iNICQ 2014 Faculty

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iNICQ 2014 Faculty

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.

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.

Marsha Campbell-Yeo Marsha Campbell-Yeo PhD, NNP-BC, RN is an assistant professor at the School of Nursing, Dalhousie University, a certified neonatal nurse practitioner, and clinician scientist in the Department of Pediatrics, IWK Health Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. She completed her Bachelor and Masters of Nursing from Dalhousie University and requirements for certification as a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner from State University of New York. read more

She graduated with a Doctorate of Philosophy in Nursing from McGill University in February 2012 and began her academic appointment at the Faculty of Health Professions in September 2012.

A nurse and neonatal nurse practitioner, Dr. Campbell-Yeo has cared for families and newborns for over 25 year in the areas of neonatal and pediatric critical care, as well as high-risk air medical transport. She continues to provide some clinical care in a 3-4 tertiary level referral NICU.

Dr. Campbell-Yeo’s program of research, primarily funded by the Canadian Institute of Health Research, primarily examines the effectiveness of non-pharmacological strategies and maternally led interventions to improve outcomes in at risk newborns. Specifically, she looks at outcomes related to pain, stress, breastfeeding, and neurodevelopment. In addition, her research has focused on improving the uptake of these strategies using novel strategies, predominantly related to e-health technology, into practice. Her work includes 16 funded research projects, over 25 peer-reviewed publications, and six book chapters.

Dr. Campbell-Yeo has expertise in multi-site randomized controlled clinical trials and mixed methods. Her projects are interdisciplinary in nature, exemplified by her ongoing collaborations with nurses, neonatologists, psychologists, epidemiologists, obstetricians, and pharmacists.

Dr. Campbell-Yeo has been the recipient of numerous training awards, most notably a Canadian Institutes of Health Research Fellowship. She holds operating grants from both regional and national bodies. Dr. Campbell-Yeo is the current chair of the Nursing Issue Special Interest group of the Canadian Pain Society and sits on numerous scientific and legislative committees promoting best practice.

Joanna Celenza, MA, MBA Joanna Celenza MA, MBA left a career in inside sales management prior to the premature birth of her twins Anthony and Gianna, who are now 14 years old. Her children spent the first 5 weeks of their lives at the Intensive Care Nursery at the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth (CHaD). This powerful and empowering life-changing experience at Dartmouth led to her passionate involvement as a volunteer for the ICN Parent Council for the past 11 years, and she has served as its Chair for the past 8 years. read more

Ms. Celenza is currently a member of the CHaD Family Advisory Board, a member of the Patient- and Family-Centered Care Executive Committee for CHaD. She has served in various volunteer roles at CHaD including as a volunteer breastfeeding peer mentor at the Intensive Care Nursery. She has also served as faculty for the Vermont Oxford Network’s NICQ & iNICQ quality improvement collaborative in the area of patient- and family-centered care. Ms. Celenza not only brings her own personal experiences, her role of supporting families of hospitalized infants, as well as her collaborative work with family advisors across the country providing a deep understanding of the role of parents in the NICU. Ms. Celenza is employed part-time at the Intensive Care Nursery at CHAD as a March of Dimes/CHaD ICN Family Support Specialist. Ms. Celenza has her undergraduate and Masters degrees from Boston College, and holds an MBA from Southern New Hampshire University.

Liza Cooper LMSW Liza Cooper LMSW is a perinatal social worker and the Director of Family-Centered Care and Family Engagement at the March of Dimes. A published author and frequent speaker on the subject of family-centered perinatal care, Ms. Cooper has conducted numerous presentations at national conferences and hospitals, and has been a featured expert on radio and television and in newspapers and magazines. read more

In her role, she insures that March of Dimes provides innovative, quality education on family-centered neonatal care to nursing professionals and other providers, and comprehensive patient and family-centered resources for families. Her efforts focus on facilitating change in policy and practice that impinge on the parent’s NICU experience. Additionally, she develops new and meaningful ways to support, inform and engage mission-affected families through social media and other forums, and oversees the March of Dimes online community She is on the Board of Directors of National Perinatal Social Work Association and is the former Director of NICU Family Support, which she created and led for ten years from its inception in 2001.

Jonathan Davis, MD Jonathan Davis MD is Vice-Chair of Pediatrics and Chief of Newborn Medicine at the Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center and Professor of Pediatrics at Tufts University School of Medicine. Dr. Davis received his BA from Brandeis University and an MD from McGill University. Following medical school, he completed a Residency in Pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital and a Fellowship in Neonatology at the Children’s Hospital of more

Dr. Davis has worked at the University of Rochester, the State University of New York at Stony Brook and is currently at Tufts University. His research has focused on breathing problems in newborn infants, causes of newborn brain injury, and neonatal drug development. He has authored over 150 manuscripts and book chapters and received numerous grant awards from the National Institutes of Health, the March of Dimes, the American Lung Association and many others. Dr. Davis has lectured worldwide including the Vatican Children’s Hospital in Rome and the Pasteur Research Institute in Paris. He has served on many federal advisory panels and is currently Chair of the Child Health Oversight Committee at the NIH and the Neonatal Advisory Committee in the Office of Pediatric Therapeutics at FDA. Dr. Davis was most recently rated in the top 1% of all physicians in the country by US News and World Report.

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.

Stacy Dow Stacy Dow RN has held various NICU positions over her 26 year nursing career. She is currently Nurse Manager of the NICU at Boston Medical Center where she has been involved in multiple QI projects.


Edwards William Edwards MD is a professor of pediatrics at Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth, where he practices neonatology and serves as Section Chief of Neonatology and Vice Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics. He is Board Certified in Neonatal Perinatal medicine by the American Board of Pediatrics. He serves on the board of directors of the Vermont Oxford Network. read more

His academic interests include design and participation in randomized clinical trials and in quality improvement. He is an advocate for improved collaboration with health care providers and families, and has presented at regional, national and international conferences on quality improvement, clinical outcomes and family-centered care.

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.

Estelle Gauda MD Estelle Gauda MD is Associate Professor of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center.



 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.

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, 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.

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 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.

 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.

Keels Erin Keels MS, NNP-BC is the Program Manager of the neonatal nurse practitioner program at Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) in Columbus, Ohio. Erin received her BSN and MS from the Ohio State University in 1988 and 1994 respectively. For 25 years she has cared for sick and preterm infants and their families in the capacity of neonatal nurse and Neonatal Nurse Practitioner and Program Manager. read more

A graduate of the Intermountain Healthcare Advanced Training Program in Health Care Delivery Improvement, Ms. Keels is actively involved in quality initiatives including decreasing bloodstream infections, improving peripheral intravenous catheter insertion success and improving the care of infants with NAS. She lectures locally, statewide and nationally on NAS and other topics. As part of a NAS quality initiative, Ms. Keels helped to develop a Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Taskforce, a group that works to improve the care of NAS patients and families. They have implemented protocols and guidelines to standardize the care of this population. Through the collaborative efforts of the many members of the NAS Taskforce, NCH has realized a significant reduction in average length of stay for NAS patients. Ms. Keels is also the NANN liaison to the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Fetus and Newborn.

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 ( 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.

Meier Paula Meier RN, PhD, FAAN is the director for clinical research and lactation in the neonatal intensive care unit and is a professor of women, children and family nursing and a professor of pediatrics at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. She has worked as a practitioner and researcher in the area of human milk, lactation and breastfeeding for premature infants and their mothers since 1975. read more

Dr. Meier has conducted numerous externally-funded research and demonstration projects, and currently serves as the principal investigator for a 5-year, $2.76 million, NIH-funded study, “Health Outcomes and Cost of Human Milk Feedings for Very Low Birthweight Infants.” Dr. Meier’s other external funding includes grants from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) in collaboration with Duke University, and philanthropic gifts from the Kenneth and Anne Griffin Foundation, the Rossman Family Foundation and the Rush Woman’s Board. She is a past recipient of philanthropic gifts from the McNeil Foundation and the Illinois Health Care Foundation.

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.

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.

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.

SpitznasCecilia Spitznas is Policy Analyst & COR Office of National Drug Control Policy, Executive Office of the President.



StantonElizabeth Stanton BA, MA, PA, JD has worked in healthcare for 28 years, initially as a Physician’s Assistant providing direct patient care in a busy inner city emergency department. During her early career, she coordinated a comprehensive paramedic program in south-central Connecticut. Ms. Stanton is a graduate of the Yale University School of Medicine Physician Assistant Program. read more

She graduated summa cum laude from Vermont Law School in 1988. After completing her legal degree, Ms. Stanton was recruited to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) where her focus has been on patient safety and risk management. Ms. Stanton restructured and led the risk management program at DHMC, and later designed and coordinated a risk management program for the New England Alliance for Health, a group of community hospitals, behavioral health centers and home healthcare agencies in New Hampshire, Vermont and Massachusetts. Additionally Ms. Stanton has published in the area of family law, The Rights of the Biological Father: From Adoption and Custody to Surrogate Motherhood. The unique combination of risk management expertise, leadership experience, and hands-on patient care, combined with advanced degrees in science and law provide a unique set of knowledge and skills. Ms. Stanton is well respected by clinicians and families for her pragmatic focus on “doing the right things for the right reasons” and her ability to provide sound advice, mediate, and craft innovative solutions to difficult medical-legal challenges.

SureshGautham Suresh MD, DM, MS is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Community and Family Medicine, at The Dartmouth Institute of Health Policy and Clinical Practice, Dartmouth Medical School, and a neonatologist at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, New Hampshire. He is the Program Director for the Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine fellowship more

He is a graduate of the Masters Program at The Dartmouth Institute (previously called the Center for Evaluative Clinical Sciences) where his concentration was Continuous Quality Improvement in Healthcare. After his fellowship in neonatology at the University of Vermont, he served as a faculty member there and was a postgraduate fellow at the Vermont Oxford Network. He has worked closely with the Vermont Oxford Network for many years, as a faculty member of the Vermont Oxford Network’s quality improvement collaborative, the Neonatal Intensive Care Quality (NICQ) project, and as an advisory board member for NICQ. He has set up and directed educational courses on patient safety, on evidence-based medicine and on the ACGME core competencies for medical students, pediatric residents, and neonatology fellows. He is the director for a course on patient safety at The Dartmouth Institute. He is the author of several peer reviewed scientific publications, presentations and book chapters on quality improvement, patient safety and evidence-based medicine, including Cochrane systematic reviews. He is currently conducting research on and teaches about Patient Safety and medical errors. He currently serves as the chair of the Planning Group of the American Academy of Pediatrics program, Education in Quality Improvement for Pediatric Practice (EQIPP). He is also an Associate Editor for the Neonatal Review Group of the Cochrane Collaboration. His interests include patient safety, healthcare quality improvement, evidence-based decision making, cost-effectiveness analysis, translation of research into practice, and organizational culture and leadership in healthcare.

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 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.

Michele WalshMichele Walsh MD is a Professor of Pediatrics at Case Western Reserve University, the inaugural holder of the William and Lois Briggs Endowed Chair in Neonatology, and Chief of the Division of Neonatology. She is privileged to lead the Neonatal Team of the Ohio Perinatal Quality Collaborative and the Ohio Children’s Hospitals Neonatal Consortium on Neonatal Narcotic Abstinence. She is Principal Investigator of the NICHD Neonatal Research Network. Dr. Walsh’s areas of interest include neonatal lung disease, clinical trials, and quality improvement.

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 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.

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