Advancing Children's Health

Looking for our 2017 calendar kids and monthly articles? New ones are posted each month.

Eight-year-old Philip Hopkins likes to joke that he’s “FDA approved” now that he’s in the second phase of a research trial for a recently approved cystic fibrosis treatment drug. Philip was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis when he was just six weeks old, and he’s had the strong support of his dedicated family and a specialized team from our Cystic Fibrosis Center there for him every step of the way: “We love his... View Article

Jun 12 2017

Before bidding farewell to this year’s graduating pediatric residents and fellows, we took an opportunity to celebrate the hard work and achievements of all of our future pediatric doctors over the past year. Congratulations to the following award recipients, who were honored at this week’s ceremony: Kyle Trowbridge, MD David Draper Award recognizes a pediatrics or medicine-pediatrics intern who exemplifies Dr. Draper’s professionalism, excellent patient care and dedication to clinical... View Article

Jun 9 2017

As Dr. Jared Klein completes his pediatric residency at CHoR and prepares for graduation this weekend, he shares some of his serious and not so serious observations from his time as a senior resident: Two years ago, I wrote a resident blog post titled “Jared’s top 10 observations about starting intern year.” Now that I am at the end of the road of residency, I thought I’d share a follow-up... View Article

Jun 8 2017

As written by River’s mother, Angie: The night before River’s birth was pretty ordinary until I awoke around 3 am. Once I realized my water had broken, I arranged for my dad to come stay with our son Finn, packed my bag and showered. We finally made it to the hospital around 5 am. My nurse mentioned I could go for a walk to help labor progress. After many laps,... View Article

Jun 6 2017

Congrats to the 28 CHoR docs named one of America’s Top Doctors by their peers! Castle Connolly’s America’s Top Doctors® physician-led research team reviews nominations from doctors’ peers as well as an extensive review of the doctors’ medical education, training and hospital appointments. The following CHoR pediatricians and specialists were named in the 2017 America’s Top Doctors across 11 categories. See any of your docs on the list? Charles Bagwell,... View Article

Jun 1 2017

Here’s a quick reference guide to allergic reactions and how to help from allergy and immunology specialist Dr. Santhosh Kumar. Nasal allergies The term allergy describes a condition where the body over-responds to a harmless substance. When a substance triggers an allergic response in the nose, it is considered a nasal allergy. Common symptoms of nasal allergies include: Sneezing Runny nose Itchy/watery eyes Stuffy nose Nose bleeds Decreased sense of... View Article

Jun 1 2017

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe delivered the keynote address to graduates and their families at this year’s celebration honoring graduating high school students who have received care from our ASK Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Clinic and VCU Massey Cancer Center. The graduates were presented with scholarships provided by ASK Childhood Cancer Foundation, the Sickle Cell Association of Richmond–OSCAR and families who have developed scholarships in honor of their loved ones who lost their... View Article

May 25 2017

On May 11 at 8:26 a.m. a 40-person team at VCU Medical Center successfully delivered sextuplets. Ajibola Taiwo, a native of Western Nigeria, was 30 weeks and two days pregnant when she gave birth to three boys and three girls by cesarean section. The babies ranged in weight from 1 pound, 10 ounces to 2 pounds, 15 ounces. All six are doing well and continue to thrive in the Children’s... View Article

May 24 2017

As your kids gather their gear and lace up their cleats for outdoor sports this spring, our sports core committee wants to remind all athletes and their families about the important role that stretching plays in protecting a child’s body from injury. Incorporating stretching exercises that increase flexibility is one of the American Academy of Pediatrics top sports injury prevention tips1 for 2017. There are multiple types of stretches that... View Article

May 24 2017

Teachers’ desks were piled with cards, apples and assorted treats, as students and parents thanked them for their hard work during Teacher Appreciation Week. Quality education is important for all kids, but what happens if they’re in the hospital and can’t go to school? At CHoR, they keep learning with the help of the teachers in our Hospital Education Program. Our teachers Approximately two dozen full-time, master’s-level teachers work with... View Article

May 12 2017