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Scientific Research Advisory Board


Established in 2006, Blythedale’s Scientific Research Advisory Board enhances the Hospital’s pediatric health research initiatives.  Chaired by the Hospital’s Chief Science Officer, Joelle Mast, PhD, MD, the Board is comprised of the prominent scientists and pediatric faculty.  This distinguished panel provides feedback on current projects and helps prioritize Blythedale’s short- and long-term research agenda. The Board also identifies appropriate venues for presentation and publication, and suggests additional areas of study, financial support and potential collaborations. The Scientific Advisory Board convenes at Blythedale annually, though provides ongoing support throughout the year.

Blythedale’s vision for research is two-fold: to be a center of excellence for clinical research in areas affecting children with disabling illness and their families; and serve as a model for the study of clinical outcomes in treating children with complex medical problems.

Scientific Research Advisory Board Members

Joelle Mast, PhD, MD, Chair
• Chief Science Officer, Blythedale Children’s Hospital
• Special Interest: Robotic Therapy; Clinical Outcomes; Cortical Visual Function; Neurorehabilitation
Robert Amler, MD, MPH
• Dean, School of Public Health, New York Medical College
• Special Interests:  Pediatrics; Public Health; Epidemiology; Environmental Toxicology; Health Administration
Michael Apkon, MBA, MD, PhD
• Associate Professor, Yale University School of Medicine
• Vice President, Performance Management, Yale-New Haven Health System
• Special Interests:  Pediatrics; Adolescents with life-threatening medical and surgical problems; Intensive care medicine; Clinical quality improvement; Use of informatics technology in health care; Healthcare management
Dan Barry, PhD, MD
• NASA astronaut
• Special Interests: Biological signal processing, including signal processing theory, algorithms, and applications to specific biological systems; Applications include acoustic signals generated by contracting skeletal muscle, electrical signals from muscle, and heart sounds; Prosthetic design
David A. Clark, MD
• Chairman of Pediatrics, The Children’s Hospital, Albany Medical Center
• Special Interests:  Pediatrics; Neonatology; Initiation, modulation and suppression of inflammation in the intestinal tract; GI development; Program development and collaborations

Alan R. Fleischman, MD
• Senior Vice President and Medical Director, March of Dimes
• Senior Advisor, The New York Academy of Medicine
• Clinical Professor of Epidemiology and Population Health, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
• Fellow, The Hastings Center, Garrison, NY
• Special Interests: Pediatrics; Ethics-Patient Rights and Health Care Responsibilities; Fetal and neonatal physiology

George Lister, MD
• Robert L. Moore Chair in Pediatrics, Southwestern Medical School, Children’s Medical Center of Dallas
• Special Interests: Pediatrics; Pediatric Cardiology; Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine; Critical Care; Oxygen transport during postnatal development; Home monitoring; Academic development and neonatal physiology; Nutrition

Amy Paulin
• New York State Assemblyperson –  88th district
• Chair, Task Force on People with Disabilities
• NYS Assembly Committees:  Children and Families; Education; Health; Higher Education; Veteran Affairs

Barry Russman, MD
• Director Pediatric Neurology, Shriners Hospital for Children - Portland
• Professor of Pediatrics and Neurology, Oregon Health & Science University
• Special Interests: Spinal Muscular Atrophies (SMA)
Michael Vitale, MD, MPH
• Assistant Professor, Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery, Morgan Stanley Children’s’ Hospital
• Herbert Irving Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Columbia University
• Director, Division of Pediatric Outcomes, International Center for Health Outcomes and Innovation Research
• Special Interests: Care, treatment and optimization of quality of life of children with neuromuscular disorders
Vance Zemon, PhD
• Professor of Psychology, Yeshiva University/Albert Einstein College of Medicine
• Special Interests: Experimental Design; Statistics; Neuropsychological and psychophysical studies of visual processing, electrogenesis of evoked cortical potentials; neurodiagnostic testing; parallel pathways in visual processing; visual processing deficits in children with neurological disorders
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