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Pediatric Specialty Care Spotlight. Shriners Hospitals for Children — Chicago

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Headshape and Ears |Non-Surgical Treatments for Babies

In this panel interview, Marissa Foss and Patricia Engebretson discuss ear anomalies in children and positional plagiocephaly (brachycephaly). They explain ways to help prevent them, how they're diagnosed, and the treatment options available at Shriners Hospital for Children Chicago.


Infection Control, "Super Bugs" and Antibiotic Resistance

Kim Romberg, MSN, RN, CIC discusses antibiotic resistance. She explains the many theories of what's causing the resistance, and how good antibiotic stewardship and other infection prevention strategies may be the best way to decrease the resistance to super bugs.


Intensive Rehabilitation for Acute Flaccid Myelitis

Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM) is a rare but serious disease that has polio-like symptoms where muscles and refluxes in the body become weak. According to the CDC, in 2018 alone there were 193 cases in 39 states. Dr. Sue Mukherjee explains the AFM virus, what may cause it and the intensive rehabilitation care and services available at Shriners Hospital for Children-Chicago.


Patient Spotlight: Evan and Terilyn's Cleft Journey

Listen in as a mother of two children shares her powerful story alongside her children's doctor of her children's unexpected diagnosis of cleft lip and palate. April and Dr. Morris are hoping to help families dealing with this diagnosis.


Caring for Clubfoot in Children - The Latest Research and Treatments

Clubfoot may look like the foot is lying on its side with the bottom of the foot facing in towards the middle and the feet are usually stiff and difficult to get out of this position. Dr. Peter Smith discusses how clubfoot is a specialty of the hospital's team of pediatric orthopaedic surgeons, why the team approach at Shriners provides the best care for patients, and how Shriners Hospital for Children is leading the way with the latest research and treatments for clubfoot.


Bracing, Prosthetics and POPS at Shriners Chicago

Bill Craggs, CPO and Jeffrey Ackman, MD discuss the types of orthopaedic conditions children may need braces for. In this panel discussion, they will also share what prosthetics and orthothic devices for children are offered and how the specialists at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Chicago has the largest clinic in Chicago for children with limb differences and prosthetics.


Sports Medicine for Children

Kelsey Elaine Davidson, MD discusses the most common sports injuries she sees, how sports medicine differs from orthopedics, and how to treat those injuries in growing children.


Speech Therapy at Shriners Hospitals for Children- Chicago

In this panel interview, Sarah Richards, MS, CCC-SLP and Kathyrn Hess, MS, CCC-SLP discuss why certain children need speech therapy, what an appointment is like, and how Shriners Hospitals for Children uses the latest technology in speech therapy for Cleft palate and craniofacial conditions.


Plastic Surgery, Jaw Surgery, Scar Revisions and Birthmarks

The pediatric plastic surgery service provides reconstructive procedures for children and young adults with congenital, developmental and acquired deformities. Lee, Alkureishi, M.D. discusses why a child might need plastic surgery and the many plastic surgery options for children at Shriners Hospital for Children- Chicago.



Arthrogryposis is a congenital condition of joint contracture. A joint is stuck in a position due to thin, weak or missing muscles surrounding the joint. Dr. Sue Mukhurjee and Dr. Haluk Altiok explain Arthrogryphosis and treatment options available at Shriners Hospitals for Children-Chicago.


Cerebral Palsy Care for Children

Shriners Hospitals for Children — Chicago has an extensive cerebral palsy program comprised of physicians, nurses; physical, occupational and speech therapists; social worker care managers and RN care managers. Our pediatric specialists offer a combined 75 years of expertise in caring for the child with mild to complex cases of cerebral palsy. Nancy Scullion, PT, MPT, PCS Senior Physical Therapist at Shriners Hospitals for Children - Chicago, discusses the specialty CP clinic at Shriners...


Patient Story | Alec and Dr. Peter Smith

In this patient centered segment, Alec Cabacungan, national patient spokesperson for Shriners Hospitals for Children and Dr. Peter Smith, MD, Director of the Osteogenesis Imperfecta Clinic at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Chicago, join the show to share Alec's story of inspiration, determination and how Shriners Hospitals for Children — Chicago helped Alec and why he thinks other families should come here.


Nursing at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Chicago

It is the mission of the nurses at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Chicago to demonstrate excellence by applying knowledge and skills to provide compassionate care. The nursing team embraces the responsibility to preserve integrity and strives to provide a safe and respectful environment, through maintaining competency and promoting professional growth. Theresa Martinez, RN, MSN, BSN, CCRN-K shares how the nurses at Shriners Hospitals for Children- Chicago are committed to excellence in...


Pediatric Rehabilitation Services Provided at Shriners Chicago

The rehabilitation department at Shriners Hospitals for Children - Chicago provides evidence-based, individualized physical, occupational, speech and recreational therapy by expert, compassionate professionals in a collaborative, positive and supportive environment. Ann Flanagan, PT PCS, and Rachel Galant, MSNM, OTR/L share an overview of the multidisciplinary pediatric rehabilitation services provided at Shriners and some of the latest technology in pediatric rehab today.


Pediatric Neurologist on Muscular Dystrophy and Neuromuscular Conditions

Neuromuscular disorders can weaken the nerves that control your body's muscles and movements. Gradually these diseases can cause twitches, aches, cramping, and often times the inability to use those muscles again. Shriners Hospitals for Children — Chicago, is an MDA affiliated clinic. We offer multidisciplinary team care for children with various forms of musculardystrophy and neuromuscular diseases. Kenneth Silver, MD discusses neuromuscular disorders in children, and how the MDA clinic is...


Recreational Therapy / Child Life at Shriners Hospitals

Hospitalization can be a stressful time for your child and your family. By helping your child prepare, you can make the hospital experience more comfortable and positive Amanda Hogle, CTRS Recreational Therapist, and Allison Goldstein, B.S., CCLS Certified Child Life Specialist, share tips for parents to prepare their child for a hospital visit and why recreation and activities are particularly important for children with special needs or physical disabilities.


A Team-Based Approach to Spina Bifida at Shriners-Chicago

The designated spina bifida team at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Chicago, provides care for all types of spina bifida. Haluk Altiok, MD, discusses the multidisciplinary, team-based approach to help children with spina bifida reach the highest level of health and independence in their homes, schools and communities.


Hand Conditions in Children & Brachial Plexus

Hand disorders in children are more common than people realize, and there are many new treatments to help children with hand conditions such as syndactyly and polydactyly. Pediatric hand surgery is a growing field that takes extra precise skills plus the caring nature of working with children. In this podcast, Felicity Fishman, M.D, discusses hand conditions in children, including syndactyly, polydactyly, and brachial plexus, and the treatment options available at Shriners Hospital for...


Specialty Orthopaedics: a Patient Experience at Shriners

The pediatric orthopaedic surgery service at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Chicago includes board-certified pediatric orthopaedic surgeons and neurosurgeons from the faculty of first-class teaching institutions in the Chicagoland area. Our Chicago pediatric orthopaedic staff works collaboratively with primary care physicians, parents and the patient to develop comprehensive treatment plans that meet the individual needs of each patient. Through innovative pediatric care, we instill...


Arthritis in Children | Shriners Hospitals Care for Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis

Arthritis and other inflammatory joint and autoimmune conditions are very common in children, contrary to what people may think. Children can be diagnosed with arthritis from a very early age. Dr. Linda Wagner-Weiner joins the show to discuss treatment options for children suffering from arthritis and how our overall goal is to restore function and allow each child to reach his or her full potential.