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Alaska Pediatric Specialties: New Name, Expanded Services

Dec 15, 2023 | Healthcare, News

Dr. Michael Malandra

Alaska Pediatric Specialties

Alaska Pediatric Surgery and Alaska Pediatric Oncology recently announced that they are changing their names to Alaska Pediatric Specialties (APS). The new name was chosen to reflect a broader mission to provide more comprehensive pediatric specialty care for the children of Alaska.

Pediatric Gastroenterology Services

Beginning December 15, Dr. Michael Malandra and Michelle Haimowitz, Advanced Nurse Practitioner, will be joining Dr. Gregory Semancik to expand Alaska Pediatric Specialties’ outpatient pediatric gastroenterology service. Malandra and Haimowitz have been providing services in Anchorage for more than two years and are looking forward to continuing to provide care to the children of Alaska in affiliation with APS.

Malandra is a board-certified pediatric gastroenterologist who made his way to Alaska in 2020. He hails from Upstate New York and completed his pediatric residency at the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, Children’s Hospital at Erlanger. He later moved to Chicago, Illinois, where he pursued a fellowship in pediatric gastroenterology, hepatology, and nutrition at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. Following his fellowship, Malandra continued his journey in Chicago as a faculty member at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago before embarking on a new adventure in Alaska in 2020.

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Malandra has an unwavering passion for all things related to the gastrointestinal system and appreciates the diverse pathologies that pediatric gastroenterology presents. He is eager to share his expertise and enthusiasm, ensuring the well-being of Alaska’s children.

Haimowitz has been in Alaska for two years, practicing as a pediatric gastrointestinal nurse practitioner. Born and raised in New Jersey, she first came to Alaska in 2004 as a nurse in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Providence Alaska Children’s Hospital. She left a few years later to attend the Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program at the University of Pennsylvania.

After graduating with a concentration in acute and chronic care, Haimowitz worked at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in various pediatric specialties, including gastroenterology, neurosurgery, and hospital medicine.

Alaska Pediatric Surgery’s pediatric surgical team maintains clinics in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Wasilla, and other locations throughout the state. Dr. Brent Roaten, who leads the practice, is a board-certified pediatric surgeon and is the founder of the Stephen G. Jolley Lectureship, providing funding for an annual symposium with guest speakers renowned in the field of pediatric surgery. The Alaska Pediatric Oncology team is committed to caring for children with cancer and blood disorders while providing support for their families. The team participates in the Children’s Oncology Group network, allowing it to provide state-of-the-art treatment for a wide array of cancer.

Advanced Nurse Practitioner Michelle Haimowitz

Alaska Pediatric Specialties

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