Speakers at the upcoming conference

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Professor Koert deWaal

University of Newcastle, Australia

Dr Koert de Waal was born in the Netherlands. His training as a pediatrician and neonatologist was in his home country and the Dutch Caribbean with a post doc training in the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney to master functional echocardiography. His interest is in neonatal hemodynamics and cardiac ultrasound. He completed a PhD in central blood flow measurements at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and he currently works as a consultant in the John Hunter Children’s Hospital in Newcastle Australia where he continues his research in neonatal hemodynamics and novel echocardiography techniques.

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Professor Samir Gupta


Sidra Medicine, Qatar & University of Durham, UK 


Samir Gupta is Professor of Neonatology at University of Durham, United Kingdom and Senior consultant in Neonatology & Lead for Neonatal Hemodynamics and Transitional physiology program at Sidra Medicine, Qatar. He is Honorary Fellow at NPEU, University of Oxford, and Newcastle university, UK.


He is a Fellow of Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and Fellow of Royal College of Physicians of Ireland.  His research interests include Neonatal Haemodynamics and Advanced respiratory support in newborn babies. He served as Director of Research & Development for 8 years and lead the pilot projects – ‘Teesside research alliance’ and ‘NHS-Synexus partnership’ in North East UK. He is member of European steering group of the Neonatologist Performed Echocardiography (NPE) and Member of European Scientific Committee for Neonatal Resuscitation (ESCNR). He is founder of the scientific group “Neonatologist with interest in Cardiology & Haemodynamics (NiCHE), UK” and has contributed to training and accreditation guidelines for Neonatologist performed echocardiography for UK and Europe. He has established the Hemodynamic program and Neonatal functional echocardiography training at Sidra medicine in Qatar.


He is a member of several scientific organisations, including the European Society for Paediatric Research (ESPR) and Society for Paediatric Research (USA). He is reviewer for many peer reviewed journals and National Institute for Health & Research (NIHR). He has been invited speaker at more than 100 national and international meetings, and has extensively published in peer-reviewed journals and books. He is Chief investigator for NIHR-HTA funded Baby-OSCAR multicentre trial in the UK to evaluate early targeted treatment of PDA. He is founder and conference director of Annual international NeoCard-UK conference (Neonatal Cardiology & Haemodynamics conference).


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Professor Martin Kluckow

University of Sydney, Australia

Professor Kluckow is a Senior Staff Specialist in Neonatology at Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney, Australia and a Professor of Neonatology at the University of Sydney, Australia.
With his Sydney based research group, he has led the development of neonatal haemodynamics and point of care ultrasound in the neonatal unit for the past 25 years, publishing over 100 peer reviewed articles. His research has centered around the physiology and transitional circulation of both term and preterm infants. He has particular interests in the patent ductus arteriosus, management of hypotension and pulmonary hypertension, umbilical cord clamping time/resuscitation and point of care ultrasound training and accreditation.

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Professor Patrick McNamara

University of Iowa, USA

Patrick McNamara graduated from Queens University Belfast in 1987, received his MRCPCH in Pediatrics in 1997 and Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training in Neonatal Medicine in 2002. He is currently a Staff Neonatologist and Director of the Division of Neonatology at the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital, and Professor of Pediatrics and Internal Medicine, University of Iowa. He is the current chair of the PanAmerican Hemodynamic Collaborative and Paediatric Academic Society Neonatal Hemodynamics Advisory. His clinical and research interests include myocardial performance in the settings of a hemodynamically significant ductus arteriosus, pulmonary hypertension and targeted neonatal echocardiography.  


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Professor Satyan Lakshminrusimha

UC Davis Children’s Hospital

Satyan Lakshminrusimha is the Nancy and Dennis Marks Chair of Pediatrics and the Pediatrician-in-Chief of the UC Davis Children’s hospital, and oversees a department encompassing 15 divisions with more than 300 staff, students, residents, fellows and volunteer and full-time faculty.

He is a renowned neonatologist, a respected clinician and researcher whose primary focus is how fetal lungs change at birth to breathe air and disorders of transition, specifically asphyxia and persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN). He has been a prolific scholar and writer, publishing almost 100 original peer-reviewed articles as well as 25 review articles in refereed journals and 11 book chapters. He is funded by the NIH to evaluate optimal oxygenation in neonatal lung injury and PPHN. He is the PI of the multicenter trial evaluating milrinone in congenital diaphragmatic hernia. He is also an editor of a newly released textbook, “Essentials of Neonatal Ventilation” by Elsevier.

Satyan also enjoys drawing medical illustrations and has published more than 100 illustrations in pediatric and neonatology textbooks, journal articles and apps. In his free time, he enjoys reading comics and watching DC/Marvel comic based movies with his three children, biking on weekends along the American River and spending time with his wife, Veena and his children.


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Dr David Crossland

Freeman hospital, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK

David Crossland is a Consultant Paediatric Cardiologist at the Freeman Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne.  Special interests include interventional congenital cardiology, mechanical support in congenital heart disease and ACHD. He maintains an active interest in neonatal cardiology and haemodynamic assessment. This includes working closely with the teams in the Northern region looking at tissue Doppler in preterm infants and developing guidelines for the management of babies with congenital diaphragmatic hernia with associated severe pulmonary hypertension. He is at a loss to understand the reasons for the completely different methods of assessing the circulation of neonates used on cardiac PICU compared to NNU and is convinced that a meeting of minds will improve the care of babies in both settings.

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Dr Neil Patel

Royal Hospital for Children, Glasgow, UK

Neil is a Consultant Neonatologist at the Royal Hospital for Children, Glasgow.

Neil had a specialist clinical and research interests in neonatal haemodynamic assessment and management, including in congenital diaphragmatic hernia. Neil leads local and international collaborations, including within the CDH Euro-consortium and International CDH Study Group.  His other interests include Family Integrated Care, non-invasive monitoring, and clinical innovation.

Neil is also a Senior NHS Research Scotland Fellow, Scottish Quality and Safety Fellow, and Clinical Innovation Lead for the West of Scotland.  

Dr Regan Giesinger

University of Iowa Healthcare, USA

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Dr Sheryle Rogerson

 Royal Women’s Hospital, Melbourne, Australia

Dr Sheryle Rogerson is a Consultant Neonatologist at the Royal Women’s Hospital, and  Royal Children’s Hospital she also lectures at the University of Melbourne. She has a special interest in diagnostic and functional ultrasound. She trained in Adelaide, United Kingdom and Melbourne. Having completed her FRACP, MRCPCH DDU and CCPU she then spent 4 years in Malawi lecturing in the Malawi Medical College and working on infectious diseases and ultrasound in the developing setting.  She is on the committee for the Certificate of Clinician Performed Ultrasound and the Board of Standards of Practice for the Australian Ultrasound Society. She educates the Fellows in Ultrasound and is a supervisor for the CCPU. Her main research is related to use of functional ultrasound in neonatology.