CME —Peds in the Desert


The Department of Pediatrics hosts an annual CME conference for physicians and allied health providers featuring speakers from diverse specialties and care delivery settings. Our conference aims to educate on updates and advances in clinical subspecialty care, as well as exploring topics of community health, tribal and rural health, and public health. Our featured speakers range from the legal sector to pediatric experts in their respective fields. The aim of our conference is to provide valuable education while fostering our community and ultimately improving pediatric care in the state of Arizona. We feel thankful that we have been able to provide this service for over two decades.

Pediatrics in the Desert 2023 is scheduled for Saturday, April 22, 2023.


Speakers and Topic List

Autism in Girls
Sydney A. Rice, MD, MSc
Division Chief and Professor of Behavioral & Developmental Pediatrics
Department of Pediatrics University of Arizona
Director, University of ArizonaLEND Program
Sleep Medicine for the Primary Care Pediatrician
Dan Combs, MD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine, University of Arizona
Director, Pediatric Sleep Medicine, Banner University Medical Center, Tucson
Dr. Combs is board-certified in pediatrics and sleep medicine.  In addition to his clinical practice in sleep medicine, he is an NIH-funded researcher with current studies on novel medications for obstructive sleep apnea as well as improving the clinical trial experience for people with Down syndrome.
Acute and Chronic Hepatitis
Keith Hazleton, MD, PhD
Interim Division Chief and Assistant Professor of
Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition,
Department of Pediatrics University of Arizona
Fever in Infants
Aaron N. Leetch, FACEP, MD
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine
Joint Appointment Department of Pediatrics
University of Arizona
Infant and Toddler Nutrition
Christina Valentine, FACEP, MD, MS
Professor of Neonatology,
Department of Pediatrics University of Arizona
Lunch and ASTEC SIM Lab Tour
Dave Biffar and ASTEC Staff
Hydrocephalus and Chiari
Lauren Simpson, MD, MPH
Pediatric Neurosurgeon at Banner Tucson
Cardiac Arrythmias
Omar Meziab, MD
Assistant Professor of Cardiology,
Department of Pediatrics University of Arizona
Common Pediatric Hospitalizations
Lauren M. Naile, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Hospital Medicine,
Department of Pediatrics University of Arizona
More information to come soon!