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
Kennedy Family Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine

Wendy Chung, MD, PhD is a clinical and molecular geneticist and the Kennedy Family Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine. She received her BA in biochemistry and economics from Cornell University, her MD from Cornell University Medical College, and her PhD from The Rockefeller University in genetics. 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, esophageal atreisa and congenital heart disease amond other diseases. 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 300 peer reviewed articles and 50 chapters and revies and is renowned for her teaching.  She is a memver 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 Associated Mentor Award, and the 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.

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

Julia Wynn, MS is the principal research manager 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 over 10 years as a clinical and research genetic counselor.

She received her Master Degree in Genetic Counseling from the University of Texas Health Science Center and Master Degree in Epidemiology from Columbia University. She participates in research examining the patient and research participant experience of diagnostic and predictive genomic testing.

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

Becca Hernan, MSBecca Hernan, MS
Study Coordinator
Genetic Counselor

Becca Hernan a clinical pediatric genetic counselor and research coordinator for the Diaphragmatic Hernia Research, Exploration, and Advancement of Molecular Science (DHREAMS) study.

She received her BS in Genetics and Biotechnology and her BA in Theatre Arts from the University of Iowa. She completed her graduate studies at Sarah Lawrence College with a Master Degree in Genetic Counseling. She is a member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors and currently serves on the curriculum committee for the upcoming Genetic Counseling Training Program at Columbia University.

Vincent Pierre Duron, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatric Surgery
Julie Khlevner, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
Director, Pediatric Gastrointestinal Motility Center
Usha Krishnan, MD
Pulmonary Hypertension Coordination
Associate Professor, Department of Pediatric Cardiology
Erika Berman-Rosenzweig, MD
Pulmonary Hypertension Coordination
Associate Professor, Department of Pediatric Cardiology
Donna Garey, MD
Medical Director of the Neonatal Followup Program
Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Neonatology/Perinatology
Christiana Farkouh-Karoleski, MS, MD
Developmental Coordination
Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Neonatology/Perinatology
Annette Zygmunt, PhD
Developmental Coordination
Assistant Clinical Professor of Medical Psychology, Department of Pediatrics, Neonatology/Perinatology
Anketil Abreu
Clinical Coordinator, Department of Pediatrics, Neonatology/Perinatology


Supporting DHREAMS Teams


Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of New York- Presbyterian

Vincent Pierre Duron, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatric Surgery

Usha Krishnan, MD
Pulmonary Hypertension Coordination
Associate Professor, Department of Pediatric Cardiology

Julie Khlevner, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
Director, Pediatric Gastrointestinal Motility Center

Donna Garey, MD
Medical Director of the Neonatal Followup Program
Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Neonatology/Perinatology

Annette Zygmunt, PhD
Developmental Coordination
Assistant Clinical Professor of Medical Psychology, Department of Pediatrics, Neonatology/Perinatology

Anketil Abreu
Clinical Coordinator, Department of Pediatrics, Neonatology/Perinatology

For more information about DHREAMS study or care for CDH at Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of New York- Presbyterian please contact Becca Hernan (646) 317-6503 or rh2813@cumc.columbia.edu

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 Mychaliska, 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

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

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.

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.
 

University of Cairo Hospital

 

Mahmoud ElFiky, MD
Professor of Surgery
Contact phone number: 314-454-6022
Contact e-mail: mfiky@kasralainy.edu.eg

 

 

Doernbecher Children's Hospital
Oregon Health & Science University
Ken Azarow, MD
Surgeon-in-Chief
Contact phone: (503) 494-7764
Contact email: azarow@ohsu.edu
 
Julie McKee, PNP
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Contact email: mckeej@ohsu.edu
For more information about the DHREAMS study or care for CDH at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital please contact Dr. Ken Azarow at (503) 494-7764. You may also visit their website.
Children's Health Dallas
David Schindel, MD
Contact phone: (214) 456-6040
Contact email: David.Schindel@childrens.com
 
Coordinator:
Lorrie Burkhalter, CCRC
Contact phone: (214) 456-8591
Contact email: Lorrie.burkhalter@childrens.com
 
Gentry Wools
Contact phone: (214) 456-1933
Contact email: Gentry.Wools@childrens.coml, MD
 
For more information about the DHREAMS study or care for CDH at Children's Health, Dallas please contact Lorri Burkhalter at (241) 456-8591. You may also visit their website.

 
 

 

North Shore-LIJ Health System

Samuel Soffer, MD
Associate Professor
Department of Pediatric Surgery

For more information about the DHREAMS study or care at North Shor LIJ please contact Dr. Soffer at (516) 562-1053

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