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OCTOBER 16, 2015

I am pleased to share that Kimberly Whelan, MD, MSPH will become the interim Director of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham on December 1, 2015.

Kim is an accomplished clinician, teacher and leader. She is the current recipient of an Argus Award for her teaching in the UAB School of Medicine Hematology Module – her second Argus Award and fourth nomination - and she directs the fellowship program in Pediatric Hematology-Oncology. Kim completed the UAB Healthcare Leadership Academy this year. Kim is a member of the Children’s Oncology Group Task Force on Ocular Late Effects, a group she has also chaired. Survivorship is an area of research and clinical focus for her and she has been at the forefront of outcomes in childhood cancer at UAB. The Taking on Life After Cancer Clinic she leads is an important emphasis of our childhood cancer efforts. Raymond Watts, MD, who will remain as division director until November 30, 2015, has pledged his support to Kim and will be actively involved in making this a smooth transition.

Kim came to UAB and Children’s of Alabama in 2003 from Vanderbilt where she completed her pediatric residency. She completed her fellowship training in Pediatric Hematology-Oncology here in 2006 and was appointed an Assistant Professor. She was promoted in 2011 to Associate Professor. I look forward to partnering with Kim in her new role as interim Director of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology. A national search is underway to identify a permanent division director. I am grateful for Kim’s leadership both now and in the future. Please join me in congratulating Kim!   


Sergio Stagno, M.D., former chair of the Department of Pediatrics, was named the 2015 Distinguished Faculty Lecturer, the highest honor bestowed by the UAB academic health center. There will be a Distinguished Faculty Lecturer reception held in Dr. Stagno's honor in December, where he will be the keynote speaker.

Dr. Stagno’s contributions to pediatric infectious diseases have dramatically advanced our understanding and treatment of a number of viral infections and have also brought recognition to Children’s of Alabama, the UAB Department of Pediatrics and to UAB as a whole. His work as an outstanding educator, “friend of the residents,” as well as his scientific accomplishments make him a perfect choice for this award. 

To be eligible for this annual award, an individual must be a faculty member who has:
  • Advanced the frontiers of science or otherwise made a significant contribution to the health of people, or
  • Made an outstanding contribution to the Academic Health Center through education, research, or public service.
Dr. Stagno has done it all! Congratulations to Dr. Stagno on this well-deserved recognition!

Thank you for working together this past year to improve access to subspecialty care. Wait times are decreased! As measured by “the third next available appointment” there has been significant improvement in access to see specialists in Adolescent Medicine, Allergy, Gastroenterology, Immunology, Neurology, Pulmonary, PM&R and Rheumatology. Furthermore, wait times are generally less than 10 days in Cardiology, Hematology-Oncology, Infectious Diseases, and Nephrology. We are making progress through your efforts to add new clinics, streamline clinic referrals and by the addition of new faculty. In meeting with our primary care physician (PCP) colleagues, at the AAP meeting last month, and around the state, your efforts have been noted and appreciated! Our PCP partners have also suggested that they would be happy to see appropriate patients in follow up in their offices rather than have them return to Children’s of Alabama clinics, often at some travel distance, for follow up with a specialist. This can work well when there is a clear treatment plan in the clinic note which can guide follow up care by the PCP. For example, I will do this with patients who see me for “primary care GI problems” such as constipation. While the family may benefit from an initial GI consultation, if our approach results in the expected outcome, follow up with the PCP may provide more convenient and less expensive care. And the family can always call or come back if things aren’t going well or if the PCP has an additional management question. Combining this with increasing the number of new slots per clinic (and decreasing the number of follow up appointments) or going to “open access,” may further improve access for the children of Alabama. Many thanks for what you are doing! We are going in the right direction.


The Emergency Department is offering moonlighting shifts in the Emergency Department area to see non-urgent patients now through the winter. These shifts will be from 6 p.m. to midnight during the week, noon to 8 p.m. and 4 p.m. to midnight on the weekends. You would be seeing non-urgent patients only and expected to see three to four patients per hour (emergency department attendings or fellows will always be present for consultations). All documentation is done in Allscripts/i-Connect. If interested, please email Kathy Monroe, M.D. for more information. 
From Thursday, Nov. 5 to Saturday, Nov. 7, the Tum Tum Tree Foundation will host a series of events to support several key Birmingham pediatric groups and charities.

Begun as a Wine Auction to support Magic Moments in 1990, the Tum Tum Tree Foundation boasts the nation’s longest running wine-based, fundraising event in support of Children’s charities. Yearly, Tum Tum Tree Foundation donates up to $500k to their beneficiaries. Consider joining the fun by visiting:

A listing of the weekend events can also be found here. Check out especially the new LSU-Bama tailgating event catered by Chef Chris Hastings.

To view the 2015 beneficiaries, click here
Further information and questions can also be directed to Raymond Watts, M.D.

The October 22 Pediatric Grand Rounds lecture will be held at Volker Hall lecture room A located directly across from the Children’s of Alabama 7th Ave. entrance/McWane Building, and up the stairs. This Pediatric Grand Rounds lecture will be given by the Harvard School of Medicine’s Dean for Diversity and Community Partnership, Joan Y. Reede, MD, MS, MPH, MBA. The School of Public Health along with all of the UAB School of Medicine faculty, fellows, residents and medical students have been invited to join us for this exciting presentation so please spread the word.
The lunch will be provided for the first 290 attendees. 

To view the the flier, click here

In response to parent requests, flu shots and blood pressure checks will now be provided for parents of Children's of Alabama patients by Peds Rx Pharmacy Solutions. This service will begin Tuesday, Oct. 20. 
Administration of the flu shot will provide a service to those parents that choose to stay on campus while their child is admitted to the hospital. 
Peds Rx will keep a small supply of flu vaccines for parents/adults ages 18 years and older. Supply will be increased depending on demand. Peds Rx will administer the flu shot when presented with a prescription.  
Times Offered

11 a.m. - 4 p.m Monday and Tuesday
1 a.m. - 6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday
Product of Use
Fluvirin IIV3 2015-2016
The flu shot is covered by Alabama Medicaid. Other insurance providers cover the flu shot. For those without insurace, the cost is $34. 
Blood pressure checks will also be provided at no charge. 

Contact Sam Blakemorepharmacy manager, with any questions.
Financial Seminar- Session 2 - Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015; 12 - 1:30 p.m. Space is still available. Register on LMS.

Abusive Relationships-EACC - Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015; 12 - 1 p.m. Space is still available. Register on LMS.

Don't miss this 2-part workshop, presented by Lee Vucovich, Associate Professor and Chair, Lister Hill Library Reference Department, exploring the importance of compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy, how to setup a personal profile in MyNCBI, to manage MyBibliography, and how to use the SciENcv tool to generate the new 5-page Biosketch. Save the dates! November 18 and December 2 from 3 - 4 p.m. in the Bradley Lecture Center. 

Don't Forget! This Friday, October 16th, the Children’s Hospital Investigative Forum (CHIF) meets in the Bradley Conference Center on the 4th floor at noon. Immediately following the presentation, personnel from the new Pediatric Research Office (PRO) will provide an overview of the services and expertise now available to pediatric investigators.  
Construction continues to progress on 7th Ave South and we are preparing to move into the next phase, see attached map.

This next phase will open up the entrance circle off of 7th Ave South to the McWane building as well as the eastern connection of 7th Ave S to 18th Street.
We are planning for this to occur during this weekend.
At that time we will close the remainder of 7th Ave West from the Children’s 7th Ave Crosswalk to 14th Street.
This closing will incorporate the entrance/exit gates to the physician parking level of 7th Ave deck.

All physicians should enter the 7th Ave Parking deck via the patient entrance. Children's of Alabama is installing a parking gate to allow only physicians into the lower physician parking area. An attendant will also be in place to ensure only authorized people are allowed to enter. You will need to exit from street level to the entrance blvd. off of 8th Ave. South.
I will update on the timing of when this portion will reopen.
Thank you for your patience during this time as UAB continues the utility work that they are performing.

-Bob Crumpton

Children's of Alabama and UAB Department of Pediatrics co-branded materials, such as power point and poster templates, are now available online. Follow the link to find more branding guidelines. 

The 6th Annual Advancement in the Care of Pediatric Cancer & Blood Disorders Symposium is Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015 from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. in the Bradley Lecture Center.

COA and UAB employees can enter the Discount Code: CURE to register for FREE at
For the brochure, click here.

The Society for Pediatric Research is now accepting applications for the Young Investigator's Coaching Program for junior investigators who have embarked on a career in pediatric research. 
Deadline: December 14, 2015
Click here for more information.

This week, the CDE nurses thought we could have some fun!  Below you will find a word search. In it are 16 hidden words related to ICD 10 and Clinical Documentation. There is no word bank- your job is to find as many as you can and email them to The person who finds the most hidden words and submits their response first will receive a small prize. HAPPY HUNTING!!

Click here to open the word search. 

This year’s intern class wrote postcards to legislators to advocate for the children of Alabama.


Ambika Ashraf, M.D. (Ped - Endocrinology) MERCK SHARP & DOHME. $9,686. 10/15/2014 - 10/14/2017.

Thomas Atkinson, M.D. (Ped - Allergy) OCTAPHARMA. $231,386. 09/09/2015 - 09/08/2020.

William Harris, M.D. (Ped - Pulmonary) VERTEX PHARMACEUTICALS, INC. $114,037. 09/09/2015 - 09/08/2016.

David Kimberlin, M.D. (Ped - Infectious Disease) Efficacy of Antiviral Suppression Therapy after Neonatal HSV Infection of CNS R34 Planning Duke University. $49,213. 06/15/2015 - 05/31/2016. 
In the last fiscal year ending September 30, 2015, faculty in the Department of Pediatrics (DOP) published 218 articles that were indexed in Pub Med. These articles were published in journals with a median impact factor of 3.3 and a mean impact factor of 5.9. (The impact factor is a measure of the frequency with which the average article in a journal has been cited by other authors in the preceding two years). High impact journals in which DOP faculty published last year included: N Engl J Med, Lancet, JAMA, Science, Ann Intern Med, Am J Respir Crit Care Med, Leukemia, Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, and Clin Infect Dis. We celebrate these publications, and other academic accomplishments in FYI Fridays each week. Thank you to all of our authors who have discovered new knowledge and shared this knowledge with other physicians and scientists through publication. I encourage all faculty to publish their discoveries and learnings and to teach others. This is what we do. And this is one way in which we can improve the health of children in Alabama and around the world.


Acad Pediatr. 2015 Oct 6. pii: S1876-2859(15)00287-9. doi: 10.1016/j.acap.2015.09.007. Targeting simulation-based assessment for the pediatric milestones- a survey of simulation experts and program directors. Mallory LA, Calaman S, White ML, Doughty C, Mangold K, Lopreiato J, Auerbach M, Chang TP.
Pediatric simulationists and program directors surveyed about general pediatric milestones and simulation agree that sub-competencies most suitable to assessment using simulation were "interprofessional teamwork", "clinical decision making" and "effective communication." Much work remains to develop simulation-based tools to meet these assessment needs.

Hematol. Oncol. Clin. N. Am. 2015. 29:927-941. Macrophage activation syndrome. Ravelli A., Davi S., Minoia F., Martini A., Cron RQ
This paper reviews macrophage activation syndrome (secondary hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis) with a focus on children with systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis.
Int. J. Clin. Rheumatol.  2015. 10:273-286. Temporomandibular joint arthritis in juvenile idiopathic arthritis: the last frontier. Stoll ML, Cron RQ
This review highlights the difficulty in treating TMJ arthritis in the setting of children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis.

Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology & Nutrition. 2015 Oct 12. Growth and Tolerance of Preterm Infants Fed a New Extensively Hydrolyzed Liquid Human Milk Fortifier. Chan G, Schanler R,  Wargo S, Bloom B, Dimmit R, Williams L, Baggs M, Barrett-Reis B/


Sorge, C., Costa, L., Taub, J., Xavier, AIncidence and outcomes of rare pediatric Non-Hodgkin Lymphomas. Varese, Italy. October 24, 2015. International Symposium on Childhood, Adolescent and Young Adult Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. *Presented as best oral abstract in childhood, adolescent and young adult Non-Hodgkin lymphoma. 

James SH, Hartline CB, Kimberlin DW, Whitley RJ, Prichard MN. Genotypic Resistance Testing in Infants with Congenital Cytomegalovirus Disease Receiving Long-Term Oral Valgancyclovir Therapy. San Diego, CA. October 7-11, 2015. IDWeek 2015
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