Dr. Robert DiGeronimo, MD
Dr. Robert DiGeronimo, MD, is a neonatologist and Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle, WA. His clinical and research interest includes neonatal respiratory failure, congenital diaphragmatic hernia, bronchopulmonary dysplasia, extracorporeal life support and transport medicine. He currently serves as the NICU Medical Director for Seattle Children’s Hospital including oversight responsibility for neonatal ECMO and transport. He is involved with the clinical training and teaching of pediatric residents, neonatology and pediatric surgery fellows and advanced practice provider students. He is alsoinvolved in numerous quality improvement initiatives at Seattle Children’sHospital as well as nationally.
Dr. Mark Hudak
Dr. Hudak is Professor and Chairman of Pediatricsand Division Chief and is Board Certified in Perinatal-Neonatal Medicine. He earned his medical degree at The JohnsHopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, where he also completed hisPediatrics residency and neonatology fellowship. Dr. Hudak served on the Faculty at JohnsHopkins and was an Associate Professor at the State University of New York atBuffalo and Medical Director of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Children’sHospital of Buffalo. He joined the UFCollege of Medicine – Jacksonville in 1995 as a Professor of Pediatrics andChief of the Division of Neonatology. Hecurrently serves as Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics and Associate Deanfor Managed Care, and continues to serve as Division Chief in Neonatology andMedical Director of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Wolfson Children’sHospital. Dr. Hudak has published in theareas of clinical interventions and outcomes, health care financing, and healthcare policy in many journals including the New England Journal of Medicine,JAMA, Pediatrics, and the Journal of Pediatrics. He served as the Lead Investigator for theNIH National Children’s Study in Baker County, Florida from 2008-2013 andoversaw a project that exceeded its goals for recruitment, retention, and dataquality. Dr. Hudak was a founding memberof the FDA Pediatric Advisory Subcommittee and was appointed Chair of the FDAPediatric Advisory Committee in 2015. Heis a former member of the AAP Committee on Drugs and chair of the AAP Committeeon Child Health Financing. He is currentlythe Chair of the AAP Section on Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine and AssociateEditor of Pediatrics.
Mark R. Mercurio, M.D., M.A.
Mark Mercurio is Chief of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine and Director of the Ethics Program at Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital. He is also Professor of Pediatrics and Director of the Program for Biomedical Ethics at Yale School of Medicine, and a member of the medical faculty for the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics (FASPE). He received his undergraduate degree in Biochemical Sciences from Princeton University, an M.D. from Columbia University, and a Master’s Degree in Philosophy from Brown University. Pediatrics Residency and Neonatology Fellowship were completed at Yale. He has for many years been active in neonatology and medical ethics education for residents, fellows, nurses, attending physicians, PA students, medical students and others. He was an orginal co-editor of the American Academy of Pediatrics Resident Curriculum in Bioethics, and is the current Chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Bioethics. He is on the editorial board for the 6 volume text Bioethics (formerly the Encyclopedia of Bioethics). Dr. Mercurio is widely published, and has been an invited speaker nationally and internationally on medical ethics, particularly in pediatrics. He and his wife Anna live in Branford, Connecticut, and have three grown children.
Renate Dara Savich, M.D.
Dr. Renate Savich is a Professor of Pediatrics and Chief, Neonatology and Newborn Services Division, Department of Pediatrics at Children’s of Mississippi, University of Mississippi Medical Center. She is also currently the Past-Chair of the Section of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, American Academy of Pediatrics. She is also on the Executive Committee of the Mississippi State Perinatal Quality Collaborative. Her interests include neonatal respiratory physiology, neonatal nutrition, health disparities, medical education and simulation training, and quality improvement in the NICU. She recently received a grant from NIH for funding to perform Whole Genome Sequencing testing on neonates in the Deep South. She is a founding member of the Women in Neonatology group of the AAP Section on Neonatal Perinatal Medicine which was formed to address gender inequities and improve female leadership in neonatology
Dr.Savich received her medical degree from Northwestern University, Chicago,Illinois. She received further trainingin Pediatrics from Children’s Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University,Chicago, IL. She completed herfellowship in Neonatal/Perinatal Medicine in 1988 from the University ofCalifornia, San Francisco. She was onfaculty at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine until 2014, beforelocating to Jackson Mississippi.
Ginny is a former NICU parent having delivered twins at 23-weeks gestations. Her son Bryson, succumbed to necrotizing enterocolitis at 45 days of age and her daughter, Holland, spent 99 days in the NICU. Currently she is the paid Parent Navigator and NICU Family Centered Care Coordinator at The Children’s Hospital at Providence. She currently serves on the faculty team for the Vermont Oxford Network “Micropremie Pod” collaborative.
In her role, she supports and advocates for current NICU parents and sits on numerous quality and operations improvement councils as the family advisor. Through her development of the role, she has increased parent advisor involvement on almost all NICU quality improvement councils, has been integrated in the Simulation team, assisted in the design of the current NICU and works to support and educat new nursing interns as they begin their career at Providence. She is passionate (not loud) about improving the lives of NICU parents & families in the NICU as well as working alongside the NICU staff, every day, to assist them with the support of their families.