Division News

A compilation of professional and academic accomplishments and recognition in the popular press. 

In Brief


  • Nicole Yamada, MD, and Lou Halamek, MD, and their team at CAPE conducted International Simulation Instructor Training Programs for teams from the Philippines and China, November 29 – December 1 and December 5-7, respectively.  The team at CAPE has been conducting international training since 2003 in fulfillment of its mission to utilize simulation to improve the safety, efficiency and effectiveness of the care delivered to children and pregnant women around the world.
  • Dr. Lou Halamek was an invited speaker at the annual meeting of the European Pediatric Simulation Research Collaborative held in Brixen, South Tyrol, Italy, December 14-18.
  • Janene H. Fuerch, MD, was awarded the Atlantic Pediatric Device Consortium (APDC) Innovation Grant ($50K) and Venture Well's E-Team Stage II grant ($20K) for the hardware/software development of her biodesign innovation fellowship project aiming to decrease the incidence of teenage pregnancy.
  • Jonathan Palma, MD, MS, was elected to be a member of the Society for Pediatric Research. SPR is a multi-disciplinary network of researchers who collaborate to improve child health.
  • Postdoctoral scholar Krista Mary Smith Sigurdson, PhD, received a postdoctoral CHRI award. Dr. Sigurdson is mentored by Jochen Profit, MD, MPH, and her project is titled “Developing measures for family-centered care in the NICU.” Daniel Tawfik, who is also mentored by Dr. Profit and an instructor in Pediatrics Critical Care, received a Pilot/Early Career CHRI award. 
  • Dr. Fuerch, Dr. YamadaHenry Lee, MD, MS Epi, and Dr. Halamek were invited participants at the biannual meeting of the Neonatal Delegation to the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR) in Washington, D.C., December 9-10.  ILCOR is the organization responsible for the ongoing review of the science of resuscitation, and members of the Neonatal Delegation incorporate this review of the science into treatment guidelines issued by national bodies such as the Neonatal Resuscitation Program of the American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Krisa Van Meurs, MD, and Kathi Salley Randall, MSN, CNS, NNP-BC, traveled to Muscat, Oman to the 1st Gulf International Neonatology Quality Conference, November 29 – December 2.  They assisted in the planning and performance of a 1-day Neuro-NICU course, and Dr. Van Meurs spoke on neonatal seizure management and the use of inhaled nitric oxide in preterm newborns at the main conference attended by participants from 14 countries from the Gulf region.
  • The fifth edition of Fetal and Neonatal Brain Injury was published in December 2017. Editors are David Stevenson, MD, William Benitz, MD, Philip Sunshine, MD, Susan Hintz, MD, MS Epi, and Maurice Druzin, MD.


The Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia Symposium: Then and Next, organized by Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine, celebrated the 50th anniversary of the original description of bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) in The New England Journal of Medicine and its first author William Northway, MD. During the event, there was a screening of a conversation on “The Birth of BPD” between Dr. Northway and Dr. Sunshine. (Their discussion begins at min 24:06.)

Notable Publications

Jochen Profit, MD, MPH, Henry Lee, MD, MS Epi, and Jeff Gould, MD, were coauthors on an article recently published in JAMA Pediatrics looking at differences in NICU admission rates among inborn infants. This paper demonstrated 34-fold variation in admission among infants born at gestational age of 34 weeks or more. Surprisingly, the variation was inversely correlated with patient illness acuity, indicating that NICUs with a healthier population of infants had higher admission rates than NICUs with a sicker population.

Gary Darmstadt, MD, MS, was Guest Editor for a special collection of seven papers on Scaling-up Early Childhood Development in Low and Middle-income Countries in the January 2018 issue of Child: Care, Health and Development (published online in December). The series provides evidence for the principles and practices that have worked to advance early childhood development (ECD) in low resource settings, featuring work done in Chile, South Africa, Bangladesh, and India, as well as WHO’s Care for Child Development Program. Also included is a complex adaptive systems analysis of the key principles that emerge from a review of country experience with scaling up ECD.



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