The NICU can seem overwhelming for families, trainees, and general health professionals. The NICU Doc was created by a neonatologist, an expert in NICU medicine and the care of healthy and sick babies, so you can find all the information in ONE place.
Dr. Prem Fort (Founder/CEO of TheNICUDoc)
Born in Lima, Peru, I started out at the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia and then came to the U.S, where I went through many years of schooling that began at Durham Technical Community College, the University of North Carolina, Duke Medical Center, and culminated at the University of Alabama and Children's of Alabama Hospital. I currently work for a level IV NICU in a highly recognized academic institution.
I have an absolute a passion to serve families and professionals alike. I am an avid researcher, with a focus in clinical trials in respiratory research of preterm infants.
I created The NICU Doc to help families and health care staff to better understand the intimidating and scary environment of the NICU. I hope that this website and my other social media platforms such as YouTube and Instagram can help educate and empower those that have or work with babies, because ultimately, we ALL want the BEST for our BABIES!
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Drs. Fort, Roberts, and Guthrie met while performing clinical trials. We are all respiratory researchers and Dr. Roberts has been studying respiratory care for many years and published on a new method of delivering surfactant (a substance needed in the lungs to breath). Although it had been studied by other physicians, it was not well defined. Dr. Roberts invited Dr. Guthrie and Dr. Fort to join her efforts and the term of this technique was born; SALSA (Surfactant Administration through Laryngeal or Supraglottic Airway). We continue to develop research studies together and have traveled the world teaching the SALSA technique or method. Click on "Find out More," for more information.
Dr. Kari Roberts (Neonatologist)
Dr. Kari Roberts earned her medical degree at the University of Minnesota and completed her residency and neonatal-perinatal medicine fellowship at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire. Her professional interests include less-invasive methods for surfactant administration, newborn resuscitation, and global neonatal health.
Dr. Scott Guthrie (Neonatologist)
Scott received his MD from East Tennessee State University. He completed his general pediatric training with the University of Tennessee and his neonatology training at Vanderbilt University. He serves as a Specialist in the US State Department's Fulbright Scholar's Program. His professional interests include: global neonatal health, less invasive methods of surfactant administration, and neonatal ventilation.
Warning, medical speak!
The SALSA (Surfactant Administration through Supraglottic or Laryngeal Airway) technique has been studied in the last decade as a novel way to delivery surfactant. Dr. Roberts created the largest randomized controlled trial to date. Although larger trials need to be performed, this technique shows promise, as smaller trials have not shown harm and the technique is both easy and fast to perform. (However, it is NOT standard of practice and should not replace current practice in your hospital). More research is being done and we hope to be able to bring the results to light in the near future. Click below for more details.
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