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News Release Archive - 2009

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First Lady Michelle Obama Reads holiday classic at Children's National - December 23, 2009
Washington, DC—First Lady Michelle Obama read the holiday classic ‘Twas the Night before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore, during her holiday visit to Children’s National Medical Center.

First Lady visits Children's National Medical Center - December 22, 2009
Washington, DC—First Lady Michelle Obama, with daughters Malia and Sasha, along with dog Bo, visited patients and staff at Children's National Medical Center on Tuesday, December 22.

William Davis Gaillard, MD, Named to the Board of Directors of the American Epilepsy Society (AES) - December 16, 2009
William Davis Gaillard, MD, chief of the division of Epilepsy and Neurophysiology at Children's National Medical Center, elected to the Board of Directors of the American Epilepsy Society (AES).

Children's National Named to the 2009 Leapfrog Group Best Hospitals List - December 3, 2009
Children's National named as one of only eight children's hospitals in the country named to the Leapfrog Group's 2009 Top Hospitals List.

Children's National Medical Center Critical Care Units Earn Beacon Award for Excellence - December 1, 2009
The Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU) and the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at Children's National Medical Center received the Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence, an award given by the American Association of Critical-Nurses (AACN).

Study: Lap band surgery effective for morbidly obese children - November 1, 2009
A surgeon at Children’s National Medical Center and his colleagues have found laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (Lap band) to improve the health of morbidly obese adolescents.

George Zalzal, MD, receives Distinguished Service Award from American Academy of Otolaryngology - October 28, 2009

Children’s National Presenters at the AAP Conference - October 16, 2009
More than 30 pediatric specialists from Children’s National will be presenting at this year’s American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference, being held in Washington, DC.View the entire list.

Study: Not every child needs a CT scan after head injury - October 7, 2009
Data-driven criteria for physicians can reduce unnecessary CT scans for mild head injuries in children

Pediatrics: Doctors must find better ways to talk to parents about childhood obesity - October 5, 2009
Study finds parents don’t understand importance of growth charts/BMI, Children’s National pediatrician stresses the need for clear communication about seriousness of overweight children

Pediatrics: Kids need specialized care in hospital emergency departments - September 21, 2009
With onset of novel H1N1 flu, pediatric preparedness is essential

New Surgery Institute at Children’s National Medical Center Aims to Improve Surgery and Eliminate Pain - September 16, 2009
$150 million gift creates the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation, with a goal of making surgery less painful, more precise, and less invasive.

Children's National and Partners Awarded Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) from National Institutes of Health - August 24, 2009
The nation's children's hospital partners with The George Washington University and National Children’s Museum to create "Being Me" program that brings science to local schools

Children's National to lead national Mild Traumatic Brain Injury effort - August 20, 2009
Children’s National Medical Center was named the national lead center on mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) by the Sarah Jane Brain Project. Gerard Gioia, PhD, pediatric concussion expert and division chief of Neuropsychology.

Magazines for Women Depict Babies in Unsafe Sleep Environments - August 17, 2009
A study in Pediatrics, led by researchers at Children’s National, found that many pictures in magazines show babies in unsafe sleeping positions.

Read the latest SIDS Research

President Obama Holds Roundtable Discussion on Health Reform at Children's National Medical Center - July 20, 2009
The discussion focused on the unique needs of children and the challenges of ensuring quality healthcare for all children.

Learn more.

Details of the Roundtable Discussion with President Obama - July 20, 2009
President Barack Obama visited Children’s National Medical Center today to learn more about the unique healthcare delivery challenges children’s hospitals and pediatric providers face.

Cancer researchers link DICER1 gene mutation to rare childhood cancer - June 25, 2009
Finding may have implications for gene’s role in other cancers

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Children's National Medical Center Dedicates New Blood Donor Center - June 19, 2009
Washington—Children’s National Medical Center dedicated a new Edward J. Miller, Sr., Blood Donor Center, which provides an invaluable service to many patients who need blood products. Children’s National is one of a handful of children’s hospitals nationwide to have an in-house blood donor center.

Children's National Hosts International Leaders to Raise Awareness About Sickle Cell Disease - June 19, 2009

U.S. News & World Report Ranks Children's National Medical Center Among Best Children's Hospitals - June 18, 2009
Washington, DC—Children’s National Medical Center is once again ranked among America’s best pediatric institutions by U.S. News & World Report. Children’s National ranks among the elite of pediatric specialty care providers in the country in eight pediatric subspecialty areas.

Imaging is now Easier for the Area's Vulnerable Children - June 9, 2009
Children’s National Medical Center is the First in the Region with a Portable CT Scanner

Concussion Experts: For Kids - No Sports, No Schoolwork, No Text Messages - June 8, 2009

Dr. Anthony Sandler Named to the Diane and Norman Bernstein Professorship in Pediatric Surgery at Children's National - May 26, 2009
Dr. Sandler received the first-ever endowed professorship in the Joseph E. Robert, Jr., Center for Surgical Care. 

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The Area's Most Fragile Babies Have A New Home - May 15, 2009

Children's Research Institute hosts 9th Annual Research Day - May 12, 2009
Children's Research Institute at Children's National held its 9th annual Research Day on April 30, 2009. More than 200 posters highlighted the breadth and depth of translational pediatric research conducted at Children's National.

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Baier Media Room Advances Critical Care at Children's National Medical Center - May 5, 2009
Children’s National Medical Center dedicated the Paul Francis Baier Comprehensive Media Room on May 1, 2009.

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Children's National Experts Present at Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting - May 1, 2009
Topics range from study of urban health issues including HIV to best practices in education and advocacy.

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Children's National Medical Center Receives National Health Care Award from Academic Pediatric Association - April 29, 2009
Goldberg Center for Community Pediatric Health recognized as a national leader in improving healthcare to underserved children.

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Children's National unveils display to raise awareness of violence against youth - April 13, 2009

T-shirts created by teens depict powerful messages about the impacts of violence

Children’s National Medical Center unveiled the third annual Clothesline Project exhibition, featuring T-shirts designed by youth who have witnessed or experienced violence.

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Children’s Pediatrician on Today Show - April 1, 2009
Ivor Horn, MD, a pediatrician, offers tips to parents for talking about puberty. Watch the segment from the Today Show>

Children’s pioneering electronic medical records system - April 1, 2009
Brian Jacobs, MD, demonstrates how Children’s has transitioned to electronic medical records systems, and how the hospital is helping local pediatricians do the same. Listen to the story on NPR.

First Treatment for Muscular Dystrophy in Sight: Scientists Harness Exon-Skipping in Large Animal to Successfully Treat Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy - March 13, 2009
Researchers from Children’s National Medical Center and colleagues in Tokyo publish results, video of first successful trial in dogs with Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Children's National Medical Center Opens New Operating Rooms, Waiting Area - March 12, 2009
State-of-the-art ORs offer latest technology for minimally invasive surgery.

Children's National Research Links Platelets to Sepsis-Related Organ Failure - March 9, 2009
Conventionally thought to be the bloodstream’s “innocent bystanders,” platelets may actually play a more sinister role in organ failure caused by severe sepsis

Ugandan Children Receive Life-Saving Treatment for Heart Defects - February 23, 2009
Through partnership with Samaritan’s Purse and Gift of Life, patients travel to United States.

Children’s National Medical Center Trauma Center Receives Highest Verification From American College of Surgeons - February 11, 2009
Children’s National is the only hospital in the DC-Baltimore region to receive this verification, which recognizes the team’s dedication to providing optimal care for injured children throughout the region.

Pediatrics Study: Involve Adolescents in End-of-Life Medical Decisions - February 9, 2009
Children’s National experts say early planning before a serious event occurs can foster trust and communication between the child, the family, and care providers.

Children's National Medical Center Specialists Named "Best Doctors" by Northern Virginia Magazine - January 28, 2009
Northern Virginia Magazine - Best Docs 2009 - read moreSixty-six doctors from Children’s National Medical Center were honored as the region’s "Best Doctors" in the February 2009 issue of Northern Virginia magazine. Children’s National is the only medical center in the greater metropolitan area dedicated exclusively to pediatric care.

Children’s National Leadership Education In Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Program (LEND) Receives Grant To Expand Audiology Program - January 22, 2009
Washington, DC— The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) awarded the District of Columbia Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) Program at Children’s National Medical Center an expansion grant for training related to hearing and speech disabilities.

Children’s National Scientists Uncover Key Developmental Mechanisms Of The Amygdala - January 12, 2009
Findings could have implications for brain alterations associated with autism

Washington, DC—For the first time, scientists at Children’s National Medical Center have successfully identified a key developmental program for the amygdala — the part of the limbic system that impacts how the brain creates emotional memories and responses.

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