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The Newborn Intensive Care Unit is home to specialists with a wide variety of backgrounds and areas of focus. As a team, this diversity makes us better prepared to care for your child's unique needs.
Beth E. Haberman, MD Senior Medical Director, Neonatal Services
Senior Medical Director, Neonatal Services
Medical Director, Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
Medical Director, Neonatal Transport Program
Associate Director, High-Risk Infant Follow-Up Program
Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
CDH and infant follow-up; care of infants with congenital diaphragmatic hernia; follow-up care of premature and term infants with complex medical needs
Vuletin JF, Lim FY, Cnota J, Kline-Fath B, Salisbury S, Haberman B, Kingma P, Frischer J, Crombleholme T. Prenatal pulmonary hypertension index: novel prenatal predictor of severe postnatal pulmonary artery hypertension in antenatally diagnosed congenital diaphragmatic hernia. J Pediatr Surg. 2010 Apr;45(4):703-8.Greenberg JM, Donovan EF, Warner BB, Haberman BE, Narendran V, Schibler KR. Neonatal Morbidities of Prenatal and Perinatal Origin. Creasy and Resnik”s Maternal-Fetal Medicine: Principles and Practice. 2008 6th ed. Chapter 58. Elsevier Ltd., Philadelphia, PA.Castro L, Yolton K, Haberman B, Roberto N, Hansen NI, Ambalavanan N, Vohr BR, Donovan EF. Bias in reported neurodevelopmental outcomes among extremely low birth weight survivors. Pediatrics. 2004 Aug;114(2):404-10.
Laurel B. Bookman, MD Medical Director, TriHealth Nurseries
Medical Director, TriHealth Nurseries
Chair, Neonatal Pediatrics
Quality improvement; global health
Michael W. Crossman, MD, PhD Attending Neonatologist
PhD: Biochemistry, St. Louis University, St. Louis Mo., 1985.
MD: St. Louis University, St. Louis, Mo., 1986.
Residency: Pediatrics, Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1986-1989; Chief resident, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1989-1990.
Fellowship: Neonatal- Perinatal Medical Fellowship, Washington University School of Medicine, 1990-1993.Certification: Neonatal - Perinatal Medicine, 1995, 2003.
Crossman MW. For Whom the Bells Toll… J Pediatrics. 2007;151(1):4-5.
Mishra A, Hogan SP, Brandt EB, Wagner N, Crossman MW, Foster PS, Rothenberg ME. Enterocyte expression of the eotaxin and interleukin-5 transgenes induces compartmentalized dysregulation of eosinophil trafficking. J Biol Chem. 2002 Feb 8;277(6):4406-12. Arrese M, Trauner M, Sacchiero RJ, Crossman MW, Scheider BL. Neither Intestinal Sequestration of Bile Acids nor Common Bile Duct Ligation Modulate the Expression and Function of the Rat Ileal Bile Acid Transporter. Hepatology. 1998;28:1081-1087.
Shneider BL, Setchell KDR, Crossman MW. Fetal and Neonatal Expression of the Apical Sodium-Dependent Bile Acid Transporter in the Rat Ileum and Kidney. Pediatric Research. 1997;42:189-194.
James M. Greenberg, MD Co-Director, Perinatal Institute
Co-Director, Perinatal Institute
Director, Division of Neonatology
Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
Neonatal chronic lung disease; late preterm infant
Binder S, Hill K, Meinzen-Derr J, Greenberg JM, Narendran V. Increasing VLBW Deliveries at Subspecialty Perinatal Centers via Perinatal Outreach. Pediatrics. 2011 Mar;127(3):487-93.
Kulkarni RM, Herman A, Ikegami M, Greenberg JM, Akeson AL. Lymphatic ontogeny and effect of hypoplasia in developing lung. Mech Dev. 2011 Jan-Feb;128(1-2):29-40. Kulkarni RM, Greenberg JM, Akeson AL. NFATc1 regulates lymphatic endothelial development. Mech Dev. 2009 May-Jun;126(5-6):350-65.
Mallory BP, Mead TJ, Wiginton DA, Kulkarni RM, Greenberg JM, Akeson AL. Lymphangiogenesis in the developing lung promoted by VEGF-A. Microvasc Res. 2006 Jul-Sep;72(1-2):62-73.
Preciado DA, Rutter MJ, Greenberg JM, Bahado-Singh R, Lambers D, Willging JP. Intrapartum management of severe fetal airway obstruction. J Otolaryngol. 2004 Oct;33(5):283-8.
Akeson AL, Cameron JE, Le Cras TD, Whitsett JA, Greenberg JM. Vascular endothelial growth factor-A induces prenatal neovascularization and alters bronchial development in mice. Pediatr Res. 2005 Jan;57(1):82-8.
Greenberg JM, Thompson FY, Brooks SK, Shannon JM, Akeson AL. Slit and robo expression in the developing mouse lung. Dev Dyn. 2004 Jun;230(2):350-60.
Le Cras TD, Spitzmiller RE, Albertine KH, Greenberg JM, Whitsett JA, Akeson AL. VEGF causes pulmonary hemorrhage, hemosiderosis, and air space enlargement in neonatal mice. Am J Physiol Lung Cell Mol Physiol. 2004 Jul;287(1):L134-42.
Akeson AL, Greenberg JM, Cameron JE, Thompson FY, Brooks SK, Wiginton D, Whitsett JA. Temporal and spatial regulation of VEGF-A controls vascular patterning in the embryonic lung. Dev Biol. 2003 Dec 15;264(2):443-55.
Greenberg JM, Thompson FY, Brooks SK, Shannon JM, McCormick-Shannon K, Cameron JE, Mallory BP, Akeson AL. Mesenchymal expression of vascular endothelial growth factors D and A defines vascular patterning in developing lung. Dev Dyn. 2002 Jun;224(2):144-53.
Paul S. Kingma, MD, PhD Neonatal Director, Fetal Care Center of Cincinnati
Neonatal Director, Fetal Care Center of Cincinnati
Neonatology; congenital diaphragmatic hernia; neonatal infection
Innate immune systems; surfactant protein D; neutrophil function in Cystic Fibrosis
King BA, Boyd JT, Kingma PS. Pulmonary maturational arrest and death in a patient with pulmonary interstitial glycogenosis. Pediatr Pulmonol. 2011 May 26.
Lee TC, Lim FY, Keswani SG, Frischer JS, Haberman B, Kingma PS, Habli M, Jaekle RK, Sharp G, Kline-Fath B, Rubio EI, Calvo M, Guimaraes C, Crombleholme TM. Late gestation fetal magnetic resonance imaging-derived total lung volume predicts postnatal survival and need for extracorporeal membrane oxygenation support in isolated congenital diaphragmatic hernia. J Pediatr Surg. 2011 Jun;46(6):1165-71.
King BA, Kingma PS. Surfactant Protein D Deficiency Increases Lung Injury during Endotoxemia. Am J Respir Cell Mol Biol. 2011 May;44(5):709-15.
Vuletin JF, Lim FY, Cnota J, Kline-Fath B, Salisbury S, Haberman B, Kingma P, Frischer J, Crombleholme T. Prenatal pulmonary hypertension index: novel prenatal predictor of severe postnatal pulmonary artery hypertension in antenatally diagnosed congenital diaphragmatic hernia. J Pediatr Surg. 2010 Apr;45(4):703-8. White M, Kingma PS, Tecle T, Kacak N, Linders B, Heuser J, Crouch E, Hartshorn K. Multimerization of surfactant protein D, but not its collagen domain, is required for antiviral or opsonic activities related to influenza A virus. J Immunol. 2008 Dec 1;181(11):7936-43.
Kingma PS, Zhang L, Ikegami M, Hartshorn K, McCormack FX, Whitsett JA. Correction of pulmonary abnormalities in Sftpd-/- mice requires the collagenous domain of surfactant protein D. J Biol Chem. 2006 Aug 25;281(34):24496-505.
Kingma PS, Whitsett JA. In defense of the lung: surfactant protein A and surfactant protein D. Curr Opin Pharmacol. 2006 Jun;6(3):277-83.
Kristin R. Melton, MD Associate Program Director, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship
Associate Program Director, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship
Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
Craniofacial malformations; somitogenesis
Craniofacial defects are an important cause of morbidity for children worldwide, with craniofacial defects making up one third of all congenital anomalies and occurring in association with over 100 different genetic syndromes. Cranial neural crest cells are multipotent, migratory cells that form most of the bone, cartilage, connective tissue and peripheral nervous system of the head and face. Craniofacial defects are largely attributed to abnormalities in the formation, migration or differentiation of the neural crest. The cranial neural crest is responsive to the tissues that surround it, however, so craniofacial defects may result from a primary defect in neural crest cells, or from a defect in the tissues that signal to neural crest.
Kristin Melton, MD, has an interest in studying the tissues that signal to the neural crest, such as the endothelium and cranial mesoderm, and the signaling pathways utilized by these tissues. Using embryo culture techniques, cell culture and transgenic mouse models, Dr. Melton is investigating the interaction between the endothelium and the neural crest. Microarray has also been used to identify a number of mesoderm-specific genes that may play key roles in craniofacial development.
Dr. Melton is a practicing neonatologist and attends at the RCNIC in Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Her clinical interests include newborns with complex congenital anomalies and genetic defects, as well as a focus on family-centered care.
Gibb S, Zagorska A, Melton K, Tenin G, Vacca I, Trainor P, Maroto M, Dale JK. Interfering with Wnt signalling alters the periodicity of the segmentation clock. Dev Biol. 2009 Jun 1;330(1):21-31.
Nesslein LL, Melton KR, Ikegami M, Na CL, Wert SE, Rice WR, Whitsett JA, Weaver TE. Partial SP-B deficiency perturbs lung function and causes air space abnormalities. Am J Physiol Lung Cell Mol Physiol. 2005 Jun;288(6):L1154-61.
Melton KR, Nesslein LL, Ikegami M, Tichelaar JW, Clark JC, Whitsett JA, Weaver TE. SP-B deficiency causes respiratory failure in adult mice. Am J Physiol Lung Cell Mol Physiol. 2003 Sep;285(3):L543-9.
Melton K, Akinbi HT. Neonatal jaundice. Strategies to reduce bilirubin-induced complications. Postgrad Med. 1999 Nov;106(6):167-8, 171-4, 177-8.
Stephanie L. Merhar, MD, MS Attending Neonatologist
Merhar S. Biomarkers in neonatal posthemorrhagic hydrocephalus. Neonatology. 2011 Jul;101(1):1-7.
Merhar SL, Schibler KR, Sherwin CM, Meinzen-Derr J, Shi J, Balmakund T, Vinks AA. Pharmacokinetics of levetiracetam in neonates with seizures. J Pediatrics. 2011 Jul;159(1):152-154. Merhar SL, Manning-Courtney P. Two boys with 47 XXY and autism. J Autism Devl Disord. 2007 May;37(5):840-6. Merhar SL, Gilbert DL. Clinical (video) findings and cerebrospinal fluid neurotransmitters in 2 children with severe chronic bilirubin encephalopathy, including a former preterm infant without marked hyperbilirubinemia. Pediatrics. 2005 Nov;116(5):1226-30. Levy SE, Mandell DS, Merhar SL, Ittenbach RF, Pinto-Martin JA. Use of complementary and alternative medicine among children recently diagnosed with autistic spectrum disorder. J Dev Behav Ped. 2003 Dec;24(6):418-423.
Danna M. Premer, MD Staff Physician, Neonatology
Staff Physician, Neonatology
Ward R. Rice, MD, PhD Medical Director, Newborn Services, St. Elizabeth Medical Center
Medical Director, Newborn Services, St. Elizabeth Medical Center
Director, Neonatology Fellowship Training Program
Hypotension in ELBW infants; EMR
Processing of Surfactant Protein C
Ward R. Rice, MD, PhD, is the Director of the Neonatology Fellowship Training Program and Director of Newborn Services, St. Elizabeth Medical Center.
Dr. Rice received MD and PhD degrees from the University of Chicago and has been on the faculty since 1983. He has been the Director of the Neonatology Fellowship Training Program since 1990. During this time, he has supervised the clinical training of more than 100 fellows who currently hold academic appointments across the United States and around the world.
His past NIH supported research accomplishments included identification of novel G-protein coupled receptors on alveolar type II cells and studies of the interaction of the opportunistic pathogen P carinii with alveolar type II cells. He currently works in collaboration with Dr. Timothy Weaver to study biosynthesis of Surfactant Protein C.
PhD: 1972-76 University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois.
PhD: Biochemistry, Thesis Advisor: T.L. Steck, MD, Thesis: "Pyruvate Flux Across The Isolated Human Erythrocyte Membrane"
MD: 1972-78 University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois.
Internship: 1978-79 Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina.
Residency: 1979-81 Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina.
Fellowship Neonatology: 1981-83 University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Children's Hospital Medical Center.
Certification: Pediatrics, 1983; Sub-board Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, 1983.
Conkright JJ, Apsley KS, Martin EP, Ridsdale R, Rice WR, Na CL, Yang B, Weaver TE. Nedd4-2-mediated ubiquitination facilitates processing of surfactant protein-C. Am J Respir Cell Mol Biol. 2010 Feb;42(2):181-9.
Rice WR, Conkright JJ, Na CL, Ikegami M, Shannon JM, Weaver TE. Maintenance of the mouse type II cell phenotype in vitro. Am J Physiol Lung Cell Mol Physiol. 2002 Aug;283(2):L256-64.
Huffman Reed JA, Rice WR, Zsengellér ZK, Wert SE, Dranoff G, Whitsett JA. GM-CSF enhances lung growth and causes alveolar type II epithelial cell hyperplasia in transgenic mice. Am J Physiol. 1997 Oct;273(4 Pt 1):L715-25.
Rice W, Shannon JM, Burton F, Fiedeldey D. Expression of a brain-type cannabinoid receptor (CB1) in alveolar Type II cells in the lung: regulation by hydrocortisone. Eur J Pharmacol. 1997 May 30;327(2-3):227-32.
Linke MJ, Burton FM, Fiedeldey DT, Rice WR. Surfactant phospholipid secretion from rat alveolar type II cells: possible role of PKC isozymes. Am J Physiol. 1997 Feb;272(2 Pt 1):L171-7.
Chroneos ZC, Abdolrasulnia R, Whitsett JA, Rice WR, Shepherd VL. Purification of a cell-surface receptor for surfactant protein A. J Biol Chem. 1996 Jul 5;271(27):16375-83.
Haas M, Rice WR. Respiratory distress syndrome for the practicing pediatrician. Pediatr Ann. 1995 Nov;24(11):572-6, 579-80. Review.
Rice WR, Burton FM, Fiedeldey DT. Cloning and expression of the alveolar type II cell P2u-purinergic receptor. Am J Respir Cell Mol Biol. 1995 Jan;12(1):27-32.
Rice WR, Singleton FM, Linke MJ, Walzer PD. Regulation of surfactant phosphatidylcholine secretion from alveolar type II cells during Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia in the rat. JClin Invest. 1993 Dec;92(6):2778-82.
Andrew Patrick South, MD, MPH Attending Neonatologist
MD: Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, 2000.
Residency: Pediatrics, University of North Carolina Children’s Hospital, Chapel Hill, NC.
Fellowship: Neonatology, University of North Carolina Children’s Hospital, Chapel Hill, NC.
Certification: Pediatrics, 2004; Neonatology, 2008.
Slaughter JL, Pakrashi T, Jones DE, South AP, Shah TA. Echocardiographic detection of pulmonary hypertension in extremely low birth weight infants with bronchopulmonary dysplasia requiring prolonged positive pressure ventilation. J Perinatol. 2011 Feb 10.
South AP, Wessel JJ, Sberna A, Patel M, Morrow AL. Hospital readmission among infants with gastroschisis. J Perinatol. 2011 Feb 10.
South AP, Jones DE, Hall ES, Huo S, Meinzen-Derr J, Liu L, Greenberg JM. Spatial Analysis of Preterm Birth Demonstrates Opportunities for Targeted Intervention. Matern Child Health J. 2011 Feb 3.
Winik BC, Asial RA, McGrath JA, South AP, Boente MC. Acantholytic ectodermal dysplasia: clinicopathological study of a new desmosomal disorder. Br J Dermatol. 2009 Apr;160(4):868-74.
South AP, Marshall DD, Bose CL, Laughon MM. Growth and neurodevelopment at 16 to 24 months of age for infants born with gastroschisis. J Perinatol. 2008 Oct;28(10):702-6.
South MMT, Strauss RA, South AP, Boggess JF, Thorp JM. The use of non-nutritive sucking to decrease the physiologic pain response during neonatal circumcision: A randomized controlled trial. Am J of Obstet and Gynec 2005;193:537-43.Grischkan J, Storfer-Isser A, Rosen CL, Larkin EK, Kirchner HL, South A, Wilson-Costello DC, Martin RJ, Redline S. Variation in childhood asthma among former preterm infants. J Pediatr 2004;144:321-6.
Dawn Butler, PharmD Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
Aimee J. Maas, MSW, LISW-S Social Worker III, NICU
Kristi E. Vargo, MSW, LISW-S Social Worker II, NICU
Sharon Williams, MSW, LISW-S Social Worker III, NICU
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