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The faculty and staff members of the International Adoption Center at Cincinnati Children's are dedicated to improving the lives of children around the world. Learn more about our team.
Mary Allen Staat, MD, MPH
Director, International Adoption Center
Director, International Adoption Center
Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
Helicobacter pylori, rotavirus epidemiology, travel medicine and infectious diseases of international adoptees
Epidemiology of enteric infections and surveillance of infectious diseases
Mary Allen Staat, MD, MPH, is director of the International Adoption Center and a member of the Infectious Disease Division at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.
Dr. Staat is a board-certified pediatrician and is also board-certified in Infectious Disease and Preventive Medicine. She is an associate professor of Pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati and a faculty member of the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Research Foundation.
MD: University of Kentucky, Lexington, Ky., 1986.
MPH: Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Md., 1991.
Residency: Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, 1986-1989; Preventive Medicine, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Md., 1990-1994.
Fellowship: Infectious Diseases, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, 1989-1990; Epidemiology, National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Rockville, Md., 1990-1993.
Certification: Pediatrics, 1989; Preventive Medicine, 1996; Pediatric Infectious Diseases, 1999.
Staat MA, Rice MA, Donauer S, Payne DC, Bresee JS, Mast TC, Curns AT, Cortese MM, Connelly B, McNeal M, Ward RL, Bernstein DI, Parashar UD, Salisbury S. Estimating the rotavirus hospitalization disease burden and trends, using capture-recapture methods. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2010 Dec;29(12):1083-6.
Abdulla RY, Rice MA, Donauer S, Hicks KR, Poore D, Staat MA. Hepatitis A in internationally adopted children: screening for acute and previous infections. Pediatrics. 2010 Nov;126(5):e1039-44.
Staat MA, Stadler LP, Donauer S, Trehan I, Rice M, Salisbury S. Serologic testing to verify the immune status of internationally adopted children against vaccine preventable diseases. Vaccine. 2010 Nov 23;28(50):7947-55.
Fairbrother G, Cassedy A, Ortega-Sanchez IR, Szilagyi PG, Edwards KM, Molinari NA, Donauer S, Henderson D, Ambrose S, Kent D, Poehling K, Weinberg GA, Griffin MR, Hall CB, Finelli L, Bridges C, Staat MA; New Vaccine Surveillance Network (NVSN). High costs of influenza: Direct medical costs of influenza disease in young children. Vaccine. 2010 Jul 12;28(31):4913-9.
Mast TC, Walter EB, Bulotsky M, Khawaja SS, DiStefano DJ, Sandquist MK, Straus WL, Staat MA. Burden of childhood rotavirus disease on health systems in the United States. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2010 Feb;29(2):e19-25. Payne DC, Szilagyi PG, Staat MA, Edwards KM, Gentsch JR, Weinberg GA, Hall CB, Curns AT, Clayton H, Griffin MR, Fairbrother G, Parashar UD. Secular variation in United States rotavirus disease rates and serotypes: implications for assessing the rotavirus vaccination program. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2009 Nov;28(11):948-53. Dickey M, Jamison L, Michaud L, Care M, Bernstein DI, Staat MA. Rotavirus meningoencephalitis in a previously healthy child and a review of the literature. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2009 Apr;28(4):318-21.
Linam WM, Margolis PA, Staat MA, Britto MT, Hornung R, Cassedy A, Connelly BL. Risk factors associated with surgical site infection after pediatric posterior spinal fusion procedure. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2009 Feb;30(2):109-16. Stadler LP, Mezoff AG, Staat MA. Hepatitis B virus screening for internationally adopted children. Pediatrics. 2008 Dec;122(6):1223-8.
Yee EL, Staat MA, Azimi P, Bernstein DI, Ward RL, Schubert C, Matson DO, Turcios-Ruiz RM, Parashar U, Widdowson MA, Glass RI. Burden of rotavirus disease among children visiting pediatric emergency departments in Cincinnati, Ohio, and Oakland, California, in 1999-2000. Pediatrics. 2008 Nov;122(5):971-7.
Kelly R. Hicks, MSN, RN
Nurse Coordinator, International Adoption Center
Irina S. Parkins, PhD
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
International adoption, chronic pain management
Kashikar-Zuck S, Parkins IS, Ting TV, Verkamp E, Lynch-Jordan A, Passo M, Graham TB. Controlled follow-up study of physical and psychosocial functioning of adolescents with juvenile primary fibromyalgia syndrome. Rheumatology (Oxford). 2010 Nov;49(11):2204-9.
Lynch-Jordan AM, Kashikar-Zuck S, Crosby LE, Lopez WL, Smolyansky BH, Parkins IS, Luzader CP, Hartman A, Guilfoyle SM, Powers SW. Applying quality improvement methods to implement a measurement system for chronic pain-related disability. J Pediatr Psychol. 2010 Jan-Feb;35(1):32-41.
Kashikar-Zuck S, Parkins IS, Graham TB, Lynch AM, Passo M, Johnston M, Schikler KN, Hashkes PJ, Banez G, Richards MM. Anxiety, mood, and behavioral disorders among pediatric patients with juvenile fibromyalgia syndrome. Clin J Pain. 2008 Sep;24(7):620-6.
Nabors LA, Lehmkuhl HD, Parkins IS, Drury AM. Reading about over-the-counter medications. Issues Compr Pediatr Nurs. 2004 Oct-Dec;27(4):297-305.
Jennifer L. Potter, PhD
UC Department of Pediatrics
Neuropsychological assessment and psychotherapeutic treatment of pediatric neurologic disorders and other complex medical problems; neuropsychological risk of children with traumatic brain injury
Jennifer L. Potter, PhD, graduated from Bucknell University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. Dr. Potter was awarded a doctoral degree from the University of Cincinnati in 2007. She completed her internship training at the University of Florida Health Science Center in 2007. Dr. Potter received her postdoctoral training at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and completed her postdoctoral fellowship in 2009.
Dr. Potter joined the Cincinnati Children's Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology staff in September, 2009 as a Staff Neuropsychologist. Her specialization is in pediatric neuropsychology, and her clinical interests include neuropsychological assessment and psychotherapeutic treatment of children with a variety of neurologic disorders. Her research has focused on social environmental predictors of neurocognitive and behavioral outcomes following traumatic brain injury in preschool children.
Fellowship: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, 2007-2009.
Internship: University of Florida Health Science Center, Gainesville, FL, 2006-2007.
PhD: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 2007.
MA: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 2003.BA: Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA, 1999.
Tisha M. Way, MSSA, LISW-S
Social Worker, International Adoption Center
Tracy Byrne, RN
Nurse, International Adoption Center
Robin L. Gordon
Post-Adoption Services Coordinator
Program Coordinator, Division of Infectious Diseases
Customer Service Representative, International Adoption Center
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