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Children’s Hospital of San Antonio, Baylor College of Medicine add 17 More Pediatric Specialists
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS (Nov. 6, 2013) – In an aggressive recruitment effort to bring 100 pediatric specialists to San Antonio by December, the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio and Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) have brought on 17 more physicians and a physician assistant to offer expertise in the medical specialties of: Pediatric Infectious Disease, Pediatric Genetics, Pediatric Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Pediatric Dermatology, Pediatric Nephrology, Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine, Pediatric Endocrinology, Pediatric Neurosurgery and General Pediatrics.

“In order to create a successful children’s hospital, you need medical talent.” said Dr. Mark Gilger, pediatrician-in-chief for Children’s Hospital of San Antonio. “Our team of doctors is drawn from a pool of seasoned physicians who are well-recognized in their field, from the private pediatric community, from highly-esteemed medical schools such as Baylor College of Medicine and the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, and from children’s hospitals of note from all over the country.”

As seasoned San Antonio physicians, BCM Professor and Children’s Hospital of San Antonio Section Head of Pediatric Infectious Disease Dr. Charles Leach, and BCM Associate Professor and Children’s Hospital of San Antonio Section Head of Pediatric Genetics Dr. Elizabeth Roeder say the addition of new physicians is exactly what the city has needed for years to address the shortage of pediatric subspecialists to serve the growing population of San Antonio and the surrounding areas.


“The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio is fulfilling their mission in serving all kids in San Antonio and South Texas,” Roeder said. “With the partnership with Baylor, we are growing specialized teams of doctors, like geneticists, to find, solve, and treat diseases in children in ways that, in the past, we didn’t have the ability to do. It’s truly an exciting time in pediatric medicine in San Antonio.”

Roeder, whose clinic treats close to 700 cases a year with a specialized staff of nurses, dieticians and social workers, is looking to add another geneticist and genetic counselor to her team in January. As part of the comprehensive approach to diagnosing and treating cases of genetic disorders, her team educates the pediatricians and families of children born with genetic conditions and continually monitors these children and manages their conditions throughout their lives.

Having a wide variety of pediatric specialists on staff at the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio allows them to work together across teams to diagnose and treat difficult cases more efficiently and effectively.

“It’s a tremendous asset for our staff to be able to treat our patients comprehensively,” Leach said. “Last week, a patient was admitted to Children’s Hospital exhibiting non-specific symptoms--it presented a challenge in diagnosis for the team. However, more than 25 years of experience helped me recognize the cause to be an endemic disease, which is common in South Texas but not commonly diagnosed. We were able to treat right away and subsequently dismiss the patient after 24 hours.”

Leach serves as co-chair for the Texas Pediatric Society Committee on Immunizations and Infectious Diseases and has been a member of the Texas Infectious Disease Society for the last 10 years. Through these organizations, Leach dedicates his time to getting the word out about the importance of vaccinations—which he sees first hand.

Most recently, as professors at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Leach and Roeder practiced at Children’s Hospital of San Antonio for 24 and 10 years respectively.

In February 2013, the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio solidified agreements with Texas’ top pediatric medical providers, Baylor College of Medicine (BCM), and Texas Children’s Hospital (Texas Children’s) to ensure that the children of San Antonio and South Texas have access to world-class pediatric care.

Baylor College of Medicine is recruiting, employing, and overseeing physicians. Texas Children’s Hospital is providing consulting and clinical expertise.

Doctors and Physician Assistant:

Charles Leach, M.D.
Professor of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine
Section Head, Pediatric Infectious Disease

Elizabeth Roeder, M.D.
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine
Section Head, Pediatric Genetics

Donald Currie, M.D.
Professor of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine
Pediatric Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Rebecca Huston, M.D., MPH
Professor of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine
General Pediatrics

Richard Wayne, M.D.
Professor of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine
General Pediatrics

Martha Morse, M.D.
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine
Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine

Elumalai Appachi, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine
General Pediatrics

Michelle Dean Bajaraz, M.D., FAAP
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine
General Pediatrics

John Browning, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine
Pediatric Dermatology

Jonathan D. Crews, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine
Pediatric Infectious Disease

Hilda Rivera-Santiago
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine
General Pediatrics

Rebecca Schaub, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine
Pediatric Endocrinology

Rachana Srivastava, M.B.B.S.
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine
Pediatric Nephrology

Cecilia Van Bibber
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine
General Pediatrics

Patricia Mancuso, M.D.
Pediatric Neurosurgery

Kimberly Terry, M.D.
Pediatric Neurosurgery

Micam Tullous, M.D.
Pediatric Neurosurgery

Meredith DeFrees, P.A.
Instructor, Baylor College of Medicine
Pediatric Hospital Medicine, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Children’s Hospital of San Antonio has an open staff model, welcoming all academic and private physicians. Construction on the 800,000-square-foot downtown campus began in July 2012 and is scheduled for completion in Sept. 2015. The hospital is open and fully functional during construction.

About Children’s Hospital of San Antonio
The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio is the first freestanding hospital in San Antonio solely dedicated to the care of children. Located in the heart of downtown San Antonio, the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio is owned by CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health System. Founded in 1869 by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word of Houston and San Antonio, CHRISTUS Santa Rosa is a Catholic, faith-based, nonprofit health and wellness ministry dedicated to extending the healing ministry of Jesus Christ and providing the highest quality medical care and services available. As one of the top health care organizations in South-Central Texas, CHRISTUS Santa Rosa has five hospital campuses, located in the South Texas Medical Center, New Braunfels, Westover Hills, and a short-stay surgical hospital in Alamo Heights. CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health System also owns a majority interest in CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Physicians Ambulatory Surgery Centers – San Antonio, LLC, a joint venture physician partnership, which is comprised of three outpatient surgery centers in San Antonio with facilities in Alamo Heights, Stone Oak, and the Medical Center. Additionally, CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health System owns a majority interest in the CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Physicians Ambulatory Surgery Center in New Braunfels, a joint venture physician partnership. CHRISTUS Santa Rosa is the preferred health system of the San Antonio SPURS. For additional information on the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio, visit www.chofsa.org or for more information on CHRISTUS Santa Rosa, visit www.christussantarosa.org. Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/christussantarosa and http://www.facebook.com/ChildrensHospSA and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/CSRHS.

About Baylor College of Medicine
Baylor College of Medicine (www.bcm.edu) in Houston is recognized as a premier academic health science center and is known for excellence in education, research and patient care. It is the only private medical school in the greater southwest and is ranked as one of the top 25 medical schools for research in U.S. News & World Report. BCM is listed 17th among all U.S. medical schools for National Institutes of Health funding, and first in Texas. Located in the Texas Medical Center, BCM has affiliations with eight teaching hospitals. Currently, BCM trains more than 3,000 medical, graduate, nurse anesthesia, and physician assistant students, as well as residents and post- doctoral fellows. BCM also has long-standing partnerships to support science education in programs throughout South Texas, from high school students to college students at The University of Texas – Pan American. The College, with Texas Children’s, also began the Vannie E. Cook Jr. Children’s Cancer and Hematology Clinic in McAllen, which celebrates its 12th anniversary this year. Follow Baylor College of Medicine on facebook (http://www.facebook.com/BaylorCollegeOfMedicine) and twitter (http://twitter.com/BCMHouston).