An Update on Tailored Feeding Strategies for Preterm Infants

Program Date: 3 July 2018
Publication Date: 3 July 2018
Continuing Education Units: Physician/AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™: 0.5

Course Description:

In this course, expert faculty Jatinder Bhatia, MD, provides an overview on updates and best practices in tailored feeding strategies for preterm infants. This activity features an interview-based narrative with Dr. Bhatia, as well as incorporated audio clips and additional resources, for a more in-depth look on best practices in preterm infant nutrition. Note: This course is supported through an Abbott Nutrition medical education grant.

Run time: 30 min

Course Objectives:

  • Outline composition differences in enriched, fortified, and supplemented formulas and their impact on growth and development in preterm infants.
  • Compare and contrast nutritional differences between preterm discharge and standard term formulas, and formulate strategies to transition preterm infants to term formulas, when appropriate.
  • Implement strategies to educate parents and guardians regarding nutrition in preterm infants.

Course Instructor Bio(s)

A headshot of Bhatia

Jatinder Bhatia, MD

Professor, Department of Pediatrics
Chief, Division of Neonatology
Director, Fellowship Program, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
Director, Transport/ECMO/Nutrition
Vice Chair, Clinical Research
Augusta University at the Medical College of Georgia

Dr. Jatinder Bhatia is a 1975 graduate of the Armed Forces Medical College of the University of Poona, India. He completed his pediatric residency, including a year as chief resident, at the Augusta University in Augusta followed by a joint fellowship in neonatology and pediatric nutrition at the University of Iowa under the mentorship of Drs. Allen Erenberg and the late Samuel J. Fomon, respectively. He then joined the faculty at the University of Texas Medical Branch and was an Associate Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Preventive Medicine and Community Health with a joint appointment in the University’s Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.

In 1991, Dr. Bhatia returned to Augusta University as Professor of Pediatrics. Currently, he is the Chief, Division of Neonatology, Department of Pediatrics, Vice Chair for Clinical Research, member of the University College of Graduate Studies and Program Director of the Fellowship program in Neonatal Perinatal Medicine. Fellows from the program are now practicing in a wide geographic area both in academics and private practice. In addition, he is the medical director of the Georgia Regional Perinatal Center, one of six in the State of Georgia. Dr. Bhatia also serves as the Director of ECMO, Nutrition and Transport.

He has been recognized for his academic and clinical work throughout his career with honors such as the Distinguished Faculty Award for Institutional Service at the Augusta University and the Georgia Nutrition Council Award of Excellence. Dr. Bhatia's areas of research interest include a wide variety of neonatal issues such as neonatal nutrition, total parenteral nutrition, reaction oxygen species, hepatic dysfunction, outcomes research and is currently involved in studies in the areas of surfactant therapy, probiotics and coagulation homeostasis during ECMO. His research has been supported by the National Institutes of Health, industry and foundations. He is the author of more than 100 articles, abstracts, book chapter, and has edited numerous books and workshop series. He has made presentations of his work nationally and internationally.


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