NICU Currents: Development of a Comprehensive Program for Retinopathy of Prematurity: A Strategy to Minimize Loss to Follow-up After Discharge

Program Date: February 2015
Continuing Education Units: 1.0 Nurse Contact Hours / 1.0 RD CPEU

Course Objectives:

  • Review the natural occurrence of Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP) as it relates to pathogenesis, screening and treatment.
  • Describe the benefits of having a coordinator and comprehensive program for the management of ROP.
  • CDR Level: 2
  • Suggested Learning Codes: 5060, 3020, 5390
  • Media Format(s): Article (English)

Course Instructor Bio(s)

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Abbot Laptook, MD

Professor of Pediatrics at Alpert Medical School of Brown University

Abbot Laptook, MD is Professor of Pediatrics in the Alpert Medical School of Brown University and the Medical Director of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Women’s and Infants Hospital of Rhode Island. He has spent his entire career in academic medicine and has divided his time between clinical care, teaching, investigative research and administration. His major area of interest has been hypoxic-ischemic brain injury in the term infant, which remains an important cause of neurodevelopmental deficits during childhood and cognitive impairment at school age. The overall goal of his research has been to examine variables that modify the impact of hypoxia-ischemia on the brain and provide rationale and justification to undertake clinical trials of potential neuroprotective strategies. As Principal Investigator of the Brown site for the NICHD Neonatal Research Network, Dr Laptook oversees all clinical trials of the Neonatal Research Network at Women and Infants Hospital. He is also actively involved in the development of new trials that address his investigative focus and other important questions in the care of sick newborns.

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Mary Hanlon-Walker, BS BA, NICU, WIHRI

Women’s and Infants Hospital

Mary Hanlon-Walker, BS BA, NICU, WIHRI, has worked at Women’s and Infants Hospital since 1990. Mary has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Bryant University and completed the paralegal program at Roger Williams University. Before working in the NICU as the Senior Administrative Assistant, Mary worked in Risk Management as the WIHRI Safety Coordinator.

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Janet E. Baker, CNA

Women’s and Infants Hospital

Janet E. Baker, CNA, has been employed at Women’s and Infants Hospital for 26 years as unit secretary in various units as she worked on her certified nursing assistant license. Currently, Janet is the ROP Coordinator for the NICU and enjoys working with the parents and ophthalmologists.

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Lory Snady-McCoy MD

Women’s and Infant Hospital

Lory Snady-McCoy MD, a board certified ophthalmologist, specializes in diseases of the retina and vitreous, including ROP, retinal detachment, diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration. She received her medical degree at the Medical College of Pennsylvania, her residency at the University of Chicago Medical Center and her fellowship at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. She is currently a staff member and the Section Chief of the Retina Service at Rhode Island Hospital and Chief of Opthalmology at Women & Infants Hospital, as well as full-time staff member at Miriam Hospital and Charlton Memorial Hospital. Dr. Snady-McCoy is a Clinical Associate Professor at the Warren Alpert School of Medicine at Brown University and is on the courtesy staff at Tufts University School of Medicine.

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John Donahue, MD, PhD

Alpert Medical School of Brown University

John Donahue, MD, PhD, is a board certified ophthalmologist specializing in pediatrics and eye movement disorders. Dr. Donahue completed his fellowship in pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC. He completed his medical degree and residency at the University of Colorado. Dr Donahue also earned a PhD in microbiology and immunology at the National Jewish Center for Respiratory Medicine and Immunology in Denver, Colorado. He performs strabismus surgery for both pediatric and adult patients with eye misalignments. Currently Dr Donahue is a clinical Assistant Professor at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University in Rhode Island. Dr Donahue’s ophthalmic practice includes surgery on pediatric and adult patients for strabismus, medical and surgical care of retinopathy of prematurity, nasolacrimal duct obstruction and amblyopia.


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