September 28, 2023

Neurosurgeon Dr. Amy Bruzek joins The Kid Experts®
Children’s Minnesota is excited to welcome Dr. Amy Bruzek to the neurosurgery program where she will expand our services for peripheral nerve conditions, including brachial plexus injury, peripheral nerve tumors and hand functionality after spinal cord injuries. Dr. Bruzek’s special areas of interest and research include pediatric brain tumors (diffuse midline glioma), brachial plexus, peripheral nerve, spasticity and craniosynostosis. Dr. Bruzek also has training and special interest in evaluating patients for consideration of selective dorsal rhizotomy to relieve spasticity associated with cerebral palsy.

Read more about Dr. Bruzek and the neurosurgery program here.
Children’s Minnesota concussion clinic opens in Woodbury
The Children’s Minnesota Specialty Center in Woodbury has added a concussion clinic for kids and young adults, further expanding our pediatric care offerings in the eastern Twin Cities metro area. Rehabilitation services are also available in the same building to provide more families with accessible, convenient, high quality pediatric medical care.

Read more about the new concussion clinic here. For a consultation or to refer a patient, contact Children’s Minnesota Physician Access
Spotlight: Children’s Minnesota cardiovascular program
The largest, most comprehensive pediatric cardiovascular program in the Upper Midwest is at Children’s Minnesota, offering services from general cardiology procedures to complex congenital heart surgeries and transplants. Pediatric cardiovascular experts from Children’s Minnesota and the Children’s Heart Clinic – including three board-certified congenital heart surgeons and 20 cardiologists – treat kids from before birth into young adulthood. The cardiovascular program performs more than 400 heart surgeries annually and is a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) approved heart transplant center. 

Our kid experts provide pediatric cardiovascular diagnoses and treatments for all forms of congenital and acquired cardiac diseases, along with 24/7 consultation services. Read more about the Children’s Minnesota cardiovascular program here
The Kid Experts® as podcast guests: Lactation program and pediatric ethics
Recently, two Children’s Minnesota kid experts shared news and insights on well-known podcasts:
  • Kirsten Provart, patient care supervisor of the lactation program at Children’s Minnesota, was a guest on Becker's Heathcare Podcast to discuss the innovative breast pump loaner program at Children’s Minnesota and how the program contributes to the organization’s health equity efforts.

  • Dr. Ian Wolfe, senior clinical ethicist at Children’s Minnesota, was a guest on Pediatric Ethics Podcast at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo. Dr. Wolfe shared his thoughts about the ethical considerations regarding a child’s relational potential – i.e., their ability to have a relational ability to interact with their surroundings, have self-consciousness, know others, etc. – after experiencing some kind of neurologic damage.  
Diagnose kids using family medical history or genetic testing, or both
The daily job of a pediatrician involves considering multiple factors that lead to a diagnosis and possibly treatment. Most of the time, examining the child and talking to their caregiver will provide the necessary information. However, more complex cases might require blood tests, other screenings, and possibly genetic tests.

In the Talking Pediatrics episode, “Crack the Case: Where Family History is Always “Pertinent”…Inheritance Pearls from a Genetics Counselor,” guest host Dr. Bryan Fate, general pediatrician, and Dinel Pond, lead genetic counselor at Children’s Minnesota, discuss three cases that presented in the Minneapolis clinic, getting a comprehensive and useful family history, and tips to navigate (and explain) genetic testing with families.

Read more about this podcast episode here
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Talking Pediatrics podcast
Join us as we bring intriguing stories and relevant pediatric health care information and partner with you in the care of your patients. Our guests, data, ideas and practical tips will surprise, challenge and perhaps change how you care for kids.

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"Tips for Trauma-Informed Care"
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