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NIH Consensus Development Conference:
Inhaled Nitric Oxide Therapy
for Premature Infants

October 27-29, 2010
Bethesda, Maryland
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Consensus Development Panel Biographies

F. Sessions Cole, M.D.
Panel and Conference Chairperson
Park J. White, M.D. Professor of Pediatrics

Assistant Vice Chancellor for Childrens Health

Vice Chairperson

Department of Pediatrics


Division of Newborn Medicine

Washington University School of Medicine

Chief Medical Officer

St. Louis Childrens Hospital

St. Louis, Missouri

Dr. Cole is the Park J. White, M.D. Professor of Pediatrics, Vice Chancellor for Children’s Health, and Vice Chairperson for the Department of Pediatrics, and the Director of the Division of Newborn Medicine at the Washington University School of Medicine. He is also the Chief Medical Officer of the St. Louis Children’s Hospital. Dr. Cole’s research interests focus on understanding the genetic mechanisms that disrupt pulmonary surfactant metabolism and cause neonatal respiratory distress syndrome.

Claudia Alleyne, M.D.
Dr. Alleyne is the Medical Director of a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at the Kaiser Permanente Anaheim Medical Center. She is also a member of the Committee on Practice, Section on Perinatal Pediatrics for the American Academy of Pediatrics. Her research interests include long-term trends in neonatology, workforce demographics, and practice activities.

John D.E. Barks, M.D.
Dr. Barks is a Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases and Director of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine and Neonatal Research at the University of Michigan Medical School. His research interests include mechanisms of injury to the developing brain, primarily hypoxic-ischemic (i.e., strokelike) brain injury, and mechanisms of recovery from neonatal brain injury.

Robert J. Boyle, M.D., FAAP
Dr. Boyle is a Professor of Pediatrics and Associate Faculty at the Center for Biomedical Ethics and Humanities at the University of Virginia. His research interests include outcome of NICU graduates, prevention of candidal infection in NICU patients, and ethical considerations when treating premature infants.

John L. Carroll, M.D., FAAP
Dr. Carroll is a Professor of Pediatrics at the College of Medicine and Section Chief of the Pediatric Pulmonary Division at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. His research interests include determining how the body senses and controls oxygen levels in the blood, as well as how this changes in the developing infant, so that a number of potentially life threatening disorders such as asthma, chronic lung disease of infancy, apnea, and sudden infant death syndrome can be better treated or prevented.

Deborah Dokken, M.P.A.
Ms. Dokken, a bereaved parent, is a Family Healthcare Advocate. She was Associate Director of the Initiative for Pediatric Palliative Care, a project of the Education Development Center in Newton, Massachusetts. She has served on the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Clinical Research Involving Children and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Pediatric Advisory Committee. She is also a member of the Ethics Committee at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC. Her interests focus on improving family-centered care for children living with life-threatening conditions.

William H. Edwards, M.D.
Dr. Edwards is a Professor, the Vice Chair of Pediatrics, Neonatology Section Chief, and Medical Director CHaD Nurseries at Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth. He is also Co-Director of the Vermont Oxford Network at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. His research interests include neonatal epidemiology and outcomes, neonatal infectious diseases, and quality improvement.

Michael Georgieff, M.D.

Dr. Georgieff is the Section Head of Neonatology, the Director of the Center for Neurobehavioral Development, and a Professor of Pediatrics and Child Psychology at the University of Minnesota and University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital. His research focuses on fetal/neonatal nutrition, specifically, the effect of fetal/neonatal iron nutrition on brain development and neurocognitive function.

Katherine Gregory, Ph.D., R.N.
Dr. Gregory is an Assistant Professor in Maternal Child Health at the William F. Connell School of Nursing at Boston College. She is also a Nurse Scientist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, where she conducts her clinical research. Dr. Gregory’s research interests pertain to prediction strategies of gastrointestinal disease, as well as the feeding, growth, and development of preterm infants.

Michael V. Johnston, M.D.

Dr. Johnston is a Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He is also Senior Vice President, Chief Medical Officer, and Director of the Division of Neurology and Developmental Medicine at the Kennedy Krieger Institute. Dr. Johnston’s research is focused on developing therapies to reduce brain injury in infants and children as well as to promote recovery by enhancing brain plasticity.

Michael Kramer, M.D.
Dr. Kramer is the Scientific Director of the Institute of Human Development, Child and Youth Health at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. He is also the James McGill Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at McGill University Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Kramer is currently researching socioeconomic disparities in preterm birth and population health trends in fetal death, preterm birth, fetal growth, and infant mortality.

Christine Mitchell, M.S., M.T.S., R.N.
Ms. Mitchell is the Associate Director of Clinical Ethics in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard University Medical School. She is also the Director of the Office of Ethics at Children’s Hospital Boston. Her current research is focused on the evaluation of ethics consultation at Harvard hospitals.

Josef Neu, M.D.
Dr. Neu is a Professor of Pediatrics and Director of the Neonatology Fellowship Training Program at the University of Florida College of Medicine. His research interests include the biochemical nutrition of the neonate.

DeWayne M. Pursley, M.D., M.P.H.

Dr. Pursley is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard University Medical School and Chief of the Department of Neonatology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He recently completed a prospective epidemiologic study which compares risk-adjusted therapeutic intensity in seven NICUs.

Walter Robinson, M.D., M.P.H.
Dr. Robinson is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Pediatric Allergy, Immunology, and Pulmonary Medicine and is the Associate Professor of Medical Ethics at the Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. His research involves understanding the illness demands and needs of adolescents and adults with cystic fibrosis, ethical issues in chronic illness, and the moral demands of professional practice and research.

David H. Rowitch, M.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Rowitch is a Professor of Pediatrics and Neurological Surgery, the Chief of Neonatology, and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator at the University of California, San Fransisco. His research interests focus on central nervous system development and brain injury.



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