UF Health Pediatrics at the 2023 Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting

UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital is honored to serve as a sponsor of the Pediatric Academic Societies 2023 Conference!

We invite you to learn how UF Health College of Medicine Department of Pediatrics is well-represented at the Pediatric Academic Societies 2023 Conference. We have six speakers, three presenters, and a host of poster presentations.

Connect with the University of Florida Department of Pediatrics at PAS throughout the week by visiting our booth #366 to learn more about our comprehensive pediatric divisions, job opportunities, and more.


Sunday, April 30 | 3:15 PM – 3:30 PM

Session: Children with Chronic Conditions

Reliability of transcutaneous hemoglobin measurements in children in a pediatric outpatient specialties clinic

Presenting Author: Molly Posa, MD
Associate Clinical Professor
University of Florida College of Medicine
Gainesville, FL

Molly Posa

Poster Presentations

UF Health will have nearly 20 poster presentations at the conference’s poster session from our physicians, researchers and students covering a wide variety of leading-edge topics in pediatrics:

Friday, April 28, 2023 |  5:15 PM – 7:15 PM 

  • Clinical Utility of Direct Antigen Test in Hemolytic Disease of Newborn, Abdallah M. Altantawi, MD
  • Lactation Experiences of Black Mothers of Infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Alissandre T. Eugene, Bachelor’s of Science
  • Improving adolescent knowledge gaps through STI education interventions in an ongoing Quality Improvement (QI) project – Florida Islamovic, MD

Saturday, April 29, 2023 | 3:30 PM – 6:00 PM

  • Improving Resident Communication During Patient Deterioration Events Using SBAR: Needs Assessment Survey and Follow-up. Lisa Awe, MD
  • Viral Bronchiolitis: Association Between Etiology, Length of Stay and Disease Severity – Elber Yuksel Aydin, MD
  • “NEC” is a Misnomer: Clinical Phenotypes of Acquired Neonatal Intestinal Injury Using Machine Learning – Daniel R. Gipson, MD
  • Pediatric Emergency Medicine Physicians’ Knowledge, Attitudes, and Behaviors Regarding Adolescent Confidentiality – Colleen K. Gutman, MD
  • Racing Toward Disaster: A 10-Year Retrospective Analysis of Injuries Sustained by Children in the Annual International Amateur Motocross Championship in North Florida – Colleen K. Gutman, MD, Carolyn K. Holland, MD, MEd
  • Racing Toward Disaster: A 10-Year Retrospective Analysis of Injuries Sustained by Children in the Annual International Amateur Motocross Championship in North Florida – Carolyn K. Holland, MD, Med
  • Progression of Enteral Feeding Volumes in Extremely Premature Infants in the ‘Connection Trial’ – Josef Neu, MD
  • Administration Of COVID-19 Vaccination to Adult Caregivers in Pediatric Outpatient Clinics: A Vaccination Cocooning Project – Lauren Rostkowski, BS
  • SARS-CoV-2 IgG Dominant Response in Human Milk, Plasma, and Infant’s Stool After mRNA COVID-19 Booster – Vivian Valcarce, MD

Sunday, April 30, 2023 | 9:15 AM -9:30 AM

  • Comparison of two different approaches for confirming feeding tube position in neonates using point of care ultrasound in a level III NICU in North East Florida – Sfurti Nath, MD, Issa Hanna, MD
  • Diagnostic accuracy of Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS) in confirming feeding tube position in neonates admitted to a level III NICU in a teaching hospital: a feasibility study – Issa Hanna, MD

Sunday, April 30, 2023  | 3:30 PM – 6:00 PM

  • Identifying risk factors for readmission in children with complex medical conditions – Alyx Paul, MD
  • Use of Finerenone in Children with Chronic Kidney Disease and Proteinuria: Design of the FIONA and Open-Label Extension Studies – Joshua Zaritsky, MD, PhD

Monday, May 1, 2023 |  9:30 AM – 11:30 AM

  • Effect of Feeding Tube Dwell Time on the Gastrointestinal Tract Pro-Inflammatory Cytokine Response – Rebecca Koerner, PhD, APRN, CPNP-PC
  • Impact Of Local Antibiogram And Infectious Disease Consult on the Care of Children With Acute Hematogenous Osteomyelitis and Septic Arthritis – Frances Saccoccio, MD PhD
  • Clinical Findings in Infants with Congenital CMV Identified by Targeted Screening – Miranda Solly

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Calling All UF Alumni!

UF Alumni Reception

Please join UF College of Medicine Department of Pediatrics Chair, Dr. Rashmin C. Savani and department faculty for an Alumni Reception.

Saturday, April 29
7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Renaissance Washington DC Downtown Hotel
999 Ninth Dt. NW
Washington, DC 20001

Please RSVP to Heather.Mears@shands.ufl.edu.

Open Opportunities

We are seeking the best and brightest to join our pediatrics team of faculty, healthcare providers, researchers, and administration staff! Click the links below to view open positions.

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The goal of the residency program in Pediatrics is to “provide educational experiences in the diversified field of Pediatrics in an intellectual environment conducive to learning the exemplary practice of Pediatrics.”

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