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Drexel University College of Medicine is very fortunate to have St. Christopher's Hospital for Children as an academic affiliate teaching pediatric care. St. Christopher's Hospital for Children was founded in 1875, when it opened as a one-room dispensary for the mill workers' children of the Kensington area of Philadelphia. Today St. Christopher's is a 189-bed hospital providing cutting-edge medical services to children across the Greater Philadelphia area and has been at the forefront of many areas of pediatric medicine.

Research

The Carey Lab seeks to identify mechanisms and potential modifiable risk factors for infants' susceptibility to infections using animal models, in vitro work and ex vivo studies on human cord blood. We have established a clinically relevant model of neonatal influenza virus infection in 3-day-old neonatal mice in order to focus on both the adaptive and innate immune response to viral infection. Specifically, we study the evolution of the development of the cytotoxic CD8+ T cell repertoire, which play an important role in eliminating virally infected cells. Additionally, we investigate the innate immune system and its ability to prime the adaptive immune system during infections. We also study the use of probiotics in boosting the innate immune response to viral infections.

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News and Announcements
 

Philadelphia Magazine's Top Doctors 2019 Faculty Named Philadelphia Magazine Top Doctors™ for 2019

Congratulations to the many faculty members from the Department of Pediatrics who were named "Top Doctors" in Philadelphia magazine's annual list of the region's best physicians.

2019 Golden Apple Awards

In February, several pediatrics faculty members and trainees were recognized by students in the MD program for excellence in teaching and outstanding service at the 2019 Golden Apple Award Ceremony. Pediatrics recipients included Drs. Norrell Atkinson, Stacy Ellen, Maher Abadeer, Brian Novi and Jonathan Albert. Numerous others received nominations.

Annual Pediatric AIDS Benefit Concert Raises Over $24,000

The 26th Annual Drexel University College of Medicine Pediatric AIDS Benefit Concert was another smashing success, raising more than $29,000 this year for children with HIV and AIDS.

2018 Faculty Awards

The following faculty members were the recipients of 2018 faculty awards:

  • Margaret Gilfillan, MD - 2018 Mary Dewitt Pettit Fellowship - "Exposure to hyperoxia results in microRNA-451 mediated inhibition of the macrophage migratory inhibitory factor pathway in bronchopulmonary Dysplasia"
  • Vanessa Durand, MD - 2018 Mary Dewitt Pettit Fellowship - "Implicit Bias: Impact of medical staff exposure to urban patient population over time"
  • Shareen Kelly, MD - Oksana Korzeniowski Patient Care Award
  • Alison Carey, MD - Early Career Clinical Scientist Award
  • Nicholas Kuzma, MD - Emerging Clinical Leader and Innovation Award

See all 2018 faculty awardees.

 
In the Media
 

October 21, 2019: Daniel R. Taylor, DO, associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics, authored a Philadelphia Inquirer article about why he asks all the families of his young patients if they are working, staying at home or in school.

October 18, 2019: Daniel R. Taylor, DO, associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics, authored a Philadelphia Inquirer medical mystery column about the cause of a teenage patient’s severe stomach pain.

October 3, 2019: Nancy Spector, MD, professor of pediatrics, executive director of the ELAM program and associate dean for faculty development, was quoted in a Philadelphia Inquirer article about a new 2019 census of women board members of medical and educational institutions in the Greater Philadelphia area. Spector suggests requiring boards to enforce gender parity, improve transparency and establish metrics.

September 17, 2019: Daniel R. Taylor, DO, an associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics, authored a Philadelphia Inquirer column encouraging physicians to support their patients’ health trajectories “with words to empower and heal,” quoting Toni Morrison.

September 13, 2019: Daniel Taylor, DO, an associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics, authored a “Medical Mystery” article for the Philadelphia Inquirer about a 13-year-old reporting redness and pain in her ears, despite nothing turning up in her initial physical exam.

August 3, 2019: Nancy D. Spector, MD, professor of pediatrics, associate dean for faculty development and executive director of the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine program, was quoted in a Philadelphia Inquirer story about Philadelphia-area doctors fighting sexual harassment and gender pay gaps by joining Time's Up Healthcare. Drexel University College of Medicine is a signatory of the organization.

August 2, 2019: Daniel Taylor, DO, professor of pediatrics, wrote a medical mystery article for the Philadelphia Inquirer about a young lifeguard with dermatitis herpetiformis, a skin condition that led to a diagnosis of celiac disease for the patient.

July 9, 2019: Nancy D. Spector, MD, executive director of the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine program, associate dean for faculty development and professor of pediatrics, was quoted in an American Academy of Pediatric News article about how pediatricians can negotiate for a raise or more resources for their practice.

June 19, 2019: Ignacio Valencia, MD, a professor of pediatrics, was quoted in a Reuters Health article about how flashing lights at electronic dance music concerts could cause epileptic seizures in young people who may not know they have a vulnerability.

June 13, 2019: Agustin Legido, MD, PhD, a professor of pediatrics and neurology, was quoted in a Spectrum News story about research out of George Washington University that suggests autism is caused by a genetic mutation that disables mitochondria in brain cells.

February 6, 2019: Daniel Taylor, DO, associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics, authored a column for the Philadelphia Inquirer about what parents can do for their children if they have symptoms of ADHD.

December 6, 2018: Research co-authored by Nancy Spector, MD, professor of pediatrics, associate dean for faculty development, and executive director of the ELAM program, was highlighted in STAT News, Medical Xpress and the Boston Globe.

November 15, 2018: Daniel Taylor, DO, an associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics, authored a column for the Philadelphia Inquirer about why doctors should advocate against gun violence. The story was also picked up by the Chicago Tribune.

November 2, 2018: Daniel R. Taylor, DO, associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics, authored a "medical mystery" story for the Philadelphia Inquirer about the rare disease that was turning his patient's knuckles yellow.

September 24, 2018: Renee Turchi, MD, a professor in the Department of Pediatrics, was quoted in a Philadelphia Inquirer article about about a report she co-authored, which found that alcohol-related birth disorders are far more common than previously believed.

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St. Christopher's Hospital for Children is a primary academic campus of Drexel University College of Medicine. Its physicians are non-compensated members of the teaching faculty of Drexel University College of Medicine and its clinical practices are independent of Drexel University.

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