Virtual CHOC pediatric lecture series launches

The inaugural session of a new CHOC virtual pediatric lecture series will cover the management of acute chronic otitis media.

Held Aug. 27 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., the session is designed for general pediatricians, family practitioners and other healthcare professionals and will address:

  • Indications for antibiotic therapy and the recommended choice of antibiotics in the management of acute otitis media.
  • Appropriate otolaryngology referrals of a child for placement of ventilation tubes in the management of acute and chronic otitis media and discerning the role of adenoidectomy in the management of otitis media.

The session will feature CHOC pediatric otolaryngologists Drs. Gurpreet Ahuja, Nguyen Pham, Kevin Huoh, Jay Bhatt and Qiu Zhong.

The series is part of CHOC’s continued commitment to bring the latest, most relevant medical news to community providers. Additional sessions will follow.

Register for the series here.

Vote Yes on Prop. 4, Support Higher Quality Care for Patients

Please join CHOC this November in voting YES on Proposition 4, the Children’s Hospital Bond of 2018.

Prop. 4 provides $1.5 billion over 15 years to support critical, life-saving care for California kids. California’s 13 regional children’s hospitals, including CHOC, provide specialized care to children and young adults who suffer from serious and life-threatening disease, regardless of the ability to pay. The bond would provide grants for construction, expansion, renovation and the latest medical equipment for our state’s children’s hospitals.

Prop. 4 has received numerous endorsements, including from the American Academy of Pediatrics, California. Encourage voters to support CHOC and vote YES on Prop. 4 on November 6.

Learn more at http://www.yesonproposition4.org.

CHOC to host NeoHeart: Cardiovascular Management of the Neonate Conference, March 27-29

Newborns with congenital heart disease are some of the most critical and fragile patients, says Dr. Amir Ashrafi, cardiac neonatologist at CHOC. To help address the needs of this complex patient population and their families, CHOC will once again be hosting NeoHeart: Cardiovascular Management of the Neonate. The conference will be held March 27-29, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency in Huntington Beach, and anticipated to attract over 650 attendees, from both across the country and internationally.

“It is imperative that physicians, nurses, and all front-line providers work closely together to give these babies the best chance at success” Dr. Ashrafi explains.

The dynamic, TED-style talk conference will emphasize cutting-edge science, innovations in medical care, controversies in management, as well as the importance of eliminating silos and creating an all-inclusive team which includes the families of neonatal patients. Physicians, physician’s assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, fellows, residents, and other allied health professionals who specialize in neonatology, pediatric cardiology, pediatric intensive care, and cardiothoracic surgery are invited to attend.

Given the remarkable success of NeoHeart in previous years, Dr. Ashrafi, Dr. John Cleary, neonatologist at CHOC and colleagues from around the world launched the first international Neonatal Heart Society. The group works closely with other professional organizations including the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), World Congress of Cardiology, and Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Society to advocate for newborns with congenital heart disease and hemodynamic instabilities.

To register for NeoHeart: Cardiovascular Management of the Neonate, click here: www.choc.org/neoheart2019

This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit TM

CHOC Hosts Nutrition and Feeding Conference, Sept. 27-29

An upcoming conference hosted by CHOC will highlight the impact of diet on the human microbiome, food allergies, and neonatal and surgical nutrition, among other critical topics for infants and toddlers. We spoke to Caroline Steele, director, clinical nutrition and lactation services at CHOC about what participants can expect at this event:

Q: What is the importance of the “Nutrition and Feeding in Infants and Toddlers” conference?

A: Held on Sept. 27-29, at the Marriott Newport Beach Hotel & Spa in Newport Beach, the conference will give pediatricians, neonatologists, registered dietitians, registered nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, lactation consultants, speech pathologists, occupational therapists, and other pediatric healthcare providers a unique opportunity to receive advanced level education on infant and toddler nutrition.  Emphasis will be placed on the impact of diet on the human microbiome, feeding strategies, food allergies, human milk and formula handling within the healthcare setting, and optimizing care for the surgical infant.

Q: What excites you most about the conference?

A: I am excited about bringing together such an impressive slate of speakers from a variety of disciplines.  We have many nationally known speakers presenting their areas of expertise including Dr. Josef Neu, professor of pediatrics, division of neonatology at University of Florida Health, as our keynote speaker discussing the microbiome and having presentations from four of the authors from the definitive publication on handling of infant feedings within the hospital setting.  The opportunity for attendees from all over the country and from a variety of disciplines to network and share best practices is also going to be a highlight of this conference.

Q: What can attendees expect to learn about infant and toddler feeding?

A: Participants will take away specific tactics for setting up a new centralized human milk and formula preparation room or specific guidelines surrounding allergies from use of the elimination diet for breastfeeding to timing and content of complementary foods to reduce risk of allergies, to the management of food protein-induced enterocolitis syndrome (FPIES) and eosinophilic esophagitis.

Q: What other topic are you looking forward to at this conference?

A: I am looking forward to learning more about the physical and tactile aspects of eating such as what can be done from a pre-feeding standpoint for infants who will have a prolonged NPO status to help promote oral feeding when the time comes or how to prevent picky eating from developing into problem feeding.

Register and learn more about the Nutrition and Feeding in Infants and Toddlers conference.

CHOC Experts to Speak at International Hydrocephalus Conference

Two CHOC pediatric neurology experts will speak at an upcoming conference featuring the latest education on hydrocephalus.

Including internationally recognized medical professionals and researchers, HA Connect – National Conference on Hydrocephalus, held June 28-30 in Newport Beach, will address the medical, educational and social complexities of living with hydrocephalus through interactive discussions, workshops and hands-on exhibits.  Over 500 people are expected to attend the international conference.

Dr. Michael Muhonen

Dr. Michael Muhonen, board-certified neurosurgeon, division chief of neurosurgery and medical director, CHOC Neuroscience Institute, will present a lecture on the anatomy of the brain, with a focus on the cerebral ventricles, cerebral spinal fluid physiology and hydrocephalus.

On the second day of the conference, Dr. Muhonen and Dr. Anjalee Galion, board-certified pediatric neurologist and associate director of the CHOC Sleep Lab, will present on headaches and current management. Their lectures will be specifically focused on the etilogy and treatment of headaches in patients with hydrocephalus, pseudotumor cerebrii, and other brain pathology.

Dr. Anjalee Galion

All CHOC professionals and employees are invited to attend.  The CHOC Neuroscience Institute is offering assistance with the cost of registration. For details, email Rhonda Long, director, CHOC Neuroscience Institute at rlong@choc.org.

Learn more about HA Connect – 2018 National Conference on Hydrocephalus.

CHOC Wants to Hear From You: Complete the Physician Survey April 23-May 21

CHOC’s 2018 Physician Engagement Survey will be held April 23 – May 21. Don’t miss this valuable opportunity to provide us with your candid feedback, which will allow CHOC to further improve our programs and services to better meet your and your patients’ needs.

In appreciation of completing the survey, all participants will be entered in a raffle for a chance to win one of the following prizes: gift card to The Resort at Pelican Hill; gift card to The Ritz-Carlton; gift card to Mastro’s Restaurants; and gift card to Amazon. One winner will be selected each week of the survey.

Please look for an email with your personal link to the survey from Press Ganey, who is conducting the survey on behalf of CHOC.

Should you have any questions, please contact Leslie Castelo, director, business development at CHOC, at 714-509-4329 or lcastelo@choc.org.

CHOC Doctor’s Day Celebration, March 30

In recognition of Doctor’s Day, we would like to take the opportunity to recognize CHOC physicians for their dedication to the patients and families we serve. Each day they offer hope and healing through their compassionate and world-class care.

CHOC are invited to attend a special Parisian-inspired luncheon, held on Friday, March 30, at 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., at CHOC Hospital, in the Wade Education Center (located on the second floor of the CHOC West/Clinic Building). A recognition ceremony will begin promptly at noon.

Additionally, a photographer will be available on site to take professional head shots.

Please RSVP by Friday, March 22 to CHOC Business Development, at choc.org/doctorsday, or 714-509-4291.

CHOC Hosting Thyroid, Puberty and Transgender Care Conference, April 14

Common thyroid conditions, pubertal disorders and screening guidelines for diabetes are among the topics featured at an endocrinology conference hosted by CHOC on April 14. We spoke with Dr. Amrit Bhangoo, pediatric endocrinologist at CHOC, about the anticipated event.

Dr. Amrit Bhangoo, pediatric endocrinologist at CHOC

Q: What can attendees expect at “Navigating the Endocrine Essentials: What the General Practitioner Needs to Know About Prediabetes, Thyroid, Puberty, and Transgender Care”?

A: We’re so excited about the upcoming conference. The last one, held about two years ago, drew a large attendance including community primary care providers, medical students, registered nurses and patient advocacy groups. This year, attendees should look forward to enhancing their knowledge in endocrine scenarios they commonly encounter in everyday practice. The speakers will cover the latest in the obesity epidemic, interventions that work with children, as well as diabetes screening guidelines. We will also discuss common thyroid conditions such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and the follow up needed in such cases.

Further, we will discuss what’s changing with the prevalence and diagnosis of thyroid nodules and cancer in children. Additionally, we will talk about pubertal disorders and how to tease apart the different variants of early puberty such as premature adrenarche from precocious puberty.

Q: What can attendees expect to learn tied to obesity/prediabetes?

A: The good news is that the obesity prevalence rates in children and adolescents are not rising, and are holding fairly stable at about 17 percent. The prevalence of obesity for minority children is higher and more than 20 percent. We continue to see children develop complications from obesity, which can be detected early and most of which could have been prevented.

At the conference, we will discuss some of the screening tools and how to use them in the primary care setting. In addition, participants can expect to learn the various screening criteria for Type 2 diabetes mellitus.

Q: What other topic are you looking forward to at this year’s conference?

A: We are going to dedicate the afternoon to transgender care and will have expert speakers from CHOC and UC Irvine discuss the medical management of this patient population. This will be followed by in depth conversation about the psychosocial aspects of being a transgender and gender non-conforming youth in today’s society and discuss what tools are available in the community to support them.

 “Navigating the Endocrine Essentials: What the General Practitioner Needs to Know About Prediabetes, Thyroid, Puberty, and Transgender Care,” will be held Saturday, April 14, 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at CHOC Hospital, Harold Wade Education Center. Register and learn more here.

Charity Golf Classic Benefitting CHOC, May 14

Join us for “CHOC Children’s Charity Classic,” an annual golf tournament benefiting CHOC, on May 14 at the Pelican Hill Golf Club in Newport Beach.

The anticipated event attracts leading business leaders and golf enthusiasts in support of our community’s children and their health and well being.

Participants can enjoy 18 championship holes on Pelican Hill’s north and south courses, continental breakfast, box lunch, raffle, and a barbecue reception.

Visit www.chocgolf.org to register, for sponsorship opportunities and more.

CHOC’s VP of Human Resources Joins Cast of Footloose Follies

One of Orange County’s most popular fundraisers , CHOC Follies, is back March 29-31 with their newest musical production, “Footloose Follies,” benefitting CHOC. Set against an 80s backdrop, the humorous toe-tapping show, featuring a cast of local social and business leaders, is sure to be fun for the whole family.

We talked to Tom Capizzi, CHOC’s vice president of human resources, about his role in the upcoming show.

Tom Capizzi, CHOC vice president, human resources

Q: How long have you been at CHOC?

A: I have been with CHOC two and a half fantastic years.

Q: How did you get involved with the show? Why is this important to you?

A: I have been a fan of the Follies for many years. I always felt it would be great to be a part of the production and give back as a senior leader at CHOC. In my role, I am always in front of many associates and love the opportunity to speak to as many people as I can. This year I decided, “Why not; let’s do it!”

Q: Did you have any experience with theater prior to the CHOC Follies?

A: I did some theater while in college, and later when my daughter was in a children’s regional theater group I was asked to participate in several adult parts.

Q: What is your favorite part of the show?

A: The cast brings such energy and passion to the show, which in my opinion is very infectious and speaks to our mission and why we all are aligned – associates, physicians, donors and volunteers – with our mission to nurture, advance and protect the health and well being of children.

Q: Why should the community support the show?

A: Join us, it’s a wonderful time, very entertaining. And the dedication, passion and time commitment that the cast makes every year, which is all voluntary, speaks volumes to how important CHOC is to them and how critical philanthropy is to the success of our mission to care for our community’s children and their families.

“Footloose Follies” will be held March 29-30, 8 p.m.; March 31,  2 p.m. and 8 p.m., at the Robert B. Moore Theatre at Orange Coast College, in Costa Mesa. Visit choc.org for tickets.