September 2018

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Pediatric Grand Rounds
Fridays 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Johns Hopkins All Children’s Research and Education Building*

Sept. 7*
The Pediatric Eye Exam: Common Eye Problems
Michael A. Lopez, M.D.
Hess Pediatric Ophthalmology Specialists
St. Petersburg, Florida

Sept. 14*
Phenotype and Genotype of Childhood Onset Essential Hypertension
Monesha Gupta, M.D., FAAP, FACC, FASE
Associate Professor
Pediatric Cardiology
Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital

Sept. 21
Top Pediatric Guidelines of the Last Year
Juan A. Dumois III, M.D., FAAP
Pediatric Infectious Diseases
Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital

Sept. 28
School Shootings — Making Sense of the Senseless
Kristen R. Berlin, M.D.
Regional Director of Healthcare Administration
Florida Department of Juvenile Justice
St. Petersburg, Florida

*Pediatric Grand Rounds will be in the Education and Conference Center Sept. 7 and Sept. 14 before the grand opening of the Research and Education Building

October Preview for Pediatric Grand Rounds

• End of Life Issues
• Appendicitis
• Quality and Safety

Johns Hopkins Pediatric Grand Rounds
Live video conference from Baltimore

8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m., beginning Sept. 5, 2018

Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital Outpatient Care Center Auditorium B

Clinical Updates in Pediatrics Saturday Conferences
Oct. 20, 2018
Clinical Updates in Pediatrics: Autism Spectrum Disorders
Live at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Research and Education Building and live streaming to Outpatient Care Centers in Tampa, East Lake and the EVEN Hotel Sarasota-Lakewood Ranch (Formerly Holiday Inn-Lakewood Ranch) in Sarasota, Florida

Outreach Grand Rounds CME Dinners
Sept. 12, 2018
Cleft and Craniofacial Malformations and Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia
Cooper’s Hawk Restaurant, Tampa, Florida

Oct. 11, 2018

Gender and Diversity in Adolescent Health Care and Pediatric Rheumatology for the Pediatrician: The Highlights
Johns Hopkins All Children’s Research and Education Building, St. Petersburg, Florida

CME Conferences
February 22-24, 2019
7th Annual Practical Topics in Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital Research and Education Building, St. Petersburg, FL

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Johns Hopkins Research and Education Building Grand Opening
Join us for the grand opening of Tampa Bay’s largest pediatric research and education building, a new home for scientists, educators and physicians to investigate, discover, teach and train the latest advances in pediatric medicine.

Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018
11 a.m. Ceremony and Ribbon Cutting
Tours Immediately Following

600 Fifth Street S., St. Petersburg, FL 33701

RSVP Only Required for Tours

Multidisciplinary Clinic Spotlight
The comprehensive diabetes program at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital is committed to teaching our patients and their families how to effectively manage diabetes using the latest information, treatments, education and technology available. We know that a diabetes diagnosis can come with many uncertainties and lifestyle changes. That’s why our physicians work closely with patients/families, nurses, diabetes educators, dietitians and social workers to create an individualized treatment plan for each patient. Our team provides comprehensive care and education to patients with type 1 and type 2 diabetes, cystic fibrosis-related diabetes and atypical diabetes.

Our diabetes program supports children and caregivers during the initial diagnosis of diabetes and provides ongoing treatment, education, long-term management and support including transitioning to adult care. We offer diabetes education classes that provide survival skills and comprehensive self-management education for our patients and families at all stages of their diagnosis. We have access to pediatric specialists and subspecialists throughout our hospital and can provide a seamless transition for patients who need additional specialty care beyond our services.

For more information or to refer a patient, call 727-767-8917.

Welcome Jose Canas, M.D., Director of Endocrinology

Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital welcomes Jose Atilio Canas, M.D., as the director of endocrinology. He was previously associate attending at Wolfson Children’s Hospital and served as medical director of the Nemours Pediatric Cardio Metabolic and Bariatric Center in Jacksonville, Florida. Dr. Canas earned his medical degree from Universidad Nacional Pedro Henriquez Urena in the Dominican Republic. He completed his pediatrics residency and served as chief resident at Nassau County Medical Center. There he also completed a clinical and research fellowship in pediatric endocrinology and metabolism.

Dr. Canas now leads a team of five endocrinologists and three nurse practitioners who serve west central Florida. Endocrinology, including diabetes services, are available at these locations:

• Brandon
• East Lake
• Lakeland
• Main Campus
• Pasco
• Sarasota
• Tampa

Dr. Canas will see patients at the main campus and Sarasota outpatient care centers. To refer a patient or for more information, please call us at 727-767-8917.

Palliative Care
At Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, the palliative care program works as a consultation service across all areas of the hospital for children with serious illness. The team focuses on providing relief from the symptoms, pain and stress for any diagnosis. The goal of the palliative care program is to improve the quality of life for both the child and the family.

Easing pain and other symptoms
Establishing goals of care
Assisting with health care decision making and explaining complicated terms and care options
  Providing emotional support and reducing stress for the whole family
  Communicating with providers and coordinating care
  Supporting siblings
  Integrating community resources

The palliative care team consists of physicians, nurse practitioners, social workers, child life specialists and spiritual care. When a child has a life-impacting illness, helping patients and families carry on with everyday life is an important step in the treatment process. The team follows patients over the long term, providing continuity among services, providers and multiple admissions while addressing all aspects of the family’s needs.

For information about palliative care, the team can be reached at 727-767-7290.

Go Gold and Burgundy
September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and Sickle Cell Awareness Month, so we would like to recognize the patients and families served by the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Cancer & Blood Disorders Institute and the institute’s team that is dedicated to providing care and cures.

Show your support for Childhood Cancer Awareness and Sickle Cell Awareness by wearing gold or burgundy throughout the month of September. Every day of every month, our Cancer & Blood Disorders Institute team and their colleagues across Johns Hopkins All Children’s are working to create a healthy tomorrow for these patients.

The Cancer and Blood Disorders Institute will also host a series of lunch and learns to educate the community on the programs and services available at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. To RSVP please contact Raquel Alfonso at

Reviewing the Complexities of Bone Marrow Transplantation
September 6, 2018
12:00pm – 1:00pm
Presented by: Dr. Sunkersett
ACH ECC Auditorium
701 4th St S
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Pediatric Sarcomas
September 13, 2018
12:00pm – 1:00pm
Presented by: Dr. Metts
ECC Auditorium
701 4th St S
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Cancer Survivorship: Why We Still Need to See Our Patients
September 20, 2018
12:00pm – 1:00pm
Presented by: Dr. Beaupin
ECC Auditorium
701 4th St S
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Sickle Cell Disease, 118 years later
September 25, 2018
12:00pm – 1:00pm
Presented by: Dr. Clay
REB Room A+B
600 5th St S
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

For more information on the Cancer and Blood Disorders Institute, visit

September is Infant Mortality Awareness Month
Healthy Start at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital works in communities throughout Pinellas County with infant mortality rates at least 1.5 times the national average. To improve the health and wellbeing of women, children and families, our program strives to ensure access to comprehensive health and social services that are community based, culturally sensitive and family centered. For more information about services and eligibility, call 727-767-6780.

Getting to Know Johns Hopkins

Our hospital trains pediatric specialists and subspecialists through residency programs affiliated with USF Health and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where modern medical education was born. Many of you were trained through our program with USF Health, a collaboration that dates to the 1970s. Johns Hopkins All Children’s also started the first new accredited pediatric residency program since the 1970s, admitting its first class in 2014. Building on the graduate medical education experience in Baltimore, the new program trains physicians in leadership, research and other skills beyond covering clinical care shifts.

The Birth of Endocrinology and Neurosurgery

Harvey Cushing completed his internship at Massachusetts General Hospital and then did a residency in surgery under the guidance of pioneering surgeon William Stewart Halsted at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. Performing the first brain surgery in the United States, Harvey Cushing (1869-1939) became known as the founder of neurosurgery. He introduced the use of X-rays before surgery, monitored blood pressure during surgery, discovered the function of the pituitary gland and also founded the specialty of endocrinology.

Welcome to our New Physicians
Succhi Shah

Medical Education: Wake Forest University School of Medicine

Internship/Residency: University of Texas Southwestern Medical School

Fellowship: UT Southwestern Medical School


Bhumi Kumar, D.O.

Medical Education: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

Internship/Residency: Thomas Jefferson University Hospital

Carmen Cosio, M.D.

Medical Education: University Francisco Marroquin

Internship/Residency: University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital

Fellowship: Texas Children’s Hospital/Baylor College of Medicine

Maternal Fetal Medicine

Mayra Cruz Ithier, M.D.

Medical Education: University of South Florida College of Medicine

Internship/Residency: Children’s National Medical Center

Fellowship: New York Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia University Medical Center


Jordan Teper, M.D.

Medical Education: University of South Florida College of Medicine

Internship/Residency: Children’s National Medical Center

Fellowship: New York Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia University Medical Center

Karina Volodka, M.D.

Medical Education: Southern Illinois University School of Medicine

Internship/Residency: National Capital Consortium at Walter Reed National

Internship: Martin Army Community Hospital Military Medical Center

Fellowship: University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill

Kelly Cason Driver, M.D.

Medical Education: Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Internship/Residency: University of South Florida

Fellowship: University of South Florida


Solimar Jimenez-Diaz, M.D.

Medical Education: Ponce Health Sciences University

Internship/Residency: Bayfront Health

Yissa Fonticiella, M.D.

Medical Education: Ross University Medical School

Internship/Residency: Bayfront Health


Chris Snyder, M.D.

Medical Education: University of Florida

Medical Education:University of Alabama at Birmingham

Internship/Residency:University of Alabama School of Medicine

Fellowship: Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital