Pediatric Urology Nurse Specialists
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Cheryl Baxter, MSN, RN, CPNP, PUNS Chair
Cheryl Baxter, MSN, RN, CPNP
PUNS Chair
Cheryl G. Baxter is a member of the Section of Pediatric Urology at Nationwide Children's Hospital. She completed her master’s degree in nursing and advance practice at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. She is a full-time pediatric nurse practitioner specializing in pediatric urology problems including complex bladder and bowel reconstruction surgical patients, urinary tract infections, and bladder and bowel dysfunction. She is active in clinic research of spina bifida patients and urinary tract infections. She has lectured at a local and national level on pediatric urology topics. She is currently the Chair of Pediatric Urology Nurse Specialists.
Kristina Booth, MSN, FNP
Kristina Booth, MSN, FNP
Kristina M. Booth, MSN, FNP is a member of the Center for Colorectal and Pelvic Reconstruction (CCPR) and Department of Pediatric Urology at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, OH. She completed her Master’s degree in nursing at Otterbein University in Westerville, OH. Kristina joined the Pediatric urology team in 2008, as a urodynamic nurse specialist. In September of 2014, Kristina started as a nurse practitioner with the CCPR and Urology teams. She has a special interest in caring for patients with complex colorectal and urological conditions. She has lectured both nationally and internationally on bowel management and pediatric colorectal and urological diagnoses.
Christine Danielson, MS, RN, CPNP, EMT-B, PUNS Council Member
Christine Danielson, MS, RN, CPNP, EMT-B
PUNS Council Member
Pediatric nurse practitioner with 10 years of experience in pediatric urology. She obtained a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing at the University of Connecticut in 1997 and a Master’s of Science in Nursing at Boston College in 2002. Most recently Christine worked at Boston Children’s Hospital in the Department of Urology. There she was the nurse practitioner for the bladder exstrophy program and end stage renal disease team. Her areas of interest include complex genitourinary malformations including bladder exstrophy and cloaca, as well as end stage renal disease and renal transplantation. She has presented both nationally and internationally and has served on the Executive Board of PUNS since 2011.
Sally Dunn, RN
Sally Dunn, RN
Registered Nurse Associate Partner at the Outpatient Urology Clinic of Indiana University Health, Riley Hospital for Children where she oversees triage of urological patients via phone calls regarding post-operative care and coordinates care among multiple specialties for easier patient access. Also conducts pre-operative and post-operative teaching for specific patient group undergoing sacral neuromodulation implant and manages patients receiving sacral neuromodulation therapy alongside NP and MD in multidisciplinary clinic setting
Allyson Fried, MSN, CPNP, PUNS Council Member
Allyson Fried, MSN, CPNP
PUNS Council Member
Allyson has been a pediatric nurse practitioner in the Department of Pediatric Urology at the Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo for 11 years. Along with Dr. Greenfield, she has been actively engaged in NIH funded research since starting in pediatric urology. She was both a lead coordinator, overseeing satellite sites, as well as a core site coordinator for the RIVUR trial. In addition to research, she assisted in establishing the sub-specialty bowel and bladder dysfunction clinic at the hospital (CUPID—Center for Pediatric Urologic Disorders) and its biofeedback program. She sees both voiding dysfunction and surgical patients in her clinic, with a special interest in speaking with families about vesicoureteral reflux. Allyson is currently the site coordinator for a NIH sponsored project for children with DSD. She currently serves on the PUNS executive committee and is also a board member of the local NAPNAP chapter in New York.
Karla Giramonti, MSN, RN, FNP-BC, PUNS Advisor to the Board
Karla Giramonti, MSN, RN, FNP-BC
PUNS Advisor to the Board
Karla Giramonti FNP-BC has worked in urology for over 15 years. Prior to urology she was an advance practice nurse in neonatology for 18 years. She sees all pediatrics urology concerns as well as prenatal consults. In addition, she does circumcisions both in the office for newborns and in the OR. She is involved in research and has published several papers and authored chapters for both SUNA core curriculum and Handbook of Pediatric Urology.
Rosemary Grant, RN
Rosemary Grant, RN
Rosemary Grant has been a nurse at Children’s Hospital Boston (BCH) for 36 years. She graduated from Northeastern University in Boston. Her experience began as a staff nurse on the adolescent surgical unit caring for patients undergoing complete urologic reconstruction for a variety of complex problems for eight years. Thereafter she transferred to her current position as the nursing coordinator/staff nurse III in the Department of Urology. In this role she leads the clinical operations of the outpatient urology clinic including the nursing staff and oversees a busy call triage center while coordinating the care patients admitted to urology inpatient service. She has been involved in the Pediatric Nurse Specialist Section (PUNS) of the American Academy of Pediatrics Society of Pediatric Urology since 1988 as a member, chair and presenter. She coordinates the multidisciplinary Bladder Exstrophy Program in urology that includes a weekly clinic, biannual family conference call, support group and a recent retreat. She has co- authored article for publication. She has authored, BCH policies and procedures and educational tools for patients and families.
Saul Greenfield, MD
Saul Greenfield, MD
Dr. Saul Greenfield is a pediatric urologist with a long clinical and academic interest in vesicoureteral reflux. He is Director of Pediatric Urology at the Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo and Clinical Professor of Urology at the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine. He has published extensively in the area of surgical correction and medical management of reflux and serves on the editorial board of the pediatric section of Journal of Urology. Most recently he was a primary investigator in the NIH sponsored RIVUR trial, studying the efficacy of long term antibiotic prophylaxis in the prevention of recurrent urinary tract infection and renal damage. As chairman of the Urology Section of the American Academy of Pediatrics, he has also been involved in the controversy surrounding guidelines for the diagnosis and management of infants and children with urinary tract infection and reflux.
AnnMarie Hannon, CPNP
AnnMarie Hannon, CPNP
AnneMarie has been practicing as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in Pediatric Urology for more than 15 years. Her current position is at the University of Utah, Division of Urology in the Enuresis Clinic, Salt Lake City, UT. She is the co-chairperson of the Special Interest Group for Urodynamics for PUNS. She has lectured and published on nocturnal enuresis and other common urological issues.
C.D. Anthony Herndon, MD
C.D. Anthony Herndon, MD
Dr. Herndon is currently the director of pediatric urology at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond VA. He is professor of surgery and co-surgeon in Chief at Children’s Hospital of Richmond (CHoR). Dr. Herndon was previously Vice Chairman of the Dept. of Urology and Director of the Division of Pediatric Urology at University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA and Associate professor in the department of surgery, section of pediatric urology and department of pediatrics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, AL. Dr. Herndon has been on the Executive committee of the Society of Fetal Urology (holding a variety of offices including President) since 2004. He has also been on the Executive committee of the AAP Section on Urology since 2013.He has been a participating member of numerous other pediatric urology organizations.

Dr. Herndon has been instrumental is developing the Prenatal Hydronephrosis registry – a multi-institutional longitudinal population registry for patients diagnosed with prenatally with hydronephrosis. This will serve to develop treatment protocols specific to postnatal diagnoses. These new treatment protocols will supersede the Consensus Statement from 2010. Dr. Herndon has published extensively on this and many other topics in pediatric urology. This is a subject which Dr. Herndon has researched extensively and become a leading expert in the field.

Dr. Herndon has also been the Associate Editor of the Journal of Pediatric Urology, Assistant Editor for the Section on Fetal Urology of the Journal of Pediatric Urology.

Maryellen Kelly, DNP, CPNP
Maryellen Kelly, DNP, CPNP
Maryellen Kelly, DNP, CPNP is a clinical professor at Duke University. She has worked solely in pediatric urology since obtaining her degree as a Nurse Practitioner. She previously practiced at University of California, Irvine/CHOC Children's Hospital before transferring to Duke University. Currently she practices at Duke where she is also involved as a faculty member within the School of Nursing. She is involved in urology research and recently received an NIH K12 award to investigate pediatric diabetic uropathy. Her other primary area of interest is with the spina bifida population
Kristen Nichols, PharmD, BCPS (AQ-ID), BCPPS
Kristen Nichols, PharmD, BCPS (AQ-ID), BCPPS
Assistant professor of pharmacy at Butler University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, where she teaches in various didactic and experiential settings. She practices at Riley Hospital for Children as a clinical pharmacist, and is also the co-director of the Pediatric Antimicrobial Stewardship Program. She is extremely interested in promoting the judicious and optimal use of anti-infectives in both inpatient and ambulatory pediatrics, optimizing antibiotic doses based on pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamics properties, and in education of medical professionals. She has co-authored multiple publications in her area of interest and much of her research focus has been in extended and continuous infusion beta-lactams in children and in antimicrobial usage and adverse effects.
Konrad Szymanski, MD, MPH
Konrad Szymanski, MD, MPH
Pediatric urologist specializing in reconstructive surgery of congenital abnormalities at Riley Hospital for Children. Dr. Szymanski's clinical interests include hypospadias, undescended testicles, congenital upper tract anomalies, ureteral reimplantation and complex genitourinary reconstruction. His research interests include patient-reported quality of life and long-term outcomes after surgery performed in childhood. He is recognized for his work on quality of life with children and adults with Spina Bifida, as well as health issues faced by young adults growing into adulthood after complex genitourinary reconstructive surgery
Valre Welch, MSN, CPNP, PUNS Advisor to the Board
Valre Welch, MSN, CPNP
PUNS Advisor to the Board
Valre has been working in the field of pediatric urology for over 30 years in several different clinical settings. She is a founding member of PUNS and served on the executive committee (served as Chair) and remained active in the organization for its entire existence. She has also been active in SUNA, serving in various capacities including Regional Director of the Northeast, Treasurer and President. Valre has lectured extensively both nationally and internationally. She was one of the editors of the recently published Core Curriculum for Urologic Nursing as well as one of the authors. She has also published in other textbooks and journals.

She is currently working as a CPNP at the Virginia Commonwealth University, Division of Pediatric Urology. Valre sees patients in her clinical practice from birth to 18 years with a variety of urologic conditions, including evaluation of those patients with antenatally diagnosed hydronephrosis.

Azadeh Wickham, CPNP, PUNS Research SIG Co-Chair
Azadeh Wickham, CPNP
PUNS Research SIG Co-Chair
Azadeh Wickham FNP-BC is a urology nurse practitioner at the Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City. Azadeh’s clinical interests include management of patients with complex reconstructive surgeries, neurogenic bladder, vesicoureteral reflux, pediatric stone disease, and voiding dysfunction.
Melissa Young, MSN, RN, CPNP, PUNS Council Member
Melissa Young, MSN, RN, CPNP
PUNS Council Member
Pediatric urology nurse practitioner at Riley Hospital for Children. She has been in practice for a little over five years and sees patients with a variety of urological conditions, including incontinence, urinary tract infections, vesicoureteral reflux, reconstructive urology, and spina bifida. She recently completed a fellowship in medical ethics at the Fairbanks Center for Medical Ethics at IU Health, with her research project focused on sexual abuse screening for all pediatric urology patients. Melissa has served on the PUNS board for 3 years as the Special Interest Group leader and has enjoyed seeing the tremendous growth and positive outcomes achieved by our members.