Perinatal Institute

  • Clinicians

    The Perinatal Institute at Cincinnati Children's is home to specialists with a variety of backgrounds and areas of focus. As a team, this diversity makes us better prepared to care for your child's unique needs.

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    Co-Directors

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    James M. Greenberg, MD
    Co-Director, Perinatal Institute

    513-636-3149

    james.greenberg@cchmc.org

    James M. Greenberg, MD

    Co-Director, Perinatal Institute

    Director, Division of Neonatology

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-3149

    Fax: 513-803-0968

    Email: james.greenberg@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Neonatal chronic lung disease; late preterm infant

    Education and Training

    MD: University of Illinois College of Medicine, Chicago, Ill., 1977-1981.

    Pediatric Internship and Residency: University of Minnesota Hospital and Clinic, Minneapolis, Minn., 1981-1984. Chief Resident, Department of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota Hospital and Clinic, Minneapolis, Minn., 1984.

    Fellowship: Immunology / Neonatology, University of Minnesota Hospital and Clinic, Minneapolis, Minn., 1985-1987; 1988-1989; visiting scientist, Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Division of Protein and Nucleic Acid Chemistry, Cambridge, England.

    Certification: American Board of Pediatrics, 1988; subspecialty board, Neonatal / Perinatal Medicine, 1989.

    Publications

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    Louis J. Muglia, MD, PhD
    Co-Director, Perinatal Institute

    513-803-7902

    louis.muglia@cchmc.org

    Louis J. Muglia, MD, PhD

    Co-Director, Perinatal Institute

    Director, Center for Prevention of Preterm Birth

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-803-7902

    Email: louis.muglia@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Pediatric endocrinology

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    Biography

    Dr. Muglia has pioneered the in vivo analyses of regulation of the endocrine stress response and the molecular pathways leading to birth using novel genetically altered mutant mice. These studies have elucidated the importance of corticotropin-releasing hormone, glucocorticoids, and prostaglandins in neuroendocrine modulation, behavior, and perinatal adaptation.  These studies have evolved over the last decade to specifically focus on the mechanisms controlling the timing for birth in humans using genetics and comparative genomics. The composition of the biological clock metering the duration of human gestation remains a central question in reproductive biology. The goal of the Muglia laboratory is to understand the molecular timing machinery comprising this biological clock to prevent or better treat human preterm labor and delivery.

    Among Dr. Muglia’s achievements are more than 180 publications and many awards, including a Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Development Award in the Biomedical Sciences, the Society of Pediatric Research Young Investigator Award, and election to the American Society for Clinical Investigation and Association of American Physicians. In 2010, Dr. Muglia was elected to Fellow in the American Association for the advancement of Science. He is an active member of the Society for Pediatric Research, Society for Neuroscience, and the Lawson Wilkins Pediatric Endocrine Society. Dr. Muglia currently serves as chair of the Board of Scientific Counselors for the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development of the National Institutes of Health.  In 2013, Dr. Muglia was elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies.

    Education and Training

    BS: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 1981.

    PhD: University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, 1986.

    MD: University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, 1988.

    Publications

    Grants

    Amygdala Glucocorticoid Receptor Function in Stress.  Principle Investigator. NIH/NIMH. Feb 2009-Dec 2014.

    Maternal Temperament, Stress, Inflammation and Preterm Birth. Multi-PI. NIH/NICHD. Sep 2013-Aug 2017.

    Genetic Analysis of Human Preterm Birth. Principle Investigator. March of Dimes. Mar 2005-Feb 2014.

    March of Dimes Prematurity Research Center Ohio Collaborative. Coordinating PI. March of Dimes. Jul 2013-Jun 2018.

    Burroughs Wellcome Fund Research Consortium on Preterm Birth. Director.  Burroughs Wellcome. Oct 2007-Sep 2014.


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    Jeffrey A. Whitsett, MD
    Co-Director, Perinatal Institute

    513-803-2790

    jeffrey.whitsett@cchmc.org

    Jeffrey A. Whitsett, MD

    Co-Director, Perinatal Institute

    Chief, Section of Neonatology, Perinatal and Pulmonary Biology

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-803-2790

    Fax: 513-636-7868

    Email: jeffrey.whitsett@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Cystic fibrosis research; lung morphogenesis; control of gene expression in the respiratory epithelium; gene delivery and therapy 

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    Biography

    Jeffrey A. Whitsett, MD, is chief of the Section of Neonatology, Perinatal and Pulmonary Biology at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

    Dr. Whitsett received his medical degree from Columbia University, in New York, and has been a faculty member since 1977. He is internationally known for his research in pulmonary medicine, as well as for his clinical expertise in neonatology.

    Dr. Whitsett has made a series of groundbreaking contributions in pulmonary medicine. His major pioneering work has been on surfactant proteins A, B, C and D, cloning their genes, and clarifying their roles in lung development.

    Throughout his career, Dr. Whitsett has had the remarkable ability to move from molecular biology, to animal models, to diagnosis and therapy of human disease. He played a critical role in making surfactant protein replacement a routine tool for treating immature lungs and respiratory distress syndrome in premature infants. His laboratory has contributed to the identification of a number of genes critical for lung formation and function. Mutations in genes regulating surfactant homeostasis were shown to cause acute and chronic lung disease in infants and adults.

    Dr. Whitsett is a member of the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences and is the recipient of the Mead Johnson Award, a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Merit Award, the first Julius Comroe Lectureship in Pulmonary Research from FASEB, the William Cooper Procter Award from Cincinnati Children's, the Amberson Lecture Award of the American Thoracic Society, the prestigious Daniel Drake Medal for scientific contributions from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, the International Arvo Ylppö Medal from the Finnish Foundation for Pediatric Research and the Grand Hamdan International Award on Neonatal Medicine from the United Arab Emirates.

    Dr. Whitsett is the author of more than 400 papers in both the basic science and clinical literature.

    Education and Training

    MD: Columbia University, New York, NY, 1973.

    Residency: Pediatrics, Mt. Sinai Hospital, New York City, 1974 to 1976.

    Fellowship: Neonatology, Children's Hospital Medical Center, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, 1976 to 1977.

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    Center for Breastfeeding Medicine

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    Sheela Rath Geraghty, MD, MS, IBCLC, FAAP
    Medical Director, Center for Breastfeeding Medicine

    513-636-2526

    sheela.geraghty@cchmc.org

    Sheela Rath Geraghty, MD, MS, IBCLC, FAAP

    Medical Director, Center for Breastfeeding Medicine

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-2526

    Fax: 513-636-4402

    Email: sheela.geraghty@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Research

    Breastfeeding, breast milk pumping, human milk banking, multiple births

    Biography

    Sheela R. Geraghty, MD, is a general pediatrician and lactation consultant. Dr. Geraghty is the medical director for the Cincinnati Children’s Center for Breastfeeding Medicine. Dr. Geraghty’s research and clinical practice focuses on barriers to successful breastfeeding.

    Education and Training

    BS: Biology, Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH, 1991.

    MD: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 1995.

    Residency: Children's Hospital of Michigan, Detroit, MI, 1995-1998.

    Chief Residency: Children's Hospital of Michigan, Detroit, MI, 1998-1999.

    Fellowship: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2000-2003.

    MS: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 2003.

    Certification: Pediatrics, 2006, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, 2011.

    Publications

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    Sarah W. Riddle, MD, IBCLC, FAAP
    Attending Physician, Hospital Medicine

    513-636-2326

    sarah.riddle@cchmc.org

    Sarah W. Riddle, MD, IBCLC, FAAP

    Attending Physician, Hospital Medicine

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-2326

    Email: sarah.riddle@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Hospitalist medicine; breastfeeding medicine

    Biography

    Sarah Riddle, MD, IBCLC sees mothers and infants in the Breastfeeding Medicine Clinic and is an attending hospitalist on the inpatient units at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. She has a specialized interest in effects of acute hospitalization on the breastfeeding dyad.  

    Education and Training

    MD: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, 2001.

    IBCLC: International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, 2008.

    Residency: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2001-2004.

    Chief Residency: Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center 2004-2005.

    Certification: Pediatrics, 2004.

    Publications

    PubMed Publications

    Ellen S. Springer, MD, IBCLC

    Staff Physician

    Phone: 513-636-2326

    Email: ellen.springer@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Breastfeeding medicine

    Biography

    Ellen S. Springer, MD, works with the Center for Breast Feeding Medicine in an outpatient setting at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. She assists mothers and infants with breast feeding related issues.

    Education and Training

    MD: The Ohio State University College, Columbus, OH, 1995.

    Residency: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, 1998.

    Certification: Board Certified, Pediatrics.

    Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Team

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    Jason S. Frischer, MD
    Director, Peña Colorectal Center

    513-636-3240

    jason.frischer@cchmc.org

    Jason S. Frischer, MD

    Director, Peña Colorectal Center

    Director, Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) Program

    Division of Pediatric General and Thoracic Surgery

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Surgery

    Phone: 513-636-3240

    Fax: 513-636-3248

    Email: jason.frischer@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Colorectal surgery including inflammatory bowel disease (IBD, Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis); Hirschsprung disease; anorectal malformations; fecal incontinence and constipation; minimally invasive surgery; ECMO; congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH)epidermolysis bullosa (EB)

    Biography

    Jason S. Frischer, MD, has been named the director of the Peña Colorectal Center at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. He earned his medical degree at SUNY Downstate Medical Center. He obtained his medical degree at SUNY Downstate and went on to complete his general surgery and chief residency at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York where he focused his training on inflammatory bowel disease.  Additionally, he spent two years as the ECMO fellow and postdoctoral research fellow in angiogenesis at the Children's Hospital of New York, Columbia University.  Dr. Frischer completed his pediatric surgery fellowship at the Children's Hospital of New York, Columbia University.

    Dr. Frischer has a special interest in pediatric colorectal surgery including inflammatory bowel disease (IBD, Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis), Hirschsprung’s disease anorectal malformations (ARM), fecal incontinence and constipation. He serves as the director of the ECMO program and is a member of the congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) team. He is also a member of the Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB) Center. He has an interest in neonatal surgery and minimally invasive surgery.

    Dr. Frischer is a member of Alpha Omega Alpha (national medical honor society) and was selected by Cincy Magazine Best Doctors from 2010 to 2013. He also was selected by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. and U.S. News & World Report “Top Doctors” in 2012 and 2013.

    Education and Training

    BS: Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 1995.

    MD: SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY, 1999.

    Residency: Mount Sinai School of Medicine, The Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, NY, 2000-2001 and 2003-2006.

    ECMO/Research Fellowship: Children's Hospital of New York - Presbyterian, Columbia University, New York, NY, 2001-2003.

    Pediatric Surgery Residency: Children's Hospital of New York – Presbyterian, Columbia University, New York, NY, 2006-2008.

    Certification: General Surgery, 2007; Pediatric Surgery, 2010.

    Publications

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    Beth E. Haberman, MD
    Senior Medical Director, Neonatal Services

    513-636-5465

    beth.haberman@cchmc.org

    Beth E. Haberman, MD

    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

    Phone: 513-636-5465

    Fax: 513-636-5846

    Email: beth.haberman@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    CDH and infant follow-up; care of infants with congenital diaphragmatic hernia; follow-up care of premature and term infants with complex medical needs

    Education and Training

    Fellowship: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1996-1999.

    Residency: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 1993-1996.

    MD: University of Louisville, Louisville, KY, 1993.

    Publications

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    Sundeep G. Keswani, MD
    Pediatric Surgeon, Division of General, Thoracic and Fetal Surgery

    513-803-2219

    Sundeep G. Keswani, MD

    Pediatric Surgeon, Division of General, Thoracic and Fetal Surgery

    Fetal Surgeon, Cincinnati Fetal Center

    Director, Pediatric Advanced Wound Care and Skin Services

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Surgery

    Phone: 513-803-2219

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    Specialties

    Gene therapy applications; bone marrow contribution to tissue repair; fetal diagnosis and treatment

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    Biography

    Dr. Sundeep G. Keswani is a pediatric and fetal surgeon. He is also the director of the Pediatric Advanced Wound Care and Skin Service (PAWS), which is a state-of-the-art wound care center devoted to the care of children. Dr. Keswani is the lead principal investigator in the Cincinnati Children’s Wound Healing Research Group, which is an NIH-funded laboratory that focuses on understanding the molecular mechanisms which underlie the fetus’ ability to regeneratively heal wounds with the goal of developing novel therapeutics to achieve regenerative wound healing in postnatal tissue.

    Education and Training

    BA: University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, 1994. 

    MD: Ross University School of Medicine, 2000. 

    Residency: Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, New Orleans, LA, 2000-2007. 

    Fellowship: The Children's Institute for Surgical Science, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia & The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 2002-2004. 

    Fellowship: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, The Center for Molecular Fetal Therapy, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2004. 

    Fellowship: Pediatric Surgery Fellowship, St. Louis Children's Hospital, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, 2007-2009. 

    Licensure: American Board of Surgery Certified; Missouri State Medical Licensure, active; Ohio State Medical Licensure, active.

    Publications

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    Paul Kingma, MD, PhD.

    Paul S. Kingma, MD, PhD
    Neonatal Director, Cincinnati Fetal Center

    513-636-2995

    paul.kingma@cchmc.org

    Paul S. Kingma, MD, PhD

    Neonatal Director, Cincinnati Fetal Center

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-2995

    Fax: 513-636-7868

    Email: paul.kingma@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Neonatology; congenital diaphragmatic hernia; neonatal infection

    Research Interests

    Innate immune systems; surfactant protein D; neutrophil function in Cystic Fibrosis

    Education and Training

    Fellowship: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, 2005.

    Residency: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, 2003.

    PhD: Vanderbilt University, TN, 2000.

    MD: Vanderbilt University, TN, 2000.

    BS: Calvin College, MI, 1992.

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    Foong-Yen Lim, MD
    Surgical Director, Cincinnati Fetal Center

    513-636-4371

    foong.yen.lim@cchmc.org

    Foong-Yen Lim, MD

    Surgical Director, Cincinnati Fetal Center

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Surgery

    Phone: 513-636-4371

    Email: foong.yen.lim@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Open fetal surgery and fetoscopic surgery; ex-utero intrapartum treatment (EXIT); congenital high airway obstruction syndrome (CHAOS); congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH); fetal gene therapy; neonatal surgery; thoracic surgery; minimally invasive surgery 

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    Education and Training

    Pediatric Surgery Fellowship: The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, 2004 – 2006.

    General Surgery Residency: Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, 2002-2004.

    Pediatric Surgery Research Fellowship and Fetal Surgery Fellowship: The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, 2000-2002.

    General Surgery Residency: Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, 1997-2000.

    MD: Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC, 1993 – 1997.

    BS: Graceland College, Lamoni, Iowa, 1989 – 1993.

    Publications

    Fetal Care Center of Cincinnati

    Paul Kingma, MD, PhD.

    Paul S. Kingma, MD, PhD
    Neonatal Director, Cincinnati Fetal Center

    513-636-2995

    paul.kingma@cchmc.org

    Paul S. Kingma, MD, PhD

    Neonatal Director, Cincinnati Fetal Center

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-2995

    Fax: 513-636-7868

    Email: paul.kingma@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Neonatology; congenital diaphragmatic hernia; neonatal infection

    Research Interests

    Innate immune systems; surfactant protein D; neutrophil function in Cystic Fibrosis

    Education and Training

    Fellowship: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, 2005.

    Residency: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, 2003.

    PhD: Vanderbilt University, TN, 2000.

    MD: Vanderbilt University, TN, 2000.

    BS: Calvin College, MI, 1992.

    Publications

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    Foong-Yen Lim, MD
    Surgical Director, Cincinnati Fetal Center

    513-636-4371

    foong.yen.lim@cchmc.org

    Foong-Yen Lim, MD

    Surgical Director, Cincinnati Fetal Center

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Surgery

    Phone: 513-636-4371

    Email: foong.yen.lim@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Open fetal surgery and fetoscopic surgery; ex-utero intrapartum treatment (EXIT); congenital high airway obstruction syndrome (CHAOS); congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH); fetal gene therapy; neonatal surgery; thoracic surgery; minimally invasive surgery 

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    Education and Training

    Pediatric Surgery Fellowship: The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, 2004 – 2006.

    General Surgery Residency: Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, 2002-2004.

    Pediatric Surgery Research Fellowship and Fetal Surgery Fellowship: The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, 2000-2002.

    General Surgery Residency: Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, 1997-2000.

    MD: Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC, 1993 – 1997.

    BS: Graceland College, Lamoni, Iowa, 1989 – 1993.

    Publications


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    William J. Polzin, MD
    MFM Co-Director, Cincinnati Fetal Center

    513-862-6200

    bill_polzin@trihealth.com

    William J. Polzin, MD

    MFM Co-Director, Cincinnati Fetal Center

    Phone: 513-862-6200

    Email: bill_polzin@trihealth.com

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    Specialties

    Fetal growth restriction; antiphospholipid antibodies; premature rupture of membranes; incompetent cervix - diagnosis and management; antepartum fetal surveillance; prenatal diagnosis

    Biography

    William Polzin, MD, is well known regionally for his clinical excellence in assisting healthy babies and mothers through high-risk pregnancies. His extensive experience with complicated pregnancies is both reassuring to his many patients and also the foundation for his academic stature.

    Dr. Polzin serves as MFM co-director of the Cincinnati Fetal Center. He also is director of maternal-fetal medicine at Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati, associate director of obstetrics at Good Samaritan Hospital, and medical director of the community-based prenatal center, Healthy Beginnings.

    Dr. Polzin joined Good Samaritan Hospital in 1993. He has been affiliated with the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at University of Cincinnati College of Medicine since 1993. He also practiced obstetrics and gynecology from 1987-93 at various military locations, including assistant chief of maternal-fetal medicine at Tripler Army Medical Center in Hawaii, fellow in maternal-fetal medicine at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Washington, and staff physician at USA MEDDAC at Wuerzburg, Germany.

    A graduate of the Medical College of Wisconsin, Dr. Polzin completed his residency and fellowships at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Washington. He has been a diplomate of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology since 1989, and a diplomate in the ABOG's division of maternal-fetal medicine since 1995. In 2003, he received the American Medical Association Physician's Recognition Award, a national award for his leadership in obstetrics and gynecology.

    Education and Training

    BA: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; University of Wisconsin-Madison.

    MD: Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1983.

    Internship: Obstetrics and Gynecology, Madigan Army Medical Center, Tacoma, Washington, 1983-1984.

    Residency: Obstetrics and Gynecology, Madigan Army Medical Center, Tacoma, Washington, 1984-1987.

    Fellowship: Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Madigan Army Medical Center, Tacoma, Washington, 1989-1991.

    Publications

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    James W. Van Hook, MD
    MFM Co-Director, Cincinnati Fetal Center

    513-558-8448

    james.vanhook@uc.edu

    James W. Van Hook, MD

    MFM Co-Director, Cincinnati Fetal Center

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-558-8448

    Email: james.vanhook@uc.edu

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    Biography

    James Van Hook, MD, is a 1981 graduate of Louisiana Tech University with a degree in biology. He completed his doctor in medicine training at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport. He finished his internship and residency at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. He completed a fellowship in critical care OBGYN at Bowman Gray University School of Medicine in Winston Salem North Carolina and completed a fellowship in maternal fetal medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle Washington. After holding faculty positions at the University of Texas Medical Branch and Texas Tech University, where he was regional chair of the OBGYN department at Texas Tech’s Amarillo campus, Dr. Van Hook joined the University of Cincinnati in 2008. Dr. Van Hook is certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Critical Care OBGYN, and Maternal Fetal Medicine. Additionally, Dr. Van Hook is Board Certified by the American Society of Addiction Medicine in Addictionology.

    Dr. Van Hook is the director of Maternal Fetal Medicine at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Dr. Van Hook has published on a wide variety of topics in pregnancy. His current areas of interest are hypertensive disorders of pregnancy, women’s health and rehabilitation, physician health, and critical care OBGYN.

    Education and Training

    BS: Biology, Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, Louisiana, 1981.

    MD: Louisiana State University School of Medicine, Shreveport, Louisiana, 1982.

    Residency: Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas 1986.

    Fellowship: Critical Care Obstetrics and Gynecology, Bowman Gray School of Medicine, Winston Salem, North Carolina, 1990.

    Fellowship: Maternal Fetal Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, Washington, 1993.

    Added Qualification: Addiction Medicine, The American Society of Addiction Medicine, Chevy Chase, Maryland, 2002.

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    High-Risk Infant Follow-up Clinic

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    Tanya E. Cahill, MD
    Director, High-Risk Clinic

    tanya.cahill@cchmc.org

    Tanya E. Cahill, MD

    Director, High-Risk Clinic

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Fax: 513-636-5454

    Email: tanya.cahill@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    High risk infant follow up; neonatal abstinence syndrome

    Education and Training

    MD: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH 2000.

    Residency:
    Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH 2000-2003.

    Fellowship:
    Neonatology, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH 2003-2006.

    Certification:
    Pediatrics, 2003; Neonatology, 2008.
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    Beth E. Haberman, MD
    Senior Medical Director, Neonatal Services

    513-636-5465

    beth.haberman@cchmc.org

    Beth E. Haberman, MD

    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

    Phone: 513-636-5465

    Fax: 513-636-5846

    Email: beth.haberman@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    CDH and infant follow-up; care of infants with congenital diaphragmatic hernia; follow-up care of premature and term infants with complex medical needs

    Education and Training

    Fellowship: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1996-1999.

    Residency: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 1993-1996.

    MD: University of Louisville, Louisville, KY, 1993.

    Publications

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    Thomas R. Korfhagen, MD, PhD
    Attending Pediatrician, Division of Neonatologist

    513-636-7216

    thomas.korfhagen@cchmc.org

    Thomas R. Korfhagen, MD, PhD

    Attending Pediatrician, Division of Neonatologist

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-7216

    Fax: 513-636-7868

    Email: thomas.korfhagen@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Care of High Risk infants; pediatric patients with complex, long term medical problems

    Research Interests

    Roles and mechanisms whereby surfactant proteins A, B, D, Relm peptides and EGF-R signaling control lung infections, inflammation and responses to lung injury. Translational studies assessing processes to reduce the extent of lung injury and remodeling in neonates and adults.

    Education and Training

    BA: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 1972.

    PhD: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 1976.

    MD: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 1981.

    Residency: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 1981-1984.

    Fellowship: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH 1984-1987 (Peter Dignan, Director).

    Certifications: National Board of Medical Examiners, 7/1982;  American Board of Pediatrics, 5/1986; American Board of Medical Genetics, 6/1987.

    Publications

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    Grants

    Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor Activation in Pulmonary Fibrosis. Co-Investigator. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Apr 1007 - Aug 2012.

    Transcriptional Programming of Asthma Related Pathology in Respiratory Epithelial. Co-Investigator. Apr 2009 - Mar 2013.

    Role Of Surfactant Protein-C and Innate Lung Defense in Familial Interstitial Lung Disease. Co-Investigator. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Apr 2009 - Mar 2013.
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    Stephanie L. Merhar, MD, MS
    Attending Neonatologist

    513-803-5180

    stephanie.merhar@cchmc.org

    Stephanie L. Merhar, MD, MS

    Attending Neonatologist

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-803-5180

    Email: stephanie.merhar@cchmc.org

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    Education and Training

    MD: University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA ,2005.

    Residency: Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, 2005-2008.

    Fellowship: Neonatology, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, 2008-2011.

    Certification: Pediatrics, 2008.

    Publications

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    Ajay B. Ponkshe, MD
    Staff Physician, Neonatology

    513-636-4830

    ajay.ponkshe@cchmc.org

    Ajay B. Ponkshe, MD

    Staff Physician, Neonatology

    Phone: 513-636-4830

    Email: ajay.ponkshe@cchmc.org

    Neonatology

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    Henry T. Akinbi, MD
    Attending Neonatologist

    513-636-8915

    henry.akinbi@cchmc.org

    Henry T. Akinbi, MD

    Attending Neonatologist

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-8915

    Fax: 513-636-7868

    Email: henry.akinbi@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Neonatal infections; blood transfusions; role of Lysozyme in airway host defense

    Education and Training

    MD: University of Ife, Ile-Ife, Nigera, Africa, 1980.

    Residency: Pediatrics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1988-1991.

    Neonatology Fellowship: Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, 1991-1994.

    Certification: General Pediatrics, 1991. Recertification, 1998. Newborn Medicine, 1995, Recertification, 2002.

    Publications

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    Mary C. Burwinkel, MD
    Staff Physician, Neonatology and Pulmonary Biology

    513-636-7997

    mary.burwinkel@cchmc.org

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    Mary C. Burwinkel, MD

    Staff Physician, Neonatology and Pulmonary Biology

    Phone: 513-636-7997

    Email: mary.burwinkel@cchmc.org


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    Tanya E. Cahill, MD
    Director, High-Risk Clinic

    tanya.cahill@cchmc.org

    Tanya E. Cahill, MD

    Director, High-Risk Clinic

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Fax: 513-636-5454

    Email: tanya.cahill@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    High risk infant follow up; neonatal abstinence syndrome

    Education and Training

    MD: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH 2000.

    Residency:
    Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH 2000-2003.

    Fellowship:
    Neonatology, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH 2003-2006.

    Certification:
    Pediatrics, 2003; Neonatology, 2008.
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    Michael W. Crossman, MD, PhD
    Attending Neonatologist

    859-301-3850

    michael.crossman@cchmc.org

    Michael W. Crossman, MD, PhD

    Attending Neonatologist

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 859-301-3850

    Fax: 859-301-2066

    Email: michael.crossman@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Intestinal function and host-microbial interactions; bioethics and neonatal palliative care

    Education and Training

    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.

    Publications

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    Diane K. Donley, MD
    Staff Physician, Neonatology

    513-636-5470

    diane.donley@cchmc.org

    Diane K. Donley, MD

    Staff Physician, Neonatology

    Phone: 513-636-5470

    Fax: 513-636-4404

    Email: diane.donley@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Teen pregnancy; parent education

    Education and Training

    MD: Tulane University School of Medicine, 1984.

    Residency: Baylor College of Medicine, Affiliated Residency Program, 1984-1987.
    A photo of Jay Dritz.

    Jay H. Dritz, MD
    Attending Neonatologist

    513-636-5470

    jay.dritz@cchmc.org

    Jay H. Dritz, MD

    Attending Neonatologist

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-5470

    Email: jay.dritz@cchmc.org

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    Education and Training

    MD: Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, 2001.

    Residency: Pediatrics, St. Louis Children’s Hospital, St. Louis, MO, 2001-2004.

    Fellowship: Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, St. Louis Children’s Hospital, St. Louis, MO, 2004-2007.

    Certification: Pediatrics, 2004; Neonatology, 2008.


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    Horacio S. Falciglia, MD
    Professor Emeritus, Neonatology and Perinatal Biology

    513-636-4830

    Horacio S. Falciglia, MD

    Professor Emeritus, Neonatology and Perinatal Biology

    Board Certified General Pediatrics

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4830

    Fax: 513-872-4979

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Meconium Aspiration Syndrome; pathophysiology

    Research Interests

    Relationship of Selenium Status to Sepsis in extremely premature infants

    Biography

    Horacio Falciglia, MD, serves as the Director of the Vermont Oxford Database, where he finds his work both challenging and interesting.  This work allows the division to compare local (Cincinnati) neonatal outcomes, morbidities, and mortality in premature infants under 1500 grams with 600 other NICUs in the US and abroad.  Dr. Falciglia also enjoys sharing years of clinical experience with new graduates and students as he teaches medical students and residents at the bedside.  Dr. Falciglia's past research on Meconium Aspiration has been exciting and rewarding, and his research is leading to the understanding of the pathophysiology of this complex disease.  The incidence of this disease has been drastically reduced through research and improved perinatal care.

    Education and Training

    MD: University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1967. 

    Residency: Pediatrics, Lincoln Hospital, Albert Einstein College, 1973. 

    Fellowship: Neonatology, New York University, Bellevue Hospital, 1976.

    Publications

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    Michelle L. French, MD
    Staff Physician, Neonatology

    michelle.french@cchmc.org

    Michelle L. French, MD

    Staff Physician, Neonatology

    Fax: 513-636-7868

    Email: michelle.french@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Congenital heart disease; critical care cardiology

    Education and Training

    MD: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, 1987.

    Residency: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, 1987-1990.

    Fellowship: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, 1990-1991.

    Fellowship: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, 1991-1992.

    Certification: Pediatrics 1990.

    Recertifications: Pediatrics, 1997 and 2004.

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    Neera K. Goyal, MD, MSHP
    Attending Physician, Hospital Medicine

    513-803-7836

    Neera K. Goyal, MD, MSHP

    Attending Physician, Hospital Medicine

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-803-7836

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    Specialties

    Quality of care during birth hospitalization for late preterm and other high risk newborns; neonatal readmission; prevention of preterm birth

    Biography

    Neera Goyal, MD MSHP, is a general pediatrician and a child health researcher. Her research interests are in perinatal care – in particular, how Level 1 and Level 2 birth hospitals manage higher risk term and late preterm newborns. She has studied the impact of delivery volume, teaching affiliation, and patient insurance on adherence to guidelines for postpartum length of stay, and she is currently researching the impact of discharge timing on risk of readmission for late preterm newborns. She has also conducted research on the impact of late preterm birth on early childhood respiratory morbidity and physical development. Dr. Goyal’s work has been published in peer-reviewed literature, and in 2011 she received the Pediatric Academic Societies Travel Award for Young Investigators.


    Originally from Dallas, TX, Dr. Goyal received her bachelor’s degree in Atlanta, Georgia at Emory University, majoring in Philosophy. She earned her M.D. from University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. She completed a pediatrics residency at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in 2008 and worked as a neonatology hospitalist from 2008-2009. She then pursued further training in health services research as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar at University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. She joined Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in 2011 as a faculty member with a joint appointment in the Division of Neonatology and the Division of General and Community Pediatrics, Section of Hospital Medicine.

    Education and Training

    MD: Univ. of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, 2005.

    Residency: Pediatrics, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, 2008.

    Fellowship: The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars, University of Pennsylvania, 2011

    Certification: Pediatrics, 2008.

    Publications

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    James M. Greenberg, MD
    Co-Director, Perinatal Institute

    513-636-3149

    james.greenberg@cchmc.org

    James M. Greenberg, MD

    Co-Director, Perinatal Institute

    Director, Division of Neonatology

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-3149

    Fax: 513-803-0968

    Email: james.greenberg@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Neonatal chronic lung disease; late preterm infant

    Education and Training

    MD: University of Illinois College of Medicine, Chicago, Ill., 1977-1981.

    Pediatric Internship and Residency: University of Minnesota Hospital and Clinic, Minneapolis, Minn., 1981-1984. Chief Resident, Department of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota Hospital and Clinic, Minneapolis, Minn., 1984.

    Fellowship: Immunology / Neonatology, University of Minnesota Hospital and Clinic, Minneapolis, Minn., 1985-1987; 1988-1989; visiting scientist, Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Division of Protein and Nucleic Acid Chemistry, Cambridge, England.

    Certification: American Board of Pediatrics, 1988; subspecialty board, Neonatal / Perinatal Medicine, 1989.

    Publications

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    Beth E. Haberman, MD
    Senior Medical Director, Neonatal Services

    513-636-5465

    beth.haberman@cchmc.org

    Beth E. Haberman, MD

    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

    Phone: 513-636-5465

    Fax: 513-636-5846

    Email: beth.haberman@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    CDH and infant follow-up; care of infants with congenital diaphragmatic hernia; follow-up care of premature and term infants with complex medical needs

    Education and Training

    Fellowship: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1996-1999.

    Residency: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 1993-1996.

    MD: University of Louisville, Louisville, KY, 1993.

    Publications

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    Crystal D. Hill, MD
    Attending Neonatologist

    614-636-5470

    crystal.hill@cchmc.org

    Crystal D. Hill, MD

    Attending Neonatologist

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 614-636-5470

    Email: crystal.hill@cchmc.org

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    Education and Training

    MD: Boonshoft School of Medicine, Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio.

    Residency: Pediatrics,Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, Ohio.

    Fellowship: Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, Ohio.


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    Steven B. Hoath, MD
    Professor Emeritus

    513-803-0960

    steven.hoath@cchmc.org

    Steven B. Hoath, MD

    Professor Emeritus

    Emeritus, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-803-0960

    Fax: 513-803-0969

    Email: steven.hoath@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    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.

    Publications

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    Alan H. Jobe, MD, PhD
    Director, Division of Perinatal Biology

    513-636-8563

    alan.jobe@cchmc.org

    Alan H. Jobe, MD, PhD

    Director, Division of Perinatal Biology

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-8563

    Fax: 513-636-8691

    Email: alan.jobe@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Clinical trials in neonatology; bronchopulmonary dysplasia

    Research Interests

    Lung maturation and lung injury in the fetus and newborn; use of antenatal corticosteroids; lung injury with ventilation of the preterm

    Education and Training

    MD: University of California, San Diego, 1973. 

    PhD: University of California, San Diego, CA, 1973. 

    Residency: University Hospital, University of California, San Diego, CA, 1974 to 1975.

    Fellowship: University of California, San Diego, CA, 1975 to 1977.

    Board Certified: Pediatrics and Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine.

    Publications

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    Grants

    Mechanisms of Fetal Inflammatory Response Syndrome Induced by Chorioamnionitis. Co-Investigator. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Feb 2009 - Feb 2014.

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    Beth Ann Johnson, MD, MA
    Attending Neonatologist

    513-636-3291

    beth_ann.johnson@cchmc.org

    Beth Ann Johnson, MD, MA

    Attending Neonatologist

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-3291

    Fax: 513-636-3952

    Email: beth_ann.johnson@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Cardiac intensive care; neonatology; premature infants with congenital heart disease; mechanical assist devices; fetal diagnosis; ethics

    Education and Training

    MD: University of Illinois.

    Residency:
    University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

    Fellowships: Neonatal / Perinatal, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin; Pediatric Cardiology, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin; Pediatric Critical Care, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

    MA: Bioethics, Medical College of Wisconsin.

    Publications

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    A photo of Suhas G. Kallapur.

    Suhas G. Kallapur, MD
    Director, Neonatology Continuing Medical Education

    513-636-3879

    suhas.kallapur@cchmc.org

    Suhas G. Kallapur, MD

    Director, Neonatology Continuing Medical Education

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-3879

    Fax: 513-636-7868

    Email: suhas.kallapur@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Chorioamnionitis; bronchopulmonary dysplasia; respiratory distress syndrome; fetal immunity

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    Education and Training

    MBBS: University of Bombay, India, 1984. 

    DCH: College of Physicians and Surgeons, Bombay, 1986.

    MD, Pediatrics: University of Bombay, India, 1986.

    Residency: University of Bombay, India, 1984-87.

    Residency: Children's Hospital of Michigan, Detroit, Michigan, 1988-90. 

    Fellowship: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1990-1993.

    Publications

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    Grants

    Mechanisms of Fetal Inflammatory Response Syndrome Induced by Chorioamnionitis. Principal Investigator. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Feb 2009 - Jan 2014. #R01 HD57869.

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    Beena D. Kamath-Rayne, MD, MPH
    Attending Neonatologist

    513-803-1606

    beena.kamath-rayne@cchmc.org

    Beena B. Kamath-Rayne, MD, MPH

    Attending Neonatologist

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-803-1606

    Fax: 513-636-0171

    Email: beena.kamath-rayne@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Perinatal epidemiology and public health; global health

    Biography

    Dr. Kamath-Rayne is doing collaborative research with maternal-fetal medicine on preterm birth, fetal lung maturity, and biomarker discovery in amniotic fluid.  She has received a BIRCWH K12 award to fund this research.  She has published on neonatal outcomes after elective Cesarean section, and after documented fetal lung maturity.  Her work was required reading for the Maintenance for Certification for the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology in 2010.

    Dr. Kamath-Rayne was a reviewer for the Helping Babies Breathe (HBB) global neonatal resuscitation curriculum, and is currently a Master Trainer.  She is collaborating on several studies of HBB around the world. With Dr. Alan Jobe, she is also a neonatal consultant for MANDATE (Maternal and Neonatal Directed Assessment of Technology), a project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to RTI International to inform the development of technologies to decrease maternal and neonatal mortality worldwide.

    Education and Training

    MD: Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., 2000.

    Residency: Children's Hospital Colorado/University of Colorado Health Sciences, Denver, Colorado, 2003.

    Fellowship: Children's Hospital Colorado/University of Colorado Health Sciences, Denver, Colorado, 2008.

    Publications

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    Grants

    Novel amniotic fluid biomarkers to predict fetal lung maturity and clinical respiratory outcome. Principle Investigator. Jul 2011-Jun 2013.
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    Heather C. Kaplan, MD, MSCE
    Attending Neonatologist

    513-803-0478

    heather.kaplan@cchmc.org

    Heather C. Kaplan, MD, MSCE

    Attending Neonatologist

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-803-0478

    Fax: 513-636-0171

    Email: heather.kaplan@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Heather Kaplan conducts research focusing on understanding variations in evidence-based care practices across hospitals and examining strategies for increasing the implementation of evidence into practice in perinatal care.  She uses a systems lens to understand and ultimately change behavior at the individual, group, organizational, and environmental levels of the health care system.

    Biography

    Heather C. Kaplan, MD, MSCE, is passionate about improving the quality and safety of perinatal care and has a solid foundation in epidemiology and research fundamentals. Through her role in the Ohio Perinatal Quality Collaborative, she gained practical experience in the use of quality improvement methods to reduce preterm births and improve outcomes of preterm newborns in Ohio and have formed collaborative relationships with obstetrical and neonatal care providers across the state.

    Additionally she has an understanding care delivery in a complex system requires taking a multidisciplinary, multilevel approach. Her career includes didactic coursework in multidisciplinary theories and methods.

    Education and Training

    BA: Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri.

    MD: Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois.

    Residency: Children's National Medical Center, Washington, DC.

    Fellowship: The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

    MSCE: University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

    Publications

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    Alan P. Kenny, MD, PhD
    Research Instructor, Department of Pediatrics, Affiliated

    513-803-2224

    alan.kenny@cchmc.org

    Alan P. Kenny, MD, PhD

    Research Instructor, Department of Pediatrics, Affiliated

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-803-2224

    Fax: 513-636-7868

    Email: alan.kenny@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Neonatal Care; neonatal lung disease; neonatal malformations and anomalies

    Research Interests

    Lung progenitor development; stem cell differentiation; fetal malformations

    Biography

    Alan P. Kenny, MD, PhD, focuses his research on elucidating the molecular mechanisms controlling the earliest stages of respiratory and digestive organ development. Available evidence suggests that early lung, liver, and pancreas lineages develop from a pool of foregut progenitor cells in the ventral endoderm. They are induced by FGF and BMP signals emanating from the cardiogenic mesenchyme during early somite stages of development through a mechanism that is highly conserved among vertebrates. Despite significant gains in our understanding of this process, fundamentally important questions remain unanswered. First, how are the common foregut organ progenitors specified? Second, how are FGF and BMP pathways spatiotemporally coordinated such that different organs are induced from the common foregut progenitor? A third and most intriguing question is - what are the endoderm genetic programs activated in response to induction from mesoderm that ultimately direct specific foregut organ development?

    These questions remain unanswered mostly due to experimental limitations inherent in mouse embryos, which are small and difficult to dissect at such an early stage. Dr. Kenny uses the experimental advantages of the large, externally developing, abundant Xenopus embryos to address these critical, unresolved issues. Specifically, Dr. Kenny is testing his hypothesis that cardiogenic FGF and BMP signaling of different durations induce different organs. Dr. Kenny’s microarray experiment to identify the endodermal genes induced very early in response to mesodermal signaling. Surprisingly, several negative regulators of BMP signaling were induced early by mesoderm signaling. My preliminary work suggests the hypothesis that BMP inhibitory feedback is a critical component induced during early foregut organ progenitor development. This work should ultimately increase our understanding of normal and abnormal early fetal organ development, lending further insight into foregut malformations such as tracheoesophageal fistula and congenital diaphragmatic hernia. Additionally, this work aims to offer better means to direct human embryonic stem cells toward more foregut organ-specific cell fates for therapeutic purposes.

    Education and Training

    PhD: Biology.

    MD: University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Rochester, NY, 2002.

    Residency: Golisano Children’s Hospital at Strong, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, 2002-2005.

    Fellowship: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2005-2008.

    Certifications: In Pediatrics, 2007 American Board of Pediatrics; American Board of Pediatrics, Board Eligible in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, 2008.

    Publications

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    Paul Kingma, MD, PhD.

    Paul S. Kingma, MD, PhD
    Neonatal Director, Cincinnati Fetal Center

    513-636-2995

    paul.kingma@cchmc.org

    Paul S. Kingma, MD, PhD

    Neonatal Director, Cincinnati Fetal Center

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-2995

    Fax: 513-636-7868

    Email: paul.kingma@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Neonatology; congenital diaphragmatic hernia; neonatal infection

    Research Interests

    Innate immune systems; surfactant protein D; neutrophil function in Cystic Fibrosis

    Education and Training

    Fellowship: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, 2005.

    Residency: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, 2003.

    PhD: Vanderbilt University, TN, 2000.

    MD: Vanderbilt University, TN, 2000.

    BS: Calvin College, MI, 1992.

    Publications


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    Thomas R. Korfhagen, MD, PhD
    Attending Pediatrician, Division of Neonatologist

    513-636-7216

    thomas.korfhagen@cchmc.org

    Thomas R. Korfhagen, MD, PhD

    Attending Pediatrician, Division of Neonatologist

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-7216

    Fax: 513-636-7868

    Email: thomas.korfhagen@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Care of High Risk infants; pediatric patients with complex, long term medical problems

    Research Interests

    Roles and mechanisms whereby surfactant proteins A, B, D, Relm peptides and EGF-R signaling control lung infections, inflammation and responses to lung injury. Translational studies assessing processes to reduce the extent of lung injury and remodeling in neonates and adults.

    Education and Training

    BA: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 1972.

    PhD: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 1976.

    MD: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 1981.

    Residency: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 1981-1984.

    Fellowship: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH 1984-1987 (Peter Dignan, Director).

    Certifications: National Board of Medical Examiners, 7/1982;  American Board of Pediatrics, 5/1986; American Board of Medical Genetics, 6/1987.

    Publications

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    Grants

    Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor Activation in Pulmonary Fibrosis. Co-Investigator. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Apr 1007 - Aug 2012.

    Transcriptional Programming of Asthma Related Pathology in Respiratory Epithelial. Co-Investigator. Apr 2009 - Mar 2013.

    Role Of Surfactant Protein-C and Innate Lung Defense in Familial Interstitial Lung Disease. Co-Investigator. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Apr 2009 - Mar 2013.
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    Jennifer McAllister, MD
    Staff Physician, Neonatology and Pulmonary Medicine

    513-803-4232

    jennifer.mcallister@cchmc.org

    Jennifer McAllister, MD

    Staff Physician, Neonatology and Pulmonary Medicine

    Phone: 513-803-4232

    Email: jennifer.mcallister@cchmc.org

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    Education and Training

    MD: University of Toledo College of Medicine, Toledo, OH, 2007.

    Residency: Pediatrics, University of Michigan Mott Children's Hospital, Ann Arbor, MI, 2010.

    Certification: Pediatrics, 2010.


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    Alisa O. McGill, MD
    Staff Physician, Neonatology

    alisa.mcgill@cchmc.org

    Alisa O. McGill, MD

    Staff Physician, Neonatology

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    Education and Training

    MD: University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1990.

    Residency: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1993.

    Certification: Pediatrics, 1994, 2000, 2008.
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    Kristin R. Melton, MD
    Associate Program Director, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship

    513-803-0022

    Kristin R. Melton, MD

    Associate Program Director, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-803-0022

    Fax: 513-636-7868

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Congenital malformations

    Research Interests

    Craniofacial malformations; somitogenesis

    Biography

    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.

    Education and Training

    Fellowship: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2001.

    Residency: Children's Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, Missouri, 1998.

    MD: University of Nebraska, Omaha, Nebraska, 1995.

    BA: Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, 1991.

    Publications

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    Stephanie L. Merhar, MD, MS
    Attending Neonatologist

    513-803-5180

    stephanie.merhar@cchmc.org

    Stephanie L. Merhar, MD, MS

    Attending Neonatologist

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-803-5180

    Email: stephanie.merhar@cchmc.org

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    Education and Training

    MD: University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA ,2005.

    Residency: Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, 2005-2008.

    Fellowship: Neonatology, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, 2008-2011.

    Certification: Pediatrics, 2008.

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    Nagendra K. Monangi, MD
    Attending Neonatologist

    513-803-3982

    nagendra.monangi@cchmc.org

    Nagendra K. Monangi, MD

    Attending Neonatologist

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-803-3982

    Email: nagendra.monangi@cchmc.org

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    Specialties