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Rising Stars 2018!

Mpls. St.Paul Magazine has highlighted a group of up-and-coming physicians, nominated by their peers in recognition of their medical excellence in our community. These ‘Rising Stars’ were evaluation on myriad factors, including (but not limited to) professional achievement, review by an expert physician panel, extensive research and disciplinary history. We are proud to say, a group of our very own CRCCS physicians made the list.

Congratulations to Dr. Anne Griffiths, Dr. Alberto Orioles, Dr. Chris Yang, Dr. Erik Brockman, Dr. Erik Mikkelsen and Dr. Megan Lambert for their recognition as 2018 Risings Stars!

2017 Quality Care Award

Children’s Respiratory and our cystic fibrosis team have once again been recognized as one of the top research centers in the country, and a recipient of the 2017 Quality Care Award!

The CF teams excellence in clinic outcomes, patient/family engagement, innovative strategies, and implementing highly reliable care processes are just a few reasons they were chosen as recipients of this award. Congratulations to our CF team for all of their hard work and dedication.

Help transition your kids now... school starts soon!

Check out Dr. Keith Cavanaugh's tips shared with the KARE 11 community on how to transition kids back to the sleep schedule that they need to be successful at school.


Dr. Keith Cavanaugh Helps Raise Sleep Position Awareness

Our very own Pulmonologist and Sleep Medicine Medical Director, Dr. Keith Cavanaugh helps bring some much needed light to parents by helping them understand the do's and don't's of sleeping positions for their babies.


Read the article here

U.S. News and World Report ranks our Pulmonary program at Children's MN among the best in the nation

We are proud to provide top notch pulmonary services that make up the pulmonary program at Children's Minnesota. This year, we were ranked 33rd in the country by U.S.News & World Report! Read the WCCO-TV article about the rankings: 2 Minnesota children’s hospitals make ‘best hospital’ list — again.



Rising Stars in 2016!

Congratulations to Dr Erik Brockman, Dr Anne Griffiths, Dr Christina Mikesell, Dr Erik Mikkelsen, and Dr Brooke Moore for being recognized in the 2016 edition of the Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Top Doctors Rising Stars edition!


Rising Stars at CRCCS!

CRCCS is proud to announce that three of our physicians have been chosen by their peers as “Rising Stars”  according to Mpls.St.Paul Magazine.

On Sept. 21, the magazine released the inaugural edition of Twin Cities’ Top Doctors—Rising Stars, which recognizes four Children’s Respiratory & Critical Care Specialists physicians. To be selected for inclusion the list, the doctors must have been practicing for 10 years or less.

Congratulations to Pulmonologists Brooke Moore & Christina Mikesell and Intensivist Jeff Nowak!

Smartphones & eReaders before bed? Think Again.

WCCO and Dr. Cavanaugh remind families to put devices away at least one hour before bed in order to get the sleep we need. Watch the clip below: 


Blue Light From Devices Can Wreak Havoc On Children's Sleep

Enterovirus 68 – What should I know?

Enterovirus 68 is a virus that has been around since the 1960’s. It causes symptoms similar to a “cold”. These symptoms include runny nose, coughing, difficulty breathing, wheezing, fever, and in some cases a rash. The good news is that enteroviruses usually aren't deadly. Recently there have been more severe illnesses, especially in children with asthma, but as of now, even the sickest children (those that have required intubation and mechanical ventilation), get better. Most of the enterovirus-68 infections are mild and self-limited and require only symptomatic treatment.


Like all respiratory viruses enterovirus spreads through close contact with infected people. That makes children more susceptible. To prevent infection we encourage frequent hand washing with soap and water for 20 seconds -- particularly after going to the bathroom. Clean and disinfect surfaces that are regularly touched by different people, such as toys and doorknobs. Avoid shaking hands, kissing, hugging and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick. Stay home if you or your child feel unwell.


For children with asthma, as with all respiratory viruses, we encourage following your Asthma Control Plan. At the first sign of a respiratory illness (runny nose, cough), start your Yellow Zone medications. Typically this means starting albuterol every four hours, and in many cases increasing your inhaled steroid to 4 times daily. If symptoms are progressing despite early initiation of Yellow Zone medications, follow your Red Zone plan. If despite these steps your child develops significant respiratory distress seek additional medical care.


If you have questions or concerns, or need help understanding your Asthma Control Plan, please don’t hesitate to contact us, 24/7/365, at 612-813-3300.

Dr. Wheeler Presents at American Association of SIDS Prevention Meeting

Dr. Bill Wheeler presented on Hospital Readmissions in High-risk Infants followed in a Home Monitor Program during the American Association of SIDS Prevention Physician's annual meeting held last month.  His presentation was given to fellow neonatologists, pediatric pulmonologists, pediatric neurologists, nurses, respiratory therapists and other healthcare professionals who have an interest in sudden infant death and pediatric sleep disorders.

Continued research and education is a high priority to CRCCS and our network. Thanks for  your contribution, Dr. Wheeler! 

Fall is here and so is higher levels of mold!

Molds like it to be wet, dark and cool. They flourish in the fall when leaves fall and it is wet outside. When it rains both pollens and molds are briefly washed out of the air. However, with mold, the counts begin to rise over the next 24 hours. Once we have a good hard frost where the ground remains frozen, the mold levels drop. Current levels of mold are moderate.

Ragweed Counts on the Rise


Ragweed is a weed that grows almost anywhere but especially in the east and midwest of the United States. From the middle of August until the first hard frost ragweed blooms and releases pollen—a very fine powder into the air.  Ragweed pollen levels are highest in mid-September.

The Ragweed pollen count changes with the time of day and weather (rain, humidity, sun, and wind). For example, they are likely higher on warm, breezy days and lower on chilly, wet days. Ragweed pollen is usually highest between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., depending upon the weather.

When ragweed pollen in the air enters the nose and throat of people who are allergic to that pollen, it can cause allergy and asthma symptoms. Ragweed allergy symptoms include sneezing; runny or stuffy nose, itching in the throat or inside of the ears; hives; and swollen eyelids and itchy eyes.  Some people also have asthma symptoms such as coughing, wheezing or trouble breathing.


The first step in managing a ragweed allergy is to limit your exposure to the pollen by:

·         Wash your hands often. Pollen can stick to your hands when you touch something outside or a pet, if it has been outside.

·         Limit your time outdoors when ragweed counts are high.

·         Wear a dust mask that people like carpenters use (found in hardware stores) when you need to do outdoor tasks such as cutting the grass or raking leaves.

·         Don’t wear your outdoor work clothes in the house; they may have pollen on them.

·         Shower or rinse off including your hair before going to bed.  After you’ve been outside, the pollens get into your hair and clothing.  If you haven’t bathed or removed your clothing before bedtime, the pollens get into the bedding.  

·         Wash bedding often.

·         Clean and replace furnace and air conditioner filters often. Using HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filters is recommended, which remove at least 99 percent of pollen, as well as animal dander, dust and other particles.

·         Keep the windows and doors closed as much as possible. 

·         Use a clothes dryer rather than outdoor clothes lines.

Secondly, medications which may be helpful in managing the allergy and asthma symptoms include:

·         Decongestants

·         Anti-histamines

·         Leukotreine inhibitors

·         Inhaled corticosteroids

·         Inhaled bronchodilators

·         Oral steroids

Before starting any medications, discuss your medical management plan with your doctor.


Pulmonolgist & writer, Dr. Shreve contributes to Minnesota Medicine

Dr. Shreve is not only a wonderful physician, but also a very talented writer. Click here to read the extremely touching poem he wrote that was published in this month's issue of Minnesota Medicine. 

April 2013

Congratulations to Dr. Roy Maynard for being elected to serve as a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Executive Committee of the Section on Home Care!

The almost 20 year-old section is dedicated to providing general pediatricians and pediatric sub-specialists with an understanding of basic principles of and emerging developments in home care. 

In addition to seeing pulmonary patients at CRCCS, Dr. Maynard is the Medical Director at Pediatric Home Service where he works with the PHS team to provide quality care to children and their families in their own home.

Dr. Scherrer continues to help grow the Society for Pediatric Sedation

The Society for Pediatric Sedation, founded in 2007, strives to be the international multidisciplinary leader in the advancement of pediatric sedation by promoting safe, high quality care, innovative research and quality professional education.

Currently serving as Vice President of SPS, Dr. Scherrer helps enrich the organization by dedicating her time, knowledge and leadership skills. Most recently, Dr. Scherrer served as a peer instructor of the Pediatric Sedation Provider Course at the annual SPS conference in May of 2012. She has also been elected to serve as the organization’s President, beginning her two year term in May of 2014.

CRCCS is proud to have a hand in helping improve the pediatric sedation experience nationwide!

March 2013 - CRCCS Takes a Polar Plunge for Special Olympics!

CRCCS sponsors nine team members to take the Plunge for MN Special Olympics on Saturday, March 2nd at Lake Calhoun. 

The "Pulmonary Plungers" exceeded their goal totaling $2795 in donations. They look forward to setting a higher goal and adding plungers to their team in 2014!

For pictures and more information, visit us on Facebook.

Dr. Kurachek Presents at 7th Annual Topics in Pediatric Medicine Conference

Dr. Kurachek presented 'Management of raised intracranial pressure: A PICU perspective' with eight colleuges at the 7th Annual Topics in Pediatric Medince Conference February 22nd.

This one-day conference provides pediatricians, family practice physicians, emergency medicine physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and nurses with the latest information on pediatric emergency care. Participants gain practical knowledge from expert providers in the care of acutely ill or injured children.

Camp Superkids 2013!

It's that time of year again! Camp Superkids registration beings for their June 2013 session!

The objective of Camp Superkids is to improve the physical condition and psychological outlook of children with asthma and to educate campers and their families on how to best manage their care. 

Campers enjoy swimming, canoeing, kayaking, water skiing, ropes courses, arts & crafts, all-camp games, fishing and more!!

For more details on Camp Superkids, visit the American Lung Association.

January 2013

Congratulations to Dr. Brooke Moore and Dr. Christina Mikesell on their newly achieved Pediatric Pulmonary Board Certification! 

In order to be eligible for Pediatric Pulmonary Board Certification, doctors must complete a fellowship program which is designed to train physicians in a specific area of pediatric medicine. Both doctors completed their fellowship training at the University of Minnesota in 2011 and were hired at CRCCS as full-time physicians upon completion.

There are fewer than 1,000 board certified Pediatric Pulmonologists in the United States. We are so lucky to have them on our team!

December 2012

Dr. Alberto Orioles joins CRCCS! We are happy to announce that we've added a new Intensivist to our team. Please click here to learn about Dr. Orioles. 

November 2012

Dr. John McNamara recently presented 'Cystic Fibrosis Update' to his colleagues at Grand Rounds held by Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. 

Grand Rounds are a formal meeting at which physicians discuss the clinical cases of patients. They are an integral component of medical education, as physicians present clinical problems in medicine by focusing on current or interesting cases. Grand Rounds are also utilized to disseminate new research information. 

Dr. Moore helps get her patient the medication she needs

Chaska family fights insurance company and wins. Click here to see how Dr. Brooke Moore helped get her patient the medicine she needs. 

October 2012

The MN Medicine Journal featured an article, 'CF vs. CRMS - Diagnostic Challenges in CF', authored by Dr. John McNamara in it's most recent issue. Click here to view the article. 

CRCCS at CHEST Conference

Dr. Wheeler & Dr. Maynard presented a study entitled “Incidence, Management & Outcome of Tracheobronchitis in A Tracheostomized Home Care Population” at the CHEST conference in Atlanta, GA.

September 2012

Now is the best time for your child to have a flu shot to protect them for the next influenza season. We recommend that all of our patients, ages 6 months and above, have this important immunization. We encourage you to obtain this immunization from your primary care provider. Also, we are happy to administer this immunization during your child’s regular visit with our pulmonary team.

For more information about seasonal influenza and receving the vaccine, click here

CRCCS at Cerner Pediatric Leadership Council Conference

Dr. Rod Tarrago recently made a presentation about Adverse Event Detection in the PICU at the Cerner Pediatric Leadership Council Conference in Washington, DC.

CRCCS in Vienna, Austria

Dr. John McNamara recently gave a presentation titled ‘Early Identification and Treatment of Cystic Fibrosis Related Diabetes’ at the European Respiratory Society meeting in Vienna, Austria.

CRCCS at The Peds Renal Replacement Therapy Conference

Dr. Jeff Nowak and Dr. Steve Baisch recently attended the 7th International Pediatric Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy Conference hosted by Cincinnati Children’s in Cincinnati, Ohio.

CRCCS at The AASM Education Series

Dr. Keith Cavanaugh recently attended the American Academy of Sleep Medicine Education Series Conference in Chicago, IL on interpreting sleep studies, which outlined the updated sleep study scoring guidelines, released in October 2012.

CRCCS at the American Association of SIDS Prevention Conference

Dr. Bill Wheeler and Dr. Keith Cavanaugh recently made presentations at the international American Association of SIDS Prevention Physicians meeting (SIDS and related conditions) in Minneapolis.  Dr. Wheeler presented  ‘Unexplained Daycare Deaths in Minnesota’.   Dr. Cavanaugh presented ‘Sleep Findings and Treatment of Restless Leg Syndrome in Childhood’.

August 2012

The August 2012 edition of the CF Breeze Newsletter is now available. 

CRCCS Patient Portal is now open! See our Patient Portal page for information and access. 

See Dr. Kurachek in the news on KARE 11: Prior Lake teen makes comeback after cardiac arrest

July 2012

Congratulations to our physicians recognized as Top Doctors by Mpls St. Paul Magazine!

May 2012

Welcome to the first edition of the CF Breeze Newsletter!