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Ursula Nawab, MD, recently joined CHOP as associate medical director of the Harriet and Ronald Lassin Newborn/Infant Intensive Care Unit.
Dr Nawab received her medical degree from the University of South Florida, College of Medicine. She completed her residency in Pediatrics at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia and Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del., and her fellowship in Neonatal/Perinatal Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital/Christiana Care Health System in Newark, Del. She most recently served as clinical medical director and assistant professor of pediatrics in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital/Nemours.

John Flibotte, MD, and Elizabeth Ellen Foglia, MD, have joined as attending neonatologists at CHOP’s Main Campus location in Philadelphia.
Dr Flibotte received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School in Boston. He completed his residency and Neonatal-Perinatal medicine fellowship at CHOP.

Dr Foglia received her medical degree from Washington University School of Medicine and master of science in clinical epidemiology from the University of Pennsylvania. She completed a residency in Pediatrics and fellowship in Neonatology at CHOP.

CHOP Newborn Care at Pennsylvania Hospital welcomes attending neonatologist Tawia A. Apenteng, MD.
Dr Apenteng received her medical degree from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. She completed her residency and Neonatal-Perinatal medicine fellowship at CHOP.

Rajiv Goel, MD, has joined as a full-time attending at CHOP Newborn Care at the University Medical Center of Princeton in Plainfi eld, N.J.
Dr Goel received his medical degree from King George’s Medical College in Lucknow, India. He completed residencies in Pediatrics at Gandhi Memorial and Associated Hospitals in India and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey in Newark, N.J., and his Neonatal-Perinatal medicine fellowship at CHOP. He has practiced Neonatology for more than 20 years, most recently at the Metropolitan Hospital Center of New York Medical College in New York City.

CHOP Newborn Care at Chester County Hospital in West Chester, Pa., welcomes Alexandra Novitsky, MD, and Jennifer Hesler, MD.
Dr Novitsky received her medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia. She completed her residency in General Pediatrics and fellowship in Neonatology at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, and Christiana Care Health System, and most recently served as attending neonatologist at AI duPont Hospital for Children.

Dr Hesler received her medical degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. She completed her residency in Pediatrics at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and AI duPont Hospital for Children, and recently completed a fellowship in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.

Changes on the Horizon

In January 2014, Karen Marie Puopolo, MD, PhD, will take over as ICN Medical Director and Chief of CHOP Newborn Care at Pennsylvania Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Health System.
She will also be appointed associate professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr Puopolo received her medical degree and doctorate of cellular and molecular physiology from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston. She completed a residency in Pediatrics and a fellowship in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. She most recently served as attending physician in Newborn Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston Children’s Hospital, and Newton-Wellesley Hospital, and assistant professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School in Boston.

With Dr Puopolo’s recruitment, Jeffrey Gerdes, MD, MBA, will be moving full time to The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia to expand his duties as associate chair, Department of Pediatrics, and chief medical offi cer for Network Development.
He will continue as a practicing neonatologist, as well as director of the CHOP Newborn Care Network and associate chief for External Affairs, Division of Neonatology.

CHOP Neonatologist Named to Institute of Medicine

Phyllis A. Dennery, MD, FAAP, an internationally prominent neonatologist and researcher and chief of the Division of Neonatology and Newborn Services at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, has been elected to the Institute of Medicine in recognition of her major contributions to the advancement of the medical sciences, healthcare, and public health.

Dennery is a professor of Pediatrics in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, and is also president of the International Pediatric Research Foundation. Her research is focused on oxidative stress-mediated neonatal lung gene regulation and on the biology of CHOP Neonatologist Elected to Institute of Medicine Study Finds Poverty More Damaging than Gestational Drug Exposure lung injury and repair.

She runs a National Institutes of Health-funded laboratory and has published her findings in highly respected peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of Biological Chemistry, The New England Journal of Medicine, and Blood, among others. Her clinical interests are in neonatal jaundice, bronchopulmonary dysplasia, and the long-term consequences of prematurity. In 2010, she was appointed to the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Advisory Committee on Infant Mortality, and she has also served on the Community Action Team of the Medical Examiner’s Office in Philadelphia focused on infant mortality.

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