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Dr. Beck Joins Cardinal Glennon Opthalmology Team

Michelle Beck, OD, recently joined the pediatric ophthalmology team at SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center. Dr. Beck developed her interest in pediatric ophthalmology while on rotation at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. Following graduation from the University of Missouri-St. Louis where she received her Doctor of Optometry, Dr. Beck worked for nearly a year under the direction of pediatric ophthalmologist Oscar Cruz, MD, at Cardinal Glennon to further develop her skills. 

Dr. Beck’s clinical interests include refractive error, amblyopia, strabismus, failed vision screenings and contact lens fittings.

Dr. Beck provides pediatric eye care evaluations and treatments at Cardinal Glennon in St. Louis and at Cardinal Glennon’s South County location at St. Anthony’s Medical Plaza Building.

To schedule an appointment at Cardinal Glennon, please call 314-678-2174; to schedule an appointment at St. Anthony’s Medical Plaza Building, please call 314-842-3535. To reach Dr. Beck, please call 314-577-5660 or e-mail mbeck19@slu.edu.

Dr. Costa Joins Cardinal Glennon Otolaryngology Team

Dary Costa, MD, is the newest otolaryngologist to join the team at SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center. He is also an Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology at Saint Louis University School of Medicine.

Dr. Costa says he wanted to practice at Cardinal Glennon because of the hospital’s “emphasis on excellent clinical care” and his “desire to rejoin the Saint Louis University community,” having completed 5 years of postgraduate training at Saint Louis University Hospital. While practicing at Cardinal Glennon, Dr. Costa plans to build the pediatric airway team and expand the pediatric sinusitis program. His research and clinical interests include pediatric sinusitis, hearing loss, and airway reconstruction.

In regard to patient care, Dr Costa says, “I will treat every patient thoughtfully and with compassion.”

Education--

  • MD: Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
  • General Surgery Internship: Saint Louis University Hospital
  • Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery Residency: Saint Louis University Hospital
  • Pediatric Otolaryngology Fellowship: Saint Louis Children’s Hospital

To schedule an otolaryngology/ENT appointment at Cardinal Glennon, please call 314-268-4008. To reach Dr. Costa, please call 314-577-5675 or e-mail costadj@slu.edu.

Cardiothoracic Surgeon Charles Huddleston, MD, Joins the SSM Cardinal Glennon Cardiology Team

 

Charles Huddleston, MD

The Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center is pleased to welcome Charles B. Huddleston, MD, FACS, FACC, Cardiothoracic Surgeon at Cardinal Glennon and Professor of Surgery at St. Louis University School of Medicine. Dr. Huddleston is an internationally recognized expert in pediatric heart and lung surgery and congenital heart disease and the most experienced surgeon in the Midwest in combined pediatric heart-lung transplantation. He is proud to join Cardiothoracic Surgeon Andrew Fiore, MD in providing state-of-the- art cardiovascular and surgical care at the Dorothy and Larry Dallas Heart Center at SSM Cardinal Glennon.

"I am excited for the opportunity to work with my good friend Dr. Andy Fiore and such a highly engaged, skilled team of doctors and nurses, all of whom are focused on providing technologically advanced, comprehensive and considerate care," says Dr. Huddleston

Recognized as one of the "Best Doctors in America" for many years, Dr. Huddleston serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, has authored more than 100 articles in peer-reviewed journals and more than 20 surgical textbook chapters. He is also a member of many prestigious associations of cardiovascular and thoracic surgeons in the United States. His special interests include surgical treatment of arrhythmias associated with congenital heart disease, transplantation, chest wall deformities, airway abnormalities and congenital lung deformities in children. In addition, Dr. Huddleston is a Captain in the United States Navy Reserve and served on active duty in Bahrain during the first Persian Gulf War.

"Dr. Huddleston is a fantastic addition to the team at SSM Cardinal Glennon, bringing a high level of surgical expertise and compassionate care that our patients expect," says Kenneth Schowengerdt, MD, Division Director of Cardiology and Medical Director of the Dorothy and Larry Dallas Heart Center at SSM Cardinal Glennon and Professor of Pediatrics at Saint Louis University School of Medicine.

In addition to Cardiothoracic Surgeons Drs. Huddleston and Fiore, the Cardiology team at SSM Cardinal Glennon is made up of eight pediatric cardiologists skilled in a range of specialties from fetal cardiology to interventional cardiology. In July, the hospital introduced the first pediatric hybrid cardiac catheterization suite in the St. Louis region, which allows interventionalists and surgeons to diagnose and fix complex heart problems simultaneously in one space.

"The exceptional technology at SSM Cardinal Glennon allows me to offer my patients the highest level of care with the latest innovations," Dr. Huddleston says." My goal has always been to help children with heart problems grow up to be healthy and happy, and I look forward to continuing that mission with such a strong heart program."

Click here to learn more about Dr. Huddleston.

Cardinal Glennon Welcomes Division Director of Neurosurgery, Samer Elbabaa, MD

Samer Elbabaa, MD - Division Director of Neurosurgery (Click on the link to view postcard)

"Our door is open 24/7 to community physicians, surgical specialists and their patients. We welcome all referrals and questions." ~Dr. Elbabaa

SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center is pleased to welcome Samer K. Elbabaa, MD, Director of the Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Cardinal Glennon and Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at Saint Louis University School of Medicine. Dr. Elbabaa previously held the positions of Attending Staff Neurosurgeon and Co-Director of the Children’s Brain Tumor Clinic at Arkansas Children’s Hospital, and Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

"There is a great potential to build an even better neurosurgery program with advanced sub-specialty lines at Cardinal Glennon," Dr. Elbabaa says. "I look forward to collaborating with multiple inpatient services and community pediatricians to advance the Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery and provide exceptional care."

Dr. Elbabaa’s clinical practice will focus on all aspects of general and sub-specialized pediatric neurosurgery. His clinical areas of interest include pediatric brain and spinal tumors, minimally invasive endoscopic treatment of hydrocephalus, pediatric craniofacial surgery, cerebrovascular and skull base surgery, epilepsy surgery, and cranio-cervical conjunction anomalies.

Dr. Elbabaa’s training and clinical experience enables him to provide a balanced approach to a wide variety of pediatric neurosurgical disorders ranging from complex microsurgical treatments to minimally invasive endoscopic techniques.

In addition to clinical advancements, Dr. Elbabaa also plans to enhance minimally invasive endoscopic neurosurgical research efforts at Cardinal Glennon and Saint Louis University. "One of my goals is to improve techniques and approaches in pediatric cranial and spinal surgery while building a state of the art neuroendoscopy program," Dr. Elbabaa says, adding, "My team and I can assure primary care physicians that we will provide their patients with top notch care, assure their satisfaction, and practice good communication regarding the status of their patients."

Cardinal Glennon Welcomes Director of Critical Care Medicine Lia Lowrie, MD


Lia Lowrie, MD

Lia Lowrie, MD
Director of Critical Care Medicine

(Click on the link to view postcard)

 

 

"Providing care to critically ill children is a team effort, and the primary care physician is an important member of the team. It is my job to include them in decision-making and transition."        ~ Dr. Lowrie

SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center is pleased to welcome Lia Lowrie, MD, Director of Critical Care Medicine at Cardinal Glennon and Professor of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at Saint Louis University School of Medicine. Dr. Lowrie is also the Associate Chair of Quality for the Department of Pediatrics at Cardinal Glennon.

Dr. Lowrie comes to Cardinal Glennon from Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, where she held the positions of Chief of Pediatric Critical Care, Director of Pediatric ECMO Program and Associate Professor of Pediatrics.

With more than 20 years experience in critical care, Dr. Lowrie says her main focus at Glennon is to "help move an excellent pediatric intensive care unit to the next level," in terms of infrastructure, research and medical student and resident training.

As the Department of Pediatrics Associate Chair of Quality, Dr. Lowrie will set and achieve quality metrics goals specific to medical care for children. "Quality pediatric care is best achieved by a seamless patient-centered approach across all aspects of care – outpatient and inpatient – and quality metrics are great tools to help us continue to provide all-encompassing care for children," Dr. Lowrie says.

Dr. Lowrie’s research interests include pediatric sedation, central line infection prevention, non-invasive monitoring and model of care outcomes. Since 1990, Dr. Lowrie has been a member of the Society of Critical Care Medicine and currently serves as a coach for its Paragon Critical Care Quality Implementation Program. She also has been a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics for more than 15 years.

 

 

Cardinal Glennon Welcomes Interventional Cardiologist Saar Danon, MD

(Dr. Danon evaluates 5-year-old Xavier Jones, who has AV canal and Down syndrome, before his cardiac catheterization.)  

Q&A with Dr. Saar Danon, Interventional Cardiologist at SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Saint Louis University School of Medicine

Q: What made you want to join the Cardiology Division at Cardinal Glennon?

A: I was looking to join a program that was more leading-edge. I was impressed by the growth and improvement of Cardinal Glennon’s cardiac catheterization program and involvement and support of Division Director Dr. Kenneth Schowengerdt and Cardiothoracic Surgeon Dr. Andrew Fiore. This is an opportunity to help further develop the existing cath program and work with an excellent, established Interventional Cardiology specialist like Dr. Saadeh Jureidini.

Q: What are your goals while practicing at Cardinal Glennon?

A: My goal is to continue to provide excellent care to increase the number of children we can help through cath and surgical procedures, and perform new and improved catheter-based interventions. I also will resume my animal research to develop new transcatheter procedures and devices, as well as clinical research of stent angioplasty in small children.

Q: What do you want community pediatricians to know of how you will treat their patients?

A: I will do my best to treat every patient with the best possible care, the same type of care I would give my own children. And, I will make every effort to keep the primary care physician informed of their patient’s status.   

Educational Background

  • MD, University of California at Los Angeles School of Medicine
  • Residency, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
  • Fellowship, University of California at Los Angeles School of Medicine
  • Interventional Cardiology Training, University of California at San Diego/Rady Children’s Hospital 

(Dr. Danon performs a cardiac catheterization at Cardinal Glennon.)

Cardinal Glennon Welcomes New Faculty

 

Angela Sharkey, MD

Angela Sharkey, MD - Pediatric and Fetal Cardiologist (Click on the link to view postcard.)

The Division of Cardiology at SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center welcomes Angela Sharkey, MD, Pediatric Cardiologist at Cardinal Glennon and Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development at Saint Louis University School of Medicine. Dr. Sharkey previously held the positions of Professor of Pediatric Cardiology at Washington University School of Medicine and Director of the Fetal Cardiac Center at St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Sharkey is pleased to be returning to Cardinal Glennon where she completed her Pediatric residency. "The Division of Pediatric Cardiology at Glennon has a long-standing tradition of clinical excellence," she says. "Under the leadership of Dr. Ken Schowengerdt, the Division has continued to grow. My interests and expertise dovetail nicely with the talents of the other members of the Division."

Dr. Sharkey’s primary focus is fetal echocardiography and the care of complex congenital heart disease. She also has completed extensive research on Marfan Syndrome and is considered an expert on the disorder.

In the last decade, Dr. Sharkey has been recognized by Best Doctors, Inc. with eight nominations (2002-2009) and Consumers’ Research Council of America as one of America’s Top Cardiologists in 2007, 2008 and 2010.

 

 

Ann Marie Flannery, MD

Ann Marie Flannery, MD - Neurosurgeon (Click on the link to view postcard.)

The Department of Neurosurgery at SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center is proud to welcome back Ann Marie Flannery, MD, Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Cardinal Glennon and Professor of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Saint Louis University School of Medicine.

Dr. Flannery practiced at Cardinal Glennon from 2003-2008 until moving back to her hometown of Chicago, where she held the position of Chief of Pediatric Neurosurgery at the University of Chicago Medical Center. In 2010, Dr. Flannery returned to the Cardinal Glennon team.

"Cardinal Glennon offers an unsurpassed opportunity to take care of children," Dr. Flannery says. "At Glennon you will find the best of modern technology combined with the most compassionate family-centered care."

With more than 20 years experience in neurosurgery, Dr. Flannery says her main focus is to enhance the care of children in all neurosurgical areas including brain tumor, head trauma, hydrocephalus and congenital spine. Much of her clinical research involves traumatic brain injury.

Dr. Flannery received her American Board of Neurosurgery certification in 1991 and her American Board of Pediatric Neurosurgery certification in 1997. She was recertified by the American Board of Pediatric Neurosurgery in 2007.

Dr. Flannery is currently seeing patients at SSM Cardinal Glennon and SSM St. Joseph Health Center in St. Charles, Mo. In addition, Dr. Flannery provides prenatal counseling at the St. Louis Fetal Care Institute at Cardinal Glennon, the only comprehensive fetal care center in middle America.

 
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