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Faculty

COURSE DIRECTORS

Hany Aly, MD, FAAP
Chairman, Department of Neonatology
Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital
Cleveland, OH

Hany Aly, MD, FAAP, is the chairman of the Department of Neonatology at Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital in Cleveland, OH. Dr. Aly postdoctoral fellowship training in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons. He is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine and has published and reviewed for many journals and written several book chapters.

Mohamed A. Mohamed, MD, MS, MPH, FAAP
Interim Director, Division of Newborn Services
Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Global Health

The George Washington University Medical Center
Washington, DC

Dr. Mohamed is an associate professor of pediatrics and global health at the George Washington University. He graduated from the Faculty of Medicine, Ain Shams University, Egypt in 1991 and completed a Masters of Sciences in Pediatrics in 1996. He moved to the US and completed a pediatrics residency at the Children’s Regional Hospital of South Jersey, UMDNJ and a fellowship in neonatology at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Medicinal College of Cornell University. He is certified in both pediatrics and neonatal-perinatal medicine. In 2008, Dr. Mohamed completed his Masters in Public Health, with focus on Global Health Policy & Programs, from the George Washington University. Dr. Mohamed has been an attending neonatologist at the newborn services division, the George Washington University Medical Center since 2003 and holds dual appointment in the Pediatrics and Global health departments. Dr. Mohamed is teaching essentials of pediatrics & neonatal medicine to medical students, pediatrics residents, and neonatology fellows. He mentors residents and fellows in their clinical research projects, and public health students in their practicum and culminating experience. He also certifies practitioners in neonatal resuscitation. Dr. Mohamed is interested in improving the health outcomes of newborns and children and he authored several publications in the field of neonatal mortalities, morbidities, and pregnancy outcomes. Dr. Mohamed is currently working with the center for global health at the George Washington University to establish a sustainable relationship with academic institutions in Egypt focusing on public health education, research, and scholarly development. He was funded through USDA to lead joint efforts with National Research Centre in Egypt to develop research agenda to examine neonatal infections related mortality and morbidity in Egypt.

SPEAKERS

Kyonna Coulibaly, RN, MPH
Staff Nurse, NICU
The George Washington University Medical Center
Washington, DC

Mohamed El-Dib, MD
Director, Neurocritical Care in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Boston, MA

Dr. El-Dib is the director of Neurocritical Care in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA. Before that, he has been an Attending Neonatologist and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and of Neurology, at the George Washington University, Washington DC. Dr. El-Dib is Board Certified in Pediatrics and Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine. He has completed fellowship training in the fields of Neonatology and Neonatal Neurology and Brain development at Children’s National Medical Center and the George Washington University. He graduated from Cairo University School of Medicine, and completed two pediatric residency programs at Cairo University Children’s Hospital and University of Connecticut. Dr. El-Dib is an established researcher and author of more than 50 peer reviewed manuscripts, abstracts and book chapters. His focus of interest is brain injury in both term and preterm neonates.  In term infants, he has focused on hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy and strategies for neuroprotection. In premature infants, he has been studying early neurophysiologic metrics e.g. amplitude integrated EEG, near-infrared spectroscopy, and CO2 reactivity and their relation to brain development and neurodevelopmental outcome.

Neil Friedman, MBChB
Director, Center for Pediatric Neurology
Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital
Cleveland, OH

Dr. Friedman obtained his medical degree from the University of Cape Town, South Africa in 1987. He spent the next 18 months working in a rural hospital in South Africa gaining clinical experience before working in London, England, for the next three years in various pediatric subspecialty fields. This included 10 months of research in pediatric neuromuscular disorders under Professor Victor Dubowitz at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School, London, United Kingdom. His specialty training included a Pediatrics residency at the University of Arizona (1995) with subsequent completion of a Neurology fellowship with special qualifications in Child Neurology through Children’s Hospital.,Boston (1998). Since 1998, Dr Friedman has served as a staff physician in Pediatric Neurology at the Cleveland Clinic. He is board-certified in Pediatric Neurology. He was the director of the Pediatric Neurology Training Fellowship from 2003 to 2008. He was appointed Director of the Center for Pediatric Neurology in 2014. Dr. Friedman’s specialty interests include pediatric stroke, the neurological complications of congenital heart disease and cardiomyopathy, pediatric neuromuscular disease, neonatal and fetal neurology. He was instrumental in establishing the Ohio Pediatric Stroke Registry and is a member of the International Pediatric Stroke Study consortium. He has also established a protocol for the neuromuscular and neurometabolic evaluation of children with idiopathic cardiomyopathy and has established an interdisciplinary pediatric neurocardiac clinic for the comprehensive evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of children with congenital and acquired heart disease.

An Massaro, MD
Co-Director of Research, Division of Neonatology
Director of Resident Research, Pediatric Residency Program
Children's National Medical Center
Washington, DC

Dr. Massaro joined the Children’s National faculty in the Division of Neonatology in 2007 after completing both her Pediatric Residency and Fellowship in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at Children’s National.  She has been a principal investigator in the Center for Translational Science and the Center for Neuroscience in CRI. Her research broadly centers on neonatal neurology and neuroprotection.  More specifically, she investigates neuroimaging and physiological biomarkers of brain injury for the assessment and treatment of perinatal brain injury in high-risk newborns. Dr. Massaro currently serves as the Co-Director of Research for the Division of Neonatology and Director of Resident Research for the Pediatric Residency Program at Children’s National Medical Center.

Richard A. Polin, MD
Director, Division of Neonatology
Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York-Presbyterian
New York, NY

Dr. Richard A. Polin is the William T. Speck Professor of Pediatrics at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons in the City of New York and has been Director of the Division of Neonatology at Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York-Presbyterian since 1998. After earning BA and MD degrees from Temple University, Dr. Polin completed a pediatric internship and residency at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago, and a pediatric residency and neonatology fellowship at Babies’ Hospital in NY. He was Pediatric Chief Resident there, from 1974-75 and Rustin McIntosh Fellow in Pediatrics from 1975-77. An Associate Pediatrician at Children’s Hospital from 1975-1977, he was named Outstanding Pediatric Attending for 1976-1977. He won similar honors for 1978-79 and 1982-83 at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where he held the positions of Director of the Housestaff Training Program, Assistant and Associate Physician-in-Chief, Academic Coordinator of Pediatrics, and Acting Director, Neonatology.  Temple University’s Medical School named Dr. Polin its outstanding alumnus in 1995. In 1998, Dr. Polin returned to Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of NY-Presbyterian as the Director of Neonatology and Vice-Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics. In 2005, he received the "Physician of the Year Award" both from the New York-Presbyterian Hospital Columbia University Medical Center and the Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York-Presbyterian, Division of Nursing. In the spring of 2006, Dr. Polin received the National Neonatal Education Award from the AAP’s Section on Perinatal Pediatrics. Dr. Polin has published over 200 original papers, 20 books (including Fetal and Neonatal Physiology, Workbook in Practical Neonatology, Pediatric Secrets, Fetal and Neonatal Secrets, Current Pediatric Therapy, Pocket Neonatology) and more than 200 abstracts. Dr. Polin is the Chair of the NICHD Neonatal Research Network executive steering committee, and he is the chair of the Sub-board of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine.

Christopher Thornton, RRT
Respiratory Therapist
Anne Arundel Medical Center
Annapolis, MD

Jen Wung, MD, FAAP
Professor of Pediatrics
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
Children's Hospital of New York
New York, NY

A pioneer in Bubble Nasal CPAP therapy, Dr. Wung is a neonatal intensivist who has directed respiratory care at the Columbia NICU since 1974. He is board-certified in Critical Care Medicine and Anesthesiology. Dr. Wung is a professor of Pediatrics at Columbia University Medical Center, New York. He received his medical degree from Taipei Medical University in 1966. His post-graduate trainings include: Residencies in obstetrics-gynecology and anesthesiology, and fellowship in combined pediatrics and neonatal intensive care medicine at Columbia in 1973. Dr. Wung has served as a World Health Organization consultant in China in 1987, and has participated in several National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute sponsored committees. His specialties include: Gentler and kinder ventilation with preservation of spontaneous breathing, permissive hypercarbia; The management of infants with PPHN without hyperventilation; The management of congenital diaphragmatic hernia infants with gentle ventilation, delayed surgery and no prophylactic chest tubes; Laryngeal mask airway (LMA) for infant with Pierre Robin sequence; Technique of one-lung ventilation in neonates; Continuous inhalation of iloprost for Persistent pulmonary hypertention of neonate. Dr. Wung invented a nasal prong CPAP system (Hudson) and Oxyscope.

Faculty Disclosures

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