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NPIC Announces New Chair of Board of Directors Marilyn B. Escobedo, MD

November 26, 2012

The National Perinatal Information Center (NPIC) is pleased to announce the election of the new Chair of their Board of Directors.

arilyn B. Escobedo, MD

Marilyn B. Escobedo, MD, Reba McEntire Endowed Chair in Neonatology, Director of Section of Neonatal Perinatal Medicine of the Children's Hospital, University of Oklahoma, will serve as Chairman of the NPIC Board of Directors for the 2013-2014 term. Dr. Escobedo succeeds Dr. Martin McCaffrey, Associate Clinical Professor, UNC Hospital, Pediatric Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, as Chair.

Dr. Escobedo is recognized as an outstanding leader in neonatology. She received her undergraduate education at Baylor University and her MD at Washington University in St. Louis. In addition, she completed her pediatric residency at St. Louis Children's Hospital and her neonatology fellowship at Vanderbilt University.

Among many other national leadership responsibilities, Dr. Escobedo was elected as the first woman chair of the national organization of neonatologists, the Perinatal Section of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and organized a multi-center research consortium. In 2004 she was named as the recipient of the National Neonatology Education Award by the AAP, and in 2009, she received the Founders Award for Research and Service, the highest award of the Southern Society for Pediatric Research. She was recently elected to serve as a member of the American Board of Pediatrics. In addition to leadership and education, she is an investigator best known for the development of a premature baboon bronchopulmonary dysplasia model, a research resource which has produced a wealth of knowledge on both prevention and treatment.

Dr. Escobedo currently serves on the HCA National NICU Quality Steering Committee and she is currently the PI of one of 3 centers for the National Institute of Health (NIH) study, Neonatal Microbiome and Necrotizing Enterocolitis with Washington University as the coordinating center. This study investigates the role of the changing intestinal microflora in regard to the development of Necrotizing Enterocolitis.

Dr. Escobedo has served on the Board of NPIC since 1998, and she is excited to begin the new term as Chair of the organization. She states:

"Since NPIC has provided innovative benchmarking information for many years, the organization enters this era of intense activity in quality issues with tremendous experience and capability. It is an exciting time to be a part of this dynamic program."

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NPIC is a non-profit organization, located in Providence, RI, dedicated to the improvement of perinatal health through comparative data analysis, program evaluation, health services research, and professional continuing education.

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