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Division Chief

Cynthia Bearer, MD, PhD

Cynthia Bearer, MD, PhD

Dr. Bearer is the division chief of neonatology. She completed her fellowship training at Boston Children’s Hospital and St. Louis Children’s Hospital. Dr. Bearer holds a PhD in Biochemistry and is an active researcher with extensive publication history in fetal and pediatric environmental health. Dr. Bearer is the current Editor-in-Chief of Pediatric Research. Dr. Bearer has mentored many fellows during her career which now hold academic positions nationally and internationally.

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Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Division Faculty

B.R. Prasad Achanti, MD

B.R. Prasad Achanti, MD

Dr. Achanti completed his fellowship at Cook County Hospital in Chicago. He has been a leading force in the growth of Rainbow's Neonatology services on the west side of Cleveland.

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Monika Bhola, MD

Monika Bhola, MD

Dr. Bhola completed her fellowship at Loyola University in 1998. Her interests include neonatal resuscitation and medical follow-up of preterm infants. She is the director of the Sim NewB neonatal resuscitation simulation program, the director of neonatal resuscitative services, and runs the NEO follow-up clinic.

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Moira Crowley, MD

Moira Crowley, MD

Dr. Crowley completed her residency and fellowship at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and joined the Rainbow faculty in 2010. Her interests include caring for the surgical neonate, infants with hypoxic respiratory failure, and neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome (NOWS). She is active in NOWS intervention research and has spoken regionally and nationally on the topic. She is the director of the neonatal ECMO program, neonatology lead for the Fetal Care Program, and medical co-director of the NICU.

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Avroy A. Fanaroff, MD

Avroy A. Fanaroff, MD

Professor Emeritus, Dr. “Av” Fanaroff was born and educated in South Africa. He joined UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital as a fellow in neonatology in 1969. He is a pioneer in neonatology and has been recognized as such internationally. He has received many honorary degrees and awards, including educational awards and the prestigious Apgar Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics. He served as chairman of the department of pediatrics from 2004 to 2008 after serving 23 years as Rainbow's Director of Neonatology. Dr. Fanaroff was a founding member of the NICHD Neonatal Research Network and has authored and edited the leading texts in neonatology as well as serving as Editor of the Yearbook of Neonatal Perinatal Medicine since 1987. He also serves on the Board of University Hospitals Health System.

Jonathan M. Fanaroff, MD, JD

Jonathan M. Fanaroff, MD, JD

Dr. Fanaroff completed his residency and fellowship at Rainbow (in 2005). His interests include neonatal bioethics and medico-legal issues. He is the director of the Rainbow Center for Ethics.

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Stephanie Ford, MD

Stephanie Ford, MD

Dr. Ford completed her fellowship at Rainbow in 2016. Dr. Ford’s research involves the use of an avian model to investigate how functional changes in the embryonic heart lead to congenital heart disease and cardiac innervation.

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Tara Glenn, MD

Tara Glenn, MD

Dr. Glenn completed her fellowship at Rainbow in 2017. She has completed additional training in quality improvement methodology and has a focus on quality improvement research and education.

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Anantha “Hari” Harijith, MD

Dr. Harijith completed his fellowship training at New York Presbyterian Hospital. His basic science research interests focus on the physiology of the developing lung.

Anna Maria Hibbs, MD, MSCE

Anna Maria Hibbs, MD, MSCE

Dr. Hibbs completed her fellowship at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia in 2006. She is an NIH-funded investigator. Her research interests included (1) the long-term pulmonary outcomes of prematurity, with an emphasis on wheezing and sleep disordered breathing, and (2) evidence-based medicine, with interests in medication use, study design, and implementation.

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Margaret (Meggan) Kuper-Sasse, MD

Margaret (Meggan) Kuper-Sasse, MD

Dr. Kuper-Sasse completed her fellowship at Rainbow in 2016. She is a community liaison and leads the division’s telemedicine efforts.

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Peter MacFarlane, PhD

Peter MacFarlane, PhD

Dr. MacFarlane is from Melbourne, Australia. His research interests focus on the neurobiology of breathing, lung development and airway reactivity, with a translational interest in apnea of prematurity, sudden infant death syndrome and the effects of neonatal CPAP on lung development. He has mentored a number of fellows and residents.

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Jessica Madden, MD

Jessica Madden, MD

Dr. Madden completed her fellowship at Rainbow in 2009 and spent time as a neonatologist in Wisconsin and Boston prior to joining the Rainbow faculty in 2017. Her main research interests include NICU follow-up, breastfeeding, and neonatal nutrition. She is the Associate Program Director for the Neonatal-Perinatal Fellowship.

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Richard J. Martin, MD

Richard J. Martin, MD

Dr. Martin was born is Sydney, Australia. He completed his Neonatology fellowship at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in 1976 and was appointed director of the division in 1998. Dr. Martin's interests include apnea, respiratory control, and gastroesophageal reflux. His laboratory work includes studies in airway constriction, nitric oxide, and arginase. He is also involved in many clinical studies within the neonatal apnea program.

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Mary Nock, MD

Mary Nock, MD

Dr. Nock completed her fellowship at Rainbow in 2003. Her research interests include G6PD deficiency and jaundice in neonates, prevention of kernicterus, and quality improvement. She is the medical co-director of the NICU.

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Arielle Olicker, MD

Arielle Olicker, MD

Dr. Olicker completed her fellowship at 2015. Her academic and clinical interests include long term medical follow-up of premature and medically complex infants, especially focusing on long term respiratory morbidity and outcomes of moderate and late preterm infants. She is the director of neonatal transport services.

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Mary Elaine Patrinos, MD

Mary Elaine Patrinos, MD

Dr. Patrinos completed her fellowship at Loyola University Medical Center, Chicago. She has practiced in both academic and private practice settings in Illinois, Hawaii, New Mexico, and her home state of Ohio. Her interests include apnea/respiratory control, postgraduate medical education, and medical follow-up of high-risk infants. She joined the Rainbow faculty in 2011 where she serves as the NICU rotation director, Co-director of the transitional nursery (Rainbow 4), and director of the infant apnea program.

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Allison Payne, MD, MS

Allison Payne, MD, MS

Dr. Payne completed her fellowship at Rainbow in 2012 and earned a Master's Degree in Clinical Research during her fellowship. Her research interests involve the long-term neurodevelopmental outcomes of prematurity and neonatal morbidities. She is site co-PI for Neonatal Research Network follow-up. Dr. Payne is the Program Director of the Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship Program.

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Thomas “Tommy” Raffay, MD

Thomas “Tommy” Raffay, MD

Dr. Raffay completed his fellowship at Rainbow in 2013. His research focuses on translational studies of airway hyper-reactivity, beta-adrenergic receptor function, and nitric-oxide biology. He directs the Didactics in Neonatology CME seminar series and Division of Neonatology Research conferences.

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Ana Ribeiro, MD

Ana Ribeiro, MD

Dr. Ribeiro completed her fellowship at Rainbow in 2013. She practiced in her native Brazil before joining the Rainbow faculty in 2017. Her research interests include medical education and quality improvement during resuscitation in the delivery room.

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Rita Ryan, MD

Rita Ryan, MD

Dr. Ryan completed her fellowship at Cincinnati Children’s, was faculty at University of Rochester, Chief of Neonatology at University at Buffalo and Chair of Pediatrics at Medical University of South Carolina and joined the Rainbow faculty in 2019. She is a basic science and clinical researcher. Dr. Ryan’s disease of interest is bronchopulmonary dysplasia and she is an expert in neonatal pulmonary biology, with a focus on hyperoxia effects. She is an Associate Editor for Journal of Perinatology and Pediatric Pulmonology. Dr. Ryan represents the AAP Section on Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine on the Pediatric Academic Societies Program Planning Committee.

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Deanne Wilson-Costello, MD

Deanne Wilson-Costello, MD

Dr. Wilson-Costello completed her fellowship at Rainbow. She is the director of the neonatal high risk follow-up clinic and is site PI for Neonatal Research Network follow-up. Her main interest is neurodevelopmental outcomes of premature infants.

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Gulgun Yalcinkaya, MD

Gulgun Yalcinkaya, MD

Dr. Yalcinkaya was born in Icel, Turkey and completed her fellowship at New York University Medical Center. She is involved with neonatal follow-up clinic, and is co-director of the transitional nursery (Rainbow 4).

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