The Ins & Outs of Neonatal Care
Core Curriculum Faculty
Heather Kaplan, MD, MSCE
Dr. Heather Kaplan, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and faculty in the Perinatal Institute and The James M. Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, is a prominent neonatologist and Quality Improvement scientist who will be leading this important 3-year initiative. She brings a wealth of knowledge, experience, and passion to this work having recently completed a statewide quality improvement project focused on improving complex medical discharges with the Ohio Perinatal Quality Collaborative (NICU Graduates project). Dr. Kaplan is excited to focus on all transitions, large and small, including admission, handoffs, transition to home (simple and complex) as well as all of the key transitions that happen at every stage of care.
Jeffrey Meyers, MD
Dr. Jeffrey Meyers is an Assistant Professor at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. He has served previously as the Associate Medical Director, is the Director of Newborn Quality Sciences, and was recently appointed Medical Director of the NICU at Golisano Children’s Hospital in 2017. He has been an active participant in the New York State Perinatal Quality Collaborative, and has experience leading a regional quality improvement collaborative among several NICUs as well as many local quality improvement initiatives across Golisano Children’s Hospital and in the NICU.
Wendy Timpson, MD, MEd
Dr. Timpson is a Neonatologist and the Associate Director of Quality of Quality Improvement at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and a Visiting Scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. A former educator, Dr. Timpson followed a Master’s Degree in early childhood education with medical school, pediatrics residency and fellowship in neonatal perinatal medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Her academic focus is on utilization of rigorous quality improvement methodology to optimize family centered care and patient safety.
Madge E. Buus-Frank, DNP, APRN-BC, FAAN
Madge E. Buus-Frank DNP, APRN-BC, FAAN is a board certified Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, and Executive Vice President and Director of Quality Improvement and Education for VON. Dr. Buus-Frank has been actively engaged in improving neonatal care for over three decades, practicing at The Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth. 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. She was the Founding Editor-in-Chief for Advances in Neonatal Care: The Official Journal of the National Association of Neonatal Nurses, serving for five years in this capacity. She has been inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN) for her pioneering work in the field of neonatal care.
Jeffrey D. Horbar, MD
Dr. Jeffrey Horbar 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 the Chief Executive and Scientific Officer of VON, the Jerold F. Lucey Professor of Neonatal Medicine at the University of Vermont College of Medicine, and Co-Editor of Cochrane Neonatal. Dr. Horbar has been responsible for the development of VON databases which are used by over 1000 NICUs around the world to monitor and improve outcomes for high risk infants and their families.
Roger Soll, MD
Dr. Soll is the President of VON, the H. Wallace Professor of Neonatology at the University of Vermont College of Medicine, and the coordinating editor of Cochrane Neonatal. Dr. Soll is an authority in evidence-based medicine and randomized clinical trials. He is the author of numerous peer reviewed articles and book chapters on the subject of surfactant replacement therapy and evidence-based medicine.
Danielle Ehret, MD, MPH
As Director of Global Health at VON, Dr. Ehret has developed and implemented a new database for neonatal units in resource-limited settings, and leads VON’s Black Lion NICU project in Ethiopia. Dr. Ehret is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Robert Larner College of Medicine, University of Vermont and Associate Editor of Cochrane Neonatal. Her academic work focuses on the synergy of quality improvement and implementation of evidence-based neonatal care practices globally.
Erika Edwards, PhD, MPH
As Director of Data Science at Vermont Oxford Network, Erika Edwards, PhD, MPH has developed content for and presented training programs on data and reporting resources for quality improvement. She oversees all member reporting and database research, and participates in development of data collection tools. In addition, she is a Research Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Statistics at the College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences, University of Vermont and a Research Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Robert Larner College of Medicine, University of Vermont.
Intensive Curriculum Faculty
Howard Cohen, MD
Dr. Howard Cohen has long contributed to the VON Worldwide Community of Practice. He has thirty-eight years practicing neonatology in both academic and community NICU settings, and has held faculty positions at University of Illinois College of Medicine and Oregon Health Sciences University. He has actively participated in multiple quality improvement collaboratives and projects as well as hospital and practice-based administrative positions as Clinical Director of Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Officer. Dr. Cohen is also a member of the VON Database Advisory Committee.
Marybeth Fry, MEd
The 2004 birth of Marybeth’s daughter at 28 weeks gestation and subsequent three month NICQ stay introduced her to a world she never knew existed and she wanted other NICU families to know they weren’t alone. In January of 2008, Marybeth became an Akron Children’s Hospital Parent Mentor and Volunteer and began visiting NICU families each week as a graduate parent. She also became involved in NICU FACT (Family Action Collaborative Team), a group of NICU graduate families and staff working together to support NICU families and promote family-centered care in the unit. Marybeth attended her first VON Conference with the Akron Children’s Team in spring of 2010 and has been fortunate enough to attend every meeting with the team.
Jocelyn Cornwell, PhD
Jocelyn Cornwell, PhD founded The Point of Care program at The King’s Fund in 2007. She originally trained as a medical sociologist and ethnographer. She has worked in academic research, as a senior manager in NHS community health services and in health regulation, first at the Audit Commission and then at the Commission for Health Improvement (CHI) where she was responsible for the design of clinical governance review methods. She is the external lead for patient and public involvement for the NW London CLARHC, visiting professor in the Department of Medicine at Imperial College London and a trustee of the Nuffield Trust.
Bev Fitzsimons, MSc
Bev Fitzsimons, MSc is responsible for development, design and oversight of patient-centered quality improvement initiatives at the Point of Care Foundation. From 2009-2014, Bev was a Fellow in Health Policy at the King’s Fund, leading patient-centered quality improvement programs within the Point of Care team. A social scientist by background, Bev spent 12 years working in healthcare audit and regulation with particular interest in the care of people with long term conditions and maternity care.