NAS Universal Training Solution: Faculty and Steering Committee

Ronald Abrahams M Ronald Abrahams MD is a family physician in Vancouver. He is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Family Practice at the University of British Columbia and Medical Director of Perinatal Addictions at British Columbia Women’s Hospital as well as consultant physician at the Sheway Program. Dr. Abrahams is the founding Medical Director of the FIR (Families In Recovery) Rooming in program at British Columbia Women’s Hospital−the first of its kind in North America. read more

Since its inception 10 years ago, over 1200 women, infants, and families have benefited from this program. The unit has been named a “leading practice” by the Canadian Council of Health Accreditation, cited in the 2007 Kroeger Award for improving outcomes. During the last 27 years Dr. Abrahams has been recognized as an invited speaker nationally and internationally to present evidenced-based harm reduction guidelines and protocols for women with problematic substance use in pregnancy. He is an Associate of the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia and a clinical investigator with the Women’s Health Research Institute and a consultant to the Austria-American Institute and the Open Society Institute. Dr. Abrahams received the 2008 Kaiser Foundation National Award for Excellence in Leadership for Harm Reduction Programs.

Erica AsselinErica Asselin has both personal and professional experience with substance exposed newborns (SENs). For the past three years, Erica has worked as a peer-support specialist to families affected by addiction and parenting SENs. During those three years, Erica has used her experience to train providers, including medical professionals on how to better serve this population to help promote more prositive outcomes for babies and families. She has spoken at numerous conferences, trainings, webinars and spoke on a televised broadcast on this topic.

Jennifer BatzaJennifer Batza is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has worked to optimize maternal and child health with refugees, immigrants, and families from socioeconomically diverse Chicagoland communities. She provides emotional support to women and families during mood disorders and interpersonal challenges, high risk pregnancy, premature delivery, fetal anomaly, fetal/infant demise, prolonged hospitalization, and pregnancy with substance dependence. read more

Her clinical duties at the hospitals and in private practice include options counseling, perinatal end-of-life care, bereavement and crisis support, motivation to treatment, and facilitating holistic prenatal care as a preventive child welfare intervention. Her research interests include access to mental healthcare, patient-healthcare provider communication, bioethics of prematurity/resuscitation/end-of-life decisions in pediatric context, informed consent, health literacy in obstetrics and pediatrics, and disparities in healthcare. Her experiences as a mother and a social worker have educated her in the struggles and gifts that sprout in the space between plan and implementation. She loves supporting families as they grow with pregnancy.

Krisanna Deppen MD Krisanna Deppen MD is board certified in Family Medicine and Addiction Medicine. After graduating from Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine, she completed her family medicine residency at Grant Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio. She completed an Addiction Medicine Fellowship at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle Washington where her passion for caring for pregnant women with substance abuse disorder began. read more

She currently works at OhioHealth-Grant Medical Center working with the family medicine residency and the inpatient pain management team. Her clinical practice focuses on the care of pregnant women with opioid dependence and their newborns.

Franck Linda Franck RN, PhD, FRCPCH, FAAN Professor & Chair, Department of Family Health Care Nursing at the University of California. Dr. Franck’s program of research focuses on health care for acutely and chronically ill infants and children, in primary, secondary and tertiary care settings, with a particular emphasis on pain assessment and management. read more

This includes research on the assessment and management of side effects of analgesia and sedation, as well as investigation of the long term consequences of pain and pain treatments on the developing child and family. Her most recent research highlights the information needs of parents and suggests innovative strategies for enhancing the partnership between parents and professionals to ensure children receive optimal health care before, during and after a child’s hospitalization.

 Munish Gupta MD Munish Gupta MD is a Neonatologist and Quality Improvement Director for the Department of Neonatology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He is also the co-chair of the Neonatal Quality Improvement Collaborative of Massachusetts (NeoQIC), an organization founded to foster joint quality improvement projects among the state’s NICUs. NeoQIC includes participation of all of the NICUs in Massachusetts, and the group has made exciting progress in a number of QI initiatives including Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome.

Sarah Heil, Ph.D Sarah Heil PhD is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology at the University of Vermont. Dr. Heil earned her Ph.D. from Dartmouth College in 1997, then pursued a National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) postdoctoral fellowship in fetal alcohol syndrome research at Wayne State University. Thereafter, she completed a National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) postdoctoral fellowship in behavioral pharmacology at the University of Vermont and joined the faculty there in 2002. read more

Funded by NIDA, her research interests include the behavioral and pharmacological processes involved in substance use disorders, with a special focus on pregnant and recently postpartum women and their infants. She has more than 90 publications to her credit and has received several honors and awards for research excellence, including recent election to Fellow in the American Psychological Association.

Linda Helsley Linda Helsley RN, MSN, CNS has worked in neonatal services for over 30 years with 15 years in Level III NICUs as a staff RN and transport nurse at Oregon Health & Sciences University and as the NICU Family Care Coordinator at Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland, Oregon. Her NICU work was strongly influenced by a NICU parent perspective after the birth of a 28-week daughter. read more

The most recent 15 years were as the Oregon Regional Director of Newborn Services for Providence Health & Services with focused work on quality and safety initiatives for 7 Oregon hospitals and 34 system hospitals in the Pacific Northwest. Publications include a report on addressing in-hospital newborn falls in the Joint Commission Journal of Quality & Patient Safety.

Elisabeth Holland, RNC Elisabeth Holland RNC-e was born and raised in England and immigrated to the United States in 1976. She obtained her RN credential in the US, and later completed training at Georgetown University as a neonatal nurse practitioner. Ms. Holland is certified both in case management and as a childbirth educator. She is an experienced parenting educator, with certification from the ChildTrauma Academy in Houston, Texas.read more

She has a special interest in bonding and attachment in maltreated children. Ms. Holland has served as both an educator and a clinician in a variety of international settings: Albania, Haiti, Mexico, Russia, Georgia, Kazakstan and Hungary. She has lectured and taught at many conferences and seminars, both national and international. In 1999 Ms. Holland founded and developed a non-profit corporation, Project Matthew, which works with young mothers and those with high-risk pregnancies, often complicated by incarceration, homelessness, substance abuse and/or domestic violence. The programs provided include comprehensive case management, parenting and life skills education, and support to these high-risk mothers in order to empower them to adopt healthy parenting practices. In 2011, Project Matthew was invited by the city of Dallas in collaboration with Nexus Recovery Center, in assisting in the administration of the Second Chance Act Family-Based Prisoner Substance Abuse (SA) Treatment Grant (DOJ). This grant required a special focus on family reunification/support during substance abuse treatment. Ms. Holland holds a BA degree in biblical studies from Jacksonville Theological Seminary. She is a board certified faith-based clinical therapist and counselor, certified pastoral counselor and certified anger management specialist. Ms. Holland is continuing graduate studies, majoring in prenatal/perinatal psychology at Santa Barbara Graduate Institute in California.

Mark Hudak Mark Hudak MD is a tenured Professor of Pediatrics and is Board Certified in Perinatal-Neonatal Medicine. He earned his medical degree at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, where he also completed his Pediatrics residency and neonatology fellowship.read more

Dr. Hudak served on the Faculty at Johns Hopkins and was an Associate Professor at the State University of New York at Buffalo and Medical Director of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Children’s Hospital of Buffalo. He joined the UF College of Medicine – Jacksonville in 1995 as a Professor of Pediatrics and Chief of the Division of Neonatology. He currently serves as Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics and Associate Dean for Managed Care, and continues to serve as Division Chief in Neonatology and Medical Director of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Wolfson Children’s Hospital. Dr. Hudak is a versatile and productive academic researcher in clinical neonatology and community outreach and has publications in the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, Pediatrics, and other prestigious journals. He served as the Lead Investigator for the NIH National Children’s Study in Baker County, Florida from 2008-2013 and oversaw a project that exceeded its goals for recruitment, retention, and data quality. Dr. Hudak was a founding member of the FDA Pediatric Advisory Subcommittee and was appointed in 2013 to the FDA Pediatric Advisory Committee and the Neonatology Subcommittee. He was a member of the AAP Committee on Drugs for seven years and in 2014 was selected to chair the AAP Committee on Child Health Finance. He sits on the Florida Medicaid Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee. He was chosen as the first Robert C. Nuss Scholar of the Year for the UF College of Medicine – Jacksonville in 2011. He remains an active clinical member of the team of highly trained, Board Certified Neonatologists that provides 24-hour care at Jacksonville’s two Level Ill Neonatal Intensive Care Units at UF Health Jacksonville and Wolfson Children’s Hospital, as well as other hospitals in Jacksonville and the surrounding region.

 Lauren Jansson, MD Lauren Jansson MD is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland. She is a developmental pediatrician and the Director of Pediatrics at the Center for Addiction and Pregnancy, a multidisciplinary, comprehensive care treatment facility for pregnant and postpartum drug dependent women and their children. read more

She has provided pediatric care exclusively to drug-exposed infants and children. Her principal areas of research are methadone maintenance and lactation, fetal neurobehavioral development in drug dependent women, and neonatal abstinence syndrome resulting from in utero opiate exposure. Dr. Jansson has contributed to numerous publications on the subject of neonatal abstinence syndrome including the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine Guidelines for Breastfeeding and the Drug-Dependent Woman. Breastfeeding Medicine 2009;4(4):225-228. Dr. Jansson is currently funded with an NIH and NIDA grant evaluating the fetal and infant effects of maternal buprenorphine treatment.

Kaltenbach Karol Kaltenbach PhD* is a Professor of Pediatrics and Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior and the Director of Maternal Addiction Treatment, Education and Research (MATER), a division of the Department of Pediatrics, Jefferson Medical College. MATER includes “Family Center”, a comprehensive intensive outpatient treatment program for pregnant and parenting opioid dependent women; “My Sister’s Place”, a long-term residential treatment program for women and children; and a research component. read more

Family Center has provided the prototype both nationally and internationally for the management of opioid dependency during pregnancy and the treatment of neonatal abstinence. She is a member of the College on Problems of Drug Dependence and has been the principle investigator of grants from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. She was the principal investigator at the Jefferson site for the NIDA MOTHER clinical trial comparing the use of buprenorphine and methadone in the treatment of opioid dependence during pregnancy. Dr. Kaltenbach is the lead principal investigator of the MOTHER developmental follow-up study, and is a co-investigator of a NIDA funded clinical trial investigating the use of buprenorphine in the treatment of neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS). Dr. Kaltenbach is an internationally recognized expert in the field of maternal addiction and has published extensively on the management of opioid dependence during pregnancy and NAS. She co-authored the 1992 publication of the Neonatal Abstinence Score with Loretta Finnegan and in addition to the NEJM publication of the MOTHER primary results, she has published secondary analyses of MOTHER data examining predictors of treatment for NAS and differences in the profile of NAS signs as a function of prenatal methadone or buprenorphine exposure. She has participated in the development of national guidelines for the management of opioid dependent pregnant women and their neonates in Australia and Norway.

Kraft Walter K. Kraft MS, MD* is Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, Director, Clinical Research Unit, Faculty, College of Graduate Studies, and Vice Chair, Institutional Review Board Committee at Jefferson Medical College. Dr. Kraft has expertise in the clinical, regulatory, and managerial aspects of Phase 1 drug development. His research interests include: phase one clinical trials, clinical pharmacology and treatment of neonatal abstinence syndrome.

Marcellus Lenora Marcellus RN, BSN, MN, PhD* is an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Victoria (UVIC). She began working as an RN in the NICU in 1986 and since then has served in multiple capacities, including clinical nurse specialist, administrator, and strategic planner, both in hospital, health authority and provincial government settings related to maternal-infant care. read more

Dr. Marcellus has a long-standing interest in the issue of perinatal substance use and neonatal withdrawal. She developed a specialized training program in 1997 for foster parents who care for infants with prenatal substance exposure in British Columbia (http://www.fpsss.com/safe_babies_program.html). This program is currently being adapted and implemented in Alberta, and was the recipient of the 2010 Sick Kids Rotman Innovation in Pediatric Home Care Award. Dr. Marcellus has also been involved with developing specialized programs for pregnant women with addictions and other complex social challenges. The HerWay Home program has been recently launched in Victoria with the support of the Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island. She is a member of the Canada FASD Research Network team on the prevention of FASD. Additionally, Dr. Marcellus has also recently completed the Quality Academy through the British Columbia Patient Safety and Quality Council and is a representative for University of Victoria on the British Columbia Health Quality Network and the British Columbia Academic Health Council Working Group on Quality and Safety in Post-Secondary Health Professional Programs.

Matthew NiednerMatthew Niedner MD
received his medical degree at the University of Chicago, completed residency at UCSD, and finished a critical care fellowship at the San Diego Naval Medical Center and Rady Children’s Hospital. He has been boarded in pediatrics, internal medicine, pediatric critical care, and hospice and palliative medicine.read more

His academic interests focus on operationalizing principles of healthcare quality and safety. Dr. Niedner is the Director of Quality and Safety in the PICU at Mott Children’s Hospital at the University of Michigan. He sits on the Clinical Quality Committee of the Children’s Hospital. He is the physician lead for the CHA’s PICU Focus Group collaborating on best practice research, and he is on the advisory board for the Virtual PICU System. As faculty for the CHA PICU Collaborative to Eradicate Central Line Infections, he helps oversee more than 50 PICUs across the country where his main role is educating participants in the science of quality and safety.

Patrick Stephen W. Patrick MD, MPH, MS* is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Neonatology and a Scholar within the Center for Health Services Research at Vanderbilt University. Dr. Patrick is focused on improving public health systems to optimize maternal and child health. He is a health services researcher with focus in Medicaid policy, eliminating healthcare-associated infections and improving the quality of care delivered to substance-exposed newborns including those having drug withdrawal (neonatal abstinence syndrome). read more

His neonatal abstinence syndrome research focuses on 1) understanding national trends in healthcare utilization patterns, 2) understanding variation in hospital care, 3) understanding readmission risk following initial birth hospitalization and 4) understanding the impact of different antenatal exposures on development of the syndrome. He serves as Senior Science Policy Advisor to the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. He is a member of the scientific advisory committee and is co-author of the improvement toolkit for an international effort to improve care delivered to infants with neonatal abstinence syndrome and their families through the Vermont Oxford Network. Dr. Patrick’s awards include the American Medical Association Foundation Excellence in Medicine Leadership Award and the Academic Pediatric Association Fellow Research Award. He is a graduate of the University of Florida, Florida State University College of Medicine, Harvard School of Public Health, University of Michigan and is a former Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar.

PendenzaNicole Pendenza RNC-NIC, BSN is the Director of Maternal Child Health Services at The Mom’s Place, Special Care Nursery and Family Care Suites at Catholic Medical Center in Manchester, New Hampshire. Nicole has been certified in high-risk neonatal nursing for over 17 years. She started her career at Boston Medical Center’s post-partum unit before moving into the level III NICU, where she spent the next 16 years as an expert nurse, Neonatal Resuscitation Instructor and a certified PICC line nurse. read more

Nicole remains an engaged clinician in both the Mom’s Place and the Special Care Nursery. Nicole was an integral part of the team that launched the innovative model of care known as NICU Couplet Care along with ground-breaking family-centered care. NICU Couplet Care allows for the recovering post-partum mother to receive her care in the same room, and by the same nurse, as her infant who requires intensive care. This model of care has proven to greatly improve outcomes for neonatal abstinence syndrome, and Catholic Medical Center is among the best in the nation for family engagement and decreased length of stay. Nicole has presented the NICU couplet care model at the National Association of Neonatal Nurses and Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN). Nicole was an essential collaborator for the design and construction of the brand new unit which remains one of a kind in the U.S today. She is a 2013 AWHONN Emerging Leader, which is a prestigious training program that is designed to recruit high potential leaders and provide fast track development, highlighting leadership and business skills through experiential learning and training. Nicole is a master trainer of Team Stepps, and is an active member of the NH chapter AWHONN coordinating team. Nicole received a bachelor’s degree in biology in 1992 and a bachelor of science in nursing in 1996 from Salem State College and is actively pursuing her master’s degree in patient safety and quality at Southern New Hampshire University.

Alan PicarilloAlan Picarillo MD eceived his medical degree from University of Massachusetts in 1998 and completed his pediatric residency at UMassMemorial in Worcester, MA. He completed a fellowship in neonatal-perinatal medicine at UMassMemorial in 2001. He is board certified in pediatrics and neonatal-perinatal medicine.read more

Dr. Picarillo became the NICU quality officer in 2005 and the medical director of the UMassMemorial NICU in 2012. He has been involved in several quality improvement projects in both the NICU and the well infant nursery. He also is the hospital-based liaison for Vermont Oxford Network and past president of the New England Association of Neonatologists. In addition, he is the co-director of the Massachusetts Neonatal Quality Improvement Collaborative (MassNeoQIC), a collaborative of the nine level 3 NICUs in the state and is involved in many projects and multi-site studies.

In addition to his clinical work as a neonatologist at the UMassMemorial level 3 NICU and the St. Vincent Hospital level 2 NICU, he is involved in the creation, implementation and data analysis of all quality improvement efforts in newborn medicine. His areas of interest include implementation of LEAN methodology for quality improvement projects, reduction of hospital acquired infections, and the introduction of statistical process control (SPC) measures to clinicians. He has much experience teaching newborn resuscitation both in the United States and in Liberia. He has introduced and facilitated the instruction of Helping Babies Breath curriculum to more than 400 health care providers in Monrovia, Liberia. He has also been involved in teaching newborn medicine topics in resource poor areas such as Liberia, Haiti and Ecuador.

Schumacher Robert Schumacher MD* is a Professor of Pediatrics and neonatologist at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He is the Medical Director of the Brandon NICU at the University of Michigan. He holds a certificate in medical education from the University of Michigan and a certificate in How to teach Evidence Based Medicine from McMaster University. read more

He participated in the University of Michigan’s Lean Healthcare initiative, receiving training in how to apply lean concepts, tools and techniques in the healthcare enterprise. As a clinical investigator Dr. Schumacher has participated in multiple studies ranging from the use of ECMO in full term infants to artificial surfactant therapy in VVLBW infants. He leads multiple quality improvement projects including standardizing the treatment of narcotic-exposed infants, and has presented results at an international conference. He and his coauthor, Dr Stephen Patrick collaborated on a recent paper “Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome and Associated Health Care Expenditures: United States, 2000-2009” JAMA online first April 30 2012. His interests include the role of anecdotes in medicine, evidence-based medicine, and medical decision-making.

Amy SommerAmy Sommer MSW
is a clinical coordinator at the Center for Early Relationship Support (CERS ®), a center of excellence for direct services, training, supervision, and consultation that focus on the earliest infant-parent relationships. read more

CERS is housed at Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Greater Boston. Ms. Sommer has trained and practiced in multiple attachment-based interventions for infants and parents; most recently, in child-parent psychotherapy, a dyadic evidence-based intervention for young children and their care-givers who have experienced traumatic life events. Ms. Sommer has practiced and supervised in home-based, healthcare, and residential treatment settings. She has provided training to other practitioners at the local and national level on clinical intervention and assessment. Her particular areas of interest include attachment-based interventions, treatment for substance-using parents and their infants, interventions for perinatal depression, practice with adolescent parent and program evaluation.

ValezMartha Velez MD is the Parenting Coordinator, Instructor in Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Velez has worked for 20 years at the Center for Addiction and Pregnancy of The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She is the coordinator of a program funded by the American Academy of Pediatrics that developed and implemented a parenting training program for substance abusing mothers.read more

Dr. Velez is Principal Investigator of a grant funded by Health Resources Service Administration that developed and implemented a program for screening, assessing and intervening substance abusing mothers exposed to violence. She has participated in national and international conferences related to perinatal substance abuse with emphasis in non-pharmacologic interventions for the mother/child dyad affected by prenatal substance abuse. Other areas of expertise include trauma and addiction, domestic violence and development of the fetus/child affected by prenatal substance exposure.

Bonny WhalenBonny Whalen MD is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. Dr. Whalen received her MD degree from the University of Vermont College of Medicine and completed her Pediatrics Residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA. She then spent six years as a general pediatrician and newborn hospitalist at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, WI before moving back to New England in 2005.read more

She has spent the last 8+ years as a general pediatrician specializing in newborn care, working as a newborn / pediatric hospitalist and Newborn Nursery Medical Director at the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth / Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Dr. Whalen is co-leading quality improvement efforts in her hospital and region to improve care for newborns at risk for and/or with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome. Her work focuses on increasing staff consistency in NAS scoring, improving family involvement in care of their newborns, empowering families to best care for their newborns through prenatal education and in-hospital support, and increasing breastfeeding rates in this vulnerable population through encouraging abstinence prenatally and communicating with a mother’s outpatient treatment provider and the baby’s medical home to ensure safe breastfeeding after discharge. Dr. Whalen is currently co-leading a qualitative study on the hospital experience of families as it relates to a mother’s opiate exposure in pregnancy and care of her newborn postnatally. Dr. Whalen has also performed extensive outreach education in her region on care of the opiate-exposed newborn and evidence-based perinatal breastfeeding support.

John ZupancicJohn Zupancic MD, ScD is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and Director of the Harvard Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship Training Program. Following medical and pediatrics training at McMaster University, he completed a fellowship in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at Harvard Medical School and received his Doctorate in Health Policy from the Harvard School of Public Health. read more

Dr. Zupancic’s research seeks to improve the efficiency with which scarce resources are used in improving the health of children, and in particular, newborns. His work has focused on performing and improving the validity of economic evaluations alongside neonatal clinical trials, and on the use of computer modeling to determine best practice when evidence is currently lacking or where empirical studies are infeasible. In addition to his research work, Dr. Zupancic served as leader of the Value Initiative for the Vermont Oxford Network’s Neonatal Intensive Care Quality Improvement Collaborative and as the District One Representative to the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Perinatal Pediatrics Executive Committee. Dr. Zupancic is a recipient of the Merton R. Bernfield Award for Excellence in Mentoring from the Harvard Medical School Division of Newborn Medicine.

 

 

Madge Buus-Frank Madge Buus-Frank DNP, APRN-BC, FAAN** serves as Director of Quality Improvement and Education at the Vermont Oxford Network and has been actively engaged in neonatal care for over three decades. Madge is an honors graduate from Boston College and the University of Connecticut, where she recently earned her Doctorate in nursing. Her doctoral dissertation focused on evaluating the effectiveness and stability of Helping Babies Breathe in Zambia. read more

Madge is an internationally recognized educator and consultant. Prior to her role at VON, she collaborated on the design, development, and execution of innovative educational and clinical solutions for newborn intensive care units and health systems nationally and internationally. Madge was the founding Editor-in-Chief for Advances in Neonatal Care: The Official Journal of the National Association of Neonatal Nursing, a peer-reviewed publication dedicated to advancing the art and science of neonatal care, serving for five years in this capacity. Madge was recently inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN) for her pioneering work in the field of neonatal care.

Jeffrey HorbarJeffrey D. Horbar MD* is a board-certified neonatologist and clinical scientist with extensive experience in clinical research and its application to the improvement of neonatal care. He is currently a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Vermont College of Medicine, Chief Executive and Scientific Officer of the Vermont Oxford Network, Associate Editor of Pediatrics, and Co-Editor of the Neonatal Review Group of the Cochrane Collaboration.read more

Dr. Horbar has been responsible for the development of the Vermont Oxford Network Database which is used by over 900 NICUs around the world to monitor and improve outcomes for very low birth weight infants. He is the leader of the quality improvement initiatives of the Vermont Oxford Network including the National Evidence-Based Quality Improvement Collaborative for Neonatology, and the iNICQ Internet Improvement Collaboratives.

Roger SollRoger Soll MD*is the H. Wallace Professor of Neonatology at the University of Vermont College of Medicine, the President of the Vermont Oxford Network, and Director of Network Clinical Trials and Follow-up. Dr. Soll is an authority in evidence-based medicine and randomized clinical trials. He is the Coordinating Editor of the Cochrane Neonatal Review Group of the Cochrane Collaboration and author-or co-author of the Cochrane Reviews of surfactant therapy. read more

He is the author of numerous peer reviewed articles and book chapters on the subject of surfactant replacement therapy and evidence-based medicine. A native of New York City, Dr. Soll graduated from Cornell University with a degree in Genetics and History of Science in 1975. He received his M.D. degree from the University of Health Sciences/Chicago Medical School in 1978. He returned to New York City to complete his residency training in Pediatrics at Bellevue Hospital/New York University Medical Center in 1981. After 2 years with the Public Health Service, Dr. Soll returned to academic training. He completed the post graduate fellowship in Neonatal Perinatal Medicine at the University of Vermont in 1983 and has remained in Vermont ever since. When otherwise unoccupied, he resides in Hinesburg, Vermont with his wife, two sons, and a large golden retriever.

**Faculty and Steering Committee Lead

*Steering Committee Member

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