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Baylor College of Medicine
Vivek was born in Trivandrum, India. After completing his medical degree from Calicut Medical College, he spent two and a half years in the United Kingdom training in Pediatrics. Subsequently Vivek migrated to the United States, and completed his residency in Pediatrics at Albany Medical Center, New York. He completed his Neonatal-Perinatal Fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine.
Vivek’s research focuses on the role of Extracellular ATP and the Purinergic receptor P2X7 in Endotoxin-induced Acute liver injury in mice, with Dr Thevananther’s lab at Baylor College of Medicine. It is noteworthy that P2X7 antagonists are currently being researched in the prevention of rheumatoid arthritis and neuropathic pain.
Vivek was the recipient of the Resident Continuity Practice Award in Albany and has presented his work at numerous National and International conferences including the AAP 2010 in San Francisco; incidentally he was also the recipient of a travel award for the latter.
He lives in Sugar Land, Texas with his wife Dr. Vinita Nair, a Pediatrician on the BCM faculty and their two sons, Keshav and Eashwar.
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Predicting NICU Outcomes for VLBW Infants:
The Old, the New and the Yet to be Determined
Brian Carter, MD, FAAP
By now we are all familiar with the NICHD-NRN paper published by Jon Tyson, et al in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2008 that provide the “NICHD Calculator” for estimating survivability and presence of neurodisability in children born before 27 weeks’ EGA. What this study was not able to do, was inform us of what perinatal factors might influence NICU outcomes for these children. Tyson JE, Parikh NA, Langer J, Green C, Higgins RD; National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Neonatal Research Network. Intensive care for extreme prematurity—moving beyond gestational age. N Engl J Med. 2008;358(16):1672–1681. .
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Helping Babies Breathe
Dr. Gina M. Trachimowicz, TECaN Secretary, recently interviewed Dr. Kamath-Rayne, who was a reviewer for the Helping Babies Breathe (HBB) global neonatal resuscitation curriculum, and is currently a Master Trainer. She is collaborating on several studies of HBB around the world.
TECaN in Action at the Spring Workshop 2013
Clara Song, MD
Trainees and Early Career Neonatologists (TECaN) was in full force in Scottsdale, AZ in April at the Workshop on Perinatal Practice Strategies. TECaN Council members and 10 scholarship-funded TECaN members from across the country were sponsored to enjoy the action-packed weekend.
This kicked off with the annual TECaN Countil meeting, led by TECaN Chair Krithika Lingappan. TECaN joined the main workshop which was highlighted by the Keynote Speaker, Dr. Wally Carlo, MD, who delivered the L. Joseph Butterfield Lecture. "How to Save One Million Perinatal Lives Per Year: Helping Babies Breathe and Essential Newborn Care Training Programs." Other hot topics included an update on ACA and healthcare financing by Mark Del Monte, JD from the AAP, the power and importance of gender equality in medicine by Dr. Robin Steinhorn, MD and an update from the Committee on Fetus and Newborn led by Dr. Lu-Ann Papile.
Workshop sessions and seminars designed for TECaN included an Early Career Track:
- Managing Budgets and NICU Finance Basics
- Medico-legal Issues: Basics
- Strategies for Getting Your Research Funded
- Leading the Way to the Future: A Short Course in Producing Everyday Miracles
Other festivities included an evening reception where TECaN had the opportunity to mingle with neonatologists from across the country, some members of "WECaN", Well-Established Career Neonatologists.
We can’t wait to see you all at the 2013 AAP NCE in Orlando, Florida!
Hope you can join us!
TECaN and the Vermont Oxford Network (VON)
Lead the Way to Quality Improvement Education
As the Vermont Oxford Network plans for the future, they are interested in strengthening their relationships with trainees in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, as well as early career neonatologists. Together, TECaN and VON will partner to offer quality improvement opportunities and educational resources designed to enhance a NPM trainee’s knowledge and build a professional network with colleagues from around the world.
This year, the Vermont Oxford Network invites Trainees in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine to attend their Annual Meeting and Quality Congress (AMQC) in October. The Vermont Oxford Network has crafted a visionary program featuring world-class faculty with special fellow-focused events including opportunities to submit abstracts and participate in the Learning Fair poster presentations.
Exploring & Evaluating Practices in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
- Part I. Overview to Practice Evaluation & Career Planning
- Part II. Personal Career Planning
- Part III. Practice Scope, Responsibilities, and Workforce
- Part IV. Important Legal Issues Upon Entering Practice
- Part V. Pre-recruiting for Practices
AAP TECaN TWEETS
The Trainees and Early Career Neonatologists (TECaN) group now has a twitter account to help disseminate important AAP information. Please follow us on Twitter@TECaNchat.
Section on Perinatal Pediatrics
The Section on Perinatal Pediatrics is the home organization for specialists in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine and also welcomes affiliate members working in related disciplines. At a membership of nearly 3,500, the Section is the largest specialty group of the American Academy of Pediatrics. The Section's highest priority is to ensure optimal health and well-being of babies and mothers and this is accomplished through the Section's core activities in the realms of advocacy, education, outreach and support of clinicians and researchers.
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