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Friday Facts (March 11, 2022)


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March 11, 2022

candace gambleCandace Gamble, M.D., Named New Medical Director of Clinical Genetics, Beginning April 1, 2022

We are pleased to announce that Candace Gamble, M.D., will take the reins of the Genetics medical directorship effective April 1, 2022.

She takes over for Mary Kukolich, M.D., who has been with Cook Children’s and Fort Worth Children’s since 1977. Dr. Kukolich who started this program in September 1995, has led it through considerable growth and into one of the largest clinical programs in the country. She is most grateful for the excellent staff they were able to acquire. We want to express our deepest gratitude for the wonderful Genetics program she has led, and for her unwavering support. Mary will continue to do clinical practice part time.

Dr. Gamble has been serving as the assistant medical director of Genetics for over a year and is excited to be assuming the role of medical director. She graduated from UTMB in Galveston and did a combined pediatrics/medical genetics residency at UT Health Science Center at Houston. She currently serves as a part-time faculty member at TCU School of Medicine as a physician development coach. Dr. Gamble grew up in Dallas where she graduated from The Hockaday School, but quickly fell in love with Fort Worth as a great place for she and her husband to raise their two boys!

We know Dr. Gamble will be successful in her new role and we are excited to see how she will enhance and grow the Genetics program. Please join us in congratulating and supporting Dr. Gamble and also thanking Dr. Kukolich for her many years of service.


prenatal oral health ask the docAsk The Docs About Prenatal Oral Health

Be a part of the conversation as Meera Beharry, M.D., FAAP, FSAHM, and Shanna Combs, M.D., FACOG, talk about issues pregnant teens face, and the importance of engaging adolescents in their medical and oral health journey before, during and after pregnancy. 

They will discuss:

  • Strategies for supporting pregnant teens as they transition from pediatric to adult medical and dental care.
  • Providing information on doctor/teen confidential consult, rights of minors, parental consent, questions to ask.
  • Identifying stigmas as a barrier to care.
  • Tips for creating a teen-friendly environment.

This session is part of a virtual series that addresses common questions about oral health care during pregnancy. The series is presented by the Texas Department of State Health Services - Oral Health Improvement Program (OHIP) in partnership with the Children’s Oral Health Coalition, led by Cook Children’s. It is for dentists, ob-gyns, other medical providers, dental hygienists, nurses, midwives/doulas.

The event:

  • Speaker: Meera S. Beharry, M.D. FAAP, FSAHM, Adolescent Medicine Consulting, LLC
  • Moderator: Shanna Combs, M.D., FACOG, Cook Children’s Gynecology
  • When: 8:30 – 9:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 23, 2022
  • Where: Click to register
  • For more informationdshs.texas.gov/dental/askthedocs

arcuate-header-logoThe Arcuate for March 2022

The latest edition of The Arcuate, a newsletter from the Jane and John Justin Neurosciences Center is published.  This edition covers a variety of topics, including:

  • Cook Children's and Covenant Children's: Providing Neurology Care in Lubbock
  • New Research Program For Kids With Rare Genetic Epilepsy
  • Primary Steps: Assessing Abnormal Movements in Childhood
  • Lindsey Carens, Ph.D., Joins Neurology
  • AES Poster Presentations: Visit Our Virtual Library
  • Upcoming Seminars

Click here to read.


Doctors Shout Out

Mazade, Marc

Marc Mazade, M.D. 

Medical Director of Infection Control

“I would like to thank Dr. Mazade for all of his time that he spent with us. He is such a kind person and is always so good to my son. He’s good with children. He has patience. I would recommend him any time I get the chance. And his nurse is outstanding. She also has a lot of patience with children. Thank you so much for everything that you have done for us.”

phillip scott

Phillip Scott, M.D.


“We really appreciate Dr. Scott, of all the doctors we interacted with there. He was very clear in his description of what was going on and helped us understand what was [happening]. He seemed also to understand what we were thinking and hoping. He works really well with us and was very kind. We were glad when we got to see him. We thought he was leaving that evening, but he came back in the next day. Dr. Scott was amazing, and we appreciated him. Thank you.”

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Kirk Davis, M.D.

Pediatrician, Cook Children's Pediatrics Keller Heritage

“Hey, yeah, it’s the patient’s dad. I just wanted to give a shout out to Dr. Davis for being really kind and compassionate to both my wife and our daughter. He really took the time to make sure that our daughter was all healthy, which she is. Thank goodness, but he really took the time to talk to my wife about just the lifestyle changes and the stress and the postpartum depression that could happen. He really got her in a good head space after we had a rough four days in the hospital. It's great when you see a physician not only take care of the child, but also make sure the family is well taken care of, as well. So just wanted to give him this shout out and the whole staff, but definitely thank you Dr. Davis! You have a patient forever. Thank you.”

Muyskens, Steve

Steve Muyskens, M.D.

Medical Director, Cardiac MRI, 3-D aPPROach Lab

Everyone that saw our child that day was great. You can tell people like what they do. Dr. Muyskens was great. He explained everything in detail and provided some of the answers that we as parents have been asking for years. I know what to look for when my child has any episodes. If we could have a lot of Dr. Muyskens the world would be better. You can tell he loves what he does and he knows his stuff and is good with the patients. He has a lot of knowledge. Thank you”

Gastroenterology Team 

My son and I had the absolute very best care, experience and compassion anyone could ask for!! I keep bragging about Cook Children's s to everyone! I brag about everything and everyone we encountered during his hospital stay. I don't even know where to begin. I could not be more grateful and appreciative!!

You guys at Cook Children's are extraordinarily amazing!! We have been to several other hospitals but never received such great care. The whole crew starting at The Motility Clinic with Dr. Osuntokun, Nicole Bailey, Dr. Ogunmola, all of the GI and motility specialty nurses. The team at the 5th floor, especially my son's nurses (Peter, Alyssa, Shannon and Santiago) and EVERYONE on the floor went above and beyond to give him the greatest care possible!! I'm blown away by you guys!! The whole attitude there is good vibes, positive and caring attitudes. I just can't thank you guys enough!! 

Our whole experience was flawless and nothing short of a perfect! We are soo thankful!! You guys, especially Dr. Osuntokun, restored hope and faith to a 5-year-old and his mom who had lost all hope!! He is a true miracle worker!! He and his team are an answered prayer! We have been through nothing short of ____ before we saw him, but now, we won't ever have to experience that again!! He is helping my child and helping improve his quality of life after no one else was willing to!! Cook Children's, thank you beyond what words can say!   You guys are angels!!”