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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.

Welcome New Clinical Provider: Lindsay E. Mize, RN, MSN, CPNP

September 20, 2021

Lindsay Mize joined the Division of Hospital Pediatrics on September 20th. Ms. Mize received her BSN from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2007 and stayed on to complete her MSN in 2008. Since 2010, she has worked at the Duke University Medical Center, first in Pediatric Hematology & Oncology and then in the Valvano Day Hospital. Welcome Lindsay!

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.

Welcome New Physician Faculty: Corinne Keet, MD, PhD

August 30, 2021

Dr. Keet joined the Department of Pediatrics as faculty in the Division of Allergy/Immunology on August 30, 2021. Dr. Keet completed her medical degree at the University of California – San Francisco in 2004.  Subsequently, completing her pediatric residency in 2007 and fellowship in allergy/immunology in 2010, both at Johns Hopkins. After joining the faculty at Johns Hopkins in 2010, she earned a PhD in epidemiology at the Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2014.  Dr. Keet is a successful researcher and has served in a variety of leadership roles – we are excited she is joining us at at UNC.

Welcome New Physician Faculty: Kelly Allis, MSN NNP

August 23, 2021

Ms. Allis joined the Department of Pediatrics as a Nurse Practitioner in the Division of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine on August 23, 2021. Ms. Allis received her BSN from Barton College in 2003 and in 2006 completed her masters in nursing from East Carolina University. She has worked extensively in the Neonatal ICU at Pitt County Memorial Hospital/Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, NC. In 2021, she completed a post-master’s certificate in the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner program at ECU.

Welcome New Physician Faculty: Laura Cannon, MD

August 23, 2021

Dr. Cannon joined the Department of Pediatrics as faculty in the Division of Pediatric Rheumatology on August 23, 2021. Dr. Cannon completed her medical degree in 2014 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she stayed to complete her pediatric residency in 2017. In June of 2021, she completed a Pediatric Rheumatology Fellowship at the Duke University.

Welcome New Physician Faculty: Kieran Leong, DO

August 1, 2021

Dr. Leong joined the Department of Pediatrics as faculty in the Division of Critical Care Medicine on August 1, 2021. In 2012, Dr. Leong completed his degree in Osteopathic Medicine from Touro College in New York City and in June of 2021, he completed a Critical Care Medicine Fellowship at the University of Maryland in Baltimore

Howard Promoted to Associate Professor

August 1, 2021

Neva Howard, MD was promoted to Associate Professor of Pediatrics effective August 1, 2021. Dr. Howard has been a faculty member in Pediatric Emergency Medicine since 2014.