Meet Our Team

Our multidisciplinary team includes specialists from neonatal follow-up, pulmonary medicine, cardiology, general surgery, nutrition, audiology, social services and more, all with experience caring for children with conditions that cause small lungs. 

Directors, Pulmonary Hypoplasia Program

Holly L. Hedrick, MD, FACS

Holly Hedrick, MD, is an attending pediatric and fetal surgeon at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Areas of Expertise: Clinical applications of fetal diagnosis and therapy, ECMO, Laparoscopy and thoracoscopy, Neonatal Surgery, Oncology, Thoracic Surgery


Neonatology

Natalie E. Rintoul, MD

Natalie E. Rintoul, MD, is an attending neonatologist at CHOP. She co-directs the Neonatal Surgical Team and is medical director of the Neonatal ECMO Program.


General Surgery

Jocelyn Gmerek, MSN, CRNP

Jocelyn Gmerek, MSN, CRNP, is an advanced practice nurse in the Division of Pediatric General, Thoracic and Fetal Surgery at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Areas of Expertise: General Surgery, Patient Education, Pulmonary Hypoplasia Program


Holly L. Hedrick, MD, FACS

Holly Hedrick, MD, is an attending pediatric and fetal surgeon at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Areas of Expertise: Clinical applications of fetal diagnosis and therapy, ECMO, Laparoscopy and thoracoscopy, Neonatal Surgery, Oncology, Thoracic Surgery


Lisa M. Herkert, MSN, RN, CRNP

Lisa M. Herkert is an advanced practice nurse and coordinator of the Pulmonary Hypoplasia Program at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Areas of Expertise: Fetal surgery, Neonatal surgical and critical care, Pulmonary hypoplasia long-term follow-up care


Pablo Laje, MD

Pablo Laje, MD, is an attending pediatric surgeon at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. 

Areas of Expertise: Fetal surgery, Hyperhidrosis, Minimally invasive surgery, Neonatal Surgery


William H. Peranteau, MD

William Peranteau, MD is an attending pediatric and fetal surgeon at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.


Pulmonary Medicine

Howard Panitch, MD

Areas of Expertise: Central airway abnormalities, Home mechanical ventilation, Infant lung mechanics, Sequelae of neonatal lung disease


Gastroenterology

Petar Mamula, MD

Petar Mamula, MD, is the Director of the Endoscopy Suite and Co-Director of the Center for Digestive, Liver and Pancreatic Medicine at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.


Neonatal Follow-up

Judy C. Bernbaum, MD

Areas of Expertise: NeLong term outcomes of preterm and high risk infants, Chronic lung disease in high risk neonates, Pulmonary hypoplasia and outcomes, especially children with congenital diaphragmatic hernias


Jo Ann D'Agostino, DNP, CRNP

Areas of Expertise: Neurodevelopmental and medical outcomes of preterm and high-risk infants, Care of the preterm and high-risk infant after NICU discharge, Care coordination for children with complex medical needs


Susan Friedman, MD

Areas of Expertise: Neurodevelopmental outcome of preterm and high-risk infants, Care of the full-term neonate, Breast feeding, Hyperbilirubinemia


Marsha Gerdes, PhD

Marsha Gerdes, PhD, is co-director of the Neonatal Follow-up Program at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and an academic investigator in childhood obesity research.

Areas of Expertise: Assessment as intervention with infants and preschoolers, Early childhood development, Neurodevelopmental outcome of children with cardiac defects, Neurodevelopmental outcome of preterm infants, Preventive services for children birth to preschool


Casey Hoffman-Craven, PhD

Areas of Expertise: Parent-child attachment in the NICU, Developmental outcomes of high risk infants, Infant development during hospitalization


Cardiology

Brian Hanna, MDCM, PhD, FAAP, FACC

Brian Hanna, MDCM, PhD, FAAP, FACC, is a board-certified cardiologist and director of the Section of Pulmonary Hypertension at CHOP.

Areas of Expertise: Autonomic nervous system development and physiology, Interventional cardiac catheterization in children, Pulmonary hypertension, Thoracic organ transplantation


Heather Meluskey, MSN, CRNP

Heather Meluskey is a pediatric nurse practitioner in the Cardiac Center at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.




Nutrition


Social Services


Research


Speech Therapy