Children's National and Inova Health Systems Collaborate in Pediatric Specialty Care September 30, 2013

Fairfax, Va -- Pediatric Specialists of Virginia begins operations today as a collaboration between Children's National and Inova. Designed to make pediatric specialty care more accessible to families in Virginia, the specialty practice offers pediatric services in:  Oncology and Hematology, Gastroenterology, Genetics, Nephrology, and Orthopaedics. Additional services will be added in the coming year.

The practice is led by two Chief Medical Officers: Ian Leibowitz, MD, will serve as the Chief Medical Officer for Medical Services and Jeffrey Hanway, MD, will serve as the Chief Medical Officer for Surgical Services. They are joined by Gregg R. Florentin, who will serve as Chief Operating Officer.  Loring Flint, MD, Inova’s Chief Medical Officer, and David Wessel, MD, Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for Hospital and Specialty Services, Children’s National, will serve jointly as CEOs.

 “Nationally, there aren’t enough pediatric specialists to meet demand, and that imbalance is pronounced in Northern Virginia for many specialties, said Dr. Leibowitz. “The Inova system provides broad reach with families in the Northern Virginia market, and Children’s National provides enhanced pediatric specialty focus. Working together to form Pediatric Specialists of Virginia, two leading organizations can serve children more effectively.”

 “Working together, Children’s National and Inova – both leaders in health care – will better serve patients and families in Virginia,” said Dr. Leibowitz.

"This collaboration is a perfect illustration of how true innovators can work together to focus on what best serves children and families," said Dr. Hanway.  "As the healthcare market changes, this partnership is an important and novel model that ensures the needs of children are met."     

Pediatric specialists affiliated with each health system will practice together in several locations.  (For more information about specialty locations, consult the Pediatric Specialists of Virginia website.) Current patients of all the specialists involved have received information about the new collaboration and will have access to the combined clinical care teams. 

Dr. Leibowitz, serving as Chief Medical Officer for Medical Services, has been a practicing Pediatric Gastroenterologist for more than 25 years and has been the Director of Inova’s Pediatric Digestive Diseases Center for seven years. Dr. Leibowitz specializes in Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Gastro-esophageal Reflux Disease, and leads quality improvement initiatives in gastroenterology. Dr. Leibowitz attended Medical School at St George's School Of Medicine and completed his fellowship at Georgetown University.  

Dr. Hanway, serving as the Chief Medical Officer for Surgical Services, is also the Associate Chief of the Division of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine at Children's National. As a pediatric orthopaedic subspecialist, Dr. Hanway has served the patients of Northern Virginia for more than 19 years. Dr. Hanway specializes in spinal deformity surgery and leads the sports medicine section of the Children’s National Orthopaedic Department. Dr. Hanway attended Medical School at Harvard University and completed his fellowship at the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital. 

Gregg R. Florentin, serving as Chief Operating Officer, has held executive positions in Managed Care, Hospital Operations, and Physician Services, in Oregon and Maryland. Most recently he completed a two year role as Chief Operating Officer for a large integrated delivery system in Abu Dhabi, UAE. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Utah and an MHA from the University of Phoenix/Vancouver Graduate School, Washington State.  

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About Pediatric Specialists of Virginia

Pediatric Specialists of Virginia provides pediatric specialty care services to the Northern Virginia community through a collaborative agreement between Children’s National Health System and Inova. Committed to delivering the highest levels of quality care, to improving patient outcomes, and the patient experience, Pediatric Specialists of Virginia is transforming care delivery and promoting the health and wellbeing of our patients and families. To learn more go www.PediatricSpecialistsVA.org.  


About Children’s National Health System

Children’s National Health System, based in Washington, DC, has been serving the nation’s children since 1870. Children’s National’s hospital is Magnet designated, and is consistently ranked among the top pediatric hospitals by U.S.News & World Report and the Leapfrog Group. Home to the Children’s Research Institute and the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation, Children’s National is one of the nation’s top NIH-funded pediatric institutions. With a community-based pediatric network, eight regional outpatient centers, an ambulatory surgery center, two emergency rooms, an acute care hospital, and collaborations throughout the region, Children’s National is recognized for its expertise and innovation in pediatric care and as an advocate for all children.

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