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The Upper Airway Center, part of the Division of Pulmonary Medicine, 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. Learn more about our faculty and staff.
Raouf S. Amin, MD Director, Division of Pulmonary Medicine
Director, Division of Pulmonary Medicine
Director, Rare Lung Diseases Program
Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
Raouf S. Amin, MD, is a professor of pediatrics at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and the director of the Division of Pulmonary Medicine. He graduated from the University of Ain Shams in Cairo Egypt in 1977. Dr. Amin received clinical training in the United Kingdom and the United States. He completed a pulmonary fellowship at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center in 1993. His research focus is on cardiovascular morbidity of sleep disordered breathing in children. He has several funded protocols from the National Institute of Health.
MD: Aim Shams University, Cairo Egypt, 1978.
Residency: Pediatrics; Michigan State University, Flint, MI.
Certification: Pediatrics 1990; Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine 1994; Sleep Medicine 1995.
Clancy JP, Rowe SM, Accurso FJ, Aitken ML, Amin RS, Ashlock MA, Ballmann M, Boyle MP, Bronsveld I, Campbell PW, Deboeck K, Donaldson SH, Dorkin HL, Dunitz JM, Durie PR, Jain M, Leonard A, McCoy KS, Moss RB, Pilewski JM, Rosenbluth DB, Rubenstein RC, Schechter MS, Botfield M, Ordoñez CL, Spencer-Green GT, Vernillet L, Wisseh S, Yen K, Konstan MW. Results of a phase IIa study of VX-809, an investigational CFTR corrector compound, in subjects with cystic fibrosis homozygous for the F508del-CFTR mutation. Thorax. 2011 Aug 8. Epub ahead of print.
Sung V, Beebe DW, Vandyke R, Fenchel MC, Crimmins NA, Kirk S, Hiscock H, Amin R, Wake M. Does sleep duration predict metabolic risk in obese adolescents attending tertiary services? A cross-sectional study. Sleep. 2011 Jul 1;34(7):891-8.
Sawnani H, Murugappan S, Gutmark E, Donnelly LF, Amin R, Mylavarapu G, Mihaescu M, Khosla S, Kalra M. Influence of gender on pharyngeal airway length in obese adolescents. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 2010 Dec;119(12):842-7.
Beebe DW, Ris MD, Kramer ME, Long E, Amin R. The association between sleep disordered breathing, academic grades, and cognitive and behavioral functioning among overweight subjects during middle to late childhood. Sleep. 2010 Nov 1;33(11):1447-56.
Beebe DW, Rose D, Amin R. Attention, learning, and arousal of experimentally sleep-restricted adolescents in a simulated classroom. J Adolesc Health. 2010 Nov;47(5):523-5.
McPhail GL, Weiland J, Acton JD, Ednick M, Chima A, VanDyke R, Fenchel MC, Amin RS, Seid M. Improving evidence-based care in cystic fibrosis through quality improvement. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2010 Oct;164(10):957-60.
McPhail GL, Ednick MD, Fenchel MC, VanDyke R, Chima A, Amin RS, Seid M. Improving follow-up in hospitalised children. Qual Saf Health Care. 2010 Oct;19(5):e35.
Ednick M, Cohen AP, McPhail GL, Beebe D, Simakajornboon N, Amin RS. A review of the effects of sleep during the first year of life on cognitive, psychomotor, and temperament development. Sleep. 2009 Nov 1;32(11):1449-58.
Ednick M, Tinkle BT, Phromchairak J, Egelhoff J, Amin R, Simakajornboon N. Sleep-related respiratory abnormalities and arousal pattern in achondroplasia during early infancy. J Pediatr. 2009 Oct;155(4):510-5.
McConnell K, Somers VK, Kimball T, Daniels S, VanDyke R, Fenchel M, Cohen A, Willging P, Shamsuzzaman A, Amin R. Baroreflex gain in children with obstructive sleep apnea. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2009 Jul 1;180(1):42-8.
Stacey L. Ishman, MD, MPH Surgical Director, Upper Airway Center
Surgical Director, Upper Airway Center
Associate Professor, UC Department of Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surge
BS: Biology/Vertebrate Physiology, The Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA, 1992.
BA: Political Science, The Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA, 1992.
MD: Medicine, Rush Medical College, Chicago, IL, 2000.
Internship: General Surgery, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI, 2001.
Residency: Otolaryngology, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI, 2005.
Fellowship: Pediatric Otolaryngology, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, 2006.
Advanced Training: Sleep Medicine, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, 2007.
MPH: Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD, 2010.
Barbara Chini, MD Director, Pulmonary Fellowship Program
Director, Pulmonary Fellowship Program
Assistant Cystic Fibrosis Center Director, Division of Pulmonary Medicine
Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
Fricke BL, Donnelly LF, Shott SR, Kalra M, Poe SA, Chini BA, Amin RS. Comparison of lingual tonsil size as depicted on MR imaging between children with obstructive sleep apnea despite previous tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy and normal controls. Pediatr Radiol. 2006 Jun;36(6):518-23. Epub 2006 Apr 5.
Shott SR, Amin R, Chini B, Heubi C, Hotze S, Akers R. Obstructive sleep apnea – Should all children with Down syndrome be tested? Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2006 Apr;132(4):432-436.
Mannaa M, Chini B. A case in point. A boy with shortness of breath, cough, and myalgias. J Respiratory Diseases. 2006;27(8):356-8.
Beebe DW, Wells CT, Jeffries J, Chini B, Kalra M, Amin RS. Neuropsychological Effects of Pediatric Obstructive Sleep Apnea. JINS. 2004 Nov;10(7):962-975.
Abbott MB, Donnelly LF, Dardzinski BJ, Poe SA, Chini BA, Amin RS. Obstructive Sleep Apnea: MR Imaging Volume Segmentation Analysis. Radiology. 2004 Sep;232(3):889-895.
Amin RS, Carroll J, Bean J, Jeffries J, Chini B, Bokulic R, Daniels S. Twenty Four Hour Ambulatory Blood Pressure in Children with Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2004 Apr;169(8):950-56.
Donnelly LF, Shott SR, Connor RL, Chini BA, Amin RS. Causes of Persistent Obstructive Sleep Apnea Despite Previous Tonsillectomy and Adenoidectomy in Children with Down Syndrome as Depicted on Static and Dynamic Cine MRI. AJR. 2004 Jul;183(1):175-181.
Narong Simakajornboon, MD Director, Sleep Disorders Center
Director, Sleep Disorders Center
Director, Sleep Medicine Fellowship Program
Pediatric sleep disorders; respiratory control disorders
Effect of nicotine exposure on the developing brainstem
MD: Faculty of Medicine, Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University, Thailand, 1992.
Residency: Pediatrics, Children's Hospital of Michigan, Detroit, MI.
Fellowship: Pediatric Pulmonology and Sleep Medicine, Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, LA.
Jain SV, Simakajornboon S, Shapiro SM, Morton LD, Leszczyszyn DJ, Simakajornboon N. Obstructive sleep apnea in children with epilepsy: prospective pilot trial. Acta Neurol Scand. 2011 Mar 17. Bhattacharjee R, Kheirandish-Gozal L, Spruyt K, Mitchell RB, Promchiarak J, Simakajornboon N, Kaditis AG, Splaingard D, Splaingard M, Brooks LJ, Marcus CL, Sin S, Arens R, Verhulst SL, Gozal D. Adenotonsillectomy outcomes in treatment of obstructive sleep apnea in children: a multicenter retrospective study. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2010 Sep 1;182(5):676-83. Ednick M, Cohen AP, McPhail GL, Beebe D, Simakajornboon N, Amin RS. A review of the effects of sleep during the first year of life on cognitive, psychomotor, and temperament development. Sleep. 2009 Nov 1;32(11):1449-58. Ednick M, Tinkle BT, Phromchairak J, Egelhoff J, Amin R, Simakajornboon N. Sleep-related respiratory abnormalities and arousal pattern in achondroplasia during early infancy. J Pediatr. 2009 Oct;155(4):510-5.
Reeves SR, Simakajornboon N, Gozal D. The role of nitric oxide in the neural control of breathing. Respir Physiol Neurobiol. 2008 Dec 10;164(1-2):143-50. Naqvi SK, Sotelo C, Murry L, Simakajornboon N. Sleep architecture in children and adolescents with cystic fibrosis and the association with severity of lung disease. Sleep Breath. 2008 Mar;12(1):77-83. Simakajornboon N. Periodic limb movement disorder in children. Paediatr Respir Rev. 2006;7 Suppl 1:S55-7. Simakajornboon N, Kuptanon T. Maturational changes in neuromodulation of central pathways underlying hypoxic ventilatory response. Respir Physiol Neurobiol. 2005 Nov 15;149(1-3):273-86.
Baber SR, Li H, Simakajornboon N, Kadowitz PJ, Ross-Ascuitto NT, Ascuitto RJ. Analysis of pulmonary vascular response to acute alveolar hypoxic challenge in young rabbits subjected to chronic hypoxia from birth. J Cardiovasc Pharmacol. 2005 May;45(5):431-8. Simakajornboon N, Vlasic V, Li H, Sawnani H. Effect of prenatal nicotine exposure on biphasic hypoxic ventilatory response and protein kinase C expression in caudal brain stem of developing rats. J Appl Physiol. 2004 Jun;96(6):2213-9.
Sally R. Shott, MD Pediatric Otolaryngologist
UC Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery
Sally R. Shott, MD, is a member of the American Board of Otolaryngology and specializes in treating children. Dr. Shott is affiliated with a private practice, in addition to her duties as an associate professor at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.
Dr. Shott treats children with otologic disease, sinus disease and provides airway management. She has a special interest in children with Down syndrome and the specific medical issues they face.
In addition to ongoing research, Dr. Shott performs surgery and sees patients at numerous locations, making patient care more convenient for families.
In 2006 Shott was elected the president of the Society of Ear, Nose, and Throat Advances in Children - also known as SENTAC.
Prager JD, Hopkins BS, Propst EJ, Shott SR, Cotton RT. Oropharyngeal stenosis: a complication of multilevel, single-stage upper airway surgery in children. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2010 Nov;136(11):1111-5. Wootten CT, Shott SR. Evolving therapies to treat retroglossal and base-of-tongue obstruction in pediatric obstructive sleep apnea. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2010 Oct;136(10):983-7.
Rubin LG, Papsin B; Committee on Infectious Diseases and Section on Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. Cochlear implants in children: surgical site infections and prevention and treatment of acute otitis media and meningitis. Pediatrics. 2010 Aug;126(2):381-91.
Schaaf WE Jr, Wootten CT, Donnelly LF, Ying J, Shott SR. Findings on MR sleep studies as biomarkers to predict outcome of genioglossus advancement in the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea in children and young adults. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2010 May;194(5):1204-9. Skotko BG, Kishnani PS, Capone GT; Down Syndrome Diagnosis Study Group. Prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome: how best to deliver the news. Am J Med Genet A. 2009 Nov;149A(11):2361-7. Skotko BG, Capone GT, Kishnani PS; Down Syndrome Diagnosis Study Group. Postnatal diagnosis of Down syndrome: synthesis of the evidence on how best to deliver the news. Pediatrics. 2009 Oct;124(4):e751-8.
Guimaraes CV, Donnelly LF, Shott SR, Amin RS, Kalra M. Relative rather than absolute macroglossia in patients with Down syndrome: implications for treatment of obstructive sleep apnea. Pediatr Radiol. 2008 Oct;38(10):1062-7. Guimaraes CV, Kalra M, Donnelly LF, Shott SR, Fitz K, Singla S, Amin RS. The frequency of lingual tonsil enlargement in obese children. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2008 Apr;190(4):973-5. Merrell JA, Shott SR. OSAS in Down syndrome: T&A versus T&A plus lateral pharyngoplasty. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2007 Aug;71(8):1197-203. Shott SR. Down syndrome: common otolaryngologic manifestations. Am J Med Genet C Semin Med Genet. 2006 Aug 15;142C(3):131-40.
David A. Billmire, MD, FACS, FAAP Director, Plastic Surgery
Director, Plastic Surgery
Associate Professor, UC Department of Surgery
UC Department of Pediatrics
Craniofacial problems; cleft lip and palate surgery; craniosynostosis surgery
Cellular signaling in craniosynostosis
David A. Billmire, MD, has practiced plastic surgery in the Cincinnati area since 1983. He has centered his practice around pediatric patients, although he accepts select adult patients.
He received his BS and MD from Ohio State University. He completed training in general surgery and plastic surgery at the University of Cincinnati. His fellowship training included pediatric and craniofacial surgery at the Foundation for Craniofacial Deformities at the Baylor University Hospital and Children's Hospital of Dallas, Texas and aesthetic surgery training in Miami, Fla.
Dr. Billmire is the director of Plastic Surgery at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. He has been at the forefront of craniofacial surgery, introducing craniofacial bone distraction to the Cincinnati area in 1994. He is well known and respected by his colleagues and has organized an annual regional meeting for the exchange of ideas and knowledge.
He has served as the president of the Ohio Valley Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and a as guest examiner for the qualifying exam of the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
Dr. Billmire's current clinical research centers on facial bone growth after severe burns and chemical signaling defects in craniosynostosis
MD: Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, 1975.
Residency: General Surgery, University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio; Plastic Surgery, University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio.
Fellowship: Aesthetic Surgery, Miami, Florida; Craniomaxillofacial Surgery, Baylor University Medical Center, Dallas, Texas.
Certification: Surgery, 1983; Plastic Surgery, 1985.
Christopher B. Gordon, MD
UC Department of Surgery
Maercks RA, Taylor JA, Gordon CB. Endoscopic monobloc advancement with ultrasonic osteotomy: a feasibility study. J Craniofac Surg. 2010 Mar;21(2):479-82.Taylor JA, Maercks RA, Runyan CM, Jones DC, Gordon CB. Endoscopically assisted Le Fort III osteotomy using an ultrasonic scalpel: a feasibility study in cadavers. J Craniofac Surg. 2009 Nov;20(6):2211-4.Taylor JA, Maercks RA, Jones DC, Gordon CB. Endoscopically assisted Le Fort I osteotomy using an ultrasonic scalpel: a feasibility study in cadavers. J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2009 Jul;67(7):1420-4.
Brian S. Pan, MD
Assistant Professor, UC Department of Surgery
BS: Biology, Creighton University, Omaha, NE, 2000.
MD: Creighton University School of Medicine, Omaha, NE, 2004.
Residency: Integrated Plastic Surgery Residency, University of Cincinnati. Cincinnati, OH, 2009; Chief Plastic Surgery Resident University of Cincinnati. Cincinnati, OH, 2010.
Fellowships: Aesthetic Surgery Visiting Fellowship, Miami, FL 2009; Craniofacial and Pediatric Plastic Surgery Visiting Fellowship The Hospital for Sick Children. Toronto, Ontario, 2011; Craniofacial and Pediatric Plastic Surgery Fellowship Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Cincinnati, OH, 2011.
Bookman LA, Melton KR, Pan BS, Bender PL, Chini BA, Greenberg JM, Lim FY, Saal HM, Taylor JA, Elluru RG. Neonates with tongue-based airway obstruction: A systematic review. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2011.Pan BS, Kesselring AA, Kitzmiller WJ. Lower lid subciliary blepharoplasty treatment and management. eMedicine Medscape Reference. 2011 Mar. Read online.
Pan BS, Billmire DA. Pigmented Lesions and Melanoma. In Operative Pediatric Surgery Moritz Ziegler, Thomas Weber and Richard Azizkhan (Eds.). McGraw-Hill, 2011.
Pan BS. Burn Care. In The Mont Reid Surgical Handbook Wolfgang Stehr (Ed.). 6th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Saunders, 2008.
Pan BS. Thromboembolic Prophylaxis and Management of Deep Vein Thrombosis. In The Mont Reid Surgical Handbook Wolfgang Stehr (Ed.). 6th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Saunders, 2008.
Robert J. Fleck, MD Radiologist, Department of Radiology and Medical Imaging
Radiologist, Department of Radiology and Medical Imaging
Division Chief, Cardiac MRI
Assistant Professor, UC Department of Radiology
Airway, cardiac and pulmonary imaging
Dr. Fleck did his radiology training while in the Navy. He served his final two years in the Navy as the pediatric radiologist at Naval Medical Center San Diego with additional duty as radiology department head on the hospital ship MERCY. Dr. Fleck came to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in November of 2003 to be a general pediatric radiologist and to develop the cardiac magnetic resonance imaging program. Dr. Fleck is currently the section chief for cardiac imaging and continues clinical cardiac imaging and research.
Much of Dr. Fleck’s research focuses on the cardiopulmonary system with NIH grant support to investigate the use of MRI in evaluating cystic fibrosis and a second grant to use MRI data to create a model of airway collapse in sleep apnea.
Mahmoud M, Jung D, Salisbury S, McAuliffe J, Gunter J, Patino M, Donnelly L, Fleck RJ. Effect of increasing depth of dexmedetomidine and propofol anesthesia on upper airway morphology in children/adolescents with obstructive sleep apnea. Journal of Clinical Anesthesia. In press.
Fleck RJ, Mahmoud M, McConnell K, Shott SR, Gutmark E, Amin RS. An Adverse Effect of Positive Airway Pressure on the Upper Airway Documented with Magnetic Resonance Imaging. JAMA Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery. 2013 Jun 1, 139(6):636-8.
Fleck RJ, McPhail G, Szczesniak R, Knowlton JQ, Radhakrishnan R, Clancy JP, Amin RS. Aortopulmonary Collateral Flow in Cystic Fibrosis Assessed with Phase-contrast MRI. Pediatric Radiology. Epub 2013 May 16.
Kim HK, Gottliebson WM, Hor KN, Backeljauw P, Gutmark-Little I, Salisbury SR, Racadio JM, Helton-Skally K, Fleck RJ. Cardiovascular anomalies in Turner Syndrome (TS): Spectrum, prevalence and cardiac MR imaging (CMR) findings in a pediatric and young adult population. AJR. 2011; 196:454-460.
Hagenbuch SC, Gottliebson WG, Wansapura JP, Mazur W, Fleck RJ, Banson DW, Hor KN. Detection of Progressive Cardiac Dysfunction by Serial Evaluation of Circumferential Strain in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Patients. American Journal of Cardiology. 2010 May 15;105(10):1361-1506.
Wansapura JP, Hor KN, Wojciech Mazur W, Fleck RJ, Hagenbuch SC, Benson DW, Gottliebson WM. Left Ventricular T2 Distribution in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance. 2010 Mar;12:14.
Hor KN, Wansapura JP, Markham LW, Mazur W, Cripe LH, Fleck RJ, Benson DW, Gottliebson WM. Circumferential Strain Analysis Identifies Strata of Cardiomyopathy in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy: A Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Tagging Study. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2009 Apr; 53(14):1204-10.
Wansapura JP, Fleck RJ, Crotty EC, Gottliebson WM. Frequency scouting for cardiac imaging with SSFP at 3 Tesla. Pediatr Radiol. 2006;36(10):1082-5.
Donnelly LF, Fleck RJ, Pacharn P, Ziegler MA, Fricke BL, Cotton RT. Aberrant Subclavian Artery: Cross Sectional Imaging Findings in Pediatric Patients Referred for Evaluation of Extrinsic Airway Compression. AJR. 2002; 178:1269-1274.
Fleck RJ, Pacharn P, Fricke BL, Ziegler MA, Cotton RT, Donnelly LF. Imaging Findings in Pediatric Patients with Persistent Airway Symptoms Following Surgery for Double Aortic Arch. AJR. 2002; 178:1275-1279.
RO1 Early CF Lung Disease in Humans. Co-Investigator. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Oct 2012-Oct 2016.
RO1 Dynamic Modeling of Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Down Syndrome. Co-Principal Investigator. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. 2010-2014.
Ohio Third Frontier. Co-Investigator. ODOTECH11. FY 2014.
Prediction of Sleep-Disordered Breathing Based on Airway Anatomy and Flow in Turner Syndrome Patients. Co-Investigator. CREFF. 2013-2014.
Howard M. Saal, MD, FACMG Director, Clinical Genetics
Director, Clinical Genetics
Director, Cytogenetics Laboratory
Co-Director, 22Q-VCFS Center
Craniofacial disorders, community genetics, growth disorders, 22Q-VCFS
Genetic etiologies and natural histories of craniofacial disorders and new syndrome delineation
Howard M. Saal, MD, a highly respected clinical geneticist and dysmorphologist, is the head of the section of Clinical Genetics in the Division of Human Genetics at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. In addition to being board certified in clinical genetics and pediatrics, Dr. Saal is a board certified cytogeneticist.
Early in his career, he was the Director of the Cytogenetics Laboratory at the University of Connecticut Health Center, where he was also the associate director of the Craniofacial Disorders Team.
Dr. Saal is interested in the genetic causes of craniofacial disorders, especially cleft lip and cleft palate. He also has a significant interest in the natural history of genetic conditions, and has authored or co-authored numerous publications centering on the natural history and management of various genetic conditions, with special attention to neurofibromatosis, cleft lip, cleft palate, Pierre Robin sequence and 22Q-VCFS. After leaving Connecticut, Dr. Saal went to Children's National Medical Center in Washington, DC, where he was the Vice-Chairman of the Department of Medical Genetics and co-director of the Craniofacial Center. His clinical activities included establishment of the Neurofibromatosis Clinic, the Biochemical Genetics Clinic, and the multidisciplinary Skeletal Dysplasia Clinic with his colleagues at Children's National Medical Center. His interest in community activities led to his being named to the Health Professionals Advisory Committee and later to the Board of Directors of the National Capital Area March of Dimes.
Dr. Saal joined the staff at Cincinnati Children's in 1993 as the Head of Clinical Genetics. He has been an active participant in numerous clinical settings and has established the Hereditary Cancer Program, a unique local resource for families with familial and inherited cancers.
Dr. Saal is involved in community activities and has established urban genetics outreach clinics at three sites in Hamilton County. He has also been appointed as acting director of the Craniofacial Center at Cincinnati Children's, where he continues to cultivate his interests in the care of children with craniofacial disorders.
MD: Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, 1975-1979.
Internship: University of Connecticut Integrated Program in Pediatrics, Farmington, CT, 1979-1980.
Residency: University of Connecticut Integrated Program in Pediatrics, Farmington, CT, 1980-1982.
Fellowship: University of Washington School of Medicine Division of Medical Genetics, Seattle, WA, 1982-1984.
Certification: American Board of Medical Genetics in Cytogenetics and Clinical Genetics, 1984; American Board of Pediatrics, 1985.
Zarate YA, Putnam PE, Saal HM. Intestinal malrotation in a patient with Pfeiffer syndrome type 2. Cleft Palate Craniofac J. 2010 Nov;47(6):638-41. Epub 2010 Feb 28.
Zarate YA, Martin LJ, Hopkin RJ, Bender PL, Zhang X, Saal HM. Evaluation of growth in patients with isolated cleft lip and/or cleft palate. Pediatrics. 2010 Mar;125(3):e543-9.
Knapke SC, Bender P, Prows C, Schultz JR, Saal HM. Parental perspectives of children born with cleft lip and/or palate: a qualitative assessment of suggestions for healthcare improvements and interventions. Cleft Palate Craniofac J. 2010 Mar;47(2):143-50.
Burrow TA, Saal HM, de Alarcon A, Martin LJ, Cotton RT, Hopkin RJ. Characterization of congenital anomalies in individuals with choanal atresia. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2009 Jun;135(6):543-7.
Baboiu O, Collins M, Saal HM. Hepatic mesenchymal hamartoma: cytogenetic analysis of a case and review of the literature. Pediatric Pathology 2008 Jul-Aug;11(4):295-299.
Kogan JM, Egelhoff JC, Saal HM, Interstitial deletion of 13q associated with polymicrogyria. Am J Med Genet 2008;146A(7):910-916.
Kotsopoulos J, Lubinski J, Lynch HT, Klijn J, Ghadirian P, Neuhausen SL, Kim-Sing C, Foulkes WD, Moller P, Isaacs C, Domchek S, Randall S, Offit K, Tung N, Ainsworth P, Gershoni-Baruch R, Eisen A, Daly M, Karlan B, Saal HM, Couch F, Pasini B, Wagner T, Friedman E, Rennert G, Eng C, Weitzel J, Sun P, Narod SA; The Hereditary Breast Cancer Clinical Study Group. Age at first birth and the risk of breast cancer in BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutation carriers. Breast Cancer Res Treat 2007;10(2)5:221-228.
Friedman, E, Kotsopoulos, J, Lubinski, J, Lynch, HT, Paviz, G, Neuhausen, SL, Isaacs, C, Weber, B, Foulkes, WD, Moller, P, Rosen, B, Kim-Sing, C, Gershoni-Baruch, R, Ainsworth, P, Daly, M, Tung, N, Eisen, A, Olopade, OI, Karlan, B, Saal, HM, Garber, JE, Rennert, G, Gilchrist, D, Eng, C, Offit, K, Osborne, M, Sun, P, Narod, SA. Spontaneous and therapeutic abortions and the risk of breast cancer among BRCA mutation carriers. Breast Cancer Res. 2006;8(2):R15.
Gronwald, J, Tung, N, Offit, K, Gershoni, R, Daly, M, Kim-Sing, C, Olsson, H, Ainsworth, P, Eisen, A,Saal, H, Friedman, E, Olopade, O, Osborne, M, Weitzel, J, Lynch, H, Ghadirian, P, Lubinski, J, Sun P, Narod, SA al. (2006). Tamoxifen and contralateral breast cancer in BRCA1 and BRCA2 carriers: an update. Int J Cancer. 2006;118(9): 2281-4.
Sonya G. Oppenheimer, MD Pediatrician, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Pediatrician, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Director, Thomas Center for Down Syndrome
Emerita, UC Department of Pediatrics
Sonya Oppenheimer, MD, has been committed to the field of developmental disabilities her entire professional career. She recently retired as director of the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, and director of the University Affiliated Cincinnati Center for Developmental Disorders, which was established in 1946 and is recognized nationally and internationally as a center for children with developmental problems.
The Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics provides interdisciplinary training programs funded by the Maternal Child Health Bureau for the past 27 years. The center is also recognized for its community outreach programs, clinical service programs, diagnosis and treatment program, and research programs.
Dr. Oppenheimer is recognized as an expert in spina bifida and has been director of the UACCDD multidisciplinary spina bifida program established in 1965. She has served on the professional advisory board of the Spina Bifida Association of America and the Cincinnati Spina Bifida Association.
Under her direction, Dr. Oppenheimer co-sponsored three International conferences on Spina Bifida. Along with Marlene Lutkenhoff, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics Clinic nurse specialist, Dr. Oppenheimer recently co-authored a book for teenagers and young adults, Spinabilities -- A Young Person's Guide to Spina Bifida, and a new book titled Children with Spina Bifida -- A Parent's Guide is in press for families and professionals.
Dr. Oppenheimer has served on the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on children with disabilities and currently chairs the Ohio Department of Health Committee on children with disabilities and the joint Myelomeningocele Committee. She serves as the governor appointed pediatrician on the State Early Intervention Council.
Dr. Oppenheimer joined the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center in 1969. Prior to being appointed director of the division, she served as the director of the Department of Pediatrics of the Cincinnati Center for Developmental Disorders.
Dr. Oppenheimer attended Radcliff College Boston, Mather College Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, and earned her medical degree from Case Western Reserve University. She had a developmental fellowship at Case Western Reserve University under the direction of Dr. Benjamin Spock and Dr. John Kennell.
Schorry E, Oppenheimer SG, Saal HM. Valproate embryopathy: clinical and cognitive profile in 5 siblings. Am J Med Genet A. 2005 Mar 1;133A(2):202-6.
Oppenheimer S, Dignan P, Soukup S. Partial trisomy 20p: familial occurrence. Am J Med Genet. 2000 Dec 11;95(4):316-9.
Davidovitch M, Manning-Courtney P, Hartmann LA, Watson J, Lutkenhoff M, Oppenheimer S. The prevalence of attentional problems and the effect of methylphenidate in children with myelomeningocele. Pediatr Rehabil. 1999 Jan-Mar;3(1): 29-35.
Ris MD, Ammerman RT, Waller N, Walz N, Oppenheimer S, Brown TM, Enrile BG, Yeates KO. Taxonicity of nonverbal learning disabilities in spina bifida. J Int Neuropsychol Soc. 2007 Jan;13(1):50-8.
Schorry EK, Oppenheimer SG, Saal HM. Valproate embryopathy: clinical and cognitive profile in 5 siblings. Am J Med Genet A. 2005 Mar 1;133A(2):202-6.
Oppenheimer S, Dignan P, Soukup S. Partial trisomy 20p: familial occurrence. Am J Med Genet. 2000 Dec 11;95(4):316-9. Review.
Davidovitch M, Manning-Courtney P, Hartmann LA, Watson J, Lutkenhoff M, Oppenheimer S. The prevalence of attentional problems and the effect of methylphenidate in children with myelomeningocele. Pediatr Rehabil. 1999 Jan-Mar;3(1):29-35.
Lanphear N, Lamb A, Oppenheimer S, Soukup S. Supernumerary chromosome marker (1) in a developmentally delayed child. Am J Med Genet. 1995 Jul 3;57(3):400-2.
Yassin MS, Sanyurah S, Lierl MB, Fischer TJ, Oppenheimer S, Cross J, O'Brien K, Steinmetz C, Khoury J. Evaluation of latex allergy in patients with meningomyelocele. Ann Allergy. 1992 Sep;69(3):207-11.
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