The research area I am most interested in is the neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome (NOWS). The type of issues that my colleagues and I are attempting to solve include lowering the length of hospital stay and reducing the opioid exposure among this infant patient population.
I was led to this specific research area because it has become a major problem nationwide and has specifically been a significant issue in the state of Kentucky, where I have worked.
The patient care I specialize in includes neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome. This work is with infants who have faced opioid exposure in the womb. I was inspired to become a healthcare provider and work with infants because I enjoy being hands-on and taking care of tiny babies and their parents.
I received funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to pursue my research with infants exposed to opioids in the womb.
I have more than 35 years of experience in neonatology. I first began working at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital as a neonatology fellow in 1981. My research has been published in several journals, including American Journal of Perinatology: Neonatal and Maternal-Fetal Medicine and The Journal of Pediatrics.