New Faculty Join UA Department of Pediatrics and Banner Children’s – Diamond Children’s Medical Center

Jan 25, 2018

Three physicians have joined the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson and Banner Children’s – Diamond Children’s Medical Center. They are:

Asmaa Abu-Maziad, MD, joined the Division of Nephrology as a clinical assistant professor. As a pediatric nephrologist, she will provide care for children with a variety of kidney problems and disorders at Banner Children’s – Diamond Children’s Medical Center and Banner – Diamond Children’s Multispecialty Services.

Dr. Abu-Maziad has special interest in glomerular diseases and renal genetics. Her research focus is the molecular basis of glomerular diseases (nephrotic syndrome in particular). She earned her medical degree from Suez Canal University School of Medicine (Egypt) and  then completed her residency in pediatrics at the University of Hawaii. She went on to complete a fellowship in pediatric nephrology from the University of Texas Southwestern School of Medicine and University of California Los Angles (UCLA).

Dr. Abu-Maziad is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics.

M. Raphaelle Jean, MD, MPH, joined the Division of Gastroenterology and Nutrition as an assistant professor. As a pediatric gastroenterologist, Dr. Jean will care for children with nutritional and gastrointestinal disorders of the stomach, intestines, pancreas and liver at Banner – Diamond Children’s Medical Center and Banner – Diamond Children’s Multispecialty Services.

Dr. Jean earned her medical degree from St. George’s University School of Medicine (Grenada, West Indies) and then completed her residency in pediatrics at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey – NJMS campus, as well as a Master’s in Public Health degree from the School of Public Health at the State University of New York at Albany. She went on to complete a fellowship in pediatric gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Under the mentorship of Drs. Chelly Dykes and Ted Denson, her quality improvement research focused on improving hepatitis B immunization rates among patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease, receiving infliximab immunosuppressant therapy.

Dr. Jean has a special interest in inflammatory bowel disease, functional GI disorders, motility disorders and quality improvement science/research.

Christine Legler, MD, joined the Division of General Pediatrics as a clinical assistant professor. She will provide general pediatric services for children at Banner – University Medicine Multispecialty Services – North Hills.

Dr. Legler earned her medical degree from Brown University (Providence, R.I.) and then completed her residency in pediatrics at National Capital Consortium, National Naval Medical Center, and Walter Reed Army Medical Center (Bethesda, Md.).

Dr. Legler, who has special interest in childhood development and behavioral issues, is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and also is certified in Pediatric Advanced Life Support by the American Heart Association.

About Banner Children’s – Diamond Children’s Medical Center

Banner Children’s – Diamond Children’s Medical Center provides pediatric care for children, from newborns to teens. Services include emergency care, heart disorders, traumatic brain injury, autism and developmental disorders, cancer, diabetes and endocrinology, gastrointestinal and nutritional disorders, neurological problems, orthopedics, intensive care needs and more. It is the only pediatric medical facility in Arizona connected to an academic research facility — the University of Arizona Steele Children’s Research Center — where physician-scientists conduct groundbreaking basic science and translational research to advance children’s health. For more information, please visit: www.BannerChildrens.com/DiamondChildrens

About the UA Department of Pediatrics

The UA Department of Pediatrics is dedicated to teaching the next generation of pediatricians, providing outstanding clinical care to children in Tucson and Southern Arizona and conducting groundbreaking research through the UA Steele Children's Research Center. Faculty and pediatric residents provide clinical care to children at Banner Children’s at Diamond Children’s Medical Center and affiliated outpatient clinics throughout Tucson. In addition to providing clinical care, faculty teach medical students through the department’s clerkship program and pediatric residents through the Pediatric Residency Program and the Combined Emergency Medicine/Pediatrics Residency Program. The department also offers fellowship programs in pediatric endocrinology and pediatric pulmonology medicine. UA Steele Center researchers advance science through basic science and translational research in areas such as pediatric cancer, type 1 diabetes, gastrointestinal disorders, pulmonary diseases, developmental disorders and neonatology, to name a few.

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