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Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Physicians Share Their Expertise With Group of Family Physicians at Statewide Convention

Three physicians from Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh will speak at a Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians Foundation meeting, which is being held Friday, March 3 - Sunday, March 5, 2006, at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort. The meeting features seminars and workshops designed to educate other physicians. The seminars are conducted by experienced presenters who are considered experts in their fields.

Children's physicians presenting at the conference are: Edward M. Barksdale Jr., MD, a pediatric surgeon and co-director of the Intestinal Care Center at Children's; Douglas Kress, MD, chief of the Division of Pediatric Dermatology at Children's; and Basil Zitelli, MD, chief of the Paul C. Gaffney Diagnostic Referral Service at Children's.

Dr. Barksdale, also an associate professor of Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, will provide an overview of common pediatric abdominal and intestinal conditions, including vomiting, constipation, and pain and tenderness that require evaluation and management by a surgeon. The lecture will focus on age-specific symptoms for infants, toddlers, pre-adolescents and teenagers as well as diagnosis and treatment.

Dr. Kress, who also is a clinical assistant professor of Dermatology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, will address common issues in pediatric dermatology. His presentation will include teaching participants how to diagnose and treat all manifestations of atopic dermatitis and how to choose appropriate treatment regimens for all types of acne. Dr. Kress also will speak about the most common pitfalls in treating pediatric dermatology patients.

Dr. Zitelli, also a professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, will discuss fevers, specifically addressing common misconceptions and the fact that it isn't always necessary or even beneficial to treat fevers with medications. Dr. Zitelli will discuss the fact that medications used to treat fevers can interfere with the immune system and even be toxic to the patient.

To learn more about the Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians Foundation and details about the convention, visit the academy's Web site at

Marc Lukasiak, 412-692-7919 or 412-692-5016,
Melanie Finnigan, 412-692-5502 or 412-692-5016,

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