NEAN/Griffin Symposium 2013
Current Issues Facing NICUs: Optimizing Future Neonatal Care

New England Association of Neonatologists District I
in association with the
15th Annual Braden E. Griffin, M.D.
Memorial Symposium


Friday, September 20, 2013

Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel and Trade Center

181 Boston Post Road West

Marlborough, MA  01752
Hotel Phone: 508-460-0700

Registration Closed
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UMass Office of Continuing
Medical Education
55 Lake Ave North, S4-124
Worcester, MA  01655 
Phone: 508-856-1671



Registration fees:
Physicians - $125.00
Members of AAP District I, Neonatal-Perinatal Section - $25
Other health professionals - $100
Fellows and Residents - fee waived


Program # 14/100


Continuing Education Credit

Accreditation Statement:

  The University of Massachusetts Medical School is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.  


Designation Statement:

Physicians:  The UMMS designates this live activity for a maximum of 5.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.  

Nurses:   Contact hours for this program have been applied for.  UMass Memorial Medical Center-Memorial Campus is an approved provider of continuing education in nursing by the American Nurses" Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Respiratory therapists:  Contact hours have been applied for through the Massachusetts Society of Respiratory Care.

Policy on Faculty Disclosure:  

It is the policy of the University of Massachusetts Medical School to ensure fair balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor in all activities.  All faculty participating in CME activities sponsored by the University of Massachusetts Medical School are required to present evidence-based data, identify and reference off-label product use and disclose all relevant financial relationships with those supporting the activity or others whose products or services are discussed.  Faculty disclosure will be provided in the activity materials.



Program Overview

This program is part of the New England Association of Neonatologists Annual Fall Meeting, AAP District I Neonatal Perinatal Section, in Association with the 15th Annual Braden E. Griffin, MD Memorial Symposium.  The thematic approach to this year's conference will focus on Optimizing Future Neonatal Care.  Experts on various aspects of neonatal care are invited to talk about recent advances in this field. 

Target Audience

This one-day symposium is designed for: neonatologists, pediatricians, family practitioners, neonatal nurse practitioners, neonatal fellows, neonatal nurses, respiratory therapists and other allied health personnel.   

 Educational Objectives

The theme of the conference is Current Issues Facing NICUs: Optimizing Future Neonatal Care

and will focus on the following educational objectives:

1.  Learn about nutritional and immunological importance of human milk to neonatal health.
2.  Learn why withdrawing infants are at high risk for nutritional deficiency and how to develop feeding plans for infants with NAS.
3.  Learn about the development of the Neuro-Intensive Care Nursery and co-management model of care and the use of neuroprotective strategies, treatments and technology to improve outcomes.  
4.  Learn about the association between PRBC transfusions and acute gut injury in the newborn leading to NEC.
5.  Learn about the practical aspects of using donor breastmilk in the NICU setting and identify the difference in clinical outcomes associated with type of early feeding in the VLBW infant population.
6.  Learn how the electronic health record can positively impact neonatal care and improve outcomes. 

                               Braden E. Griffin, MD 

Braden E. Griffin, MD, founded the Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at UMass Memorial Medical Center as a Level III perinatal center in 1974. He integrated the regionalization concept of neonatal and maternal transports to enhance newborn and high-risk obstetrical care in Central Massachusetts. As the hospital’s chief of neonatology and vice chair of pediatrics, Dr. Griffin oversaw the development of the Newborn Intensive Care Unit from six beds to a 43-bed, environmentally designed center, in the East Wing of UMass Memorial – Memorial Campus. Dr. Griffin’s leadership gave physicians, nurses and staff the freedom to develop and grow as individuals in order to achieve his vision of quality care for sick newborns and their families. As a result, the UMass Memorial NICU is widely held as a model for family-centered care. 

Program Agenda

7:30 - 8 am Registration/Continental Breakfast

8 - 8:10 am Welcome
Sanjay Aurora, MD, President of New England Association of Neonatologists

Mary Lee, MD, Interim Chair, Pediatrics, UMass Medical School, Physician-in-Chief, UMass Memorial Children’s Medical Center 

     Moderator - Morning Session 
     Sanjay Aurora, MD

8:10 - 9:10 am The Braden E. Griffin, MD, Memorial Lectureship
Transfusion Related Acute Gut Injury (TRAGI): Evidence For and Possible Mechanisms
Edmund LaGamma, MD

9:10 – 9:25 am Presentation of the Griffin Memorial Lectureship Award
Stuart Weisberger, MD

9:25 – 10:25 am Providing Brain Focused Care: A Novel Approach to Neonatal Intensive Care
Sonia Bonifacio, MD

10:25 – 10:45 am Break

10:45 - 11:45 am The Douglas Richardson, MD, Memorial Lectureship - The Electronic Health Record in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine-Problems and Promises
Alan Spitzer, MD

11:45 am – 12 noon Presentation of the Douglas Richardson, Memorial Lectureship
DeWayne Pursley, MD

12 noon – 1:00 pm Lunch 

     Moderator – Afternoon Session 
     John Zupancic, MD

1:00 – 2:00 pm Nutritional Needs of the Infant Withdrawing from Opiates
Debra Bogen, MD

2:00 – 2:40 pm Use of Banked Breastmilk in the NICU: One Hospital's Experience and Outcomes
Tina Steele, RN, IBCLC

2:40 - 3:20 pm Breastmilk Banking: Advantages of Breastmilk in Preterm Infants
Kathleen Marinelli, MD

3:20 - 3:30 pm  Closing Remarks

3:30 – 4:30 pm District I Business Meeting 

Conference Faculty

Debra Bogen, MD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Psychiatry and Clinical and Translational Sciences
Associate Director, Clinical Scientists Training Program
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Children's Hospiyal of Pittsburgh of UPMC
Pittsburgh, PA

Sonia Bonifacio, MD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Co-Director Neuro-Intensive Care Nursery Program
UCSF Department of Pediatrics

UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital
San Francisco, CA

Edmund LaGamma, M.D.
Chief, Division of Newborn Medicine
Professor of Pediatrics, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology The Regional Neonatal Center
Maria Fareri Children's Hospital, Westchester Medical Center
New York Medical College
Valhalla, NY

Kathleen Marinelli, MD, IBCL
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
University of Connecticut School of Medicine
Lactation Services, Connecticut Children's Medical Center
Neonatology, Connecticut Children's Medical Center
Hartford, CT 

Tina Steele, RN, IBCLC
NICU Lactation Consultant 
Brigham & Women's Hospital NICU
Boston, MA

Alan Spitzer, M.D.
Senior Vice President for Research, Education and Quality
MEDNAX Services
Pediatrix Medical Group/American Anesthesiology
Sunrise, FL


Welcoming Faculty

Sanjay Aurora, M.D.
President, New England Association of Neonatologists
Chief of Neonatal Medicine
North Shore Medical Center
Salem, MA

Mary Lee, M.D.
Professor, Pediatrics and Obstetrics and Gynecology 
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Chief, Division of Neonatology
UMass Memorial Medical Center
Worcester, MA

Presentation of the Braden E. Griffin, MD Memorial Lectureship Award

Stuart Weisberger, MD
Assistant Professor, Pediatrics and Obstetrics and Gynecology
University of Massachusetts Medical School
UMass Memorial Medical Center
Worcester, MA

Registration Information
Physicians - $125 
Members of AAP District I, Neonatal-Perinatal Section - $25
Other health professionals - $100 
Fellows and Residents - Fee Waived 

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Program agenda

UMass Memorial gratefully acknowledges support for this program by the Griffin Symposium Fund - UMass Medical School/UMass Memorial Development Office, AAP District I and Abbott Nutrition.