We are pleased to report that 6 of the pediatric endocrinology physicians in our division have received Patient Choice Awards. These awards are given out by UI Health Care to recognize physicians for consistently providing patients with an excellent healthcare experience. The recipient physicians were:
Katie Larson Ode
The Award was given to only 156 providers across the entire institution. The Award recognizes those who scored in the top 10% nationally in response to patient surveys asking whether the physician showed concern for patient questions or worries, gave explanations about problem or condition, made efforts to include the patient in care decisions, discussed proposed treatments (options, risks, benefits, etc), and whether they would be likely to recommend the care provider to others. Our division is fortunate to have these Award winning physicians on our team. We thank each of them for their wonderful work. Find more about the awards at this link.
Today the Iowa Institute of Public Health Research and Policy help its 3rd annual Healthy Lifestars Conference. This year’s topic was “Improving Health Outcomes Through Preventing Childhood Obesity”. Our division’s Dr. Kanner spoke at the conference on her area of expertise. Her talk was entitled “The Impact of Adolescent Polycystic Ovary Syndrome on Obesity and the Accompanying Lifestyle and Medicine Management Requirements“. This is one of her areas of clinical expertise. She heads the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital pediatric polycystic ovary syndrome clinic.
Save The Date! Dr. Lauren Kanner has announced that she will host our annual Off To College Class on July 14, 2021 at 5-6 pm. In past years, the class has been held in person, but like in 2020 this year will be held via Zoom. Students, parents, future roommates, and any others interested are welcomed to attend. If you are interested, contact us, either through the email link at Dr. Kanner’s webpage (link) or by contacting our diabetes nursing team.
We congratulate Dr. Kanner on her recent appointment to become the Assistant Clerkship Director of the Pediatrics Medical Student Education team. Dr. Kanner has worked hard to gain this position, and we look forward to the enthusiasm she will bring to education of medical students as they rotate through Pediatrics.
Save The Date! Dr. Lauren Kanner has announced that she will host our annual Off To College Class on July 15, 2020 at 5-6 pm. In past years, the class has been held in person, but this year will be held via Zoom. Students, parents, future roommates, and any others interested are welcomed to attend. If you are interested, contact us, either through the email link at the bottom of Dr. Kanner’s webpage (link) or by contacting our diabetes nursing team.
By invitation, Dr. Lauren Kanner has been installed as the Workshops Co-Chair on the Program Committee for the North American Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology (NASPAG) 2021 Annual Clinical & Research Meeting. In this role, she will help plan and set the agenda for the workshops to occur at this national meeting. She also is now the pediatric endocrine liason for the Fellow Research Consortium of NASPAG. She remains a member of the NASPAG education committee, a role she has maintained since April 2018. Thanks to Dr. Kanner for her hard work in this important area.
Polycystic ovarian syndrome, often abbreviated as PCOS, affects 4-12% of American women. What is less commonly appreciated is that PCOS can start as early as puberty. Symptoms can include irregular periods, excess body/facial hair growth , and acne. Diagnosis of PCOS is less straightforward in adolescents compared to adults. Pediatric endocrinologist Dr. Lauren Kanner has assembled a multidisciplinary clinical team to help tackle PCOS in adolescents. The clinic offers a full PCOS diagnostic work-up and provides ongoing screening and treatment regarding any metabolic, weight, and hyperandrogen concerns. The clinic includes dietary and psychology services. Referral to other specialists needed for care, such as dermatology and gynecology, is also provided. Currently the clinic meets monthly. Browse to the “Clinical Website” on the Links page to find appointment contacts.
Heading off to college is challenging enough, but especially for teens and young adults with diabetes. Issues range from storing insulin in dorms, navigating roommates, knowing about the effects of alcohol, and complete independence of diabetes care. To assist with this transition, Dr. Kanner helped organize and host our inaugural “Diabetes Off To College” class which was held today. The event included dinner and 2 hours of diabetes education for teens and young adults about to head/return to college. The event was held in the beautiful and scenic Press Box on Level 12 of Stead Family Children’s Hospital.
Dr. Kanner has
published a case series aimed at understanding the characteristics and
most common non-cytotoxic causes of primary ovarian insufficiency in
adolescents. Her publication can be found here, and appeared in the Dec 2018 issue of the Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology.