(From the January 2014 Issue of MedStat)
2014 Best Doctors in America
Congratulations to those on the 2014 Best Doctors in America list. More than 200 physicians on our medical staff were named to this list. According to Best Doctors, who produces this list, physicians were selected through a review process in which thousands of physicians are asked: "If you or a loved one needed a doctor in your specialty, to whom would you refer them?" For a complete list of the 2014 Best Doctors, visit NationwideChildrens.org/Best-Doctors. For additional information about Best Doctors in America, visit BestDoctors.com.
Congratulations to Hematology/Oncology/BMT for a successful survey by the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT) in November. The surveyors were very complimentary of our program. One surveyor noted that “… our recommendations were minor … they have a very strong program … and I am jealous of your palatial facility”.
Brent H. Adler, MD, will serve as the director of Body CT and MR, and Stephen M. Druhan, MD, will serve as the director of Cardiac MR and CT for the Department of Radiology. Kan N. Hor, MD, and Dr. Druhan will serve as co-directors of the Nationwide Children’s Cardiac Imaging Collaborative Initiative.
Brian K. Kaspar, PhD, and Veronica J. Vieland, PhD, principal investigators in The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s, have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The honor recognizes select AAAS members for their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications.
Kelly Kelleher, MD, has been named the 2014 Champion of Children by United Way of Central Ohio. Kelleher joins a group of dynamic local leaders who have been recognized as Champions of Children and have worked to create a better tomorrow for all of the children in central Ohio. Dr. Kelleher will be honored at the 21st Annual Champion of Children Signature Event to be held at 6 p.m. on February 11, 2014 at The Southern Theatre.
Richard E. Kirschner, MD, chief of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and director of the Cleft Lip and Palate-Craniofacial Center, was announced as the first recipient of The Robert F. and Edgar T. Wolfe Foundation Chair in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. One of a series of endowed chairs, the Robert F. Wolfe and Edgar T. Wolfe Foundation, a supporting foundation of The Columbus Foundation, was created in 1989 by John W. Wolfe to honor the memory of his grandfather and father, Robert F. Wolfe and Edgar T. Wolfe.
Anjana Kundu, MBBS, DA, MD, has joined the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine as the director of the Chronic Pain and Palliative Care Program at Nationwide Children’s. Previously, Dr. Kundu served at Seattle Children’s Hospital and the University of Washington in Seattle, where she established the Pediatric Pain Management Clinic and the Complementary and Integrative Medicine program. Dr. Kundu is a trained acupuncturist and completed a year-long certification training in Integrative Medicine. She has actively contributed to the field of Pediatric Pain and Palliative Care bringing in an integrative approach that includes use of complementary and alternative therapies, life style modifications, nutritional guidance, pharmacological therapies as well as interventional techniques to manage refractory pain and restore a functional status and improve the patient’s quality of life. Her research interests include use of telemedicine in pediatric pain management and community education, use of complementary and alternative medicine in healthcare.
Marc Levitt, MD, a new recruit and internationally-known colorectal surgeon, and Nationwide Children’s will establish a one-of-a-kind Center for Colorectal and Pelvic Reconstruction. The center will align select specialists within GI, Colorectal, Pediatric Surgery, Urology and Gynecological services to create a comprehensive treatment program assisting children with these complex disorders. Clinical and outcomes research will also be a significant function of the center. Carlo Di Lorenzo, MD, Nationwide’s Children’s division chief of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, will serve as medical director of the new center, and Dr. Levitt will serve as surgical director, as well as director of the newly established Pediatric Colorectal Fellowship.
Paul E. Lizotte, MD, will begin his service in the Department of Radiology as the director of Therapeutic Nuclear Medicine this month. Dr. Lizotte brings his extensive experience and expertise in Nuclear Medicine to Nationwide Children’s, helping build the first Nationwide Children’s Program for I-131 MIBG targeted therapy for children with Neuroblastoma. The I-131 MIBG program will be the first of multiple future I-131 MIBG Nuclear Medicine tumor therapy initiatives at Nationwide Children's. Dr. Lizotte and Beth A. Hingsbergen, MD, will be the Radiology members of the hospital’s new multidisciplinary MIBG tumor therapy program, working in conjunction with the Divisions of Oncology, Pharmacology and Nursing.
Frederick R. Long, MD, is transitioning from his longstanding roles as director of Cardiac MR and CT and director of Body MR and CT. Dr. Long has served in these two leadership capacities for the past 18 years, successfully building a Body CT and MR Section of international renown, as well as helping build an internationally recognized cardiac MR and CT center of clinical and research excellence. We would like to thank Dr. Long for his two decades of hard work and excellence in the Section of Body MR and CT.
Carlo Di Lorenzo, MD, chief of the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, was announced as the first recipient of The Robert F. and Edgar T. Wolfe Foundation Chair in Pediatric Gastroenterology. One of a series of endowed chairs, the Robert F. Wolfe and Edgar T. Wolfe Foundation, a supporting foundation of The Columbus Foundation, was created in 1989 by John W. Wolfe to honor the memory of his grandfather and father, Robert F. Wolfe and Edgar T. Wolfe.
E. Steve Roach, MD, chief of Neurology and vice-chair of Pediatrics at Nationwide Children’s, was announced as the first recipient of The Robert F. and Edgar T. Wolfe Foundation Chair in Pediatric Neurology. One of a series of endowed chairs, the Robert F. Wolfe and Edgar T. Wolfe Foundation, a supporting foundation of The Columbus Foundation, was created in 1989 by John W. Wolfe to honor the memory of his grandfather and father, Robert F. Wolfe and Edgar T. Wolfe.
William E. Shiels II, DO, represented the Section of Interventional Radiology internationally by serving as a “visiting consultant” for the United Kingdom’s Royal National Orthopedic Hospital in November 2013. In London, England, Dr. Shiels mentored and assisted the interventional radiologists at the Royal National Orthopedic Hospital in the treatment of four patients with inoperable pelvic and sacral aneurysmal bone cysts (benign, highly destructive bone tumors). The Department of Radiology is proud to help extend Nationwide Children's reach internationally as a center of pioneering excellence, driving new and “best outcomes.”