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Specialty Services

Some chronic medical issues may need extra attention. Our team of physicians deliver the highest standard of specialized care for complex medical and surgical problems in pediatric patients from cradle to college. Clinical services are available on Galveston Island and the surrounding communities. We are able to offer pediatric multidisciplinary services focused on children and families. The Department of Pediatrics at UTMB recognizes the importance of referring physicians in our mission to provide quality health care for all Texans. Our faculty include experts in virtually all pediatric specialties. Asthma/Allergy, Cardiology, Child Development and Behavior, Dermatology, Diabetes, Early Childhood Intervention ( up to three years old), Endocrinology, Hematology-Oncology, Genetics, Immunology, Infectious Disease, Neurology, Nephrology, Ophthalmology, Orthopedics, Otolaryngology, Premature infant follow-up, Psychiatry, Psychology, PT/OT, Special Services, Surgery, and Urology. A Full faculty list may be found at www.utmbkid.org.

Clinics

In addition to our specialty clinics, UTMB Children’s Health offers leading-edge academic primary care at clinics located on Galveston Island and League City. There are also UTMB Community Based Clinics (CBC) available in Alvin, Friendswood, League City and Texas City.

Island Pediatrics Specialties Care Centers
Academic Pediatrics, League City (Bay Colony)

Specialty Clinics

Physicians

Contact

Allergy

This program provides comprehensive care for children with allergic diseases, autoimmune/rheumatologic disorders, and genetic immunodeficiencies.

Roberto Garofalo, M.D., Director
Kristin Sokol, M.D.

Office Phone:
409-772-2658
Fax: 409-747-2658

Appointments:
409-772-3695

Academic Pediatrics, League City (Bay Colony)

Asthma

The Children’s Asthma Program provides consultations for children with asthma and related disorders and offers educational services in self-management for patients and their families.

Randall M. Goldblum, M.D.
Meera Gupta, M.D.

Office Phone:
409-747-6619
Fax: 409-772-1761

Patient care and
Appointments:
409-772-3695

Locations:
Academic Pediatrics, League City (Bay Colony)
and
Island Pediatrics Specialties

ABC Center (Abuse and Neglect)

The ABC Center provides examination and treatment of children who have been the victims of abuse and neglect. Providers at the Center facilitate referrals to agencies that provide counseling and other assistance and help families apply for Victim Assistance Programs.

Kwabena O. Sarpong, M.D.
Ralph W. Noble, M.D.

Office Phone:
409-772-1444
Fax: 409-747-0784

Appointments:
409-772-3695

Locations:
Academic Pediatrics, League City (Bay Colony)

Adolescent Health

This program provides specialized care for adolescents with physical and emotional problems that are complicated by the social pressures of that age group.

Richard Rupp, M.D.
Marie F. Dawlett, M.D.

Office Phone:
409-772-2355
Fax: 409-747-9252

Appointments:
409-772-3695

Island Pediatrics Specialties

Behavioral Pediatrics

Medical assessment and management of behavioral problems in children, including pharmacologic management.

William Mize, M.D.
Mary Ann Best, PNP
Kimberly Whisenant, PNP

Appointments:
409-772-3695

Locations:
Academic Pediatrics, League City (Bay Colony)

Cardiology

Pediatric Cardiology provides care for children with known or suspected congenital or acquired heart disease, and complete pediatric cardiac surgical services for all forms of congenital and acquired heart defects.

Ashraf M. Aly, M.D., Ph.D.
Director
Amyn Jiwani, M.D.

Office Phone:
409-772-2507
Fax: 409-747-6618

Appointments:
409-772-3695

Locations:
Academic Pediatrics, League City (Bay Colony) and
Island Pediatrics Specialties

Critical Care

Pediatric Critical Care is responsible for the evaluation and management of critically ill newborns, infants, children and adolescents with medical or surgical problems.

J. Chad Davis, M.D., Director
Nelson Chavez, M.D.

Office Phone: 
409-772-7699
Fax: 409-772-4599

Locations:
Children's Hospital

Dermatology

Pediatric Dermatologists evaluate and treat children with abnormal skin conditions such as warts,cysts,benign nevus,acne,psoriasis,atopic dermatitis, scabies and neoplasm.

Sharon S. Raimer, M.D.
Bernard Gibson, M.D.
Michael Wilkerson, M.D.

Office Phone: 
409-772-7210
Fax: 409-772-4456

Appointments:
409-772-3695

Developmental Pediatrics

Developmental delay, ADHD with co-morbidities, autism spectrum disorders, behavior problems and psychosomatic problems

William Mize, M.D.
Pamela Lupo, M.D.

409-772-2355

Appointments:
409-772-3695

Diabetes

The Diabetes program provides care for children suffering from diabetes including education for self management of the disease.

Phillip K. Lee, M.D., Director
Aikaterini Nella, M.D.
Fadeke T. Adewole, PA

Office Phone: 
409-772-3365
Fax: 409-747-2213

Appointments:
409-772-3695

Locations:
Academic Pediatrics, League City (Bay Colony)
and
Island Pediatrics Specialties

Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) LAUNCH

ECI LAUNCH is a special family-focused program that provides a broad range of resources for families with children up to three years of age who have significant developmental delay or disability and live in Galveston County, or southern Harris County (zipcodes of 77546, 77586, 77598). Services are provided in the home or the most natural environment as determined by the parents.

Meg Griffin, MSW, Director

Office Phone:
281-534-6755
Fax: 281-534-4279

Location:
Dickinson

Endocrinology

This service provides care for children with endocrine disorders such as congenital adrenal hyperplasia, ambiguous genitalia, adrenal insufficiency, delayed puberty, premature sexual development, growth disorders, turner's syndrome and thyroid.

Phillip K. Lee, M.D., Director
Aikaterini Nella, M.D.
Fadeke T. Adewole, PA

Office Phone:
409-772-3365
Fax: 409-747-2213

Appointments:
409-772-3695

Locations:
Academic Pediatrics, League City (Bay Colony)
and
Island Pediatrics Specialties

General Inpatient Pediatrics

These hospitalist faculty are available daily to: oversee care, be directly accountable for ward activities, interact with nursing and ancillary staff, and conduct quality improvement meetings. These doctors facilitate admissions, keep the primary care doctor apprised of the child's progress and are available to answer parents' questions. Hospitalists provide care for children with common medical problems who need to be hospitalized.

Susan Gerik, M.D., Director
Lemuel Aigbivbalu, M.D.
Lane Shirley, D.O.

Office Phone:
409-772-2331
Fax:409-747-2017

Appointments:
409-772-3695

Locations:
Children's Hospital

Genetics

The Pediatric Genetics program provides evaluation of children and families with inherited or genetic diseases and an active prenatal diagnosis program.

Joseph W. Ray, M.D., Director
Lillian H. Lockhart, M.D.
Reuben Matalon , M.D., Ph.D.

Office Phone:
409-772-3466
Fax:409-772-9595

Appointments:
409-772-3695

Locations:
Academic Pediatrics, League City (Bay Colony)

Hematology/ Oncology

The Pediatric Hematology/Oncology program provides care for children with all types of blood disorders and also for children with cancer, and can offer the most current treatments for childhood cancer.

Barkat Hooda, M.D., Director
Akila Muthukumar, M.D.

Office Phone:
409-772-2341
FAX: 409-747-6618

Appointments:
409-772-3695

Locations:
Academic Pediatrics, League City (Bay Colony)
and
Island Pediatrics Specialties

Immunology

This program provides comprehensive care for children with allergic diseases, autoimmune/rheumatologic disorders, and genetic immunodeficiencies.

Roberto Garofalo, M.D., Director
Randall M. Goldblum, M.D.
Kristin Sokol, M.D.

Office Phone:
409-772-2658
Fax: 409-747-2658

Appointments:
409-772-3695

Infectious Diseases

This program evaluates and treats children with infectious diseases and coordinates a number of special clinical programs. The physicians also provide consultation for pregnant women with HIV as part of the Maternal-Child HIV program.

Janak Patel, M.D., Director
Tasnee Chonmaitree, M.D.
Judith L. Rowen, M.D.
Antonella Casola, M.D.
Lemuel Aigbivbalu, M.D.

Office Phone:
409-772-2798
Fax: 409-747-1753

Appointments:
409-772-3695

Locations:
Academic Pediatrics, League City (Bay Colony)
and
Island Pediatrics Specialties

Neonatology

This program provides a full complement of primary and tertiary care neonatal services with over 6,000 annual admissions to the Newborn Nursery and over 600 to the Infant Special Care Unit (Level III).

C. Joan Richardson, M.D., Director
Cara Ann Geary, M.D., Ph.D.
Sunil Jain, M.D.
Michael H. Malloy, M.D., M.S.
Karen E. Shattuck, M.D.
Rafael Fonseca, M.D.
Maria San Andrés, M.D.

Karen Smith, Ph.D.
David Rassin, Ph.D.

Office Phone:
409-772-2815
Fax: 409-772-0747

Locations:
Academic Pediatrics, League City (Bay Colony)
and
Island Pediatrics Specialties

Nephrology

Pediatric Nephrology provides care for children with diseases of the kidneys and urinary tract, including those who need dialysis or kidney transplantation. Approximately 300 pediatric kidney transplants have been performed since the inception of the program.

Shivaiah Balachandra, M.D., Director
Ketan Patel, M.D.

Office Phone:
409-772-2538
Fax: 409-747-2213

Appointments:
409-772-3695

Locations:
Academic Pediatrics, League City (Bay Colony)
and
Island Pediatrics Specialties

Neurology

Pediatric Neurology provides care for children with known or suspected neurological disorders, congenital or acquired.

Charles F. Dreyer, M.D.
Pamela Lupo, M.D.
Kimberly Whisenant, PNP

Office Phone:
(409) 772-1592
Fax: (409) 772-0747

Appointments:
409-772-3695

Locations:
Academic Pediatrics, League City (Bay Colony)
and
Island Pediatrics Specialties

Neurosurgery

Pediatric Neurosurgery evaluates and treats cranial, spinal, and peripheral nerve disorders in children.

Joel Patterson, M.D.
Aaron Mohanty, M.D.

Office Phone:
(409) 772-6321
Fax: (409) 772-6352

Appointments:
409-772-3695

Locations:
Academic Pediatrics, League City (Bay Colony)

Obstetrics & Gynecology Abbey B. Berenson, M.D.

Office Phone:
(409) 772-9507
Fax: (409) 747-5570

Appointments:
409-772-9507

Locations:
Women's Healthcare, Galveston, UHC

Ophthalmology

Pediatric Ophthalmology provides a full complement of services for eye problems in children. Patients have access to specialists in problems of the retina and cornea, neuro-ophthalmology, glaucoma, and oculoplastics. An optical shop located near the clinic dispenses eyeglasses and contact lenses.

 

Office Phone:
409-747-5402
Fax: 281-996-9944

Appointments:
281-996-7564

Orthopaedics

The Pediatric Orthopaedics service deals with all aspects of pediatric orthopaedics including musculoskeletal development, scoliosis, clubfoot, limb length discrepancy, pediatric trauma, and the new minimally invasive SPML procedure for cerebral palsy. 

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David A. Yngve, M.D., Director
Kelly D. Carmichael, M.D.

Office Phone:
409-772-3505
Fax: 409-772-4253

Appointments:
409-747-9345

Locations:
Orthopaedic Clinic at South Shore Harbour, League City and Primary Care Pavillion, Galveston and Specialty Care Center at Victory Lakes

Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose & Throat)

This program provides a full complement of services to evaluate and treat ear, nose and throat disorders in children.

Harold Pine, M.D.
Shraddha S. Mukerji, M.D.

Office Phone:
409-772-2701
Fax: 409-772-1715

Appointments:
409-772-2222

Locations:
Ear, Nose & Throat Clinic, UHC, Galveston and Ear, Nose and Throat Consultants, Brittany Plaza, League City and Family HealthCare Center, Texas City

Psychiatry

Pediatric Psychiatrists evaluate and manage behavioral health disorders in children.

Melissa Defilippis, M.D.
Mireya Hansen, M.D.
Robin Mallet, M.D.
Jonette Malone, M.D.
Walter, Meyer, M.D.
Christopher R. Thomas, M.D.
Karen Wagner, M.D., Ph.D.
Cindy Lou Wigg, M.D.
Dwight V. Wolf, M.D.

Office Phone: 
409-772-0770
281-338-2798
Fax: 409-747-5702

Psychiatry Clinic, PCP, Galveston and Psychiatry Clinic, Webster

Psychology

This program provides assessment and treatment, including individual and family therapy, for emotional and behavioral problems, including temper tantrums, sleep problems, non-compliance, ADHD, depression and anxiety, autism, and adjustment to acute or chronic illness. Services are available for children and youth from ages 1-21.

Beth Auslander, Ph.D.
Lawrence Micheletti, LMSW, Ph.D.
Virginia N. Niebuhr, Ph.D., LSSP
Linda Richards LMSW

Irma M. Graves, MA, LPC-S

Appointments:
409-772-3695
Fax: 409-747-2088

Teen Health Clinic
(409) 765-2585

Locations:
Academic Pediatrics, League City (Bay Colony)

RSV Clinic

Janak Patel, M.D.

Appointments:
(888) 886-5234

Special Services Team

This is sometimes called, Chronic Care. This service provides comprehensive management of children with physical and neurological disabilities that are expected to be chronic in nature. The team includes a pediatrician, a pediatric nurse practitioner, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, pediatric dietitian, school liaison and a social worker. The team aims to provide coordination of multiple specialists and the child’s primary care physician or medical home. Telemedicine clinics are offered in some areas.

Susan M. Gerik, M.D., Director
Christine Murphy, M.D.
Sally S. Robinson, M.D. 
Shelley Tholcken, PNP

 

Office Phone:
409-772-2331
Fax: 409-747-2017

Appointments:
409-772-3695

Locations:
Academic Pediatrics, League City (Bay Colony)
and
Island Pediatrics Specialties

Surgery

This program evaluates and treats a broad range of surgical conditions in children.

Ravi S. Radhakrishnan, M.D.

Appointments:
409-772-3695

Locations:
Academic Pediatrics, League City (Bay Colony)
and
Island Pediatrics Specialties

Transplant Surgery Kristene Gugliuzza, M.D.

Locations:
Multispecialty Center, Transplant Clinic
832-505-2350 and

Surgery Specialties, UHC 5th floor 409-772-222 and

Transplant Service, UHC 6th floor 409-772-1451

Travel Clinic

This service provides travel medicine consultations for children and their adult family members, including administration of vaccines. Click here for more information

Janak Patel, M.D.
Tasnee Chonmaitree, M.D.
Antonella Casola, M.D.
Lemuel Aigbivbalu, M.D.

Office Phone:
409-772-2798

Appointments:
409-772-3695

Locations:
Academic Pediatrics, League City (Bay Colony)
and
Island Pediatrics Specialties

Urology

The Pediatric Urology program provides a full complement of services to evaluate and treat problems of the genitalia and urinary tract in children.

William Tarry, M.D.

Office Phone:
409-772-2091
Fax:  409-772-5144

Appointments:
409-772-3695

Locations:
Academic Pediatrics, League City (Bay Colony)

Urgent and Emergent Care

Keith Bly, M.D., Director
Manuela Murray, M.D., Associate Director
Lemuel Aigbivbalu, M.D.
Sarah Cheng, M.D.
Susan Couture, M.D.
Andrea Saunders, M.D.
Sharon Sanchez, M.D.
Melissa Smith-Phillips, M.D., Ph.D.

Office Phone:

Locations:
Pediatric After Hours Urgent Care, South Shore Harbour
(281) 334-6578
Pediatric After Hours Clinic, Galveston
(409) 744-5437