Beena D. Kamath-Rayne, MD, MPH

Attending Neonatologist, Neonatology and Pulmonary Biology

Global Health Center

Academic Affiliations

Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Phone 513-803-1606

Fax 513-636-0171


Perinatal epidemiology and public health; global health

Dr. Kamath-Rayne is doing collaborative research with maternal-fetal medicine on preterm birth, fetal maturity, and biomarker discovery in amniotic fluid, with the hopes of developing less invasive tests of fetal maturity. She has a provisional patent for this work. She has received a BIRCWH K12, OMICS K12, and Perinatal Institute Pilot and Feasibility awards 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 is jointly appointed in Global Health and serves on the American Academy of Pediatrics Helping Babies Survive Planning Group. She is the associate editor for the 2nd Edition of Helping Babies Breathe (HBB), a global curriculum in neonatal resuscitation, and contributing editor to Essential Care for Small Babies and the Helping Mothers and Babies Survive Quality Improvement Workbook. She is collaborating on several research studies of HBB around the world. With Dr. Alan Jobe, she has served as 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. Finally, she does research on educational outcomes of teaching neonatal resuscitation to pediatric residents.

MD: Georgetown University, Washington, DC, 2000.

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

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

MPH: Colorado School of Public Health, Aurora, CO, 2008.

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Berkelhamer SK, Kamath-Rayne BD, Niermeyer S. Neonatal Resuscitation in Low-Resource Settings. Clin Perinatol. 2016;43(3):573-591.

Kamath-Rayne BD, Rozance PJ, Goldenberg RL, Jobe AH. Antenatal corticosteroids beyond 34 weeks: What do we do now? Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2016.

Kamath-Rayne BD, Du Y, Hughes M, Wagner E, Muglia LJ, DeFranco EA, Whitsett JA, Salomonis N, Xu Y. Systems biology evaluation of cell-free amniotic fluid transcriptome of term and preterm infants to detect fetal maturity. BMC Med Genomics. 2015;8(1):67.

Seto TL, Tabangin ME, Josyula S, Taylor KK, Vasquez JC, Kamath-Rayne BD. Educational outcomes of Helping Babies Breathe training at a community hospital in Honduras. Perspect Med Educ. 2015;4(5):225-32.

Kamath-Rayne BD, Griffin JB, Moran K, Jones B, Downs A, McClure EM, Goldenberg RL, Rouse D, Jobe AH. Resuscitation and obstetrical care to reduce intrapartum-related neonatal death: A MANDATE study. Matern Child Health J. 2015;12(Suppl 2):S13.

Hall ES, Folger AT, Kelly E, Kamath-Rayne BD. Impact of gestational age estimate method on the calculation of preterm birth rates. Matern Child Health J. 2014;18(3):755-62.

Kamath BD, Marcotte, MP, DeFranco, EA. Neonatal morbidity after documented fetal lung maturity in late preterm and early term infants. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2011; 204: 518.e1-e8.

Kamath BD, MacGuire ER, McClure EM, Goldenberg RL, Jobe AH. Neonatal mortality from respiratory distress syndrome: a historical review with lessons for low-resource countries. Pediatrics. 2011; 127(6):1139-46.

Kamath BD, Todd JK, Glazner JE, Lezotte D, Lynch AM. Neonatal outcomes after elective Cesarean section. Obstetr Gynecol. 2009; 113(6): 1231-1238. *Required reading for Maintenance of Certification for American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 2010.

Kamath BD, Box TL, Simpson M, Hernández J. Infants born at the threshold of viability in relation to neonatal mortality: Colorado, 1991 to 2003. J Perinatol. 2008; 28(5): 354-360.

Prediction of Fetal Maturity Using Novel Biomarkers from Cell Free Amniotic Fluid Transcriptome. Principal Investigator. National Institutes of Health OMICS K12. Nov 2014-Oct 2016.

Development of improved methods for predicting fetal maturity. Principal Investigator. Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center Shared Facilities Discovery Award. Dec 2015-Dec 2016.

Prediction of Fetal Maturity Using Novel Biomarkers from Cell- Free Amniotic Fluid Transcriptome. Principal Investigator. Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center--Center for Pediatric Genomics Pilot Grant. Jul 2016-Jun 2017.

Retention of neonatal resuscitation skills in pediatric residents. Principal Investigator. Perinatal Institute Pilot and Feasibility Grant. Jul 2015-Jun 2017.