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Welcome New Physician Faculty: Jasmine Weiss, MD

October 18, 2021

Dr. Weiss joined the Division of General Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine as faculty on October 18, 2021. Dr. Weiss received her BS in Biology from Florida Mechanical and Agricultural University in 2011 and her medical degree from Duke University in 2015. She completed her pediatric residency at Emory in 2019 and went on to complete a Master of Health Science through the Yale National Clinician Scholar Program in June 2021. Welcome Jasmine!

Welcome New Physician Faculty: Adriana Herrera, MD, MPH

October 18, 2021

Dr. Herrera joined the Division of Hospital Pediatrics as faculty on October 18, 2021. Dr. Herrera completed her medical degree at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago in 2013, where she also earn her MPH from the University of Illinois School of Public Health. Dr. Herrera completed her pediatric and internal medicine residency at the University of Illinois Hospital in Chicago in 2017 and went on to complete a fellowship in global health at the University of Florida, Port au Prince, Haiti in 2018. Dr. Herrera currently serves as a pediatric hospitalist at Kapi’Olani Medical Center for Women and Children in Honolulu, Hawaii. Welcome Adriana!

Welcome New Clinical Provider: Jessica Owens, MSN, RN, CPNP-PC

October 18, 2021

Jessica Owens joined Pediatric Gastroenterology on October 18th. Ms. Owens received her BSN from Queens Univeristy of Charlotte – Presbyterian School of Nursing in 2013 and went on to completed her MSN at the Duke University School of Nursing in 2018. Beginning in 2013, she worked for 6 years as a nurse on a variety of services at Duke University Medical Center.  Since 2019, she has worked as Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at Growing Child Pediatrics in Clayton, NC.  Welcome Jessica!

Welcome New Physician Faculty: Sharmistha Rudra, MD

October 4, 2021

Dr. Rudra joined the Pediatrics Division of Gastroenterology as faculty on October 4, 2021. Dr. Rudra received her BS from Duke University in 2010 and her MD from the University of Texas School of Medicine in San Antonio in 2015. She completed her pediatric residency at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in 2018. Dr. Rudra has just recently completed a fellowship in Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Welcome Sharmisthai!

Welcome New Physician Faculty: Yamini Virkud, MD, MPH

October 1, 2021

Dr. Virkud joined the Division of Pediatric Allergy-Immunology as faculty on October 1, 2021. Dr. Virkud received her medical degree from Washington University in 2008. She completed her pediatric residency at St. Louis Children’s Hospital in 2011. Her clinical and research fellowships were completed at Duke University in 2014. Dr. Virkud was most recently an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts General Hospital for Children. Welcome Yamini!

Welcome New Physician Faculty: Yvonne Paris, MD

September 27, 2021

Dr. Paris joined the Department of Pediatrics as faculty as faculty in the Division of Cardiology on September 27, 2021. Dr. Paris received her BS in Nursing from the University of Texas in 1980 and received her medical degree from Texas Tech University Health Science School of Medicine in 1992. She currently serves as a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Massachusetts Medical School Baystate in Springfield, MA. Dr. Paris will spend her time performing clinical activities in Wilmington, NC.

Pediatric Leaders Call to Action

September 21, 2021

As clinical leaders of Children’s hospitals in the North Carolina Triangle region, we are here to advance and protect child health. We are alarmed by the sharp rise in case numbers of COVID-19 positivity, infection, and hospitalizations in children. Hospitalizations of children due to COVID have increased over 4-fold in the past month. The known risk of not having a vaccine available to children has become undeniable. The myth that this pandemic has minimal effects on children compared to adults has shifted dramatically in the last month. This calls for additional action toward making a vaccine available to all children and support for all school-aged children to follow the recommendations of the Center for Disease Control and ABC Collaborative recommending children wear masks in school and utilize social distancing. We are encouraged by the recent data demonstrating both safety and efficacy of the Pfizer vaccine in children as young as 5 years and hope that the remaining reviews and recommendations for distribution will be expedient.

Spreading misinformation during this time of a public health crisis regarding vaccines goes against the overwhelming information about safety and efficacy of the vaccine’s ability to protect from severe infections and hospitalizations.

With such a powerful tool to prevent disease safely and effectively at our fingertips, we must avoid further delay of its use for the youngest members of our society, whose lives remain disrupted and whose health remains at risk due to this pandemic virus. Together, we can safely bring these remarkable disease-preventing vaccine innovations to children.

Making the Most of Masking: Let’s Focus on Fit

September 16, 2021

We encourage you to watch the webinar, prepared by our UNC colleagues, to provide parents, families, and providers with pertinent background on aerosols, masks, and easy ways to improve mask fit, especially in kids.  In addition to the webinar, check out the presentation slides with notes, and a handout that can be distributed to help parents adjust their kids’ mask for a better fit and better protection.

Welcome New Physician Faculty: Rebecca Baum, MD

September 13, 2021

Dr. Baum joined the Department of Pediatrics as faculty in the Division of General Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine on September 13, 2021. Dr. Wood received a BS inBiochemistry from Pennsylvania State University in 1992 and received her medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1996. She most recently was appointed as a Clinical Associate Professor at the Ohio State University.

Welcome New Physician Faculty: Allison Wood, DO

September 1, 2021

Dr. Wood joined the Department of Pediatrics as faculty in the Division of Emergency Medicine on September 1, 2021. Dr. Wood received a BS in Nutrition and Exercise from Virginia Tech in 2010 and received her degree in Osteopathic Medicine from Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2015. She completed her fellowship in Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship at Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughter in June 2021.