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Congratulations to the Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship Program’s 2020 graduates!
From the program director
Imtiaz Ahmed, MBBS
Imtiaz joined our fellowship program in July 2017. He completed medical school at Bolan Medical College in Pakistan and pediatric residency at Monmouth Medical Center in New Jersey. His passion for neonatology was obvious from the start. His on-service months tended to be extremely busy but no matter how much work needed to be done, he never lost his cool or his enthusiasm.
Imtiaz truly impressed us with his dedication to his research project. He was initially uncertain of a path for his fellowship research but found a home in a basic science laboratory investigating the effects of vitamin A on lung development. He was awarded a Pediatric Research Discovery and Education Fund grant to support his research. He has presented his research at several local, regional and national meetings and was a finalist for the Clinical Young Investigator Award at Penn State Health’s Pediatric Research Day in 2019. He was also involved with several quality improvement projects during his time with us, including a project aimed at developing interventions to reduce chronic lung disease, and, most recently, a project focused on the responsible use of donor breast milk in the NICU.
Throughout fellowship Imtiaz showed dedication to teaching both pediatric residents, nurses and APPs and was a consistent advocate for his patients and their families. Imtiaz is a warm and compassionate person and a wonderful neonatologist. He has been a real asset to our division and he will be greatly missed. I am happy that he has found a home with the neonatal group at Stormont Vail Hospital in Topeka, Kansas. I know we are going to hear great things from him! Congratulations Imtiaz!
Vivian Onuagu, MBBS
Vivian joined our Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine fellowship program in July 2017 after completing medical school at the University of Nigeria and pediatric residency at Rutgers University in New Jersey.
Her curious nature was notable early on in her fellowship training and it was no surprise to anyone that after only a few weeks of clinical service she had an idea for a research project. Her research, focusing on pain and stress responses to neonatal eye exams for Retinopathy of Prematurity, has been very successful. She has presented her findings at multiple regional and national meetings including the Eastern Society for Pediatric Research and the Pediatric Academic Society meetings. She also developed a passion for quality improvement work in the area of necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC). She worked tirelessly with the NEC team to help bring the use of probiotics to our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
Throughout fellowship, Vivian has been a strong advocate for her patients and their families. She has been an integral part of our team and we will miss her. Vivian and her family will soon be leaving us to relocate to sunny Las Vegas, Nevada, where she has accepted a position as a neonatologist at Sunrise Children’s Hospital. I am sure that she will have a productive career and I look forward to hearing about her future accomplishments. Congratulations Vivian!
Kristen Glass, MD
Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship
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