Neonatology and Perinatology

Faculty

Richard Polin, MD

Academic Title(s):

Director, Division of Neonatology and Perinatology
Professor of Pediatrics at CUMC
Attending Physician

Contact Information:

Tel: (212) 305-5827
Fax: (212) 305-7086
Email: rap32@columbia.edu

Education

  • Temple University, BA, 1966
  • Temple University, M.D., 1970

Postgraduate Training

  • Pediatric Residency, Children's Memorial Hospital Chicago, 1970-1972
  • Senior Resident in Pediatrics, Babies Hospital 1972-1973
  • Chief Resident in Pediatrics, Babies Hospital 1974-1975
  • Fellowship, Neonatal Perinatal Medicine, Babies Hospital 1973-1974 and 1975-1977

Awards and Honors:

  • Outstanding Pediatric Attending Babies Hospital, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia 1978-79 & 1982-83,
  • National Neonatal Education Award, 2006
  • Outstanding Alumnus, Temple University School of Medicine

Interests/Specialties

  • Hyperbilirubinemia
  • Neonatal Sepsis
  • Fluid and Electrolyte Management

Learn more about Dr. Polin

Dr. Polin has a broad range of scientific interests. Currently, his major focus is on developmental immunology, infectious diseases, hypoxic ischemic brain injury and aerosolized surfactant. Dr. Polin has published over 100 original papers, more than 60 editorial reviews and chapters, 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. He is an editor of the American Academy of Pediatrics publication, Grand Rounds.

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Francis Akita, MB, ChB

Academic Title(s):

Director, Division of Neonatology  NewYork-Presbyterian/The Allen Hospital
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at CUMC
Attending Physician

Contact Information:

Tel: (212) 932-4035
Fax: (212) 932-5441
Email: faa8@columbia.edu

Education

  • Prenpeh College, BS, 1972
  • University of Ghana Medical School, MD, 1978

Postgraduate Training

  • Residency, Harlem Hospital Center, 1984
  • Fellowship, Tuft's New England Medical Center, 1986

Interests/Specialties

  • General Neonatology

David A. Bateman, MD

Academic Title(s):

Professor of Pediatrics at CUMC
Attending Physician

Contact Information:

Tel: (212) 305-6578
Fax: (212) 305-8796
Email: Dab2@columbia.edu

Education

  • College of Wooster, BA, 1968
  • Tufts University School of Medicine, MD, 1973
  • Columbia University School of Public Health, MS (Biostatistics)

Postgraduate Training

  • Residency, Lincoln Hospital (Bronx), 1973-1975
  • Residency, Tufts-New England Medical Center (Boston), 1978-1979
  • Fellowship, St Margaret's Hospital, Tufts New England Medical Center, 1978-1979
  • Babies and Children's Hospital, 1979-1981

Interests/Specialties

  • Effects of intrauterine cocaine exposure and other manifestations of urban poverty on the newborn.

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Thomas G. Diacovo, MD

Academic Title(s):

Director, Neonatal and Critical Care Research
Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Pathology and Cell Biology

Contact Information:

Tel: (212) 851-4683
Fax: (212) 851-4504
Email: td2142@columbia.edu

Education

  • McGill University, BSc, 1984
  • Medical School: McGill University, 1988

Postgraduate Training

  • Residency, Texas Children's Hospital, 1988-1991
  • Fellowship, Boston Children's Hospital, 1991-1994

Awards and Honors:

  • 1993 Farley Fund Fellowship, Children?s Hospital, Boston
  • 1998 Scholar of the Washington University Child Health Research Center of Excellence in Developmental Biology
  • 2002 AHA Young Investigator Prize in Thrombosis
  • 2007 Lewis Katz Prize in Cardiovascular Medicine, Columbia University
  • 2007 NYSTAR faculty development award

Interests/Specialties

  • Hemostasis and Thrombosis
  • Inflammation related to autoimmune diseases

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Christiana R. Farkouh, MD, MPH

Academic Title(s):

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at CUMC

Contact Information:

Tel: (212) 342-3735
Fax: (212) 305-8796
Email: crf9@columbia.edu

Education

  • Barnard College, Columbia University, BA, 1992
  • Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, MPH, 1994
  • New York Medical College, MD, 1998

Postgraduate Training

  • Internship/Residency, Mount Sinai Medical Center (Pediatrics), New York, NY, 1998-2001
  • Fellowship, Children's Hospital of Philadelpia (Neonatology), Philadelphia, PA, 2001-2004

Interests/Specialties

  • Neuro developmental follow-up of premature infants
  • Neuro developmental follow-up of infants with Congenital Diaphragmatic Herinia (CDH)
  • Neonatal Resuscitation

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Marianne Garland, MB ChB

Academic Title(s):

Associate Professor of Pediatrics at CUMC
Attending Physician

Contact Information:

Tel: (212) 305-0954
Fax: (212) 305-0956 Lab Telephone# (212) 305-5117
Email: Mg71@columbia.edu

Education

  • University of Auckland, BHB, 1981
  • University of Aukland, School of Medicine, MD, 1984

Postgraduate Training

  • Residency, Monmouth Medical Center (New Jersey), 1991
  • Fellowship, Columbia University, 1995

Interests/Specialties

  • Perinatal transmission of HIV infection and interventions to reduce transmission
  • Perinatal pharmacology of morphine and its glucuronide metabolites
  • Perinatal pharmacology of anti-HIV drugs
  • Pharmacology of pregnancy
  • Placenta transfer and fetal metabolism
  • Ontogeny of autonomic control in the fetus
  • Optimizing care of ELBW infants
  • Benefits of breast milk for ELBW infants
  • Novel educational strategies for GME

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Carly Gomes, MD

Academic Title(s):

Instructor in Pediatrics at CUMC

Contact Information:

Email: cig2108@columbia.edu

Education

  • Cornell Univeristy, BS, 2005
  • Stanford School of Medicine, MD, 2010

Postgraduate Training

  • Intern, Pediatrics, Columbia University Medical Center, 2010-2011
  • Resident, Pediatrics, Columbia University Medical Center, 2011-2013

Interests/Specialties

  • Neonatal Intensive Care
  • Molecular mechanisms of pain

Philip Grieve, PhD

Academic Title(s):
Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering (in Pediatrics) at CUMC

Contact Information:
Tel: (212) 305-0953
Fax: (212) 305-0956
Email: pgg3@columbia.edu

Education

  • Cornell University, BEE, 1964
  • Cornell University, University of California at Los Angeles, PhD, 1973

Postgraduate Training

  • Fellowship in Developmental Psychobiology, Columbia University and New York State Psychiatric Institute, 1992-1994

Awards and Honors:

  • General Motors National Scholarship, Cornell University
  • Hughes Aircraft Company, Masters Fellowship, UCLA
  • Howard Hughes Doctoral Fellow, UCLA
  • Eta Kappa Nu, Electrical Engineering Academic Honor Society
  • Session chairman, IEEE International Radar Conference.
  • Chairman, Aerospace Industries Association Committee on Optical Information Processing
  • Claire Lucille Pace Humanitarian Award in Pediatrics at Babies and Children's Hospital Columbia for efforts on behalf of the children on the Pine Ridge Lakota Indian Reservation

Interests/Specialties

  • Developmental electrophysiology including measurement of abnormal brain function in premature infants and young children with affect disorders
  • Collection and processing of high density (128 lead) EEG data from infants and young children.

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Joseph Isler, PhD

Academic Title(s):

Associate Research Scientist

Contact Information:

Tel: (212) 342-4151
Fax: (212) 305-0956
Email: jri2101@columbia.edu

Education

  • Kenyon College and University of Cincinnati, BS, 1985
  • University of Cincinnati, MS, 1987
  • University of Cincinnati, PhD, 1990

Postgraduate Training

  • University of Alaska at Fairbanks, 1990-1991
  • Columbia University and New York State Psychiatric Institute, 2003-05

Interests/Specialties

  • Development of neural systems assessed with measures of synchronization and coupling in neuroelectrical oscillations
  • Event-related potentials in infants and novel analytical techniques
  • Perinatal development of the waking state and higher levels of cognition

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Sudha Kashyap, MD

Academic Title(s):

Professor of Pediatrics at CUMC
Attending Neonatologist

Contact Information:

Tel: (212) 305-9034
Fax: (212) 305-8796
Email: sk48@columbia.edu

Education

  • St John's Medical College, MBBS, 1972
  • Maulana Azad Medical College, DCH, 1976

Postgraduate Training

  • Residency, Brookdale Hospital, 1978
  • Fellowship, Columbia Univ. College of Physicians & Surgeons, 1979

Interests/Specialties

  • Neonatal Nutrition & Metabolism

Learn more about Dr. Kashyap

Dr. Kashyap and colleagues have been studying the effects of systematic variations in dietary protein and energy intake on the growth, metabolism, physiology and behavior of low birth weight infants. The results from these studies produced accurate predictive equations and have raised interesting new hypotheses concerning early nutritional intake of these infants, their growth and neurobehavioral development. Evidence from these studies and the work of others, indicates that very low birth weight infants (<1250 g) incur a cumulative deficit in nitrogen stores during the early days and weeks of life due to inadequate nitrogen availability and/or retention. Given the uncertain neurodevelopmental outcome for these small infants and the likelihood that some of this deficit may be attributable to nutritional factors, Dr. Kashyap has just completed a study evaluating the effects of aggressive nitrogen supplementation during the first days and weeks of life on acute macronutrient retention, growth rate, composition of weight gain and protein nutritional status during subsequent enteral feeds and on neurodevelopmental performance at 18 months.

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Ganga Krishnamurthy, MD

Academic Title(s):

Garrett Isaac Neubauer Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at CUMC
Director, Neonatal Cardiac Care
Attending Physician

Contact Information:

Tel: (212) 342-1316
Fax: (212) 305-8796
Email: gk2008@columbia.edu

Education

  • Mysore University, Mysore, India, M.B.B.S., 1990

Postgraduate Training

  • Residency, Infant and Children's Hospital of Brooklyn at Maimonides Medical Center, New York, NY, 2001
  • Fellowship, Neonatology: Columbia University, 2004
  • Senior Fellowship in Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care, Children's Hospital, Boston, 2005

Awards and Honors:

  • Physician of the Year award nominee, 2011
  • Physician of the Year award nominee, 2009
  • Neubauer Award, Pediatric cardiac intensive care, 2004-2006
  • Milton Singer Award for academic excellence in Neonatology, 2003
  • Sassine Rahi Award for Excellence in Neonatology, 2001
  • Best Graduating Resident in Pediatrics, 2000
  • Robert Gilmore Award, AAP in-training Examination, 2000

Interests/Specialties

  • Neonatal Cardiac Physiology
  • Catecholamine resistant hypotension in neonates after congenital heart surgery
  • Brain monitoring in the neonate
  • Non-invasive monitoring of tissue perfusion
  • Neurodevelopment outcomes in infants with congenital heart disease

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John M. Lorenz, MD

Academic Title(s):

Director of Clinical Research, Division of Neonatology and Perinatology
Professor of Pediatrics at CUMC
Attending Physician

Contact Information:

Tel: (212) 305-5827
Fax: (212) 305-7086
Email: jl1084@columbia.edu

Education

  • University of Cincinnati, BS, 1972 University of Cincinnati, MD, 1976

Postgraduate Training

  • Residency, Children's Hospital Medical Center (Cincinnati), 1976-1979
  • Fellowship, University of Cincinnati, 1979-1981

Awards and Honors:

  • Phi Beta Kappa, University of Cincinnati, 1972
  • Magna Cum Laude, University of Cincinnat, 1972
  • Roche Award, College of Medicine, University of Cincinnati, 1974
  • Alpha Omega Alpha, College of Medicine, University of Cincinnati, 1975
  • Peter T. Kilgour Prize (awarded to the graduating student who, in work and character, best expresses the ideals of medicine), College of Medicine, University of Cincinnati 1976
  • Miracle Maker Award (Honoring exceptional children's physicians), Children's Miracle Network, Sparrow Hospital, Lansing, Michigan, 1995
  • Accepted as a life member of the/ National Registry of Who's Who ( http://www.bestdoctors.com ), 1999

Interests/Specialties

  • F & E management
  • Thermal management
  • Bioethics
  • Developmental renal and fluid and electrolyte physiology
  • Long-term outcomes of newborn intensive care
  • Decision making in the NICU

Learn more about Dr. Lorenz

Dr. Lorenz is a member (and past chair) of the NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital Ethics Committee, a member of the Columbia University Medical Center Ethics Committee, and a Faculty Associate in the Center for Bioethics at Columbia University. His outcomes research focuses on quantifying the long-term outcomes of the extremely premature infant and exploring the effect of differences in the application of intensive care on these outcomes. Another focus is how varying methods of presenting relevant information to parents influence parental decisions regarding the initiation/continuation of intensive care.

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Kristina Orfali, PhD

Academic Title(s):

Associate Professor of Bioethics in Pediatrics at CUMC

Contact Information:

Tel: (212) 305-6561
Fax: (212) 305-8796
Email: ko2145@columbia.edu

Education

  • Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, France, 1976
  • Diplôme de l'Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris, 1979
  • Ph.D. in Social Sciences, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, 1997

Interests/Specialties

  • Bioethics
  • Long-term outcomes of newborn intensive care
  • Decision making in the NICU
  • Parents perspective

Learn more about Dr. Orfali

Dr. Orfali is a Faculty Associate at the Center for Bioethics and a Research Scholar at Institute for Social and Economic Research and policy (ISERP). She has published work in a cross cultural perspective on patient's hospital experiences and on clinician and family decision making in intensive care units. Her more recent work focuses on ethical dilemmas and international variations in medical prognosis in neonatology, a particular emphasis being put on the links between decision theory and empirical results. Another line of research, pursued with colleagues form behavioral sciences, relates to the negative psychological consequences of choice in life and death contexts. She is a co-editor of the book The View From Here: Bioethics and the Social Sciences (Blackwell, 2007). Before joining Columbia, K. Orfali has been an Assistant Professor in Medicine and Assistant Director at the MacLean Center for Clinical Ethics a the University of Chicago and Directeur de Recherches at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in France. As an ethicist she is a member of the Morgan Stanley CHONY ethics committee.

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Elvira Parravicini, MD

Academic Title(s):

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at CUMC
Neonatal Attending

Contact Information:

Tel: (212) 305-0955
Fax: (212) 305-8796
Email: ep127@columbia.edu

Education

  • Liceo Classico at Monza, Milano, Italy, 1975
  • University of Milan, Italy, MD, 1981

Postgraduate Training

  • Residency, University of Milan, Italy, 1985
  • Residency, New York University, 1998
  • Fellowship, University of Milan, Italy, 1987
  • Fellowship, Columbia University, 2001

Awards and Honors:

  • The Milton Singer memorial fellowship award, Columbia University, 1999

Interests/Specialties

  • Prenatal diagnosis and postnatal treatment of infants with congenital anomalies
  • Acute renal failure in low birth weight infants

Learn more about Dr. Parravicini

Dr. Parravicini is a team member of Prenatal Pediatrics, whose aim is caring for babies with abnormalities before and after birth with neonatal and long-term pediatric follow-up. During the weekly multidisciplinary Prenatal Pediatrics conference each patients unique situation is presented and discussed to develop a consistent plan for the best management of the pregnancy, delivery and newborn care. Dr Parravicini's primary interest is following infants who have been prenatally diagnosed with a potential lethal malformation. Her interventions include at first the communication to the parents of the neonatal prognosis when the diagnosis has been established. As the pregnancy progresses, other meetings are planned to provide adequate understanding of the condition of the fetus, to develop a delivery plan in collaboration with the obstetrician and to propose a plan of comfort care for the newborn. The focus of compassionate care is to provide the most comfortable and loving environment to an infant whose life is presumably very short. Essential points in the infants management are providing warmth, hydration and pain control. According to the length of life of the infant and the familys desire, different options are presented and include: rooming in with parents and family members and discharge home with hospice care support, or admission to the NICU for compassionate care, or transfer to a perinatal hospice facility.

Dr. Parravicini has been working on kidney development. Currently her major focus is the study of urine NGAL (Neutrophil Gelatinase Associated Lipocalin) as an early biomarker of acute renal failure in very low birth weight infants. Please see her research profile.

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Tara Randis, MD

Academic Title(s):

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Contact Information:

Tel: (212) 305-8500 Lab# (212) 342-2902
Fax: (212) 305-8796
Email: tmr2103@columbia.edu

Education

  • University of Scranton, BA Biology, 1996
  • MCP Hahnemann University School of Medicine, Philadelphia PA, MD, 2000

Postgraduate Training

  • Residency, St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, 2004
  • Fellowship, Columbia University, 2007

Awards and Honors:

  • Milton Singer Memorial Fellowship Award (2006), Department of Pediatrics, Columbia University, NY American Academy of Pediatrics, Neonatal Resuscitation Program: Young Investigator Grant (2005)

Interests/Specialties

  • Role of Gardnerella vaginalis in preterm birth
  • Hypoxic-ischemic brain injury

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Veniamin Ratner, MD

Academic Title(s):

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at CUMC

Contact Information:

Tel: (212) 342-0503
Fax: (212) 305-0956
Email: vr158@columbia.edu

Education

  • Donetsk Medical University, Ukraine, MD, 1987

Postgraduate Training

  • Residency, Nassau County Medical Center, East Meadow, NY, 1997-2000
  • Fellowship, New York-Presbyterian Hospital/ Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY, 2002-05

Interests/Specialties

  • Neonatal cardiology
  • ECMO and EXIT interventions
  • Animal models of neonatal lung diseases
  • Link between lung development, injury, repair and mitochondrial dysfunction.

Learn more about Dr. Ratner

Dr. Ratner's primary clinical interest is clinical management of infants with congenital heart disease. He is also a member of the multidisciplinary team (obstetrician, neonatologist, pediatric surgeon, anesthesiologist) for the EXIT procedure, which performed for the delivery of neonates with divers pathologies involving compromised or high risk for difficulties to intubate upon the delivery. During EXIT procedure infant initially is delivering via C-section with uninterrupted Fetal-placental circulation and only when airway is secured by intubation or tracheostomy, infant delivery is completed.

Dr.Ratner's research interest is to investigate mechanisms of pulmonary development, interactions between developing pulmonary tissue and divers stress factors, role of cellular bioenergetics in the process of lung development.

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Tove Rosen, MD

Academic Title(s):

Professor of Pediatrics at CUMC
Neonatology Attending

Contact Information:

Tel: (212) 305-8500
Fax: (212) 305-8796
Email: tsr1@columbia.edu

Education

  • University of Rochester, BA, 1961
  • SUNY Downstate Medical Center School of Medicine, MD, 1965

Postgraduate Training

  • Internship, St. Luke's/Roosevelt Hospital Center, 1966
  • Residency, St. Lukes/Roosevelt Medical Center, 1970
  • Fellowship, Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, 1974

Interests/Specialties

  • Perinatal pharmacology and follow-up
  • Brain imaging and neurobehavioral development
  • Neonatal pain management

Learn more about Dr. Rosen

Dr. Rosen's major area of interest is perinatal pharmacology and follow-up. She has extensive experience in brain imaging and neurobehavioral development of infants born to mothers on drugs of abuse during pregnancy. She is also interested in brain imaging and neurobehavioral development of infants of mothers with a history of depression and the premature infant. Additional interests include neonatal pain management. Dr. Rosen is collaborating with members of the Department of Pharmacology in the use of gene therapy in cardiac arrhythmias in an animal model. Dr. Rosen is also a member of the CPMC IRB and Pediatric Bioethics Committee.

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S. David Rubenstein, MD

Academic Title(s):

Director, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Director, Fellowship Training Program in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
Medical Director, Physician Extender Program
Professor of Pediatrics at CUMC
Attending Physician

Contact Information:

Tel: (212) 305-8500
Fax: (212) 305-8796
Email: Sdr26@columbia.edu

Education

  • Syracuse University, AB Psychology, 1966
  • Chicago Medical School, MD, 1970

Postgraduate Training

  • Residency, St. Christophers Hospital for Children, Philadelphia, PA, 1971
  • Fellowship, Fellow in Clinical Neonatology, The Pennsylvania Hospital and Research Fellow in Perinatal Physiology, The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 1973-1975

Interests/Specialties

  • Respiratory physiology
  • Respiratory mechanics
  • Respiratory gas exchange

Learn more about Dr. Rubenstein

Dr. Rubenstein was one of the original team members, with Drs. Tom Shaffer and Marla Wolfson, to investigate pulmonary mechanics, respiratory gas exchange and acid-base balance in preterm lambs during ventilation with perfluorochemical liquids (Pediatric Research 1976) and was the clinician responsible for bringing liquid ventilation of preterm babies into the clinical arena (Lancet 1989), thereby promoting many clinical research protocols. Other interests include neonatal cardiac intensive care, bilirubin metabolism, general neonatal intensive care and mentoring young physicians into the field of academic neonatal medicine.

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Rakesh Sahni, MD

Academic Title(s):

Professor of Pediatrics at CUMC
Attending Neonatologist

Contact Information:

Tel: (212) 305-9743
Fax: (212) 305-8796
Email: rs62@columbia.edu

Education

  • Maulana Azad Medical College (New Delhi, India), MBBS 1983
  • Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (Dublin, Ireland), MRCP(I) 1987
  • Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (Glasgow, United Kingdom), DCH 1988

Postgraduate Training

  • Residency, St. Luke's/Roosevelt Hospital, 1990
  • Fellowship, Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, 1993

Interests/Specialties

  • Neonatal physiology and behavior
  • Effects of sleep position in developing low birth weight infants
  • Sudden infant death syndrome
  • Invasive and non-invasive monitoring in newborn infants

Learn more about Dr. Sahni

Dr. Sahni is a Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and the Director of the Infant Physiology Laboratory at the Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of NewYork-Presbyterian. After earning his medical degree from Maulana Azad Medical College, University of Delhi in India, he did pediatric residency training in India, United Kingdom and United States. He further completed fellowship training in neonatal-perinatal medicine at Columbia University in 1993 and has been on faculty since.

Dr. Sahni's major area of interest is neonatal physiology and behavior. The broad goals of research in his laboratory are to understand the physiological basis of various processes during the neonatal period. Investigations of how do these processes alter cardiorespiratory activity, thermal regulation and neurobehavioral organization in extremely low birth weight infants during the early stages of development, what are the acute physiological effects of various interventions such as nutrition and postural alteration and long-term effects of early nutritional experiences in very low birth weight infant pertaining to cardiovascular, metabolic, and cognitive alterations at the resting level and stimulus responsiveness of the maturing sympathetic nervous system are of special interest. Working in collaboration with researchers from the Department of Developmental Neuroscience, he is studying the interactive relationships among body position during sleep, body temperature and cardiorespiratory and neuroelectric activity in the regulation of cardiovascular function during early development of low birth weight infants with the long-term objectives of elucidating physiologic vulnerabilities that may underlie sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and to develop age-appropriate, non-invasive tests that will identify infants who are at the greatest risk for SIDS. His interests also include continuous invasive and non-invasive physiological monitoring during neonatal intensive care in preterm and term infants. He has published over 50 original papers and more than 65 abstracts and is a recipient of several grant awards.

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Raymond I. Stark, MD

Academic Title(s):

Director and Principal Investigator: Perinatal Emphasis Research Center from the NICHD
Professor of Pediatrics
Attending Physician

Contact Information:

Tel: (212) 305-0954
Fax: (212) 305-0956
Email: ris2@columbia.edu

Education

  • Columbia College, BA, 1962
  • Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, MD, 1971

Postgraduate Training

  • Residency, Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, 1971-73

Interests/Specialties

  • Animal research

Learn more about Dr. Stark

At the present time, Dr. Stark, director of the animal research facility, is studying chronically instrumented fetal baboons. Comprehensive and sophisticated measurements are used to track the fetal baboon response to controlled maternal hypoxia. Of particular interest is effect of hypoxia on the development of cardiorespiratory control. Measurements of fetal breathing, fetal heart rate and heart rate variability and fetal EEG are made continuously during the last two to four weeks of gestation during steady-state resting behavior and during a number of experimental interventions. Dr. Stark is also studying the physiology of neurohypophyseal peptide hormones using a chronic sheep preparation with catheters placed in the ventricles of the brain. Changes in the level of such hormones as vasopressin and corticotropin-releasing factor are monitored under a number of rigidly controlled conditions.

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Vadim S. Ten, MD, PhD

Academic Title(s):

Associate Professor of Pediatrics at CUMC

Contact Information:

Tel: (212) 342-0075
Fax: (212) 305-8796
Email: vt82@columbia.edu

Education

  • Minsk State Medical Institute (Minsk, Belarus), MD, 1984

Postgraduate Training

  • Residency, Maimonides Medical Center (Brooklyn, USA), 1999
  • Fellowship, Columbia University Medical Center (New York, USA), 2002

Awards and Honors:

  • Bennet-Silvermann Young Investigator Award (Columbia University)
  • Young Investigator Award at the International Congress "New Frontiers in Neonatology," Austria
  • Assistant Professor Basic Science Research Award (Columbia University)

Interests/Specialties

  • Mechanisms of ischemic damage in the developing tissue.
  • Animal models of neonatal diseases: hypoxic-ischemic brain injury and alveolar developmental arrest.
  • Cellular bioenergetic and mitochondrial dysfunction as a potential mechanism in neonatal diseases resulting in organs developmental failure.

Learn more about Dr. Ten

Clinical: Dr. Ten's major interest is clinical management of compromised tissue oxygen delivery in critically ill newborn infants. 
Research: Dr. Ten is a leading investigator in the divisional core-laboratory of developmental biology. Dr. Ten's research interests are focused on understanding of mechanisms contributing to cerebral and pulmonary developmental delay in response to exposure to hypoxia-ischemia, hyperoxia and inflammation. His group investigates developmentally defined changes in cellular bioenergetics during pathological insults in brain and lungs. Dr. Ten is a recipient of several honors for his work: Bennet-SilvermannYoung Investigator Award (Columbia University),Young Investigator Award at the International Congress "New Frontiers in Neonatology," Austria and Assistant Professor Basic Science Research Award (Columbia University).

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Helen M. Towers, LRCP & SI, MBBCh

Academic Title(s):

Associate Professor of Pediatrics at CUMC
Attending Physician
Associate Medical Director, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Contact Information:

Tel: (212) 305-7822
Fax: (212) 305-8796
Email: hmt4@columbia.edu

Education

  • Royal College of Surgeons, LRCP & SI, MB, BCh 1983

Postgraduate Training

  • Internship, St. Laurence's Hospital - Dublin, 1984
  • Residency, St. Vincents Hospital and Medical Center of New York, 1990
  • Fellowship, Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, 1995

Interests/Specialties

  • Nutrition
  • Energy balance

Learn more about Dr. Towers

Dr. Towers is a clinical neonatologist with interest in nutrition and energy balance, and has collaborated in research and published on these topics. She has collaborated in research and published on these topics. She has collaborated in a recent study investigating the prevalence of auditory neuropathy in NICU graduates. She is a member of the Pediatric Department of Ethics and Bereavement committees, and continues as Pediatrics Liaison to the Graduate Medical Education office.

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Kimon Violaris, MD

Academic Title(s):

Director, Well Baby Nursery
Associate Professor of Pediatrics at CUMC
Attending Physician

Contact Information:

Tel: (212) 305-3202
Fax: (212) 305-8796
Email: kv2145@columbia.edu

Education

  • University of Athens, Greece, MD, 1973

Postgraduate Training

  • Residency, Maimonides Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY, 1978-1980
  • Fellowship, SUNY/Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY, 1980-1982
  • Fellowship, The New York Hospital/Cornell Medical Center, New York, 1986-1988

Interests/Specialties

  • The late preterm infant
  • Infant apnea
  • Neonatal cardiology and vascular blood flow

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Gloria D. Wiseman, MD, FAAP

Academic Title(s):

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at CUMC
Attending Physician

Contact Information:

Tel: (212) 304-5635
Email: gw56@columbia.edu

Education

  • City College of the City University of New York, BS, 1977
  • Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, MD, 1981

Postgraduate Training

  • Pediatric Residency, New York University Medical Center, 1981 – 1984
  • Fellowship, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, Babies Hospital, 1984-1986
  • Research Fellowship, Allergy/Immunology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, 1988-1991

Awards and Honors

  • 2011 Clinical Documentation Program Award, September 26, 2011

Interests/Specialties

  • Developmental/Neonatal Immunology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux
  • Diuretic role in weaning off nasal CPAP

Jen-Tien Wung, MD, FCCM

Academic Title(s):

Professor of Pediatrics at CUMC

Contact Information:

Tel: (212) 342-8668
Email: jw32@columbia.edu

Education

  • Taipei Medical University, MD, 1966

Postgraduate Training

  • Residency, Columbia University Medical Center, 1973
  • Fellowship, Babies Hospital, New York, 1974

Awards and Honors:

  • 1979 Teacher of the Year Award, Department of Pediatrics
  • First prize in 2nd International Video Congress, "The Newborn Through Pictures," Turin, Italy
  • "Thank God for Jen Wung Award" from Neonatal Parents' Support Network, September 17, 1995
  • Distinguished Citizen Award (in Medicine), Yi-Ju, Chia-Yi, Taiwan, March 11, 2000
  • The First Annual Physician of the Year Award, Columbia Presbyterian Medical CenterDepartment of Nursing, November 9, 2000
  • Outstanding Achievement Award, American Chinese Medical Association of New Jersey, November 5, 2005
  • 2011 Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Taiwan Society of Neonatology

Interests/Specialties

  • Neonatal intensive care medicine and respiratory care
  • Gentler and kinder ventilation with preservation of spontaneous breathing
  • Permissive hypercarbia
  • The management of infants with PPHN without hyperventilation
  • Congenital diaphragmatic hernia infants with gentle ventilation, delayed surgery and no prophylactic chest tubes

Learn more about Dr. Wung

Dr. Wung is a pioneer in bubble nasal CPAP therapy and inventor of nasal prong CPAP system (Hudson) and Oxyscope. Dr. Wung as delivered more than 200 lectures related to neonatal respiratory care in over 20 countries. He also serves as course director of annual conferences on Respiratory Care of the Newborn-A Practical Approach at Columbia University in New York since 1988.

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