Dr. Amish Jain works as a staff neonatologist and clinician scientist at the Sinai Health System/Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute and as an Associate Professor in Pediatrics at the University of Toronto. He completed his medical school in India, pediatric residency in the UK, and both his neonatal-perinatal fellowship and his PhD in cardiovascular physiology at the University of Toronto. He is also the site Director of the Targeted Neonatal Echocardiography Program in the NICU at Mount Sinai Hospital. Dr. Jain’s specific research interests are in the field of critical care, neonatal cardio-pulmonary physiology and functional echocardiography, particularly in the assessment and management of pulmonary hypertension and right ventricular function in neonates.
Dr. Prakesh S Shah is a Professor in Department of Paediatric and Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto, Canada. He holds an Applied Research Chair from CIHR in Reproductive and Child Health Services Research. Currently, he is the director of the Canadian Neonatal Network (CNN) and the International Network for Evaluation of Outcomes of Neonates (iNeo) whereby he oversees a project of benchmarking outcomes of very low birth weight neonates in eleven countries with population-based neonatal networks with a final aim of improving quality of care across 240 NICUs participating in the network. His areas of interest include patient and disease oriented research in neonatal-perinatal medicine, health services and epidemiological research in maternal-newborn care, knowledge synthesis and quality improvement. He has evaluated and produced policy documents on interventions and programs for primary, secondary and tertiary prevention of preterm birth for provincial and national agencies. Dr. Prakesh S Shah has been a long-standing collaborator in hemodynamic research in Toronto, where he has significant contributions to research methodology.
Dr. Poorva Deshpande is a Staff Neonatologist at Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto. She completed her medical school in India, pediatric residency in the UK, and both her neonatal-perinatal fellowship her targeted neonatal echocardiography training at the University of Toronto. She has an interest in cerebral hemodynamics of preterm infants. She joined the Clinician-Scientist development program at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto while pursuing her Masters degree in Medical Sciences at the University of Toronto. Dr. Deshpande is developing her research interests in the field of cerebral hemodynamics of intraventricular hemorrhage, combined multimodal brain and hemodynamic monitoring, and neuromonitoring in preterm infants using near infrared spectroscopy and amplitude integrated EEG.
Dr. Ashraf Kharrat is a staff neonatologist at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, ON and an Assistant Professor in Pediatrics at the University of Toronto. She completed her medical school at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, AB in 2012, her pediatrics residency at the University of Ottawa in Ottawa, ON in 2015 and her neonatal-perinatal fellowship and targeted neonatal echocardiography training at the University of Toronto in Toronto, ON in 2018. She obtained a Master of Science in Healthcare Quality program from Queen’s University in 2019. Dr. Kharrat has a clinical and academic interest in bridging cardiopulmonary physiology with quality improvement and is undertaking research in neonatal hemodynamics in sepsis and septic shock.
Laura Thomas is the Research Program Coordinator for the Neonatal Hemodynamics Research Programs at Mount Sinai Hospital and Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and the coordinator for the NHRC. She completed her MSc at the Institute of Medical Science (Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto) with a specialized focus in neuroscience and brain health and completed a Project Management Program with a specialization in Community and Health Services Management at Ryerson University. She is currently managing multi-centre research projects for chronic pulmonary hypertension and the use of inhaled nitric oxide in preterm and extremely low birth weight infants in Canadian and international NICUs.
Dr. Dany Weisz is a neonatal intensivist and director of the Targeted Neonatal Echocardiography program at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto, Canada. He completed medical school at the University of Western Ontario, and residency in general pediatrics at the University of Ottawa. He completed his clinical fellowship in neonatal-perinatal medicine and Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology and Health Care Research at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, both at the University of Toronto. Dr. Weisz’s specific research interests include the epidemiology and management of patent ductus arteriosus, transitional hemodynamics and its association with early neonatal morbidity, and non-invasive cardiac output monitoring in extremely preterm infants.
Dr. Luc Mertens is currently the Echocardiography Section Head at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto and a Professor of Paediatrics at the University of Toronto. Dr. Mertens obtained his medical degree and a doctoral degree in Medical Sciences (Physiology and Molecular Biology) at the University of Leuven, Belgium. He trained in Paediatric and Paediatric Cardiology at the University Hospitals Leuven and at The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN (USA). He worked as a pediatric cardiologist at the University Hospitals in Leuven between 1998 and 2008. His clinical expertise is in paediatric echocardiography. His research interests focus on studying cardiac function in children.
Dr. Bonny Jasani is a staff neonatologist at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada. He completed medical school and residency in general pediatrics at the Maharashtra University of Health Sciences, India. He completed his DM training in Neonatology at KEM Hospital, Mumbai, and clinical fellowship in neonatal-perinatal medicine at the University of Toronto. Dr. Jasani’s specific research interests include the use of acetaminophen for management of patent ductus arteriosus, and transcatheter device closure of patent ductus arteriosus in preterm infants.
Jacqueline Wheatley is a paediatric cardiac sonographer and quality leader at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. Currently part of the cardiovascular ultrasound research team, and in partnership with Mount Sinai and Sunnybrook Hospitals, her focus is on neonatal echocardiographic research analysis. She is also a cardiac sonography skills instructor in the nationally recognized and accredited Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography Graduate Program at Mohawk College in Hamilton, Ontario.
Dr. Michael Castaldo is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Division of Neonatology, Department of Paediatrics, University of British Columbia and Staff Neonatologist at BC Women’s Hospital. He completed his Residency in Paediatric at Cohen Children’s Medical Centre in New York, in 2013 and obtained his Fellowship Training in Neonatology with the University of Toronto. His interest in TNE derived from an appreciation of how the technology offers a non-invasive assessment of cardiovascular health and illustrates the underlying pathophysiology otherwise unseen. Michael was trained in TNE at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. His goal is to evaluate and demonstrate the presumed benefits of TNE as it relates to clarification of cardiovascular physiology, earlier identification of disease states, more focused cardiovascular decision-making and avoidance of treatment in certain situations.
Dr. Soraisham is a Staff Neonatologist and Professor of Pediatrics, at Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary. He completed medical school and Pediatric (MD) residency training at JIPMER, Pondicherry, India in 1999. He obtained Postdoctoral (DM) Neonatology training from PGIMER, Chandigarh, in 2002 and Neonatal Perinatal Medicine Fellowship at University of Calgary, Canada. He holds a MSc in Clinical Epidemiology from University of Calgary. Currently he is the Medical Director for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the Foothills Medical Centre and the Director of Calgary Targeted Neonatal Echocardiography Program.
Dr. Kumaran is the section head of Newborn Health at the Royal Alexandra Hospital site and a Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Alberta. He trained in Pediatrics and Neonatology in India, UK, Canada (London, ON) and Australia, and worked as a Staff Neonatologist in New Zealand before settling in Edmonton. Dr. Kumaran trained in Echocardiography in UK and Australia and has been integrating TNE practice with clinical Neonatology since 2005. Dr. Kumaran’s interests are quality improvement, hemodynamics-integrated practice, TNE training, as well as neonatal palliative care and mindfulness for stress reduction.
Dr. Hyderi is a staff neonatologist for the Northern Alberta Neonatal Program at Stollery Children’s Hospital and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Alberta. He had his preliminary medical and Pediatric training in India, completed Neonatal fellowship training in Calgary and another 2 years of PGME fellowship at the University of Alberta (Clinical & Research fellowship in Neonatal Cardiology and Echocardiography). He is the Education Lead for the Targeted Neonatal Program and Service in Edmonton. His passion includes education/advancement of TNE hemodynamics learning, and is currently the TNE Education Lead at the TNE Fellowship Program, University of Alberta.
Dr. Joseph Ting is an Associate Professor in the Division of Neonatal-Perinatal Care, University of Alberta and Staff Neonatologist at Stollery Children's Hospital. He completed his Residency in Pediatrics at Queen Mary Hospital, University of Hong Kong, in 2006 and obtained his Postgraduate Diploma in Infectious Diseases and Master of Public Health (Medical Statistics) from the University of Hong Kong in 2007 and 2009, respectively. In 2010-2013 he received his fellowship training in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine in Vancouver, six months of which was spent at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto to receive further training in Targeted Neonatal Echocardiography (TNE). His research interests include: (i) neonatal infections and antimicrobial stewardship; and (ii) neonatal hemodynamics and TNE.
Dawn Pepper has worked in the NICU since 2002, as a bedside RN initially and then a transport RN. She graduated from the Master of Nursing, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner program in 2009 and is an Advanced Practice Neonatal Nurse in Edmonton zone. She completed Targeted Neonatal Echocardiography training in 2016 in Edmonton – the first Neonatal Nurse Practitioner to be certified in Canada. She is currently involved with training and precepting of new learners in the Edmonton TNE program, as well as providing hemodynamic consults through the TNE service.
Dr. Hornberger is the Section Head of Pediatric Echocardiography and a Professor of Pediatrics and Adjunct Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. For nearly 2 decades she has been involved in clinical, educational and research endeavors in fetal and neonatal cardiovascular health and disease. She has established three fetal cardiovascular programs at the University of Toronto (1996-2003), at the University of California, San Francisco (2003-2008), and since 2008 at the University of Alberta. The Stollery Children’s Hospital Echo Lab, under her direction, performed over 12,000 pediatric and fetal echocardiograms and is internationally recognized for leading research in clinical applications of 3D, virtual and functional echocardiography.
Dr. Aimann Surak is a staff neonatologist for the Northern Alberta Neonatal Program at Stollery Children’s Hospital and a clinical lecturer in pediatrics at the University of Alberta. His training was in Ontario, Canada where he completed a pediatric residency (London ON), Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine fellowship (London ON), Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine departmental fellowship (Toronto ON) and most recently a subspecialty program in Targeted Neonatal Echocardiography and Hemodynamics (Ottawa ON). He is obtaining Master of Science degree in epidemiology and clinical trials through The London School for Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (University of London, UK). Dr. Surak’s clinical and research interests are in neonatal hemodynamics, cardiovascular physiology and improving the quality of imaging acquisition.
Dr. Bitar is a clinical assistant for Alberta Health Services and a clinical lecturer of Pediatrics at the University of Alberta. He had his Pediatric training in Syria, completed a neonatal training program in United Arab Emirates, neonatal-perinatal medicine fellowship and targeted neonatal echocardiography training at the University of Alberta. His main research focus includes pulmonary hypertension, neonatal hemodynamics and integrating echocardiography and point of care ultrasound in the clinical practice. Dr. Bitar is also pursuing a Master of Science in clinical epidemiology at the University of Alberta.
Yasser Elsayed is an associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Manitoba, a staff neonatologist,and researcher at the Children's Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba. He is the funder and director of the Integrated Hemodynamics and Targeted Neonatal Echocardiography program and point of care ultrasound in Winnipeg and the co-chairof POCUNEO group. Using a combination of ultrasound, echocardiography and near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS), he has been able to optimize the management of critically ill newborns by providing a thorough assessment of end organ (heart, lung and brain) performance. His research interests are in the field of hemodynamics and physiology oriented practice.
Dr. Deepak Louis is a Neonatologist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and Child Health at the University of Manitoba and is one of two Neonatologists with targeted neonatal echocardiography expertise in Winnipeg. He was trained in TnEcho at the University of Toronto. His research interests are in the field of Neonatal hemodynamics and point of care ultrasound.
Dr. Bhattacharya is a Neonatologist and Assistant Professor at Western University, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry and an Associate Scientist at Children’s Health Research Institute, London and Lawson Health Research Institute. Dr. Bhattacharya did a 3-year Fellowship in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, Western University (2013-2016) followed by a 1 year Fellowship in, Targeted Neonatal Echocardiography, and Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. (2016-2017). She has also completed her Graduate Diploma in Clinical Epidemiology from McMaster University (2017). Dr. Bhattacharya’s research interest revolves around neonatal hemodynamics, cardiovascular physiology, neonatal brain injury and technological innovations in the neonatal intensive care unit.
Dr. Renjini Lalitha is a Neonatologist and Assistant Professor at Western University, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry. She did 3year fellowship in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at Western University (2013-2016) followed by 2.5years of Targeted Neonatal Echocardiogram fellowship at University of Alberta (2017-2020). Dr.Lalitha’s area of research interest revolves around application of different modalities for assessing hemodynamics during transitional period, pulmonary hypertension and exploring the role of TNE in BPD prediction. She also maintains interest in POCUS and is interested in exploring the application of POCUS in predicting preterm brain injury.
Dr. Amneet Sidhu is a Staff Neonatologist at McMaster Children’s Hospital in Hamilton, Ontario and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Paediatrics at McMaster University. She completed medical school at the University of Ottawa and her paediatrics residency and neonatal-perinatal medicine fellowship at the University of Western Ontario. Dr. Sidhu’s clinical and research interests relate to transitional hemodynamics and its impact on neonatal morbidity, integration of POCUS with bedside clinical decision making, and quality improvement in neonatal hemodynamics.
Dr. Abdul Wahab (a.k.a Dr.Gani) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at McMaster University. He pursued his medical training in India, completed his postgraduate training in Pediatrics and Neonatology at Manipal University India and Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship program, Masters in eHealth at McMaster University. He was the Program Director for Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship Program at McMaster University from 2013 to 2018. He was the first recipient of McMaster's prestigious DPLEIA Award for his educational innovation during his leadership. His passion is training and knowledge translation in TnEcho and Point of care ultrasound in Neonatology. He is now the Program director for TNE fellowship and chair of TNE and POCUS committee at McMaster. He is the founding co-chair of the international POCUSNEO program in Canada. He conducted several local, international and online conferences, courses and workshops on TNE and POCUS.
Dr. Ben Fadel is a Neonatologist at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) and the Ottawa Hospital (TOH) and an Assistant Professor at the University of Ottawa. She received her MD from Al Fateh University in Tripoli, Libya. Dr. Ben Fadel has a great interest in studying neonatal cardiac function and hemodynamics. Her main research focus is on the use of TnEcho and point of care ultrasound (POCUS) in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Dr. Ben Fadel has a master’s degree in Health Professional Medical Education, and is the program director of both the Neonatal Perinatal Medicine fellowship and Targeted Neonatal Echocardiography Fellowships.
Dr. Jankov is Professor and Vice Chair (Research) in the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Ottawa, a Clinician-Scientist in the Division of Neonatology and a Senior Scientist in the Molecular Biomedicine Program at CHEO Research Institute. He obtained his MB, BS at the University of Melbourne, Australia and completed his residency training in Paediatrics at the Royal Children’s Hospital. He subsequently completed a Clinical Fellowship in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, followed by a PhD (Physiology), at the University of Toronto. Dr. Jankov’s research program is focused upon understanding the cellular and molecular mechanisms of vascular remodeling, right-ventricular dysfunction and nitric oxide unresponsiveness in pulmonary hypertension during early life.
Dr. Gabriel Altit is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Neonatology at McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) and staff neonatologist at Montreal Children’s Hospital. He is the principal investigator of the NeoCardio Lab at the MUHC Research Institute. He graduated from McGill University medical school and completed his residency in general pediatrics and his training in neonatal-perinatal medicine at the Université de Montréal – CHU Sainte-Justine. Dr. Altit was trained in echocardiography at Montreal Children’s Hospital. He then completed a post-doctoral year of neonatal echocardiography research at Stanford University. He obtained his MSc (Epidemiology) from McGill University. His research interests are in neonatal hemodynamics and populations with congenital diaphragmatic hernia, congenital heart defect, pulmonary hypertension, and prematurity.
After her residency in neonatal-perinatal medicine at CHU Sainte-Justine, Dr. Villeneuve continued with an additional year of training in functional echocardiography at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney (Australia), and completed the “Advanced Neonatal Clinician Performed Ultrasound” Certificate from the Australian Society for Ultrasound in Medicine. During her clinical training, Dr. Villeneuve completed a Clinician-Researcher program of the Royal College of Canada and a master's degree in Biomedical Sciences. She is a staff neonatologist at CHU Sainte-Justine and clinical assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Montreal. Her interests are in the field of transfusion medicine in neonatology, including expertise in neonatal hemodynamics.
Dr. Anie Lapointe obtained her medical degree in 2005 and completed residency in general pediatrics at the Laval’s University in Quebec City in 2008. In 2010, she completed her fellowship in neonatal-perinatal medicine at CHU Sainte-Justine, University of Montreal. In 2010-2011, she received training in Targeted Neonatal Echocardiography at The Hospital for SickChildren in Toronto. She added a master’s degree in Cardiovascular Physiology from Universityof Montreal in 2016. Currently, she is an Associate Professor at University of Montreal and astaff neonatologist at CHU Sainte-Justine in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Dr. Lapointe’s specificresearch interests include neonatal sepsis, management of PDA, andtransitional hemodynamics in extremely preterm infants.
Dr. Audrey Hebert is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Neonatology at Laval University and staff neonatologist at CHU de Quebec. She completed her Pediatrics residency training and Neonatal-Perinatal fellowship at Université Laval – CHU de Quebec. She completed formal training in Neonatal Hemodynamics/TNE at BC Women’s Hospital and at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. She obtained her Master’s Degree in Health Sciences at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Hebert is developing her research interest in the field of chronic pulmonary hypertension associated with bronchopulmonary dysplasia and training program development in TNE.
Dr. Christine Drolet is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Neonatology at Laval University and staff neonatologist at CHU de Quebec. She obtained her Pediatrics residency training and Neonatal-perinatal fellowship at Université Laval – CHU de Quebec. She completed her training in neonatal follow-up at Sunnybrook Hospital while pursuing training in TNE at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. Her clinical and research interests in the field of chronic pulmonary hypertension associated with bronchopulmonary dysplasia and quality improvement.
Dr. Walid El-Naggar is a neonatologist at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia and an Associate Professor with the Department of Pediatrics, Dalhousie University. He had fellowship training in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at the University of Toronto followed by a fellowship year in Echocardiography at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. He moved to Halifax in 2008 and is currently the TNE and Research Director of the Division of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine. His research interests include neonatal resuscitation, placental transfusion, neonatal thrombosis and neonatal hemodynamics. Dr. El-Naggar served as a member of the Canadian Pediatric Society NRP Executive Committee and Scientific Subcommittee and is currently a member of the CNN Executive Committee, International Liaison Committee on Neonatal Resuscitation (ILCOR) and NLS Task Force.
Dr. Mitra is a staff Neonatologist and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, cross-appointed with the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology at Dalhousie University. He completed his fellowship in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine and MSc in Clinical Epidemiology from McMaster University and is currently pursuing his PhD in Epidemiology and Applied Health Research from Dalhousie University. His research interests revolve around improving outcomes of preterm babies with PDA. He is the Principal Investigator of aCIHR funded pan-Canadian study comparing different medications currently used for PDA therapy. He is also the co-chair of the Evidence Based Practice for Improving Quality Hemodynamic Group of the Canadian Neonatal Network involved in developing evidence-based clinical practice bundles for pretermswith hemodynamic issues.
Dr. Patrick J McNamara graduated from Queen’s University Belfast in 1987, received his MRCPCH in Paediatrics in 1997 and Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training in Neonatal Medicine in 2002. He is currently a Staff Neonatologist, Director of the Division of Neonatology and Vice Chair for Inpatient Acute Care at the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital. He is a Professor of Pediatrics and Internal Medicine, University of Iowa and the current chair of the Pan-American Hemodynamic Collaborative, Paediatric Academic Society Neonatal Hemodynamics Advisory, and American Society of Echocardiography Neonatal Hemodynamics TnECHO Special Interest Group. His clinical and research interests include myocardial performance in the settings of a hemodynamically significant ductus arteriosus, pulmonary hypertension and targeted neonatal echocardiography.
Regan Giesinger is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Neonatology at the University of Iowa where she is the Director of the Neonatal Hemodynamics Clinical and Training programs. She is also Secretary of the Pan-American Hemodynamics Collaborative and member of the US Hemodynamics Collaborative. Her areas of academic focus are the hemodynamics of critically ill neonates, particularly among neonates with perinatal hypoxic ischemic insult.
Danielle R. Rios is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Neonatology at the University of Iowa. She graduated from medical school at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in 2006. She completed residency in pediatrics and her neonatal-perinatal medicine fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital in 2009 and 2012. She completed the Clinical Scientist Training Program and received a MSc in Clinical Investigation from Baylor College of Medicine in 2014. She trained in Targeted neonatal Echocardiography at the University of Toronto. Her areas of academic focus are the hemodynamics of critically ill neonates,and predictive analytics to improve outcomes of extremely low birth weight infants.
Melissa Bates, PhD is an Associate Professor of Health and Human Physiology and Neonatology at the University of Iowa. Dr. Bates completed her PhD in Physiology at The Pennsylvania State University and a postdoctoral fellowship in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine and Respiratory Neurobiology in the John Rankin Laboratory of Pulmonary Medicine at the University of Wisconsin. Her clinical research interests include understanding 1) how chronic intermittent hypoxia and supplemental oxygen impact long-term cardiorespiratory function in survivors of prematurity and 2) how prematurity impacts later life clinical outcomes, including cancer survivorship.
Sarah Haskell, DO is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Iowa. She completed her pediatric residency and critical care fellowship at the University of Iowa. Her research focuses on understanding the pathogenesis of acquired heart defects. She has used basic science and translational studies to investigate how the intrauterine environment influences offspring cardiac development.
Adrianne Bischoff Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Iowa. She did her Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine training at the University of Toronto and completed her Neonatal Hemodynamics training at the University of Iowa. Her current academic work focuses on pulmonary hypertension in newborns.
Dr.Amy Stanford is a Clinical Assistant Professor at University of Iowa. She completed her neonatology fellowship in June 2020 and Neonatal Hemodynamics training in June 2021, both at Iowa. Her research interests include using targeted neonatal echocardiography to study perfusion of the immature intestinal tract in the setting of various PDA shunts.
Dr. Philip Levy is an Assistant Professor of Paediatrics at Harvard Medical School and a staff neonatologist at Boston Children’s Hospital. His patient-oriented and translational research initiatives focus on cardiac mechanics in congenital and acquired cardiopulmonary diseases in the neonatal and pediatric population. His professional activities span the realm of clinical service, research and teaching, all devoted to discovering, implementing and teaching evidence-based clinical care of seriously ill newborns. Dr. Levy’s work is part of a larger international collaborative that was established to examine emerging measures of cardiac function and pulmonary hemodynamics in large preterm birth cohorts to define physiological and pathological patterns of postnatal cardiac adaptation. Philip and his collaborators have introduced novel approaches for non-invasive quantitative cardiac focused imaging that yield sensitive and specific methods of assessment and management of neonatal and paediatric cardiopulmonary diseases. The major objective of his research is to extend the capacity for ultrasound as a tool to enhance the understanding of newborn cardio-pulmonary disease and explore its contribution in quantitative cardiac phenotyping.
Dr. Anup Katheria is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics, and the Director of the Neonatal Research Institute and the NICU follow-up clinic at Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women & Newborns. Dr. Katheria earned his Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of California, Los Angeles, his MD from Drexel University College of Medicine, completed his pediatric residency at Children’s Hospital of Orange County, and his Neonatal-Perinatal Fellowship at the University of California, San Diego.
Dr. Jenny Koo completed her Neonatal Perinatal Medicine fellowship at UC San Diego and Rady Children’s Hospital. She is currently appointed staff neonatologist at Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women and Infants. She continues her work through the Sharp Neonatal Research Institute with an interest and focus in hemodynamics as well as in point of care ultrasonography.
Dr. Amir Ashrafi is a neonatal-cardiac intensivist at CHOC Children’s Hospital with an interest in caring for newborns with hemodynamic instability and/or congenital heart disease. He is the director of the Neonatal-Cardiac ICU and the clinical director of the neonatal ECMO program. Dr. Ashrafi received his NICU training at UCLA Medical Center and his pediatric CVICU training at Boston Children’s Hospital. He is the co-founder of the international medical conference “NeoHeart: Cardiovascular Management of the Neonate”, the co-founder and initial president of the Neonatal Heart Society, and serves on the board of the California Association of Neonatologists.
Dr. Anjan Batra completed his cardiology fellowship and 4th year electrophysiology fellowship at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. He is the vice chair of the UC Irvine School of Medicine’s Department of Pediatrics. Dr. Batra’s research and scientific findings are reflected in more than 60 publications in prestigious national journals and text books. He is an internationally recognized lecturer who is known for his work on the prevention of sudden cardiac arrest.
Dr. John Cleary completed his Neonatology fellowship at UC San Diego. He is the co-founder of the international medical meeting “NeoHeart: Cardiovascular Management of the Neonate” and a board member of the Neonatal Heart Society. He is also the former president of the California Assoc. of Neonatologists.
Dr. Wyman Lai completed his cardiology fellowship at UCLA Medical Center. He is the assistant division chief of cardiology, co-director of the cardiac institute, and director of the echocardiography lab at CHOC Children’s Hospital. He has served as the Chair of the Pediatric and Congenital Council Board of the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) and currently sits on the National Board of Echocardiography Board of Directors.
Dr. Molly Ball is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at The Ohio State University and Clinical Neonatologist at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio where she serves as Director of Neonatal Care in the Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit. She completed her pediatrics training at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and fellowship in neonatal-perinatal medicine at Northwestern University. Dr. Ball’s career and research have focused on the intersection of fetal and neonatal-perinatal medicine with cardiovascular pathophysiology, including congenital heart diseases and pulmonary hypertension.
Dr. Leeann Pavlek is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine and a neonatologist at Nationwide Children's Hospital, where she is an investigator in the Abigail Wexner Research Institute Center for Perinatal Research. She completed medical school at Northeast Ohio Medical University, pediatric residency at University of Michigan, and neonatal-perinatal medicine fellowship at Nationwide Children's Hospital. She has a Master's degree in Medical Sciences from The Ohio State University. Her areas of clinical and research interest include cardiac development and neonatal cardiopulmonary physiology, particularly in extremely preterm infants.
Dr. J. Lauren Ruoss is an Assistant Professor of the Division of Neonatology and Department of Pediatrics at the University of Florida. She has a clinical and research focus on neonatal hemodynamics and point-of-care ultrasound. Dr. Ruoss is the co-founder and leader of the neonatal point-of-care ultrasound program at the University of Florida. Dr. Ruoss is a member of the neonatal international hemodynamics collaborative and through her research aims to evaluate the use of emerging non-invasive technologies, including point-of care ultrasound and echocardiography, for the rapid assessment and management of neonatal hemodynamic disturbances.
Dr. Marjorie Makoni is an Assistant Professor in Neonatology at The Children’s Hospital at Oklahoma University Health Science Center (OUHSC). She completed her medical School at St. George’s University School of Medicine, Grenada, her pediatric residency training at the University of Toledo, Ohio and NPM fellowship at OU Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, OK. She is the director of the TnEcho Hemodynamics program in the NICU at Children’s Hospital at OUHSC. Dr.Makoni’s clinical and Research Interests include chronic pulmonary hypertension, racial disparities in premature babies, genomics and metabolomics of cardiovascular development in premature infants.
Dr. Shazia Bhombal is a neonatologist and neonatal cardiologist at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford. She currently serves as Medical Director of the NICU Heart Team at Stanford, Co-Director of the CRIB Program (Cardiac and Respiratory care for the Infant with BPD) and Director of the NICU Ultrasound Program. She completed fellowships in Neonatal Perinatal Medicine at LAC + University of Southern California and in Cardiology at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Her research interest lies in bronchopulmonary dysplasia and development of pulmonary hypertension as well as education and training for targeted neonatal echocardiography and point of care ultrasound in the NICU.
Dr. Valerie Chock is the Associate Director for the Neonatal Prenatal Consultations Services (LPCH) and Associate Program Director for Research, Neonatology Fellowship Program. Her research includes investigation of altered hemodynamics and regional tissue oxygenation for infants at high risk for central nervous system injury and neurodevelopmental impairment. She has expertise developing both clinical and research applications for neonatal NIRS monitoring including assessment of neonates with a patent ductus arteriosus, preterm anemic infants, infants with hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, and infants with congenital heart disease in the peri-operative period.
Dr. Van Meurs is the Director of the Neonatal ECMO Program and Director of the NeuroNICU. Her research interests include hypoxic respiratory failure, PPHN, inhaled nitric oxide use in term and preterm infants, congenital diaphragmatic hernia, and the use of aEEG, NIRS, and neuroprotection in the NICU.
Dr. Irina Prelipcean is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Neonatology at the University of Rochester. She is a Staff Neonatologist at the University of Rochester Golisano Children's Hospital and is involved in the Neonatal Clinical Research Group and Neonatal-Perinatal Fellowship Program leadership. She graduated from the University Of Central Florida College Of Medicine as part of the school’s charter class. She completed her residency and neonatology fellowship at the University of Florida. Her area of academic interest is integrated monitoring and improvement of outcomes in critically ill neonates. She is training in TNE and developing her research in hemodynamics and biomarkers involved in the neonatal brain and adrenal dysfunction.
Dr. María Victoria Fraga is an attending neonatologist at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. She serves as the Director of Neonatal Point of Care Ultrasound in the Newborn/Infant Intensive Care Unit. She co-directs the biannual CHOP Bedside Ultrasound Course, offering multi-disciplinary training over two days in neonatal and pediatric acute care procedural and diagnostic ultrasound applications. Dr. Fraga previously served as Pediatric Ultrasound Committee Chair as well as Ultrasound Course Chair for the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM). She has delivered many SCCM and CHOP-based courses nationally and internationally. She has co-authored multiple manuscripts, chapters, and editorials on neonatal Point-of-Care ultrasound. She is also a member of the US Hemodynamics Collaborative. She is especially interested in the bedside assessment of neonatal cardiac hemodynamics and ECMO as well as education and training for Point-of-Care Ultrasound in the NICU.
Dr. Estela Pina-Rodrigues is a neonatologist at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital in Hollywood Florida. She completed her medical degree in Brazil and completed her fellowship in Neonatal Perinatal Medicine at Advocate Lutheran Children’s Hospital in Park Ridge, Illinois. She has spent time with Michigan State University as an Assistant Professor and has been a staff neonatologist at Joe Dimaggio Children’s Hospital since 2007. Her clinical interests include quality improvement, point of care ultrasound, functional echocardiography, and hemodynamics.
Dr. Daniel Ibarra Ríos works as a staff neonatologist at Hospital Infantil de México Federico Gómez (HIMFG). He completed his medical school in Mexico City at the National Autonomous University (UNAM), pediatric residency at the HIMFG/UNAM, and his neonatal- fellowship at HIMFG/UNAM. He trained in TNE at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto in 2016. He leads the Targeted Neonatal Echocardiography and Point of Care Ultrasound Program in the NICU at HIMFG. Dr. Ibarra research interests are hemodynamics of critically ill neonates integrating cardio-pulmonary physiology and functional echocardiography; he is also interested in lung and head ultrasound of the critically ill neonate.
Prof EL-Khuffash is a Consultant Neonatologist at the Rotunda Hospital in Dublin, Ireland, and a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. His primary clinical and research area is the assessment of heart function in term and preterm neonates. He is the lead for neonatal echocardiography and heart function assessment in the neonatal intensive care unit in the Rotunda Hospital. Prof EL-Khuffash graduated from Trinity College, Dublin in 2002 and enrolled in the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland paediatric specialist training scheme in 2005. He completed a Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree in University College, Dublin in 2008, a fellowship in neonatal cardiology at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin, and his neonatal specialty training in Toronto, Canada (2009-2011). He obtained a diploma in clinical epidemiology during his time in Toronto. Following this, he was appointed as a consultant Neonatologist and Assistant Professor of Paediatric at the University of Toronto in January of 2011. Recently, Prof EL-Khuffash has assumed a leadership role at the European level in devising training guidelines for echocardiography by the Neonatologist. He is the lead author/editor of the Hemodynamic Module in the NOTE project, offering a new international online Masters level educational programme in neonatal medicine as collaboration between the European Society for Neonatology (ESN) and the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Southampton. He is the recipient of several national and international research awards, with international peer reviewed publications and keynote presentations and the lead for cardiovascular research, supervising several post graduate PhD candidates.
Dr. Elaine Neary is a consultant neonatologist at Liverpool Women’s Hospital in Liverpool, UK, an honorary clinical lecturer at University of Liverpool and a NIHR research scholar. She completed her medical school at Trinity College Dublin in 2007. Since she has completed dual paediatric and neonatal training in Ireland and Canada where she undertook a neonatal-perinatal fellowship and targeted neonatal echocardiography training at the University of Toronto. She completed a PhD with RCSI in 2016, masters in health management services in 2012 and postgraduate diploma in statistics and a certificate in medical education in 2011 and 2017 respectively.
Dr. Nim Subhedar is a consultant neonatologist at Liverpool Women’s Hospital in Liverpool, UK, and Clinical Lead for the Cheshire & Merseyside Neonatal Network. He qualified from the University of Bristol in 1988 and trained in Bristol, Brisbane and Liverpool. He has undertaken an MD in the field of neonatal pulmonary hypertension and inhaled nitric oxide therapy. His clinical and research interests include neonatal cardiology and neonatal echocardiography in general and, specifically, patent ductus arteriosus, pulmonary hypertension and inhaled nitric oxide therapy. Until recently he chaired the European Inhaled Nitric Oxide Registry. He is a co-investigator on the UK Baby OSCAR Trial of early selective treatment of PDA in preterm infants.
Neil is a Consultant Neonatologist at the Royal Hospital for Children, Glasgow. He trained in neonatology at the Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne, Australia and the Royal Hospital for Children, Glasgow, UK.Neil is a Senior NHS Research Scotland Fellow, Scottish Quality and Safety Fellow, and Clinical Innovation Lead for the West of Scotland Innovation Hub. Neil has specialist clinical and research interests in neonatal haemodynamic assessment and management, including in congenital diaphragmatic hernia. Neil leads local and international collaborations, including within the CDH Euro-consortium and International CDH Study Group. His other interests include Family Integrated Care, and clinical innovation including asynchronous video for remote care and non-invasive physiological monitoring.
Dr. María Carmen Bravo works as a staff neonatologist at La Paz University Hospital in Madrid, Spain. She completed her training program on Neonatologist Performed Echocardiography (NPE) with Prof Nick Evans in Sydney and she finished her PhD on new approaches to treat patent ductus arteriosus in 2011. She is the leader of the NPE program at La Paz Hospital and has directed NPE courses since 2010.Dr. Bravo´s specific research interests are in the field of critical care, neonatal cardiopulmonary physiology, functional echocardiography and the assessment of brain damage with cranial ultrasonography.
Nijmegen, the Netherlands
Willem-Pieter de Boode (Arnhem, 1966) received his doctorate degree with honours from the VU University Amsterdam. He specialised in Paediatrics (in Radboudumc and Sint Joseph Hospital, current Maxima Medical Center, in Veldhoven) and in Neonatology (Radboudumc), after which he was registered in 1999 as a Neonatologist. In 2010, he obtained his PhD at Radboud University on research into advanced techniques to investigate and monitor the blood circulation of newborns. De Boode is a paediatrician-neonatologist and staff member of the Neonatology department at the Amalia Children's Hospital Nijmegen. He is coordinator of the Radboudumc Neonatal Hemodynamics Research and Training Center and, as a former chairman and co-founder, closely involved in the Dutch working group Neonatal Hemodynamics. Willem is council member of the European Society for Paediatric Research (ESPR) and secretary of the ESPR Section “Circulation, Oxygen Transport and Haematology”. He is chairman of the ESPR special interest group “Neonatologist Performed Echocardiography (NPE)”, which is formulating European clinical, technical and training guidelines regarding the use of echocardiography on the NICU.
Dr. Yogen Singh is a Consultant in Neonatology and Padiatric Cardiology, Neonatologist with Expertise in Pediatric Cardiology (Cambridge University Hospitals), Associate Lecturer (University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine) and the Chair, Convenor and Academic Lead for the RCPCH’s Paediatricians with Expertise in Cardiology Special Interest Group, UK.Dr. Singh is also the Chair for ESPNIC Cardiovascular Dynamics Section and POCUS Working Group and the lead author for the ESPNIC evidence-based POCUS guidelines for use in neonatal and pediatric intensive care unit and “Expert Consensus Statement on Neonatologist Performed Echocardiography (NPE): Training and Accreditation in the UK”.He is the Director at ‘Cambridge Paediatric and Neonatal Echocardiography Course’ and TINEC course in Switzerland.
Dr. Mahmoud Montasser is a consultant neonatologist at University Hospital Wishaw, a transport consultant neonatologist at ScotSTAR regional neonatal transport team for West of Scotland, UK and honorary clinical senior lecturer at university of Glasgow. Dr. Montasser completed medical school in Egypt andpediatric training (neonatal subspeciality) in the UK. He completed his formal training in Neonatologist Performed Echocardiography (NOPE) including basic and advanced functional echocardiography during his final 2 years in collaboration with the pediatric cardiology and neonatal departments at The Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow. Dr.Montasser’s main special interests and areas of research are neonatal hemodynamic assessment, cardio-pulmonary vascular transition and disease, functional echocardiography and lung ultrasound as part of point of care ultrasonography (POCUS) in neonates.
Marilena Savoia is a consultant neonatologist at Santa Maria della Misericordia Hospital, Udine and contract professor in Neonatology in the Postgraduate Specialization in Paediatrics at Udine University. She specialised in Paediatrics at Udine University in 2001, completing her neonatal specialty training in the UK. She further developed her interest in Neonatologist Performed Echocardiography (NPE) with Prof Nick Evans in Sydney (2008) and in neonatal pulmonary hypertension with Prof Steven Abman in Denver (2013). She has a Master’s Degree in Paediatric Cardiology from Bologna University (2017) and has been member of the ESPR Governance Structure on NPE since 2018. Marilena is the lead of the first edition of the “Italian Training Program in Neonatologist Performed Echocardiography”, a nationwide project developed by the Study Group of Neonatal Cardiology of Italian Society of Neonatology, in close collaboration with the Italian Society of Pediatric Cardiology, endorsed by the ESPR. She has been practicing lung ultrasound (LUS) in day-to-day care since 2011, exploring lungs and heart crosstalking. She is in charge of the cardiac follow-up for BPD in NICU and outpatient clinic.
Dr. Iuri Corsini is a consultant neonatologist at the Careggi University Hospital of Florence (since 2008). He received his Medical degree in 2001, completed a specialization in Pediatrics and Neonatal Intensive Care in Florence in 2006 and completed a Master’s Degree in Paediatric Cardiology from Bologna University in 2013. Dr. Corsini is actively involved in neonatal research, particularly in hemodynamics, lung ultrasound, and animal models of neonatal disease. He is the chair of Italian neonatal cardiology study group and, along with Dr. Marilena Savoia and the Study Group of Neonatal Cardiology of the Italian Society of Neonatology, developed the the project “Italian Training Program in Neonatologist Performed Echocardiography”; a nationwide project developed in close collaboration with the Italian Society of Pediatric Cardiology and endorsed by the ESPR.
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NPA: Dr. Amish Jain
Funding: Heart & Stroke Ontario Clinician Scientist (Phase II) Award
The focus of the IMPRINT research program is to improve the clinical care and reduce the burden of pulmonary heart disease in preterm neonates suffering from pulmonary hypertension. The program’s current studies are:
Prospective observational study to develop robust echocardiographic criteria for early identification of preterm infants at risk of developing chronic pulmonary hypertension PMID: 33789855 | DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2020-044924
Funding: Canadian Institutes of Health Research (IHDCYH)–SickKids Foundation Participating sites: 6 NHRC sites across Canada, the United States & Europe
A detailed registry of preterm neonates treated with inhaled nitric oxide Funding: Mallinckrodt Investigator Initiated Research Grant Participating sites: 12 Canadian NHRC sites
NPA: Dr. Dany Weisz
PA: Dr. Amish Jain, Dr. Luc Mertens, Dr. Prakesh Shah
The main objective of this study is to develop an outcome-based definition of ‘significant’ PDA among extremely low gestational age neonates at different postnatal ages. Funding: Canadian Institutes of Health Research Project Grant Participating sites: 17 Canadian NHRC sites
NPA: Dr. Souvik Mitra
PA: Dr. Amish Jain, Dr. Prakesh Shah
The main objective of this registry-based comparative effectiveness research study is to compare the different pharmacotherapeutic practices aimed at closure of patent ductus arteriosus and to evaluate their impact on clinical outcomes in extremely preterm infants (<29 weeks GA) . Funding: Canadian Institutes of Health Research Project Grant Participating sites: 22 Canadian sites
NPA: Dr. Joseph Ting
Participating sites: BC Women’s Hospital and Health Centre & University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital
NPA: Audrey Hebert
Participating sites: CHU de Québec-Université Laval & University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital
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Case Report 1: COVID-19 pneumonia, pulmonary hypertension and a patent ductus arteriosus
Authors: Daniel Ibarra Ríos (Neonatology Department Hospital Infantil de México Federico Gómez) and Alfonso de Jesús Martínez García (Fetal and Pediatric Cardiology, Instituto Nacional de Perinatología)