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August 2014

Seven Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital specialties spotlighted by U.S. News & World Report

Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital has been ranked among the best in the nation for seven of its pediatric subspecialties in the 2014-15 Best Children's Hospitals rankings, published online by U.S. News & World Report. YNHCH ranked in cancer (#45); diabetes and endocrinology (#3); gastroenterology and GI surgery (#18); neonatology (#37); neurology and neurosurgery (35); orthopedics (#48); and pulmonology (#47).

At #3, YNHCH diabetes and endocrinology again ranked among the elite national programs and, for the first time, YNHCH's pediatric neurology and neurosurgery program was ranked.

"We are honored to have so many of our children's hospital specialties ranked among the best in the United States. We are especially proud that our diabetes and endocrinology program is among the top three nationally," said George Lister, MD, physician-in-chief at YNHCH, and chair of pediatrics at Yale School of Medicine. "Our goal is simply to be the best we can be for the children of our region. Our growth, our quality and safety initiatives, and our commitment to recruiting and retaining top medical talent are vital to improving outcomes, discovering new cures and caring for every child who needs us."

"The depth and breadth of our expertise across all the pediatric specialties is significant and becoming more impressive each year, all while we continue to improve access to our services across the state and region," said Michael G. Caty, MD, surgeon-in-chief at YNHCH, and chief of pediatric surgery at Yale School of Medicine. "Our rankings as a top children's hospital by U.S. News for the past several years are due to the remarkable work of our physicians, nurses, and staff, as well as the patient families who work in partnership with us."

Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital is a major medical center with inpatient campuses in New Haven and Bridgeport. Its Pediatric Specialty Center Network provides  access to more than 35 pediatric medical and surgical subspecialties. The centers include: West Pavilion 2, Smilow 7 and One Long Wharf in New Haven; 5520 Park Avenue in Trumbull; 747 Belden Avenue in Norwalk; and 5 Perryridge Road in Greenwich. A seventh Pediatric Specialty Center in Old Saybrook will open in early 2015.

Endocrinology & Diabetes at YNHCH

Meet the team:
meet the team Angela Badaru, MD meet the team Susan D. Boulware, MD
Sonia Caprio, MD Thomas O. Carpenter, MD
Eda Cengiz, MD Catherine A. Dinauer, MD
Myron Genel, MD Ania Jastreboff, MD, PhD
Anisha D. Patel, DO  Jennifer Sherr, MD, PhD
Stuart A. Weinzimer, MD    

A message from William Tamborlane, MD, chief of pediatric endocrinology at YNHCH and professor of pediatrics, Yale School of Medicine

I'm delighted to update and spotlight the staff members of Pediatric Endocrinology & Diabetes at YNHCH, who are responsible for our #3 position in the 2014-2015 U.S. News & World Report Best Children's Hospital rankings for diabetes and endocrinology. I hope many of you know the senior faculty who anchor our clinical programs in General Endocrinology: Tom Carpenter, MD, Mike Genel, MD, and Susan Boulware, MD; Type 1 Diabetes (T1D): Stu Weinzimer, MD, and William Tamborlane, MD; Obesity and T2D: Sonia Caprio, MD; and Metabolic Bone Disease: Tom Carpenter, MD. Over the past few years, we have added two pediatric endocrinologists: Anisha Patel, DO, and Angela Badaru, MD, who are outstanding clinicians. A hallmark of the section has been the quality of the patient-oriented research being carried out by our pediatric physician investigators. This tradition is being sustained by our up-and-coming group of junior faculty, including Eda Cengiz, MD, and Jenn Sherr, MD, PhD, in T1D, and Nicola Santoro, MD, PhD, Ania Jastreboff, MD, PhD, and Michelle Van Name, MD, in Obesity and T2D.

A lion's share of the credit for the well-being of our patients goes to the excellent care provided by our nurse practitioners: Rachael Goldberg-Gell, APRN, (Obesity); Cindy Guandalini, APRN, (T2D); Melisa Bogus, LPN, who helps coordinate our diabetes program; Kristin Sikes, APRN, Andrea Urban, APRN, Patricia Gatcomb, APRN, Michelle Brei, APRN, Kate Weyman, APRN; and our PA, Eileen Tichy, (T1D). Gail Pond, RN, and Dana Schmidt, RN, are the nurses who coordinate the activities of the busy General Endocrine clinic; the services that they provide to our patients are invaluable. Management of endocrine and metabolic diseases requires multidisciplinary teams, and we are fortunate to have outstanding dietitians: Mary Savoye, RD, Paulina Rose, RD, and Alisa Scherban, RD; pediatric psychologist Jodie Ambrosino, PhD; and social worker Bernadette Bimonte-Hackett, LCSW, who replaced Sylvia Lavietes, who retired this year. As part of the expansion of our outreach programs, we now see patients at YNHCH Pediatric Specialty Centers in Trumbull, Norwalk, Greenwich and at our One Long Wharf location.

As someone who has spent the past 40 years here, it is especially gratifying that the energy and enthusiasm of our staff has never been higher. Most important, the opportunities to improve the care of patients by employing new treatments for endocrine disorders and the development of artificial pancreas systems for the treatment of diabetes have never been greater. Our position on the cutting-edge of these advances allows our patients to have early access to new therapies and devices.

Update from Greg Germain, MD


Greg Germain, MD, is associate chief of children's services for the Department of Pediatrics at Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital.

A new academic year is upon us and with it brings a bright and eager crop of pediatric interns and they are an impressive bunch. You will be learning more about where they come from, what research they have accomplished (incredible stuff) and their personal interests (just as incredible) in the near future. They are eager to meet the clinicians in the community and to work with and learn from all of you. Please take a minute, when you have the chance, to introduce yourselves and welcome them to Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital.

A few other announcements:

  1. The Saint Raphael Campus offers free breastfeeding support, including weight checks and transcutaneous bilirubin (TCB) levels, to mothers of new babies up to one year old, on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. To refer a patient to one of these sessions, please call (203) 789-4280 or email
  2. Pediatric Consultation Service Y-Access Line — 888-YNHH BED (888-964-4233) — is a single phone number access to a pediatric subspecialist for advice or urgent appointment availability. Need an immediate surgical consult? A pediatric surgery attending is less than three minutes away and on-call for your convenience. Imagine a telephone consult for almost any pediatric specialty while you have the patient sitting in front of you!
  3. Safety reporting: We all have an obligation to protect our patients' safety. If you see an irregularity or safety issue associated with YNHCH care, even if it results in no direct harm, a robust system is in place to make changes quickly and efficiently to prevent future errors. To report an issue or concern, use your YNHH internet login to access "Event Report" on the home page. You may also report your safety concerns to Rebecca Ciaburri, or Matt Grossman,, or call Matt's cell phone: (203) 824-8507.
  4. The Children's ED is piloting a secure communication network for ED to community contact about direct patient care. It is called Mobile Heartbeat and is anticipated to be rolled out to the community by the end of the year. Call-ins and follow-up from the community to the ED can be facilitated with this system, as well. Stay tuned.
  5. The next Yale Pediatric Community meetings will be held on Thursday, Sept. 18 at 7 am at Athena II Diner in North Haven, and on Thursday, Oct. 16 at 7 am at Circle Diner in Fairfield. All community physicians and advanced practice professionals are welcome.

Pediatric Specialty Center opens in Trumbull


Nearly 150 people attended a June 24 ribbon-cutting to celebrate the opening of the new Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital Pediatric Specialty Center at Trumbull, 5520 Park Ave. The center offers specialized care in cardiology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, hematology/oncology, respiratory and surgery for children and adolescents. The Pediatric Specialty Center at Trumbull is one of six pediatric specialty centers throughout the region providing access to YNHCH's nationally recognized children's services. 

Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital's Pediatric Specialty Center Network provides access to more than 35 pediatric medical and surgical subspecialties. The centers include: West Pavilion 2, Smilow 7 and One Long Wharf in New Haven; 5520 Park Ave. in Trumbull; 747 Belden Avenue in Norwalk; and 5 Perryridge Road in Greenwich. A seventh Pediatric Specialty Center in Old Saybrook will open in early 2015.

YNHCH receives excellence in life support award

YNHCH has been awarded the Excellence in Life Support for 2014 from the international association Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO). The designation is valid through September 2017. Congratulations to the ECMO team for their exceptional work and dedication.

Pediatric Consultation Service

For patient consultation, help with an urgent issue or to arrange an emergency patient transfer to YNHCH, please call our Pediatric Consultation Service Y Access Line, (888) 964-4233.







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