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An Afternoon with Top Pediatric Recruits

The 2013 Forum Series Luncheon was held on September 18 at the River Oaks Country Club and emceed by Texas Children’s own Hasti Taghi, a former reporter with KPRC Channel 2 News. A record-breaking 450 donors and guests were welcomed by Mark A. Wallace, president and CEO, who shared exciting news about the hospital’s expansion plans and showed a video about the hospital’s visionary leadership in pediatrics, surgery and OB/GYN.

Physician-in-Chief Dr. Mark W. Kline, who has recruited some 400 pediatricians and pediatric subspecialists to Texas Children’s Hospital since 2009, discussed his formula for bringing the best and brightest to Texas Children’s and described what he’s most looking for in prospective recruits.

“They have to be brilliant, but they also have to be nice,” Kline said. “Nobody wants to work with an unapproachable and uncooperative colleague, no matter how talented they are.”

Dr. Kline introduced the audience to three of his most recent top recruits: Dr. Jake Kushner, chief of Diabetes and Endocrinology; Dr. Kristy Murray, director of the Laboratory of Viral and Zoonotic  Diseases; and Dr. James Thomas, an intensive care specialist. All participated in a panel discussion moderated by Taghi.

Kushner, one of the world’s foremost diabetes experts, discussed his team’s pursuit of treatments without insulin injections.

Murray, who holds a doctorate of veterinary medicine in addition to a Ph.D. in preventive medicine and community health, has investigated some of the nation’s most challenging public health concerns, such as West Nile virus and other zoonotic diseases.

Thomas, a pediatric intensive care specialist, discussed advances in extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) and his passion for maternal and children’s health outreach in some of the most underserved parts of Latin America.

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