Pediatric INSIGHTS
Spring 2013
information you need
Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC is committed to helping
pediatricians and family practitioners meet their goals. Our team of physician
liaisons is dedicated exclusively to addressing the needs of family practitioners
and community pediatricians.
KishoreVellody, MD
, medical director
of Children’s Hospital’s Down Syndrome
Center and part of the Diagnostic
Referral Service, is producing the Down
Syndrome Podcast Series. Podcasts
focus on a wide range of issues
related to Down syndrome for parents, caregivers, educators, and medical
professionals. They are updated regularly and feature discussions with
medical experts in cardiology, otolaryngology, sleep disorders, infectious
diseases, and more. Visit
or subscribe on
iTunes. If you have a topic that you would like the podcast to cover, email
An updated 2013 version of the Directory of Services is
now available online. The interactive PDF is searchable
by physician name and department. To access the
updated directory visit
Laura Mull
Monica Reisz
Judi Morris-Feinberg
Physician Liaisons at Your Call
Down Syndrome
Podcasts Available
2013 Directory of Services
LindaM. McAllister-Lucas,
, a nationally
recognized pediatric cancer
physician and researcher,
has been appointed chief
of the Division of Pediatric
Hematology/Oncology at
Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.
Dr. McAllister also has been appointed
an associate professor of Pediatrics at the
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.
She came to Children’s Hospital fromC.S. Mott
Children’s Hospital and the University of Michigan
School of Medicine in Ann Arbor, where she
served as associate professor of pediatrics.
“Dr. McAllister-Lucas’research has provided
important new insights into the molecular basis of
lymphoproliferative disease. She is an outstanding
clinician-scientist who also has been a dedicated
mentor tomedical students and residents
throughout her career,”said David H. Perlmutter,
MD, physician-in-chief and scientific director at
Children’s Hospital, and the Vira I. Heinz Professor
and chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at
the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.
As a top National Institutes of Health-
funded scientist at the University of
Michigan, she led a basic research laboratory
investigating the mechanisms by which
inflammation triggers mucosa-associated
lymphoid tissue (MALT) lymphoma.
At Michigan, Dr. McAllister shared a lab with
her husband, Peter Lucas, MD, PhD, and their
research later branched out into studying other
inflammatory diseases, including vascular and
hepatic inflammation, identifying additional
connections between inflammation and cancer.
Dr. Lucas also has joined Children’s Hospital and
the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine,
so the pair will continue their inflammation
and cancer research at the John G. Rangos Sr.
Research Center on the Children’s campus.
Dr. Lucas also will collaborate with renowned
University of Pittsburgh pathologist Yuri
Nikiforov, MD, PhD, in conducting molecular
diagnostics research at UPMC.
Renowned Physician Scientist
Named Hem/Onc Chief
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