Our Lady of the Lake Children's Hospital to Host National Expert on Childhood Crisis and Trauma


Our Lady of the Lake Children's Hospital to Host National Expert on Childhood Crisis and Trauma

Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital will host David Schonfeld, MD, FAAP as the speaker for a free community forum discussing how to help children cope with recent events in our state. Dr. Schonfeld is the director of the National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement (NCSCB) at the USC School of Social Work and a leading childhood grief expert.

The free community event will take place on Friday, March 10 at 6 p.m. at the LSU Health Medical Education and Innovation Center near Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center. Dr. Schonfeld also will serve as the keynote speaker at a Continuing Medical Education (CME) Symposium for healthcare providers to be held Saturday, March 11.

“This past year has been a very challenging year across the state of Louisiana, and children are not immune when it comes to dealing with the emotional aftermath of the natural disasters and other crises we experienced in 2016,” said Shaun Kemmerly, MD, chief medical officer of Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital. “It was important that we bring in a nationally renowned expert on the topic to help give us a better perspective as we work with children encountering a wide range of emotions following a traumatic year.”

In addition to his role with the NCSCB, Dr. Schonfeld is a professor at USC and a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Disaster Preparedness Advisory Council. He is the commissioner of the National Commission on Children and Disasters and the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission. He routinely travels across the country and internationally to provide consultation and training on school crisis and pediatric bereavement in the aftermath of disasters, including several trips to New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. 

Dr. Schonfeld has authored more than 100 scholarly articles, book chapters and books, and given more than 800 presentations on pediatric bereavement and crisis. 

Admission to the community forum is free to the public, but registration is required. Visit www.ololchildrens.org/events to register today.

The CME Symposium for physicians, mid-level providers, medical residents and nurses will be held on Saturday, March 11 in the Stadium Club of LSU’s Tiger Stadium from 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. For more information or to register for the CME, visit www.ololchildrens.org/cme.