DHREAMS - Diaphragmatic Hernia Research & Exploration Advancing Molecular Science
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The DHREAMS Team


DHREAMS Team Coordinating Center
Columbia University Medical Center

Wendy Chung, MD, PhDWendy Chung, MD, PhD
Principal Investigator
Herbert Irving Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine
Director of Clinical Genetics

Wendy Chung, M.D., Ph.D. is a clinical and molecular geneticist who directs the clinical genetics program at Columbia University and is the principal investigator of DHREAMS. She is the Herbert Irving assistant professor of pediatrics and medicine at Columbia University. She received her B.A. in biochemistry and economics from Cornell University, her M.D. from Cornell University Medical College, and her Ph.D. in genetics from The Rockefeller University. She completed residencies in pediatrics and medical genetics at Columbia University, a fellowship in Molecular Genetics, and is ABMG certified in clinical and molecular genetics. 

Dr. Chung directs NIH funded research programs in human genetics of birth defects including congenital diaphragmatic hernia and congenital heart disease. She serves as the molecular genetics core for the Pediatric Neuromuscular Clinical Research Network studying spinal muscular atrophy, the New York Obesity Research Center, and the Diabetes and Endocrine Research Center. She was the recipient of the American Academy of Pediatrics Young Investigator Award, the Medical Achievement Award from Bonei Olam, and a career development award from Doris Duke. She has authored over 80 peer reviewed articles and 20 chapters and reviews and is renowned for her teaching. She is a member of the Glenda Garvey Teaching Academy and has won many awards for teaching including the Charles W. Bohmfalk Award for Distinguished Contributions to Teaching, the American Medical Women’s Association Mentor Award, and Columbia University Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching.

Dr. Chung enjoys the challenges of genetics as a rapidly changing field of medicine and strives to facilitate the integration of genetic medicine into all areas of health care in a medically, scientifically, and ethically sound, accessible, and cost effective manner. 

Marc S Arkovitz, MDMarc S Arkovitz, MD
Principal Investigator
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatric Surgery

Marc S. Arkovitz, MD is a principal clinical investigator for DHREAMS and is an adjunct assistant professor of pediatric surgery at Columbia University. He received his BS from Union College in New York and his MD degree from New York University. Dr Arkovitz completed his residency in general surgery at New York University/Bellevue Medical Center, a research fellowship in pulmonary physiology, and his clinical pediatric surgery fellowship both at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Medical Center, where has was also named a Proctor Research Scholar. In addition to his work as the clinical investigator on the DHREAMS project, Dr. Arkovitz has completed basic science research studying the abnormal vascular physiology seen in CDH.   

Dr. Arkovitz is board certified in general and pediatric surgery, has published more than 25 peer-reviewed scientific articles and 8 textbook chapters, and has lectured internationally in the United States, Europe, and the Middle East. His true joy in his work comes from establishing meaningful and long-lasting relationships with the patients and families he treats, and watching his patients grow up to become his friends.

Julia Wynn, MSJulia Wynn, MS
Principal Study Coordinator
Genetic Counselor

Julia Wynn, MS is the principal research coordination for the Diaphragmatic Hernia Research, Exploration, and Advancement of Molecular Science (DHREAMS) research study at Columbia University Medical Center. She is an American College of Medical Genetics (ACMG) certified genetic counselor and has worked for three years in prenatal and pediatric genetics at New York Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia where she is also the genetic counselor for the Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Follow-Up Clinic.

Julia received her Master’s degree in Genetic Counseling from the University of Texas Health Science Center. She completed her undergraduate studies at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. She is a member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors. She is also a guest lecturer for the Columbia Medical Genetics Fellowship program and the Sudden Arrhythmia Death Syndromes (SADS) Foundation.

As a genetic counselor, Julia endeavors to translate complex genetic information into a comfortable, understandable language for all individuals.

Erika Berman Rosenzweig, MDErika Berman Rosenzweig, MD
Pulmonary Hypertension Coordination
Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Pediatric Cardiology

Dr. Erika Berman Rosenzqeig is currently the Director of the Pulmonary Hypertension Center at Columbia University Medical Center in New York. She is Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics (in Medicine) and cares for both children and adults with Pulmonary Hypertension. With training and board certification in pediatric cardiology, Dr. Rosenzqeig also specializes in the care of patients with pulmonary hypertension associated with congenial heart disease. Dr. Rosenzweig is the Editor Cheif of of Advances in Pulmonary Hypertension. She has authored over 30 papers and book chapters related to pulmonary hypertension, and has been an investigator in numerous pulmonary hypertension clinical trials.
Usha Krishnan, MDUsha Krishnan, MD
Pulmonary Hypertension Coordination
Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Pediatric Cardiology

Usha Krishnan is a board certified pediatric cardiologist who is the Associate Director of Pulmonary Hypertension Center at the New York Presbyterian Columbia Children's Hospital. She is also the Associate Director of the Associate Director of the Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship Program at Columbia University. She received her M.D. and Diploma in Child Health from the Bombay University. She also completed a pediatric residency and cardiology fellowship in Bombay. She completed a Pediatric Residency at New York Medical College and a Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center. Dr. Krishnan was the recipient of the Hatch Young cardiovascular Training Fellowship Research Grant.

Dr. Krishnan is dedicated to the task of understanding and treating pulmonary hypertension in children affected with congenital diaphragmatic hernia as well as children and adults with primary pulmonary hypertension and is actively involved in research into genetic causes of pulmonary hypertension and is a co-investigator in multiple clinical trials studying advance therapies for PH.

Christiana Farkouh-Karoleski, MDChristiana Farkouh-Karoleski, MD
Developmental Coordination
Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Neonatology/Perinatology

 

 



Supporting DHREAMS Teams


Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of New York- Presbyterian

Gudrun Asplund, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatric Surgery

Annette Zygmunt, PhD
Assistant Clinical Professor of Medical Psychology (in Psychiatry and Pediatrics)

Clarissa Bonanno, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology 

For more information about DHREAMS study or care for CDH at Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York- Presbyterian please contact Julia Wynn (212) 305-6987 or jw2500@columbia.edu

Children's Hospital of Wisconsin

Amy Wagner, MD
Assistant Professor
Department of Pediatric Surgery

Casey Calkins, MD
Associate Professor
Department of Pediatric Surgery

Ruth Swedler, MS
Clinical Research Coordinator

Jessy Schultz, BA, BSN
Clinical Research Nurse
Department of Pediatric Surgery

For more information about the DHREAMS study or care at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin please contact  Ruth Swedler  at (414)337-3441 or rswedler@chw.org. You can also visit their website.
 

Children's Hospital of Omaha/ University of Nebraska

Robert Cusick, MD
Professor of Surgery & Pediatric Surgery
Contact phone number: 402-955-7400
Contact e-mail: kazarow@childrensomaha.org

Sheila Horak, APRN
Pediatric Surgery Nurse Practitioner
Contact e-mail: shorak@childrensomaha.org 

Scott Fletcher, MD
Professor of Pediatric Cardiology
Contact phone number: 402-955-4350
Contact e-mail: sfletcher@childrensomaha.org 

Jeff Delaney, MD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics & Medical Director Hybrid Catheterization Lab
Contact phone number: 402-955-4350
Contact e-mail: jdelaney@childrensomaha.org 

Barbara Jackson, PhD
Child Psychologist

For more information about the DHREAMS study or care for CDH at Children’s Hospital of Omaha/ University of Nebraska please contact Dr. Ken Azarow at (402) 955-7400. You may also visit their website.

CS Mott Children's Hospital/ University of Michigan
Pediatric Surgery

George Mychalisa, MD, MS
Assistant Professor of Surgery and Obstetrics and Gynecology
Director, Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment Center
Co-Director ECMO Program
Contact information: (734) 763-2072

Bob Drongowski, MA
Senior Research Associate
Department of Pediatric Surgery 

Jeannie Kreutzman, RN, MSN, CPNP
Clinical Nurse Specialist/Coordinator
Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment Center
Contact information: (734) 763-2072 

Robert Garjaski, MD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Department of Cardiology 

Jennifer Lynn Butcher, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Child Behavioral Health
Department of Pediatrics 

For more information about the DHREAMS study or care for CDH at University of Michigan/ CS Mott Children’s Hospital please contact Dr. George Mychalisa at (734) 763-2072. You may also visit their website.

Cincinnati Children's Hospital and Medical Center/ University of Cincinnati
Pediatric General & Thoracic Surgery/Fetal Care Center

Trish Burns, RNII, BSN
DHREAMS Coordinator, Fetal Care Center of Cincinnati
Contact phone number: 513-803-5270
Contact e-mail: Trish.Burns@cchmc.org 

Amy Beth Ross, RN, MSN
Fetal Care Center of Cincinnati
Contact phone number: 513-803-1709
Contact e-mail: Amybeth.ross@cchmc.org 

Foong-Yen Lim, MD
Surgical Director, Fetal Care Center of Cincinnati
Contact e-mail: Foong.Yen.Lim@cchmc.org

Erik Michelfelder, MD
Director, Fetal Heart Program
Contact e-mail: erik.michelfelder@cchmc.org 

Teri (Teresa) Gratton, PA
Senior Clinical Research Coordinator, Division of Neonatology
Contact e-mail: teresa.gratton@cchmc.org 

For more information about the DHREAMS study or care for CDH at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Medical Center/ University of Cincinnati please contact Tirsh Burns,RNII, BSN at 513-803-5270 or trish.burns@cchmc.org. You may also visit their website.

Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh/ University of Pittsburgh
Pediatric General and Thoracic Surgery

Douglas Potoka, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Contact phone number: 412-692-5053

Kate Brennan, PhD
Child Psychologist


For more information about the DHREAMS study or care for CDH at the University of Pittsburgh please contact Dr. Douglas Potoka at 412-692-5053 412-692-5053 or douglas.potoka@chp.edu. You may also visit their website.

 

Washington University Medical Center/ St. Louis Children's Hospital
Washington University School of Medicine
Department of Surgery
Division of Pediatric Surgery

Brad W. Warner, MD
Jessie L. Ternberg, MD, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Pediatric Surgery
Surgeon-in-Chief
Contact phone number: 314-454-6022
Contact e-mail: warnerb@wudosis.wustl.edu 

Karen Lukas, RN, BSN, RNC-NIC, CCRP
Research Nurse Coordinator for Pediatric General Surgery
Contact phone number: 314-454-5083
Pager number: 314-360-6168
Contact e-mail: lukask@wudosis.wustl.edu 

Tasnim Najaf, MD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Pediatric Newborn Medicine
Contact phone number: 314-454-2683
Contact e-mail: najaf_t@kids.wustl.edu

For more information about the DHREAMS study or care for CDH at the Washington University Medical Center/ St. Louis Children’s Hospital please contact Dr. Brad Warner at 314-454-6022 or by e-mail at warnerb@wudosis.wustl.edu. You may also visit their website.

Monroe Carrell Jr Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt

Dai H. Chung, MD
Professor of Pediatric Surgery
Contact phone number: 615-936-1050
Contact e-mail: dai.chung@vanderbilt.edu

John Pietsch, MD
Professor of Pediatric Surgery
Director of ECMO
Contact phone number: 615-936-1050


Donald Moore, MD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Cardiology

Eric Austin, MD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Pulmonology

For more information about the DHREAMS study or care for CDH at the Monroe Carrell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt please contact Dr. Dai Chung at 615-936-1050 or dai.chung@vanderbilt.edu. You may also visit their website.
 

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