Hospital Grand Rounds

Children's National Hospital Grand Rounds

Join the Children’s National community at Hospital Grand Rounds! 

8:00am-9:00am Wednesdays (Sept-June)

Children’s National’s Sheikh Zayed Campus Auditorium (Washington, DC)

Children’s National Hospital Grand Rounds are open to physicians, nurses, physician assistants, social workers, healthcare administrators, allied health professionals, and students in the Children’s National community and the greater Washington, DC metropolitan area. 

This year’s guests and Children’s speakers will present on how clinical, health policy, research, and educational topics can impact our work and our patients and their families.  2015-2016 sessions include: Health Payment, Implicit Bias, Template Matching, Radiology, Mental Health, Breastfeeding, and Spinal Fusion.  Please see our schedule below. 

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Upcoming Sessions

Upcoming Sessions

Printable Monthly Schedule: February 2016 

February 2016

February 3 - Boots on the Ground: CDC EIS Officers in the Ebola Response 

We will focus on the Epidemic Intelligence Services (EIS) officers who were deployed in response to the 2014 Ebola outbreak and their experiences. Feb. 3 Flyer

  • Grace D. Appiah, MD, MS - LCDR, US Public Health Service Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer CDC/ NCIRD / Influenza Division 

February 8 Zika at Our Doorstep: Key Information for Clinicians, Travelers, and Pregnant Women 

We will discuss the Zika virus and the importance for clinicians, travelers, and women of children-bearing age. Feb. 8 Flyer

  • Roberta L. DeBiasi, MD, MS - Chief, Division of Pediatric Infectious Disease, Children's National Medical Center; Professor of Pediatrics and Microbiology, Immunology and Tropical Medicine, The George Washington School of Medicine

February 10 - Celebrating International Day of Pediatric Radiology: Past, Present, and Future

  • Dorothy Bulas, MD, FACR, FAIUM, FSRU Vice Chief of Academic Affairs, Fellowship Program Director, Division of Diagnostic Imaging and Radiology, Children’s National 
  • Raymond Sze, MDChief, Division of Diagnostic Imaging and Radiology, Children’s National

February 17 - Joseph E. Robert, Jr. Tribute Anesthetic Risk and the Patient Experience: A Balancing Act

  • Eugenie Heitmiller, MD, FAAP - Chief, Division of Anesthesiology, Sedation and Perioperative Medicine, Children’s National 

February 24 - Implicit Bias

  • Tiffani J. Johnson, MD, MSc - Center for Perinatal and Pediatric Health Disparities Research, Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Archived Lectures: 2016

Archived Lectures: 2016


January 27 -The Stars Are Aligned: Pediatrics and Public Health in a Changing Healthcare System 

Using multiple examples and interactive dialogue, this lecture will explore what these changes mean for collaboration between clinical medicine and public health for the health of children. Jan. 27 Flyer

  • Joshua M. Sharfstein, MD - Former Secretary of Health for the State of Maryland Associate Dean for Public Health Practice and Training, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

January 20 - Animal Models of Brain Development and Autism 

Work presented here will highlight specific strategies employed by the Laboratory for Developmental Neuroscienceat Children’s National to understand the development of key brain regions implicated in autism. Jan. 20 Flyer

  • Joshua Corbin, PhD Associate Professor, Center for Neuroscience Research, Children’s National 

January 13 - Multivariate Matching to Assess Hospital Cost, Quality, and Value

Hospitals and individual providers are constantly being evaluated on quality, cost and now value. This presentation introduces an alternative method to perform benchmarking evaluations using multivariate matching. Jan. 13 Flyer

  • Jeffery Silber, MD, PhD - Director, Center for Outcomes Research, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia; Professor of Pediatrics and Anesthesiology & Critical Care, The Perelman School of Medicine; Professor of Health Care Management, The Wharton School, The University of Pennsylvania 
January 6 - 

Quality and Safety at CNHS: 

Where We Are & Where We Are Going 

Jan. 6 Flyer
  • Rahul Shah, MD - Vice President and Chief Quality and Safety Officer, Children’s National 

Archived Lectures: 2015

Archived Lectures: 2015


December 16 – From Good to Great: Embracing the Parent's Perspective - Annual Update and Conversation with CEO Kurt Newman

A discussion around the more responsive, family-centered Children's National Health System of tomorrow. Led by Dr. Newman with insight from patient parent Ms. Leland. Dec. 16 Flyer

  • Kurt Newman, MD – President and Chief Executive Officer, Children’s National
  • Amanda Leland, MD - Parent of Children's National Patient; Senior Vice President for OceansEnvironmental Defense Fund

December 9 – Taubin Lecture – Telemedicine in the ICU – Virtually There

Cases and examples of how telemedicine has allowed greater access to high quality care as one of the most exciting intersections between technology and medicine.Dec. 9 Flyer /About the Taubin Memorial Lecture

  • James P. Marcin, MD, MPH – Professor, Pediatric Critical Care, UC Davis Children’s Hospital

December 2 – Population Health and Transition to Value

An explanation as to how children's hospitals can improve outcomes for children while managing the transition from fee-for-service models to value-based payment models. Dec. 2 Flyer 

  • Veronica Gunn, MD, MPH, FAAP – Vice President, Population Health Management and Payment Innovation, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

December 1 – World AIDS Day: Pre and Post Exposure Prophylaxis for HIV in Children, Adolescents, and Adults

An update and discussion about Pre/Post Exposure Prophylaxsis and clearing up misconceptions about transmission. Dec. 1 Flyer / Dec. 1 Presentation Slides. 

  • Natella Rakhmanina, MD, PhD, FAAP, AAHIVS – Professor of Pediatrics, The George Washington University; Director, Special Immunology Program, Children’s National


November 25 - Palliative Care Month Mini-Series Part II: Courageous Conversations: Increasing Comfort with Discussing Advanced Care Planning with Patients and their Families

Strategies and tools to help de-mystify death and begin courageous conversations about end-of-live care. Nov. 25 Flyer

  • Tessie October, MD, MPH - Critical Care Medicine, Children’s National

Resources: District of Columbia Advance Directive, Maryland Advance Directive, Virginia Advance Directive

November 18 - Palliative Care Month Mini-Series Part I: Pediatric End of Life Care, Policy and Research

A discussion about the role of researchers and medical professionals in countering myths and providing the best possible palliative care. Nov. 18 Flyer

  • Pamela Hinds, RN, PhD, FAANAssociate Center Director, Center for Translational Science; The Williams and Joanne Conway Chair in Nursing Research; Director, Nursing Research and Quality Outcomes,  Children’s National

November 11 - No Grand Rounds (Veterans Day) 

November 4 - Randolph Lecture – Contemporary Management of Complex Vascular Anomalies

The important patterns, classification systems, and interdisciplinary management programs that scientists and clinicians need to understand. Nov. 4 Flyer

  • Richard G. Azizkhan, MD, Phd (Hon) - President and CEO, Children’s Hospital & Medical Center, Omaha, NE 


October 28 - The Pediatrician’s Role in Helping Mothers Achieve Their Breastfeeding Goals - Sponsored by the AAP Section on Breastfeeding Lectureship Grant 

The essential knowledge and skills that pediatricians need to help ensure that mothers who wish to breastfeed receive the care and support they need.  Oct. 28 Flyer 

  • Ann Kellams, MD, FAAP, IBCLC, FABM - Director, Well Newborn and Breastfeeding Medicine Services; Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of Virginia 

October 21 - Lewander Lecture - The Evaluation of Febrile Infants and Young Children in the ED: 2015 and Beyond - Hosted by the Children's National Residency Program

A discussion on evaluating febrile children with/without serious bacterial infections, as impacted by changing epidemiology, vaccines, and diagnostic technology. Oct. 21 Flyer

  • Nathan Kuppermann, MD, MPH - Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics; Bo Tomas Brofeldt Endowed Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of California, Davis School of Medicine

October 14 - Surviving Medical Payment Reform with Value: The Spinal Fusion Surgical Home

Learn about the creation of Children's National's innovative Spinal Fusion Surgical Home, one of the first pediatric perioperative surgical homes. Oct. 14 Flyer

  • Karen Thomson, MD Medical Director, Perioperative Care Clinic (POCC); Department of Anesthesiology, Children’s National 
  • Matt Oetgen, MD -Division Chief, Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine, Children’s National 

October 7 - Holbrook Lecture - Risky Business - Learning from Others: A Capital Idea (Please note, only a portion of the presentation is available in the recording.)

A panel of experts from the medical, military and aerospace, and music industries discuss leadership, teamwork, and resiliency. Oct. 7 Flyer  

  • Kevin J. Fong, MSC, MRCP, FRCA Consultant in Anesthesia, University College London Hospitals; Clinical Lead, Space Medicine, Centre for Aviation Space and Extreme Environment Medicine
  • Allan Goldman, MD Divisional Director, Critical Care Services, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children 
  • Rear Admiral Jeffrey Harbeson - Deputy Director, Politico-Military Affairs for Europe, NATO, and Russia, Strategic Plans and Policy Directorate, Joint Staff, United States Navy 
  • Peter Laussen, MB. BS., FCICM Chief, Critical Care Medicine, The Hospital for Sick Children 
  • Hilary Davan Wetton - Musical Director, City of London Choir, Hastings Philharmonic Choir, and Surrey Festival Choir; Conductor Emeritus, Milton Keynes City Orchestra and Guilford Choral Society 


September 30 - The Long Road to Health Equity in America 
  • The Honorable Louis W. Sullivan, MD - U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, 1989-1993; President Emeritus, Morehouse School of Medicine
September 23 - Saving Face on Facebook: Social Network Etiquette and Legal Risk 
  • Rebecca F. Cady, Esquire - Executive Director of Risk Management; Deputy Risk Counsel, Children’s National

September 21 - My Kid's in Pain! Now What? Pediatric Pain Management and Opioids

A guide for pediatricians about opioid and non-opioid analgesics. Sept. 21 Flyer

  • Celeste Martin, MD - Division of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, Children's National
  • Sarah Reece-Stremtan, MD - Division of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, Children's National 

September 16 - Bernstein Professorship - Improving Community Health: Going Upstream

A discussion about the role that broader community partnerships can play in improving health outcomes for children in our community. Sept. 16 Flyer

  • Mark Weissman, MD - Vice President, Goldberg Center for Community Pediatric Health; Division Chief, General Pediatrics and Community Health, Children’s National
September 9  - Clark Professorship - Innovations in Drug Development: How Children's National is Taking a Leadership Role in Faster, Better, and Cheaper Drugs
  • Eric Hoffman, PhD - Director, Research Center for Genetic Medicine, Children’s National; Professor and Chairman, Department of Integrative Systems Biology, George Washington University; Co-Founder, ReveraGen Biopharma 

September 2 - Katrina, a Decade Later: Pediatric Disaster Readiness 

  • Steven Krug, MD - Professor of Pediatrics, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine; Head, Division of Emergency Medicine, Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital 


  • June 3 - Rixse Lecture - Resilience and Protective Factors in the Lives of Adolescents: Science and Strategies - Michael D. Resnick, Ph.D., FSAHM - University of Minnesota
  • June 10 - Research Updates from the Sheik Zayed Surgical Innovations Team - Panel of Speakers representing : Velano Vascular, REBIScan, Stethaid, Otomagnetics, Vittamed, mGene, CareALine, and Primo-Lacto
  • June 24 - WATCH Lecture: Diversity and Mentorship - Hannah Valantine, M.D.Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity National Institutes of Health (NIH)


  • May 27 - Michael Lecture, Andrew Serazin, PhD
  • May 20 - Education Lecture - Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Opportunities & Challenges - Paramjit T. Joshi, MD, Children's National Health System
  • May 13 - Plastic Surgery Lecture - Evolution of Spring Assisted Surgery and Its Implementation of Craniosynostosis - Lisa R. David, MD, FACs - Wake Forest University
  • May 6 - Einhorn Lecture - Pediatric AIDS: Bending the Arc Towards Elimination - Stephen Arpadi, MD, MSc - Columbia University Medical Center


  • April 29 - BOV Simulation, Mary Waller, PhD, York University in Toronto
  • April 22 (12 pm) -Leikin Lecture - Revisiting Assent in Pediatric Research and Clinical Care - Doug Diekema, MD, MPH, Treuman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics
  • April 22 - Greenburg Lecture, Education Day - Making It Count: Turning Your Education Work into Scholarship - Ruth-Marie (Rhee) Fincher, MD, Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University
  • April 15 - Garbose Lecture, Cardiac Innovations - Pediatric Innovation and Medical Intelligence - Anthony C. Chang, MD, MBA, MPH, Children's Hospital of Orange County
  • April 8 - Schisgall Lecture, David J. Hackam, MD, PhD, FACS Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • April 1 - Cockerham Lecture, Doctor’s Day March 30th, “Children’s National Health System 2015,” Denice Cora-Bramble, MD, MBA


  • March 25 - Van Metre Professorship - Innovations in Pediatric Pacemakers and Defibrillators - Charles Berul, MD, Chief, Division of Cardiology, Children's National Health System
  • March 18 - Family Centered Rounds - Leveraging Educational Innovations in our Evolving Healthcare Environment, Mary Ottolini, MD, MPH, Vice Chair of Education, Children's National Health System; Mark Weissman, MD, Division Chief, General and Community Pediatrics at Children's National; pediatric hospitalist Neha Shah, MD, critical care specialist Lillian Su, MD, and Kurt Newman, MD, CEO of Children's National Health System
  • March 11 - Story Landis, PhD, Director, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), National Institutes of Health
  • March 4 - Safety, Rahul Shah, MD, Joseph E. Robert, Jr. Center for Surgical Care 


  • February 25 - Sickle Cell Research, Susan Perrine-Faller, MD, Howard University School of Medicine
  • February 18 - Randolph Lecture (Pediatric Surgery), Mark Hoffman, MD 
  • February 11 - Adolescent Transitioning, Patience White, MD
  • February 4 - Personal Glimpses into the Evolution of Truncus Arteriosus Repair, Gus Mavroudis, MD


  • January 28 - Children's National Telemedicine Update, Craig Sable, MD
  • January 21 - Sydney Snyder Safety Lecture, Gerald Hickson, MD
  • January 14 - "Detection, Assessment and Treatment of Eating Disorders in Pediatric Primary Care,” Silber Lecture, Angela Guarda, M
Archived Lectures: 2014

Archived Lectures: 2014


  • Dec. 17 - Annual Update and Conversation with CEO Kurt Newman, Kurt Newman, MD
  • Dec. 10 - "Intensive Caring: Blending Science, Service and Value," Gregory Mark Taubin Memorial Lecture, Robin Steinhorn, MD, University of California Davis Medical Center
  • Dec. 3 - World AIDS Day (Dec. 1), Donna Futterman, MD, Director, Adolescent AIDS Program, Children's Hospital at Montefiore


  • Nov. 19 - Serious Safety Case Review (#1), Rahul Shah, MD, Vice President, Chief Quality and Safety Officer at Children’s National and Associate Surgeon-in-Chief, Joseph E. Robert Jr., Center for Surgical Care, President of the Medical Staff, and Medical Director of Peri-operative Services; Charlie Berul, MD, Chief of Cardiology at Children’s National and Co-Director of the Children’s National Heart Institute; and Lillian Su, MD, a pediatric critical care intensivist at Children's National
  • Nov. 12 - Foglia-Hills Professorship, Nobuyuki Ishibashi, MD, Director, Cardiac Surgery Research Laboratory at Children's Research Institute
  • Nov. 5 - Palliative Care Speaker, Sarah Freibert, MD, Director, Haslinger Family Pediatric Palliative Care Center at Akron Children's Hospital 


  • Oct. 29 - 8 am - 9 am, Auditorium, Hospital Grand Rounds, "Sickle Cell Anemia: Past, Present, and Future," Dr. Griffin Rodgers, Director, NIDDK
  • Oct. 22 - "Communicating Diagnostic Reasoning During Case Presentations: A Prescription for Decreasing Errors?", Mary Ottolini, MD, MPH, Cristina Tuluca, MD, and Nicole Akar-Ghibril, MD
  • Oct. 17 - Enterovirus Preparedness, Infectious Disease team
  • Oct. 15 - Ebola Preparedness, Infectious Disease team
  • Oct. 8 - "Fostering Academic Success at Children’s National," Stephen Teach, MD
  • Oct. 1 - Lewander Lecture: "Growing Up Fast: The Promises and Pitfalls of Suddenly Paying for Health Care Value Instead of Volume," Dr. Darshak Sanghavi, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation


  • Sept. 24 - March of Dimes:  Boldness and Advocacy in Action, Edward R. B. McCabe, MD, PhD | Video 
  • Sept. 17 - Holbrook Lecture:  "Pediatric health care in the era of 'Reform'.  What are our options?" James Mandell, MD | Video
  • Sept. 10 - Youth and Sports Safety, David Satcher, MD, PhD | Video


  • June 25 - Michael Lecture: From Venture Capital to Venture Commons | Video
  • June 18 - Research Update:  Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovations | Video
  • June 11 - Lyme Disease | Video
  • June 4 - Life Course and Child Health Disparities | Video 


  • May 28 - Rixse Lecture - PID in Adolescents: Using Research to Reduce Health Disparities | Video
  • May 21 - WATCH Lecture - Advancing diversity in academic medicine: The role of mentors, sponsors and coaches | Video
  • May 14 - Garbose Lecture - Are ECG Screening Programs for Athletes a Good Idea? | Video
  • May 8 - Pediatric Surgical Innovations Grand Rounds - Creating a State-of-the-Art MIS Facility for Neonates and Infants: Developing the Right Techniques, Finding the Right Tools, and Using it to Help Train the World | Video
  • May 7 - Pediatric Urgent Care - Expanding the Boundaries of the Emergency Department | Video


  • April 30 - Silber Lecture - The Changing Face of Eating Disorders in 2014: What Pediatricians Need to Know | Video
  • April 23 - Leonard Rome Visiting Professorship - America’s New Children: The Health and Well-being of Children in Immigrant Families | Video
  • April 9 - Research Week Keynote - Genetics | Video
  • April 8 - Greenberg Lecture | Video
  • April 2 - Cockerham Lecture | Video


  • March 26 - Einhorn Lecture
  • March 24 - Airway Pressure Release Ventilation 
  • March 19 - Safety Session
  • March 12 - Cell Therapies for Infection, Inflammation, and Cancer - Broadening Accountability 
  • March 7 - Angeline Parks Ophthalmology Grand Rounds  | Video 
  • March 5  - Snyder Safety Lecture - Failure to Rescue: A New Quality Metric in Pediatric Heart Surgery | Video 


  • February 26 - Schisgall Lecture | Video
  • February 19 - Doctor Coach: Optimizing Performance in Medical Education
  • February 12 - Making Lemonade: A Model for a Virtual Learning Community for Practice Improvement and MOC Credit (The Children’s National Health Network Experience)
  • February 5 - Toll Lecture - Understanding the Reasons for Racial/Ethnic Differences in Survival Among Children with Acute Leukemia | Video


  • January 29 - Leiken Lecture - Pediatric Ethics - Lessons from SUPPORT: Ethical Implications of Research on Medical Practices | Video
  • January 22  - LEAN - Continuous Improvement: Where we are and where we're going | Video
  • January 15  - Bridging Stem Cell Technology with Tissue Vasculatization in Regenerative Medicine | Video 
  • January 8 - Gilbert Professorship - Neurofibromatosis | Video 
Archived Lectures: 2013

Archived Lectures: 2013

  • December 18 - Improving Early Detection of the Deteriorating Patient Through the Last Rescue Collaborative | Watch the video
  • December 11 - Randolph Lecture | Watch the video 
  • December 4 - Taubin Lecture - Fumbles and Interceptions: Critical Thinking and Teamwork in the ICU
  • November 27 - Evaluating Effectiveness of HIV Care in Light of the Affordable Care Act
  • November 20 - 5 Ways to Improve Small-Group Teaching | Download the PDF | Watch the video
  • November 13 - Health Information Technology in Pediatric Care Delivery, Research, and Population Health | Watch the video 
  • November 6 - The Placenta | Watch the video
  • October 30 - Abu Dhabi's Strategic Vision in GME Including Recent Achievements and Future Initiatives
  • October 23 - We Stand for Children
  • October 16 - Clinical Documentation Improvement
  • October 9 - Pediatric Heart Transplantation: A Review and an Update | Download the PDF | Watch the video
  • October 2 - Embedding Pediatric Simulation into the Institutional Fabric: "Next Generation" Paradigms of Healthcare Education, Preparedness, Research, and Safety | Watch the video
  • September 25: Treating Chronic Pain in Patients is Difficult, How Can You Manage These Patients Within Your Specialty or Practice? | Download the PDF
  • September 18 - Introduction to Milestones: Building a Better Doctor | Download the PDF | Watch the video
  • September 11 - Complexity and Critical Care | Download the PDF
  • April 24 - Einhorn Lecture | Watch the video
Archived Lectures: 2012

Archived Lectures: 2012

  • October 17 - How FDA Regulates MRI Systems | Download the PDF
  • October 10 - Can CME save lives? Aligning and Education for Quality | Download the PDF
  • October 3 - Brainy Camps: Expanding Medical Care Beyond the Walls of Children's National | Download the PDF
  • September 26 - Blast Injuries: Terrorism Implications for Children during Peacetime/Wartime/Global Conflicts | Download the PDF
  • September 18 - Feet on the Ground - Eye on the Prize. Update of Health Information Technology Programs and Healthcare Reform
  • September 12  Children's National - Believe. Dream. Transform. Changing the Future of Pediatric Medicine