The PedSpace

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Palette Life Sciences proudly brings you the PedSpace podcast for valuable vesicoureteral reflux (VUR) and pediatric urology-related information. The material within this podcast is based on the personal experience and learnings of the presenter. Learn more about VUR and Deflux at www.deflux.com.

Finding Time for a Lifetime Commitment to Mission Work
Apr 21 2022
Finding Time for a Lifetime Commitment to Mission Work
In this episode, Dr. Timothy Bukowski and Valre Welch discuss the fulfilling work of volunteering with the World Pediatric Project to provide care to children in Belize.Dr. Timothy Bukowski received his undergraduate degree in economics at Georgetown University and his medical degree from SUNY at Buffalo School of Medicine. He completed a urologic residency at Wayne State University, then completed a research fellowship in Pediatric Urology at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and a clinical fellowship in Pediatric Urology at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan. He currently serves as the Director of Pediatric Urology at WakeMed Children's Hospital in Raleigh, North Carolina. He is Board-certified in Pediatric Urology and has a special interest in complex reconstruction of the genito-urinary system, the correction of hypospadias and management of the bladder exstrophy patient.Dr. Bukowski is a member of the American College of Surgeons, the Pediatric section of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Urological Association, and the Society of Pediatric Urology. He also serves as a Board member for the North Carolina Pediatric Society Foundation.Valre Welch received her BSN from the University of Pittsburgh and her MSN from Loyal University of Chicago. She is a certified pediatric nurse practitioner in the division of Pediatric Urology & Department of Surgery at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU Health System. Welch also serves as research coordinator for various research projects within the division of pediatric urology. She is a member of Society of Urological Nurses Associates, Pediatric Urology Nurse Specialists and the Virginia Council of Nurse Practitioners.
Making the Transition from Fellowship to Practice
Feb 9 2022
Making the Transition from Fellowship to Practice
In this episode, Dr. Bradley Morganstern discusses some of the surprises and lessons he has learned in transitioning from fellowship to practice.   Dr. Bradley A. Morganstern is the new Chief of Pediatric Urology at Augusta University. He brings a patient centered approach to the management of pediatric urologic conditions with an emphasis on providing compassionate care focused on his patients and their families. He is skilled at both open and minimally invasive surgery for all pediatric urologic conditions. He looks forward to using his training to extend the use of the robot at our institution for major reconstructive surgeries as well as for minimally invasive procedures including pyeloplasties, ureteral re-implantations, urachal repair and others. His research interests include Health Related Quality of Life issues and novel investigations in obtaining functional data from sonographic images in pediatric urology conditions. He is available for consultations and treatment of all general and complex pediatric urologic disorders.  Dr. Morganstern completed his training in general urology and a fellowship in pediatric urology at the Smith Institute for Urology in Long Island, NY, a division of Hofstra University School of Medicine under the direction of Drs. Louis R. Kavoussi and Lane S. Palmer. He attended Albert Einstein School of Medicine in New York and did an additional year of research at Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Montefiore Hospital as well as earned a certificate in Public Health. He received an undergraduate Summa Cum Laude degree in communications from Boston University and completed premedical courses at Harvard University.
Using Simulator Models to Optimize Physician Training
Dec 20 2021
Using Simulator Models to Optimize Physician Training
In this episode, Dr. Katie Canalichio and Dr. Irina Stanasel discuss the benefits of simulator training in pediatric urology, their experience with the Deflux simulator model, and their role in its development.  Dr. Katie Canalichio completed her medical training and residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. She completed a pediatric urology fellowship at Seattle Children’s Hospital, in which her final year she served as Acting Instructor in the Department of Urology at the University of Washington. Additionally, she is a graduate of Baylor University where she received her bachelor’s degree in biochemistry. Dr. Canalichio’s clinical interests include genitourinary reconstruction including hypospadias repair, spina bifida, and other complex urological conditions affecting children. She also performs minimally invasive and robotic surgery and treats pediatric stone disease.   Dr. Irina Stanasel is a pediatric urologist at Children’s Health℠ and an assistant professor in the Department of Urology at UT Southwestern Medical School. She provides care for children of all ages who have a variety of urologic disorders. Dr. Stanasel received her medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas and completed her residency in urology at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. She completed a pediatric urology fellowship at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston. Her specialties include fetal urology, bladder bowel dysfunction, complex hypospadias repair, prune belly syndrome and quality improvement in pediatric urology.
The Early History of Endoscopic Treatment and the Story of Deflux
Sep 30 2021
The Early History of Endoscopic Treatment and the Story of Deflux
In this episode, Dr. Goran Läckgren discusses the early days of research and discovery with endoscopic treatment and what he has learned over three decades of study. Dr. Goran Läckgren is a Professor of Pediatric Urology at the University of Uppsala, Sweden. He has worked in the department of Pediatric Surgery at University Children’s Hospital of Uppsala as head for the section of Pediatric Urology from 1986 to 2009 and is currently a Consultant Pediatric Urologist.He has published numerous peer-reviewed papers and book chapters in Pediatric Urology: Morphological and Endocrinological research on the human undescended testis (Thesis); In Pediatric Oncology: Neuroblastoma (biochemical markers); Wilms’ Tumour (angiogenesis); Enuresis and Bladder dysfunction; Vesicoureteral reflux (particularly endoscopic treatment); as well as experimental and clinical studies on Deflux, particularly continuing F-U studies of children with VUR.  Dr. Läckgren has been a visiting professor and lecturer in more than 40 countries all over the world in the last 30 years and is a member of several national and international medical societies. He is an elected member of the Society for Pediatric Urology Surgeons (SPUS) since 1997, an international member of the American Association of Genito Urinary Surgeons (AAGUS) since 2005, the founding member of the Swedish Enuresis Academy (SEA) since 1993, and a member of the board of The European Society for Pediatric Urology (ESPU). He was also Treasurer from 2008 to 2010 and President from 2012 to 2014. He was elected Honorary Member of the ESPU in 2015.
Work-Related Musculoskeletal Injuries in Pediatric Urology
Apr 26 2021
Work-Related Musculoskeletal Injuries in Pediatric Urology
In this episode, Dr. Shahira Khoury and Dr. Tony Khoury discuss the most common musculoskeletal injuries for pediatric urologists and provide ergonomic techniques and exercises for maintaining good posture.Dr. Shahira Khoury specializes in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PMR). After many years in a busy multidisciplinary practice in Toronto, Canada, she moved to California. Ever Since joining the University of California Irvine in 2009, she has managed non-surgical Orthopedic patients in the Orthopedic Clinic in Orange, the Pain Clinic in Irvine, and UCI Tustin Ortho/PMR Clinic. Dr. Khoury manages all Musculoskeletal conditions as well as spine disorders including cervical and lumbar radiculopathy, spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, facet arthritis, and myofascial pain. Her goal is to enhance patients' performance, by tailoring their treatment plan to optimize their non-surgical management including soft tissue, trigger points and joint injections, structured exercises, coordinating their care with various allied health care professionals and overseeing their progress. Dr. Tony Khoury specializes in the medical and surgical management of complex pediatric urology anomalies, including reconstructive surgery for incontinence, genital anomalies, renal transplantation, and oncology. Dr. Khoury is the Chief of Pediatric Urology at both Children's Hospital Orange County and UC Irvine Medical Center.
Building Relationships with Your Community Pediatricians
Mar 8 2021
Building Relationships with Your Community Pediatricians
In this episode of The PedSpace, Dr. Dominic Frimberger shares his recommendations for establishing a good rapport with your referral community.Dr. Frimberger is board-certified by the American Board of Urology. He is a Professor in the Department of Urology at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and the Chief of Pediatric Urology at the Children’s Hospital of Oklahoma.Dr. Frimberger received his medical degree from the University of Wurzburg in Germany and completed his urology residency in a combined program through the Department of Urology of the Ludwig- Maximilians University in Munich, Germany and the Brady Urological Institute at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. He went on to complete a fellowship in Pediatric Urology at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and afterwards came to Oklahoma where he has been practicing for the last 15 years. Dr. Frimberger serves on the Board of the American Academy of Pediatric Urology and is a member of several national and international Societies for Pediatric Urology. He has a general pediatric urology practice and specializes in neonates and children with severe congenital urologic birth defects such as hypospadias, bladder reflux (VUR), hydronephrosis, spina bifida, DSD, bladder exstrophy and cloacal anomalies. He established the first program for robotic surgery in Pediatric Urology here in Oklahoma and is a skilled reconstructive and minimal invasive surgeon.
Treatment Options for VUR
Dec 7 2020
Treatment Options for VUR
In this extended episode and Season 1 finale of The PedSpace, Dr. Elias Wehbi discusses the different treatment options for VUR. These options include antibiotics therapies, endoscopic treatment, open reimplantation and robotic open reimplantation. Dr. Wehbi weighs the advantages and disadvantages of each treatment.An expert in the field of urology, Dr. Elias Wehbi’s clinical interests include complex reconstruction, urologic malignancies, renal transplantation and minimally invasive treatment for pediatric urology. In Canada, he helped perform the first laparoendoscopic single site (scarless) urologic surgeries for children.An internationally-recognized urologist, Dr. Wehbi has published numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals, given presentations at national and international meetings, and received several awards for his novel clinical research. He has been an invited speaker and lecturer at various residency training programs.Dr. Wehbi is board certified in urology. Prior to joining CHOC Children’s, Dr. Wehbi received his Royal College certification and medical doctorate at the University of Toronto. He completed his residency training in urology at the University Health Network in Toronto, and conducted his fellowship in pediatric urology at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Ontario.Dr. Wehbi has an interest in international health, and has completed more than a dozen medical missions to Central America; service that has been recognized by his predecessors with humanitarian and patient care awards.
Neonatal Circumcision: Care After Cut
Nov 23 2020
Neonatal Circumcision: Care After Cut
This episode is the last of a 3-part series focused on neonatal circumcision. The series will span suitability for circumcision, where to cut and what constitutes adequate after-care.  In this episode, Dr. Walid Farhat speaks with Clinical Associate Professor and Newborn Hospitalist Dr. Nicole Baumann-Blackmore and Pediatric Urologist Dr. Emily Blum about care after circumcision. They discuss best practices for educating caregivers about post-circumcision care and explain a physical therapy technique that is shared with caregivers to aid in the healing process.  To view the NeoCirc platform, please visit NeoCirc.org Field 1 - Login: Enter your email Field 2 - Hospital: Select "Palette - Podcast add on" from the dropdown menu Walid A. Farhat Chief of Pediatric Urology and Board-Certified Pediatric UrologistUniversity of WisconsinMadison, WI  Dr. Farhat is a professor and the chief of pediatric urology at the University of Wisconsin, American family Children’s Hospital, Madison. Dr. Farhat clinical expertise is in minimally invasive surgery and various common pediatric urological procedures. He has particular interest in the interface between engineers and surgeons on methods and strategies to enhance and improve surgical education, simulation models and skills acquisition. Dr Farhat’s research currently focuses on surgical outcomes with emphasis on the cost effectiveness of different surgical approaches.   Nicole Baumann-BlackmoreClinical Associate Professor and Newborn HospitalistMadison, WINicole Baumann-Blackmore, MD, FAAP, IBCLC is a clinical associate professor at the University of Wisconsin and practicing Newborn Hospitalist at UnityPoint Health-Meriter Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin.  She attended medical school at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, graduating in 2005.  She then completed her residency at UW in 2008 and has been a practicing pediatrician in Madison since 2009. She lives in Middleton, WI, with her husband and three children. Dr. Emily BlumBoard-Certified Pediatric UrologistAtlanta, GA Dr. Blum graduated cum laude from Bowdoin College with special honors in Biology and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She received her medical doctorate from Boston University where she graduated cum laude and was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha. While completing her residency at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan, Dr. Blum spent a significant amount of time working on urban farming community development campaigns in Detroit. Her community work lead to a nomination for the AAMC Resident Physician Community Service Award during her chief year.Dr. Blum continued her training as the A. Barry Belman Pediatric Urology Fellow at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. During the research year of the 2-year fellowship program, she was also awarded the Joseph E Robert (JER), Jr. Fellowship for Pediatric Surgical Innovations. Dr. Blum’s research projects focused on utilizing artificial intelligence to assist in analyzing radiographic studies. She won top honors at the JER Academic Symposium both years.She continues to pursue her interest in medical device innovations, particularly in bridging the gap between research and commercialization to improve patient care. Dr. Blum is a member of the research faculty at Georgia Tech and serves as a Medical Affairs Liaison for the Global Center for Medical Innovations.In addition to general pediatric urology, Dr. Blum’s special surgical interests are in hypospadias and congenital hydronephrosis.
Neonatal Circumcision: Where Do I Cut?
Nov 9 2020
Neonatal Circumcision: Where Do I Cut?
This episode is the second of a 3-part series focused on neonatal circumcision. The series will span suitability for circumcision, where to cut and what constitutes adequate after-care.  In this episode, Dr. Edwin Smith speaks with Newborn Hospitalist Dr. Elizabeth Goetz and Pediatrician in Chief and Hospitalist Dr. Mike Steiner about their approach to newborn circumcision and their experiences with the NeoCirc learning module for circumcision. They discuss whether standardization is necessary, how to determine landmarks, and usability of the module.   To view the NeoCirc platform, please visit NeoCirc.org Field 1 - Login: Enter your email Field 2 - Hospital: Select "Palette - Podcast add on" from the dropdown menu   Edwin Smith, M.D., F.A.A.P, F.A.C.S.Associate Clinical Professor Pediatric Urologist Atlanta, GADr. Edwin Smith is a board-certified urologist specializing in the practice of pediatric urology. He has been involved in resident teaching throughout his career and is a Clinical Associate Professor of Urology at Emory University School of Medicine. At Children’s Hospital of Atlanta, he has enjoyed involvement in medical staff affairs serving on committees and in leadership roles that emphasize patient safety and quality of care.     Elizabeth Goetz, M.D. Newborn Hospitalist Madison, WI  Elizabeth Goetz is a Newborn Hospitalist at the University of Wisconsin Madison. Interests include medical student and resident education, circumcision, breastfeeding, and Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome.      Mike Steiner, M.D. Pediatrician in Chief and Hospitalist University of North Carolina and UNC Children’s HospitalMichael Steiner, MD, MPH is a general pediatrician and hospitalist at the University of North Carolina and UNC Children’s Hospital. He serves as the Pediatrician in Chief and Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs and Division Chief of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. He performs circumcision in the newborn nursery and in an outpatient hospital clinic.