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SUNY Downstate Medical Center

The Children's Hospital

Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine (NPM) Fellowship

About the Fellowship

The SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship program trains and prepares outstanding, compassionate newborn specialists by providing a comprehensive, strong background in clinical neonatology, requisite skills, physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology, and evidence-based neonatal and perinatal practices and interventions. As well, our fellows are exposed to a scholarly experience of the highest quality. We are intensely dedicated to advancing, exploring and developing innovative biomedical, translational, and clinical research. The fellows achieve their goals through the nurturing and stimulation of basic/clinical scientists, clinicians, and educators throughout the University and its teaching institutions. The program offers three new fellowship positions each year and provides a rich and diverse professional experience that allows appropriate career development and choices. Through our interactive, collaborative and integrated research, education, and community outreach programs we are committed to maintaining the highest standards of academic medicine and patient care.

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SUNY NPM fellowship program includes the perinatal and neonatal services of the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center University Hospital of Brooklyn (UHB) and the Kings County Hospital Center (KCHC), with about 4,000 annual combined deliveries. Each hospital has a 30-bed, Level III-B Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), which are located across the street from each other. Both hospitals have a wide perinatal referral area, with active transfers of critically ill newborns from local Level I and II nurseries. Our patients are ethnically diverse, mostly from the underserved population of Brooklyn. In addition to the rich, evidence-based, clinical experience in neonatal resuscitation and ICU management of sick neonates, we have exposure to a variety of neonatal surgical conditions with in-house Pediatric surgery. SUNY Downstate NPM fellowship program will be enriched and strengthened further by the inclusion of Maimonides Medical Center and its strong neonatal faculty in July 2018. Maimonides has annual deliveries of more than 9,500 newborns, of which more than 1,000 are admitted to their Level III-B NICU.

SUNY Downstate Medical Center has been designated and funded by the New York State Department of Health as the Regional Perinatal Center for North/North Central Brooklyn. We were the first institution in Brooklyn to implement the Statewide Perinatal Data System (SPDS) which provides public health and health care professionals around the state with timely and accurate data about birth outcomes. This data system assists hospitals in their quality assurance and quality improvement activities. Our program also leads the Brooklyn-Queens Neonatal Network and coordinates joint educational and research programs for all NICUs in Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island.

The NIH funded Neonatal-Perinatal Translational Pharmacology Research Laboratories are located at the SUNY Downstate Medical Center. Fellows get their translational research experience and training at this facility, and each fellow is involved in mentored research training, which results in a peer-reviewed publication. We have a wide range of bench, clinical and translational research opportunities, including fetal and neonatal pharmacology and therapeutics, molecular and clinical pharmacology of Retinopathy of Prematurity, Necrotizing Enterocolitis, Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia and any other area of interest our fellows may wish to pursue. We collaborate with various laboratories in the Department of Pediatrics and other Universities, and all fellows are encouraged to participate in these initiatives. All fellows are actively involved in Quality Improvement projects and are members of various inter-disciplinary committees in the hospital.

NICU clinical service rotations are divided evenly between UHB and KCHC, and soon with Maimonides Hospital. Both UHB and KCHC units are covered by one on-call fellow at night and on weekends. The first year will include 7 months of NICU service rotations, 4 months of research and 1 month of vacation. The second year will include 5 months of NICU service rotations, including 1 month at the Neonatal Cardiac ICU service at Columbia University New York Presbyterian- Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital, 6 months of research and 1 month of vacation. The third year will include 3 months of NICU service, 7 months of research, 1 month of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at Maimonides Hospital Center in Brooklyn, and 1 month of vacation.

Overall, the 3 year training period consists of 16 months of Clinical Rotations (including 14 months of NICU experience, 1 month of Neonatal Cardiac ICU and 1 month of Maternal- Fetal Medicine); 17 months of research and scholarly activities and 3 months of vacation (one month per year). First year fellows are on call 7 times a month, second year fellows 6 times a month and third year fellows 5 times a month. While on their research rotations, the fellows also participate in High Risk clinic on Friday mornings, 3-4 times a month at KCHC and Neurodevelopmental Clinic at UHB, including the Early Intervention Programs of the SUNY-Department of Pediatrics and other Universities.


 

Jacob (Jack) V. Aranda, MD, PhD, FRCPC, FAAP

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Director of Neonatology and Professor of Pediatrics and Ophthalmology
PI/Director: New York Pediatric Developmental Pharmacology Research Consortium
Program Director: Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship
SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Contact Information:
Tel – (718) 270-1912
Email – jaranda@downstate.edu

Education:
MD – Manila Central University, Manila
PhD (Pharmacology) – McGill University Faculty of Medicine and Graduate Studies, Montreal, Canada
Internship – Children's National Medical Center-Washington Hospital Center, Washington, DC
Residency (Pediatrics) – State University of New York Upstate Medical Center, Syracuse, NY
Fellowship (Neonatology) – Case Western Reserve University – Cleveland Metropolitan General Hospital, Cleveland, Ohio and McGill University-Montreal Children's Hospital, Montreal, Canada

Interests / Specialties / Grants:
Molecular and clinical pharmacology of Retinopathy of Prematurity; Clinical drug trials in newborns, NSAIDs for the newborn, Caffeine clinical pharmacology, novel drug therapies and drug development  in newborns,  Developmental Pharmacology.

Selected grants:

  • NIH/NICHD: 1U54HD071594-01 (Aranda JV- PI) 09/01/2011 to 08/31/2016 $ 3.69 million, No cost ext. = 06/30/2018 TITLE: Molecular and Clinical Pharmacology of Retinopathy of Prematurity – The goals of this project are to establish a specialized center in research in pediatric developmental pharmacology to study the molecular and clinical pharmacology of ROP (Role: PI) No overlap

Completed Research Support:

  • NIH/NICHD: (STTR) #1R41HD72881-01 (PI:  Baki SA PI) (08/01/2012 to 07/31/2015 Title: Wireless Novel Micro EEG for Neonatal Apnea and community Neurological Network. The goal of this project is to develop, validate. Evaluate the safety and effectiveness of a novel, wireless, user friendly microEEG for newborns (no overlap) Role: investigator
  • NIH/NICHD: 1R03 HD057566-01 (Aranda JV- PI) 01/01/2008 to 12/31/2010 (No cost extension to 08/31/2012 ($ 193,175.00) Absorption and Metabolism of Oral Codeine in Mechanically Ventilated Neonates
    The goal of this study is to determine the absorption and metabolism of codeine and the pharmacogenomics, pharmacokinetic, pharmacodynamics characteristics of this drug in preterm newborns. 2.4 months Role: PI (No Overlap)
  • NIH/NICHD: 5-U01HD-37261-01 ( Aranda JV: PI then Co-I) 01/01/2004 to 12/31/2008 extended to 12/31/2012 ($1,984,324.00) Title: Children's Center for Clinical Pharmacology Research-Pediatric Pharmacology Research Unit Network (PPRU) The goal of the PPRU Network is to develop and conduct translational and clinical trials in newborns and children. (No overlap) 3.6 months as PI ( 1/1/2004 to 11/1/2007 then 2.4 months ( 11/1/2007 to 12/31/2010) Role of PI changed due to move to New York

Publications:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=aranda+jv
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=aranda+j
Faculty Research

Gloria B. Valencia, MD, FAAP

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Clinical Professor of Pediatrics
Director of NICU, UHB
Associate Program Director – NPM Fellowship
Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs
SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Contact Information:
Tel – (718) 270-1695
Email – Gloria.Valencia@downstate.edu

Education:
MD – University of Santo Tomas, Manila, Philippines
Residency (Pediatrics) - SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn, New York 
Fellowship (Neonatology) - SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn, New York 

Interests/Specialties:
Chair, Quality Assurance Committee. Effect of Aminoguanidine, a specific iNOS inhibitor on rat lung biomarkers of angiogenesis and alveolarization during hyperoxia with intermittent hypoxia.

Publications:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=valencia+gloria
Faculty Research

Kay D. Beharry, BS

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Research Assistant Professor of Pediatrics & Ophthalmology
Director, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Translational Research Lab
Core Director – NIH U54 Neonatal Pharmacology Translational Lab
Division of Neonatology
SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Contact Information:
Tel - (718) 270-1475
Email – kbeharry@downstate.edu

Interests/Specialties/Grants:
Molecular and clinical pharmacology of Retinopathy of Prematurity; Molecular signaling in angiogenesis in human endothelial cell cultures, Intermittent hypoxia and hyperoxia in oxygen induced retinopathy in the neonatal rat model, NSAIDs for the newborn, Caffeine and NSAIDs for Retinopathy.

  • NIH/NICHD: 1U54HD071594-01   (Aranda JV- PI) 09/01/2011 to 08/31/2016 $ 3.69 million, No cost ext. = 06/30/2018 TITLE: Molecular and Clinical Pharmacology of Retinopathy of Prematurity – The goals of this project are to establish a specialized center in research in pediatric developmental pharmacology to study the molecular and clinical pharmacology of ROP (Role: Core Director and Co -PI) No overlap

Publications:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=beharry+kay

Vadim Bronshtein, MD FAAP

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Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Division of Neonatology
SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Contact Information:
Tel – (718) 270-1912
Email – Vadim.Bronshtein@downstate.edu

Education:
MD – Saint Petersburg State Pediatric Medicine Academy
Residency (Pediatrics) – Rothschild Hospital, Haifa, Israel
Fellowship (Neonatology) – B.C. Women's Hospital & Health Centre, Vancouver, Canada
Residency (Pediatrics) – Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center, Bronx, NY
Fellowship (Neonatology) – Maria Fareri Children's Hospital, Westchester, New York

Interests/Specialties:
Nutrition, High Risk Neurodevelopmental Clinic, Hypothermia and hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE), Novel interventions for HIE in the neonatal rat model.

Publications:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=vadim+bronshtein

Charles Cai, MD MS

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Research Associate of Pediatrics
Division of Neonatology
SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Contact Information:
Tel – (718) 270-1090
Email – Charles.Cai@downstate.edu

Education:
MD – Guangzhou Medical University, China
MS – Long Island University, New York, USA
Residency (Neurosurgery) – Neurosurgery Department, The First Hospital of Guangzhou, China
Fellowship (Molecular Biology Post-Doctoral Fellow) – Anatomy & Cell Biology Department, SUNY Downstate Medical School

Interests/Specialties:
Intermittent hypoxia and hepatic drug metabolism in liver of the newborn model

Publications:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=cai+charles

Johanna Calo, MD FAAP

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Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Division of Neonatology
SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Contact Information:
Tel – (718) 270-8819
Email – Johanna.Calo@downstate.edu

Education:
MD – University of Santo Tomas, Manila, Philippines
Residency (Pediatrics) – St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center, New Jersey
Fellowship (Neonatology) – Maria Fareri Children's Hospital, Westchester, New York

Interests/Specialties:
Bronchopulmonary dysplasia, Caffeine, Antioxidants, Exhaled nitric oxide, Superoxide dismutase, Bone morphogenetic protein; Fellow education

Publications:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=calo%2C+johanna

Antoni D'Souza, MD MPH FAAP

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Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Division of Neonatology
SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Contact Information:
Tel – (347) 463-6219
Email – Antoni.DSouza@downstate.edu

Education:
MBBS – Vijayanagara Institute of Medical Sciences, Bellary, India
MD (Pediatrics) – Bangalore Medical College, Bangalore, India
MPH – SUNY Downstate School of Public Health
Residency (Pediatrics) – St. Vincent's Hospital Medical Center, New York
Fellowship (Neonatology) – Maria Fareri Children's Hospital, Westchester, New York

Interests/Specialties:
Role of prebiotics, probiotics and synbiotics in neonatal necrotizing enterocolitis;
Mediators of inflammation, toll like receptors in neonatal necrotizing enterocolitis;
Allergic enterocolitis in neonates.

Publications:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=D%27Souza+Antoni

Lawrence Fordjour, MD FAAP

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Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Division of Neonatology
SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Contact Information:
Tel – (718) 270-1912
Email – Lawrence.Fordjour@downstate.edu

Education:
MD – Danylo Halytsky Lviv National Medical University, Ukraine
Residency (Pediatrics) – Long Island College Hospital/ Beth Israel Medical Center, New York
Fellowship (Neonatology) – New York University Langone Medical Center

Interests/Specialties:
Director of High Risk Neurodevelopmental Clinic, Global Health Initiative, Gut Immunology

Publications:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=fordjour+l

Faculty Research

Zachary Ibrahim, MD FAAP

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Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Division of Neonatology
SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Contact Information:
Tel – (718) 270-1912
Email – Zachary.Ibrahim@downstate.edu

Education:
MD – George Washington University School of Medicine
Residency (Pediatrics) – Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA
Fellowship (Neonatology) – SUNY Stony Brook University Hospital and Weill-Cornell Medical Center

Interests/Specialties:
Infection Control Committee, Novel wireless MicroEEG for continuous brain monitoring in newborns, ACE ontogeny in neonatal lung

Publications:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Ibrahim+Zachary
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Ibrahim+ZH

Jae H. Min, MD FAAP

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Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Division of Neonatology
SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Contact Information:
Tel – (718) 270-1912
Email – Jae.Min@downstate.edu

Education:
Medical School – Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea
Residency (Pediatrics) – SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn, New York
Fellowship (Neonatology) – Schneider Children's Hospital, New York

Interests/Specialties:
Oxidative Stress in hyperoxia induced lung injury, Pulmonary mechanics

Publications:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=min%2C+jae+h

Khadija Sikriti, MD MS

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Clinical Research Manager/Coordinator
Department of Pediatrics
SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Contact Information:
Tel – (718) 270-4657
Email – Khadija.Sikriti@downstate.edu

Education:
MD – Dhaka Medical College, Bangladesh
MS – Health Psychology, Walden University, Minneapolis, MN

Interests/Specialties:
Involved in clinical trials, data analysis, and grant proposals; Research and protocol oversight

Ivan L. Hand, MD MS FAAP

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Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Neurology
SUNY Downstate School of Medicine
Director of Neonatology
Kings County Hospital Center

Contact Information:
Tel – (718) 245-4753
Email – ivan.hand@nychhc.org

Education:
MD – Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Residency (Pediatrics) – Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Chief Residency (Pediatrics) – Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Fellowship (Neonatology) – Weill-Cornell Medical Center

Interests/Specialties:
Committee on the Fetus and Newborn, AAP. Enteral Nutrition/Breastfeeding, Ethics, Clinical Trials, Hypoxic Ischemic Brain Injury
Publications: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=hand+ivan

Sukhvinder Ranu, MD FAAP

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Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Associate Director of Neonatology
Kings County Hospital Center

Contact Information:
Tel – (718) 245-7379
Email – Sukhvinder.Ranu@nychhc.org, Sukhvinder.Ranu@downstate.edu

Education:
MBBS – Guru Govind Singh Medical College Faridkot, India
Residency (Pediatrics) – SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn, New York
Fellowship (Neonatology) – SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn, New York

Interests/Specialties:
Early onset sepsis in newborns, antenatal steroids, indomethacin and GI morbidities; nutritional care of preterm infants

Publications:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=ranu+ss
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24794367
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23944299

Asma Ahmad, MD FAAP

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Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Division of Neonatology
Kings County Hospital Center

Contact Information:
Tel – (718) 245-7048
Email – Asma.Ahmad@nychhc.org

Education:
MD – King Edward Medical University Lahore, Pakistan
Residency (Pediatrics) – Dell Children's Hospital, University of Texas at Austin
Fellowship (Neonatology) – Weill-Cornell Medical Center

Interests/Specialties:
Effects of prebiotics, probiotics and synbiotics on gut inflammation; Oxidative Stress

Publications:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Ahmad+Asma

Nadine Lahage, MD FAAP

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Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Division of Neonatology
Kings County Hospital Center

Contact Information:
Tel – (718) 245-7453
Email – Nadine.Lahage@downstate.edu

Education:
MD – St Joseph's University Medical School Beirut, Lebanon
Residency (Pediatrics) – SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn, New York
Fellowship (Neonatology) – Maria Fareri Children's Hospital, Westchester, New York

Interests/Specialties:
Intraventricular hemorrhage, nutrition of the preterm infants, pulmonary
hypertension, antenatal/postnatal steroids, catheter related neonatal sepsis and other clinical
trials. Medical school, residents and fellows' education.

Publications:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=lahage+nadine
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=el-khoury+ballabh

Gratias T. Mundakel, MD FAAP

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Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Division of Neonatology
Kings County Hospital Center

Contact Information:
Tel – (718) 245-7048
Email – nicumd@gmail.com

Education:
MD – Calicut Medical College Kerala, India
Residency (Pediatrics) – SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn, New York
Fellowship (Neonatology) – SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn and University at Buffalo

Interests/Specialties:
Fluconazole prophylaxis for prevention of Candidiasis in premature infants, Site Investigator for Clinical Pharmacology Trials, Acetaminophen for PDA closure, Neonatal Jaundice

Publications:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=mundakel%2C+gratias

Alok Bhutada, MD, FAAP

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Chief, Division of Newborn Medicine
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, SUNY Downstate
Maimonides Infants and Children's Hospital

Contact Information:
Tel – (718) 283-8853
Email –abhutada@maimonidesmed.org

Education:
MBBS – University of Maiduguri, Nigeria
Residency (Pediatrics) – Beth Israel Medical Center, New York
Fellowship (Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine) – Children's Hospital of NY, Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, Columbia University, NY

Interests/Specialties:
Respiratory care: CPAP, Nutrition, Quality Assurance

Publications:
https://ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Alok+Bhutada

Shantanu Rastogi, MD, MMM

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Associate Professor of Pediatrics, SUNY Downstate
Site Fellowship Program Director
Director of Research
Division of Newborn Medicine
Maimonides Infants and Children's Hospital

Contact Information:
Tel – (718) 283-8853
Email – srastogi@maimonidesmed.org

Education:
MD – King George's Medical College
MMM – Carnegie Mellon University
Residency (Pediatrics) – Downstate Medical Center, SUNY, Brooklyn
Fellowship (Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine) – Children's Hospital of NY, Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, Columbia University, NY

Interests/Specialties:
Outcomes research : CPAP, Antenatal magnesium use, PDA; QI, Cost of care

Publications:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Rastogi+Shantanu

Michele Dyan, MD, MPH, FAAP

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Asst. Director of Newborn Medicine
Division of Neonatology
Infants and Children's Hospital of Brooklyn
Maimonides Medical Center

Contact Information: Tel – (718) 283-8853 Email – mdyan@maimonidesmed.org

Education:
MD – University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
MPH – Columbia University
Residency (Pediatrics) – Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Fellowship (Neonatology) – Childrens Hospital of NY, Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, Columbia University, NY

Interests/Specialties:
End of life care, Developmental Care, Pain, Quality Assurance

Publications:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Michele+Dyan

Panayot G. Filipov, MD, FAAP

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Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Attending Neonatologist
Division of Newborn Medicine
Maimonides Infants and Children's Hospital

Contact Information:
Tel – (718) 283-8853
Email: pfilipov@maimonidesmed.org

Education:
MD – Medical Academy, Plovdiv, Bulgaria
Residency (Pediatrics) – Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center
Fellowship (Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine) – Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center

Interests/Specialties:
Management of PDA; Sepsis; Nutrition;

Publications:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Panayot+Filipov

Anju Gupta-Modak, MD, MRCP

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Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Clinical Director
Division of Newborn Medicine
Maimonides Infants and Children's Hospital

Contact Information:
Tel – (718) 283-8853
Email – agupta@maimonidesmed.org

Education:
MD – Topiwalla National Medical College, University of Bombay
MRCP – Royal College of Physicians, London
Residency (Pediatrics) – B. Y. L. Nair Hospital, Bombay, India
- John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, UK
- Children's Hospital of NY, Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, Columbia University, NY
Fellowship (Neonatology) – Children's Hospital of NY, Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, Columbia University, NY

Interests/Specialties:
Respiratory care: CPAP, Developmental Care, Pain, Quality Assurance

Publications:
https://ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term-Gupta+A

Tania Mangones, MD

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Neonatology Resident Education Coordinator
Division of Newborn Medicine
Infants and Children's Hospital of Brooklyn
Maimonides Medical Center

Contact Information:
Tel – (718) 283-8853
Email – tmangones@maimonidesmed.org

Education:
MD – St. George's University School of Medicine, Grenada
Residency (Pediatrics) – Maimonides Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY
Fellowship (Neonatology) – Westchester Medical Center, Valhalla, NY

Interests/Specialties:
Resident and medical student education, breastfeeding education, discharge planning & parental support groups, neonatal resuscitation instructor education, quality assurance projects, and mentorship of residents

Publications:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=tania+mangones

Melissa Tsai, MD, FAAP

Attending Neonatologist
Division of Newborn medicine
Infants and Children's Hospital of Brooklyn
Maimonides Medical Center

Contact Information:
Tel – (718) 283-8853
Email – mtsai@maimonidesmed.org

Education:
MD – NYU School of Medicine, New York, NY
Internship and Residency (Pediatrics) – Childrens Hospital of NY, Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, Columbia University, NY
Fellowship (Neonatology) – Childrens Hospital of NY, Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, Columbia University, NY

Interests/Specialties:
Respiratory care-CPAP, Kangaroo care, Breast feeding

Publications:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Melissa+Tsai


Class of 2019

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Sara Chowdhury, MD
Medical School: Medical University of the Americas, Nevis, West Indies
Residency (Pediatrics): Crozer-Chester Medical Center (Affiliate of Temple University School of Medicine)
Faculty Mentor: Vadim Bronshtein, MD

Research interests: Sara is currently exploring the effects of Ibuprofen, Caffeine and intermittent hypoxia on a neonatal rat model of Acute Kidney Injury (AKI). Clinical interests include AKI in preterm infants and she is involved with an Enteral nutrition quality improvement project at UHB NICU.

 

Class of 2018

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Michael M. Henry, MD
Medical School: St. George's University School of Medicine, Grenada, West Indies
Residency: New York Methodist Hospital (Affiliate of Weill Cornell Medical College)
Faculty Mentor: Ivan L. Hand, MD

Research Interests: Michael is currently involved in our research lab exploring the role of Paneth Cells in a rat model of Necrotizing Enterocolitis and varying degrees of intermittent hypoxia. His clinical interests include the use of Acetaminophen in preterm infants. As well, he is involved in a multi-disciplinary Quality Improvement project involving early enteral feeding in preterm infants and a standardized feeding protocol to improve discharge weights.

 

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Jacqueline A. Skelton, MD, MPH
Medical School: St. George's University School of Medicine, Grenada, West Indies
MPH: Texas A&M School of Public Health
Residency: SUNY Downstate University Medical Center
Faculty Mentor: Jacob Aranda, MD PhD

Research Interests: Jacqueline is currently involved in our research lab exploring the role of Toll-Like Receptor signaling molecules and antioxidants in a rat model of Necrotizing Enterocolitis and varying degrees of intermittent hypoxia. She is also involved in a multi-disciplinary Quality Improvement project involving early enteral feeding in preterm infants and a standardized feeding protocol to improve discharge weights.

 

Class of 2017

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Sibel Guzel, MD
Medical School: Hacettepe University School of Medicine, Ankara, Turkey
Residency: Metropolitan Hospital Center (Affiliate of New York Medical College)
Faculty Mentor: Antoni D'Souza, MD

Research Interests: Sibel is currently pursuing research activities on the role of Aquaporins in the pathogenesis of retinopathy of prematurity and how this may be used for targeting pharmacologic interventions to prevent ROP in the future. She also has special interest in evaluation and management for early onset sepsis.

 

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Michelle Quan, MD
Medical School: SUNY Stony Brook School of Medicine
Residency: Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Faculty Mentor: Vadim Bronshtein, MD

Research Interests: Michelle's translational research includes elucidating the role of oxidative stress and the use of antioxidants in the prevention of retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) using the neonatal rat model of oxygen-induced retinopathy developed by Beharry et al. Her clinical research includes determining the effect of interventional services compared to only standard medical follow-up of preterm and high-risk late preterm/term infants at preschool age and school age. She is comparing preschool age and school age speech, neurocognitive and motor outcomes of preterm and high-risk late preterm/term infants who receive early intervention up to 3 years of age. She also aims to educate and facilitate NICU mothers about early expression of colostrum to improve breast feeding compliance until discharge.

 

Class of 2016

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Kultida (Pumi) Soontarapoornchai, MD
Medical School: Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand
Residency: University of Nevada School of Medicine
Faculty Mentor: Jacob V. Aranda, MD PhD and Ivan L. Hand, MD
Clinical mentor: Vadim Bronshtein, MD

Research interests: Pumi is researching the effects of high dose caffeine on neuronal damage from exposure to hyperoxia and intermittent hyperoxia-hypoxia in a rat model of extremely premature neonates. She has used a special Golgi-Cox silver which is able to stain dendrites specifically. The results have shown adverse effects of high-dose caffeine and severe damage to the dendrites from continuous hyperoxia; publication is in process. Pumi also researched feeding practices at Kings County Hospital and its relation to the development of NEC.

 

Recent Graduates
2017 Position
Michelle Quan, MD
MD: SUNY Stony Brook
Clinical Assistant Professor and Attending Neonatologist, New York University Langone Medical Center, NY
Sibel Guzel, MD
MD: Hacettepe University
Attending Neonatologist
Indiana University Health Bloomington Hospital, IN

 

2016 Position
Kultida Soontarapornchai, MD
MD: Mahidol University
Attending Neonatologist, Kings County Medical Center, SUNY Downstate, NY

Fellowship Eligibility & How to Apply

In principle, the SUNY NPM Fellowship program invites and accepts applications from those who have completed or are in the process of completing an ACGME or Royal College of Physicians (Canada) approved three year residency in Pediatrics. SUNY Downstate participates in the National Residency Matching Program and accesses applications from ERAS. (ACGME ID 3263521022).

 

For further information, contact:

photoDeborah Pointer, MSc
Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship Program Coordinator
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center 
450 Clarkson Avenue, Box 49
Brooklyn NY USA 11203
Tel: 718-270-1964, Fax: 718-270-1985
Email: Deborah.Pointer@downstate.edu

 

Or…

Frances Poe
Staff Assistant II
Department of Pediatrics/Division of Neonatology
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center
450 Clarkson Avenue, Box 49
Brooklyn, NY 11203
Tel: 718-270-1912
Email: Frances.Poe@downstate.edu

 

Or…

J.V. Aranda, MD, PhD, FRCPC
Program Director
Tel: 718-270-3092
Email: Jacob.aranda@downstate.edu

 

Or…

Gloria B. Valencia, MD
Associate Program Director
Tel: 718-270-1912
Email: Gloria.Valencia@downstate.edu