Open Forum and Gala Honors Medical Careers

The Department of Pediatrics hosted an Open Forum on September 16, 2016, with Barry J. Richmond, MD, Chief of the Section on Neural Coding and Computation at the Laboratory of Neuropsychology, National Institute of Mental Health, in Bethesda, MD; and his wife Dorothy Anne Richmond, MD, associate professor of pediatrics at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, DC. Led by Benjamin W. Van Voorhees, MD, MPH, the discussion was held in conjunction with the Illinois Medicine Gala on September 17, 2016, at which Julius Richmond, '37, MD '40 (post) received the Pioneer in Medicine Award. The legacy of Dr. Julius Richmond, who taught pediatrics at UIC, includes ground-breaking work in child psychiatry and human development. While holding a dual appointment from 1977 to 1981 as surgeon general and assistant secretary of health, he launched such initiatives as immunizing and screening children. He had previously been the first national director of Project Head Start.

"Although the life and accomplishments of Dr. Julius Richmond were certainly worthy of note, it was a distinct honor and pleasure to get to know his son, Dr. Barry Richmond, who is a renowned investigator and social activist, and Dr. Dorothy Anne Richmond, who is a respected medical educator and clinician. In fact it was a special time to discuss the trajectory that careers in the medical field might take, and to pay tribute to all past, present, and future pediatricians,"
said Dr. Van Voorhees, Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Pediatrics.

"Children's Hospital University of Illinois committed to excellence and community", By Marie Balice-Ward for the Gazette Chicago

UI Health Pediatrics is featured in the Gazette Chicago's April edition. The article highlights both inpatient and outpatient clinical expertise, our commitment to equity and community, and Dr. Benjamin Van Voorhees' recent appointment as the Head of the Department of Pediatrics and Physician-in-Chief for the Children's Hospital. Dr. Edmundo Cortez, Dr. Harsha Kumar, Dr. Mary Lou Schmidt, Dr. Van Voorhees and Mary Johnson were interviewed for the article.

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U.S. News - Hospitals' Goal: Healthy and Happy Kids. By Linda Marsa

Dr. Benjamin Van Voorhees, chair of pediatrics in the UIC College of Medicine, is quoted in an article in US News & World Report on innovative programs aimed at preventing mental health issues such as depression in young adults. Dr. Van Voorhees helped develop a program called CURB, for Chicago Urban Resiliency Building. The three-month program at Children's Hospital University of Illinois uses a combination of counseling and weekly web-based lessons based on proven interventions to arm children and teens with resiliency and social skills. "The goal is to identify people in the incipient stages," says Van Voorhees. "These coping skills can reprogram the brain and hopefully abort the development of full-blown depression."

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