Bertram Lubin, MD, Children's Hospital Oakland's president and CEO, is featuerd on the cover of MD News' January 2010 issue. The story features Children's Hospital Oakland's commitment to deliver excellent care to all children.
"Experimental treatment for PKAN successful in Oakland"
(KGO-TV, San Francisco, CA © 2/9/2010)
Media Relations secured this story about the innovative treatment of rare neurodegenerative disease featuring Elliott Vichinsky, MD, of Hematology/Oncology, and Jacob Neufeld, MD, of Pediatric Rehabilitation. Their patient, 12-year-old Travis Brown, was diagnosed with a neurodegenerative condition that causes iron build-up in the brain and, as a result, caused Travis to completely lose control of his body. Dr. Vichinsky won special FDA approval to give Travis deferiprone, a drug used to treat thalassemia, and after several months of treatment, Travis is now able to sit-up, move his arms, and even speak. Dr. Vichinsky calls his progress "a miracle."
The FDA also recently approved Dr. Vichinsky to conduct a clinical trial of the drug on other children with the rare disease.
"Bay Area medical team in Haiti reflects on all they've seen"
(Contra Costa Times, Walnut Creek, CA © 1/23/2010)
Tammy Leung, RN, was quoted in this article about the Bay Area medical team that's helping with Haiti disaster relief. Tammy is part of that team and said, "It's one of the worst natual disasters I ever worked with."
"Children's Hospital hires top HIV/AIDS expert for top medical job"
(Oakland Tribune, Oakland, CA © 1/19/2010)
Children's new Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer Carol L. Brosgart, MD, was featured in several Bay Area publications including the San Jose Mercury News/Oakland Tribune, the San Francisco Business Times, and Modern Healthcare. Dr. Brosgart has extensive experience as a physician, health administrator, clinical researcher, and public health and policy advocate. Dr. Brosgart said, "I am proud to be part of a world-renowned pediatric team that works tirelessly to find better treatment and cures so future generations can live healthier lives."
(KTVU, Oakland, CA © 1/9/2010)
Children's offered a free H1N1 vaccination clinic for adults and children on January 9, 2010. Lilly Guardia-Labar, RN, CIC, of Infection Control, is interviewed and explained the importance of vaccination since the flu is still active in the community. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) is predicting another wave of H1N1 this winter.
"Celebrex inhibited the burden of skin cancer in high-risk patients"
(EurekAlert! (on line) © 1/5/2010)
Ervin Epstein, MD, Children's Hospital Oakland Research Instituite senior scientist and dermatologist, is featured in this on-line report about his research into reducing skin cancer in genetically predisposed patients. Dr. Epstein's research found that celecobix, an anti-inflammatory drug, can reduce the number of basal cell carcinomas (tumors) in people with a rare, heritable skin disorder called Gorlin syndrome. Dr. Epstein hopes that research into this high-risk patient population will translate into preventing skin cancer in the "normal" population. Dr. Epstein's research paper is published in this month's Cancer Prevention Research journal.
"Paying the bills: How one independent hospital stays afloat during tough enconomic times"
(MD News, Bay Area, CA © 1/2010)
Media Relations secured this cover story featuring Bertram Lubin, MD, our president and CEO. The story features our hospital's commitment to deliver excellent care to all children throughout the region. Brad Barber, senior vice president, external affairs and chief development officer, is also quoted in the article. The story features photographs of Edward Fong, MD, of Pulmonology, Shannon Wahl, MD, Hematology/Oncology fellow, and Carolyn McDevitt, RN, of the neonatalogy.