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Published On 06/25/2012


Le Bonheur named a Best Children’s Hospital by U.S. News

Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital has been named a Best Children’s Hospital by U.S. News & World Report for the sixth consecutive year. The 2016-2017 lists were released on June 21, 2016.

“The U.S. News designation is further proof that Le Bonheur provides world-class pediatric health care to children in Memphis, the region and the country. This badge means that parents can trust that our experts work every day to be one of the best children's hospitals in the country,” said President and CEO Meri Armour.  “We use the U.S. News survey standard as a tool to continually advance the level of our pediatric care. We are honored that Le Bonheur has been recognized seven of the nine categories in which we could apply.”

Le Bonheur names Genetics chief

Chester Brown, MD, PhD, recently joined Le Bonheur as the Genetics Division chief. He will also serve as professor with the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Brown comes to Memphis from Baylor College of Medicine where he served for 20 years as a faculty member in the departments of Molecular and Human Genetics and Pediatrics, and as training faculty in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. He has spent much of his career focused on studying how genes control lean and fat body mass and more recently has studied how host genomic factors influence HIV and tuberculosis progression in African children, while training African scientists to carry out such studies independently.

 Brown received his bachelor’s degree from Howard University, and his medical and PhD degrees from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He completed his pediatrics residency and medical genetics fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine.

Heart Institute earns top quality rating

Le Bonheur’s Heart Institute again received the highest possible rating, three stars, from The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) in the Spring 2016 STS Congenital Heart Surgery Database Feedback Report. The STS Congenital Heart Surgery Database compiles data from pediatric heart programs across the country and publishes surgical outcome information twice a year. Participating programs receive a one- to three-star rating semi-annually.

Canale retires, receives prestigious Tipton Award

S. Terry Canale, MD, former professor and chair of the University of Tennessee-Campbell Clinic Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, recently retired after nearly 50 years of service to his patients and profession.

In March, Canale received the 2016 William W. Tipton Jr, MD, Leadership Award from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS).  Canale has served as former presidents for both the AAOS (2000-2001) and the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of America (POSNA) (1989-1990). Canale was also the editor of AAOS Now.

“Terry is one of those individuals who, when recognized by his peers and put in a position of leadership, has not only actually done the job, but also has added vision and innovation and successful new ventures to every organization with which he has been involved,” wrote current Professor and Chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery James Beaty, MD, in his nominating letter.

Register online for August Pediatric Nephrology Tribute to Russell W. Chesney

The Pediatric Nephrology Tribute to Russell W. Chesney Aug. 18-19 at Le Bonheur will bring together a wide spectrum of pediatric nephrology researchers. The meeting is focused on basic, translational and clinical research with an emphasis on research training and career development. Non-conference attendees may attend the tribute to Russell W. Chesney, MD, Thursday, Aug. 17, at The Peabody Hotel by registering at

New crosswalk, safety lights make campus safer for pedestrians

A new walkway and blinking safety light have been added to the intersection of Dunlap Street and Washington Avenue to help make the Le Bonheur Children’s campus safer. The crosswalk and lights were built to help patients and families, along with Le Bonheur Associates and physicians.  

Culinary medicine program seeks community participants for cooking classes

Le Bonheur and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center are seeking community participants for a six-session culinary medicine program hosted at the Church Health Center, 1115 Union Ave. The program’s research team will measure participants’ nutritional knowledge, dietary habits and metabolic parameters before and after completion of the cooking classes. Participants should be between 18-75 years of age and should not have any dietary restrictions. Classes are held weekly beginning Tuesday, July 12, from 5-7:30 p.m. For more information or to sign up, please contact Chantis Mantilla, PhD, at


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