Attend Medical School for an Evening: Pediatric Specialists Share Expertise with Hospital Supporters

Have you ever wanted an inside look at what it’d be like to be one of Golisano Children’s Hospital‘s pediatric specialists? On April 18, Golisano Children’s Hospital’s leading experts on neonatology, cancer, autism, eating disorders, surgery and orthopaedics, and congenital heart disease gave hospital supporters the scoop on what they do every day to save and improve the lives of children. Feel free to read the descriptions of these discussions below.

For Session I, guests chose to learn about one of the following topics:

Life and Breath (NICU)
Presented by: Thomas J. Mariani, Ph.D. and William M. Maniscalco, M.D.
What happens when a baby is born premature and its lungs haven’t fully developed? And what impact will this have on the lungs as the baby becomes a child and then an adult? Learn about our life-saving work on premature babies, highly specialized care for newborns provided in our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), and our research aimed at understanding and preventing lung disease throughout the life cycle related to prematurity. Read more about babies whose lives have been saved by our NICU team.

Stem Cells to the Rescue (Cancer)
Presented by: Jeffrey R. Andolina, M.D. and Craig A. Mullen, M.D., Ph.D.
Stem cell transplants are being used to treat children with diseases such as cancer and bone marrow failure. Learn from physicians and scientists at Golisano Children’s Hospital what is being done to improve stem cell treatment for cancer and the health of cancer survivors after transplantation. You will also hear about the benefits and risks of this therapy and what we are doing in hopes of using bone marrow transplantation to prevent the recurrence of cancer after treatment is completed. Read more about children who have undergone cancer treatment here.

A Little Bit Different (Autism)
Presented by: Susan L. Hyman, M.D. and Loisa Bennetto, Ph.D.
The number of children diagnosed with autism is increasing; double the rate of 10 years ago. Children as young as two years old are now being diagnosed with the disease. Golisano Children’s Hospital houses one of the premier clinical and research centers in the U.S. for children and families affected by autism. Learn how we have improved health and behavioral outcomes for these children. Hear about research that is helping us understand the communication disorders of children with autism. Learn more about Autism Awareness Month.

For Session II, guests chose to learn more about one of the following topics:

Too Little of a Good Thing (Eating Disorders)
Presented by: Susan Yussman, M.D., MPH, and Suzanne J. Bumpus FNP-C
Child and adolescent eating disorders are common and potentially deadly. But they can be treated – even cured. More than 80 percent of our patients attain a healthy eating pattern and body weight and go on to live fit, productive lives. Learn about our nationally-recognized team, how we evaluate and treat the disorder, and the comprehensive programs available to patients and their families right here in Rochester. Watch as several teens who were treated at our hospital for eating disorders share their stories.

Cutting Edge (Surgery/Orthopaedics)
Presented by: Yi-Horng Lee, M.D. and James O. Sanders, M.D.
Golisano Children’s Hospital has some of the world’s best pediatric surgeons and surgical subspecialists. Everyday, we perform surgery on the malformed organs of newborn babies and correct the curvature of a teenager’s spine without affecting the normal spinal cord. We conduct upwards of 21,000 surgeries on children annually. Learn about our new
programs and techniques. See the ABC News story of one patient, treated by our pediatric orthopaedics division.

Pumping Iron (Congenital Heart Disease)
Presented by: George M. Alfieris, M.D. and Jill M. Cholette, M.D.
Years ago it was thought that a newborn baby who was born with an abnormality of the heart needed all the red blood cells it could get. However, a transfusion of whole blood or red blood cells is not always the best idea. One in every 120 babies is born with congenital heart disease. Learn how we diagnose and treat children with heart problems, how our
research in this area helps optimize the blood and fluid management of these children, and how we are able to help many children who once would have died to live well into adulthood. Learn more about the Children’s Heart Center. 

All of the programs above are priority areas that Golisano Children’s Hospital is hoping to grow and enhance. Read more about the children’s hospital’s campaign here. 

Which topic would you be most interested in learning about, and why?

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