Tiongson new chair for Department of Pediatrics

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GRAND FORKS, N.D.— Christopher H. Tiongson, MD, has been named chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences. He is a pediatric hospitalist at Sanford Children’s Hospital in Fargo, N.Dak. Tiongson is a clinical professor of pediatrics at UND, where he has taught since 2002. From 1997 to 2002, he practiced general pediatrics at Central Plains Clinic/Sioux Valley Clinic (now Sanford) in Sioux Falls, S.Dak., and was a clinical assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of South Dakota School of Medicine.

Tiongson will succeed Stephen J. Tinguely, MD, as chair. Tinguely is now the assistant dean for medical accreditation and chief medical accreditation officer at the UND SMHS. Tiongson began work at the UND SMHS on September 1.

“Dr. Tiongson was the obvious choice to succeed Steve Tinguely as chair of pediatrics as Steve steps into his new role overseeing medical accreditation issues for the School,” said Joshua Wynne, MD, MBA, MPH, UND vice president for health affairs and dean of the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences. “Dr. Tiongson brings the two essential ingredients needed in this position—a passion for pediatrics and a passion for teaching pediatrics to students.”

Tiongson received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. He earned his medical doctorate from the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences. He completed his residency in pediatrics at the Children's Mercy Hospital/University of Missouri-Kansas City, where he was chief resident. In 2011, he graduated from the Physician Leadership College at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, Minn. Tiongson is board-certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and is a Diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners. He is a pediatric advanced life support provider, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Tiongson is a member of Alpha Omega Alpha, the national medical honor society. He has garnered the University Alumni Award, for special service to the University of North Dakota School of Medicine, and has been recognized by the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences with the Dean's Special Recognition Award for Outstanding Volunteer Faculty “for demonstrated commitment to teaching medical students and residents.” In 2010, he received the Golden Tomato Award, the medical student teaching award for the Fargo Campus of the UND SMHS.

Tiongson is recognized for his work on the prevention, assessment, and treatment of childhood obesity.

For Sanford Health, he serves on the Clinical Skills Development Team, Physician Philanthropy Advisory Council, and the Physician Executive Committee, and he is chair of the Women’s and Children’s Professional Peer Review Committee, and is cochair of the Perinatal Joint Practice Council.

“I am grateful to UND for starting me on my career in pediatrics,” Tiongson said. “I cherish this opportunity to serve my state and my school as we help prepare the next generation of doctors.”