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Update _ Fall 2013

Complete Care in Nephrology and Urology Available

Comprehensive care for kidney, bladder and genitourinary problems is available for neonates, children, adolescents and young adults at Cleveland Clinic Children’s. A full staff of specialists in the Center for Pediatric Nephrology and the Center for Pediatric Urology are here to help young patients with routine to complex conditions.

To better serve patients in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of the full spectrum of disease, Cleveland Clinic’s urology and nephrology programs for children and adults are run in collaboration with the Glickman Urological & Kidney Institute.

A closer look at services

Cleveland Clinic Children’s has the only nephrology program in Northern Ohio with a dedicated pediatric outpatient dialysis center and a pediatric kidney transplant program. There are special programs for young patients with kidney disease. The Judith M. Power Pediatric Dialysis Unit offers both in-center hemodialysis and home-based peritoneal dialysis therapy. The multidisciplinary team includes pediatric nurse practitioners, dietitians, nurses, social workers, psychology and psychiatry support staff, and recreation therapists.

Specialists also provide total care for bladder and bowel issues associated with myelomeningocele. They offer evaluation and treatment of dysfunctional elimination and voiding dysfunction, including the use of biofeedback therapy for patients with significant and prolonged symptoms.

Minimally invasive treatment is available for recurrent urinary tract infection, incontinence, genital and urinary anomalies, reconstruction of the genitourinary tract, urinary tract stones and congenital anomalies. And advanced surgical management can be provided for tumors of the kidneys, bladder and genitalia, sexual differentiation disorders and reconstruction of the genitourinary tract.


Tapping into the extensive resources of Cleveland Clinic Children’s, the nephrology and urology specialists work closely with:

  • Maternal/fetal medicine specialists and neonatologists in the Fetal Care Center, when genitourinary anomalies are diagnosed prenatally
  • Pediatric radiologists for percutaneous drainage of abscesses, and cecostomy tubes
  • Pediatric anesthesiologists for surgical and procedural support
  • Child life specialists who make the experience less stressful for young patients and their families
  • Pediatric nurse practitioners who provide care coordination and medical management of chronically ill and medically complex children

Patients don’t need to have complex medical problems to be treated by Cleveland Clinic pediatric urologists. They also perform a high volume of routine procedures, such as circumcisions, hydrocelectomies, orchiopexies, hypospadias repairs, and pyeloplasties and urethral reimplants.

In addition to Cleveland Clinic’s main campus, pediatric nephrologists and urologists see patients and their families at the Richard E. Jacobs Health Center in Avon, the Twinsburg Family Health & Surgery Center, the Independence Family Health Center and Medina Hospital. Nephrologists are also available at Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital for Rehabilitation in Shaker Heights, and urologists perform operations at the main campus and the Beachwood Family Health Center.

Referred patients can benefit from the close and frequent collaboration between Cleveland Clinic pediatric and adult specialists as well as from research involving clinicians and scientists in Cleveland Clinic’s Lerner Research Institute.

To refer patients to the Center for Pediatric Nephrology or the Center for Pediatric Urology, call toll-free, 855.REFER.123 (855.733.3712).

Gain Perspective: Attend Cleveland Clinic Children’s Pediatric Conference in May

Pediatric medicine is a constantly evolving field with exciting new breakthroughs and rising health concerns. In spring 2014, Cleveland Clinic Children’s is pleased to be launching an international conference to present new information in the field of pediatric medicine today and into the future.

Perspectives in Pediatrics: From Theory to Practice will take place in downtown Cleveland from May 8-10, 2014, at the Global Center for Health Innovation (also known as the Medical Mart/Convention Center).

This comprehensive two-day conference will explore a wide variety of timely topics that will offer up the most practical updates for the pediatric practitioner. Leaders in a number of pediatric specialties will speak on useful practices and techniques.

The keynote address on “The Future of Pediatrics in the New Era” is to be presented by renowned physician Catherine D. DeAngelis, MD, MPH, who is the former editor of the Journal of the American Medicine Association (JAMA). Dr. DeAngelis is the first pediatrician and the first woman to be editor of JAMA. She is currently a University Distinguished Service Professor Emerita at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Cleveland Clinic Children’s is also pleased to welcome Larry K. Pickering, MD, of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and editor of The Red Book from the American Academy of Pediatrics. He will be speaking on “The Latest Guidelines for Immunization and Practices” and presenting articles that impact clinical practice from the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports from the CDC.

In addition to immunizations, featured health topics will include behavioral disorders and ADHD, childhood obesity, gastrointestinal disorders, sleep disorders, dermatologic disorders, otitis media/sinusitis, autism and school problem screening, professionalism, and adolescent issues.

The conference will feature plenary sessions on current topics as well as a day of workshops. A simulation station will be set up where attendees will be able to observe, practice and interact in emergency situations.

“We are thrilled to be hosting this conference for the first time and look forward to making this an annual event,” says Camille Sabella, MD, one of the organizing committee members from Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Pediatric Infectious Disease. “We are focused on topics that will be immediately applicable in practice, and all healthcare professionals who participate in the care of children would benefit from this conference.”

He notes that this includes pediatric and family physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and administrators. For more details and to register, go to

To activate the autolaunch protocol for neonatal and pediatric emergencies, call 877.379.CODE (2633). For routine transfers, call 866.547.1467.

Who's New? Staff Spotlight

Johannes Wolff, MD

Department: Chairman, Hematology/Oncology
Specialty Interests: Targeted therapy, brain tumors, new agents
Location: Main campus
Phone: 216.444.5517

Lisanne Newton, MD

Department: Allergy & Immunology
Specialty Interests: Childhood allergies
Location: Main campus, Twinsburg Family Health & Surgery Center
Phone: 216.444.6340

Alana Lopez, PhD

Department: Behavioral Health
Specialty Interests: Adjustment to chronic illness, procedural distress, behavioral problems, transition from pediatric to adult care, school consultation, and academic/vocational planning
Location: Main campus
Phone: 216.636.5697

Leslie Markowitz, PsyD

Department: Behavioral Health
Specialty Interests: Evaluation and treatment of autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities, and social skills group work
Location: Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital for Rehabilitation
Phone: 216.448.6425

Alison Moses, PhD

Department: Behavioral Health
Specialty Interests: Disruptive behavior disorders, parent training, depression, and anxiety disorders
Location: Independence Family Health Center, Strongsville Family Health Center
Phone: 440.878.2500

Danielle Greco, DO

Department: Hospital Medicine
Specialty Interests: Hospital Medicine
Location: Fairview Hospital
Phone: 216.444.8453

Katherine Dell, MD

Department: Nephrology
Specialty Interests: Inherited kidney diseases, polycystic kidney disease, congenital kidney disease, kidney transplantation
Location: Main campus, Avon - Richard E. Jacobs Health Center, Twinsburg Family Health & Surgery Center
Phone: 216.444.6123

Brandon Hopkins, MD

Department: Otolaryngology
Specialty Interests: Surgical care of patients with cleft lip, cleft palate and craniofacial abnormalities including microtia and otoplasty; surgical aspects of complex pediatric multi-level airway obstruction and sleep apnea, including endoscopic and open airway reconstruction, upper-airway surgery, and midface and mandibular distraction and advancement
Location: Main campus, Willoughby Hills Family Health Center
Phone: 216.444.0322

Silvia Cardenas Zegarra, MD

Department: Pulmonary Medicine
Specialty Interests: Asthma, recurrent pneumonia, bronchopulmonary dysplasia, cystic fibrosis, obstructive sleep apnea, and chronic cough
Location: Main campus, Avon - Richard E. Jacobs Health Center
Phone: 216.444.8453

CME from Children's

Live CME
May 8-10, 2014

Perspectives in Pediatrics: From Theory to Practice
Cleveland Convention Center & Global Center for Health Innovation, Cleveland, Ohio

Cleveland Clinic Children’s is happy to announce its First Annual Pediatric Conference, to be held in Cleveland, Ohio, May 8-10, 2014. Join us as we explore the future of pediatrics in the new era, and discuss research and patient care across various pediatric specialties.

Free Virtual CME

The newest free online CME activities from Cleveland Clinic Children's includes, “The Approach to Pediatric Patients with Recurrent Fevers.” This is an interactive case-based lesson in Cleveland Clinic’s popular Disease Management Clinical Decisions series.