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Published On 06/25/2012


Le Bonheur welcomes Espinal

Ronald Espinal, MD, recently joined Le Bonheur's Developmental Pediatrics division.

He earned his medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine and completed his residency at Cook County Hospital and his developmental and behavioral pediatrics fellowship at Hasbro Children's Hospital/Brown University.

Jackson, Tupelo clinics add full-time cardiologist

Le Bonheur has added a full-time pediatric cardiologist at each of its Jackson and Tupelo outpatient centers.

Sushitha Surendran, MD, will serve Le Bonheur's Outpatient Center - Tupelo. She recently completed her fellowship training at Le Bonheur/University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Nirbhay Parashar, MD, sees patients at Le Bonheur Children's Outpatient Center - Jackson. Parashar comes to Jackson from Advocate Children's Hospital in Oak Lawn, Ill. 

Appointments for Parashar and Surendran can be made through Le Bonheur Connect center at 866-870-5570.

Diabetes team reduces admissions with sick day rules

ULPS has instituted new rules for sick day management for diabetes. The goal was to prevent ER visits and reduce hospitalizations by managing high blood sugar and ketones aggressively. Within the first year of instituting the sick day rules, Le Bonheur was able to reduce hospital admissions for diabetes ketoacidosis (DKA). Le Bonheur's sick day rules protocol and the results were presented at the International Meeting of Pediatric Endocrinology in Washington D.C. in September and received wide appreciation.

Earn CME credit during educational sessions

Community physicians are partnering with Le Bonheur/University of Tennessee Boling Center developmental pediatricians for educational sessions and clinical observations related to a variety of developmental disabilities. Up to 50 hours of CME credit are available through the sessions at no cost. Sessions will be held weekly for 10 weeks (five-hour sessions). Dates and times will be set after participants are selected. For more information or to apply, e-mail Toni Whitaker, MD, interim division chief in Developmental Pediatrics at or call 901-448-6512 or 901-448-3043.

Developmental Pediatrics expands to two new locations

Developmental Pediatrics, a partnership between Le Bonheur Children's, the Boling Center and University of Tennessee Health Science Center, has two new locations. Developmental pediatricians will continue to see patients at the Boling Center and also will see patients at Le Bonheur's Outpatient Center - Main Campus and Outpatient Center - East Memphis. The division also added a new provider, Ronald Espinal, MD.

The new locations and new provider will allow for more appointment times or general developmental patients.

Education lecture 'Left to Right Shunt' set for Dec. 1 in Oxford

Le Bonheur Children's will present the CME lecture "Left to Right Shunt" featuring cardiologist Sushitha Surendran, MD, on Friday, Dec. 1, from 12:30-1:30 p.m. The lecture will be held at Baptist Memorial Hospital - North Mississippi Medical Office Building, Magnolia Conference Rom 2. Lunch will be provided. Physicians in attendance will be awarded 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Continuing Medical Education Credit.

Enchanted Forest kicks off holiday season Nov. 18

The annual Enchanted Forest Festival of Trees at the Pink Palace, 3050 Central Ave., opens Saturday, Nov. 18, at 9 a.m. During the opening day, Santa will land via helicopter on the front lawn to lead a parade and ribbon cutting. Enchanted Forest will be open every day until Dec. 31. Tickets are $6 and $5 for children and seniors.