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Children’s physician assumes leadership role in an international cancer consortium

Jan. 27 - Jason Jarzembowski, MD, PhD, associate professor of pathology at the Medical College of Wisconsin and medical director of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, has been elected to serve as the Pathology Discipline Chair for the Children’s Oncology Group (COG).This is a five-year appointment that starts on March 1.

American Hospital Association highlights Project Ujima

Jan. 28 - The American Hospital Association has chosen Project Ujima for inclusion in its 2016 edition of “Community Connections: Ideas & Innovations for Hospital Leaders.”

Marquette High School hockey team to support pediatric brain cancer research at MCW

Jan. 20 - The Marquette University High School (MUHS) hockey team is teaming with the Biel Family and the Medical College of Wisconsin to raise awareness about pediatric brain cancer. The MUHS vs. University School of Milwaukee hockey game at Eble Park on Friday, Jan. 29, 7 p.m., will be Brain Cancer Awareness Night. There will be a small raffle with awesome prizes before the game, and raffle tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5. There will also be a “change bucket” passed after the second period to collect additional gifts.

Still a kid at heart, Pediatrician Hematologist-Oncologist Dr. Tower directs Fellowship Program

Jan. 5 - As a Pediatric Hematologist-Oncologist and current Director of the Pediatric Hematology/ Oncology/Blood and Marrow Transplantation Fellowship Program at the Medical College of Wisconsin, housed in the MACC Fund Research Center, Dr. Richard Tower has the best of both worlds…maybe even more.

MACC Fund offers many ways to support pediatric cancer research this holiday season

Dec. 17 - The MACC Fund (Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer, Inc.), the College's largest donor, has two items for sale this holiday season to raise money for pediatric cancer and related blood disorder research. All money raised from the sale of these items benefits the MACC Fund.

Caring for mental health needs of city children

More city school children are getting the mental health treatment they need thanks to a collaboration led by the Medical College of Wisconsin and the Milwaukee Public Schools.

Gut studies hold promise for prevention

Medical College of Wisconsin researchers are studying intestinal bacteria as a promising new approach for the prevention of heart attacks and a range of other conditions, including pediatric liver disease and antibiotic-resistant, hospital-acquired infections.

Partnering for lifelong heart care

Adults who were born with congenital heart disease find highly specialized, lifelong care at the Wisconsin Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program, a partnership of the Medical College of Wisconsin, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and Froedtert Hospital.

MCW professor earns Michael Shannon Humanitarian Award

Nov. 10 - Marlene D. Melzer-Lange, MD, FAAP, professor of pediatric emergency medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), was awarded the Michael Shannon Humanitarian Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Emergency Medicine (SOEM).

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin designated a Diagnostic Imaging Center of Excellence

Nov. 6 - Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin has been designated a Diagnostic Imaging Center of Excellence™ by the American College of Radiology, making it only the third pediatric hospital in the United States to earn the designation.

Young patient faces new struggles years after DNA sequencing

Nov. 3 - Mark Johnson and Kathleen Gallagher provide a follow up on Nic Volker, one of the first patients in the world to be saved by DNA sequencing. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

10-year-old twins fight leukemia together

Oct. 7 - WGNO reports on 10-year-old twin girls who are fighting leukemia. As one of the twins completed her treatment, the second began showing symptoms. Both were treated at CHW. The story had national reach and was covered by CNN. WGNO

MACC Fund profile: Brandon Novack

Oct. 7 - The Sheboygan Press profiled, Brandon Novak, a former pediatric cancer patient who benefited from the MACC Fund. The young man talks about the hope he received as he looked out his patient window at night to lights burning at MCW where cancer research was being conducted. Sheboygan Press

MCW awarded $2.7 million grant to advance the understanding and measurement of outcomes in children

Oct. 7 - Wauwatosa Now reports that the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) has been awarded a four-year, $2.7 million grant by the National Institutes of Health National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases to support the Midwest Child Patient Reported Outcomes Consortium. Wauwatosa Now

MCW announces Critical Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Fellowship program

Oct. 7 - Wisconsin Health News reports that The Medical College of Wisconsin, Critical Care Division of Pediatrics, announced the creation of the first Critical Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) Fellowship Program in the nation. Wisconsin Health News

MCW announces Critical Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Fellowship Program

Sept. 30 - The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), Critical Care Division of Pediatrics, announces the creation of the first Critical Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) Fellowship Program in the nation.

MCW awarded $2.7 million grant to advance the understanding and measurement of outcomes in children with chronic disease

Sept. 29 - The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) has been awarded a four-year, $2.7 million grant by the National Institutes of Health National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases to support the Midwest Child Patient Reported Outcomes Consortium which is designed to advance the understanding and measurement of outcomes in children with chronic disease for use in both clinical care and research so as to optimize the well-being and functioning of affected children.

Jeffrey A. Medin, PhD, named MACC Fund Endowed Professor

Sept. 24 - Jeffrey A. Medin, PhD, has been named the MACC Fund Professor in the department of pediatrics at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW). Dr. Medin currently serves as a professor in the department of medical biophysics and the institute of medical science, faculty of medicine, at the University of Toronto in Ontario, Canada.

MCW Study Finds Children are More Susceptible to Heat Exhaustion and Heatstroke

Sept. 14 - In an article on the dangers of leaving unattended children in cars during hot weather, the Logan (Utah) Herald Journal cites an MCW study that found that young children are more susceptible to heat exhaustion and heatstroke. The MCW study found children’s bodies absorb heat faster and have less capacity to sweat than adults. HJNews

Dr. Gorelick Discusses Importance of Specialization, Transparency

Sept. 9 - In an opinion editorial in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Dr. Marc Gorelick (Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer – Children’s; Pediatrics at MCW) discusses the importance of specialization and transparency when treating pediatric patients. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Dr. Walter Discusses Challenges of Treating Adolescent Sports-Related Concussions

Aug. 13 - Dr. Kevin Walter (Orthopaedic Surgery – Pediatric) discusses the challenges of treating adolescent sports-related concussions in an interview with WTMJ-AM. Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin is hosting a Mom’s Concussion Clinic on August 15 in Waukesha. WTMJ

Infant Successfully Receives Living Donor Liver Transplant

Aug. 12 - ABC-TV/Channel 2 in Green Bay reports on 10-month old infant from Peshtigo who successfully underwent a living donor liver transplant at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. Dr. Johnny Hong (Surgery – Transplant) said that without a transplant, the risk of dying was 100%. WBAY

Drs. Aoy Tomita-Mitchell and Michael Mitchell Cited for Launching Start-Up Companies

Aug. 12 - Urban Milwaukee columnist John Torinus, Chairman of Serigraph, Inc., notes that MCW is increasingly on the forefront of creating start-up companies. He reports on the success of Aoy Tomita-Mitchell, PhD, and Dr. Michael Mitchell (both Surgery – Pediatric Cardiothoracic), whose start-up company Ariosa Diagnostic, Inc., was recently sold to Roche for between $400 - $600 million. The couple’s new company – Tai, Inc. – will be located on UWM’s Innovation Campus. Urban Milwaukee

Dr. Ramchandran Receives $1.8 Million NIH Grant to Study Genes in Vascular Anomalies

Aug. 11 - Ramani Ramchandran, PhD, received a four-year, $1.8 million grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to study the RNA regulatory mechanisms underlying genes involved in vascular anomalies. Wauwatosa Now

Transplanting hope: a miracle for baby Paityn

Aug. 10 - Last month, 10-month-old Paityn Walters of Peshtigo began to act tired, was throwing up and would cry while she was awake. Her mom, Tara Ellison, said it was out of character and troubling. “She was [normally] just very energetic. Never stood still. Always getting into everything she could,” she said. WBAY

Dr. Walter Answers Questions about Kids and Concussions

Aug. 5 - Dr. Kevin Walter answers questions about kids and concussions in a question/answer interview with OnMilwaukee.com. On Milwaukee and WTMJ

Peggy Troy Discusses Children’s Partnership with MCW

Aug. 4 - In an interview with OnMilwaukee.com, Peggy Troy, President and CEO of Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, describes Children’s academic partnership with MCW that extends to Children’s research and clinical care missions. She notes that MCW employs 300-400 pediatric specialists who work exclusively at Children’s. On Milwaukee

MCW Researchers Launch Company for Blood Test to Determine Heart Transplant Rejection

July 27 - In a front page article, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports on plans by Dr. Michael Mitchell and Aoy Tomita-Mitchell, PhD, (both Surgery – Cardiothoracic Pediatrics) to house their new company – Tai Diagnostics, Inc. - in the UWM Innovation Accelerator. At Tai Diagnostics, the Mitchells are developing a blood test for determining whether a heart-transplant recipient is in danger of rejecting the new heart. The test would replace invasive biopsies. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Beat the Pro Ping Pong Tournament to benefit the MACC Fund, MCW’s largest donor

July 23 - Women for MACC is hosting a Beat the Pro Ping Pong Tournament on Saturday, Aug. 1, at Evolution Gastro Pong, 233 E. Chicago Street in the Third Ward. The family-friendly event runs from 1-4 p.m., and 100% of ticket proceeds will go to the MACC Fund (Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer, Inc.), MCW’s largest donor, for pediatric cancer and related blood disorder research.

Dr. Gordon Discusses State’s Expansion of Medicaid Coverage for Special Needs Patients

July 21 - Pharmacy Choice cites a Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin program to address the needs of “medically complex” pediatric patients. Dr. John Gordon, notes that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded a $9.4 million grant to Wisconsin to expand Medicaid coverage statewide for the program. Pharmacy Choice

Researchers to Evaluate Betty Brinn Museum Activities on Child’s Literacy Skills

July 21 - Betty Brinn Children’s Museum received a $75,000 grant from the Greater Milwaukee Foundation to engage researchers from MCW, Marquette University, and University of Wisconsin to evaluate the impact of specific Museum activities on a child’s literacy skills and a caregiver’s participation in the learning process. Urban Milwaukee

Dr. Willis Says Poor Communications between Doctors/Parents Leads to Low Vaccination Rates

July 20 - Dr. Earnestine Willis, Principal Investigator for the Community Health Improvement for Milwaukee’s Children project, said that poor communication between doctors and Central City parents contributes to low vaccination rates. Parents may think their child is current on vaccinations when they are not. Urban Milwaukee

Dr. Grayson Cautions Asthma Patients to Stay Indoors as Wisconsin Experiences Pollution

July 14 - Dr. Mitchell Grayson (Pediatrics – Asthma, Allergy & Clinical Immunology) tells WTMJ-AM that patients with asthma and lung problems should stay indoors and avoid exertion while Wisconsin experiences air pollution caused by Canadian wildfires. WTMJ

Whole-Genome Sequencing First Done in Milwaukee Now Performed Nationwide

July 8 - An article in GEN magazine on the field of genetics notes that whole-genome sequencing was first successfully used at MCW in 2010, and that the procedure is now being used at pediatric hospitals nationwide. GEN Magazine

Kublys' passion and commitment offers hope for those navigating depression

A gift from medical school alumnus Michael Kubly, MD '63, and his wife, Billie, established the Charles E. Kubly Child Psychiatry Access Project - a partnership with Children's Hospital of Wisconsin that will expand access to mental healthcare for children.

Dr. Oldham Discusses Joint Commission Evaluation of Patient Safety at Florida Hospital

July 1 - Dr. Keith Oldham provides comment to CNN on the announcement that the Joint Commission is evaluating patient safety at St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Florida. Dr. Oldham is the Medical Director of the Children’s Verification Program of the American College of Surgeons. CNN has been investigating St. Mary’s for its high mortality rate for pediatric open heart surgeries. CNN

Dr. Shi Receives Bayer Hemophilia Award

June 30 - Dr. Qizhen Shi (Pediatrics – Hematology/Oncology) is one of six scientists in the nation to receive a Bayer Hemophilia Award from Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals. The awards were announced at the International Society of Thrombosis and Haemostasis. The Street

Double teaming fight against childhood cancer

June 16 - Teamwork builds champions. Teamwork also helps save the lives of children with cancer. At least this is the case for a pair of MACC Fund Center researchers – one a scientist the other a clinician -- who make up an amicable and very likeable pair who have teamed up for the past five years to champion an initiative harnessing the power of one’s own natural immune system to fight childhood cancer.

Family to Speak before Congress on Need for Special Needs Programs

June 15 - A Hales Corner family traveled to Washington, D.C., to speak before Congress on the need to fund child health and health care programs modeled on Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin’s special needs program. The family’s daughter was born with a genetic abnormality so rare that only three people in the world have the disorder. WISN

U.S. News Ranks Children’s Heart, Heart Surgery Programs as #5 in the Nation

June 15 - U.S. News & World Report ranked Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin among the nation’s top 50 pediatric hospitals. Children’s ranked fifth in the nation for cardiology and heart surgery. US News Health, Biz Times, GM Today

Proceeds from Golf Outing Support Pediatric Cancer Research at MCW, Children’s

June 11 - More than 100 business executives participated in the MACC Fund’s annual golf outing in Franklin. Proceeds from the event support pediatric cancer research at MCW, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, and UW’s Carbone Cancer Center. Milwaukee Business Journal

State Senator Suggests Clinical Trials be Conducted on Cannabidoil

June 10 - In a report on ABC-TV/Channel 27 in Madison, Wisconsin State Senator Van Wanggaard suggests that MCW, Froedtert or Children’s conduct a clinical trial on the effectiveness of cannabidoil as a treatment for seizure disorders. Sen. Wanggaard acknowledges that it is expensive to conduct clinical trials. WKOW

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin ranks among the nation’s best according to U.S. News & World Report

June 9 - U.S. News & World Report has ranked Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in nine specialties in the new 2015-16 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings. This ranking is just one of a number of awards that recognizes Children’s as one of the top children’s hospitals in the nation.

Dr. Whelan Leads Clinical Trial to Treat Brain, Spinal Cord Cancers

June 9 - Dr. Harry Whelan (Neurology – Pediatric) is conducting a Phase II clinical trial at Froedtert Hospital that tests a laser-activated photosensitive dye as a new treatment for aggressive brain and spinal cord tumors. Biz Times

Dr. Leuthner Raises Concern that Bill to Restrict Abortions May Result in an Abortion Increase

June 9 - Dr. Steven Leuthner (Pediatrics – Neonatology) expressed opposition to a bill that would prohibit abortions in Wisconsin after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Dr. Leuthner said he fears that more abortions would occur if the bill is passed. WPR

Dave & Carole Miracle Marathon Raises More than $1.3 Million for Children’s Hospital

June 5 - WKLH-FM’s 18th annual Dave & Carole Miracle Marathon for Children’s Hospital raised more than $1.3 million. Fox 6 Now

Dr. Zafra Discusses Clinical Trials Available for Patients with Lung Disorders

June 4 - In an interview with Fox-TV/Channel 6, Dr. Heidi Zafra (Pediatrics – Allergy, Asthma & Immunology) discusses clinical trials available for patients with lung disorders. She was participating in the American Lung Association’s first Lung Expo in Milwaukee. Fox 6 Now

Dr. Shi Receives $1.5 Million NIH Grant for Hemophilia Blood Platelet Gene Therapies Studies

June 4 - Dr. Qizhen Shi (Pediatrics – Hematology/Oncology) received a four-year, $1.5 million grant from the NIH’s National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to continue studies on blood platelet gene therapies for hemophilia A. Phys.org

Drs. Aufderheide and Mitchell Receive Eureka Awards

June 4 - The Milwaukee Business Journal named Drs. Tom Aufderheide (Emergency Medicine) and Michael Mitchell (Surgery – Pediatric Cardiothoracic) as recipients of the newspaper’s 2015 Eureka Awards. Dr. Aufderheide received a Lifetime Achievement award recognizing him as an international leader in methods of lifesaving resuscitation. Dr. Mitchell received the Health Care award for developing a non-invasive method to monitor pediatric heart transplant recipients to identify early signs of rejection. Milwaukee Business Journal

Sam Memorial Golf Outing to benefit MCW pediatric cancer research

May 26 - The 14th annual Sam Memorial Golf Outing is scheduled for Saturday, June 27, at Kettle Hills Golf Course, 3375 WI-167, in Richfield.

Dr. Nelson Finds Athletes with Developmental Disorders More Likely to Have Concussions

May 13 - Lindsay Nelson, PhD, (Neurosurgery; Neurology) is lead author of a study published in the Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine that found that high school and college athletes with a history of developmental disorders such as attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder and learning disability are 2 to 3 times more likely to self-report having experienced multiple concussions than those without such history. Moms TEAM

Time Interviews Dr. Uhing on Viability of Preemies Born at 22 Weeks

May 13 - Dr. Michael Uhing (Pediatrics – Neonatology) contributes expert comment to a Time magazine article on the science and ethics of care for infants born prematurely at 22 weeks. Time

Dr. Rabbitt Discusses Research on Sex Trafficking Victims

May 7 - Fox-TV/Channel 6 reports on research published in Pediatrics by Dr. Angela Rabbitt (Pediatrics – Child Advocacy) that found that physicians are unprepared to identify victims of sex trafficking. Dr. Rabbitt said that efforts are underway at MCW to teach medical students about how to recognize sex trafficking victims. Fox 6 Now

Dr. Willoughby Says Doctors are Doing Bad Job of Promoting HPV Vaccinations

Apr. 29 - Dr. Rodney Willoughby (Pediatrics – Infectious Diseases) tells the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) that family practitioners and pediatricians are doing a poor job of promoting the importance of HPV vaccinations. Research has shown that most parents would immunize their children if their physician recommended the HPV vaccine. JAMA Network

Transplant Rejection Test, Brain Tumor Treatment Cited by BizTimes

Apr. 28 - Milwaukee BizTimes identifies “12 Big Ideas in Wisconsin Research” that includes two MCW/Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin studies. Dr. Michael Mitchell and Mats Hidestrand, PhD, (both Surgery – Pediatric Cardiothoracic) are pioneering a new, less invasive and more cost-efficient way to detect the possibility of transplant rejections. Dr. Harry Whelan (Neurology – Pediatric) is utilizing infrared lasers to destroy malignant brain tumors in children. Biz Times

Packers Players Visit Patients in Hematology/Oncology/Transplant Unit

Apr. 22 - Green Bay Packers players visited patients in Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin’s Hematology/Oncology/Transplant unit as part of this year’s Packer’s Tailgate Tour. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Blog Packers.com

Dr. Willoughby Calls HPV Immunization an Anti-Cancer Vaccine

Apr. 21 - Dr. Rodney Willoughby (Pediatrics – Infectious Disease) tells MedPage Today that HPV immunization is essentially an anti-cancer vaccine. MedPage Today

Dr. Margolis Discusses MACC Fund Center’s Improved Patient Care Capabilities

Apr. 14 - Dr. David Margolis (Pediatrics – Hematology/Oncology) discusses the improved patient care capabilities of Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin’s new MACC Fund Center in interviews with CBS-TV/Channel 58, and NBC-TV/Channel 4. CBS 58 and 620WTMJ

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Clinical Lab named Lab of the Year by Medical Laboratory Observer

Apr. 7 - The Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Clinical Laboratory was recently chosen as the Lab of the Year by Medical Laboratory Observer.

National Doctor’s Day news story highlights pediatric success story

Apr. 3 - In honor of National Doctor’s Day on Monday, March 30, Fox6 News produced a piece about a family who wished to thank Michael R. Uhing, MD, professor of pediatrics (neonatology) and his team for saving their son’s life.

Study Finds that Health Care Workers Can’t Identify Sex Trafficking Victims

Mar. 25 - Major media outlets nationwide, including U.S. News and World Report, Fox News and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, reported on a study published in Pediatrics by Dr. Angela Rabbitt (Pediatrics – Child Advocacy & Protection) that found that health care workers are not confident that they can recognize when children have been victims of sex trafficking. M-3 medical student Megan Beck was a co-author on the study. US News Health, Fox News and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

AHW awards $250,000 to combat youth drug and alcohol abuse

Mar. 20 - The Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin (AHW) Endowment awarded $250,000 over two years to reduce the prevalence of alcohol and other drug abuse among youth in northwest Wisconsin’s Rusk County. BizTimes

What is the clinical value of DNA sequencing?

Mar. 19 - David Dimmock, associate professor of pediatrics (genetics) and a geneticist at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, discusses new recommendations suggested by the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics to define the "clinical utility" of next generation sequencing. GenomeWeb

Dr. Margolis Offers Counsel to Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Recipients

Mar. 9 - Dr. David Margolis who was recently inducted into the Milwaukee Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Hall of Fame, provides counsel to the 2015 40 Under 40 recipients. Milwaukee Business Journal

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