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U.S. News & World Report’s 2021-22 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings have been released, and CHoR has again been named among the country’s top 50 hospitals in caring for kids.
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CHoR was recognized in four pediatric specialties — urology (#28), pulmonology (#30), nephrology (#42) and cancer (#50), and "ranked higher in urology and nephrology than last year and landed at #10 out of all children’s hospitals in the Mid-Atlantic region, which includes Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, D.C. and West Virginia."
The Best Children's Hospital rankings were started in 2007 and designed to help children with rare or life-threatening illnesses find the best medical attention in 10 pediatric specialties. We are especially thrilled for the Division of Urology, Pediatric Urology surgery team on this well-earned accomplishment!
Meet Mary Pope, Pediatric Nurse
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Throughout Mary Pope’s time with the Division of Pediatric Surgery she has shown her dedication to taking care of patients.
Mary was particularly accommodating to address challenges associated with COVID-19. During clinics she helped facilitate patient management, minimizing delays and ensuring all patients received follow-up calls after surgery.
Mary has the invaluable capability of putting patients at ease and showing true compassion in her consults. Many families, community providers, and team members have expressed appreciation for her professionalism, efficiency, and ability to collaborate with others.
Mary continues to demonstrate her commitment to VCU Health and most importantly, to our patients. She is a true role-model for her colleagues—and the rumor is out—a pleasure to work with.
Thank you for all you do Mary!
Congratulations to the bariatric surgery team!
The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association has named the Division of Bariatric & GI Surgery as a Blue Distinction® Center for Bariatric Surgery for a second time.
This is part of the Blue Distinction® Specialty Care program which recognizes nationally designated health care facilities that demonstrate expertise in their field of care. It also serves as a distinguishing factor for Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield patients seeking specialty services. VCU Health Weight Loss Surgery | BCBS Blue Distinction Centers
Recent publication announcements
hs_mcguire_gr [View Image]Recent article published in the Annals of Surgical Oncology provides guidance on the timing of surgery during the COVID pandemic. The recommendations for managing care takes into consideration the 3–6 month delay in care.
Titled "Management of Cancer Surgery Cases During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Considerations" it is co-authored by Kandace P. McGuire, MD, Professor of Surgery, Division of Surgical Oncology and Chief, Section of Breast Surgery, Surgical Leader of the Multidisciplinary Breast Cancer Program at Massey Cancer Center. Download PDF | Link to article
Congratulations to authors Renee Cholyway, MD, VCU general surgery resident; Susan Haynes, MSW, MEd, surgical simulation administrator; and Emily Rivet, MD, MBA, assistant professor of surgery and internal medicine in VCU divisions of colon and rectal surgery and hospice and palliative medicine, on their recent article posted to the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Resources in Surgical Education (RISE) website.
The article, "Passing the Virtual Tissue: Tips and Tricks for Breaking Bad News Using Virtual Communication" discusses ways COVID-19 has caused an abrupt change in communication practices for physicians and health care providers and offers guidance on breaking bad news using technology. Link to article
Recent Faculty Hires
Dr. Trevino joins us from the University of Florida-Gainesville, where he has taught since 2011 as an associate professor of surgery with tenure in the Division of Surgical Oncology and Pancreaticobiliary Surgery. He received his medical degree from the University of Illinois where he also completed his general surgery residency.
Dr. Trevino completed a research fellowship in cancer biology, tumor signaling, and biology at MD Anderson and his surgical oncology fellowship at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute. His interests include cancer health disparities, pancreatic cancer biology and tumor microenvironment, cancer cachexia, novel therapeutics and how they relate to pancreatic cancer health equity.
Dr. Louie received his MPH and medical degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He then joined the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center for residency and then returned to UNC for a fellowship in complex general surgical oncology and traineeship in geriatric oncology.
His interests include breast cancer disparities and outcomes research, as well as disparities in care for the aging surgical oncology patient population.
Dr. Klein received her master's and medical degrees from the University of Toledo where she also completed her general surgery residency. She then joined the University of Michigan where she completed her fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery. Dr. Klein's research interests include advances in heart transplantation, proximal tubular injury and patients with renal artery stenosis, and RV failure associated with LVAD implantation.
Dr. Mountziaris is an Assistant Professor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at VCU Health. She was raised in upstate New York, and graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University. She earned her medical degree, as well as a Ph.D. in Bioengineering, through the Medical Scientist Training Program at Baylor College of Medicine and Rice University. She completed residency at Albany Medical Center, followed by fellowship training in complex reconstruction and microsurgery at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Her clinical interests include complex oncologic and trauma reconstruction, with a focus on microsurgical flaps.
Dr. Julliard received his medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. He went on to complete his residency at University of Wisconsin and later his fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery at UVA. His areas of interest include the surgical treatment of non-cardiac diseases of the chest which includes all diseases of the lungs, the chest wall, the airways, and the esophagus. His research interests include how the immune system adapts based on environmental factors with the ultimate goal of identifying ways to alter the adaptive immune system to better accept lung transplants while still fighting against lung cancers.
Dr. Sharp joins us from Cleveland Clinic Florida where he served as a staff surgeon. He received his medical degree from the University of Colorado School of Medicine and completed his residency at Albany Medical Center. He then joined Cleveland Clinic Florida for his fellowship in colorectal surgery. Dr. Sharp has particular interest in minimally invasive colorectal surgery, colorectal and anal cancer, surgical management of inflammatory bowel disease, colonic diverticular disease, benign anal and rectal conditions, and colonoscopy. His research interests include surgical outcomes research for benign and malignant colorectal conditions as well as colorectal racial disparities research.
Dr. Slaughter received her medical degree from the University of Rochester and went on to complete her general surgery residency here at VCU. She completed her fellowship in surgical critical care at Medstar Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C. Dr. Slaughter has particular interest in acute care and trauma surgery, injury and violence prevention, as well as community outreach.
Dr. Cardounel joins us from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center where he completed his cardiothoracic surgery residency. Prior to joining University of Pittsburgh, Dr. Cardounel completed his PhD here at VCU and his MD at the Ohio State University. He is currently pursing basic cardiovascular research that aligns with his clinical interest in heart failure. In this regard, he is building on his expertise in redox signaling to identify novel molecular pathways involved in the pathophysiology of right ventricular dysfunction.
Dr. Nigro received her medical degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey's Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. She then completed her Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery residency here at VCU and her fellowship in Breast and Microsurgical Reconstruction at Mercy Medical Center. Dr. Nigro's clinical interests include autologous breast reconstruction. Her research interests include improving aesthetic and functional outcomes of implant-based and autologous breast reconstruction.
Dr. Drake received his doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from Pikeville College School of Osteopathic Medicine. He later completed his internship at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, residency at Virginia Tech, and his fellowships in trauma and critical care at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. Dr. Drake's research interests include trauma and burn frailty and outcome measures, remote burn care in medically underserved regions, and critical care optimization of potential organ donors.
Dr. Peysha received her medical degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and then completed her residency here at VCU. Dr. Peysha has particular interest in trauma and acute care surgery as well as disorders of the colon and rectum to include rectal cancer and inflammatory bowel disease. She will jointly support the Divisions of Colorectal Surgery and Acute Care Surgical Services.
Dr. Street received her medical degree from Marshall University School of Medicine, now the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine at Marshall University. She went on to complete her general surgery residency at the Medical College of Georgia and surgical research at the Institute of Molecular Medicine and Genetics. Her areas of expertise and interest include wound healing, advanced wound care, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, and research related to clinical practices in wound care.
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