With the support of Leadership Circle, the best and brightest minds at Phoenix Children’s are shaping the future of children’s health. In May 2022, Leadership Circle awarded grant funding to four new projects.



Carla Allan

Be Our Guest: Modernizing the Psychology Waitlist Experience


Principal Investigator:
Carla Allan, PhD

There are more than 1,650 families waiting to get help from Phoenix Children’s Division of Psychology. Unfortunately, the traditional outpatient service model of psychology, in which one-on-one therapy is delivered weekly or biweekly, virtually guarantees that most of these families will wait in vain.   

Benjamin Wright

The Role of Detergents in the Pathogenesis of Eosinophilic Esophagitis

Principal Investigator:
Benjamin Wright, MD

Pulmonology, Section of Allergy Immunology

Allergic diseases are increasing at an alarming rate, and the environmental causes are unknown. Detergents used in common household products such as toothpaste may be a key factor in the development of allergic disease. This project aims to prevent and treat allergic disease in children by investigating how detergents initiate allergic inflammation. 

Alexandra Walsh

Connect:  Helping Leukemia Patients Thrive at Home

Principal Investigator:
Alexandra Walsh, MD

Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders

Newly diagnosed acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) patients are often readmitted to the hospital during their initial month of therapy. In an analysis of ALL patients at Phoenix Children’s, more than 25 percent of patients were readmitted to the hospital with potentially preventable symptoms. This project aims to reduce the preventable readmission rate among ALL patients during their first month of therapy by identifying potentially worrisome symptoms via a daily questionnaire texted to families.

Tom Sitzman

IGNITE:  A Home Monitoring Program for Infants with Cleft Palate

Principal Investigator:
Thomas Sitzman, MD

Plastic Surgery

Infants with cleft lip and/or cleft palate (CL/P) are at high risk of malnutrition due to feeding challenges. Close in-person monitoring of infant feeding and weight gain can help prevent malnutrition, but frequent in-person visits often pose significant burdens for caregivers. IGNITE will offer feeding- and weight-monitoring options for infants with CL/P to mitigate malnutrition risks while minimizing in-person visits and related caregiver burdens. The program will be developed in partnership with Children’s Mercy Kansas City.

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