Distinguished Speakers

David Adamkin, MD
Professor of Pediatrics
Director of Neonatal Medicine, University of Louisville
Rounsavall Endowed Chair of Neonatology
Co-Director Neonatal Fellowship Program
Co-Director of Neonatal Nutrition Research

David H. Adamkin, MD joined the University of Louisville, Department of Pediatrics 34 years ago after completing a fellowship in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at U of L. He has risen through the ranks to Professor of Pediatrics, Director of the Division of Neonatal Medicine, Director of the Fellowship Program and Director of Neonatal Nutrition Research. His service to his profession includes writing over 80 peer-reviewed publications, 37 book chapters and 3 books.

He has given many webinars and produced videos distributed world-wide to educate health professionals on nutrition for premature infants. He served six years on the prestigious American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on the Fetus and Newborn, and was the primary author for the Guideline Screening and Management of Hypoglycemia which was published this year and is distributed worldwide as the standard of care for preventing brain injury. He is on the editorial board of journals and a manuscript reviewer for 18 journals. He has been inducted into the American Pediatric Society.

At the University of Louisville, he has been director of the Neonatal Fellowship program for 22 years and trained 48 physicians. He has directed the Neonatal Division for 17 years, served 16 years on the pediatric residency Committee and 6 years on the Human Studies Committee. His service to his community and commonwealth includes founding the Kentucky Perinatal Association in 1988, serving as its first president, and remaining on the board today. Dr. Adamkin has served as chairman for the collaboration between the Commonwealth’s Maternal-Child Health Committee.

Tanis Fenton, RD, PhD
Assistant Professor
University of Calgary, Faculty of Medicine
Pediatric Endocrinology

After completing a bachelor’s degree in nutrition from the University of Alberta and a master’s degree in nutrition from the University of Toronto, Dr. Fenton worked for 18 years as a dietitian in the clinical care of high-needs infants in a tertiary care neonatal intensive care unit in Calgary.
Wishing to learn more about research and critical appraisal, she completed a doctorate in epidemiology at the University of Calgary.

Currently, Dr. Fenton is an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Calgary and is working as a research lead for Alberta Nutrition Services. Her main areas of study and publication include critical appraisal in nutrition, nutrition and bone health, and neonatal nutrition and growth.

Fernando Moya, MD, PhD
New Hanover Regional Medical Center
Director of Neonatology

Fernando Moya, MD is the Director of Neonatology at New Hanover Regional Medical Center and President and CEO of Coastal Carolina Neonatology, PLLC. He attended medical school and completed his pediatric residency at the Catholic University of Chile.

Following the completion of his Neonatal-Perinatal fellowship at Yale University School of Medicine, Dr. Moya continued to work there for three years as an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics. His subsequent employment history/academic appointments include 1) Associate Director of the Division of Neonatology at Louisiana State University, 2) Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, 3) Professor of Pediatrics and Director of the Division of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at the University of Texas - Houston Medical School from 1997 until 2005, and presently, 4) Professor of Pediatrics at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and Director of Neonatology at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. Dr. Moya is board certified in Pediatrics and Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine. His research interests include lung maturation and surfactant use, congenital diaphragmatic hernia and necrotizing enterocolitis.


Brenda Poindexter, MD, MS
Riley Hospital for Children
Associate Professor, Indiana University

Dr. Brenda Poindexter is Professor of Pediatrics and Director of Clinical Research Section of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at the Indiana University (IU) School of Medicine, and a Clinical Neonatologist at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health. AFter completing her residency in Pediatrics at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, she went to IU for Fellowship trainig and also to obtain a master's degree in clinical research.

Her primary areas of interest include neonatal nutrition and metabolism, particularly the effect of early parenteral nutrition on growth and neurodevelopment. Dr. Poindexter serves as the vice chair for one of the biomedical institutional review boards at IU. She has been the Principal Investigator for manu studies and programs funded by the National Institutes of Health including the Eunice Kennedy Shriver national Institute of Child Health and Human Development Neonatal Research Network (NRN), the multicenter Prematurity and Respiratory Outcomes Program, and the Pediatric Trials Network.

Ricardo Uauy, MD, PhD
Department of Pediatrics
Division of Neonatology Catholic University
and Institute of Nutrition INTA University of Chile, Santiago Chile

World-renowned international nutritionist, pediatrician, neonatologist, and professor, Ricardo Uauy MD, PhD, was trained at Harvard and Yale and obtained his PhD at MIT. Dr. Uauy has been a leader throughout his career in international nutrition and, among other roles, has served as Director of the Institute of Nutrition and Food Technology (INTA) in Chile, Advisor to several United Nations agencies including the World Health Organization (WHO), and Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Chairman of the United Nations ACC/SCN Advisory Group in Nutrition, and President of the International Union of Nutritional Sciences (IUNS).


Sandra Kim, MD
Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus, OH
* Medical director of the nationally recognized Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Center,
within the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition.
* Associate professor of clinical pediatrics at the Ohio State University College of Medicine.

* Clinical and research interests focus on pediatric inflammatory bowel diseases, including
adolescent transitioning and quality improvement in pediatric IBD and the impact of the
gastrointestinal microbiota in IBD.

* Research has been funded by the NIH and the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America

* Currently serves as Chair of Pediatric Affairs for CCFA nationally and is a member of the
Executive Committee for the CCFA National Scientific Advisory Committee as well as the
steering committees for the CCFA Pediatric IBD Research Network (PRO-KIIDS). * Improve Care Now- Chair of the Clinical Practice committee and Adolescent Transitioning working group (ImproveCareNow is a national, multi-institution collaborative focusing on improving outcomes in IBD patients) * Medical advisory Board for Flying Horse Farms and involved in the leadership for the Central Ohio CCFA CMAC.
** As a reflection of her dedication to her profession, Dr. Kim was awarded the 2011 Rosen- thal Award for her leadership in patient education and advocacy by the CCFA.


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