Service Line Updates

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Dr. Aguiar joins Rheumatology Department at CHKD

Children's Specialty Group's Rheumatology practice has recently welcomed Dr. Cassyanne Aguiar to its group.

Cassyanne Aguiar, MDDr. Aguiar completed her fellowship in pediatric rheumatology at Hospital for Special Surgery/New York Presbyterian-Cornell, in New York City. She completed her residency at New York University Medical Center.

A Brooklyn native, she completed her undergraduate studies at Hunter College City University in New York City.

Learn more about CHKD's Rheumatology practice.

Dr. McGuire joins Pediatric Surgery Department

Children's Surgical Specialty Group's Pediatric Surgery practice has recently welcomed Dr. Margaret McGuire to its group.

Margaret McGuire, MD

A board-certified pediatric surgeon, Dr. McGuire has completed fellowships in pediatric surgery at All Children's Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine and surgical critical care at Children's National Medical Center. She is also certified by the American Board of Surgery in critical care.

Dr. McGuire earned her medical degree at Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University, completed her surgical residency at the University of Massachusetts, and was a surgical research fellow at Boston Children's Hospital.

Learn more about CHKD's Pediatric Surgery practice.

Dr. Dillard joins Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department

Children's Specialty Group's Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation practice has recently welcomed Dr. Charles Dillard to its group.

Dr. Charles Dillard, MDDr. Dillard is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, where he also completed his residency.

He most recently was the medical director of the pediatric traumatic brain injury program at Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU.

Learn more about CHKD's Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation practice.

Dr. Cummings joins Cardiology Department

Children's Specialty Group's Cardiology practice has recently welcomed Dr. Rose Cummings to its group.

Rose Cummings, MDDr. Cummings is a graduate of New York Institute College of Osteopathic Medicine, completed her residency at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore and completed her fellowship at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

She most recently was the director of outpatient cardiology at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children in Philadelphia.

Learn more about the CHKD Heart Center and the Cardiology practice.

Gynecology practice opens with Dr. Focseneanu

Dr. Mariel Focseneanu is now offering Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology services through the adolescent medicine program at CHKD.

Mariel Focseneanu, MDDr. Focseneanu is a fellowship-trained specialist in pediatric and adolescent gynecology with Children's Specialty Group. She completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical Center and completed a two-year fellowship in pediatric and adolescent gynecology at Washington University in St. Louis.

Pediatric and adolescent gynecology services will be offered at CHKD’s main hospital in Norfolk, the CHKD Health Center at Oyster Point in Newport News and the CHKD Health Center in Williamsburg. Please call (757) 668-9330 to make an appointment.

Dr. Vanscoy joins Pulmonology Department

Children's Specialty Group's Pulmonology practice has recently welcomed Dr. Lori Vanscoy to its group.

Lori Vanscoy, MDDr. Vanscoy is a graduate of Duke University School of Medicine, completed her residency at Naval Medical Center San Diego and completed her fellowship at the Johns Hopkins University.

She comes to CHKD from Portsmouth Naval Hospital, where she has practiced since 2010. Dr Vanscoy is a graduate of The United States Naval Academy.

Learn more about the Pulmonology practice at CHKD.

Dr. Escalera joins Cardiology Department

Children's Specialty Group's Cardiology practice has recently welcomed Dr. Robert Escalera to its group.

Robert Escalera, MDDr. Escalera is a graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine, completed his residency at the University of California San Francisco and completed his fellowship at the University of Iowa.

He most recently was an attending physician as part of the INOVA pediatric residency program in northern Virginia.

Learn more about the CHKD Heart Center and the Cardiology practice

Drs. File, Woods join Hematology/Oncology Department

Children's Specialty Group's Hematology/Oncology practice has recently welcomed Dr. Wilson File and Dr. Gary Woods to its group.

Wilson File, MDDr. File is a a graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, completed his residency at CHKD, and completed his fellowship at Children's Medical Center of Dallas. During his fellowship, he became interested in graduate medical education with special interest in healthcare communication training and completed a masters in medical education through the University of New England.

Gary Woods, MDDr. Woods graduated from Eastern Virginia Medical School, completed his residency at CHKD, and completed his fellowship at Nationwide Children's Hospital. Dr. Woods is one of the first physicians in the U.S. to complete an extra one-year clinical pediatric hemostasis and thrombosis fellowship, which is his primary interest.

Learn more about CHKD's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center and the Hematology/Oncology practice.

Drs. Chagnon, Perkowski and Proud join Neurology Practice

Drs. Sarah Chagnon, Dayna Perkowski and Crystal Proud have joined CSG's pediatric neurology practice.

A graduate of the University of Rochester School of Medicine, Dr. Chagnon completed her residency and fellowship at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Perkowski is a graduate of the University of Virginia Medical School and completed her residency and fellowship at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Dr. Proud graduated from Eastern Virginia Medical School and completed her residency at Emory University and her fellowship at Stanford University.

Pulmonology Expands New Patient Appointments

To accommodate an increased need, CSG's Pediatric Pulmonology practice physicians have expanded the number of new patient appointments available for scheduling. New patient appointments are available immediately and the pulmonology office can be reached at (757) 668-7426.

For more information about the practice, click here.

Achoo! What’s New? Pediatric Allergy Update, Oct. 15 at CHKD

This half-day conference in CHKD's Brickhouse Auditorium from 8 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. will cover new developments in pediatric food allergies, peanut oral immunotherapy, early food introduction, eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) and eterocolitis. We will also provide new clinical pearls for asthma and atopic dermatitis.

Earn up to 3.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ 

CHKD Expands Mental Health Services

In response to feedback from our primary care community about the increased need for pediatric mental health services in our community, CHKD Licensed Clinical Social Workers and Licensed Professional Counselors are now offering outpatient mental health assessments and short-term therapy in Norfolk, Virginia Beach and Chesapeake.

The team will offer evidence-based, goal-directed therapy to address the following:

  • Depressive and anxiety disorders
  • Adjustment to chronic illnesses
  • Issues with adherence/compliance with treatments
  • Parenting of children with developmental disorders

Utilizing the cognitive behavioral therapy model, the service will focus on targeted interventions achievable within 6 to 12 therapy sessions. CHKD child psychiatry will collaborate with CHKD psychology to provide clinical oversight. All three levels of care are part of CHKD’s newly defined children’s mental health service line, which also provides inpatient assessment and consultation for children hospitalized for medical/surgical conditions and crisis evaluation by a licensed clinician through CHKD’s emergency department.

One important goal of the new service is to improve integration of care between children's medical- and mental- health providers. To that end, a provider's referral is required and progress notes will be shared through Power Chart's message center.

You or your office staff can refer a patient to the new outpatient therapy program in any of the following ways:

  • Sending a message with relevant patient information to Stephanie Osler, Director of Behavioral Health/Clinical Services, through the Power Chart message center.
  • Calling (757) 668-7525. You may also give this number to families with their referral, if they prefer to call directly.
  • Submitting an electronic referral form.

Regardless of the method of referral, families are called within 24-to-48 hours and patients can be scheduled promptly at this time. Appointments are available at the main hospital in Norfolk, at 1181 First Colonial Road in Virginia Beach, and at the CHKD Health Center at 500 Discovery Drive in Chesapeake. Late afternoon and early evening appointments are available at the main hospital location for family convenience.

For more information, please contact Stephanie Osler, at

CHKD's Spine Program Continues to Expand ... and Grow

The Spine Program at CHKD is a regional leader in spine surgery and the preferred provider of quality children's spine services.

Growth rods surgery is one of CHKD's specialties. Please watch our video as Dr. H. Sheldon St. Clair, Orthopedic Surgery Director of CHKD's Spine Program, explains the treatment used for patient Addison Thomas.

CHKD's Spine Program, which includes six surgeons, prides itself on the service, quality and ultimately the outcomes of our patients, offering the best customer service and patient satisfaction through accessible, innovative and well-managed multidisciplinary care. 

Referral Information at Your Fingertips has added easy-to-find, easy-to-read referral information pages for CHKD's six surgical groups. Click on any of these links to visit our referral pages.

CHKD Dialysis Receives 5-Diamond Rating 

CHKD's dialysis program has received a 5-diamond rating from the Mid-Atlantic Renal Coalition for promoting and building a culture of patient safety. 

The coalition's program consists of 14 modules that include the tools and resources necessary to implement each patient safety concept.

To contact CHKD's dialysis program, call (757) 668-7244.

Shorter Wait Times, Better Insurance Coverage for Weight Management

CHKD’s Healthy You for Life weight management program recently added a pediatric nurse practitioner and additional clinic days/locations to accommodate more patients in Norfolk, Chesapeake and Newport News. Most insurance plans now cover clinical services provided by the MD, NP, RD and LCSW for patients who meet the criteria for the program (ages 3 and up with BMI>85th percentile).

Current wait times are typically less than 3 to 4 weeks. Call (757) 668-7035 for more information.

CHKD Launches Urgent Care Location in Chesapeake

Lauren Smith, MDCHKD has opened the region’s first Urgent Care Center exclusively for infants, children and teens at 817 Volvo Parkway in Chesapeake.

“As the newest member of our CHKD Health System family, CHKD Urgent Care expands our ability to provide age-appropriate care to the children of our region when and where they need it," says CHKD President and CEO Jim Dahling.

Theresa Guins, MD, a board-certified pediatrician and pediatric emergency medicine specialist with 20 years of experience in CHKD’s emergency department, will serve as medical director of the new service. Dr. Guins will lead a staff of board-certified pediatricians, pediatric nurses and pediatric X-ray technicians and lab specialists at the new center.

CHKD's Urgent Care is open 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. on weekdays and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on weekends and holidays. Urgent Care can be reached at (757) 668-4630.

Dr. Lauren Smith Joins Asthma, Allergy and Immunology Practice

Lauren Smith, MDDr. Lauren Smith has joined the asthma, allergy and immunology practice at CHKD.

Dr. Smith attended Eastern Virginia Medical School, completed a residency at Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters and a fellowship at Duke University Medical Center.

Dr. Smith’s clinical interests include immune deficiencies, recurrent infections and food allergies.

Asthma, allergy and immunology can be reached by dialing (757) 668-8255.

Drs. Rana Ammoury, Sameer Lapsia Join CHKD’s Gastroenterology Department

Dr. Rana AmmouryDr. Rana Ammoury and Dr. Sameer Lapsia have joined CHKD’s gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition practice.

A graduate of the American University of Beirut, Dr. Ammoury completed a pediatric residency at Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital and a fellowship in pediatric gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis.

Recently, Dr. Ammoury served as an assistant professor of clinical pediatrics at the University of Arizona.

Dr. Ammoury speaks four languages, including Arabic, French and Spanish.

Dr. Sameer LapsiaDr. Sameer Lapsia attended medical school at Boston University and completed his residency and fellowship at Stony Brook Long Island Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Lapsia’s clinical interests include: celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease, eosinophilic esophagitis, constipation, gastroesophageal reflux disease and fecal transplant.

Gastroenterology can be reached by dialing (757) 668-7240.

Gastroenterology Clinic Adds Support Services

CHKD has recently strengthened its collaborative approach to GI care by adding registered dieticians and licensed clinical social workers to the GI clinic team, making coordination of care and access more seamless.  Please call (757) 668-7240. 

Dr. Ayanna Butler-Cephas Joins CHKD's Endocrinology Practice

Dr. Ayanna Butler-CephasDr. Ayanna Butler-Cephas has joined the endocrinology/diabetology practice at CHKD.

Dr. Butler-Cephas attended medical school at Rosalind Franklin University in Chicago.

She completed her residency at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Ill., and completed her fellowship at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta.

Endocrinology can be reached by dialing (757) 668-7237.

Dr. Travis Reeves Joins EVMS Otolaryngology at CHKD

Dr. Travis ReevesPediatric otolaryngologist Travis Reeves, MD, has joined the ENT practice at CHKD. 

Dr. Reeves attended Duke University School of Medicine and completed a residency in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at the Medical University of South Carolina and a fellowship in pediatric otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. 

Dr. Reeves’ clinical interests include head and neck oncology.

ENT can be reached by dialing (757) 668-9373.

Dr. Jeremy Saller Joins CHKD Surgical Group's Orthopedic Surgery Practice

Dr. Jeremy SallerCHKD welcomes Dr. Jeremy Saller to the orthopedic surgery practice of CHKD Surgical Group.

Dr. Saller attended medical school at the Texas Tech Health Science Center, where he also completed a residency in orthopaedic surgery. Dr. Saller completed a fellowship in pediatric orthopaedic surgery at Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children.

CHKD's orthopedic surgery can be reached by dialing (757) 668-6550.

Dr. Gary Tye Joins CHKD Surgical Group's Neurosurgery Practice

Gary Tye, MDDrs. John Birknes and Joseph Dilustro are pleased to welcome Dr. Gary Tye to CHKD Surgical Group’s neurosurgery practice. Dr. Tye will see patients at CHKD’s main hospital.

Dr. Tye received his medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia, where he also completed a residency in neurosurgery. After serving as chief resident in neurosurgery at the Medical College of Virginia, Dr. Tye completed a fellowship in pediatric neurosurgery at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.

With a clinical interest in epilepsy, craniosynostosis, andtethered cord repairs and congenital spine disorders, Dr. Tye has participated in medical mission work for more than a decade in South American countries, including Honduras and Guatemala. Dr. Tye is board-certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery and the American Board of Pediatric Neurological Surgery.

To reach Drs. Birknes, Dilustro or Tye, please call (757) 668-7990.

CHKD Butler Farm Road Location in Hampton Offers X-ray, Lab Services, Therapies and Sports Medicine Rehab

Butler Farm locationChildren in Hampton who require lab work, X-rays or rehabilitation for a sports injury now have easy access to CHKD’s specialized pediatric care. CHKD has opened a new Health Center on Butler Farm Road in Hampton, offering a full range of diagnostic testing, therapies and sports medicine rehabilitation.

The facility, at 421 Butler Farm Road, offers state-of-the-art pediatric lab and X-ray services. It also brings physical, occupational and speech therapy and sports medicine physical therapy to patients on the Peninsula.

The addition of the new Health Center marks the Health System’s 34th location and is part of CHKD’s commitment to provide convenient access to specialized pediatric care for the nearly 500,000 children in Hampton Roads and surrounding regions. Call (757) 668-4503 for pediatric lab services or (757) 668-4505 for pediatric X-ray services.

No appointments are necessary for X-rays and labs, but a physician’s referral is required. To schedule an appointment with a pediatric physical, occupational or speech therapist, call (757) 668-4520. To schedule an appointment with a sports medicine physical therapist, call (757) 668-4511. For other information, call the Health Center’s main number at (757) 668-4500.

Dr. Katrina Lesher New Medical Director of Rehabilitative Services

Katrina Lesher, MDCHKD welcomes Dr. Katrina Lesher as medical director of rehabilitative services.

Dr. Lesher received her medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia, where she also completed a combined residency in pediatrics and physical medicine and rehabilitation. 

She recently worked as a pediatric physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children and is board-certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, with a sub-specialty board certification in pediatric physical medicine and rehabilitation. 

Rehabilitative services can be reached at (757) 668-9915.

CHKD Welcomes Dr. Jesus Inciong to Plastic Surgery Practice

Dr. Jesus IncoingDr. George Hoerr is pleased to welcome Dr. Jesus Gil B. Inciong to CHKD Surgical Group’s plastic surgery practice. Dr. Inciong will see patients at CHKD’s main hospital as well as CHKD Health & Surgery Centers at Oyster Point and Princess Anne.

Dr. Inciong received his medical degree from the University of the Philippines, where he also completed a residency in plastic surgery. After finishing a second residency in plastic surgery at the University of Southern California, Dr. Inciong completed fellowships in plastic surgery at the University of Miami and microsurgery and craniofacial/maxillofacial surgery at Eastern Virginia Medical School. Dr. Inciong has been a longtime volunteer for Operation Smile, performing cleft lip and palate repairs all over the world. Dr. Inciong is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. 

Plastic and reconstructive surgery can be reached at (757) 668-7713.

Dr. Matthew Hollander now with CHKD’s Rheumatology Practice

Matthew Hollander, MDDr. Matthew Hollander is practicing in the CHKD rheumatology department.

Dr. Hollander graduated from Haverford College, attended Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, and completed his residency at Wright State University. He completed a fellowship in pediatric rheumatology at Seattle Children’s Hospital.

Among his clinical interests are: Systemic lupus erythematosus, autoimmune connective tissue disease, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, and joint pain.

Rheumatology can be reached at (757) 668-8572.

AAP publishes Article by Dr. John Harrington

John Harrington, MDDr. John Harrington, division director of General Academic Pediatrics, co-authored an article in the February issue of Pediatrics in Review, a journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics. The article, titled “The Clinician’s Guide to Autism,” walks healthcare providers through new diagnosing standards and available treatment options for children with autism spectrum disorder, and encourages pediatricians to provide a more comprehensive medical home for children and families with autism.

Dr. Harrington can be reached at General Academic Pediatrics by dialing (757) 668-7400.

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