Department of Pediatrics and Human Development
College of Human Medicine

Register Now: Society of Michigan Neonatologists Annual Conference

The 2017 Society of Michigan Neonatologists Annual Conference will be held September 26-27 at Michigan State University's Henry Center. Keynote speakers include Abbot Laptook, MD of Women and Infant's Hospital/Brown University; Amit Mathur, MD of St. Louis Children's Hospital/Washington University School of Medicine; and Praveen Ballabh, MD of New York Medical College's Vascular Neuroscience Laboratory.

Registration is still open, so if you are interested in attending you can download the registration materials here.

Kawasaki Disease: The guidelines have (just) been updated, but what's really new?

University of Michigan pediatric cardiologist Scott T. Maurer, MD joined us last week for Pediatric Grand Rounds, presenting Kawasaki Disease: The Guidelines have (just) been updated, but what's really new? If you were unable to attend in person, we encourage you to watch our recording of the presentation below.

Issues of Gender Dysphoria in Pediatric Health Care

The Pediatric Grand Rounds 2017-2018 session continues with a visit from Professor and Founding Chair of Western Michigan University Homer Stryker MD School of Medicine's Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, Donald E. Greydanus, MD. Never one to shy from controversial subjects, Dr. Greydanus helps us navigate myriad diagnostic and philosophical conflicts to a better understanding of the pediatrician's responsibility to transgender patients in Issues of Gender Dysphoria in Health Care.



Save the Date: Teddy Bear Picnic 2017

Mark your calendars! The annual Michigan State University College of Human Medicine Teddy Bear Picnic will be held Saturday, September 16th, 2017 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM at the MSU Clinical Center. The Blue Cross Blue Shield Teddy Bear Hospital will be accepting new patients, so all are encouraged to bring their favorite stuffed companion in for a free check-up.


Our Friends from The Bottomless Toy Chest Pay a Visit

Cancer treatment is a notoriously unpleasant process. The strict regimen of regular trips to the clinic for several hours at a time can grind down on a patient at a time when positivity and willpower could not be more important. Our Division of Pediatric and Adolescent Hematology/Oncology keeps their patients' spirits high with the gift of toys. Every child who comes to their clinic for an extended visit can pick a toy from their toy chest to use while they are there, and take with them when they leave.

Our friends at The Bottomless Toy Chest dropped by last week to make sure we had plenty of toys for our upcoming appointments:


Bottomless Toy Chest Visit

Left to right: Kim Cook (Bottomless Toy Chest), Jonathon Underhill (Pediatrics & Human Development), Mary Robinson (Pediatrics & Human Development), Kayla Allen (Bottomless Toy Chest), Barbara Ball-McClure (College of Human Medicine)


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The Department of Pediatrics and Human Development is comprised of a diverse faculty who share a common concern for all aspects of human growth and development, both normal and abnormal. The Department has a statewide footprint with faculty in Lansing, Grand Rapids, Flint, Southfield, Midland, Traverse City, and Marquette/Escanaba.  The Department has educational responsibilities at all levels in the curriculum of the College of Human Medicine. Its faculty participate in courses which relate biological, behavioral, and clinical sciences to child health. Departmental faculty play major roles in the new College of Human Medicine Shared Discovery Curriculum and its Learning Societies. The Department also has responsibility for general pediatric clerkships and pediatric subspecialty electives in the clinical medical curriculum.  The Department participates actively in graduate medical education with three affiliated pediatric residency programs (with Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids, and Hurley Children’s Hospital in Flint), three affiliated pediatric subspecialty fellowship programs (Perinatal-Neonatal Medicine in Lansing; Pediatric Hematology-Oncology and Pediatric Critical Care Medicine in Grand Rapids), and in CME.  In addition, faculty members work with students in other graduate programs in the University. Individual faculty members of the Department participate in patient care and render medical consultation services in their respective subspecialty areas. The research endeavors of the departmental faculty are expanding and aim to help create a healthier, better functioning society by improving the health and wellbeing of the child and family.

B. Keith English, MD

Professor and Chair