Dr. Deanna Willis

2016 China-US DBP Academic Seminar Held in Beijing

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The “Beijing Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics Forum” and “2016 China-U.S. Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics Academic Seminar” were successfully held at Shunyi Women and Children’s Hospital of Beijing Children’s Hospital on 14 October 2016. This seminar was organized by the Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics Group of the Beijing Medical Association Pediatrics Branch, Shunyi Women and Children’s Hospital of Beijing Children’s Hospital, and LIH Olivia’s Place.


LIH Olivia’s Place invited developmental behavioral and rehabilitation pediatricians from Indiana University to introduce progress in developmental behavioral pediatrics, attracting numerous professionals, pediatricians, and therapists. This seminar was supported by Director Liang Aimin, Vice-Chairman of the Group of Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics of the Pediatrics Branch of Beijing Medical Association. President Du Zhongdong and President Meng Zhansong from Shunyi Women and Children’s Hospital of Beijing Children’s Hospital participated, as well as professionals from pediatric rehabilitation departments, and Hu Dai, Managing Director of LIH Olivia’s Place Beijing. President Du gave remarks on behalf of Qin Jiong, Chairman of the Beijing Medical Association, Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics Group.


The academic seminar provided a collegial atmosphere. Firstly, Dr. Deanna Willis, Vice Chair of Research, Department of Family Medicine, Indiana University Health, introduced “How to Improve Medical Quality,” and “How to study the Impact of Customer Requirements on Customer Satisfaction by Application of the Kano Model,” She discussed the significance of change and summarized eight steps to successful change.

Dr. Deborah Hamby, expert in developmental behavioral pediatrics and neural rehabilitation at Riley Children’s Hospital in Indiana, shared information on evaluation and treatment of children with Down syndrome. Dr. Charles Dietzen, who specializes in pediatric rehabilitation at IU Health, discussed “Cerebral Palsy and Spasticity Management.” Dr. Fengyi Kuo, Occupational Therapist at LIH Olivia’s Place, presented on the topics of “Family-centered Early Intervention and Therapy for Autistic Children” and “Sensory Integration.”

At the conclusion of the seminar, Director Liang Aimin commented that the success of this seminar has not only promoted academic communication between Chinese and American developmental behavioral pediatricians. The event provided motivation for clinicians specializing in developmental and rehabilitative pediatrics to follow, learn, and apply advanced technology trends.

Indiana University School of Medicine Visits LIH Olivia’s Place

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Indiana University School of Medicine Faculty & Residents

Indiana University School of Medicine Faculty & Residents

In November 2015 a group of eight Indiana University School of Medicine faculty and residents visited LIH Olivia’s Place in Beijing. The group was led by Dr. Deborah Hamby, Assistant Professor of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at Indiana University, Dr. Deanna Willis, Associate Professor of Family Medicine, and Dr. Charles Dietzen, Assistant Professor of Pediatric Rehabilitation at Indiana University. They were joined by five resident from pediatrics, internal medicine, and family medicine. They visited our facility and held discussions with our team about potential areas of cooperation on November 6.


The team of faculty has been bringing medical residents to China for the last five years to work in welfare centers in southern China, providing assessments and treatment for children with complex medical needs. After visiting LIH Olivia’s Place in Beijing they travelled to Guangxi and Guangdong to work in several welfare centers there. On November 14, 2015 they returned to Beijing and Dr. Dietzen and Dr. Hamby held a half day of training at LIH Olivia’s Place for doctors from major Beijing public hospitals on  spasticity management and rehabilitation of pediatric traumatic brain injury. Dr. Liu Li, the Director of the Beijing Children’s Hospital Well Child Department, attended the training and joined Olivia’s Place and the IU team for a lunch afterwards, at which they discussed opportunities for collaboration between the three entities on training and research in the future.