Pediatric Research Day: A Welcome Event

Judy Aschner, M.D.
Judy Aschner, M.D.

On Wednesday April 3, 2013, the College of Medicine and The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM) co-hosted Pediatric Research Day in Montefiore’s Cherkasky Auditorium. The daylong event featured a keynote address by Dr. Judy Aschner, newly appointed professor and chair of pediatrics at Einstein and physician-in-chief at CHAM, who began her new roles on Monday, April 1.

Following welcoming remarks from Dr. Allen M. Spiegel, the Marilyn and Stanley M. Katz Dean at Einstein, and an introduction from Dr. Philip O. Ozuah, executive vice president at Montefiore, Dr. Aschner presented “Create the Future,” in which she introduced herself and the day’s agenda. Her talk was followed by plenary sessions featuring the work of eight individuals; among them, Ekaterina Taneva and Dr. Nicole Pattamanuch received special recognition for their exemplary research. The presentations were moderated by CHAM’s three pediatric chief residents, Drs. Matthew Kusulas, Hannah Stinson and Allison Stakofsky.

During lunch, those in attendance viewed 90 posters detailing research by students, house staff, postdocs and junior faculty at a poster session set up in Grand Hall, at the end of the food pavilion. This was followed by a presentation of awards to those receiving recognition for their plenary presentations and posters. In addition to Ms. Taneva and Dr. Pattamanuch, those recognized for their posters included Drs. Christine Capone, Kristen Delaney, Daniel Fein, Beatrice Goilav, Zhenwei Gong, Rachel Gross, Pedro Mesquita, Sajida Thein and Chloe Turner.

The remainder of the afternoon featured break-out sessions on topics including “Improving Healthcare: How to Incorporate QA & Comparative Effectiveness into Clinical Practice”; “Research Funding in the Era of Sequestration: Is Research Still a Viable Career Path”; “Balancing Career, Family and Debt”; and “Staying Academic as a Clinician.”

As chair of pediatrics at Einstein and Montefiore, Dr. Aschner will over¬see its clinical, research, advocacy and educational missions. Her own research focus is the neonatal pulmonary circulation and the factors contributing to pulmo¬nary hypertension in infants with lung and heart disease. She is principal investigator of a multi-center study of biomarkers predictive of long-term respiratory mor¬bidity in premature infants, funded by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. She also is serving a five-year term as secretary-treasurer of the American Pediatric Society and has a long-standing interest in fellowship training, education and mentorship.


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