Shriners Hospitals for Children – Los Angeles is Represented at the 2008 American Academy of Pediatrics National Convention
By Steve Brand,
Los Angeles, CA – October 16, 2008 – At the October 2008 National Convention of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) held in Boston, three research papers were presented from SHC-LA. In addition, hospital Assistant Chief of Staff and orthopaedic surgeon Norman Otsuka, M.D. presented, “Tenodesis of the Tibialis Anterior Tendon to the Plantar Fascia: An Effective and Permanent Anchor for Tendon Transfer” during the general orthopaedics section of the conference. SHC-LA orthopaedic Resident Edward Tang, M.D. was part of a team that presented a paper titled, “Pediatric Obesity and Surgical Outcomes with External Fixators.” Another presentation was made by SHC-LA orthopaedic resident Payam Moazzaz, M.D. and hospital physical therapist Chris Caron titled, “Assessing Community Function in Children with Cerebral Palsy: Correlations Between the Gross Motor Function Classification System and School Function Assessment.”
Former Resident J.R. Zemanovic, M.D. teamed with UCLA medical student and SHC-LA researcher Cherie Cross to win 3rd prize for their work titled, “An Investigation of Body Fat Percentage and Ambulatory Status in Pediatric Myelodysplasia Patients.” This was presented at the neuromuscular and spine scientific section of the conference.
The American Academy of Pediatrics and its member pediatricians dedicate their efforts and resources to the health, safety and well-being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults. Shriners Hospitals for Children, in collaboration with the AAP, has undertaken a nationwide plan to enhance their current communication practices to improve collaboration between primary and specialty care physicians. The aim of this project is to improve the process of communication so that patients with severe injuries receive efficient, coordinated health care.