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Professor Samir Gupta - Conference Director

Professor of Neonatology


DM, MRCP, MD, FRCPCH, FRCPI

 

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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Dr David Crossland

Consultant Paediatric and Adult Congenital Cardiologist


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 Majd Abu-Harb

Consultant Neonatologist


Dr Majd Abu-Harb is a consultant Neonatologist at Sunderland Royal Hospital, also a neonatal lead clinician. Areas of interests include Fetal and Perinatal Cardiology, Neonatal Haemodynamics. Main research interests center around Epidemiology of Congenital Cardiac malformations.

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Professor Patrick McNamara

University of lowa


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 Willem deBoode

Radbound University, Netherlands


Willem-Pieter de Boode (Arnhem, 1966) received his doctorate degree with honours from the VU University Amsterdam. He specialised in Paediatrics (in Radboudumc and Sint Joseph Hospital, current Maxima Medical Center, in Veldhoven) and in Neonatology (Radboudumc), after which he was registered in 1999 as a Neonatologist. In 2010, he obtained his PhD at Radboud University on research into advanced techniques to investigate and monitor the blood circulation of newborns. De Boode is a paediatrician-neonatologist and staff member of the Neonatology department at the Amalia Children's Hospital Nijmegen. He is coordinator of the Radboudumc Neonatal Hemodynamics Research and Training Center and, as a former chairman and co-founder, is closely involved in the Dutch working group Neonatal Hemodynamics.

Professor Sunil Sinha

Professor of Paediatrics and Neonatal Medicine


Professor Sinha is a Professor of Paediatrics and Neonatal Medicine at the University of Durham and The James Cook University Hospital in the United Kingdom. After his initial medical training in India, Professor Sinha has practiced at several major perinatal centres in the U.K. for over 25 years. He has a strong research interest in neonatology, particularly in the fields of neonatal neurology and neonatal respiratory care including newer modalities of neonatal ventilation. He also has a major interest in the education and training of postgraduate doctors. Professor Sinha serves on several important committees and currently Chairs the Paediatric Speciality Training Committee of the Northern Deanery. He has made contributions to several books and peer-reviewed journals, and have edited books on Neonatal Respiratory Care and Birth Asphyxia: Basic Science and Clinical Application.

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Dr Jonathan Wyllie

Clinical Director of Neonatology


Professor Jonathan Wyllie has been a consultant neonatologist at The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough since 1994 and was clinical director of neonatology until May 2017. He is Professor of Neonatology and Paediatrics at Durham University. He has a long-standing interest in resuscitation and neonatal haemodynamics as well as an interest in paediatric cardiology. He was one of the originators of the Newborn Life Support course in the UK and Europe. He is the chair of the Newborn Life Support (NLS) subcommittee, a previous chair and now a member of the Advanced Resuscitation of the Newborn Infant (ARNI) working group for the Resuscitation Council (UK) and Science Co-chair of the European Resuscitation Council NLS Science and Education Committee. He is President of the Resuscitation Council (UK) and an invited board member of the European Resuscitation Council. He was European co-chair of the ILCOR neonatal task force for the evidence evaluation process of 2010, 2015 and continues as vice chair of the ILCOR neonatal task force at present. He is co-author of newborn resuscitation guidelines for Europe and the UK for 2005, 2010 and 2015. In 2010 he was awarded the Fellowship of the European Resuscitation Council for services to resuscitation and in 2015 given honorary membership of the Resuscitation Council (UK). In 2018 he was elected as an honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. In his spare time he enjoys walking, mountain biking and more recently photography.

Dr Sundaram Janakiraman

Neonatal Consultant