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Seven Le Bonheur specialties recognized by U.S. News
Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital has again been named a Best Children’s Hospital for 2014-15 by U.S. News & World Report. Le Bonheur was recognized this year in seven specialties, including cardiology/heart surgery, neonatology, nephrology, neurology/neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology and urology.
“The U.S. News designation is evidence of our focus on quality, research and advancing the field of pediatrics,” said Le Bonheur Children’s President and CEO Meri Armour, MSN/MBA. “It assures our patients and families that when they come to Le Bonheur, they will receive the best possible care. That assurance of exceptional care is what matters to us most.”
Jonesboro clinic now seeing gastroenterology patients
Pediatric Gastroenterologist Cary Cavender, MD, see patients in Le Bonheur’s new Jonesboro, Ark., location starting July 8. The new location at 800 S. Church St., Suite 104 opened in March and sees pediatric cardiology and gastroenterology patients. Appointments can be made through Le Bonheur Connect at 1-866-870-5570.
Arnold named chief of Infectious Disease
Infectious Disease Specialist Sandra Arnold, MD, has been named Le Bonheur’s new division chief of Infectious Disease. Arnold also is an an associate professor for the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and most recently served as the division’s interim chief.
Cancer risks increase with complex heart tests
Complex heart imaging can increase cancer risks for children throughout their lifetime, according to a new study co-authored by Le Bonheur Cardiologist Jason Johnson, MD, MHS. The study appears in the newest issue of the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation.
Johnson, an assistant professor at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, completed the research at Duke University Medical Center, where he completed his pediatric cardiology and advance imaging fellowships.
In the study, Johnson and his fellow researchers found that radiation from standard X-rays don’t significantly raise cancer risks for young children, in general, but children undergoing more complex procedures with higher radiation – like cardiac catherizations and computed tomography (CT) scans have higher risks.
Sathanandam wins PICS-AICS Young Leadership Award
Pediatric Cardiologist Shyam Sathanandam, MD, recently received the 2014 Pediatric and Adult Interventional Cardiac Symposium (PICS-AICS) Young Leadership Award. The award recognizes early career interventionalists. He was also one of three selected as a finalist for the organization’s Charles S. Kleinman Scientific Scholarship Award. Sathanandam is an assistant professor at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.
Le Bonheur/Campbell Clinic Hand Clinic accepting patients
The Le Bonheur/Campbell Clinic Pediatric Hand Clinic is accepting appointments. Led by Orthopaedic Surgeon Ben Mauck, MD, the clinic sees patients with congenital deformities of the hand and upper extremities at Le Bonheur once a month. Appointments can be made through Le Bonheur Connect.
Le Bonheur welcomes new nurse practitioners
Le Bonheur welcomes three new nurse practitioners this month.
Andrea Sebastian received a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from the University of Kentucky and has worked in Le Bonheur’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit since 2012. She will work as a nurse practitioner in the hospital’s Child Protection division.
Stephanie Nikbakht comes to Le Bonheur from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. She received her pediatric nurse practitioner training from Union University and is enrolled in the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga. She will work in Le Bonheur’s Genetics division.
Emily Gray received her Master of Science in Nursing/family nurse practitioner degree from Union University and has worked as a registered nurse in Le Bonheur’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit since 2010. She will work in the new Healthy Lifestyle Clinic.
Neonatologist joins Le Bonheur
Mark Weems, MD, is Le Bonheur’s newest neonatologist. He received his medical degree from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) and completed fellowship training in neonatal-perinatal medicine at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine. Weems also serves as an assistant professor at UTHSC.
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