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Dr. D. Woodrow Benson, Jr. receives Lifetime Achievement Award from Pediatric & Congenital Electrophysiology Society

May 16 - D. Woodrow Benson, Jr., MD, PhD, professor of pediatrics and chief of pediatric cardiology, received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Pediatric & Congenital Electrophysiology Society. Dr. Benson received the award in recognition of his extraordinary contribution to the diagnosis and management of arrhythmias in children.

Sam Memorial Golf Outing on June 25 to benefit pediatric cancer research at MCW

May 16 - The 15th annual Sam Memorial Golf Outing is scheduled for Saturday, June 25, at the Kettle Hills Golf Course, 3375 WI-167 in Richfield. This tournament is held in memory of Sam Beres, who lost his battle with leukemia in April 2000, at the age of six.

MCW and partners celebrate Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on March 10, 2016

Mar. 7 - On March 10th, the Wisconsin HIV Primary Care Support Network at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) Pediatrics Department, in collaboration with the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin, the Black Health Coalition of Wisconsin, the City of Milwaukee Health Department, Diverse and Resilient, the Greater Milwaukee Center for Health & Wellness, Inc., Milwaukee Health Services, Inc., the Milwaukee LBGT Community Center, Outreach Community Health Centers, Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, 16th Street Community Health Center, UMOS, and the University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee College of Letters and Science will host an event celebrating National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.

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.

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 On Milwaukee and WTMJ

Peggy Troy Discusses Children’s Partnership with MCW

Aug. 4 - In an interview with, 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

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.

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