DFWHC and Gerber event highlights pediatric nutrition


Chelsea Moffett (l to r), Lacy Contreras and Debby Wood of Gerber; Dr. Sushma Sharma of the DFWHC Foundation; and Dr. Andrea Papamandjaris, Denise Willson and Mary Garland of Gerber.

The DFW Hospital Council and Gerber hosted a local conference of pediatric experts this morning during the educational event “The Economic Burden of Allergies and Positive Patient Outcomes” at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas.

Attended by 25-plus, the educational event was highlighted by the presentation of Dr. Andrea Papamandjaris making her first-ever appearance in North Texas. Dr. Papamandjaris is the head of the medical, scientific and regulatory unit for Nestlé Maternal and Infant Nutrition in Canada and director of medical affairs for Nestlé Infant Nutrition in the U.S.

Attendees were provided with educational booklets including “Primary Prevention of Allergic Disease through Nutritional Interventions: Guidelines for Healthcare Professionals” and The Journal of Pediatrics article “Economic Burden of Atopic Dermatitis in High-Risk Infants Receiving Cow’s Milk or Partially Hydrolyzed 100% Whey-Based Formula.”

Dr. Papamandjaris leads a cross-functional team at Gerber with expertise in medical and regulatory affairs that serves as a key scientific resource for stakeholders within maternal and infant nutrition.

“This was a great opportunity to work with Gerber today,” said W. Stephen Love, president/CEO of DFWHC. “Their team of experts were very impressive and we were happy to provide them a platform to educate our hospital members. The Q&A went on for almost as long as the presentation. This was a great learning experience we would like to continue in the future.”

The event was taped and will be made available on DFWHC’s YouTube site this week.

For questions on obtaining a copy of the presentation, please contact Debbie Wood at Deborah.Wood@US.nestle.com.