Dr. Stanley Galant Recognized by the American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology

Dr. Stanley Galant, medical director of the CHOC Children’s Breathmobile has been recognized by the American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) with the 2019 AAAAI Outstanding Volunteer Clinical Faculty Award. This award is being presented to Dr. Galant for his outstanding contributions and diligent work in helping to advance knowledge in and treatment of allergic disease; specifically, in recognition of service to the University of California Irvine allergy/immunology training program as a teacher and mentor.

CHOC’s Breathmobile, the only mobile asthma clinic dedicated to serving preschool and school-aged children in Orange County, removes barriers for children and their families who may be unable to travel or pay for preventive asthma care.

Among Dr. Galant’s achievements, in 2017, he received the Robert M. Zweig, M.D., Memorial Award from the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) for his longtime work to help children with asthma in the community.

Dr. Galant will be recognized at an awards luncheon held at the 2019 AAAAI Annual Meeting in San Francisco on February 23.

CHOC allergist recognized for service to children with asthma

A CHOC Children’s allergist has been honored for his longtime work to help children with asthma in the community.

Recognizing his achievements in air quality and medicine, Dr. Stanley Galant, medical director of CHOC’s Breathmobile, received the Robert M. Zweig, M.D., Memorial Award from the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD).

The accolade is part of the agency’s 29th annual Clean Air Awards, which recognize people, businesses and public agencies that make significant contributions to cleaner air in Southern California.

CHOC’s Breathmobile is the only mobile asthma clinic dedicated to serving preschool and school-aged children in Orange County. An important community service, it removes barriers for children and their families who may be unable to travel or pay for preventive asthma care.

The Breathmobile’s two 36-foot RV-style clinics travel to 22 schools and community sites providing asthma care, diagnosis andeducation. Each location is visited every four to six weeks, providing children with comprehensive follow-up care from a familiar team until their asthma is controlled.

SCAQMD is the air pollution control agency for Orange County and portions of Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

Meet Dr. Amy Harrison

CHOC Children’s wants its referring physicians to get to know its specialists. Today, meet Dr. Amy Harrison, a pediatric pulmonologist.

Amy Harrison, M.D.
Amy Harrison, M.D.

 

Q: What is your education and training?

A: I attended Indiana University School of Medicine. I completed both my pediatrics residency and fellowship in pediatric pulmonology at the University of Minnesota Children’s Hospital.

Q: What are your administrative appointments?

A: I am the co-director of CHOC’s Cystic Fibrosis Center.

Q: What are your special clinical interests?

A:  Cystic fibrosis (CF), muscle weakness (muscular dystrophy and spinal muscular atrophy), asthma and general pulmonary health, chronic disease.

Q: Are you working on any current research?

A: Our CF program was awarded the CF Fundamentals Learning and Leadership Collaborative in June 2015, which has allowed us to improve our CF care processes and clinical outcomes for people with cystic fibrosis.  We are currently studying ways to improve our patients’ knowledge of, and adherence to, prescribed pulmonary therapies.

 Q: How long have you been on staff at CHOC?

A: 5 years.

Q: Are there any new programs or developments within your specialty?

A:  Our CF program was awarded a mental health grant through the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to develop and implement a depression and anxiety screening program for patients with CF and their caregivers. Funds will enable the team to expand its social worker’s availability and have a designated psychologist to help patients and caregivers. They will provide screenings, evidence-based guidelines and follow-up care for depression and anxiety, as well as develop a community referral network of mental health providers. CHOC’s CF model, if successful, could be replicated in other specialty clinics.

In addition, we are excited to offer many cutting-edge therapies for CF patients including Orkambi and Kalydeco, medications that help the defective protein in CF function more normally, thus treating the underlying cause of CF.

Q: What are your most common diagnoses?

A: I see patients with a range of conditions, including asthma, chronic cough, recurrent pneumonia, cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy and spinal muscular atrophy.

Q: What would you most like community/referring providers to know about you/your division at CHOC?

A: The pulmonary division at CHOC offers comprehensive care for all patients with lung disease and sleep disorders from extensive lung function testing to sleep studies and diagnostic procedures such as bronchoscopy. We also have comprehensive services for patients with sleep apnea, sleep breathing disorders including apnea monitors and BIPAP data analysis for clinical management. In addition, we also offer services in Huntington Beach, Mission Viejo, Corona and Pomona Valley.

Q: What inspires you most about the care being delivered here at CHOC?  

A: I enjoy caring for children with chronic conditions and helping them to find ways of living normal fulfilling lives.  I take great pride in my patient’s accomplishments and find their stories inspiring.  I most enjoy creating a true partnership with my patients and their families to find ways to improve their care.

 Q: Why did you decide to become a pediatric pulmonologist?

A: I was always interested in science from a very young age and pursued a medical education due to my own fascination with learning more about how our bodies work.  During my training, I developed asthma myself and found my strong relationships with my own medical professionals enormously helpful in empowering me to deal with a chronic disease.

Q: If you weren’t a physician, what would you be and why?  

A: I would probably set up my own Etsy shop and sell things I create! I often make homemade gifts for friends and family members for birthdays and holidays.  I also love to travel and exposing my children to new cultures.

Q: What are your hobbies/interests outside of work?

A: I love spending time with my family and my three children, ages 2, 6 and 10.  In addition, I enjoy reading, visiting museums and traveling.

Q: What have you learned from your patients?

A:  I am continuously amazed by how strong and resilient my patients can be. I learn so much from them, and I have now had three patients tell me they were inspired to pursue a career in medicine because of our relationship and their disease.

 

Meet Dr. Sarah S. Field

CHOC Children’s wants its referring physicians to get to know its specialists. Today, meet Dr. Sarah Samimi Field, pediatric allergist and immunologist.

Dr. Sarah Field

Q: What is your education and training?

A: I attended Saint Louis University School of Medicine, and trained in Internal Medicine and Pediatric/Adult Allergy and Immunology at the University of Kansas Medical Center.

Q: What are your special clinical interests?

A: Eosinophilic esophagitis, asthma, urticaria, food allergy and allergic rhinitis.

Q: Are you involved in any current research?

A: We have been actively enrolling patients in research trials for asthma, chronic urticaria, eczema and allergic rhinitis for many years.

Q: How long have you been on staff at CHOC?

A: Almost four years.

Q: Are there any new programs or developments within your specialty? 

A: Yes, in our EoE (eosinophilic esophagitis) clinic; see CHOC’s EoE website. I collaborate with GI and nutrition to offer a one-of-a kind EoE clinic for Southern California and beyond.

Q: What are your most common diagnoses?

A: Asthma, seasonal and perennial allergies, food allergy and eczema.

Q: What would you most like community/referring providers to know about you/your division at CHOC?

A: As allergists we also treat and manage asthma. We also encourage any patient with food allergy to be evaluated in our clinic for management and testing. We do a lot of education that patients and families can benefit from. In addition, we see both adult and pediatric patients in our practice.

Q: What inspires you most about the care being delivered at CHOC?

A: As a parent myself of two young children, I am always motivated to treat my patients with the same care I would want for my own family. I like to empower our patients with the information and newest research available to make the best decision for the treatment of their specific conditions or diseases. I am always humbled to take care of patients who have been part of our practice since they were children, some of them have been with us for over 30 years. Many times they bring their children, even grandchildren!

Q: At what moment did you decide you wanted to be a doctor?

A: I decided at a very young age I wanted to pursue medicine, motivated in part by my father who is also a physician.

Q: If you weren’t a physician, what would you be and why?

A: I would pursue a creative job, I love stationery and invitations. I love the sentiment and whimsical nature of a handwritten note as paper seems to be obsolete these days.

Q: What are your hobbies/interests outside of work?

A: I love spending time with my family. I’ve recently also started Pilates, it has fast become my new favorite activity.