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Published On 06/25/2012


Riikola, Smith earn state AAP honors

Local pediatrician Robert Riikola, MD, of Memphis Children’s Clinic was recently awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Tennessee chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

Riikola has been practicing with Memphis Children’s Clinic for more than 40 years and has held several executive positions with Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. He is a clinical associate professor at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and has been awarded the Community Pediatric Teaching Award on two occasions.

The Tennessee AAP chapter also gave its Young Physician of the Year award to Carlenda Smith, MD, a former University of Tennessee Health Science Center and Le Bonheur chief resident. She now practices in Lebanon, Tenn.

Enterovirus Update - Oct. 3

Message to community physicians from Le Bonheur’s Infectious Disease Division regarding enterovirus D68. Read more here.

Changes to OPC access pending

Le Bonheur’s new parking garage for patients, families and physicians will open in mid-November. Once work begins on the adjacent Faculty Office Building , the temporary patient and family entrance for the Outpatient Center will face Dunlap.

Temporary drop-off for the Outpatient Center will be located in front of the Research Center. Patients and families will take the elevator to the Ground Floor and access through the tunnel. Associates may continue to enter and exit the OPC through the glass doors at the rear of the building. Stay tuned for more information as we begin the next phase of construction.

State recruits focus group for maternal, child health needs

Michael Warren, MD, assistant commissioner for Tennessee’s Division of Family Health and Wellness, is seeking participants for a focus group discussion on maternal and child health (MCH) needs. Warren will facilitate the discussion in Le Bonheur’s Community Room on Nov. 12 at Noon as part of the state’s MCH needs assessment for the Title V Block Grant. Warren is seeking 50 primary care providers who work with children or pregnant women to participate. RSVP for the one-hour meeting by emailing Lunch will be provided.

Bissler recognized for international TSC work

John Bissler, MD, chief of Pediatric Nephrology at Le Bonheur, recently received Tuberous Sclerosis Complex International’s research award for his work with Chinese patients with tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC). Bissler received the award at the 2014 International Research Conference on TSC/LAM in Beijing.

Beaty receives Living Award

Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon James Beaty, MD, is a recipient of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare’s 2014 Living Award. The awards program recognizes individuals and community organizations doing outstanding work in the realm of faith and health.

Neuroscience Institute adds three providers

Le Bonheur’s Neuroscience Institute has recently welcomed three new team members.

Ehab Dayyat, MD, specializes in general child neurology and pediatric sleep medicine disorders. His research interests include obstructive sleep apnea and behavioral deficit induced by it, as well as, sleep apnea links to epilepsy, narcolepsy and restless leg syndrome. Dayyat comes to Memphis from a pediatric neurology residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pittsburgh, Pa. Dayyat serves as an assistant professor at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC).

Sarah Weatherspoon, MD, has special interests in epilepsy in infancy and epilepsy surgery. She comes to Memphis after completing a clinical neurophysiology fellowship and child neurology residency at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Weatherspoon will serve as an assistant professor at UTHSC.

Pediatric Neuropsychologist Christen Holder, PhD, specializes in spina bifida, high-risk newborns, head injury, and hematology/oncology/tumors. The completed a pediatric neuropsychology fellowship at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and Arkansas Children’s Hospital and has a doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin.

Ortho team adds Mehta Casting table

The Le Bonheur/Campbell Clinic Pediatric Orthopaedic team recently added a Mehta Casting table for the treatment of infantile scoliosis. Available in only a few centers around the world, the technique allows orthopaedists to apply a corrective body cast for babies and toddlers with scoliosis.

“It is the only scoliosis treatment that has been showed to ‘cure’ any form of scoliosis without surgical incisions,” said Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon Derek Kelly, MD.

Knott-Craig named Health Care Hero

Christopher Knott-Craig, MD, co-director of Le Bonheur’s Heart Institute and chief of Pediatric Cardiovascular Surgery, won the Memphis Business Journal’s Health Care Provider (Physician) award. The Health Care Heroes awards program honors physicians, clinicians and other health care workers in the city who have shown excellence in their chosen field and a dedication to patient care. Awards were presented in five categories at a ceremony held Sept. 22 at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis.


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