I am a physician in the Division of Neonatology where I regularly care for newborns in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). I also serve as the medical director of the NICU Follow-up Clinic, where we manage the difficult transition from the NICU to a healthy home environment.
I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology from The Ohio State University, attended the University of Cincinnati Medical School and completed my pediatric residency as well as my neonatology fellowship at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.
My research centers on defining the best early interventions to minimize long-term lung disease and maximize nutrition and growth. Our team is also working to define an ideal array of developmental measures in the first few years of life that will help identify problems as early as possible. This research intends to expand interventions that will improve neurodevelopmental outcomes and enhance how telemedicine is incorporated into NICU follow-up.
My younger sister was in a NICU, and since then I’ve been passionate about improving the health and welfare of newborns. This event, plus my clinical experience and my familiarity with having one of my own children in the NICU, has driven me to not only want the best for my patients but the best for their families as well.
As the NICU Follow-up Clinic Medical Director, I have strengthened the support our group provides by continuing to expand to new sites throughout the Cincinnati area as well as maintaining 24-hours a day accessibility for parents in need. This access allows the clinic to coordinate care for a baby's whole health rather than just one aspect of their condition.
I’m a mother of a son and twin daughters. In my free time, I enjoy quilting, scrapbooking and baking.
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.
NICU Follow-up Clinic; telemedicine use in the follow-up clinic; quality improvement processes - inpatient and outpatient
Neurodevelopmental outcomes in NICU graduates
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Early-Life Outcomes in Relation to Social Determinants of Health for Children Born Extremely Preterm. The Journal of Pediatrics. 2023; 259:113443.
Incidence of and Neurodevelopmental Outcomes After Late-Onset Meningitis Among Children Born Extremely Preterm. JAMA Network Open. 2022; 5:e2245826.
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Early micro- and macrostructure of sensorimotor tracts and development of cerebral palsy in high risk infants. Human Brain Mapping. 2021; 42:4708-4721.
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