Tobi Adeyeye Amosun, MD, FAAP, is Assistant Commissioner at the Tennessee Department of Health, Director of the Division of Family Health and Wellness. She previously served as medical director for one of the largest pediatric practices in Tennessee. She is on staff at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, with an interest in mitigation of ACEs, and investigating social determinants of health and their impact on the care of priority populations. In addition to clinical care, she is focused on patient advocacy, quality initiatives, staff development, community engagement. She serves on several state and national boards. Tobi is a speaker and writer whose work has been featured by local, state, and national organizations.
Amosun graduated with honors with undergraduate degrees in Biology and Art History from Vanderbilt University as a Dean’s Select Scholar and Chancellor’s Scholar. She completed her medical school training at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine as a recipient of the Richard King Mellon Foundation award and her residency at the Children’s Hospital Pittsburgh. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a board member of numerous professional organizations, including the Cumberland Pediatric Foundation, a middle Tennessee nonprofit organization dedicated to scientific, charitable, and educational purposes to improve healthcare services for children. She has been recognized for community service and acts as a mentor to medical physician trainees. She currently chairs multiple mortality review committees and is a member of the Tennessee Health Disparities Task Force, the Committee on Emergency Pediatric Care advisory board, and Volunteer TN’s Board of Commissioners.
Dr. Komal Bajaj is an OB/GYN-geneticist who serves as Chief Quality Officer of NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi and Clinical Director of NYC Health + Hospitals Simulation Center. She is an innovator in the fields of ingraining equity into quality/safety and healthcare simulation. Dr. Bajaj is passionate about transforming healthcare culture and delivery for both patients and healthcare teams.
Jona Bandyopadhyay is an Associate Medical Director for the Division of TennCare, Tennessee’s Medicaid agency. At TennCare, Jona serves as a clinical lead on variety of projects including TennCare’s Opioid Strategy and Maternal Health Strategy. Jona also works in close collaboration with TennCare’s division of Quality Oversight and State Planning and Innovation Group (SPIG) supporting quality initiatives and payment reform across the state.Also known as “Dr. B,” Jona is a board-certified OB/GYN who completed her residency at the University of Florida-Shands Hospital. After a few years in private practice, Jona pursued a Master of Public Health from Georgetown University Milken Institute of Public Health and transitioned from clinical medicine into health policy.
Mary Beth Dunaganis the Perinatal Bereavement Counselor and Community Liaison for the Butterfly’s Embrace Family Support Program. As a bereaved mother, Mary Beth knows the importance of bereavement care and is passionate about educating and raising awareness in the community. An active member of Heaven’s Cradle, she coordinates all events and marketing to raise money for the fund which provides financial assistance for burials and therapy to bereavement families all across the United States. Mary Beth has her Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and is currently pursuing her Masters of Business Administration from Union University. She is also a Certified Bereavement Coordinator with Resolve Thru Sharing and Certified in Perinatal Loss Care. Mary Beth is passionate about bereavement and helping other hospital systems create bereavement programs in their area to serve a underserved population.
Elizabeth A. Howell, MD, MPP
Elizabeth Howell, MD, MPP, is the Harrison McCrea Dickson President’s Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to coming to the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Howell was the Founding Director of the Blavatnik Family Women’s Health Research Institute, Vice Chair of Research for the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Science, and Associate Dean for Faculty Development at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Dr. Howell is a NIH-funded ob/gyn health services researcher and her major research interests lie at the intersection between quality of care and disparities in maternal and infant mortality and morbidity. She has served on several expert committees including for the Institute of Medicine, NIH, the Joint Commission, ACOG, and international external scientific advisory boards. She co-chaired the Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health Working Group on Reduction of Peripartum Racial Disparities, served on the Governor’s Taskforce on Maternal Mortality and Disparate Racial Outcomes for New York State and the New York City Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Steering Committee for the New York City Department of Health, and testified in Congress for maternal healthcare legislation. She has provided testimony to the U.S Commission on Civil Rights on racial disparities in maternal health and co-chaired the National Quality Forum Committee on Maternal Morbidity and Mortality. Dr. Howell was recently invited to the White House by Vice President Harris to participate in a roundtable on Black Maternal Health. Many media outlets have featured Dr. Howell, including NPR, ProPublica, the NBC Nightly News, The Today Show, The New York Times, and Essence Magazine. She recently shared her research on quality of care, maternal mortality and morbidity, and racial and ethnic disparities in a TEDMED talk that has garnered nearly two million views.
Dr. Howell received her undergraduate degree from Stanford University and received her medical and public policy degrees at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She received her residency training at Cornell /New York Hospital and her post-doctoral training in clinical epidemiology as a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at Yale Medical School.
Anup Katheria, MD
Dr. Anup Katheria is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics, and the Director of the Neonatal Research Institute (NRI) and the NICU Follow-Up Clinic at Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women & Newborns. The NRI has conducted 30 trials in the past 10 years at the busiest delivery room hospital in California. Dr. Katheria earned his BS in Biology from the University of California, Los Angeles, his MD from Drexel University College of Medicine, completed his pediatric residency at Children’s Hospital of Orange County, and his Neonatal-Perinatal Fellowship at the University of California, San Diego.
He is the principle or co-principle investigator for 5 trials:
1. Comparing cord milking to early cord clamping in term non-vigorous infants (MINVI trial).
2. Comparing delayed cord clamping to umbilical cord milking in preterm infants (PREMOD2 trial)
3. Comparing early CPAP to early caffeine plus LISA(CALItrial) in preterm infants
4. Comparing placebo toempiric antibiotics in extremely preterm infants (NANO trial), and
5. Cord milking to reduce HIE in low-middle income countries (CORDMILK).
Dr. Kira Mauseth is a practicing clinical psychologist who sees patients at Snohomish Psychology Associates in Everett and Edmonds, WA, teaches as a Senior Instructor at Seattle University and serves as a co-lead for the Behavioral Health Strike Team for the WA State Department of Health. She also serves in the adult mental health clinical seat on the Washington State’s Disaster Medical Advisory Committee (DMAC). Her work and research focus on disaster behavioral health, resilience,and recovery from trauma as well as well as small and large-scale critical incident response and preparation. She has worked abroad extensively with disaster survivors and refugees and has trained first responders and health care workers throughout Puget Sound the United States. Dr. Mauseth also conducts trainings with organizations and educational groups about disaster preparedness and resilience building within local communities.
Dr. Scott is the current President of the Medical Staff at the University of Colorado. She is an Associate Professor of Clinical Practice in Maternal Fetal Medicine through the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology. She has been with the University for 12 years. She completed her residency at Banner University in Phoenix, Arizona and her fellowship in Maternal Fetal Medicine through the University of Arizona College of Medicine. She is a Fellow of the American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology and is board certified in OB/GYN and Maternal Fetal Medicine. Her leadership roles have included inpatient Medical Director of Labor & Delivery at UC Health Anschutz, MFM Practice Director at UCHA, Medical Director of MFM Services at Boulder Community Hospital and Longmont United Hospital. She is passionate about the care of women with complicated pregnancies and has served as the Co-director of the Adult Congenital Heart Disease OB Program and the Placenta Accreta Program at the University of Colorado Hospital.Nationally, she has been active in the Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine and served as a moderator for the Critical Care forum for the Annual Pregnancy Meeting. Additionally, she has served as a vital contributor to several other hospital committees with goals of high quality patient care, safety and clinical practice effectiveness. In addition to clinical practice,she is an educator to medical learners with recognition of these efforts as ACOG Mentor of the Year, District VIII in 2018. She has earned the recognition of Physician Partners in Care Award from the University of Colorado Hospital and 5280: Denver’s Magazine Top Doctors-The Top Physicians Selected By Their Peers.
LeighAnn Sutton is the Perinatal Bereavement Social Work Coordinator for Butterfly’s Embrace Perinatal Bereavement Program at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital in Jackson, Tennessee. She is also a licensed social worker and serves as the team leader for the Perinatal Hospice & Palliative Care Team, caring for terminally ill babies and their families.Before beginning her career as a Perinatal Social Worker, LeighAnn worked many years in the adult hospice field with Hospice of West Tennessee and served as counselor at Camp WINGS, a children’s grief camp. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, the National Association of Perinatal Social Workers, and is currently pursuing certification as a Perinatal Mental Health Certified professional. LeighAnn received her Bachelor of Science in Social Work from the University of Tennessee at Martin and plans to continue her studies pursuing a Masters in Social Work.LeighAnn recently presented at the PSI International Conference on the bereavement needs of grieving parents and the importance of using the EPDS to screen for PP depression and anxiety. She is married to Mike Sutton and has 2 children, Jacob and AnnaGrace Sutton.
Dr. Julia Wood is a board certified psychiatrist. She obtained her B.A. at Wellesley College in Massachusetts and her M.D. at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. She completed residency at Harvard’s Massachusetts General Hospital/McLean Hospital psychiatry residency program where she received additional training in women’s mental health. Dr. Wood is a psychiatrist in private practice in Knoxville, TN.
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