All physicians and health care professionals who diagnose and treat pediatric patients.
FirstHealth of the Carolinas is accredited by the North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS) to provide
continuing medical education for physicians. This activity has been planned and implemented in
accordance with the Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education
FirstHealth of the Carolinas adheres to ACCME Essential Areas and Policies regarding industry support
of continuing medical education. Disclosure of faculty/planning committee members and commercial
relationships will be made known at the activity. Speakers are also expected to openly disclose any
discussion of any off-label, experimental, or investigational use of drugs or devices in their presentations.
FirstHealth designates this live activity for a maximum of 4.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.
FirstHealth’s Office of Continuing Medical Education
There is no fee to participate in this program.
Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:
• Enhance current knowledge of current issues regarding COVID-19 in children.
• Provide updates on evaluation and treatment of infants with neonatal abstinence syndrome.
• Explore new management guidelines for febrile infants.
• Discuss adolescent obesity and bariatric surgery as a treatment option.
• Facilitate networking opportunities with colleagues.
• Discuss topics of timely interest to physicians.
7:00 a.m. Registration and Breakfast
8:00 a.m. Welcome & Overview – Christoph Diasio, M.D.
8:05 a.m. COVID-19 in Children: An Update – Thomas Belhorn, M.D., UNC - Chapel Hill
• Review current knowledge of SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19 in children, including virus variants, acute
and long-term manifestations of disease, testing and treatment
• Discuss COVID-19 prevention in children, including data on available vaccines and their use in
9:05 a.m. Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome: Updates on Evaluation and Treatment
Elizabeth Turney, M.D., FirstHealth of the Carolinas
• Review common terms and definitions related to neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS)
• Review assessment tools for evaluation of withdrawal
• Learners will be introduced to current evaluation for withdrawal: Eat, Sleep Console
• Learners will understand treatment modalities of withdrawal, non-pharmacologic and pharmacologic
• Discuss the nutritional implications of NAS
10:15 a.m. Break
10:20 a.m. Pediatric Obesity and Endocrinology – Dana Portenier, M.D., FACS, Duke University
• Define incidence and consequences of adolescent obesity
• Discuss how bariatric surgery fits into treatment algorithm for adolescent obesity
• Discuss outcomes of bariatric surgery in adolescent patients
11:20 a.m. Management of Febrile Infants – Nicole McMahon, M.D., FirstHealth of the Carolinas
• Review past strategies for management of febrile infants
• Discuss most recent 2021 AAP Guidelines for the evaluation and management of well appearing
febrile infants age 8-60 days old
• Review resources available for real-time decision making regarding febrile infants
12:20 p.m. Wrap up and Evaluations
12:30 pm Adjournment and Networking lunch
Thomas H. Belhorn, MD, PhD
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine
Thomas Belhorn, M.D., PhD completed his medical education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel
Hill. He completed his residency at Children’s of Alabama in Birmingham, AL in pediatrics. Dr. Belhorn
completed a fellowship in pediatric infectious diseases at Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati,
Ohio. He is board certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Infectious Diseases. He is a Professor in Pediatrics
and Pediatric Infectious Diseases at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine.
Elizabeth Turney, M.D.
FirstHealth of the Carolinas
Elizabeth Turney, M.D. is a board-certified Neonatologist. She completed her medical education at
University of Utah School of Medicine. She completed her internship and residency at the University of
North Carolina Hospitals. Dr. Turney specializes in caring for premature babies and full-term newborn
babies with injuries, illness or birth defects.
Dana Portenier, M.D., FACS
Duke University Medical Center
Dana Portenier, M.D. completed his medical education at Medical University of South Carolina College
of Medicine and his residency in general surgery at Providence Hospital in Michigan. He completed a
fellowship as a Traveling Hepato-Pancreatico-Bilary Fellow with the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota; the Memorial
Sloan-Ketting Cancer Center in New York, and Saint James University Hospital in Leeds, England. He is an
Assistant Professor of Surgery, the Division Chief for Metabolic Weight Loss Surgery and Chair, Department
of Surgery at Duke Regional Hospital.
Nicole McMahon, M.D.
FirstHealth of the Carolinas
Nicole McMahon, M.D. is a board-certified Pediatric Hospitalist. She completed her medical education
at Duke University School of Medicine. She completed her residency at the Children’s Hospital of New
Orleans at Louisiana State University. Dr. McMahon specializes in caring for hospitalized pediatric patients.