Happy Doctor’s Day!

Mar 30 2013

In honor of Doctor’s Day, we’re continuing to reveal the mysterious superheroes behind Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU’s doctors. Discover the secret super powers and superhero personas of these awesome children’s doctors. Rajanya Petersson, MD, Assistant Professor of the Division of Otolaryngology (that’s a fancy long word for ear, nose and throat medicine) is new to team CHoR. In addition to being a member of the 2000 Olympic U.S. Women’s Rowing team, this Olympian’s other talents include head and neck surgery, cleft lip and palate correction, and airway management and reconstruction.  She decided to become a doctor because she wanted to help children, little did she know she’d soon develop special super powers to change children’s lives. What is... View Article

Secret Identity of CHoR’s Superhero Doctors Revealed

Mar 29 2013

The mystery of some of Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU’s superhero personas is finally being revealed. Ladies and gentleman, meet your first four superhero doctors. Timothy Bunchman, MD, Professor and Chief of the Division of Nephrology, joined the CHoR staff in 2011 and successfully revitalized the hospital’s nephrology services, making if the only program of its kind in the region. Since then, many began suspecting that Dr.Bunchman’s powers were beyond that of a normal human doctor. For years he kindly dismissed the rumors, until now. What is your superhero name? Mustache Man Why did you decide to become a doctor and a superhero? To perform kidney transplants  Who is your arch-enemy? Kidney failure  What is your best weapon against... View Article

Super Doctors – Reveal Yourselves!

Mar 28 2013

In honor of Doctor’s Day, some of Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU’s super doctors are officially revealing their superhero personas tomorrow! Each doctor possesses a unique superpower that helps them provide the best care to their patients.  You’ll have to wait until tomorrow to find out. Until then, can you guess who the secret super doctors are and each of their superpowers? Don’t forget to have your child enter our Doctor’s Day coloring contest by downloading the coloring sheet and drawing their favorite doctor’s superpower!

Leave the poisoned apples for the fairytales

Mar 22 2013

While most of us non-fairytale creatures don’t keep poisoned apples lying around the house, you might be surprised by what harmful items are lurking in the dark shadows of your cabinets and closets. When child-proofing your home, you probably think of the common steps like covering sockets, removing small objects that might be choking hazards, putting a gate on the stairs and watching sharp corners and edges. But, do you ever think about the common household items like cleaning products and cosmetics that could potentially poison your child? Each year, approximately 2.4 million people swallow or have contact with a poisonous substance, and more than half of them are under the age of 6. In fact, each year an average... View Article

Welcome to the team!

Mar 20 2013

Every year, Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU (CHoR) has the privilege of welcoming a new team of residents who bring added excitement and expertise to the hospital. The residency program provides an exceptionally comprehensive and challenging pediatric educational experience, giving interns the opportunity to experience a wide variety of clinical care situations. This year, we are extremely proud to welcome the following residents to the Intern Class of 2013 Pediatrics and Medical-Pediatrics: “Across the country, this was one of the most competitive years in the history of Pediatrics Residencies,” said Dr. Suzanne Lavoie, program director for pediatrics residency at CHoR. “We are very excited about the group of enthusiastic new physicians who will be joining us this summer and expect... View Article

5 ways to help prevent childhood obesity

Mar 19 2013

Do I look fat in this? It’s a question we have all asked, or at least thought. As adults we often worry about our own weight, but what about the increasing rate of childhood obesity? While we want to shield children from the reality of our weight-obsessed world; we also want to instill healthy habits as childhood obesity continues to grow at an alarming rate. In fact, in the U.S. 1 in 3 children (ages 2-19) are now considered overweight or obese, and in the past 30 years childhood obesity has doubled in children and tripled in adults. For children and adolescents, overweight is defined as a body mass index (BMI) greater than the 85th percentile.  BMI can be calculated... View Article

It’s a bird… it’s a plane… it’s your super doctor!

Mar 15 2013

Did you know that March 30th is Doctor’s Day?  If your doctor were to have super powers, what would those powers be?  Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU wants to know.  To celebrate our doctors, we are asking the children of Richmond to show us what super power their favorite doctors has on our Doctor’s Day coloring page. Enter the contest and your page could be featured in a print ad! Click the image for the full page. To enter the Doctor’s Day Coloring Contest, all you have to do is to print this coloring page and have your child show us what super power his or her favorite doctor has.  You can submit your child’s entry by sending it... View Article

Kallih’s Story: Discovering the Best Care for Diabetes

Mar 5 2013

At only one-year old, baby Kallih was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Kim Mapp was afraid of what this would mean for her only daughter, and how it would affect her daily life. “We try to balance it from day to day,” said Kallih’s step-dad, Will. “Kallih having diabetes can be hard to deal with, but we are very proud because she handles herself very well. Kallih loves everything. She loves to play outside, and she loves to play with her dog. She’s just full of energy.” Kallih has been receiving care at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU since she was diagnosed. For the past five years Melinda Penn, MD, pediatric endocrinologist, has been Kallih’s doctor. Dr. Penn decided... View Article