Featured Doctor: Dr. Wendy Chung, MD, PhD

This week we want to thank Dr Wendy Chung, MD, PhD, with Columbia University and DHREAMS for Bringing Hope Around the World to our CDH Families. She is a superhero in our CDH community and to many other rare disease communities and organizations. She’s a genetics genius, a pediatric surgeon, has helped to establish countless Standards of Care, is revered in many communities, is one of our Medical Advisory Board Members at CDH International, and has always gone above and beyond to help our CDH kids.

On November 1st, Columbia Children’s Health posted to Facebook that pediatric geneticist, Dr. Wendy Chung, received the New York Academy of Medicine Medal for Distinguished Contributions in Biomedical Science for her global leadership in the diagnosis and treatment of rare diseases.  Through her work, she has identified more than 41 new genes for human diseases. Congratulations Dr. Chung!

From the DHREAMS website about Dr. Chung, http://www.cdhgenetics.com/dhreams-team.cfm:

Wendy Chung, MD, PhD is a clinical and molecular geneticist and the Kennedy Family Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine. She received her BA in biochemistry and economics from Cornell University, her MD from Cornell University Medical College, and her PhD from The Rockefeller University in genetics. She completed residencies in pediatrics and medical genetics at Columbia University, a fellowship in Molecular Genetics, and is ABMG certified in clinical and molecular genetics.

Dr. Chung directs NIH funded research programs in human genetics of birth defects including congenital diaphragmatic hernia, esophageal atreisa and congenital heart disease amond other diseases. She was the recipient of the American Academy of Pediatrics Young Investigator Award, the Medical Achievement Award from Bonei Olam, and a career development award from Doris Duke. She has authored over 300 peer reviewed articles and 50 chapters and revies and is renowned for her teaching.  She is a memver of the Glenda Garvey Teaching Academy and has won many awards for teaching including the Charles W. Bohmfalk Award for Distinguished Contributions to Teaching, the American Medical Women's Associated Mentor Award, and the Columbia University Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching.

Dr. Chung enjoys the challenges of genetics as a rapidly changing field of medicine and strives to facilitate the integration of genetic medicine into all areas of health care in a medically, scientifically, and ethically sound, accessible, and cost effective manner.

If you would like to part of the DHREAMS (Diaphragmatic Hernia Research & Exploration; Advancing Molecular Science) study please visit www.cdhgenetics.com. The DHREAMS study is an international study of the genetic causes of congenital diaphragm hernia (CDH) lead by Dr. Wendy Chung at Columbia University Medical Center.

The DHREAMS team and other researchers have identified over 100 different genetic causes of CDH, but the cause of CDH is still unknown in more than 70% of children with CDH. The DHREAMS study is working to identify the unknown causes and use this information to help improve diagnosis, treatment and prevention of CDH.

To learn more about the DHREAMS study, please contact genetic counselor and study coordinator, Julia Wynn, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 212-305-6987. You can also learn more about the study at http://www.cdhgenetics.com/

  

More about Dr. Chung, taken from the Columbia University Medical Center Website:

 Education & Training 

·         Weill Cornell Medical College

·         Internship: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center

·         Residency: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center

·         Fellowship: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center 

Honors & Awards

2018                New York Academy Medal for Distinguished Contributions in Biomedical Science

2017                Best Grand Rounds of the Year, Department of Pediatrics Columbia University

2015                American Society for Clinical Investigation

2014                Samberg Scholars in Children’s Health

2014                Science Unbound Foundation’s Best Paper in 2013, PMID 23616257.

2014                Dean’s Distinguished Lecture in the Clinical Sciences

2012-2017       Castle Connolly's Top Doctors

2012                Member, Virginia Apgar Academy of Educators

2012                Inductee, Dade County Hall of Fame

2011                Distinguished Lecturer of the Year, Class of 2014, Columbia University

2010                Society of Pediatric Research, member

2010                Distinguished Lecturer of the Year, Class of 2013, Columbia University

2009                Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching, Columbia University

2008                Medical Achievement Award, Bonei Olam

2008                Distinguished Lecturer, Class of 2011

2008                Charles W. Bohmfalk Award for Distinguished Contributions to Teaching in the Clinical Years, Columbia University Medical College

2008                Glenda Garvey Teaching Academy, member

2005                American Medical Women’s Association Mentor Award

2005                Best Translational Research, Columbia University Department of Pediatrics Assistant Professor Research Symposium

2001                Young Investigator Research Grant Award, American Academy of Pediatrics

1998                Dean’s Research Award, Cornell University Medical College

1995                Dean's Research Award, Cornell University Medical College

1994                Louis Gibofsky Memorial Prize, Cornell University Medical College

1992                American Institute of Nutrition, Outstanding Student Research Award

1990                Phi Beta Kappa; Outstanding College Students of America; Phi Kappa Phi;

                        Golden Key Honor Society; The National Dean's List

1988                National Science Foundation summer training grant

1986-1990       Cornell Scholar; Dean's List

1986                 Westinghouse Science Talent Search, first place; National Merit scholar

 

News from CHERUBS

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Featured cherub of the week is 5 year old Phoebe Kleensang.  Phoebe is the daughter of Megan and Aaron Kleensang.  Cherub Phoebe is a fighter and such an inspiration to many!

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2017 - News from CHERUBS

Featured Volunteer: Josh Hensley

Josh Hensley is the father of two CDH babies, both of whom grew their wings.  It is hard to put into words how important this person is to the charity. Back in October 2010, this individual sent CHERUBS an email interested in being a volunteer with CHERUBS. Having lost two children to CDH, this member wrote in this email that he felt immense responsibility to “wage war” on CDH. His wife and he wanted to set up a CDH awareness tree at the festival of trees for Primary Children’s Hospital that year and wanted CHERUBS to be a part of it. From there, the rest is history. Josh Hensley is currently the Research Director at CDHi and has held many volunteer positions at CHERUBS since late 2010. He has traveled the world raising awareness and continues to wage war against CDH and we know he will not quit until that war is won. He has been a voice of reason throughout the years, for we don’t get much Dad point of views on our volunteer team. He is a one of kind man, has a big heart and is out there in the trenches fighting to put an end to CDH. Josh and his wife Melanie are the proud parents of 4 girls. Today, we thank Josh for all he does for CDH International and CHERUBS, his passion in wanting to wage war on CDH and his desire to help all families that are affected by CDH.

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Featured Cherub: Phoebe Kleensang

Featured cherub of the week is 5 year old Phoebe Kleensang.  Phoebe is the daughter of Megan and Aaron Kleensang.  Cherub Phoebe is a fighter and such an inspiration to many!

This is Phoebe’s story, written by her mom Megan:

Read more...

New Product in Online Store: CDHi’s “Merry Christmas Around the World” Ornament

Spread CDH Awareness with holiday cheer with one of our official CDHi Christmas ornaments! These ceramic ornaments attach securely to the tree to ensure that they’re both cat and child-proof.

.: One-sided printing
.: Golden string included for hanging
.: White ceramic