4 new doctors join Children’s Hospital staff

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Four doctors have joined the staff at West Virginia University Children’s Hospital: Maple Landvoigt, M.D., a pulmonologist; William Patten, M.D., a critical-care specialist; Yesim Yilmaz Demirdag, M.D., an allergist/immunologist; and Usha Phillips, M.D., an infectious disease specialist.

Dr. Landvoigt treats children and adults with cystic fibrosis (CF). He serves as director of WVU’s adult Cystic Fibrosis Center and associate director of the pediatric CF Center.  Landvoigt also treats pediatric patients dealing with asthmatic conditions, chronic lung diseases and sleep-related breathing disorders.

A native of Ritchie County, Landvoigt is a 2002 graduate of WVU’s School of Medicine. Following an internship in internal medicine/pediatrics at Case Western Reserve University, he returned to WVU for his residency. Most recently, he served as a fellow in pediatric pulmonology at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Patten sees patients in the critical-care unit who are dealing with issues related to congenital heart disease, respiratory failure, traumatic injury and sepsis. His research interests include the treatment of RSV bronchiolitis, a lung infection, and complications related to refractory status epilepticus, a life-threatening condition in which the brain is in a state of persistent seizure.

Patten attended Universidad Autonoma De Guadalajara School of Medicine in Jalisco, Mexico, and completed his degree in 2003 at New York Medical College. He did his residency at Winthrop University Hospital in Mineola, N.Y., where he served as chief resident in 2005-2006. Most recently, Patten served as an administrative fellow at Miami Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Demirdag treats children with asthma, allergies and primary immunodeficiency. Her research interests include food allergies and the genetics of primary immunodeficiency and eczema.

A 1990 graduate of Akdeniz University School of Medicine in Turkey, Demirdag completed a fellowship in clinical cytogenetics at Yale University School of Medicine. Most recently, she completed a combined fellowship in pediatric and adult allergy and immunology at Louisiana State University in Shreveport, where she also did her pediatric residency.

Dr. Phillips treats infants, children and teens with HIV/AIDS and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). She also sees patients at WVU’s Cystic Fibrosis Center.

Before joining WVU, Phillips was an assistant professor in pediatric infectious disease at Robert Wood Johnson University in New Jersey, where she previously served as chief resident in pediatrics. She received the Young Investigators Trainee award at the 2008 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections.

Phillips is a graduate of Stanley Medical College in India. She obtained her diploma in Child Health at Armed Forces Medical College and was awarded membership to the Royal College of Physicians.


For more information:
Amy Johns, HSC News Service, 304-293-7087
md: 9-09-09

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