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Release Date: 12/14/2015

Marcia W. VanVleet, MD, director of the newborn nursery at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island and associate professor in pediatrics (clinical) at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, was given the 2015 Rhode Island Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (RIAAP) Special Achievement Award. The award is given to a physician who has made an outstanding contribution to children’s health in Rhode Island through research, service, or educational endeavors.

“When I think of state leaders in newborn and pediatric health in Rhode Island, Dr. VanVleet first comes to mind. The contributions she has made to the field in the last 15 years are immeasurable. This special achievement award from the RI Chapter of the AAP is well deserved,” said James F. Padbury, MD, pediatrician-in-chief and chief of Neonatal/Perinatal Medicine at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island and the William and Mary Oh-William and Elsa Zopfi Professor of Pediatrics for Perinatal Research at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

Dr. VanVleet graduated from Cornell University with a bachelor’s degree in Biology and Society and her medical degree from the University of Vermont. She completed her pediatric residency, general ambulatory pediatric fellowship, and master’s degree in Public Health from Brown University. An assistant professor of pediatrics at The Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Dr. VanVleet develops curriculum to advance resident and medical student learning in the newborn nursery, specifically.

Dr. VanVleet is a member of many national and hospital organizations and committees including Women & Infants Hospital Quality Forum; Women & Infants Hospital Infant Council for Improving Pediatric Outcomes; Rhode Island Newborn Screening Task Force; Rhode Island Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Fetus and Newborn; and the Ambulatory Pediatric Association.

Dr. Vanvleet’s research interests focus on the advancement of medical education, breastfeeding, neonatal abstinence syndrome, survey methodology, and public health.

About Women & Infants Hospital

Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, a Care New England hospital, is one of the nation’s leading specialty hospitals for women and newborns. A major teaching affiliate of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University for obstetrics, gynecology and newborn pediatrics, as well as a number of specialized programs in women’s medicine, Women & Infants is the 12th largest stand-alone obstetrical service in the country and the largest in New England with approximately 8,500 deliveries per year. A Designated Baby-Friendly® USA hospital, U.S.News & World Report 2014-15 Best Children’s Hospital in Neonatology and a 2014 Leapfrog Top Hospital, in 2009 Women & Infants opened what was at the time the country’s largest, single-family room neonatal intensive care unit.

Women & Infants and Brown offer fellowship programs in gynecologic oncology, maternal-fetal medicine, urogynecology and reconstructive pelvic surgery, neonatal-perinatal medicine, pediatric and perinatal pathology, gynecologic pathology and cytopathology, and reproductive endocrinology and infertility. It is home to the nation’s first mother-baby perinatal psychiatric partial hospital, as well as the nation’s only fellowship program in obstetric medicine.

Women & Infants has been designated as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiography; a Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology; a Center of Biomedical Research Excellence by the National Institutes of Health (NIH); and a Neonatal Resource Services Center of Excellence. It is one of the largest and most prestigious research facilities in high risk and normal obstetrics, gynecology and newborn pediatrics in the nation, and is a member of the National Cancer Institute’s Gynecologic Oncology Group and the Pelvic Floor Disorders Network.
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