Skin Sciences Program

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    Steven B. Hoath, MD

    has varied research interests including epidermal barrier development (in utero and postnatal), fetal and neonatal skin adaptation (skin/environment interactions), tissue engineering of human skin (in vitro systems), innate immune function (biology of vernix and skin proteomics), development of non-invasive skin-based sensors for brain monitoring and the role of the skin as a critical interface for health care delivery.

    513-803-0960
    steven.hoath@cchmc.org

    Steven B. Hoath, MD

    Academic Information

    Emeritus, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-803-0960

    Fax: 513-803-0969

    Email: steven.hoath@cchmc.org

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    Clinical Interests

    Clinical aspects of Dr Hoath’s work derive from an understanding of the basics of human skin development and the multiple roles of the skin in neonatal care. New perspectives on the skin as a sensory interface are central to this understanding as is the role of the skin as an accessible environmental interface which complements ‘internal’ medicine. This view of the skin provides a unique, pivotal, and powerful opportunity to effect evidence-based organizational change in healthcare delivery to newborns. This approach highlights the criticality of the interface between medicine and nursing and the importance of focus on the bedside for the development of a truly “personalized” or “individualized” medicine in the future.

    Research Interests

    Epidermal barrier development (in utero and postnatal); fetal and neonatal skin adaptation (skin/environment interactions); tissue engineering of human skin (in vitro systems); innate immune function (biology of vernix and skin proteomics); development of non-invasive skin-based sensors for brain monitoring; role of the skin as a critical interface for health care delivery.

    Biography

    Dr. Hoath graduated from Stanford University and the University of Hamburg, Germany with majors in biology and German studies. He received his MD from the University of California, Los Angeles and completed his pediatric residency and fellowship in neonatology at UCLA before joining Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in 1984.

    He has a longstanding interest in the development of fetal and newborn skin and the multiple roles of the skin as a critical interface for healthcare delivery in the NICU. In 1994, he was one of 7 international investigators participating in the first joint effort by NASA and the National Institutes of Health to study the effect of spaceflight and zero gravity on mammalian pregnancy and fetal development. This work grounds the idea of the skin as the ‘biological spacesuit’ for the human body.

    He has authored multiple papers, chapters, and a book on neonatal skin development. He is an inventor on 5 patents awarded to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center based on the biology of the multifunctional fetal skin ‘cream’, vernix caseosa. Recent work has focused on the logico-mathematical organization of human epidermis and the close embryological connection of the skin and the brain.

    Education and Training

    Certification: American Board of Pediatrics, June 1983; Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, November, 1983.

    Adjunct Assistant Professor: Harbor UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, 1983.

    Residency: University of California, Los Angeles, 1977-79.

    Internship: Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, 1976-1977.

    MD: University of California, Los Angeles, CA, 1976.

    Fellowship: Neonatology, Harbor-UCLA, Los Angeles Medical Center, 1980-1982; Pathology, UCLA School of Medicine, 1973-1974.

    Baccalaureate: Stanford University, Biology & German Studies, 1972.

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    Vivek Narendran, MD, MRCP, MBA Medical Director, University of Cincinnati Medical Center NICU

    is interested in innate immunity of the skin with a particular focus on epidermal biomarkers and antimicrobial peptides on the skin surface.

    513-803-0961
    vivek.narendran@cchmc.org

    Vivek Narendran, MD, MRCP, MBA

    Medical Director, University of Cincinnati Medical Center NICU

    Medical Director, Cincinnati Perinatal Outreach Project

    Director, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Newborn Services, Christ Hospital

    Academic Information

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-803-0961

    Fax: 513-803-0969

    Email: vivek.narendran@cchmc.org

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    Clinical Interests

    Non-Invasive Ventilation of the Preterm Infant, Business Case for Quality Improvements

    Research Interests

    Interested in innate immunity of the skin with a particular focus on epidermal biomarkers and antimicrobial peptides on the skin surface

    Education and Training

    MBBS: Bangalore Medical College, Bangalore, India, 1985.

    MD/DNB: JN Medical College, Belgaum, India, 1990.

    Fellowship: Neonatology, Westmead Hospital, Sydney, Australia, 1992-94. 

    Residency: Pediatrics, Leicester Royal Infirmary, Leicester, United Kingdom, 1994-1996. 

    Residency: Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio 1997-1998. 

    Fellowship: Neonatology, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio 1996, 1998-2000. 

    Credentials: Pediatrics, 1998; Pediatrics, Royal College of Physicians (MRCP), United Kingdom, 1996; Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine 2001 & 2008.

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    Marty O. Visscher, PhD

    studies the development and adaptation of the skin barrier in premature and full term infants, the biology of vernix caseosa, skin barrier repair, the effect of topical emollient therapy to reduce infant mortality, and irritant contact dermatitis in health care.  She uses color, three dimensional thermal skin imaging and skin biomarker analysis to quantify treatment response in infantile hemangiomas, wounds and scars.

    Marty O. Visscher, PhD

    Academic Information

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Surgery

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

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    Specialties

    Skin research; infant skin development; effects of environment and skin treatment products on the skin;

    Education and Training

    PhD: Indiana University, Bloomington, IN.

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