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.
PhD: University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, 1972-76.
PhD: Biochemistry, Thesis Advisor: T.L. Steck, MD, Thesis: "Pyruvate Flux Across The Isolated Human Erythrocyte Membrane."
MD: University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, 1972-78.
Internship: Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina, 1978-79.
Residency: Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina, 1979-81.
Fellowship Neonatology: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Children's Hospital Medical Center, 1981-83.
Certification: Pediatrics, 1983; Sub-board Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, 1983.
Hypotension in ELBW infants; EMR
Newborn Intensive Care NICU, Neonatology, Perinatal
Processing of surfactant protein C
Neonatology, Pulmonary Biology
Buprenorphine pharmacotherapy for the management of neonatal abstinence syndrome in methadone-exposed neonates. 2019; 1:33-38.
Comparison of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Treatment with Sublingual Buprenorphine versus Conventional Opioids. American Journal of Perinatology. 2018; 35:405-412.
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