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Sara                           Berkelhamer

Sara K. Berkelhamer MD

Department of Pediatrics

Clinical Associate Professor

Specialty/Research Focus

Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine; Neonatology; Pediatrics

 

Education and Training:
  • Fellowship, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, Harvard University (2006)
  • Residency, Pediatrics, Seattle Children‘s Hospital (2003)
  • Residency, Pediatrics, Seattle Children‘s Hospital (2002)
  • Internship, Pediatrics, Selian Lutheran Hospital (2001)
  • Internship, Pediatrics, Seattle Children‘s Hospital (2000)
  • MD, Medicine, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, with Honors (1999)
  • BA, Human Biology, Stanford University (1994)
Employment:
  • Clinical Associate Professor, Pediatrics, University at Buffalo (2014-present)
  • Attending Physician, Division of Neonatology, UBMD Pediatrics, Women and Children‘s Hospital of Buffalo (2014-present)
  • Medical Director, Respiratory Therapy, Women and Children‘s Hospital of Buffalo (2014-present)
  • Attending Physician, Division of Neonatology, Prentice Women and Lurie Children's Hospitals (2007–2014)
  • Assistant Professor, Pediatrics, Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine (2007–2014)
  • Attending Physician, Division of Neonatology, Winthrop University Hospital (2006–2007)
Awards and Honors:
  • Northwestern University Pediatric Residency Program: Resident Teaching Award (2013)
  • Children‘s Memorial Hospital: Advocacy Award (2012)
  • Children‘s Memorial Hospital: Advocacy Award (2011)
  • Perinatal Research Society: Young Investigator's Travel Award (2011)
  • National Resuscitation Program: Young Investigator‘s Award (2011)
  • Children‘s Research Fund: Foundation Award (2011)
  • Pediatric Academic Societies: Young Investigator‘s Travel Award (2006)
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society (1998)
  • Pritzker School of Medicine: Fentress Research Award (1998)

Research Expertise:
  • Bronchopulmonary dysplasia
  • Oxidative lung injury
Grants and Sponsored Research:
  • January 2013–December 2013
    Effect of Mitochondrially-Targeted Antioxidant Therapy in a Murine Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia Model
    Children‘s Research Foundation
    Role: Principal Investigator
  • January 2013–December 2013
    Essential Care for Every Baby (ECEB) Beta Testing
    Chicago Children‘s Advocacy Center
    Role: Principal Investigator
  • January 2011–January 2012
    Hyperoxia-Induced Oxidative Stress in the Developing Lung
    Neonatal Resuscitation Program
    Role: Principal Investigator
  • January 2011–December 2011
    Integration of Helping Babies Breathe and Essentials of Newborn Care
    Chicago Children's Advocacy Center
    Role: Principal Investigator
  • January 2009–January 2011
    Protective Role in Estradiol in Hyperoxic Lung Injury
    National Institutes of Health
    Role: Contributor
  • January 2008–January 2009
    Estrogen as a Pulmonary Antioxidant: Determining Gender Specific Estradiol Levels in Premature Infants
    Children‘s Research Foundation
    Role: Principal Investigator

Journal Articles:
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Professional Memberships:
  • American Academy of Pediatrics: Fellow (FAAP)
Presentations:
  • "Effect of Inspired Oxygen Concentration on Pulmonary and Systemic Hemodynamics and Oxygenation During Resuscitation of Preterm Lambs" Annual Conference, Eastern Society for Pediatric Research (2017)
  • "Pulse Oximetry, Electrocardiogram and Capnography - Role in Detecting Return of Spontaneous Circulation (ROSC) in a Neonatal Model of Cardiac Arrest" Annual Conference, Eastern Society for Pediatric Research (2017)
  • "Global Burden of Neonatal Mortality" Pediatric Grand Rounds, University of Massachusetts (2016)
  • "Essential Care for Every Baby and Essential Care for Small Babies" Annual Meeting, International Pediatric Association, Workshop (2016)
  • "Developmental Susceptibility to Oxidative Lung Injury" Neonatology Research Seminar, University of Rochester (2016)
  • "Continuous Capnography Monitoring during Resuscitation in Neonatal Ashpyxial Cardiac Arrest" Annual Meeting, Pediatric Academic Societies (2016)
  • "SIRT3 Deficiency Increases Susceptibility to Compromised Alveolarization with Neonatal Hyperoxia" Annual Meeting, Pediatric Academic Societies (2016)
  • "Global Burden of Neonatal Mortality" Pediatric Grand Rounds, Women and Children‘s Hospital of Buffalo (2015)
  • "Essential Care for Small Babies (ECSB) Improves Knowledge, Performance, and Confidence in Caring for Small Babies" Annual Meeting, Pediatric Academic Societies (2015)
  • "Phosphodiesterase Type 1C (PDE1C) is Upregulated in the Right Ventricle in Mice with Hyperoxia-Induced Pulmonary Hypertension" Annual Meeting, Pediatric Academic Societies (2015)
  • "Dysregulated Endothelin Signaling Persists after Neonatal Hyperoxia and is ROS-Dependent" Annual Conference, Eastern Society for Pediatric Research (2015)
  • "Essential Care for Small Babies (ECSB) Improves Knowledge, Performance, and Confidence in Caring for Small Babies" Annual Conference, Eastern Society for Pediatric Research (2015)
  • "Murine Lung Development and NOX1 Induction during Hyperoxia are Developmentally Regulated and Mitochondrial ROS-Dependent" Annual Meeting, Pediatric Academic Societies (2014)
  • "Brief Hyperoxia during a Critical Developmental Window Alters Murine Lung Development via Mitochondrial ROS Production" Annual Meeting, Pediatric Academic Societies (2013)
  • "Hydrocortisone Normalizes PDE5 in Neonatal Mouse Model of Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia (BPD)" Annual Meeting, Pediatric Academic Societies (2013)
  • "Hyperoxia Selectively Increases NOX1 Expression in Lungs and Pulmonary Arteries" Annual Meeting, Pediatric Academic Societies (2013)
  • "Pulmonary Hypertensive Responses to Chronic Hypoxia are Amplified in Mice Recovering from Previous Hyperoxia-Induced Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia (BPD) in a ROS-Dependent Manner" Annual Conference, American Thoracic Society (2013)
  • "Stabilization of HIF-2alpha Normalizes VEGF Expression and Attentuates Pulmonary Vascular Remodeling in Mice with Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia" Annual Meeting, Pediatric Academic Societies (2013)
  • "Developmental Susceptibility to Oxidative Lung Injury" Current Issues Seminar, Neonatal Resuscitation Program (2012)
  • "Global Burden of Neonatal Mortality and Helping Babies Breathe" Annual Meeting, Neonatal Nursing League (2012)
  • "Helping Babies Breathe: An Initiative of the American Academy of Pediatrics" BlogHer Conference (2012)
  • "Constitutively Active HIF-2alpha Prevents Hyperoxia-Induced Decreases in VEGF Expression" Annual Meeting, Pediatric Academic Societies (2012)
  • "Developmental Regulation of Hyperoxia-Induced NADPH Oxidase Expression in the Murine Lung" Annual Meeting, Pediatric Academic Societies (2012)
  • "Disruption of cGMP Signaling Persists in BPD Mice with Pulmonary Hypertension after Room Air Recovery" Annual Meeting, Pediatric Academic Societies (2012)
  • "N-Acetylcysteine Attenuates Susceptibility to Pulmonary Hypertension in a Murine Model of Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia" Annual Meeting, Pediatric Academic Societies (2012)
  • "Persistent Right Ventricular Hypertrophy and PDE1C Overexpression in Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia (BPD) in Mice after 2 Weeks Recovery" Annual Meeting, Pediatric Academic Societies (2012)
  • "Alveolar Epithelial Cells Exhibit Developmental Susceptibility to Hyperoxia, but Vascular Smooth Muscle Cells Do Not" Annual Meeting, Pediatric Academic Societies (2011)
  • "Hyperoxia Exposure Protects Adult but Not Neonatal Alveolar Epithelial Cells from Hyperoxia-Induced Oxidative Stress" Annual Meeting, Pediatric Academic Societies (2011)
  • "Introduction to Helping Babies Breathe" Annual Meeting, Philippine Pediatric Society (2011)
  • "The Small Infant" Helping Babies Breathe Master Training, American Academy of Pediatrics (2010)
  • "Hyperoxia Increases Mitochondrial Oxidative Stress in Both Pulmonary Alveolar Epithelial and Arterial Endothelial Cells" Annual Meeting, Pediatric Academic Societies (2010)
  • "Estradiol Attenuates Hyperoxia-Induced Cell Death in Pulmonary Epithelial Cells" Annual Meeting, Society for Pediatric Research (2008)
  • "Role of Glucocorticoids in Acinar Sacculation and Mesenchymal Differentiation during Lung Development" Annual Meeting, Society for Pediatric Research (2006)
  • "Effect of Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy on the Serological Response to Additional Measles Vaccination in Human Immunodeficiency Virus-Infected Children" ID Week, Infectious Disease Society of America (2000)
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Service Activities:
  • American Academy of Pediatrics: Survive and Thrive; Regional Mentor and AAP Representative in Ethiopia and Burma (2015)
  • Essential Care for Every Baby (ECEB): Implementation Workshop (Dhaka); Facilitator (2015)
  • American Academy of Pediatrics: Helping Babies Breathe/Helping Babies Survive Planning Committee; Chair (2015–present)
  • Journal of Pediatric Research; Reviewer (2015–present)
  • Pediatrics (Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics); Reviewer (2015–present)
  • American Academy of Pediatrics: Survive and Thrive; Regional Mentor and AAP Representative in Ethiopia (2014)
  • Essential Care for Every Baby (ECEB): Beta Testing (Nepal); Participant (2014)
  • Essential Care for Every Baby (ECEB): Implementation Workshop (Ethiopia); Facilitator (2014)
  • World Health Organization: Task Force on Small Baby Care - Essential Care for Every Baby (ECEB); Participant (2014)
  • American Academy of Pediatrics: Survive and Thrive; Regional Mentor and AAP Representative in Kathmandu, Nepal and Yangon, Burma (2013)
  • Essential Care for Every Baby (ECEB): Beta Testing (India); Participant (2013)
  • Antioxidant Redox Signaling Journal; Reviewer (2013–present)
  • Essential Care for Every Baby (ECEB); Associate Editor (2013–present)
  • Journal of Pediatric Pulmonology; Reviewer (2013–present)
  • No Pain in Labor Program (Foshan, China); Participant (2012)
  • World Health Organization: Task Force on Newborn Care - Essential Care for Every Baby (ECEB); Participant (2012)
  • American Academy of Pediatrics: Survive and Thrive Planning Committee; Member (2012–present)
  • American Academy of Pediatrics: Helping Babies Breathe Planning Committee; Member (2011–2014)
  • Prentice Women‘s and Lurie Children‘s Hospitals: Neonatal Cardiac Intensive Care Team; Member (2010–2014)
  • Lurie Children‘s Hospital: Pediatric Board Review Course; Teacher (2010)
  • American Academy of Pediatrics: Helping Babies Survive Editorial Committee; Member (2010–present)
  • United Family Hospital (Beijing, China): Neonatal Resuscitation Program; Teacher (2008)
  • Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine; Reviewer (2003)

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Contact Information

Women and Children‘s Hospital of Buffalo
Division of Neonatology
219 Bryant Street
Buffalo, NY 14222
Phone: (716) 878-7673
Fax: (716) 878-7945
Email: saraberk@buffalo.edu

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