June 2, 2015


Stephen Davis, a pharmacy operations manager at Texas Children’s, recently received the 2015 Pharmacy Leadership Award from the Texas Society of Health-System Pharmacists (TSHP).

This prestigious award recognizes a pharmacist who demonstrates leadership and vision in advancing the practice and profession of pharmacy and improving patient care.

During his nearly five years of service at Texas Children’s, Davis collaborated with colleagues to improve processes and modify pharmacy workflows by successfully implementing the DoseEdge Pharmacy Workflow Manager for the Main Campus Central Pharmacy and pharmacy areas at Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women.

The DoseEdge system is a pharmacy workflow solution that interfaces with Texas Children’s EPIC system to automate the process of routing, preparing, inspecting, tracking and reporting IV and oral liquid doses. Since its implementation, Texas Children’s pharmacists have improved dose preparation safety, reduced medication waste and enhanced pharmacy productivity to ensure quality patient care.

In collaboration with the University of Houston College of Pharmacy, where he serves as an adjunct clinical professor, Davis is a program director for the concurrent Master of Science and Health System Pharmacy Administration residency at Texas Children’s.


On Saturday, May 16, Texas Children’s hosted and participated in the Greater Houston-Galveston Society for Clinical Research Associates (SoCRA) educational seminar, which drew an impressive turnout.

Organized by Neurology Senior Regulatory Affairs Coordinator and SoCRA Chapter Chair Aryn Knight, more than 150 clinical research professionals from several Texas Medical Center institutions attended the conference, which included six hour-long presentations by leaders in the field.

Topics included risk-based trial monitoring, research documentation, study feasibility metrics, ethics of informed consent, emergency versus compassionate use investigational new drug applications and developing clinical research careers.

Neurology Project Manager Christina Talley presented an innovative tool for predicting clinical trial costs and evaluating study feasibility. Neurology Senior Research Coordinator Mariam Pontifes participated in a discussion panel with Knight, Talley and others.

Demand for this conference was incredible, reflective of the fast growth and constant change occurring in the field. As host of this successful conference, Texas Children’s delivered a valuable educational service and reinforced its standing as a leader in clinical research.

June 1, 2015

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New machine helps opthalmologists detect early signs of vision loss or problems

Texas Children’s has a new machine, called Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT), which allows pediatric opthalmologists to evaluate for retinal diseases, uvetis and optic nerve disorders. The OCT is an imaging tool that is similar to ultrasound but uses light waves instead of sound waves to create high resolution images of the retina and optic nerve. The Ophthalmology Division at Texas Children’s Hospital is one of the premier pediatric opthalmology surgery programs in the nation with exceptional expertise depth and quality of services and patient volumes. Read more


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Texas Children’s hosts 25th Annual ECMO Conference

More than 125 people recently attended the 25th Annual Specialist Education in Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation Conference organized, in part, by Texas Children’s Hospital. Neonatologists, critical care physicians, surgeons, nurse and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) specialists gathered for three days in the Texas Medical Center to exchange information and ideas about the technique that can provide both cardiac and respiratory support to patients whose hearts and lungs are unable to provide an adequate amount of blood flow and oxygen to sustain life. Read more

May 21

Society of Pediatric Radiology honors imaging researchers with prestigious award

Imaging Researchers at Texas Children’s Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine won the prestigious Pilot Award at the national meeting of the Society of Pediatric Radiology in Seattle where the Texas Children’s team presented 10 posters and 24 scientific abstracts. The team’s abstracts represented almost 20 percent of all those podium presentations accepted from departments around the globe. It is the largest number of scientific abstracts accepted for oral presentations from a single institution at the national meeting. Read more


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Texas Children’s Surgical Team honored at the Texas Capitol

The Texas Children’s surgical team that facilitated the separation surgery of the conjoined Mata twins was honored at the Texas Capitol in Austin. Dr. Darrell Cass, Dr. Larry Hollier and Head OR Nurse Audra Rushing were all recognized on the floor of the State House and the State Senate for their outstanding leadership in preparing for, and successfully executing, the historic separation surgery that occurred for the first time in the Houston area in nearly 20 years. Read more


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Sixth annual Edmond T. Gonzales Surgical Research Day highlights advancements in field of pediatiric surgery

Almost 300 clinicians in the Department of Surgery attended the sixth annual Edmond T. Gonzales Jr. Surgical Research Day at Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women on May 8. The event provided a forum for researchers to unveil their work highlighting remarkable advancements in the field of pediatric surgery. The program featured seven oral presentations and 96 poster presentations spotlighting the academic efforts of the surgical faculty, post graduate fellows, nurses and advanced practice providers. Read more


May 14

Professional organization names award after Texas Children’s otolaryngologist

The American Broncho-Esophagological Association (ABEA) recently honored Dr. Ellen Friedman by renaming its Presidential Citation for Excellence in Foreign Body Management to the Ellen M. Friedman Award for Excellence in Foreign Body Management. Read more

May 14

Dr. Shaine Morris awarded prestigious K23 grant from the National Institutes of Health

Pediatric Cardiologist Dr. Shaine Morris was recently honored with a K23 Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development award from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The goal of the award is to bring recipients to the point where they are able to conduct their research independently and are competitive for major grant support through career development. Read more

May 13

Two NRI researchers among 2015 Debakey Research Award honorees

Two researchers from the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute at Texas Children’s, Dr. Benjamin Doneen and Dr. Olivier Lichtarge, were among the five Baylor College of Medicine faculty members honored with the 2015 Michael E. Debakey, M.D. Excellence in Research Award. Read more

May 13

Texas Children’s Hospital honors Distinguished Surgeon Award recipients

Three surgeons from the Department of Surgery recently received the Distinguished Surgeon Award. This year’s recipients are Dr. O.H. “Bud” Frazier, Dr. Edmond T. Gonzales, Jr. and Dr. David E. Wesson. Read more

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Formerly conjoined twin discharged from hospital

Less than three months after being separated from her twin sister in a 26-hour operation at Texas Children’s Hospital Knatalye Hope Mata was released to the care of her family, just in time for Mother’s Day. Read more


May 8

Dr. John Dormans joins Texas Children’s as chief of Orthopedics

Dr. John Dormans is the new chief of Orthopedics. He also will serve as a professor of orthopedic surgery at Baylor College of Medicine. He has been a clinician and leader at CHOP, serving as the hospital’s chief of orthopedic surgery from 1996 to 2014 and as president of the medical staff and president of Children’s Surgical Associates for four three-year terms. He focused his clinical work on pediatric spinal deformity and musculoskeletal tumors. Read more