University of Iowa Health Care Joins New NORD Rare Disease Centers of Excellence Network

University of Iowa Health Care has been designated a National Organization for Rare Diseases (NORD) Rare Disease Center of Excellence, joining a highly select group of 31 medical centers across the country which serve as part of an innovative network seeking to expand access and advance care and research for rare disease patients in the United States.

Answers to frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 vaccine and young kids

UI Health Care pediatrician Rami Boutros, MD, and Chief Medical Officer Theresa Brennan, MD, answered questions about authorization of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 and older during a live Q&A on Nov. 4, 2021.

UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital receives national certification for its efforts to reduce sleep-related deaths among infants

National certification for safe sleep

University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital was recently recognized by the National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program as a Gold Certified Safe Sleep Hospital. This is the second time UI Stead Family Children’s has received this five-year certification for its commitment to teaching safe sleep best practices to families with infants.

Twins survive and thrive after premature birth

Leech family at their home

Iowa couple has been able to celebrate key milestones after their babies were born in 2020 at just 27 weeks’ gestation.

Watch Replay: Aug. 16 COVID-19 and Kids Q&A Facebook Live

Watch pediatrician Hao Tran, MD, FAAP, answer your questions and concerns regarding going back to school, COVID-19, and fall physicals and vaccinations.

‘A stronger sense of community’: new UI Center seeks to bridge gaps for Iowans with intellectual and developmental disabilities

Girl playing at CDD

One in six children are diagnosed with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), such as autism and attention-deficit disorder, and more than 1.5% of the population is diagnosed across the lifespan, into adolescence and adulthood—an especially common trend in rural areas.

‘Dr. Joy’: Effecting change for our children and our culture

Joyce Goins-Fernandez, PhD in her office

Whether counseling children, working with gifted students, diagnosing learning disabilities, or promoting social justice, Joy Goins-Fernandez, PhD, or “Dr. Joy” as she’s known, is passionate about helping others.

On a ‘quest to just breathe’

Nina Alvarez meets doctor

After enduring close to 100 procedures to keep her airway open, a central Iowa teen is seeing potential for normalcy following a complex throat surgery at the University of Iowa in 2019.

Neonatal transport program makes NICU expertise accessible to all Iowans

Families in Iowa can rest easy knowing when the unimaginable does happen, they now have improved access to the state’s only Level 4 neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital through a newly expanded neonatal medical transport service.

COVID-19 vaccines and teens with Melanie Wellington, MD, PhD

University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics Infectious Disease Specialist Melanie Wellington, MD, PhD, answers questions about COVID-19 vaccinations for teens and continued mask safety.