Pediatric endocrinology is a medical subspecialty dealing with variations of physical growth and sexual development in childhood, as well as diabetes and other disorders of the endocrine glands. By age, pediatric endocrinologists care for patients from infancy to late adolescence.
By disease, the most common disease of the specialty is type 1 diabetes, which usually accounts for at least 50 percent of a typical clinical practice. The next most common problem is growth disorders, especially those amenable to growth hormone treatment. Pediatric endocrinologists are usually the primary physicians involved in the medical care of infants and children with intersex disorders. The specialty also deals with hypoglycemia and other forms of hyperglycemia in childhood, variations of puberty, as well other adrenal, thyroid, and pituitary problems. Many pediatric endocrinologists have interests and expertise in bone metabolism, lipid metabolism, adolescent gynecology, or inborn errors of metabolism.
Amy M. Jean, M.D.
Dr. Amy Jean is the only area pediatric endocrinologist. The Bellaire native received a bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Pennsylvania and her medical degree from the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine at Marshall University. Dr. Jean served a pediatric residency at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh and was a research fellow at Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of New York, part of the Columbia University Medical Center. She is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics, and is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Lawson Wilkins Pediatric Society, the Endocrine Society and the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists.
For more information on the Center for Pediatrics, call 304-243-8400, or toll-free 1-877-945-7337.
Area children who need surgery no longer have to go far from home thanks to Wheeling Hospital’s Center for Pediatrics Specialty Care Clinic. Having pediatric surgery close to home helps young patients and their families avoid much of the stress, expense and inconvenience of traveling out of the area for many types of procedures.
Pediatric surgeon Dr. Indranil Sau, a specialist from Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, performs general and emergency trauma surgeries, and specializes in pediatric laparoscopic surgery. He is highly skilled in minimally invasive procedures that involve tiny incisions instead of one large opening, providing quicker recovery and less discomfort for his young patients. After graduating from medical school in Indian, Dr. Sau completed most of his post-graduate training in England. This included pediatric surgery, pediatric urology, neonatal intensive care, advanced pediatric life support and advanced trauma life support. Dr. Sau also served as a Fellow in pediatric surgery at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, where he received advanced training in minimally invasive surgery.
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Sau, call 304-243-3276. His office is located in Wheeling Hospital’s Tower 1, Suite 305.
There are just over 7,400 child and adolescent psychiatrists in the U.S. In West Virginia, it has been estimated that there are only 1.3 child and adolescent psychiatrists for every 100,000 youth. The addition of a child/adolescent psychiatrist to the staff helps fulfill the mission of growing the Center for Pediatrics' services so that the care children need is easily found locally.
Child and adolescent psychiatrists are medical doctors who specialize in the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of mental and behavioral disorders in children and adolescents. It has been estimated by the U.S. Surgeon General that 13.7 million children and adolescents need mental health treatment but fewer than 20 percent receive the needed services.
The psychiatrists evaluate biological, psychological and social factors that contribute to mental and behavioral disorders. An additional goal of psychiatric treatment of children is to help prevent problems with school, relationships, future employment, substance abuse and the legal system.
Jill Kenamond Bradshaw, M.D.
Dr. Jill Kenamond Bradshaw received a bachelor's degree in chemistry and graduated summa cum laude from Butler University, which she attended on an academic and athletic scholarship. After receiving her medical degree from West Virginia University, Bradshaw completed an adult psychiatry residency and a residency in child and adolescent psychiatry, both at the University of Kentucky, Department of Psychiatry.
A member of the Wheeling Park High School Athletic Hall of Fame, Bradshaw received the Helen Tewksbury Memorial award for outstanding achievement in scholarship, leadership and athletics at Butler University, where she also was named a Scholar Athlete All-American. While at WVU, Bradshaw received the Ruth Phillips-Trotter Award, presented to the outstanding female senior in pediatrics. She is a member of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the American Psychiatric Association and the American Medical Association.
Dr. Kenamond;s office is located at Wheeling Hospital's Center for Pediatrics' Rehabilitation Services, Stratford Center, Waddles Run Road, Wheeling. For more information, call 304-243-8437.
Children's Hospital Specialty Care Center Wheeling
The Children's Hospital Specialty Care Center Wheeling will see patients in Wheeling Hospital's Tower 1. Children's Hospital is providing outpatient services, including diagnostic evaluations and follow-up care, in pediatric cardiology, general and thoracic surgery, otolaryngology, neurology and ematology/oncology services. Pediatric gastroenterology and orthopedic surgery will be coming soon.
The center's physicians include Dr. Francis McCaffrey, cardiology; Drs. Cartland Burns, David Hackam, Timothy Kane, Douglas Potoka and David Rodeberg, general and thoracic surgery; Dr. Dennis Kitsko, otolaryngology; Dr. A. Kim Ritchey, hematology/oncology; Dr. Indranil Sau, pediatric surgeon; and Dr. Bilal Sitwat, neurologist.
The Children's Hospital Special Care Center Wheeling is located in Medical Tower 1, Suite 305. To make an appointment, call 304-243-3276. More information can be found on-line at: chp.edu/wheeling. The Wheeling Hospital Center for Pediatrics can be reached at 1-877-945-7337.
Pediatric rehabilitation is an integral component of the Center of Pediatrics. John DeBlasis, director of Rehabilitation Services, said outstanding clinical pediatric specialists have stepped up to make these services the premier in the area.
Therapists are helping children diagnosed with: autism spectrum disorders; Down syndrome; cerebral palsy; orthopedic conditions; prematurity; spina bifida; muscular dystrophy; genetic abnormalities; visual perceptual deficits; sensory integration dysfunction; global development delays; apraxia; auditory processing disorders; and receptive and expressive language disorders.
Sheila Archer has been a pediatric speech-language pathologist since 1990. She previously worked in pediatric inpatient and outpatient facilities in the St. Louis area and was a clinical instructor, teaching undergraduate courses in speech-language development and disorders. Since moving to Wheeling in 1997, she has served as a pediatric speech-language pathologist in a clinical setting.
Nikki Kiger has worked as a pediatric physical therapist since 2000. She has training in neuro-developmental techniques to better meet the needs of children with cerebral palsy and other neuro-motor disorders. Kiger has also received extensive training in pediatric kinesiotaping and has authored a textbook chapter on early intervention.
The core rehab team services a variety of pediatric problems and establishes Wheeling Hospital as the go-to place for this service. Other components include developmental testing and autism spectrum disorders.
The Center for Pediatrics' Rehabilitation Services is located at the Stratford Center, Waddles Run Road, Wheeling. Further information is available by calling 304-243-8310.
Shapedown for Kids
Wheeling Hospital's Howard Long Wellness Center is licensed to provide Shapedown, one of the nation's leading weight management programs for children. Established by the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine, the program addresses the core issues of childhood obesity. To participate, children must:
- be between the ages of 6-12.
- participate two hours per week for 10 weeks.
- have at least one parent take part in all of the classes.
- have a doctor's referral.
The program focuses on healthy eating, and targets overweight issues and physical activity of the children and their families. The cost is $99. Scholarships are available for those meeting financial need criteria. For more information, call 304-242-9355.
WV Birth to Three
WV Birth to Three is a statewide system of services and supports for eligible children under age 3 who have a delay in their development, or may be at risk of having a delay, and their family. The program offers family-centered, community-based services to all eligible children and families.
Ohio Help Me Grow
Help nurture your child's health and development for success in life.
Help Me Grow is a program for Ohio's expectant parents, newborns, infants and toddlers that provide health and developmental services so children start school healthy and ready to learn. Help Me Grow provides the building blocks for success for Ohio's families.
Reach Out and Read
Reach Out and Read is a national nonprofit organization that promotes early literacy by giving new books to children and advice to parents about the importance of reading aloud.
Catholic Charities of West Virginia
Catholic Charities West Virginia (CCWVa) is a non-profit organization that provides many critical social services throughout West Virginia to those in need, regardless of their religious preference, race, creed, color, gender or disability. Founded in 1931, CCWVa has become one of the largest social service providers in the state, serving thousands through programs that outreach to the unborn, children, parents, refugees, immigrants, elderly, disabled, victims of disaster and victims of poverty and injustice.