For the past 10 years there has been a significant increase in the number of high-quality publications appearing in the medical literature written by doctors on staff at Dayton Children’s. A detailed research report outlining these accomplishments, including peer-reviewed publications, book chapters and abstract/poster presentations is published each year. See the most recent report.
In 2009, two new pediatric textbooks were published which were edited by two of Dayton Children’s physicians, both of which represent major new contributions to the pediatric literature.
The first book -- Pulmonary Manifestations of Pediatric Diseases (Saunders Elsevier) -- was edited by Robert Fink, MD, professor of pediatrics, Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, and medical director of pediatric pulmonary medicine at Dayton Children's. This textbook provides a comprehensive discussion of the pulmonary manifestations of a number of 'nonpulmonary' pediatric conditions such as immunodeficiency diseases, renal, cardiac and gastroenterology disorders, and genetic, neuromuscular and endocrine disorders.
There are chapters in this book written by other members of the Dayton Children’s professional staff, including Sherman Alter, MD, medical director of infectious disease, and James Stark, MD, pediatric pulmonary.
In a separate publication in the Journal of Virology, Dr. Stark also recently published a landmark paper which has significantly advanced the understanding of the genetics of susceptibility to RSV infection.
The second textbook -- Probiotics in Pediatric Medicine (Humana Press) -- was edited by Sonia Michail, MD, associate professor of pediatrics, and medical director of the gastroenterology and nutrition. In this excellent new contribution to the medical literature, Dr. Michail and her co-editor Dr. Philip Sherman (University of Toronto) have produced the first comprehensive textbook on probiotics (the 'good bacteria' of the gastrointestinal and respiratory tract) and the new and exciting applications of probiotics in the treatment of a variety of pediatric conditions including inflammatory bowel disease, allergies and asthma. Dr. Michail is a nationally recognized expert in this field and was recently awarded an NIH grant to investigate the use of probiotics in treating children with irritable bowel syndrome.
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