Advances in Diagnosis, Devices and Drugs

Innovations in Neonatal Care Conference evolved from a regional meeting in 2011 to a national event that shares groundbreaking and sometimes controversial topics, ideas, and current evidence at the forefront of newborn infants care.

This conference attracts attendees from across the United States and overseas. In past years, Innovations welcomed professionals from Brazil, Canada and Puerto Rico. With roughly 200 participants and growing, audience attendance draws equal numbers of physicians and advanced practitioners, as well as nurses, other hospital staff, and those still in training.

The practice of neonatology is constantly evolving with new evidence and treatment options for our fragile patients. We invite you to this educational program addressing some of the current advances in neonatal medicine regarding diagnosis, drugs and devices. This year’s conference is uniquely designed to enhance our clinical awareness of cutting-edge information related to different aspects of neonatal care, including but not limited to:


  1. Developing the most appropriate Family Focus NICU
  2. The development of the artificial placenta
  3. Evaluation of Human Milk Fortifiers
  4. Neonatal Pharmacology Update
  5. Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome
  6. Gene Therapy and its potential
  7. Roundtable discussion of Avastin vs Lucentis


An expert panel will explore new techniques and best evidence for application of some of these promising therapeutic options for the future. As an attendee, you will also be able to appreciate the complex ethical, quality and safety issues inherent in taking care of our most vulnerable newborn infants.

New For 2018!

Post-Conference Workshop

At the conclusion of this activity, a participant will:
  1. Discuss newer methodologies, techniques and devices that may be useful in improving the care of sick newborns in the NICU setting
  2. Utilize information presented here to assist your team in planning modifications to care pathways, policies and workflow processes in your home NICU
  3. Correlate current research evidence for selected NICU devices, diagnostic techniques and pharmacologic agents with patient outcomes

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Committee Members

  • Timothy Biela, MD (Course Director)
  • Kathy Ballard, MS, RN, NNP-BC (Co-Director)
  • Kaashif Ahmad, MD
  • Talat Ahmed, MD
  • Michael Battista, MD
  • Frank Cho, MD
  • Reese Clark, MD
  • Susan Dotzler, MD
  • John Harvey, MD
  • Sangeeta Kandpal, MD
  • Vijay Nama, MD
  • Melanie Pepper, MS, APRN, NNP-BC
  • David Riley, MD
  • Janet Samuel (Meeting Planner)
  • Vivek Vijayamadhavan, MD
  • David Weisoly, DO





Meet our experts

Carl Backes, MD

Nationwide Children’s Hospital

    Waldemar Carlo, MD

    University of Alabama, Birmingham

      Valerie Chock, MD

      Stanford University

        Reese Clark, MD

        Director of Research The MEDNAX Center for Research, Education, Quality and Safety

          Marcus Davey, PhD

          Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

            Jonathan Davis, MD

            Tufts University

              Fernando Gonzalez, MD

              University of California, San Francisco

                Armitage Harper, MD

                  Sudarshan Jadcherla, MD

                  Professor of Pediatrics, Associate Division Chief of Neonatology, Academics The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Nationwide Children's Hospital

                    Pedro Mancias, MD

                    McGovern Medical School, UTHealth Science Center at Houston

                      Helen Mintz-Hittner, MD

                      University of Texas, Houston (Avastin)

                        James Moore, MD, PhD

                        Division Chief, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine University of Connecticut School of Medicine

                          Fernando Moya, MD

                          Betty Cameron Women & Children's Hospital

                            Karel O’Brien, MB, BCh, BAO, FRCPC, MSc

                            Toronto Sick Children’s Hospital

                              Deborah O’Connor, MD

                              Toronto Sick Children’s Hospital

                                William Rhine, MD

                                Stanford University

                                  Pablo Sanchez, MD

                                  Nationwide Children’s Hospital

                                    Elizabeth Sharpe, DNP, RN, NNP-BC, VA-BC

                                      Yvonne Wu, MD, MPH

                                      University of California, San Francisco

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                                        Explore the sessions

                                        Pablo Sanchez, MD, Nationwide Children’s Hospital

                                        James Moore, MD, PhD, Connecticut Children’s Hospital

                                        Moderator: Reese Clark, MD, MEDNAX; Armitage Harper, MD Helen Mintz-Hittner, MD, University of Texas, Houston

                                        Karel O’Brien, MB, BCh, BAO, FRCPC, MSc, Toronto Sick Children’s Hospital

                                        Carl Backes, MD, Nationwide Children’s Hospital

                                        Deborah O’Connor, MD, Toronto Sick Children’s Hospital

                                        Waldemar Carlo, MD, University of Alabama, Birmingham

                                        Fernando Moya, MD, Betty Cameron Women & Children's Hospital

                                        New For 2018!

                                        Post-Conference Workshop


                                        • Conference with meals
                                        • Access to online syllabus
                                        • Continuing education credit processing
                                        • $545 Physicians credit processing
                                        • $395 APNs/NNPs
                                        • $350 Nurses/Hospital Staff/Others
                                        • $250 Fellow/Residents
                                        • $250 NNP Students
                                        • $200 Daily Rate
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                                        CONFERENCE + WORKSHOP
                                        • Conference with meals
                                        • Access to online syllabus
                                        • Continuing education credit processing
                                        • $620 Physicians
                                        • $470 APNs/NNPs
                                        • $425 Nurses/Hospital Staff/Others
                                        • $325 Fellow/Residents
                                        • $325 NNP Students
                                        • $275 Daily Rate
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                                        WORKSHOP ONLY
                                        • Workshop
                                        • Lunch
                                        • Access to online syllabus
                                        • Supplies
                                        • Continuing education credit processing
                                        • $125 Physicians
                                        • $125 APNs/NNPs
                                        • $125 Nurses/Hospital Staff/Others
                                        • $125 Fellow/Residents/NNP Students
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                                        GROUP RATE DISCOUNT
                                        8 or more from the same institution may qualify for discounted conference tuition. Email us
                                        CANCELLATION POLICY
                                        Cancel by July 6, 2018 – Cancellation fee: $175
                                        Cancel After July 6, 2018 – No refunds


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                                        Medical Education Grant Opportunities

                                        For information regarding educational grants, please contact Hilja Dodd Sousa Conceição, CHCP, CPHQ.

                                        Phone: 800.243.3839 Ext. 5269