The MedStar Health—Georgetown University Hospital Fellowship Program in Neonatal—Perinatal Medicine

This fellowship program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and meets the requirements of the American Academy of Pediatrics Subspecialty Board in Neonatal/Perinatal Medicine. The fellowship is a part of the Division of Neonatology and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Services.

This three-year program generally accepts two fellows per year and is designed to help them achieve:

  • Professional competence in the clinical care of the critically ill newborn

  • Skill in the design and conduct of clinical and basic science research

  • Excellence in teaching

Why train here

The program emphasizes the fundamentals through the intrapartum and neonatal periods– including assessment of outcomes. Fellows have ample opportunities for clinical and basic science research. A special effort is also made to help fellows acquire and practice formal teaching skills. Graduates of the program will be well prepared for an academic as well as clinical career.

Curriculum

This three-year program includes in-depth clinical training as well as a robust schedule of didactic lectures and conferences and involvement in clinical or laboratory research, which is intended to lead to presentation at a national or international meeting and/or publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

Year 1

The first year of training involves approximately five months of clinical time in the NICU working closely with the attending neonatologist. Fellows gain experience in the assessment of high-risk pregnancies, antenatal consults, delivery room care and resuscitation, transportation of the critically ill neonate by ambulance or helicopter, all aspects of care of extremely low birth weight infants, and high technology therapy such as high frequency ventilation (Jet and Oscillator), extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), nitric oxide therapy, and whole body cooling for neonatal hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy.

Fellows supervise and perform a variety of procedures, including umbilical venous and arterial catheterization insertion of peripheral arterial catheters, percutaneous central venous catheters, and thoracostomy tubes. They supervise residents and work with nurse practitioners during their clinical rotations.

During a two-week rotation in the Maternal Fetal Medicine Service, fellows learn to assess high-risk pregnancies via antenatal testing, genetic amniocentesis, and fetal ultrasonography. Fellows provide consultations for high-risk obstetrical patients, discuss management of high-risk deliveries and fetal monitoring, and participate in perinatal-neonatal conferences throughout the three years of fellowship. They attend 16 High-Risk Follow-up and four Developmental Outpatient clinic sessions, in order to learn the outpatient management of NICU graduates.

The balance of their time in the first year is spent on research and scholarly activity, learning the essentials of study design and statistics. They are encouraged to develop their own projects under the guidance of the research mentor. They participate in all departmental and divisional teaching activities.

Year 2

The second year of training includes approximately four months of clinical service in the NICU, where fellows further refine their clinical and supervisory skills. Fellows continue to participate in the outpatient High-Risk and Developmental follow-up clinics. Pediatric cardiology and cardiovascular surgery training is provided during a four-week rotation in either the second or third year of the fellowship program. There is increased emphasis on research during the second year with time spent in laboratory or clinical research. Close involvement with research mentors during this time is essential to ensure appropriate progress toward the goal of a completed research project, leading to a peer-reviewed publication by the end of the period of training.

Year 3

The third year is primarily devoted to research, with three months of NICU inpatient service and one month of high-risk outpatient/developmental follow-up. The research time in the second and third year are tailored to the individual needs and goals of the fellow, depending on the type of research preference. There are opportunities for clinical and basic science research at the Georgetown University Medical Center and at the National Institutes of Health.

Schedule

   Year 1  Year 2 Year 3 
Georgetown NICU Service 5 months 4 months 3 months
Sibley Memorial Hospital Special Care Nursery   0.75 months  
High Risk Infant Follow Up Clinic 0.4 month
(Tues/Thurs 1 month)
0.4 month
(Tues/Thurs 1 month)
0.4 month
(Tues/Thurs 1 month)
Developmental Evaluation Clinic 0.1 month
(4 Fridays in 2 months)
0.1 month
(4 Fridays in 2 months)
0.1 month
(4 Fridays in 2 months)
Maternal Fetal Medicine 0.5 months    
Cardiology/CV Surgery     1 month
Cytogenetics   0.5 month  
Research/Scholarly Activities 5 months 6 months 6.5 months
Vacation 1 month 1 month 1 month

Call schedule

Night and weekend calls continue throughout the three-year period, are in-house, and average to one in six nights. The program conforms to the ACGME requirements for duty hours.

Vacation

Fellows are allowed four weeks of vacation in each year of training.

Our people

Conferences and lectures

The following didactic lectures, conferences, and other events are also a regular part of the fellowship program.


  • Neonatology Boot Camp

    This series of lectures in the fellowship’s initial weeks covers the basic topics of neonatology: neonatal resuscitation; respiratory diseases and principles of conventional, high-frequency, and non-invasive ventilation; cardiorespiratory support; fluid and nutrition support; hematology; infectious disease; neonatal neurology; and neonatal transport. Boot camp also incorporates transport simulations and interactive procedure workshops. First-year fellows also attend a two-day regional neonatology boot camp for additional hands-on training in collaboration with other first-year neonatology fellows from across the region.

  • Annual ECMO Training Course

    This two-day course includes lectures on membrane physiology, gas exchange, indications and contraindications of ECMO, patient management, troubleshooting, and practical hands-on training in neonatal ECMO.

  • Wednesday Afternoon Division Conference

    Conferences for the entire Division of Neonatology are held every Wednesday afternoon. Presentations are given by fellows, division faculty, or visiting faculty. These conference topics include:

    • Division of Neonatology Grand Rounds: Invited faculty speakers from within or outside of the division.

    • Morbidity and Mortality Conference: Presentation of detailed chart review and evidence-based critique of management of patient(s) who expired or had serious complications. Encouraged to involve

    all subspecialists in the patients’ medical/surgical care. Encouraged to include a presentation of pathology/ autopsy results by the Department of Pathology as applicable.

    • Clinical Management: Presentation of changes in clinical management based on evidence, or discussion of controversies in clinical care.

    • Research Discussion: Fellows and faculty present research in progress for suggestions and feedback. Included in these are fellows’ Scholarship Oversight Committee presentations.

    • Journal Club: Discussion of a recent article, with review of background, and detailed analysis of methodology, results, and implications of the work.  

    • Physiology or Pathophysiology Presentation: Presentation on an area of fetal-neonatal physiology or pathophysiology

  • Wednesday Afternoon Clinical Case Conference

    Following the Wednesday afternoon division conference, Division of Neonatology faculty and fellows gather each week for a clinical discussion of a NICU case with an opportunity for open discussion.

  • Friday Department of Pediatrics Ground Rounds

    Held every Friday morning, these lectures feature invited local, national, and international experts to present on topics relevant to pediatrics.

  • Monday Physiology/Neonatology Board Review Sessions

    Interactive discussion of an area of fetal-neonatal physiology, biochemistry, or developmental biology. Attending will provide/suggest reading material in advance, review material with fellows, and discuss board type questions. These sessions are scheduled three to four times a month, usually on Mondays.

  • Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine ECHO Cardiology Conference

    Held once a month, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine fellows meet with a pediatric cardiologist to discuss neonatal cardiology, including cardiac physiology and pathophysiology. These interactive sessions involve review of echocardiographic and EKG findings, review of embryology, and discussion of patient management.

  • Obstetrics/Neonatology Perinatal Conference

    A joint presentation between an obstetrics fellow and a neonatology fellow, these Tuesday morning bimonthly sessions provide a forum for discussion of a clinical case along with review of a topic of common interest to Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine and Maternal Fetal Medicine.

  • Neonatal Ethics Rounds

    These include a case presentation involving an ethical dilemma with discussion moderated by a clinical ethicist. These conferences occur on Fridays about once every three months.

  • Neonatal Intake Rounds

    A monthly presentation by a pediatrics resident of an interesting NICU case with review of relevant literature.

  • Neonatal Core Lecture for Pediatrics Residents

    A monthly review of a core neonatology topic for residents in the pediatric residency program, medical students on their pediatrics rotation, and neonatology fellows. Topics are presented either by a Division of Neonatology faculty member or by a Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine fellow jointly with a neonatology faculty member.

  • National Neonatology Webinars

    Fellows participate in a variety of these webinars including the Vermont Oxford Network Webinar Series, the Cochrane Neonatal Webinar Series, the Organization of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Program Directors Online with the Experts Series, the Newborn Brain Webinar Series, the POCUSNEO (Point of Care Ultrasound in Neonatology) Webinar Series, the Genomic Network Webinar Series, and National Institute for Children’s Health Quality (NICHQ) webinars.

  • Dahlgren Memorial Library Research Lectures and Webinars

    The Georgetown University School of Medicine Library (Dahlgren Memorial Library) runs regular conferences on everything from searching the medical literature to developing survey tools and performing database searches to using data entry and storage systems to perform clinical research.

  • NIH Introduction to the Principles and Practice of Clinical Research

    First-year fellows participate in this online course about the principles of clinical research and biostatistics. It runs from October through February.

  • Discharge Planning Rounds

    On-service fellows participate in these weekly multidisciplinary meetings, which include nursing, case management, social work, therapy (occupational, physical, and speech), and neonatal clinic staff. The meetings allow fellows to consider the different aspects of safely transitioning complex NICU patients to home.

  • Other monthly meetings

    Fellows gain administrative experience by participating in monthly meetings of the Multidisciplinary NICU Administrative Committee, as well as various hospital or NICU committees, including Transport, Quality Assurance, Pharmacy, and Therapeutics.

Research

All division members are actively involved in clinical or laboratory research. Research opportunities are not restricted to the Division of Neonatology, and the fellows are encouraged to explore avenues of research with any faculty member at MedStar Health Georgetown University Hospital, Georgetown University Medical Center, or the National Institutes of Health.

Clinical research may be conducted in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, which receives about 400 admissions per year, or in the high-risk follow-up clinic, which receives about 600 patients each year. The laboratory facilities include 400 square feet of dry and wet laboratory space. A large simulation laboratory is also under development.

A Scholarship Oversight Committee (composed of the research mentor and two or more individuals, at least one of whom is outside the subspecialty discipline of Neonatology) is appointed in the first year to monitor the fellow’s progress. The research mentor guides the fellow in developing the research hypotheses, designing the study, and developing the protocol. 

Four to five months of research time are provided in the first year of training to allow the residents to initiate the process of protocol development and to allow sufficient time for the various approval processes (Institutional Review Board or Animal Care and Use Committee) to take place so that data collection may begin in a timely fashion.

The division has a research nurse available to assist in clinical research. Fellows receive assistance with data analysis and manuscript preparation by the senior author/faculty member. There is a formal research methodology course, which emphasizes study design, formulating the right question, data collection and analysis, as well as data presentation. Additional teaching of research methodology occurs as part of Journal Club discussions, where each fellow critiques a published paper on the basis of validity of the research, the study design, methodology, and appropriateness of conclusions.

There is also a monthly conference where proposed research protocols by fellows and/or faculty are presented and discussed in detail with constructive critique provided by faculty and subspecialty residents. Material learned in the didactic course is put to practical use and reinforced during the design and implementation of each fellow’s research project. 

Fellows are encouraged to present their work at national and international meetings.

Publications and presentations

Our fellows have been involved in the following research publications and presentations, and their names are underlined.


  • 2020

    • Leung WK, Desale S, Ramasethu J. Effectiveness of Infant Driven Feeding in Very Preterm Infants.  Platform Presentation. 44th Annual Southeastern Conference on Perinatal Research. Clearwater Beach, FL. January 2020.
    • Leung WK, Desale S, Ramasethu J. Effectiveness of Infant Driven Feeding in Very Preterm Infants.  Platform Presentation. 12th Annual Baltimore-Washington-Virginia Perinatal Consortium (BWVPC) Meeting, Warrenton, VA. March 2020.
    • Chadive D, Ramasethu J. Readmission of Neonates Who Are Enrolled in a NICU Follow Up Clinic. Platform Presentation. 12th Annual Baltimore-Washington-Virginia Perinatal Consortium (BWVPC) Meeting, Warrenton, VA. March 2020.
    • Charles Kreisel, Jessica Wolfe, Lewis Rubin, Ariel Viramontes, Karen Kamholz. Respiratory Failure in a Term Neonate. Clinical Case Poster Eastern Society for Pediatric Research (ESPR) Annual Meeting. Philadelphia, PA. March 2020. Cancelled due to COVID-19
    • Leung WK, Desale S, Ramasethu J. Effectiveness of Infant Driven Feeding in Very Preterm C, Philadelphia, PA. March 2020.(W. Keith Leung: ESPR Trainee Travel award). Cancelled due to COVID-19
    • Leung WK, Desale S, Ramasethu J. Effectiveness of Infant Driven Feeding in Very Preterm Infants.  Poster Presentation. Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) Annual Meeting. Philadelphia, PA. May 2020. Cancelled due to COVID-19
  • 2019

    • Drumm C, Siddiqui JN, Desale S, Ramasethu J. Urinary tract infection is common in VLBW infants. J Perinatol. 2019 Jan;39(1):80-85.
    • Dave, A, Wang H, Griffing E, Ramasethu J. Iatrogenic Neonatal; Abstinence Syndrome in the NICU: Opportunities for Improvement. Platform presentation. Baltimore Washington Virginia Perinatal Consortium (BWVPC) Annual Meeting. Warrington VA, March 2019.
    • Dave, A, Wang H, Griffing E, Ramasethu J. Iatrogenic Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome in the NICU: Opportunities for Improvement. Poster presentation. Annual Eastern Society of Pediatric Research (ESPR) Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, March 2019.
    • Culjat M, Milosevic NJ. Callosal septa express guidance cues and are paramedian guideposts for human corpus callosum development. J Anat. 2019 Sep;235(3):670-686. doi: 10.1111/joa.13011
    • Dave, A, Wang H, Griffing E, Ramasethu J. Iatrogenic Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome in the NICU: Opportunities for Improvement. Poster presentation. Annual MedStar Georgetown Department of Pediatrics Research Day, Washington, DC, May 2019.
    • Dave, A, Wang H, Griffing E, Ramasethu J. Iatrogenic Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome in the NICU: Opportunities for Improvement. Platform presentation. Department of Pediatrics Grand Rounds, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, DC, June 2019.
  • 2018

    • Drumm CM, Caufield MC, DeKlotz CM, Pasieka HB, Abubakar KM. Intrauterine Herpes Simplex Virus Infection Presenting as a Zosteriform Eruption in a Newborn. AJP Rep. 2018 Jan;8(1):e33-e36.
    • Sheppard, SR and Abubakar, KM. Respiratory and Hemodynamic changes in Neonates during and after Whole Body Hypothermia. Platform Presentation. Baltimore-Washington-Virginia Perinatal Consortium (BWVPC), Warrington VA, February 8, 2018.
    • Sheppard, SR Newborn Metabolic Screening. MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, Department of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Grand Rounds. February 2018.
    • Dave, A, Wang H, Griffing E, Ramasethu J. Reducing Iatrogenic Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome in the Neonatal ICU. Platform presentation. Baltimore Washington Virginia Perinatal Consortium (BWVPC) Annual Meeting. Warrington VA. February 2018.
    • Sheppard, SR and Abubakar, KM. Respiratory and Hemodynamic changes in Neonates with Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy during and after Whole Body Hypothermia. Platform presentation. Eastern Society for Pediatric Research (ESPR). Philadelphia, PA, March 2018.
    • Drumm C, Sidddique J, Desale S, Ramasethu J. Urinary tract infection is common is VLBW infants. Poster Presentation. Eastern Society for Pediatric Research (ESPR). Philadelphia, PA, March 2018.
    • Drumm C. Allopregnanolone levels in the human neonate. Poster Presentation. Eastern Society for Pediatric Research (ESPR). Philadelphia, PA, March 2018.
    • Drumm C, Sidddique J, Desale S, Ramasethu J. Urinary tract infection is common is VLBW infants. Poster Presentation. Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) Annual Meeting. Toronto, ON, May 2018.
    • Drumm C. Allopregnanolone levels in the human neonate. Poster Presentation. Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) Annual Meeting. Toronto, ON, May 2018.
    • Sheppard, SR and Abubakar, KM. Respiratory and Hemodynamic changes in Neonates with Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy during and after Whole Body Hypothermia. Poster Presentation. MedStar Health Research Symposium, April 2018
    • Sheppard, SR and Abubakar, KM. Respiratory and Hemodynamic changes in Neonates with Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy during and after Whole Body Hypothermia. Poster Presentation. Annual MedStar Georgetown Department of Pediatrics Research Day, Washington, DC, May 2018.
    • Dave, A, Ramasethu J, Kamholz K. Improving Delivery Room Readiness for Neonatal Resuscitation. Poster Presentation. Annual MedStar Georgetown Department of Pediatrics Research Day, Washington, DC, May 2018.
    • Sheppard, SR. MedStar Georgetown Department of Pediatrics Research Day Winners: Respiratory and Hemodynamic changes in Neonates with Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy during and after Whole Body Hypothermia. Department of Pediatrics Grand Rounds, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, June 2018
    • Culjat M, Razak J, Saadeh-Haddad R, Driggers R, Kamholz K, Timofeev J. Perinatal findings in a patient with a novel large chromosome 19p deletion. Clin Case Rep. 2018 Jun 21;6(8):1525-1530. doi: 10.1002/ccr3.1615
  • 2017

    • Ha-young Choi, William Corder, Eshetu Tefera, Kabir M. Abubakar. Analysis of Point-of-Care versus Central Laboratory Testing of Electrolytes, Hemoglobin, and Bilirubin in Neonates. Platform Presentation. 9th Annual Baltimore-Washington-Virginia Perinatal Consortium (BWVPC) Meeting, Warrenton, VA, March 2017.
    • Drumm C, Siddiqui J, Desale S, Ramasethu J. Antibiotic Stewardship in the Age of Declining CLABSI. Platform Presentation. 9th Annual Baltimore-Washington-Virginia Perinatal Consortium (BWVPC) Meeting, Warrenton, VA, March 2017.
    • Ha-young Choi, William Corder, Eshetu Tefera, Kabir M. Abubakar. Analysis of Point-of-Care versus Central Laboratory Testing of Electrolytes, Hemoglobin, and Bilirubin in Neonates. Poster Presentation. Eastern Society for Pediatric Research (ESPR) Annual Meeting. Philadelphia, PA. March 2017.
    • Ha-young Choi, William Corder, Eshetu Tefera, Kabir M. Abubakar. Analysis of Point-of-Care versus Central Laboratory Testing of Electrolytes, Hemoglobin, and Bilirubin in Neonates. Poster Presentation. 2017 MedStar Health Research Symposium. Columbia, MD. May 2017.
    • Jane Germano, Catherine Brown, Belinda Hermosura, Kevin Bradshaw, Nicole Deutsch, Deborah Hoy. Multidisciplinary Transport Simulation to Improve Teamwork and Communication Skills. Poster Presentation. Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) Annual Meeting. San Francisco, CA. May 2017.
    • Ha-young Choi, William Corder, Eshetu Tefera, Kabir M. Abubakar. Analysis of Point-of-Care versus Central Laboratory Testing of Electrolytes, Hemoglobin, and Bilirubin in Neonates. Poster Presentation. Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) Annual Meeting. San Francisco, CA. May 2017.
    • Jane Germano, Tiffany Mangal, Jayashree Ramasethu, Deborah Hoy. Improving Documentation of Neonatal Resuscitation. Poster Presentation. Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) Annual Meeting. San Francisco, CA. May 2017.
    • Drumm C, Siddiqui J, Desale S, Ramasethu J. Antibiotic Stewardship in the Age of Declining CLABSI. Poster Presentation. Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) Annual Meeting. San Francisco, CA. May 2017.
    • Jane Germano, Catherine Brown, Belinda Hermosura, Kevin Bradshaw, Nicole Deutsch, Deborah Hoy. Multidisciplinary Transport Simulation to Improve Teamwork and Communication Skills. Poster Presentation. 15th Annual Airborne Neonatal & Pediatric Transport Conference, Austin, TX. May 2017.
    • Sheppard, SR and Abubakar, KM. Respiratory and Hemodynamic changes in Neonates with Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy during and after Whole Body Hypothermia. Poster Presentation. Department of Pediatrics Research Day, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, June 2017.
    • Drumm CM, Siddiqui J, Desale S, Ramasethu J. Antibiotic Stewardship in the Age of Declining CLABSI. Poster Presentation. Department of Pediatrics Research Day, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, June 2017. First Place Trainee Award.
    • Dave, A, Ramasethu J, Kamholz K. Improving Delivery Room Readiness for Neonatal Resuscitation at Medstar Georgetown. Platform presentation. Levine Children’s Hospital Quality Improvement Coaching Conference, Charlotte, NC, September 2017
  • 2016

    • Kaushal S, Forcelli P. Anticonvulsant drug induced apoptosis in developing white matter of the rodent brain. Platform Presentation. 40th Annual Southeastern Conference on Perinatal Research. Key Largo, FL, February 2016.
    • Ha-young Choi, Aye Otubu, Deborah Hoy. My Experience in Haiti – Neonatal Survival Project. Platform Presentation. 9th Annual Baltimore-Washington-Virginia Perinatal Consortium (BWVPC) Meeting, Warrenton, VA, February 2016
    • Kaushal S, Forcelli P. Anticonvulsant drug induced cell death in developing white matter of the rodent brain. Platform Presentation. 8th Annual Baltimore-Washington-Virginia Perinatal Consortium (BWVPC) Meeting, Warrenton, VA, February 2016.
    • Kaushal S, Forcelli P. Anticonvulsant drug induced apoptosis in developing white matter of the rodent brain. Poster Presentation. 2016 MedStar Health Research Symposium, Columbia, MD, March 2016.
    • Kaushal S, Hoy DA. Reducing the incidence of hypothermia and hypoglycemia during neonatal transport. Poster Presentation. Eastern Society for Pediatric Research (ESPR) Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, March 2016.
    • Kaushal S, Tomar Z, Opoku F, Forcelli P. Anticonvulsant drug induced apoptosis in developing white matter of the rodent brain. Platform Presentation. Eastern Society for Pediatric Research (ESPR) Annual Meeting. Philadelphia, PA. March 2016.
    • Drumm, CM. Transcutaneous Bilirubin: Assessing the optimal test site and method of collection in a tertiary military facility. Poster Presentation. Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) Annual Meeting, Baltimore, MD, April 2016.
    • Kimmie McLaurin, Sally W. Wade, Amanda M. Farr, Jeremy Franklin, Jane Germano. Healthcare Utilization in the First Year of Life for Preterm and Full-Term Infants. Poster Presentation. Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) Annual Meeting. Baltimore, MD, April 2016.
    • Kaushal S, Hoy DA. Reducing the incidence of hypothermia and hypoglycemia during neonatal transport. Poster Presentation. Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) Annual Meeting. Baltimore, MD. April 2016.
    • Kaushal S, Tomar Z, Opoku F, Forcelli P. Anticonvulsant drug induced apoptosis in developing white matter of the rodent brain. Poster Presentation. Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) Annual Meeting. Baltimore, MD. April 2016.
    • Drumm C, Gaffigan ME, Koehler KS, Alex JE. Case 3: Penile Swelling in a 5-year-old Boy. Pediatr Rev. 2016 Jul;37(7):307-9.
    • Ha-young Choi, William Corder, Eshetu Tefera, Kabir M. Abubakar Analysis of Point-of-Care versus Central Laboratory Testing of Electrolytes and Hemoglobin in Neonates. Platform Presentation. American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference and Exhibition, Section on Neonatal Perinatal Medicine Program, San Francisco, CA. October 2016.
    • Dave, A. Survey of Hospital Based Neonatal Skin Care Practices (SoSNUG). Poster presentation. Annual Pediatric Dermatology Research Alliance (PeDRA) Annual Conference, Irving, TX, Nov 2016.
  • 2015

    • Rong,Q, Pfeifer K. IGF axis and fetal growth. Poster Presentation. Eastern Society for Pediatric Research Annual Meeting, Philadelphia PA, March 2015.
    • Elamin B, Kamholz K, Scala M. Improving Delivery of Mother’s Own Milk to Premature Infants ≤ 34 weeks in a Tertiary Care NICU. Abstract Number 756022. Poster Presentation. Eastern Society for Pediatric Research (ESPR) Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, March 2015.
    • Elamin B, Hoy D, Ramasethu J. Immature Breathing Pattern at Discharge in Moderately Preterm Infants. Abstract Number 750748. Poster Presentation. Eastern Society for Pediatric Research (ESPR) Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, March 2015.
    • Rong. Q, Pfeifer K.  IGF expression in human tissue. Poster Presentation 2015 MedStar Health Research Symposium, Columbia, MD, March 2015.
    • Kaushal S, Hoy DA. Reducing the incidence of hypothermia and hypoglycemia during neonatal transport. Poster Presentation. 2015 MedStar Health Research Symposium, Columbia, MD, March 2015.   
    • Loizou D, Enav B, Komlodi-Pasztor E, Hider P, Kim-Chang J, Noonan L, Taber T, Kaushal S, Limgala R, Brown M, Gupta R, Balba N, Goker-Alpan O, Khojah A, Alpan O. A Pilot Study of Omalizumab in Eosinophilic Esophagitis. PLoS One. 2015; 10(3): e0113483. Published online 2015 Mar 19. doi:  1371/ journal.pone.0113483 PMID: 25789989
    • Kaushal S, Forcelli P. Effect of antiepileptic drugs in developing neonatal brain in rodent model. Platform Presentation. 7th Annual Baltimore-Washington-Virginia Perinatal Consortium (BWVPC) Meeting, Warrenton, VA, April 2015.
    • Elamin B, Hoy D, Ramasethu J. Immature Breathing Pattern at Discharge in Moderately Preterm Infants. Platform Presentation. 7th Annual Baltimore-Washington-Virginia Perinatal Consortium (BWVPC) Meeting, Warrenton, VA, April 2015.
    • Rong,Q, Pfeifer K. IGF axis and fetal growth. Poster Presentation. Pediatric Academy Society Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, April 2015.
    • Elamin B, Kamholz K, Scala M. Improving Delivery of Mother’s Own Milk to Premature Infants ≤ 34 weeks in a Tertiary Care NICU. Abstract Number 756022. Poster Presentation. Pediatric Academy Society Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, April 2015.
    • Kaushal S, Forcelli P. Effect of antiepileptic drugs in developing neonatal brain in rodent model. Poster Presentation. 86th Annual Perinatal & Developmental Medicine Symposium, Aspen, CO, June 2015.
    • Gupta AO, Peesay MR, Ramasethu J. Simple measurements to place umbilical catheters using surface anatomy. J Perinatol. 2015 Jul;35(7):476-80.
    • Kaushal S, Hoy DA. Reducing the incidence of hypothermia and hypoglycemia during neonatal transport. Platform Presentation. 3rd Annual Levine Children’s Hospital Quality Improvement Coaching Conference (LCHQUICC), Charlotte, NC, September 2015.
    • Kaushal S, Hoy DA. Reducing the incidence of hypothermia and hypoglycemia during neonatal transport. Poster Presentation. American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference and Exhibition, Section on Transport Medicine, Washington, DC, October 2015.
    • Ramasethu J, Seo S, Nassabeh S, Kaushal S, Germano J, Choi H. Beyond Intubation: Vital Procedures in the NICU. Workshop Presentation.  American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference and Exhibition, Washington, DC, October 2015.
    • Ramasethu J, Seo S, Nassabeh S, Kaushal S, Germano J, Choi H. Beyond Intubation: Vital Procedures in the NICU. Workshop Presentation.  American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference and Exhibition. Washington, DC, October 2015.  
    • Jane Germano. Evolution of a Small Baby Protocol to Reduce Rates of Severe IVH. Poster Presentation. 3rd Annual Levine Children’s Hospital Quality Improvement Coaching Conference, Charlotte, NC, September 2015.
    • Ramasethu J, Seo S, Nassabeh S, Kaushal S, Germano J, Choi H. Beyond Intubation: Vital Procedures in the NICU. Workshop Presentation.  American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference and Exhibition. Washington, DC, October 2015.
  • 2014

    • Qi Rong, MD1, Anthonia Umeh, Pharm.D2 and Karen Kamholz, MD Unnecessary Monitoring of Gentamicin Levels in Neonates (Qi Rong:  2014 Travel Award Recipient). Poster Presentation. Eastern Society for Pediatric Research (ESPR) Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, March 2014.
    • Suna Seo MD, Robin Doroshow MD, Jenny Berg NNP, Anica Bulic MD, Karen Kamholz MD, Jayashree Ramasethu MD. Cost Effectiveness of Pulmonary Hypertension Screening Echocardiograms in ELBW Infants.  Abstract Number: 753903. (Suna Seo: 2014 Travel Award Recipient). Platform Presentation. Eastern Society for Pediatric Research (ESPR) Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, March 2014.
    • Courtney E. De Jesso, MD. Judith Palafoutas, RNC-NIC, CCRC and Jayashree Ramasethu, MD. Moderate Oxygen Saturation Targets May Decrease Severe ROP without Increasing Mortality. Abstract Number: 751286 (Courtney E. De Jesso: 2014 Travel Award Recipient). Poster Presentation. Eastern Society for Pediatric Research (ESPR) Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, March 2014.
    • Ashish Gupta,MD, Suna Seo, MD and Sepideh Montazami, MD. Novel Non-Animal Simulation Trainer for Vital but Infrequently Performed Procedures: Pericardiocentesis and Supra-Pubic Aspiration. Abstract Number: 752411  (Ashish Gupta: 2014 Travel award recipient). Poster presentation. Eastern Society for Pediatric Research (ESPR) Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, March 2014.
    • Suna Seo MD, Melissa Scala MD. Patterns and Perceived Utility of Neurodevelopmental Screening With Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Preterm Infants. Abstract Number: 754231 Poster Presentation. Eastern Society for Pediatric Research (ESPR) Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, March 2014.
    • Rong,Q , Kamholz, K. Monitoring Gentamicin Levels MGUH NICU. Oral Platform Presentation 6th Annual Baltimore Washington Virginia Perinatal Club (BWVPC) Symposium, Warrenton, VA, April 2014.
    • Kaushal S, Salam M. Role of VEEG monitoring in neonates with HIE undergoing therapeutic hypothermia with correlation of seizures and neuro-developmental outcome. Poster Presentation. 66th Annual Meeting of American Academy of Neurology, Philadelphia, PA, April 2014.
    • Ashish O Gupta MD, Jeanne Rorke, RNC, Kabir Abubakar, MD. Improving the Quality of Radiographs in Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Utilizing Educational Interventions. Publication number: 3844.631 Poster Presentation. Pediatric Academy Society (PAS) Annual Meeting, Vancouver, Canada, May 2014.
    • Courtney E. De Jesso, M.D. Judith Palafoutas, RNC-NIC, CCRC, Jayashree Ramasethu, MD. Moderate Oxygen Saturation Targets May Decrease Severe ROP without Increasing Mortality. Publication number: 3849.797 Poster Presentation. Pediatric Academy Society (PAS) Annual Meeting, Vancouver, Canada, May 2014.
    • Suna Seo, Robin Doroshow MD, Jenny Berg NNP, Anica Bulic MD, Karen Kamholz MD, Jayashree Ramasethu MD. Cost Effectiveness of Pulmonary Hypertension Screening Echocardiograms in ELBW Infants.  Publication number: 3844.640 Poster Presentation. Pediatric Academy Society (PAS) Annual Meeting, Vancouver, Canada, May 2014.
    • Suna Seo, MD, Melissa Scala MD.  Patterns and Perceived Utility of Neurodevelopmental Screening With Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Preterm Infants. Publication number: 2923.369. Poster Presentation. Pediatric Academy Society (PAS) Annual Meeting, Vancouver, Canada, May 2014.
    • Rong,Q, Berg, J., Angus, J., Kamholz, K. Monitoring Gentamicin Levels in Neonates. Poster Presentation. 84th Perinatal & Developmental Symposium, Aspen, CO, June 2014.
    • Gupta AO, Ramasethu J. An innovative nonanimal simulation trainer for chest tube insertion in neonates. Pediatrics. 2014 Sep;134(3):e798-805.
    • Rong,Q, Berg, J., Kamholz, K. Monitoring Gentamicin Levels in Neonates Poster Presentation 2nd Levine Children’s Hospital Quality Improvement Coaching Conference (LCHQUICC), Charlotte, NC, September 2014.
    • Elamin B, Kamholz K, Scala M. Improving Mother’s Own Milk Supply in a Tertiary Care NICU. Platform Presentation. 2nd Levine Children’s Hospital Quality Improvement Coaching Conference (LCHQUICC), Charlotte, NC, September 2014.
    • Rong,Q, Pfeifer K. IGF expression in human tissue. Poster Presentation. Hot Topics in Neonatology, Washington DC, December 2014.
    • Elamin B, Kamholz K, Scala M. Improving Mother’s Own Milk Supply in a Tertiary Care NICU. Platform Presentation. Ignite Perinatal-Neonatal Learning Network Winter Reunion, Baltimore, Maryland, 2014.
    • Elamin B, Kamholz K. Kid Tested Mother Approved. Platform Presentation. Hot Topics in Neonatology, Neonatal Quality at Hot Topics, Washington, DC, December 7, 2014.
  • 2013

    • Gupta AO, Ramasethu J. Novel, non-animal simulation trainer for chest tube insertion in infants: A teaching module. Platform Presentation. Eastern Society for Pediatric Research (ESPR) Annual Meeting, Philadelphia PA, March 2013. Young Investigator of the Year Award.
    • Gupta AO, Peesay M., Ramasethu J. Umbilical catheter placement without formulas. Platform Presentation. Eastern Society for Pediatric Research (ESPR) Annual Meeting, Philadelphia PA, March 2013. ESPR Trainee Travel award.
    • De Jesso C, Palafoutas, J and Ramasethu, J.   Pain Control and Success Rates of Lumbar Punctures in Neonates in the NICU.  Poster Presentation. (E-PAS2013:2922.297) Pediatric Academy Society (PAS) Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, May 2013.
    • Gupta AO, Ramasethu J. Novel, non-animal simulation trainer for chest tube insertion in infants: A teaching module. Poster Presentation; Pediatric Academy Society (PAS) Annual Meeting, Washington DC, May 2013. (EPAS # 2922.315).
    • Gupta AO, Peesay M., Ramasethu J. Umbilical catheter placement without formulas. Poster Presentation. Pediatric Academy Society (PAS) Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, May 2013. (EPAS # 2922.314).
    • Ramasethu J, Gupta AO, Seo S, DeJesso C, Montazami S, Barton A, Scala M.  Beyond Intubation: Vital Procedures in the NICU. Workshop conducted at Pediatric Academy Society (PAS) Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, May 2013.
    • Gupta AO, Rorke J., Abubakar K. Improving the quality of radiographs in neonatal intensive care unit utilizing educational intervention. Platform Presentation: 36th Mid-Atlantic AAP Conference on Perinatal Research 2013, Charlottesville, VA.
    • Kaushal S, Salam M. Role of VEEG monitoring in neonates with HIE undergoing therapeutic hypothermia with correlation of seizures and neuro-developmental outcome. Poster Presentation. 67th Annual meeting of American Epileptic Society, Washington, DC, December 2013.
  • 2012

    • Keszler PA, Nagaraj P, Abubakar K, Keszler M. Effect of variable circuit flow rate during the expiratory phase on CO2 elimination. Research and Reports in Neonatology. 24 May 2012. Volume: 2 Issue: 1 Pages: 33-37.
    • Vicente, G. Vike; Bahri, M; Palafoutas, JJ; Wang, H; Mehta, N: A Randomized Controlled Trial to Determine the Lowest Effective Dose for Adequate Mydriasis in Premature Infants. J AAPOS 2012; Volume 16:365-369. PMID 22929451.
    • Seo S. Vessel localization. In Atlas of Procedures in Neonatology, 5th edition., edited by MacDonald MG, Ramasethu J, Rais-Bahrami K. Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer / Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, 2012.
    • Gupta AO. Venipuncture. In Atlas of Procedures in Neonatology, 5th edition., edited by MacDonald MG, Ramasethu J, Rais-Bahrami K. Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer / Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, 2012.
    • Gupta AO. Arterial puncture. In Atlas of Procedures in Neonatology, 5th edition., edited by MacDonald MG, Ramasethu J, Rais-Bahrami Philadelphia: K. Wolters Kluwer / Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, 2012.
    • Seo S, Ramasethu, J. Should all neutropenic extremely low birth weight infants receive empiric antibiotics at birth. Poster presentation, Eastern Society for Pediatric Research (ESPR) Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, March 2012. ESPR Trainee Travel Award.
    • Seo S, Ramasethu, J. Should all neutropenic extremely low birth weight infants receive empiric antibiotics at birth. Poster Presentation. Pediatric Academy Society (PAS) Annual Meeting, Boston, April 2012. (EPAS 3852.664).
    • Dejesso C, Palafoutas J, Ramasethu J. Pain control for lumbar punctures in neonates. Platform presentation. AAP Fellow Travel award. American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Perinatal Pediatrics. 81st Perinatal & Developmental Medicine Symposium. Neonatal Pain, Stress and Sedation in the 21st Century, Marco Island, FL, November 2012.

Training locations

MedStar Health Georgetown University Hospital

3800 Reservoir Rd. NW
Washington, DC 20007

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For more information about our program, please contact:

Karen L. Kamholz, MD, MPH, FAAP
Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
Program Director, Neonatal Perinatal Medicine Fellowship Program
202-444-8569
Karen.L.Kamholz@gunet.georgetown.edu

Jayashree Ramasethu, MD, FAAP
Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
Medical Director, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Associate Program Director, Neonatal Perinatal Medicine Fellowship Program
202-444-8569
jr65@gunet.georgetown.edu

Tiffany Spriggs, MS
Neonatal Perinatal Medicine Fellowship Program Coordinator
202-444-8161
tiffany.spriggs@gunet.georgetown.edu

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
Division of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
3800 Reservoir Road NW
M-3400
Washington, DC 20007

202-444-4747