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Le Bonheur welcomes new faces
Faria Abdullah, MD, recently joined Le Bonheur’s General Pediatrics department. She will also serve as an instructor with the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Abdullah comes to Memphis from Crystal Run Healthcare in Middletown, N.Y., where she worked as a pediatric hospitalist. She received her medical degree from Bangladesh Medical College.
Tori Comeau, MSN, APN, NP-C, is a new nurse practitioner for Le Bonheur’s urology team. Comeau most recently worked as a family nurse practitioner at Methodist Minor Medical Center. She received her Master of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Central Arkansas.
Jamila Smith-Young, MSN, MPH, is the pulmonary team’s newest nurse practitioner. She’s worked on the hospital’s pulmonary unit since 2010 and recently completed her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Boop named president-elect of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons
Semmes-Murphey Pediatric Neurosurgeon Frederick Boop, MD, has been named president-elect of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS). Boop serves as co-director of Le Bonheur’s Neuroscience Institute and professor and chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery for the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. His appointment was announced during the 83rd AANS Annual Scientific Meeting, held in Washington, D.C., May 2-6, 2015.
Knott-Craig inducted to American Association for Thoracic Surgery
Christopher Knott-Craig, MD, co-director of the Le Bonheur Heart Institute, was recently inducted to the American Association for Thoracic Surgery during its 95th annual meeting in Seattle. Specific qualifications reviewed for membership include accomplishments in clinical performance, professional stature, professional conduct, leadership advancing the discipline and contributions to surgical literature in English language peer-reviewed journals. Active membership is limited to 850 members.
RIVUR study receives Clinical Research Forum Top 10 award
The RIVUR study’s primary outcome paper, “Antimicrobial prophylaxis for children with vesicoureteral reflux,” recently received a 2015 Clinical Research Forum Top 10 Clinical Research Achievement Award. This annual national competition seeks to identify major advances resulting from the nation’s investment in research to benefit the health and welfare of its citizens. Late Le Bonheur Nephrologist and former Pediatrician-in-Chief Russell Chesney, MD, co-authored the study, which was published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Pershad to serve as AAP emergency medicine representative
Jay Pershad, MD, medical director of Pedi Flite Transport and the Transfer Center at Le Bonheur Children’s, was recently elected to serve as the American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP) Emergency Medicine representative for the AAP Section on Transport Medicine. In his role, Pershad will continue the Section’s mission of educating health care professionals involved in neonatal and pediatric transport.
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