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.

Areas of Expertise: Neonatal ECMO, Neonatal Surgery


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


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

Howard Panitch, MD, is an attending pulmonologist, director of the Clinical Programs and director of the Technology Dependence Center at CHOP.

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 a board certified pediatric gastroenterologist and director of the Kohl's GI Nutrition and Diagnostic Center at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. He is also co-director of the Center for Digestive, Liver and Pancreatic Medicine, a CHOP/Penn collaborative program.


Neonatal Follow-up

Judy C. Bernbaum, MD

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


Jo Ann D'Agostino, DNP, CRNP

Jo Ann D'Agostino, DNP, CRNP, is a nurse practitioner in the Neonatal Follow-up Program at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

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


Susan Friedman, MD

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


Marsha Gerdes, PhD

Marsha Gerdes, PhD, is co-director of the Neonatal Follow-up Program at CHOP and project director of Early to Learn: Partners for School Readiness, School Readiness Initiative.

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

Casey Hoffman-Craven, PhD, is a psychologist at CHOP, caring for infants and families in the Newborn/Infant Intensive Care Unit, Infant Chronic Lung Disease Program, and Neonatal Follow-up Program.

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


Cardiology

Brian D. Hanna, MDCM, PhD, FAAP, FACC

Brian D. 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.

Areas of Expertise: Pulmonary hypertension



Stephen H. Walker, MSN, CRNP

Stephen H. Walker, MSN, CRNP, is a nurse practitioner in the Cardiac Center at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.


Nutrition


Social Services

Angela Sim-Laramee, MSW

Angela Sim-Laramee, MSW, is a social worker with the Neonatal Follow-up Program at CHOP.

Areas of Expertise: Neonatal follow-up, Pulmonary hypoplasia


Research

Norma Rendon, MS, CCRC

Norma Rendon, MS, CCRC, is a manager, Clinical Outcomes Research, at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.


Lindsay Waqar, MPH

Lindsay Waqar, MPH, is a clinical research assistant for the Birth Defects Outcomes group in the Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia


Speech Therapy

Kimberly Kelly, MA, CCC-SLP

Kimberly Kelly, MA, CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She specializes in working with children who have pediatric airway disorders and pulmonary hypoplasia.