August Department Highlights

Published: August 26th, 2014

Category: Spotlights

Dairy Queen helps make miracles for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital

Check Presentation

Check Presentation

Through the generosity of two Dairy Queen franchise operators from South Florida, UF Health leaders accepted a $200,000 check from the company’s executives to benefit UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital. The check represents half the total amount raised at last year’s DQ convention. The money raised was earmarked to benefit Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Robert and Janet Welsh, DQ operators from West Palm Beach, Florida, won the DQ fundraising raffle in January, earning the right to designate the hospitals that will share the donations.

UF Health leaders accept the gift from International Dairy Queen President and CEO John Gainor and franchise operator Robert Welsh on August 15.

The check presentation followed the annual DQ Miracle Treat Day, on Aug. 14, when six area Dairy Queens donated a portion of the proceeds from each Blizzard treat to UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital.


UF Department of Pediatrics Cardiology Division Welcomes Biagio “Bill” Pietra, M.D. as New Chief

Dr. Pietra

Dr. Biagio Pietra

Biagio A. “Bill” Pietra, MD, joined the University of Florida College of Medicine faculty on July 1, 2014, as chief of pediatric cardiology.

Dr. Pietra received his bachelor’s degree in microbiology and post-baccalaureate at the University of Florida. He completed medical school at the University of South Florida. He completed his internship, residency and pediatric cardiology fellowship at Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH.

Dr. Pietra most recently was associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Cardiology, at the University of Colorado, Health Sciences, and Colorado Children’s Hospital, Aurora, where he had been since 1994. While there, he also served as medical director of pediatric cardiac transplant program for the past 10 years.

Dr. Pietra has extensive experience and expertise in pediatric cardiology, especially in the areas of:

  • pediatric cardiac transplantation, including in clinical care and preoperative and postoperative management of pediatric cardiac transplant patients;
  • pediatric cardiac catheterization, with emphasis on pre- and post-transplantation);
  • management of pediatric patients who are critically ill from their congenital heart disease, and end-stage heart failure;
  • post-operative care of patients after transplant or congenital cardiac surgery; and
  • immune manifestations of cardiac disease such as Kawasaki syndrome, myocarditis and cardiomyopathy, and rheumatic fever.

He is a fellow in the UNOS Certified Transplant Physician and American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Pietra is a member of the American College of Cardiology, American Medical Association, American Society of Transplantation and International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation. He also reviews abstracts and manuscripts for the American Journal of Transplantation Circulation, Journal of International Heart and Lung Transplantation, Journal of Pediatrics and Journal of Rheumatology Pediatric Transplantation.


UF Department of Pediatrics Neurology Division Welcomes Suman Ghosh, M.D.

Dr. Suman Ghosh

Dr. Suman Ghosh

Suman Ghosh, M.D., is a native New Yorker who graduated from the State University of New York at Binghamton and the State University of New York at Downstate College of Medicine. Before entering medical school, he earned an M.P.A. in health care management and information systems at New York University and an M.A. in medical sciences at Boston University.

Dr. Ghosh conducted his pediatrics training at the Children’s Hospital of Orange County in California, and then spent a year working with the Indian Health Service at the Tsehootsooi Medical Center in Fort Defiance, Arizona. Most recently, he completed training in child neurology at the University of California Irvine Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of Orange County from 2011 to 2014.

His interests include spasticity, neonatal neurology and neurological complications of congenital heart disease.


 UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital Sees Marked Improvement in Hand Hygiene

Hand hygiene is obviously critical in infection control prevention. Over the past several months, the children’s hospital has seen marked improvement in hand hygiene in many areas.  Let’s continue to build on the nice progress that we have made, as our aim is 100% physician hand hygiene compliance!

Please remember:

  • Every time you go in or out of a room, hands must be cleaned.
  • Hands must be cleaned after every time you touch a patient.

For more information, please review the following CDC course: http://www.cdc.gov/handhygiene/training.html