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Pediatric Specialists of Virginia CEO, Dr. Leon E. Moores, MD, Stars in Latest Tell Me Town Foundation & PSV Book - A Family Learns About Deployment

Jun 02, 2017

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Pediatric Specialists of Virginia


Release Date: June 02, 2017

Fairfax, VA – Pediatric Specialists of Virginia (PSV) is proud to announce that its Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Leon E. Moores, MD (Neurosurgery), is the featured star in the newly released collaborative book effort between the Tell Me Town Foundation and Pediatric Specialists of Virginia (PSV) entitled: A Family Learns About Deployment.

The book, written by Cindy Chambers, President and Founder of The Tell Me Town Foundation, and illustrated by Jim Huber, is now published and available for purchase through,, and through other on-line book sellers.

In the story Dr. Moores, a retired United States Army Colonel, is cast as Colonel Dr. Smores who teams up with Beamer, a therapy dog who is the star of Tell Me Town’s Beamer Book Series and Tell Me Town Books, to help children and their families better understand the military deployment process and emotional impact it has on all family members involved.

“This was such a great opportunity to partner with Tell Me Town and the terrific students at Harper Park Middle School [Leesburg, VA],” Dr. Moores said.  “The idea of telling the story of deployment in a way that can help young children understand and prepare for a parent leaving to go into harm’s way was so rewarding and now, thanks to Cindy and Jim, a reality.”

The idea to make A Family Learns About Deployment came about via request by Harper Park Middle School students in Leesburg, VA.  The students of Mrs. Duhring's 8th grade class decided that a book on deployment would be helpful to children and families everywhere.

Because of his outstanding military background, Dr. Moores was selected by Tell Me Town, to be the star of the book.  He came to the school to educate the students and then collaborated with the author and the students to create this very special story.  The students enjoyed spending time with Dr. Moores and the author found his insight and experience to be of great benefit throughout the writing of the story.

In addition, PSV’s Dr. Rupa Dainer, MD (PSV Chief Strategy Officer & Anesthesiologist) was also asked to present her experience to the students as a mom who was deployed and had to leave children during that deployment.  The students appreciated hearing her perspective as a mom missing her children while she was away.

After learning more about deployment, selected students created a poem while others in the class created the associated illustrations for the poem.  This was added to the book.  It was their way of conveying their feelings.

A Family Learns About Deployment is another great collaboration between The Tell Me Town Foundation and PSV.  We are looking forward to A Family Learns About Deployment, which has been endorsed by several highly respected military professionals, bringing comfort to children and their families for years to come.

On Wednesday, June 7 at 9:00 am, Dr. Moores will be receiving the "Tell Me Town Military Deployment Education Award" at Harper Park Middle School for his outstanding work on this book. The 8th grade students of Mrs. Duhring's class and Mrs. Duhring will be recognized by Tell Me Town, for working on the book and the school will receive an education award as well.


About Pediatric Specialists of Virginia (PSV): Pediatric Specialists of Virginia (PSV) was collaboratively created by Children’s National Health System and Inova Health System in 2013 as a pediatric specialty group that is dedicated to caring for the needs of children in Northern Virginia and surrounding areas. Its mission is to provide superb pediatric specialty care through clinical excellence, innovation, education, research and family-centered care. As a medical group practice with tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code, our specialists care for children during hospital stays at Children’s National Medical Center and Inova Children’s Hospital and throughout their childhood on an ongoing, outpatient basis. Many are recognized as “Top Docs” by The Washingtonian and Northern Virginia Magazine, and have appeared in U.S. News & World Report as leading experts in their fields. For more information about PSV, please visit:

About Tell Me Town Foundation:  The Tell Me Town Foundation is a qualified 501(c)(3) public charity. Through The Beamer Book Series and Tell Me Town Books, author Cindy Chambers writes stories about health, medical and safety-related subjects with experts who become cartoon characters as they teach this important information in a way that is easy for children to understand. The stories are illustrated by talented artist, Jim Huber.  Tell Me Town is a delightful place where the characters live and the stories take place.  With over 47,000 fans on Facebook and recognition growing throughout the United States and other countries, Tell Me Town is well positioned to bring comfort and education to children and their families for many years to come.

About Children’s National Health System: Children’s National Health System, based in Washington, DC, has been serving the nation’s children since 1870. Children’s National is ranked in the top 20 in every specialty evaluated by U.S. News & World Report; one of only four children’s hospitals in the nation to earn this distinction. Designated a Leapfrog Group Top Hospital and a two-time recipient of Magnet® status, this pediatric academic health system offers expert care through a convenient, community-based primary care network and specialty outpatient centers. Home to the Children’s Research Institute and the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation, Children’s National is one of the nation’s top NIH-funded pediatric institutions. Children’s National is recognized for its expertise and innovation in pediatric care and as a strong voice for children through advocacy at the local, regional and national levels. For more information, visit, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

About Inova Health System: Inova is a global leader in personalized health, which uses a person’s genetic make-up, family/medical history and lifestyle information to determine the best prevention and treatment strategies. Enabling discovery via research, Inova integrates the application of genomic science with bioinformatics for targeted precision medicine. Inova’s personalized health initiatives connect researchers, clinicians, and empowered consumers to improve patient care, enhance prevention, and encourage wellness.

The Inova Health System is based in Northern Virginia and serves more than 2 million people each year throughout the Washington, DC, metro area and beyond. Inova is a comprehensive network of hospitals, outpatient services and facilities, primary and specialty care practices, and health and wellness initiatives. It is home to many nationally and internationally recognized programs, including the Inova Center for Personalized Health, Inova Neuroscience and Spine Institute, Inova Heart and Vascular Institute, Inova Translational Medicine Institute, and Inova Schar Cancer Institute.