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Leonardo and the Da Vinci Pediatric and Congenital Heart Project: The Genesis and Mentoring of a SuperComputer with a “Living” Multi-Dimensional Artificial Intelligence Architecture
CHOC Articles: March 2012
Paper by Anthony C. Chang, MD, MBA, MPH that discusses artificial intelligence solutions for congenital heart disease

Genomic Cancer Research Comes to CHOC Children’s
Physician Connection: Winter 2012
The Hyundai Cancer Institute at CHOC Children’s has enrolled the first patients in a pilot study designed to determine the individual genome profile of a range of pediatric and young adult cancers in the hope of advancing new and more effective treatments for recurrent or refractory disease in this patient population.

In the Spotlight:
Physician Connection: Winter 2012
About 28 years ago, Fountain Valley pediatricians Burton Willis, M.D., and Harry Pellman, M.D., and others saw the need for local representation at the national level.

NIH Study Assesses Cooling After Pediatric Cardiac Arrest
Physician Connection: Winter 2012
Controlled therapeutic hypothermia after cardiac arrest may improve survival and outcomes for adults, but is the same true for infants, children and adolescents? The CHOC Children’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit is one of 33 in the nation participating in the NIH-funded Therapeutic Hypothermia After Pediatric Cardiac Arrest (THAPCA) study investigating the potential benefits.

Becoming One of the Nation’s Best Children’s Hospitals
Physician Connection: Winter 2012
Construction of the new seven-story, CHOC Children’s patient care tower is proceeding within budget and on schedule, with 87 percent completion.

UCLA, Stanford Gastroenterologists Join CHOC
Physician Connection: Winter 2012
Two fellowship-trained pediatric gastroenterologists with special interests in hepatology and eosinophil-associated gastrointestinal disorders have joined the CHOC Children’s medical staff.

Meet Our Chief Residents
Physician Connection: Winter 2012
CHOC Children’s Chief Residents and UC Irvine/CHOC Children’s Chief Resident

Dr. Waffarn Retires From Clinical Practice
Physician Connection: Winter 2012
A pioneer in neonatal medicine, Feizal Waffarn, M.D., came to Orange County in 1980, shortly after completing fellowship training at the University of Southern California.

UC Irvine Names Acting Pediatric Chair
Physician Connection: Winter 2012
Noted pediatric pulmonologist Dan M. Cooper, M.D., is acting chair of the University of California, Irvine, Department of Pediatrics.

Demand Spikes for Newport Beach Specialty Services
Physician Connection: Winter 2012
The CHOC Children’s Specialty Center at Hoag Health Center—Newport Beach saw 3,759 patient visits during fiscal year 2011 compared to 1,771 in 2010. Developed to support local pediatricians and improve access to subspecialty pediatric care for Orange County families, the center provides consultation and treatment for allergy, cardiology, genetics, gastroenterology, hematology, infectious diseases, nephrology and pulmonary medicine.

$30 Million Gift Helps Change CHOC
Physician Connection: Summer 2011
His original intention was to donate a computer to CHOC Children’s. But after touring our hospital and meeting some of our patients, Robert L. Tidwell did more than that.

CHOC Announces New Medical Staff Leadership
Physician Connection: Summer 2011
Their leadership, dedication and commitment ensure Orange County’s children and families continue receiving the best pediatric care in the region.

In the Spotlight: Merl J. Carson, M.D.
Physician Connection: Summer 2011
It has been more than 30 years since his passing, yet Merl “Kit” Carson, M.D., CHOC Children’s first medical director, is still remembered with deep respect and appreciation by the CHOC physicians who completed residency training under his tutelage. CHOC pediatrician Michael Cater, M.D., who served as chief resident and also took an elective with him, unveiled a bronze plaque honoring Dr. Carson during Doctors’ Day festivities at CHOC on March 29.

Nationally Recognized Pediatric Epileptologist
Physician Connection: Summer 2011
In February, a nationally recognized pediatric epileptologist who built comprehensive pediatric epilepsy programs at Mayo Clinic, Columbia University and the NYU School of Medicine became director of the CHOC Children’s Comprehensive Epilepsy Program and Chief of the Division of Child Neurology. Previously, Mary Zupanc, M.D., was at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, in Milwaukee, where she’d held similar responsibilities since 2001.

Glenn Fowler, M.D., Retires
Physician Connection: Summer 2011
Orange County’s first board certified, pediatric neurologist has retired.

“Hybrid” Melody Valve Therapy Delays Open Heart Surgery
Physician Connection: Summer 2011
CHOC Children’s Heart Institute is one of only 20 centers in the entire country certified to use the first FDA-approved transcatheter heart valve “hybrid” alternative to open heart surgery for replacing regurgitant or stenotic pulmonary conduits.

Congenital Cardiothoracic Surgeon Joins CHOC
Physician Connection: Summer 2011
An internationally respected congenital cardiothoracic surgeon with research interests in hybrid congenital heart surgery and myocardial protection has joined the CHOC Children’s Heart Institute

Noted Researcher in Thrombosis and Hemostasis
Physician Connection: Summer 2011
Thomas J. Kunicki, Ph.D., has joined The CHOC Children’s Research Institute where he is the principal investigator in a five-year, NIH-funded study of mouse genes that regulate hemostasis and thrombosis.

First UC Irvine/CHOC Combined Residency Program
Physician Connection: Summer 2011
Despite this being the first recruitment year, highly qualified interns did not hesitate to apply to the newly combined University of California, Irvine/CHOC Children’s residency program.

Extremely Low Birth Weight Unit Opens at CHOC
Physician Connection: Fall 2010
Published medical literature reports better patient outcomes in neonatal intensive care units that provide specialized, guideline- driven care for a high volume of the sickest and smallest newborns.

CHOC’s New Tower Represents Bright Future for Pediatric Care in OC
Physician Connection: Fall 2010
The new CHOC Children’s tower continues to make remarkable progress, and is tracking on schedule and on budget. When it opens in Spring 2013, the seven-story building will be a visible symbol of CHOC’s commitment to become a world-class pediatrics center.

CHOC Hosts National Sudden Cardiac Death Symposium
Physician Connection: Fall 2010
Sudden Cardiac Death Symposium & Third Annual LEAPS Conference dates, times, and conference information.

In the Spotlight: Jacob Wolsztejn, M.D.
Physician Connection: Fall 2010
South Coast Plaza is located just a few short blocks from his office, but pediatrician Jacob Wolsztejn, M.D., says his practice is anything but “suburban.” He describes his practice as “inner city,” where he and his colleagues routinely treat conditions not typically encountered in most Orange County suburbs.

NIH Grant to Study Neonatal Subglottic Stenosis, Edema
Physician Connection: Fall 2010
CHOC Children’s pediatric otolaryngologist Gurpreet Ahuja, M.D., is the clinical coinvestigator on a team led by Brian Wong, M.D., a University of California, Irvine, otolaryngologist, that is the recipient of a five-year, $3.2 million National Institutes of Health grant to study the effectiveness of optical coherence tomography (OCT) in monitoring the neonatal airway and diagnosing changes that may lead to subglottic stenosis.

Bridging the Adolescents and Young Adults Cancer Gap
CHOC Articles: August 2008
Article written by Dr. Leonard Sender for HealthNewsDigest.com.

Physician Spotlight: Maureen Downes, M.D.
Physician Connection: Winter 2004
As a working mother, Dr. Downes found immediate rapport with many of the parents in her practice. She made it a priority to care for their needs, as well as those of her young patients.

CHOC AND CHOC at Mission Physicians Honored at Annual Doctor's Day Celebration
Physician Connection: Summer 2004
CHOC's annual Doctors' Day event was held March 30 at the Turnip Rose Grand Newport Plaza in Costa Mesa, featuring a residency reunion for all physicians who have completed the CHOC Pediatric Residency Program since its inception.


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