40th Anniversary Neonatology Conference Draws a Global Audience of Pediatric Professionals

Pediatricians who care for newborn infants from all over the world gathered in November at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach for the 40th Anniversary Miami Neonatology Conference, sponsored by the Miller School of Medicine and presented by the Department of Pediatrics’ Division of Neonatology. Four keynote speakers addressed the historical perspectives of neonatology over the past 40 years. In addition, this year’s conference featured eight of the field’s leading experts sharing the latest research and clinical knowledge in a series of presentations and panel discussions.

“We had 1,177 attendees from 53 countries, and our guest faculty came from six countries,” said Charles R. Bauer, M.D., professor of pediatrics, obstetrics/gynecology and psychology, Associate Director of the Division of Neonatology and Director of the Early Steps Program, who is one of the conference’s co-directors. “Many of our attendees come every year. Some group practices trade off among their members so everyone has a chance to attend. This has become one of the largest and most respected conferences on newborn medicine in the country and in the world.”

“Our attendees look forward to it because it’s a real knowledge-sharing event,” said the conference’s other co-director, Eduardo H. Bancalari, M.D., professor of pediatrics and obstetrics/gynecology and Director of the Division of Neonatology. “It is significant to them that the program includes expert speakers from premier institutions around the world.”

In celebration of the conference’s 40th anniversary, 70 graduates of the Neonatology Fellowship Training Program attended the conference. This was an amazing reunion, said Bauer, with more than 50 percent of all the returning fellows trained in this program over the last 43 years. The annual fellows luncheon provided an opportunity for networking and for each fellow to give an update on their professional and personal status. The annual fellows reunion luncheon is always one of the highlights of the conference for the current faculty and staff, and having such a large turnout was remarkable, Bauer said.

“The Department of Pediatrics is proud to sponsor this annual conference,” said Judy Schaechter, M.D., M.B.A., professor and Chair of Pediatrics. “Just as our research resonates beyond our borders, our educational mission has always been worldwide. I am grateful to Drs. Bancalari and Bauer and their entire team for building a global learning collaborative in neonatology.”

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