NICU Services offered at Centerpoint Medical Center, Menorah Medical Center, Overland Park Regional Medical Center and Research Medical Center.

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Conference Agenda
Time Description

Welcome by moderator Christopher Stapley, DO


Torri Metz, MD
University of Utah Health, Salt Lake City, UT
“Marijuana Use During Pregnancy and While Breastfeeding”


Richard Polin, MD
Columbia University School of Medicine, New York, NY “Nasal CPAP: The Gold Standard in Non-Invasive Support”


Michael Georgieff, MD
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
“Iron: From Fetus to Follow-Up”




Barbara Saunders, DO
University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, MS
“The Power of Parents: Improving Parental Engagement and Developmental Outcomes in the NICU”




Noah Hillman, MD
Saint Louis University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO
“Recent Advances in Surfactant Therapies”


Bernard Thébaud, MD
University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada
“Cell Therapies for Complications of Extreme Prematurity- A New Hope?”


Closing remarks

This conference will enable the participant to:

  1. Explain the physiological and scientific basis for the clinical application of nasal CPAP in preterm infants with respiratory distress syndrome.
  2. Discuss the most recent data on surfactant administrations and combinations without other medications.
  3. Identify the negative and positive stressors on iron balance in the preterm infant and the neurodevelopmental consequences of iron underload.
  4. Discuss the impact of parental engagement in the NICU on developmental outcomes.
  5. Discuss the impact of marijuana use during pregnancy and neonatal outcomes.
  6. Describe cell therapies for complications of extreme prematurity.
  7. To learn about opportunities and challenges of cell therapies for improving outcomes for preterm infants.

Conference Speakers

Dr. Michael K. Georgieff

Dr. Michael Georgieff

Dr. Michael K. Georgieff is the Martin Lenz Harrison Land Grant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota. He is executive vice-chair of Pediatrics, and Co-Director of the Masonic Institute for the Developing Brain at the University. He is an internationally recognized expert on the effects of nutrition on the developing brain, and specifically the effects of iron status on learning and memory processing. His career in this area has spanned 35 years and includes investigations of brain function in human and pre-clinical models. He has conducted multiple studies on the effect of fetal and neonatal iron deficiency and neonatal anemia on developing brain regions and behavior. He has published over 250 peer reviewed papers and was recently a member of the BOND (Biomarkers of Nutrition for Development) Iron Workgroup for NIH.

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Target Audience

This is a program for Neonatal Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Neonatologists, Pediatricians, Pediatric Su -Specialists, Respiratory Therapists, Dieticians, and Allied Health Professionals who wish to increase their knowledge and understanding of the latest clinically applicable concepts as they relate to the high-risk neonates.


Overland Park Regional Medical Center is accredited by the Colorado Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Overland Park Regional Medical Center designates this live activity for a maximum of six (6.0) AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s). Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Overland Park Regional Medical Center is approved as a provider of continuing education in nursing by the Kansas State Board of Nursing. This course offering is approved for 6 contact hours for RN or LPN relicensure. Kansas State Board of Nursing Provider No. LT0225-0738. The program must be attended in its entirety to receive continuing education credit. Any participant wishing other continuing education credit must contact his/her professional organization for approval.

Overland Park Regional Medical Center CEU Evaluator has approved this program for 6 hours of Respiratory Continuing Education on behalf of the Kansas Respiratory Care Society, a chapter society of the AARC. Providership KRCS #018.


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