St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Names New Director and VP

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St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

As the clinical pharmacist for an emergency department, Ashkan Khabazian, PharmD, is responsible for administering medication based on patients’ emergency needs at Sharp HealthCare in San Diego, California. Outside of work, Dr. Ashkan Khabazian donates to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is known for being a research hospital dedicated to helping children who have cancer. This includes both treatment for patients, and researching new ways to help young people who are battling the disease. In December of 2016, St. Jude named Ellis J. Neufeld, MD, PhD, as the new clinical director and executive vice president of the hospital.

Dr. Neufeld joins St. Jude as an experienced professional skilled in pediatric hematology. He has held the Egan Family Foundation Chair in Transitional Medicine while a professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, and was the associate chief at the Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center. Dr. Neufeld also has previous experience working as a physician and scientist within a laboratory setting. His new role will begin in March of 2017.


St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital’s Partners in Hope Program

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Partners in Hope Program

In his role as Emergency Department Clinical Pharmacist at Sharp Memorial Hospital in San Diego, Ashkan Khabazian, PharmD, works with physicians to select the proper medications for patients . Also involved in charitable giving, Dr. Ashkan Khabazian donates to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital offers numerous ways for contributors to get involved in its work with children. One such way is through the Partners in Hope program. By participating in the program, monthly donors can help alleviate the cost of health care for children with life-altering diseases. Donations help provide children access to leading-edge treatments, such as proton therapy, which is the safest and most powerful treatment for cancer in children.

By participating in the Partners in Hope program, donors contribute not only to treatment but also to research initiatives, such as the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital-Washington University Pediatric Cancer Genome Project. Through this groundbreaking project, St. Jude’s has sequenced more than 700 types of cancer that affect children.

St. Jude Researchers Find Immune Cell to Prevent Chemo Lung Infections

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St. Jude Researchers

An experienced San Diego pharmacist, Dr. Ashkan Khabazian holds a doctor of pharmacy from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and completed his postdoctoral work at Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego. A committed philanthropist, Dr. Ashkan Khabazian regularly provides financial support to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Clinical researchers at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital say they have found immune cells that help prevent mice from contracting lung infections during simulated chemotherapy. The results of the study were recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences peer-reviewed journal.

These immune cells were found to remain within the lungs of the mice over a one-month period once activated. When introduced into mice whose neutrophils were compromised from chemotherapy treatment, these cells provided protection from life-threatening lung infections.

Researchers admit they do not yet fully understand how these cells survive the conditions of chemotherapy, but they have ruled out other methods that cells typically use to ward off radiation and chemotherapy treatments.

Quality and Improvement at Sharp HealthCare Facilities

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Sharp HealthCare

With more than 15 years of pharmacological experience, Dr. Ashkan Khabazian holds a doctor of pharmacy and has residency experience in infectious diseases, ambulatory care, pharmacy management, and numerous other specialties. Currently, Dr. Ashkan Khabazian holds the position of emergency department clinical specialist at Sharp Memorial Hospital in San Diego, California.

Sharp HealthCare is a nonprofit health care provider with more than 2,500 affiliated doctors throughout seven hospitals and a variety of other facilities and services, including urgent care centers and skilled nursing facilities. Further, the organization offers specialized programs for eating disorders, pediatrics, senior care, and mental health.

Each of Sharp’s four acute-care hospitals is home to a 24-hour emergency room. One location is ranked in the top 10 percent of U.S. emergency departments, and another uses the Rapid Medical Evaluation method to ensure fast and accurate patient diagnosis and treatment. A third location (Sharp Memorial Hospital) serves as the designated trauma center for all of San Diego County.