When a child or adolescent is experiencing a severe traumatic or chronic health condition, the advanced training of a pediatric subspecialist is a needed tool in the treatment protocol. BHS Physicians Network realized this. Then recruited physicians accredited in the pediatric subspecialties most needed by our growing community: pediatric gastroenterology, pediatric orthopedics, pediatric nephrology, pediatric urology, pediatric endocrinology, and pediatric infectious diseases.
Collective Power: Individually, each physician’s credentials impress. Collectively, they set a new standard of care as a pediatric subspecialty dream team: South Texas Pediatric Specialists.
About Our Pediatric Subspecialty Practices & Physicians
South Texas Pediatric Gastroenterology launched in May 2019 and now consists of three board-certified pediatric gastroenterologists: Dr. Chad Best, Dr. Orlando Cortes and Dr. David Jones. The practice strives to work closely with patients’ pediatricians to provide efficient access to care as well as inpatient and outpatient treatment for infants, children and young adults with gastrointestinal disorders. Available services include diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy, breath testing, and gastroesophageal reflux testing.
South Texas Pediatric Urology was launched by Dr. Thomas Novak, a board-certified pediatric urologist, following a distinguished military career including advanced training with Walter Reed Army Medical Center and Johns Hopkins. Dr. Novak treats patients from birth to early 20s for conditions, including neurogenic bladder/spina bifida, disorders of sexual differentiation, undescended testicles, as well as circumcision.
South Texas Pediatric Orthopedics is led by Dr. Layne Jenson. Board certified in orthopedic medicine with a fellowship in pediatric orthopedic surgery, Dr. Jenson is fluent in English and Spanish. He treats patients from birth to age 18 for musculoskeletal issues ranging from broken bones and sports injuries, hip dysplasia, clubfoot, scoliosis, skeletal dysplasia, limb length discrepancies and deformities, to the physical impacts of cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy.
South Texas Pediatric Endocrinology is led by Dr. Ann Marie Straight, who is board certified in pediatric endocrinology and general pediatrics. Her career in the U.S. Army included leadership roles in pediatric endocrinology at Warren Reed Army Medical Center and Brooke Army Medical Base. Dr. Straight treats patients with birth disorders, delayed and precocious puberty, as well as Types 1 and 2 diabetes.
Kidney & Wellness Center for Children & Young Adults was founded by Dr. Janet Rowe in 2012 subsequent to her distinguished career in the military, including service as Chief of Pediatric Nephrology with the U.S. Army for 25 years. Dr. Rowe is board certified in pediatrics and pediatric nephrology, and treats patients from infancy to age 26. She is extremely proactive in treatments for her patients, encouraging healthy eating and exercise.
South Texas Pediatric Infectious Disease launched in early 2021, led by Dr. Deena Sutter following her retirement as Chief, Division of Pediatric Infectious Disease at SAMMC. She is board certified in both pediatric and pediatric infectious disease with additional certification in knowledge of tropical diseases. Dr. Sutter works with pediatricians in the management and diagnosis of patients’ pediatric illnesses related to infectious disease in both inpatient and outpatient settings.