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James F. Padbury, MD, Chief of Pediatrics
James F. Padbury, MD, is Pediatrician-In-Chief and Chief of Neonatal/Perinatal Medicine at Women & Infants and the Oh–Zopfi Professor of Pediatrics and Perinatal Research at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Awards include a program project grant in perinatal biology, establishment of T-32 supported perinatal biology training at Women & Infants, a grant from HRSA for construction of the Kilguss Research Institute in the Jewelry District, two Center of Biomedical Research Excellence Awards (COBRE) for Perinatal Biology, and a shared equipment grant for an Illumina high throughput DNA sequencing platform for the genomics core. Dr. Padbury attended the University of California Los Angeles School of Medicine and went on to complete his internship at San Francisco General Hospital and fellowship at Harbor – UCLA Medical Center.
Jesse Bender III, MD
G. Jesse Bender III, MD, provides information technology expertise in Women & Infants’ Department of Pediatrics as the resource for database development, process engineering and electronic medical record implementation. He researches simulation-based medical education for the Neonatal Resuscitation Program and provides multidisciplinary teams simulation curricula ranging from code management to delivering difficult news. International delegations from Russia and Kosovo have sought neonatal transport simulation training from Women & Infants Hospital, following TESTPILOT, the macrosystems testing protocol for transitioning NICU staff to the new single-family room environment without putting patients at risk. Dr. Bender is now co-director of Women & Infants’ Simulation Program as well as assistant director of neonatal simulation at the Rhode Island Hospital Medical Simulation Center. Dr. Bender attended Saint Louis University and went on to complete his internship at Hasbro Children’s Hospital and fellowship at Women & Infants Hospital.
Joseph Bliss, MD, PhD
Joseph M. Bliss, MD, PhD, is an associate professor of pediatrics at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and attending neonatologist at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island. His research interests focus on infectious diseases in premature infants, particularly fungal infections. He is interested in what makes premature infants susceptible to these infections and in finding new ways to prevent or treat them. Dr. Bliss completed medical and graduate school at the University of Rochester and his residency and neonatology fellowship at the University of Rochester’s Golisano Children’s Hospital at Strong.
Mara G. Coyle, MD
Mara Coyle, MD, is a staff neonatologist at Women & Infants Hospital, the director of the level II nursery at St. Luke’s Hospital in New Bedford, MA, and a professor of pediatrics at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Dr. Coyle’s research interest is in understanding the optimal treatment for opioid dependence in pregnancy, and she has published multiple articles in the field and lectured nationally. Dr. Coyle has been a member of the Massachusetts Perinatal Advisory Committee since 2005 and helped write the state guideline for the substance-exposed newborn. Dr. Coyle serves on multiple hospital committees including her present position as chair of the Bioethics Committee. In addition, she serves on a Pregnancy Registry Advisory Committee through TEVA Pharmaceuticals and is a consultant for GlaxoSmithKline. Dr. Coyle received her undergraduate degree in biology from Boston College and her medical degree from the joint program at Dartmouth and Brown medical schools. She completed her pediatric residency training at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and her neonatal fellowship at Women & Infants Hospital.
Juan Sanchez-Esteban, MD
Juan Sanchez-Esteban, MD, is an associate professor of pediatrics at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and attending neonatologist at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island. Dr. Esteban is studying how fetal lungs develop. Knowing that fetal breathing stretches the lungs and helps them to develop, he is testing whether administration of soluble factors released by stretch could help to accelerate lung development in babies born prematurely. Another research interest is prevention of lung injury in premature infants exposed to mechanical ventilation. His research is supported by the National Institute of Health. Dr. Esteban attended Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona and went on to complete his internship and residency at Metropolitan Hospital Center and Metropolitan Health Medical Center. He completed his fellowship at Women & Infants.
Robert Insoft, MD
Dr. Robert Insoft, a staff neonatologist, is an associate professor of pediatrics at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and serves as the senior vice president and chief medical officer at Women & Infants Hospital. Dr. Insoft earned his medical degree at Boston University and completed his internship and residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. Before coming to Women & Infants, he completed his fellowship at the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine. He served multiple elected terms as executive committee member and then chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Section on Transport Medicine and co-chaired and speaks at multiple regional, national and international conferences. He has authored numerous articles on transport medicine and has been working in the specialty for more than 20 years.
Laurie Hoffman, MD
Laurie Hoffman, MD, is an attending neonatologist two months per year at Women & Infants' level III NICU. She also serves as a staff neonatologist in the level II nursery at Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River, MA. At Charlton, she helps provide care to infants at delivery and prior to transfer to tertiary centers. She provides convalescent care to infants transferred from Women & Infants and tertiary centers in Boston. A substantial number of patients hospitalized at Charlton are full-term infants with intrauterine exposure to maternal medications such as methadone or suboxone or other illicit drugs. As a neonatology fellow, Dr. Hoffman’s research focused on language outcomes of high-risk infants. She designed a randomized control trial for infants of adolescent mothers that utilized a novel language technology (LENA), a simple written language curriculum and text messages designed to teach adolescent mothers how to talk with their infants. She has found that reviewing LENA snapshots of a typical day’s language environment and simple written handouts results in increased levels of infant speech and increased conversations between adolescent mothers and their infants. She also has interests in improving the quality of care delivered to infants and families and in improving interdisciplinary processes.
Martin Keszler, MD
Martin Keszler, MD, is professor of pediatrics at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, director of respiratory care services and associate medical director of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Women & Infants Hospital. He obtained his medical degree from McGill University in Montreal and his pediatric and neonatal-perinatal medicine training at Children’s Hospital Medical Center of Akron, OH. In 1982, he joined the faculty of Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. before joining Brown University in 2010. Dr. Keszler served as director of the ECMO program at Georgetown University for 25 years and chaired the Institutional Review Board. He was a member of the advisory board of the Maternal-Fetal Medicine Units Network of the NICHD and the vice chair of the data safety and monitoring board of the NICHD Neonatal Research Network, prior to becoming a Neonatal Research Network investigator when he came to Brown University. His research has focused on various conventional and unconventional means of respiratory support, including conventional and high-frequency ventilation, ECMO and iNO.
Abbot R. Laptook, MD
Abbot R. Laptook, MD, is the medical director of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Women & Infants Hospital. He oversees all clinical activities within the NICU and is currently involved with the reassessment of the optimal manner to train pediatric providers in stabilization of high-risk neonates in the delivery room. He also provides guidance and support for all quality management initiatives ongoing in the NICU. Dr. Laptook has been involved in studies to understand the pathogenesis of brain injury following hypoxia-ischemia. Specifically, he has examined the role of substrate availability, extensive brain acidosis, and temperature of the brain in newborn animal models. Since 1998, he has transitioned to clinical research and has been involved in the NICHD Neonatal Research Network. He served as the principal investigator at the UT Southwestern site and subsequently moved to Women & Infants Hospital in 2004 and is now the principal investigator at the Brown site. Dr. Laptook received his medical degree from the State University of New York Downstate and completed his internship and residency at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. He completed his fellowship at Women & Infants.
Beatrice E. Lechner, MD
Beatrice E. Lechner, MD, is an assistant professor of pediatrics at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and attending neonatologist at Women & Infants Hospital. Dr. Lechner is studying the cause of preterm birth. She is testing the role of proteoglycans in the fetal membranes to better understand what leads to preterm premature rupture of fetal membranes. She is also interested in perinatal palliative care and breastfeeding support in the NICU.Dr. Lechner attended the University of Frankfurt, Germany, and completed her internship and residency at Yale University Bridgeport Hospital and her neonatology fellowship at Women & Infants Hospital.
Elisabeth C. McGowan, MD
Elisabeth McGowan, MD, is an assistant professor of pediatrics at The Warren Alpert School of Brown University, attending neonatologist in the Women & Infants Hospital NICU, and associate director of the Women & Infants Neonatal Follow-Up Clinic. Prior to joining Women & Infants in 2014, Dr. McGowan was an attending neonatologist at Tufts Floating Hospital for Children in Boston and the director of the Neonatal Follow-Up Program. Her research interests focus on neurodevelopmental outcomes of high-risk infants and infant neuro-behavior, and she works in conjunction with the Brown Center for Study of Children at Risk. She participates in multi-site trials, including the NICHD Neonatal Research Network and the NIH sponsored Neonatal Neurobehavior and Outcomes in Very Preterm Infants (NOVI) Study. Recent areas of research also include language development. Dr. McGowan completed medical school at the University of Vermont College Of Medicine, her residency at the University of Virginia Children’s Hospital, and her fellowship at Women & Infants Hospital.
Jessica Slusarski, MD
Jessica Slusarski, MD, joined the faculty at Women & Infants Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in 2010. Dr. Slusarski attended medical school at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, PA, completed a pediatric residency at Brown University/Hasbro Children's Hospital, and neonatal fellowship at University of Washington in Seattle. Dr. Slusarski is associate medical director of the level II nursery at St. Luke's Hospital in New Bedford, MA and serves as the medical director of the Women & Infants NICU Transport Team.
Barbara S. Stonestreet, MD
Barbara S. Stonestreet, MD, is a professor of pediatrics at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Dr. Stonestreet is a staff neonatologist and director of the fellowship program in neonatal-perinatal medicine at Women & Infants Hospital. She received her bachelor's degree in biology and German from New York University and her master's from Tufts University. Dr. Stonestreet then continued her training in pediatrics at Stanford University School of Medicine and Boston University School of Medicine. She completed her fellowship in neonatal-perinatal medicine at Brown University and Women & Infants Hospital. Dr. Stonestreet has been listed in Best Doctors in America and served as an active member of the National Institutes of Child Health and Human Development Study Section from 1991 to 1995. Dr. Stonestreet also served as a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Pediatrics from 1990 to 1997. She is a member of the Society for Pediatric Research, Perinatal Research Society, American Pediatric Society, Society for Neuroscience, and Society for Gynecologic Investigation. Dr. Stonestreet has 126 publications in peer-reviewed journals, on various aspects of neonatology and perinatology, including cerebral circulation, fetal blood-brain barrier permeability, and fetal brain injury.
William Oh, MD
William Oh, MD, is one of the founders of the field of neonatal medicine and has been a leader in teaching about metabolism, minerals, and fluids and electrolytes in the newborn infant. Originally trained in the Philippines where he received his medical degree, Dr. Oh came to the U.S. in 1958, doing a pediatric residency at Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago, where he became chief resident and a research fellow in neonatology. From 1964 to 1966, he initiated a series of research projects at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm that resulted in one of the first series of papers to examine neonatal blood pressure, neonatal blood volume, neonatal hemodynamics, and neonatal renal function. Dr. Oh became director of neonatology at Michael Reese Hospital in 1966, and in 1969 joined the faculty as chief of neonatology at Harbor General Hospital in Torrance, CA until 1974 when he left to become pediatrician-in-chief of Women & Infants Hospital and professor of pediatrics and obstetrics at Brown University, where he was appointed chairman of the Department of Pediatrics in 1989. During this highly productive part of his career, Dr. Oh published virtually non-stop in a number of areas of neonatal medicine. He continued his efforts at understanding neonatal blood pressure, the role of acid-base balance upon abnormal fetal heart rate patterns and neonatal well-being, the effects of insensible water loss upon neonatal metabolism, nutritional well-being in neonates, neonatal glucose metabolism, intrauterine growth retardation, neonatal renal function, bilirubin toxicity, and many other issues. To date, he has published more than 450 papers in peer reviewed journals and many chapters in neonatal text books as well as editing three text books in neonatal medicine. Dr. Oh has been a leading figure in the NICHD Neonatal Research Network. He has won numerous major awards and honors, including the Apgar Award of the American Academy of Pediatrics and was presented with the Legend of Neonatology award. Dr. Oh has long been focused on one of the key areas of modern medicine, namely improving outcomes for neonates, and has contributed as much as any living neonatologist in that regard.