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National Expert on Ear Infections From Children's To Lead Interactive Demo on Diagnosis and Discuss Controversies in Management


WHO: Alejandro Hoberman, MD, Chief of the Division of General Academic Pediatrics, Jack L. Paradise Endowed Professor in Pediatric Research, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, Professor of Pediatrics, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

WHAT: Dr. Hoberman will lead a unique and interactive discussion on diagnosis of middle ear infections, also known as acute otitis media (AOM). This is the pediatric illness for which antibiotics are most often prescribed, and one that three out of four children will experience by age 3 years.

Dr. Hoberman's presentation is titled "Diagnosis and Treatment of Acute Otitis Media: Can We Agree?" His dynamic presentation will involve active participation by audience members and will include discussion of proper diagnosis and treatment. The Continuing Medical Education (CME) event also will be available via live Web cast through Children's Web site at

WHY: Dr. Hoberman is at the forefront nationally and internationally in efforts to improve the diagnosis and treatment of AOM. His research contributions have included various randomized clinical trials evaluating diagnosis, management and prevention of AOM.

He has developed multimedia educational programs aimed at improving diagnostic accuracy in children with AOM. Together with Phillip Kaleida, MD, another Children's pediatrician, Dr. Hoberman developed a program, ePROM (enhancing PRoficiency in Otitis Media, supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) to help train medical students, residents and practitioners across the country in the diagnosis of AOM.

Dr. Hoberman also will discuss some of the prevention and management clinical trials conducted at Children's in children with AOM, and present a study - soon to be initiated and funded by the National Institutes of Health - that will evaluate the efficacy of antimicrobials in young children with this frequently occurring condition.

WHEN: Thursday, Oct. 12, 2006 at 8 a.m.

Options for Attending: Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, 3705 Fifth Ave., Pittsburgh, Pa.

Registration for the live Web cast, and the post-event archived session, is available through Children's at

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

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