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Brookhouser Lecture


PANDAS: A Multi-Discipline Perspective on the Strep Illness and Treatment​

Date: Friday, April 12, 2019

Boys Town National Headquarters Auditorium
14100 Crawford St
Boys Town, NE 68010

Time: 7:30 a.m. Breakfast, registration and check-In​
8:00 a.m. Lecture begins

This year's lecture, "PANDAS: A Multi-Discipline Perspective on the Strep Illness and Treatment" will feature keynote speaker Rodney Lusk, M.D.

​Purpose and Objectives

Behavior symptoms associated with PANDAS are extremely disruptive for the child and their families. Because of the controversy regarding diagnosis and therapies, larger and more definitive studies which prospectively track symptoms are needed. Prospective pilot data collected from patients could be the source of good data for more controlled multi-institutional studies. This lecture provides information on various biological systems and symptoms associated with PANDAS and optimal management and treatment options to improve patient care.

At the end of this program, the participants should be able to:​

  • Identify the symptoms associated with PANDAS.
  • Explain the temporal relationship between PANDAS and acute strep infections.
  • Discuss that multiple disciplines are required for assessment and treatment of PANDAS.
  • Recognize that prospective data is needed to monitor disease progression and treatment effectiveness.


Rodney Lusk, M.D.

Otolaryngologist, Emeritus Director of Boys Town Ear, Nose & Throat Institute

Dr. Lusk is the past director of the Boys Town Ear, Nose & Throat Institute and Cochlear Implant Center in Omaha, Nebraska. He is a pediatric otolaryngologist with special expertise in pediatric sinusitis and pediatric hearing loss. Dr. Lusk has approximately 90 peer-reviewed manuscripts, 35 chapters, two books and has contributed to more than 104 courses. Most of his work has been in the surgical management of pediatric chronic sinusitis and pediatric cochlear implants. Dr. Lusk is currently retired, but prior to joining Boys Town National Research Hospital, he was the Division Director of Pediatric Otolaryngology at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. There he was a Professor of Otolaryngology at Washington University. Dr. Lusk has served as previous presidents of American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology, American Broncho-Esophagological Association and The American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. During his retirement he is actively working on a PANDAS/PANS mobile application for collecting prospective data on PANDAS patients and creating standardized templates for EMRs.

Matthew Dobbertin, D.O.

Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Boys Town National Research Hospital

Dr. Dobbertin is board certified in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He received his medical degree at Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Nevada and trained in General Psychiatry Residency at UNMC/Creighton, followed by a Child Psychiatry Fellowship through Creighton University. His research interests focus on Attachment Disorder and Trauma, reducing self-harm and suicide in the pediatric population, and improving psychiatric levels of care through evidence-based interventions at each level. He enjoys treating kids and their families and working to improve access to child mental health care across Nebraska and western Iowa.

Brian Kelly, M.D.

Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, Boys Town National Research Hospital

Dr. Kelly is an allergy/immunology specialist at Boys Town National Research Hospital. He received his medical degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He completed his residency in pediatrics and fellowship in allergy/immunology at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. Dr. Kelly participates in national and local societies including the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology and the Nebraska Medical Association. His primary clinical interests include food allergy, asthma and clinical immunology.

​Educational Credit​

Continuing education credits are available for physicians and nurses. More details and registration information is available here. Please register by Friday, April 5, 2019.​

Patrick E. Brookhouser, M.D.

Patrick E. Brookhouser, M.D., founded Boys Town National Research Hospital in 1972. Since that time, the hospital has provided care and treatment to patients from across the USA and a number of foreign countries. It is one of the most influential specialty hospitals and research institutes in the world.

A gifted physician and surgeon, Dr. Brookhouser has been recognized by his medical colleagues for his contributions to the field of otolaryngology and otology. He also initiated groundbreaking research in the treatment and prevention of hearing loss and other communication disorders, especially in children.​