email: [email protected]
Assistant Residency Program Directors: Sharon Calaman, MD, Blair Dickinson, MD, & Mario
Cruz, MD Email: [email protected], [email protected], &
[email protected]
Graduate medical education has been an integral part of St. Christopher's Hospital for Children for more
than 60 years. The goal of our training programs—and our highest priority—is to offer a comprehensive,
in-depth and personally rewarding educational experience in one of our many pediatric disciplines,
preparing trainees to confidently choose careers in academic medicine, private practice, or public health.
A cornerstone of our training is the open and frequent interaction between our trainees and our
outstanding faculty, with expertise in all areas of pediatric health and disease as well as a strong
commitment to education. We strive to maintain an appropriate balance between scientific inquiry and
humanistic clinical care in training residents and fellows. In doing so, we give them the tools they need to
become competent and compassionate physicians for children and adolescents. We promote personal and
professional growth by encouraging residents and fellows to participate in designing and implementing
their curriculum. A traditional and valued aspect of our programs is their cohesiveness, apparent in the
warm relationships between our faculty and trainees, and in the excellent morale and group spirit of the
house staff.
The pediatric residency program is well known for providing outstanding residency training. More than
half of the graduates enter competitive fellowship programs across the country; last year 80% of the
fellows accepted academic positions and 20% entered private practice. Currently the resident compliment
includes 28 interns, 26 PL-2 residents and 24 PL-3 residents. In addition to 24 categorical pediatric
residents, the first and second-year classes include preliminary and child neurology-bound residents. The
residency program includes representation from 44 medical schools; 15% of the residents are underrepresented minorities.
The program leadership includes the Program Director (Dr. Nancy Spector), three Associate Program
Directors (Drs. Sharon Calaman, Mario Cruz and Blair Dickinson), three Chief Residents and two fulltime Residency Program Coordinators. Dr. Nancy Spector, the Residency Program Director, has served in
many leadership roles in the Association of Pediatric Program Directors (APPD) and Academic Pediatric
Association (APA). The Program has two coordinators, Grace Haymes and Monica Yayac.
The residency program leaders have a national reputation for educational innovation and are engaged in
several multi-center educational projects. Since 2010, the residency program leadership has participated
in a multi-center educational research and quality improvement project: implementing a Resident Handoff
Program to Improve Pediatric Patient Safety – A National Multi-site Collaborative (the I-PASS Study
Group). Dr. Spector is one of the study leaders, chairing the Educational Executive Committee and
serving as one of the five study leaders on the Coordinating Council. Dr. Calaman is the site principal
investigator for SCHC.
St. Christopher's Hospital for Children offers pediatric fellowship opportunities in 13 subspecialty areas.
St. Christopher’s Hospital is also privileged to help train residents and fellows from other institutions.
Presently, we have over 400 trainees visiting us each year in 22 different training programs. Contact
information for our training programs is listed below:
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Contact Information
Pediatric Anesthesiology
Pravin A Taneja, MBBS, MBA, MD
Ph: (215) 427-5918; Fax: (215) 427-4339
[email protected]
Elizabeth Edwards
Ph: (215) 427-3712
[email protected]
Child Neurology
Ignacio Valencia, MD
Ph: (215) 427-8975; Fax: (215) 427-4393
[email protected]
Tanya Thomas
Ph: (215) 427-8372
[email protected]
Dental Medicine
Michael Suchar, DDS
Ph: (215) 427-5072; Fax: (215) 427- 8440
[email protected]
Karen Rutledge
Ph: (215) 427-8783
[email protected]
Pediatric Pathology
Judy Mae Pascasio, MD
Ph: (215) 427-5272; Fax: (215) 427-4284
[email protected]
Nancy D Spector, MD
Ph: (215) 427-8846; Fax: (215) 427-4805
[email protected]
Grace Haymes
Ph: (215) 427-5127
[email protected]
Monica Yayak
Ph: (215) 427-5127
[email protected]
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Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
Alan B Zubrow, MD
Ph: (215) 427-5454; Fax: (215) 427-4805
[email protected]
John Wei
Ph: (215) 427-5202
[email protected]
Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
Shonola S Da-Silva, MD, MBA
Ph: (215) 427-8816; Fax: (215) 427-5525
[email protected]
Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Evan J Weiner, MD
Ph: (215) 427-6089; Fax: (215) 427-4668
[email protected]
Tonithia Gilliam
Ph: (215) 427-5042
[email protected]
Pediatric Endocrinology
Francesco De Luca, MD
Ph: (215) 427-8100; Fax: (215) 427-8105
[email protected]
Christine Suarez
Ph: (215) 427-8100
[email protected]
Pediatric Infectious Diseases
Sarah S Long, MD
Ph: (215) 427-5204; Fax: (215) 427-8389
[email protected]
Pediatric Pulmonology
Mark Dovey, MD
Ph: (215) 427-3806; Fax: (215) 427-4621
[email protected]
Latasha Lewis
Ph: (215) 427-4318
[email protected]
Pediatric Radiology
Jacqueline A Urbine, MD
Ph: (215) 427-5281; Fax: (215) 427-4378
[email protected]
Veronica Malinowski
Ph: (215) 427-5230
[email protected]
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Pediatric Surgery
Rajeev Prasad, MD
Ph: (215) 427-5446; Fax: (215) 427-4616
[email protected]
Kimberly Abrams
Ph: (215) 427-5446
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Acting Section Chief: Gregory Halligan, MD
Email Address: [email protected]
St. Christopher's is designated by the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the New Jersey Department
of Health and Senior Services as a regional leader in specialty care for newborns and children with
hemophilia and hemoglobinopathies in the eastern half of Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey. St.
Christopher's also cares for children with other common or rare blood disorders of red blood cells,
platelets, clotting factors or white blood cells.
The Marian Anderson Comprehensive Sickle Cell Care and Research Center provides children with
medical care, psychological and social services. The Center coordinates acute care, routine follow-up
care, and treatment; referrals for curative bone marrow transplantation; genetic counseling; patient and
family education and counseling; and school and vocational assistance for children of all ages with sickle
cell disease. Special programs within the Marian Anderson Center include a Combined Sickle Cell/
Pulmonology Clinic, Chronic Transfusion Program / Aphaeresis Program done in collaboration with the
Section of Nephrology, a Comprehensive Hydroxyurea Program, and a range of patient, parent and family
educational, supportive, and advocacy services supported in part by the Calvin Bland Endowment.
The bleeding disorders program provides care for children with hemophilia, von Willebrand disease, and
platelet function disorders. Comprehensive care is provided involving also orthopedists, physical
therapists, dentists, social workers, genetic counseling, and home care nursing services.
Research with the Section has focused on Sickle Cell Disease (e.g., a study of vasculopathy markers and
cognitive dysfunction and a trail of the use of a texting intervention to improve self-management in
adolescents) and bleeding disorders (e.g., a clinical trial of pegalated recombinant factor VIII product for
patient with severe Hemophilia A). The Section is also collaborating with the Section of Neurology on
research as part of the International Pediatric Stroke Consortium.
Section Members
Nataly Apollonsky, MD
Jennifer Eng, MD
Deepti Raybagkar, MD, MS
Tamar Epstein, CRNP
Miriam Gilday, CRNP
Virginia Kaufmann, CPNP
Contact Information
For more information call (215) 427-5096
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Hospital Medicine
Section Chief: Doug E. Thompson, MD
Email Address: [email protected]
The Section of Hospital Medicine incorporates an integrated model with hospitalists representing St.
Christopher’s Hospital for Children, Drexel University College of Medicine, Temple University School
of Medicine and Albert Einstein Medical Center. Our mission is to provide the highest quality in patient
care, excellence in education, and leadership in pediatric hospital medicine. Patient diagnoses range from
general pediatric problems, such as asthma, bronchiolitis and gastroenteritis, to the more complex
challenges faced by patients with special health care needs. Care is provided in a family-centered model
with collaborative efforts between the physicians, patients, their families, primary care providers,
pediatric and surgical subspecialty physicians, nurses, case managers, social workers and other ancillary
staff providing coordination of care.
The Section is the primary service caring for patients with asthma. In conjunction with the Section of
Pulmonology, an asthma clinical practice guideline was developed and implemented. Asthma care at St.
Christopher’s Hospital for Children achieves extremely high marks on key quality measures established
by the Joint Commission – for all four quarters of 2013, compliance with reliever use was 100%, systemic
corticosteroid use was 100%, and home management plans were provided consistently to 98-99%. St.
Christopher’s is one of twenty hospitals nationally, and the only hospital in Pennsylvania, to be
recognized by the Joint Commission as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® for children’s
asthma care.
Hospitalists also serve as the primary faculty for pediatric residents from St. Christopher’s Hospital for
Children and Albert Einstein Medical Center and medical students from Drexel University College of
Medicine and Temple University School of Medicine during their inpatient rotations. The faculty are
active nationally, both academically and through leadership, in areas such as education, transitions of
care, quality improvement and evidence-based medicine.
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Section Members
Thair Abed, MD
Mayssa Abuali, MD
Lynn Burbank, CRNP
Ann Carr, MD
David Cooperberg, MD
Nickolas Dawlabani, MD
Michael Delvecchio, MD
Blair Dickinson, MD
Hema Guruprasad, MD
Kate Heck, CRNP
Ishminder Kaur, MD
Hans Kersten, MD
Nicholas Kuzma, MD
Morgan Leafe, MD
Matthew McDonald, MD
Vahideh Nilforoshan, MD
Kristina Pengler, CRNP
Kathy Reeves, MD
Manisha Sinha, MD
Stephanie Skuby, MD
Emily Souder, MD
E. Douglas Thompson, Jr., Chief
Mark Yinger, MD
Contact Information
For more information call (215) 427-4308
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Section Chief: Jill Foster, MD
Email Address: [email protected]
The Section of Immunology is comprised of clinical, research, and teaching programs predominantly in
the areas of Pediatric and Adolescent HIV and Congenital Immunodeficiency. The Dorothy Mann Center
(DMC) is the home of HIV-related programs and a pioneer in the provision of one-stop family-centered
primary and specialty HIV services. A wide range of medical and psychosocial support services are
provided to HIV-exposed infants as well as HIV-positive infants, children, and youth (up to 24 years of
age) and their affected family members. In addition, the program provides consultative services for HIVnegative pediatric and adolescent patients with HIV exposures who may require pre- or post-exposure
prophylaxis for HIV (nPEP and PrEP). The DMC is active regionally in providing health provider
education and technical assistance, particularly in the areas of delivery of culturally-competent HIV
prevention and in establishing HIV testing programs. St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children became the
first hospital in the region to adopt CDC recommendations for routine HIV testing for all patients. The
Section is part of a national collaborative, funded by the NICHD, to investigate the long-term impact of
perinatal HIV on adolescents, as well as several pharmaceutical-sponsored clinical trials.
The Congenital Immunodeficiency Program provides ongoing care for a cohort of children diagnosed
with non-HIV related congenital immunodeficiency, including chronic granulomatous disease of
childhood, Bruton’s Agammaglobulinemia, Job’s Syndrome, and others. In addition, the section has an
active program for evaluation of children with suspected congenital immunodeficiency at the main
campus, and has recently expanded to provide such services at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Bethlehem,
Out-patient management of parenteral antibiotics can be difficult for primary care physicians, so the OutPatient Management of IV Therapies Program provides coordination, consultation, and evaluation of
patients discharged on these therapies.
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Section Members:
Janet Chen, MD
Daniel Conway, MD
Jill Foster, MD, FIDSA, Chief
Roberta Laguerre-Frederique, MD
Neil Rellosa, MD
Maria Garcia-Bulkley, PA-C
Daisy Rivera, PA-C
Contact information:
For more information call (215) 427-5284
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Infectious Diseases
Section Chief: Sarah Long, MD
Email Address: [email protected]
The Section is focused first on making optimal clinical decisions, infused with critical knowledge, and
levied carefully one patient at a time. Diagnostic services are offered for outpatients with enigmatic
illnesses or unexpectedly frequent, lengthy, or refractory infections. Consultations for inpatients span the
spectrum of potential diagnoses from common infections manifest in their most severe forms to
complicated and unusual infections in children with compromising conditions or treatments such as for
oncologic, cardiothoracic, genetic, transplantation or pulmonary conditions or extremely premature birth.
On-site state-of-the-art laboratories offer exceptional consultation and services in microbiology, virology
and molecular diagnostics.
Faculty are committed additionally to improve care for infections or to prevent infections for larger
groups of children through scholarship and policy. Original research conducted by section faculty has
contributed substantially to current knowledge of vaccine preventable diseases, healthcare associated
infections and infant botulism. Dr. Long is the founding editor and continues to be the chief editor of
Principles and Practices of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, with its fifth edition under preparation. She
also is an associate editor of The Journal of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Pediatrics Red
Book. Dr. Gould is the medical director of the City of Philadelphia’s Pediatric Tuberculosis Clinical
Program and is the Hospital Epidemiologist at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children. Dr. Vodzak
oversees antimicrobial stewardship at St. Christopher’s Hospital as well as the organization’s continuing
medical education program for pediatricians. Drs. Chen and Rellosa also deliver care and perform
research for HIV-infected children and adolescents through the Section of Immunology. Alan
Evangelista, Ph.D. is the Director of the Microbiology, Virology and Molecular Diagnostic Laboratories
through the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.
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Section Members
Janet S Chen, MD
Alan T Evangelista, PhD
Jane M Gould, MD
Sarah S Long, MD, Chief
Neil G Rellosa, MD
Jennifer Vodzak, MD
Contact Information
For more information call (215) 427-5201
(For HIV-related Faculty, Appointments and Consults please see the Section of Immunology)
Faculty Academic Direct Lines:
Janet S Chen, MD (215) 427-5980
Jane M Gould, MD (215) 427-5236
Sarah S Long, MD (215) 427-5204
Neil G Rellosa, MD (215) 427-4324
Jennifer Vodzak, MD (215) 427-3843
Infectious Diseases Fellow’s office (215) 427-5310
Alan T Evangelista, PhD (215) 427-5431
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Section Chief: Maria Delivoria-Papadopoulos, MD
Email Address: [email protected]
The Section of Neonatology provides comprehensive care for critically ill newborns and infants at St.
Christopher’s Hospital for Children, Hahnemann University Hospital and Temple University Hospital and
collaborates with affiliated hospitals throughout the region, including Pocono Medical Center, Reading
Hospital Medical Center, and St. Luke’s Hospital Medical Center. The Section offers one of the first
follow-up/primary care clinics in the region providing a continuum of care for infants who were cared for
in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). This Neonatal Continuing Care Clinic, the Next Steps
Program, is available to serve as the medical home for up to two-and-a-half years post NICU discharge
until the community-based primary care provider chooses to assume this role. The Clinic meets the
infant’s medical and health care needs by providing patient- and family-centered care, periodic screening,
care coordination and medical services through a team of neonatologists, general pediatricians,
pulmonologists, dietitians and social workers.
Clinical and basic research activities are a major focus of the section; faculty in the section presented 30
abstracts in basic science at national meetings such as the American Society for Pediatric Research/and
Eastern Society for Pediatric Research, American Physiological Society, Society for Gynecologic
Investigation, and Society for Neuroscience. In the Neonatology Research Laboratory, research is
conducted with the focus on neonatal brain injury, under the direction of section chief, Maria DelivoriaPapadopoulos, MD. This year the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine established the ―Maria
Delivoria-Papadopoulos Prize for Research in Neonatal Neurosciences‖ in recognition of lifetime of
service provided to students of neonatal medicine.
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Section Members
Endla K Anday, MD
Juan Ballesteros, MD
Alison J Carey, MD
Harbhajan Chawla, MD
Beatriz De Jongh, MD
Maria Delivoria-Papadopoulos, MD, Chief
Rachel Fleishman, MD
Helena Friss, MD
Jan Goplerud, MD
Arleen Haynes-Laing, MD
Folasade Kehinde, MD
Jane McGowan, MD
Shadi Malaeb, MD
Kirstie Marcello-Donnelly, MD
Ogechukwu R Menkiti, MD
Roschanak Mossabeb, MD
Anja Mowes, MD
Manjula Mudduluru, MD
Nicholas Obiri, MD
David Sorrentino, MD
Michael Szatkowski, MD
Heidi R Taylor, DO
Suzanne Touch, MD
Yanick Vibert, DO
Alan Zubrow, MD
Contact Information
For more information call (215) 762-7515
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Nephrology and The Kidney Center for Children
Section Chief: Susan Conley, MD
Email Address: [email protected]
The Kidney Center for Children at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children is a comprehensive nephrology
center, offering individualized care to patients from birth to young adulthood for all types of kidney issues
including care of children and adolescents with hypertension and hyperlipidemia. The team of doctors,
nurses, dietician and social worker provide immediate and long-term care for the evaluation and treatment
of children with acute and chronic kidney disease, congenital kidney disease, urinary tract infections,
kidney stones, hypertension, and all types of fluid, electrolyte and acid-based disturbances. The
nephrologists provide ongoing care to outpatients and inpatients and are available for consultation for
outpatients, inpatients, and for phone and telemedicine consultations. The Center includes an active
inpatient and outpatient dialysis unit providing acute and chronic hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis.
The unit also provides continuous renal replacement therapy for patients with acute kidney injury in the
hospital’s intensive care unit. The nephrologists work in conjunction with a team of transplant surgeons
to offer kidney transplantation with a comprehensive transplant follow-up program. St. Christopher’s
Hospital for Children was the first hospital in the Delaware Valley to perform kidney transplantation in
children and has done a total of almost 440 kidney transplants since its inception.
The Kidney Center also provides red cell apheresis therapy for sickle cell patients through the dialysis
unit and the nephrologists are available for consultation on plasmapheresis patients.
Section Members
Kimberly Burrows, MD
Susan B Conley, MD, Chief
Samina Muneeruddin, MD
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Caroline Braas, RN, BSN, Transplant nurse
Bethany Shovlin, CRNP, RD
Contact Information
For more information call (215) 427-4334
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Section Chief: Agustin Legido, MD
Email Address: [email protected]
The Section of Neurology is one of the area's leading providers of comprehensive diagnostic and
therapeutic programs for acute and chronic disorders of the central and peripheral nervous systems
including: epilepsy and other seizure disorders; tics and other movement disorders; neonatal neurology
problems (neonatal seizures, perinatal asphyxia); neurometabolic and neurogenetic diseases; migraine and
other chronic headaches; spasticity in conditions such as cerebral palsy; muscular dystrophy,
neuropathies, and other neuromuscular disorders; intellectual disabilities, autism, attention deficit
hyperactivity (ADHD) and other learning disabilities; and neurological sleep disorders, among other
conditions. Specialized services include: EEG interpretations at a number of affiliated hospitals, Botox
injections for spasticity; sleep disorder evaluations/sleep studies, including routine polysomnography and
studies for narcolepsy; and vagal nerve stimulator therapy for epilepsy.
The Section of Neurology provides comprehensive inpatient and outpatient neurologic care for newborns,
children, and teens at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, and collaborates with affiliated hospitals
and medical centers throughout the region, including St. Chris Care at Abington, Reading Hospital
Medical Center, St. Luke’s Hospital, and Easter Seals. In addition, the service area extends to New Jersey
with care being provided at Washington Township and the Lourdes Medical Center. The Section offers
consultative services for infants that are cared for at St. Chris and the hospital’s Next Steps Program as
well as in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) of affiliated hospitals.
Special programs within the Section include the Epilepsy Center, a Neuromuscular Disorders Program, a
Sleep Disorders Program, a PKU Program, a Neuro-Oncology Program created in collaboration with the
Section of Oncology, and the Mitochondrial Disorders Center. St. Christopher's Neurology Section
operates the Mitochondrial Disorders Lab, which is one of only five centers in the country equipped to
analyze mitochondrial metabolism in mitochondria isolated from fresh muscle biopsy, as well as in frozen
muscle and fibroblasts. Funded research in the Center has explored both mitochondrial dysfunction in
pediatric neurological diseases and mitochondrial involvement in neuro-protection against cerebral
hypoxia. Dr. Legido, the Section Chief, was the guest editor of an issue of the journal Seminars in
Pediatric Neurology, addressing Mitochondria Dysfunction in Pediatric Neurology Diseases that included
contributions from all members of the Section. Additional funded research has involved basic science
research (e.g., microtubule-nucleating proteins as therapeutic targets for pediatric gliomas) and clinical
drug trials (e.g., for Pompe Disease, PKU and difficult to treat epilepsy).
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Section Members
Karen S. Carvalho, MD
Michael J Goldenthal, PhD
Mitzie Grant, PhD
H. Huntley Hardison, MD
Dahpne Hasbani, MD
Reena Jethva, M.D., MBA
Christos D Katsetos, MD, PhD
Divya S Khurana, MD
AgustГ­n Legido, MD, PhD, MBA, Chief
Kavitha Marri, MD
Joseph J Melvin, DO
Ignacio Valencia, MD
Ruth Adams, MSN, CRNP-BC
Diana Figueroa, RN
Susan Finn, MSN, CPNP-BC
Jennifer Tiffany-Amaro, MSN, CRNP-BC
Linda Tonyes, RD
Contact information
For more information call (215) 427-5470 or (215) 427-8372
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Section Chief: Prithvi Narayan, MD, FAANS
Email Address: [email protected]
The Section of Neurosurgery provides comprehensive pediatric neurosurgery services to address:
developmental and congenital problems (e.g., hydrocephalus, Chiari malformations and syringomyelia,
myelomeningocele and lipomyelomeningocele, tethered spinal cord and spina bifida occulta,
meningoceles and encephaloceles, skull lesions or cysts, spasticity and cerebral palsy, and brain and
spinal cysts); craniofacial conditions (e.g., positional molding or plagiocephaly, craniosynostosis, fibrous
dysplasia, craniofacial trauma and fractures); epilepsy surgery for seizure disorders; benign and malignant
brain and spinal cord tumors; and vascular disorders (arterio-venous malformations, cavernous
malformations, cerebral aneurysms and Moya-Moya disease). Working collaboratively with other
pediatric subspecialties such as neonatology, neurology, plastic and reconstructive surgery,
otolaryngology, and oncology, the Section ensures high-level, compassionate, coordinated care for
infants, children and adolescents. Special programs offered through Neurosurgery in collaboration with
other specialties include Neuro-Oncology, Comprehensive Epilepsy Surgery, Craniofacial, Spasticity and
Cerebral Palsy, Head and Spinal Trauma/Concussion, and Spina Bifida.
Despite the diversity and complexity of the neurosurgical conditions that we treat, our infection rates are
one of the lowest in the country. A quality improvement initiative to even further reduce surgical site
infections using a strict prepping/dressing protocol and meticulous surgical technique has resulted in a 0%
shunt infection rate in 2013.
In the last year our Section has collaborated to establish a comprehensive Neuro-Oncology Program at St.
Christopher’s. The result of our efforts is a multidisciplinary, one-stop clinic that allows our patients with
brain and spine tumors to receive streamlined and coordinated care with excellent outcomes (see
description under the Oncology Section for further information). We have also established a multidisciplinary comprehensive Craniofacial Program and have received provisional accreditation from The
Cleft Palate Association. A unique minimally invasive endoscopic synostectomy technique to treat
cranio-synostosis has been performed over the last two years resulting in short (overnight) hospital stays,
a 0% blood transfusion rate and excellent outcomes.
Our research initiatives include participation in a Multicenter-North American research effort to address
issues in Chiari I malformation and syringomyelia. The Park-Reeves Syringomyelia Research Consortium is
a prospective and retrospective data registry to study the natural history and clinical course following
treatment for Syringomyelia. We are also currently conducting research on the effect of economic
disparities on concussion treatment and outcomes.
Section Members
Melandee Brown, MD
Prithvi Narayan, MD, FAANS, Chief
Kim Fudge, PA-C
Katherine Peisochenske, PA-C
Emma Phillips, PA-C
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Annie Markovits, MSS, LSW
Contact Information
For more information call (215) 427-5196
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Section Chief: Gregory Halligan, MD
Email Address: [email protected]
The Section of Oncology is a comprehensive cancer center providing compassionate, family-centered
care. We are a full member of The Children’s Oncology Group, and we provide a wide range of state-ofthe-art therapies, including clinical trials. The Section has dedicated neuro-oncology and stem cell
transplant programs.
The general oncology program treats children with all types of malignancies. Children are treated as
outpatients in a modern oncology infusion center that is attached to the outpatient oncology clinic.
Inpatients are treated in a closed unit dedicated to oncology and transplant patients. We work closely with
our surgery colleagues, who have special interest and expertise in oncologic surgery; our oncologic
orthopedic surgeon is one of the preeminent orthopedic oncologists on the east coast. We also treat a
variety of non-malignant diseases that have historically been treated by oncologists, including
hemangioma, lymphangioma, hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis, Langerhan’s cell histiocytosis,
aggressive fibromatosis/desmoid tumor, and rare childhood diseases that may require chemotherapy.
The Neuro-Oncology Program is led by Co-Directors Ayman Samkari, MD (Neuro-Oncology), and
Melandee Brown, MD (Neurosurgery) and Prithvi Narayan, MD, Chief of the Section of Neurosurgery
and involves pediatric specialists from neurosurgery, neuro-oncology, neurology, ophthalmology,
neuroradiology, neuropathology, neurorehabilitation, neuropsychology, endocrinology, and neuroanesthesiology. The program treats a wide range of tumors, including, but not limited to: low-grade and
high-grade gliomas including astrocytoma, ependymoma, optic nerve glioma; embryonal tumors
including atypical teratoid-rhabdoid tumors, medulloblastoma, primitive-neuro-ectodermal tumors;
choroid plexus and pineal region tumors; germ cell tumors; sellar tumors including craniopharyngiomas;
and spinal column, spinal cord, and peripheral nerve tumors. Minimally invasive and microsurgical
techniques with advanced intra-operative tools are utilized to surgically treat tumors and associated
hydrocephalus. Our surgical complication and infection rates are one of the lowest in the country. We use
advanced radiation therapy technologies such as Modulated Radiotherapy (IMRT), 3-dimensional
conformal radiotherapy, proton beam and stereotactic radiosurgery to deliver precise radiation to the
tumor while minimizing exposure to normal brain or spinal cord. Neuro-imaging incorporates radiation
dosage reduction techniques, employing the Image Gently and ALARA principles.
The Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplant program is led by Marta K. Rozans, MD, PhD. Both
autologous and matched-sibling allogeneic transplants are done. We treat both malignant and nonmalignant diseases that are amenable to therapy with stem cell or bone marrow transplant. Such diseases
include neuroblastoma, leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and other diseases.
Section Members
Gregory Halligan, MD, Chief
Akash Nahar, MD, MPH
Marta Rozans, MD, PhD
Ayman Samkari, MD
Contact Information
For more information call (215) 427-4669
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Department Director: Robert T Spector, MD, FACS
Email Address: [email protected]
The Section of Ophthalmology provides comprehensive eye care for children with routine and complex
ocular disorders, including: ptosis surgery, strabismus surgery and amblyopia treatment, congenital
cataracts, tearing problems, glaucoma management, evaluation of the visual aspects of learning disorders,
retinopathy of prematurity, and ophthalmological manifestations of systemic, metabolic and neurologic
diseases in children. An active trauma service is available 24-hours-a-day to handle ocular emergencies
and consultations from the Emergency Department.
The Retinopathy of Prematurity Program continues to grow. Treatments include monitoring of the retina,
laser surgery, and/or Avastin injection. The children are also monitored for refractive errors,
strabismus/amblyopia, and other ocular disorders. The program anticipates offering telemedicine services
to increase the reach to other institutions. Ophthalmology has also recently added orthoptic therapy
(vision therapy) to treat convergence insufficiency and exotropia, as well as for post-concussive vision
problems (e.g., convergence insufficiency, accommodative dysfunction, and saccadic and pursuit
deficiency are common and contribute to persistent headaches), amblyopia treatment, accommodative
dysfunctions, and tracking disorders. Aphakic contact lens fitting and management is now offered
through the Section to support the post-surgical management of pediatric cataracts. The Section engages
in ongoing research, including a current study to explore the natural history and treatment response of
intermittent exotropia.
Our relationship with Eagles Youth Partnership is now in its 10th year and we continue to perform
examination on the Eye Mobile for students at a Philadelphia school nearly every school day.
Section Members
Nicole DeLarato, MD
Robert T Spector, MD, FACS, Chief
Jo Ann Bailey, OD, FAAO
Diane Lavery, BSN, RN, ROP Coordinator
Contact Information
For more information call (215) 427-8121
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Orthopaedic Surgery
Section Chief: Peter D Pizzutillo, MD
Email Address: [email protected]
Clinical care of children and adolescents has continued to evolve in the Section of Orthopaedic
Surgery. Not only has patient volume grown, but comprehensive care of increasingly complex
clinical problems has been provided for our patients. The Sports Medicine Program has included
reconstructive procedures of the knee, ankle, elbow and wrist that respect the growth of immature
bones and allows return to competitive athletic activities. The Upper Extremity Program provides
acute care and reconstruction of complex injuries of the hand and wrist as well as patients with
neuromuscular deformities and congenital anomalies. The Spinal Deformity Program treats
children and adolescents with scoliosis and spondylolisthesis with state of the art techniques and
instrumentation with a very low incidence of infections or neurologic problems.
Academically, our faculty is actively involved with the education of medical students as well as
formal rotations for residents in orthopaedic surgery, pediatrics, family medicine and emergency
medicine and fellows in pediatric orthopaedics and sports medicine. The faculty also participates
in the continuing medical education of practitioners through leadership positions in national and
international educational committees of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the
American Academy of Pediatrics and the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America.
Kiersten Arthur, MD
Alison L Gattuso, DO
Martin J Herman, MD
Michael Kwon, MD
Peter D Pizzutillo, MD, Chief
Anthony J Realyvasquez, MD
Joseph Rosenblatt, DO
Shannon D Safier, MD
Michael Wolf, MD
Jackie Linh, PA-C
Kate Taylor, PA-C
Tiffany Thomas, PA-C
Contact Information
For more information call (215) 427-3422 or (215) 427-8451
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Section Chief: David Zwillenberg, MD
Email Address: [email protected]
The Section provides advanced diagnosis and treatment services for disorders of human communication,
hearing impairment, and problems of the pediatric airway and voice. Comprehensive diagnostic,
therapeutic and reconstructive surgical services are available on both an inpatient and outpatient basis.
The Section of Otolaryngology is comprised of four faculty members:
Dr. David Zwillenberg serves as the section chief and specializes in general pediatric
otolaryngology, sleep disordered breathing, and all aspects of otitis media
Dr. Seth Zwillenberg has a special interest in head and neck surgery and congenital neck masses
Dr. Sri Kiran Chennupati focuses on pediatric otology, bone conduction and cochlear
implantation, and open and endoscopic airway evaluation and management
Dr. Alyssa Terk has a special interest in hearing loss counseling and endoscopic sinus surgery;
Dr. Terk has initiated office hours at our satellite in Washington Township, NJ.
Our multidisciplinary cochlear implant team comprised of Drs. Terk and Chennupati, speech therapists,
audiologists, and a social worker performed our tenth implant. In addition, we continue to expand our
bone conduction device implant program for single-sided deafness and conductive hearing loss. Our
multi-disciplinary Airway Program, which includes faculty in Pulmonology and Speech Therapy,
continues to streamline and coordinate the care of some of our most complex patients.
The Section’s research efforts are focused on obstructive sleep apnea, the surgical correction of
laryngotracheal stenosis, pediatric sinus disease, pediatric voice disorders and care for the hearingimpaired.
Section Members
Sri Kiran Chennupati, MD
Alyssa Terk, MD
David Zwillenberg, MD, Chief
Seth Zwillenberg, MD
Contact Information
For more information call (215) 427-8915
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Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Department Director: Judy Pascasio, MD
Email Address: [email protected]
The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine has faculty and staff with certifications in
Anatomic and Clinical Pathology, and subspecialty boards in Pediatric Pathology, Hematopathology,
Transfusion Medicine, and Neuropathology. Two clinical PhD’s serve as directors for Cytogenetics and
Molecular Genetics; and Microbiology, Virology and Molecular Diagnostics.
The test menu in all areas has been expanded with in-house availability of a wide-range of new tests
including in the areas of cytogenetics, molecular testing methods for microbial toxins and antimicrobial
susceptibility, immunohistochemistry tests, and validated markers for oncology diagnosis. The
department participates in multi-departmental grants by providing services for laboratory studies, such as
Meperenem analysis for cystic fibrosis, chromosomal studies and 4th generation HIV serology
combination antibody and antigen test, and an immunoblot test in support of the Section of Immunology
research in HIV. The latter effort resulted in the receipt of the HIV Focus Award for the 4th generation
HIV serology testing. Research conducted by Alan Evangelista, PhD. in collaboration with Janssen
Pharmaceuticals demonstrated that St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children was the first hospital in the US
to identify the new strain of pertussis with reduced vaccine efficacy.
The Clinical Laboratory Training Program, which recently earned a 7-year accreditation, provides local
and national laboratories with new, well-trained medical technologists. The department continues to
participate in the training of medical school students, residents and fellows, who will serve as future
leaders in the discipline.
Section Members
Judy Pascasio, MD, Medical Director, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine; Director of
Surgical Pathology; Director, Clinical Chemistry, Urinalysis and Toxicology; Director, Point of Care
Testing; Program Director, Pediatric Pathology
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Manjula Balasubramanian, MD, Director, Hematopathology
Jean-Pierre de Chadarevian, MD, Professor Emeritus, Anatomic and Surgical Pathology
Alan Evangelista, PhD, Director, Microbiology, Virology and and Molecular Diagnostics
Christos Katsetos, MD, PhD, Consultant, Neuropathology
Matthew Keisling, DO, Director, Autopsy Pathology
Cathy Litty, MD, Director, Blood Bank and Transfusion Medicine
Jinglan Liu, PhD, Director, Cytogenetics and Molecular Genetics
Contact Information
For more information call (215) 427-5272 or (215) 427-4673
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Plastic Surgery
Section Chief: Paul M Glat, MD
Email Address: [email protected]
The Section of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery provides specialized and comprehensive treatment to
children with minor and major reconstuctive plastic surgery needs for all pediatric plastic surgical
problems, including congenital anomalies, disabilities and deformities. The Section offers management
of the following pediatric plastic surgery needs, among others: complex craniofacial reconstruction, burn
care, cleft lip/palate and facial trauma repair, breast reconstruction, common congenital hand
malformations, vascular anomalies, endoscopic assisted caniosynostosis surgery, ear reconstruction,
cosmetic services including scar revision, and major soft tissue loss with rotation flaps.
A leader in pediatric burns, St. Christopher’s has the only dedicated pediatric burn center in the area. The
Section provides burn care including initial mangement as well as reconstruction using innovative
grafting techniques. Funded research has included studies on treatment methods to enhance wound
healing in children with burns.
Section Members
James Bradley, MD
Brooke Burkey, MD
Wellington Davis, III, MD
Paul M Glat, MD, Section Chief
Rose Waltz, CRNP
Contact Information
For more information call (215) 427-5191
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Pulmonology and Allergy
Section Chief: Mark Dovey, MD
Email Address: [email protected]
The Section of Pulmonology and Allergy aims to improve the respiratory health of children through
innovative medical services, clinical research, and community outreach. The section cares for the entire
spectrum of pediatric pulmonary and allergic diseases. We have a multidisciplinary approach to acute and
chronic disease, with a team of physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, respiratory therapists, a social
worker, and a nutritionist. We provide both inpatient and outpatient services, and offer complete
pulmonary function testing, allergy testing, sleep studies, and flexible bronchoscopy. Our comprehensive
asthma program includes an evidence-based clinical practice guideline for inpatient care, an asthma
educator program, an after-hospital asthma follow-up clinic, and an intensive management program for
children with severe asthma. Other notable disease-specific programs include the cystic fibrosis center
and chronic ventilator program. Our cross-disciplinary programs include an airway center with
Otolaryngology and Speech Therapy, neonatal lung disease clinic with Neonatology and General
Pediatrics, sickle cell pulmonary clinic with Hematology, and center for sleep disorders with Neurology.
The academic activities of the section are focused within three areas: asthma, cystic fibrosis, and sickle
cell lung disease. In each of these realms, we are looking at longitudinal clinical observations, testing new
models of care, and exploring new therapies through clinical trials.
In 2013, we completed a randomized, controlled clinical trial of a lay asthma educator intervention for
children hospitalized for asthma. As part of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Therapeutic Development
Network, we continued as an active site for clinical trials of novel treatments for CF lung disease. The
section’s educational activities include teaching to all levels of learners – medical students, pediatric
residents, fellows, community physicians (CME), and the lay community.
Section Members:
Mark Dovey, MD, Chief
Matthew Fogg, MD
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Gayle Higgins, RN, MSN, CRNP
Joanna Johnson, MD
Christine Malloy, MD
Kavita Patel, MD
Danna Tauber, MD, MPH
Laurie Varlotta, MD
Anna Paridon, RN, MSN, CRNP
Contact Information
For more information call (215) 427-5183 or (215) 427-3812
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Department Director: Eric Faerber, MD
Email Address: [email protected]
The Radiology Department provides approximately 60,000 examinations a year covering a wide range of
pediatric imaging services, including: general diagnostic radiology; fluoroscopy, including video
fluoroscopy; Computed Tomography (CT); Magnet Resonance Imaging (MRI); nuclear medicine; bone
densitometry; and ultrasound. In 2013, the Department has expanded clinical services in multiple areas,
including Magnetic Resonance Enterography (MRE), Fetal MRI, and Cardiac MRI and has provided
additional support for Hahnemann University Hospital (neonatal radiographs) and Shriners Hospital.
The Director of the Department, Eric Faerber, MD, is chair of the American College of Radiology
Standards and Guidelines Committee for Pediatrics and current President of the Caffey Pediatric
Radiology Society.
Section Members
Eric N Faerber, MD, FACR, Section Director and Chief, Neuroradiology
Evan Geller, MD, Chief, Nuclear Medicine
Polly S. Kochan, MD, Chief, Ultrasound
Archana Malik, MD, Chief, Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Erica D Poletto, MD, Chief, Cardiac Imaging
Robert L Siegle, MD, Chief, Diagnostic Radiology
Jacqueline A Urbine, MD, Chief, Computed Tomography
Bret J Kricun, MD, Fellow
Contact information
For more information call (215) 427-5276
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Section Chief: Donald Goldsmith, MD
Email Address: [email protected]
The Section of Rheumatology provides comprehensive services for the evaluation and treatment of
children with a wide spectrum of acute and chronic rheumatic disorders, including juvenile idiopathic
arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, juvenile dermatomyositis, Lyme disease, acute rheumatic fever,
vasculitis syndromes, periodic fever (autoinflammatory) disorders, musculoskeletal pain syndromes and
scleroderma. Special programs exist for the assessment and care of children with autoinflammatory
syndromes and chronic musculoskeletal pain. Care is coordinated closely with other services, such as
occupational and physical therapy, ophthalmology, orthopedic surgery, nutrition, and social work.
In 2013, newly developed protocols were implemented for the administration of both tociluzimab (a new
and now critically important first -line biologic agent for the treatment of systemic onset juvenile
idiopathic arthritis) and abatacept (a unique biologic agent which is notably effective for the management
of refractory polyarticular juvenile idiopathic polyarthritis). A novel protocol for the treatment of
disseminated calcifications seen in juvenile dermatomyositis using both intravenous sodium thiosulfate
and pamidronate was used successfully. Faculty in the section developed an assessment/decision-making
tool to facilitate the clinical analysis of the febrile child with particular emphasis on when to consider
gene testing for the autoinflammatory/periodic fever syndromes.
The Section is a member of the nationwide Pediatric Rheumatology Collaborative Study Group
(PRCSG), which enrolls children with various pediatric rheumatic disorders in trials of newer
medications, long-term pharmacologic surveillance, and population studies. The section is also an active
participant within the Childhood Arthritis and Rheumatology Research Alliance (CARRA) and in 2013
participated in the Alliance’s new systemic onset juvenile idiopathic arthritis Consensus Treatment
Protocol. The Section Chief, Donald Goldsmith, M.D., is the coordinator of a CARRA-based national
initiative to merge the United States/Canadian CARRA net Autoinflammatory Disease data with the
Eurofever Project.
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Section Members
Donald P Goldsmith, MD, Chief
Svetlana Lvovich, DO, Director of Clinical Services
Dana Toib, MD
Mary Frederick, LPN
Carolann Martucci RN, BSN
Contact Information
For more information call (215) 427-5051 or (215) 427-5094
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School Crisis and Bereavement
National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement
Director: David J Schonfeld, MD, FAAP
Email Address: [email protected]
The National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement (NCSCB) was established in 2005 with initial
support from the September 11th Children’s Fund and the National Philanthropic Trust and relocated to
St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children and Drexel University College of Medicine in 2013 when Dr.
Schonfeld, who founded and directs the Center, assumed the role of Pediatrician-in-Chief at St.
Christopher’s and Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Drexel University College of Medicine. The
NCSCB received a four-year, $1,400,000 grant from the New York Life Foundation to provide capacity
building and general operating support for the NCSCB and its key role in the Coalition to Support
Grieving Students initiative. The Coalition involves the major national education associations in the
country who have joined efforts (under the leadership of the NCSCB) to develop and provide free multimedia on-line resources for professional development of educators, school administrators and other
school personnel seeking to learn how to better support grieving students.
The goal of the NCSCB is to promote the role that schools can serve to support students, staff, and
families at times of crisis and loss. In order to achieve this goal, the Center provides training in the areas
of crisis and loss for professionals that support children in schools and communities; serves as a free
resource for information, guidance and training materials, consultation, and technical assistance in the
areas of crisis, trauma, and loss; collaborates with professional and federal organizations and community
services to help individuals at times of crisis and loss; and provides media interviews.
Two representative projects during 2013 are a Visiting Lectureship on Pediatric Bereavement conducted
in partnership with the American Academy of Pediatrics (2013 sites included: Boston University Medical
Center; Comer Children’s Hospital at the University of Chicago; Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana
University Health, Indianapolis, IN; University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA; Miami Children’s Hospital; and
Children’s of Alabama/University of Alabama, Birmingham, AL) and training provided to local chapters
of the American Federation of Teachers in New York City, NY; San Francisco, CA; Chicago, IL;
Charlotte County, FL; Jefferson County and Birmingham, AL; as well as via webinar and at national AFT
The Center Director, David J Schonfeld, MD, is a member the American Academy of Pediatrics Disaster
Preparedness Advisory Council and the Sandy Hook Commission in CT, and coordinates the mental
health component of the European Masters in Disaster Medicine course in Italy. He, and other members
of the NCSCB, have responded to a wide range of school and community disasters, including flooding
from Superstorm Sandy in NYC and NJ.
Contact Information
For more information call (215) 427-4600 or
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Section Chief: Marshall Schwartz, MD
Email Address: [email protected]
The Section of Urology treats a wide variety of urologic problems in children and adolescents involving
the internal and external genital systems, such as undescended testes and other scrotal problems, testicular
torsion, and ambiguous genitalia, as well as other disorders of sexual development. We also care for
children with adrenal, kidney, ureter, bladder and urethral problems and cancers that occur within the
urogenital tract. Specific conditions treated by members of the section include: urinary tract infections;
renal or bladder stones; neurogenic bladder; exstrophy of the bladder; elimination dysfunction;
obstructive uropathy and hydronephrosis; vesicoureteral reflux; hypospadias and epispadias; varicocele;
inguinal hernias and hydroceles; and tumors of the kidney, bladder, prostate and testes.
Faculty also serve as an integral part of several interdisciplinary teams with physicians from
developmental pediatrics, neurosurgery, orthopedics, endocrinology, genetics, psychiatry and pediatric
surgery in order to contribute pediatric urologic expertise and care for the Spina Bifida Clinic, Disorders
of Sexual Differentiation Program and the Fetal Regional Evaluation Center. The Section has an active
program for the evaluation and management of elimination dysfunction, providing care for children with
bladder and bowel dysfunction. In addition to standard bladder training regimens, urodynamic studies and
biofeedback are employed for the more complex cases.
Section Members
Robert Steckler, MD
Contact Information
For more information call (215) 427-5434
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Representative Publications of Faculty in 2013
Akbari SH, Limbrick DD, Kim D, Narayan P, Leonard JR, Smyth MD, Park TS. Surgical Management
of Symptomatic Chiari II Malformation in Infants and Children. Childs Nerv Syst 2013
American Academy of Pediatrics. Committee on Infectious Diseases (Long SS). Recommendations for
prevention and control of influenza in children, 2013-2014. Pediatrics 2013; 132:e1089-104
Babcock JM, Babcock BD, Schwartz MZ. Maintaining a Sufficient and Quality Physician Workforce:
The Role of For-Profit Medical Schools. Health Services Insights June, 2013
Balluz R, Liu LW, Zhou XD, Ge S. Real-time 3D echocardiography for quantification of ventricular
volumes, mass and function in children with congenital and acquired heart diseases. Echocardiography
Barron K, Goldsmith D, Ombrello A, Aksentijevitch I , Jones A, Kastner D. Single MVK mutation and
recurrent fevers. Arthritis Rheum 2013; 65(10): 926
Barron K, Goldsmith D, Ombrello A, Aksentijevitch I, Jones A, Kastner D. Single MVK mutation and
recurrent fevers. Pediatr Rheumatol 2013; 11(1): 142
Berry SA, Brown C, Grant M, Greene C, Jurecki E, Koch J, Moseley K, Suter R, van Calcar S, Wiles J,
Cederbaum S. Newborn screening 50 years later: Access issues faced by adults with PKU. Genet Med
Bianchi M. Painful Unilateral Temporalis Muscle Enlargement: Reactive Masticatory Muscle
Hypertrophy. Head and Neck Pathology, July 2013
Bianchi M. Painful Unilateral Temporalis Muscle Enlargement: Reactive Masticatory Muscle
Hypertrophy. Head and Neck Pathology, July 2013
Calaman S (co-first), Hepps JH (co-first), Spector ND, Sectish TC, Landrigan CP, Srivastava R, Starmer
AJ, Yu CE (co-last), Lopreiato JO (co-last), and the I-PASS Educational Executive Committee. I-PASS
Handoff Curriculum: Handoff Simulation Exercises. MedEdPORTAL; 2013. Available from:
Calaman S, Spector ND, Starmer AJ, O’Toole JK, Allen AD, Tse LL, Bale JF, Bismilla Z, Coffey M,
Cole FS, Destino L, Everhart J, Hepps J, Kahana M, McGregor RS, Patel SJ, Rosenbluth G, Srivastava R,
Stevenson A, West DC, Sectish TC, Landrigan CP, Yu CE, Lopreiato JO. I-PASS Handoff Curriculum:
Computer Module. MedEdPORTAL; 2013. Available from:
Carr AM, Irigoyen M, Wimmer RS, Arbeter AM. A pediatric residency experience with surgical comanagement. Hosp Pediatr 2013; 3(2): 144-8
Carvalho KS. Mitochondrial dysfunction in demyelinating diseases. Semin Pediatr Neurol
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Carvalho KS, Sukul VV, Bookland MJ, Koch SA, Connolly PJ. Deep brain stimulation of the globus
pallidus suppresses post-traumatic dystonic tremor. J Clin Neurosci 2013 Jul 27[Epub ahead of print]
PMDI: 23896546
Chen K, Husain S. Acute Pancreatitis in Children. Clinical Decision Support in Medicine: Pediatrics,
electronic book, Decision Support in Medicine publishers, published March 2013
Chen K, Husain S. Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency: Beyond Cystic Fibrosis. Curbside Consultation
in Pediatrics, Rosh and Bousvaros, Eds. Slack Publications, 2013.
Chen ZY, Lin Y, Yang F, Jiang L, Ge S. Gene therapy for cardiovascular disease mediated by ultrasound
and microbubbles. Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2013;17;11:11
Cies JC, Varlotta L. Clinical pharmacist impact on care, length of stay, and cost in pediatric cystic
fibrosis (CF) patients. Pediatr Pulmonol 2013; 48: 1190–1194
Coren JS, Martin PH, Toib A. Double Aortic Arch in an Infant with Persistent Stridor. Consultant in
Pediatrics, February 27 2013 (Online Publication)
Cruz M, Bair-Merritt MH. Screening and intervention for intimate partner violence: a practical approach.
Contemporary Pediatrics 2013; 30(5):12-25
Cruz M, Connolly S, Taylor D, Bernstein B, Spector N, Pachter L, Solomon B. An Educational
Module For Pediatric Residents on Community, Home and School Violence. MedEdPORTAL; 2013.
Available from:
Cruz M, Cruz PB, Weirich C, McGorty RM, McColgan MD. Referral patterns and service utilization in
a pediatric hospital-wide intimate partner violence program. Child Abuse Negl 2013;37(8):511-9. PMID:
Cruz M, Randell KA, Bair-Merritt MH, Dowd MD. Children outcomes and intimate partner violence
research. Lancet 2013 Oct 19;382(9901):1326. PMID: 24139115
Curry CJ, Rosenfeld JA, Grant E, Gripp KW, Anderson C, Aylsworth AS, Saad TB, Chizhikov VV,
Dybose G, Fagerberg C, Falco M, Fels C, Fichera M, Graakjaer J, Greco D, Hair J, Hopkins E, Huggins
M, Ladda R, Li C, Moeschler J, Nowaczyk MJ, Ozmore JR, Reitano S, Romano C , Roos L, Schnur RE,
Sell S, Suwannarat P, Svaneby D, Szybowska M, Tarnopolsky M, Tervo R, Tsai AC, Tucker M, Vallee S,
Wheeler FC, Zand DJ, Barkovich AJ, Aradhya S, Shaffer LG,
Dara, JS, Kotlar EY, Leekoff ML, Tran X, McColgan MD, Giardino AP. Resident Comfort Level After
Receiving Child Abuse Training: A Survey of Pediatric Chief Residents. Child Abuse and Neglect. 2013
Daskalaki I, Thermitus R, Perella D, Viner K, Spells N, Mohanty S, et al. Varicella outbreak in a
daycare – challenges and opportunities for preventing varicella outbreaks in this setting. Pediatr Infect
Dis J 2013 Oct 16. [Epub ahead of print]
DiMeglio L, Wang J, Siberry G, Miller T, Geffner M, Hazra R, Borkowsky W, Chen J, Dooley L, Patel
K, Van Dyke R, Fielding R, Gurmu Y, Jacobson D for the Pediatric HIV/AIDS Cohort Study (PHACS).
Bone mineral density in children and adolescents with perinatal HIV infection. AIDS 2013; 27(2):211-220
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Dobyns WB: The duplication 17p13.3 phenotype : analysis of 21 families delineates developmental ,
behavioral and brain abnormalities, and rare variant phenotypes. Am J Med Genet A, 2013; 161A (8):
Economou A, Zhang GX, Katsetos CD. Psychiatric disturbance and mild intellectual disability in the
context of a vascular malformation (capillary telangiectasia) of the posterior hippocampus and subiculum.
J Neuropsychiatry Clin Neurosci 2013;25(3):E23-24
Faerber EN Co-editor: Neuroradiology section. Caffey’s Pediatric Imaging 12th edition (ed) Coley B.
Elsevier, Philadelphia 2013
Faerber EN. The orbit; Embryology and Normal Imaging Anatomy. Caffey’s Pediatric Imaging 12th
edition (ed) Coley,B.Elsevier, Philadelphia 2013
Gayanilo M, Nares M, Alvarez O, Swaminathan S. Acute Myocardial Ischemia in Association With
Acute Respiratory Acidosis in Hemoglobin SC Disease: A Case Report. J Pediatr Hematol Oncol 2013
Dec 7. [Epub ahead of print]
Ge S. An Introduction to the Special Issue on ―Pediatric echocardiography: State of the Art".
Echocardiography 2013;30(4):426-7
Glauser TA, Cnaan A, Shinnar S, Hirtz DG, Dlugos D, Masur D, Clark PO, Adamson PC; Childhood
Absence Epilepsy Study Team (including Khurana DS). Ethosuximide, valproic acid, and lamotrigine in
childhood absence epilepsy: initial monotherapy outcomes at 12 months. Epilepsia. 2013;54(1):141-55
Gokhale J, Husain N, Nicholson L, Texter KM, Zaidi AN, Cua CL. QRS duration and mechanical
dyssynchrony correlations with right ventricular function after Fontan procedure. J Am Soc Echocardiogr
2013 Feb;26(2):154-9
Gripp KW, Zand DJ, Demmer L, Anderson CE, Dobyns WB, Zackai EH, Denenberg E, Jenny K,
Stabley DL, Sol-Church K: Expanding the SHOC2 mutation associated phenotype of Noonan syndrome
with loose anagen hair: structural brain anomalies and myelofibrosis. Am J Med Genet A; 2013. 161
(10): 2420-30
Haussmann JS, Biggs CM, Goldsmith D, Dedeoglu F.( CARRA net Investigators) AIDS in a registry of
children in North America. Pediatr Rheumatol 2013;11(1):112
Herman MJ, Wolf, M: Torticollis in Children. Current Orthopaedic Practice 2013; 24(6):598-603
Husain N, Gokhale J, Nicholson L, Cheatham JP, Holzer RJ, Cua CL. Noninvasive estimation of
ventricular filling pressures in patients with single right ventricles. J Am Soc Echocardiogr 2013
Katsetos CD, Anni H, DrГЎber P. Mitochondrial dysfunction in gliomas. Semin Pediatr Neurol
Katsetos CD, Bianchi MR, Jaffery F, Koutzaki S, Zarella M, Slater R. Painful unilateral temporalis
muscle enlargement: Reactive masticatory muscle hypertrophy. Head Neck Pathol 2013 Jul 31. [Epub
ahead of print] PMID: 23900775
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Katsetos CD, Koutzaki S, Melvin JJ. Mitochondrial dysfunction in neuromuscular disorders. Semin
Pediatr Neurol 2013;20(3):202-215
Katz MS, Thatch KA, Schwartz MZ. Gene Alterations and Intestinal Mucosal Changes Following
Growth Factor and Omega-3 Exposure in a Rat Model of Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Journal of
Pediatric Surgery 2013; 48(2): 345-352
Kaur I, George K, Pena-Ricardo C, Kelly B, Watson B. Association of postpartum maternal tetanus
toxoid, reduced diphtheria toxoid, and acellular pertussis vaccine (Tdap) administration and timeliness of
infant immunization. Pediatr Infect Dis J 2013; 32(11): 1287-9
Keisling M, Klonk C. Schistosomiasis of the Ovary: Ovarian Pseudotumor. Arch of Path and Lab Med
2013; 137 (10): 1446
Kersten HB, Bennett DS. Failure to thrive and maltreatment. In Reese RM (Ed). Treatment of Child
Abuse. 2nd Edition. New York. Johns Hopkins University Press 2013
Kersten HB, Giudice E, Frohna JG. Validation of an Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM)
Critically Appraised Topic Presentation Evaluation Tool (EBM C-PET). Accepted for publication in
Journal of Graduate Medical Education, June 2013
Khurana DS, Valencia I, Goldenthal MJ, Legido A. Mitochondrial dysfunction in epilepsy. Semin
Pediatr Neurol 2013;20(3):176-187
Klassen A, Michael YL, Confair AR, Turchi RM, Vaughn N, Harrington J. What does It Take to Sustain
Livable Public Housing Communities? Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research,
Education, and Action 2013: 7 (1): 1-3
Kuirmchak A, Haines D, Garriga J, Wu S, De Luca F, Swerediski M, Deshaies R, Hess S, Grana X,
Activation of p107 by FGF, which is essential for chondrocyte cell cycle exit, is mediated by the
PP2A/B55О± holoenzyme. Mol Cell Biol 2013 Aug;33(16):3330-42
Larson AN, Garg S, Weller A, Fletcher ND, Schiller JR, Kwon M, Browne R, Copley LA, Ho CA :
Operative treatment of type II supracondylar humerus fractures. J Pediatric Orthopaedics 2013; (Epub
ahead of print)
Legido A, Jethva R, Goldenthal MJ: Mitochondrial dysfunction in autism. Semin Pedtr Neurol 2013;
20 (3): 163-75
Lepore SJ, Winickoff JP, Moughan BB, Bryant-Stephens TC, Taylor DR, Fleece D, Davey A, Nair US,
Godfrey M, Collins NB. Kids Safe and Smokefree (KiSS): a randomized controlled trial of a multilevel
intervention to reduce secondhand tobacco smoke exposure in children. BMC Public Health. 2013,
Levine LJ. A 13-year-old female without menarche. In: Clark EK, Templeton DA, Sanguino SM (eds.)
COMSEP Clinical Cases: A Clinical Reasoning Case Based Review (Teacher’s Guide), 2013:193-196.
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(eds.) COMSEP Clinical Cases: A Clinical Reasoning Case Based Review (Teacher’s Guide), 2013:197199. An educational tool for a national pediatric clerkship curriculum, posted on the Council on Medical
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Levine L, Adegite E. Approach to Dysmenorrhea. In: Shah SS, Ronan J, Alverson B (eds). Step-Up to
Pediatrics. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, 2013
Levine L, Hayes C. Eating Disorders. In: Shah SS, Ronan J, Alverson B (eds). Step-Up to Pediatrics.
Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, 2013
Levine L, Niles S. Approach to Dysfunctional Uterine Bleeding. In: Shah SS, Ronan J, Alverson B (eds).
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