We would first like to thank David G. Poplack, MD (Elise C. Young Professor of Pediatric Oncology; head of the Hematology/Oncology Section, Department of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine; and Director of Texas Children’s Cancer Center) whose vision of the importance of education in preparing leaders in the field of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology provided the impetus and platform for our work. His leadership provides a model of reflective practice in action. More information about the Texas Children’s Cancer Center and the fellowship program is available at txch.org.
We would also like to express our deep gratitude to Ralph Feigin, MD. Dr. Feigin, who passed away in 2008, was the J.S. Abercrombie Professor of Pediatrics and Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine and physician-in-chief of the Texas Children’s Hospital; physician-in-chief, Pediatric Services, Ben Taub General Hospital, Harris County Hospital District; chief of the Pediatric Service, The Methodist Hospital, Houston, Texas. Dr. Feigin was a remarkable leader. His commitment to excellence in pediatric service, education, and research was unparralled. Dr. Feigin’s many awards included the 1995 Joseph W. St. Geme, Jr. Leadership Award (given by vote of all the major pediatric clinical and research organizations) and the 2007 Howland Award from the American Pediatric Society.
The following faculty have been instrumental in the development of our basic methods through their participation in the ongoing seminar for fellows in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology.
Gladstone Airewele, MD
Carl Allen, MD, PhD
Susan Blaney, MD
Julienne Brackett, MD
Stephen Gottschalk, MD
Lindsey Kilburn, MD (now at Children’s National Medical Center)
Ching Lau, MD, PhD
Kathryn Leung, MD
Donald Mahoney, Jr., MD
Jodi Muscal, MD
Dean Lee, MD, PhD (now at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX)
G. Doug Myers, M.D. (now at U. of Missouri Kansas City & Children’s Mercy Hospitals)
Donald W. (Will) Parsons, MD, PhD
Karen Rabin, MD, PhD
Ghadir Sasa, MD
Douglas Strother, MD (now at Alberta’s Children’s Hospital, Calgary, Alberta, Canada)
We would also like to thank the many fellows who have participated in the seminar since its inception. Without their willingness to examine the challenges of their experience and collaborate in the development of our methods, none of this would have been possible.
The following colleagues have played an active role in translating the basic methods to seminars and workshops for residents and community pediatricians.
Armando Correa, MD (Baylor Academic General Pediatrics)
Brenda Evans Hart, JD (Baylor Risk Management)
Paul Haidet, MD (Baylor Department of Internal Medicine)
Mayson Mead-Planck, JD (TCH Risk Management)
Parth Mehta, MD, MPH (Baylor, Pediatrics, Hematology/Oncology)
Geeta Singhal, MD (Baylor Academic General Pediatrics)
Graciela B. Villarreal, MD (Baylor Academic General Pediatrics)
Melody Brown-Hellsten, RN, MSN, CPNP (now at the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, TX
Kathleen Franchek-Roa, MD (now at the University of Utah Health Sciences Center, Salt Lake City, UT)
Shakila Khan, MD (now at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN)
We are very grateful to our colleagues at the University of Iowa for offering detailed review and critique of our methods and this website, particularly John A. Widness, MD (professor of Pediatrics & Director, Neonatology Fellowship Program; Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine), Donna D’Alessandro, MD (professor of Pediatrics, Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, and University of Iowa Children’s Hospital), and Dennis C. Harper, PhD (Director, REACH-College of Education; Professor of Education, Pediatrics & Public Health).
J. Douglas Alexander (formerly of Baylor’s Center for Collaborative and Interactive Technologies) designed our former website and the software that operates it. He also offered invaluable training and consultation in its administration.
Rachel Shada, MHR provided editorial assistance.
We owe a special thanks to our patients and families who are invaluable sources of hard-won knowledge, inspiration and boundless creativity. We should always remember that our goal is to improve outcomes for those we serve. Some of the images used on this website were produced by children at Texas Children’s Cancer Center and other hospitals around the world. Making a Mark: An Exhibition of Art by Children Touched by Cancer and Blood Disorders are held each year by The Periwinkle Foundation and Texas Children’s Cancer Center. We invite you to visit the Periwinkle Arts in Medicine Program where you can see works from prior exhibitions. Please tell others about this program and encourage them to submit artwork for future exhibits.
Finally, we wish to thank the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations for the generous support of our work and the development of our website. Since 1981, the AVD Foundations has focused grants in health care on “caring attitudes” that promote the humane aspects of patient care, and in particular, programs that lead to organizational and transformational change in medical education.
The site is dedicated to our families and to health care providers everywhere who put service to others above self-interest.
Ernest Frugé, PhD
Jan E. Drutz, MD
Marc E. Horowitz, MD