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  • Elisa Abdulhayoglu

    Elisa Abdulhayoglu, MD, MS, FAAP

    Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
    Medical Director, NICU



    Medical School: Tufts University School of Medicine
    Residency: Floating Hospital for Children, Tufts Medical Center
    Fellowship: Floating Hospital for Children, Tufts Medical Center


    Academic/Clinical Interests

    With a Masters of Science in Health Communication, I have a strong interest in patient/parent education as well as the development of learning tools for families.  I also have a strong interest in policy formation and development as well as hospital billing and coding.

  • Sherman Chu

    Sherman Chu, DO, FAAP

    Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
    Director of Quality Improvement  


    Medical School: New York College of Osteopathic Medicine
    Residency:  New York Medical College
    Fellowship: University of Massachusetts Medical School

    Additional Training: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center Intermediate Improvement Science Series Certification; Lean Yellow Belt Training

    Academic/Clinical Interests

    My academic interests are built upon systematic implementation of potentially better practices to improve family experience and clinical outcomes of very low birth weight infants, specifically micropremature infants.  Reduction of bronchopulmonary dysplasia and extrauterine growth restriction are two of my current outcome focuses.  My initiatives that target respiratory outcomes improvement, family experience, and safe sleep promotion are part of various statewide and national collaboratives.

  • Nasim Gorji

    Nasim Gorji, DO

    Assistant Professor of Pediatrics  
    Associate Fellowship Program Director  
    Director of NICU Trainee Education  
    Director of NICU Simulation 


    Medical School: Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine  
    Residency: University of Massachusetts Medical School  
    Fellowship: Tufts Medical Center 


    Academic/Clinical Interests

    One of my areas of interest is in medical education.  Currently I have a focus in curriculum development, which has also allowed me to help build a Multidisciplinary NICU Simulation Program here at UMass.  I believe in family centered care and am involved in projects to enhance family presence and partnership in our NICU.   

  • Javed Mannan

    Javed Mannan, MD, MPH

    Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Neonatology
    Director of Neonatal Outreach



    Medical School: St. George’s University School of Medicine
    Residency: NY Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital
    Fellowship: University of Rochester Medical Center


    Academic/Clinical Interests

    My research interests include investigating the effects of phototherapy on preterm infants and developing guidelines for management of hyperbilirubinemia in preterm infants.

    As director of neonatal outreach I’m also experienced and interested in research in projects related to transport physiology, noise and vibration reduction, thermoregulation, team management and response time, NRP and resuscitation skills, the use of telemedicine and QI projects. 

  • Lawrence Rhein

    Lawrence Rhein, MD, MPH

    Associate Professor of Pediatrics
    Stoddard Chair, Department of Pediatrics
    Division Chief, Neonatology
    Director, Center for Healthy Infant Lung Development 


    Medical School: University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
    Residency: Boston Children’s Hospital 
    Fellowship: Boston Children’s Hospital 
  • Katherine P. Sullivan

    Katherine P. Sullivan, MD, MS

    Assistant Professor Pediatrics
    Director of Academic Conferences
    Director of the SHINE Clinic



    Medical School: Georgetown University School of Medicine
    Residency: Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center
    Fellowship:  Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center


    Academic/Clinical Interests

    I am interested in improving developmental and respiratory outcomes for premature infants through clinical research.  I am leading several clinical research projects to improve respiratory outcomes for micropremature infants through new biometric technologies.  In addition, as the director of the developmental follow up program, I believe that holistic, family-centered care is essential for improving developmental outcomes for infants.  I am leading several research and quality improvement projects to increase family centered care and support for parents in the NICU.

  • Melissa Woythaler

    Melissa Woythaler, DO

    Assistant Professor Pediatrics
    Director of the SHINE Clinic 


    Medical School: New York College of Osteopathic Medicine 
    Residency: Baystate Medical Center
    Fellowship: Boston Children's Hospital


    Academic/Clinical Interests

    I am interested in developmental and nutritional outcomes in infants and toddlers.  In my previous work, I developed and ran both a high-risk developmental follow-up clinic as well as a high-risk feeding clinic.  I also participate in research in both developmental and nutrition outcomes in infants.