Burch & Cracchiolo names Paul S. Kular shareholder

Paul S. Kular

The law firm of Burch & Cracchiolo, P.A., announced Paul S. Kular has been named a shareholder, effective January 1, 2021. Paul is a commercial litigator who has been practicing law for 17 years. His practice focuses on insurance defense, construction, personal injury, wrongful death, subrogation and coverage law.

Prior to joining Burch & Cracchiolo, Paul served as senior counsel at Travelers Insurance (Arizona) and practiced in the areas of construction defect, personal injury and subrogation law.

Paul received his undergraduate degree from the University of Bridgeport where he played NCAA II baseball and ran cross-country. He earned his J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law in 2003.  While attending law school, Paul served as an intern under the Honorable Chief Justice Shirley S. Abrahamson, of the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

Paul has served on the State Bar of Arizona Mentoring and Civil Jury Instructions Committees.

Paul is admitted to practice in Arizona and New Mexico.

Phoenix Children’s adds 6 physicians to nationally ranked nephrology division

Phoenix Children’s Medical Group (PCMG) announced today that it has added six new physicians to its nationally ranked Nephrology Division. Gina-Marie Barletta, MD; Kelly Benedict, MD; Stephanie Hsieh, MD; Mark Joseph, MD; Karen Papez, MD; and Scott Williams, MD, have joined PCMG, creating the largest team of pediatric nephrologists in Arizona.

The physicians have served children across the state for many years and have partnered with PCMG specialists to care for patients requiring hospitalization at Phoenix Children’s. As part of PCMG, they will provide comprehensive inpatient and outpatient nephrology services at locations in greater Phoenix and Tucson. They also will deliver telehealth services to patients in these areas, as well as Flagstaff and Yuma.

“These experts are among the best in their field and are an incredible complement to our nephrology team,” said Jared Muenzer, MD, MBA, physician in chief of Phoenix Children’s Hospital and chief operating officer of Phoenix Children’s Medical Group. “With six new providers among our ranks, we’ll be able to extend the reach of our high-demand nephrology services statewide. We are thrilled to welcome them to our team.”

This expansion of nephrology care is part of Phoenix Children’s long-term strategy to ensure patients and families can access the care they need, within their own communities. The new physicians plan to build an integrated nephrology program for children throughout the state, leveraging the support and resources of Phoenix Children’s, which is recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a “Best Children’s Hospital” in 10 out of 10 specialties, including nephrology. They will help ensure patients have seamless access to Phoenix Children’s full team of subspecialists as needs arise.