Sara K. Berkelhamer MD

Sara Berkelhamer

Sara K. Berkelhamer
MD

Clinical Associate Professor

Department of Pediatrics

Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences


Specialty/Research Focus

Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine; Neonatology; Pediatrics

Contact Information
UBMD Pediatrics
Division of Neonatology
1001 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14203
Phone: (716) 323-0260
Fax: (716) 323-0294
saraberk@buffalo.edu


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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, 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, Neonatology, UBMD Pediatrics, Oishei Children's Hospital (2014-present)
  • Medical Director, Respiratory Therapy, Oishei Children's Hospital (2014-present)
  • Attending Physician, Neonatology, Prentice Women and Lurie Children‘s Hospitals (2007–2014)
  • Assistant Professor, Pediatrics, Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine (2007–2014)
  • Attending Physician, 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
  • Electronic cigarettes
  • Environmental exposures
  • Global health
  • Lung development
  • Lung injury
  • Neonatal resuscitation

Grants and Sponsored Research:

  • July 2018–January 2020
    Saving Lives at Birth
    USAID/Gates Foundation
    Role: Co-Investigator
    $250,000
  • January 2019–December 2019
    Intraosseous Epinephrine: An Alternate Route of Drug Administration in Neonatal Resuscitation
    American Academy of Pediatrics: Neonatal Resuscitation Program
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $50,000
  • May 2018–April 2019
    Targeted Antioxidant Therapy for the Treatment of BPD
    Wildermuth Research Foundation
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $10,000
  • January 2013–December 2013
    Essential Care for Every Baby (ECEB) Beta Testing
    Chicago Children‘s Advocacy Center
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $4,000
  • January 2013–December 2013
    Effect of Mitochondria-Targeted Antioxidant Therapy in a Murine Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia Model
    Children‘s Research Foundation
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $5,000
  • January 2011–January 2012
    Hyperoxia-Induced Oxidative Stress in the Developing Lung
    Neonatal Resuscitation Program
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $25,000
  • January 2011–December 2011
    Integration of Helping Babies Breathe and Essentials of Newborn Care
    Chicago Children‘s Advocacy Center
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $4,000
  • January 2009–January 2011
    Protective Role in Estradiol in Hyperoxic Lung Injury
    National Institutes of Health
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $200,000
  • January 2008–January 2009
    Estrogen as a Pulmonary Antioxidant: Determining Gender Specific Estradiol Levels in Premature Infants
    Children‘s Research Foundation
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $5,000
  • January 2017
    Improving Population Health through Pediatric Surgery: Capacity-Building in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo
    University at Buffalo Community for Global Health Equity
    Role: Contributor
    $50,000

Journal Articles:

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Books and Book Chapters:

  • Kamath-Rayne BD, Visick MK, Berkelhamer SK. "The Role of Simulation in Global Health Education: A Review of Neonatal Resuscitation and Helping Babies Breathe". Principles of Global Child Health: Education and Research. 2018.
  • Berkelhamer SK, Lakshminrusimha S, Rothstein DH. "Neonatal ECMO". Handbook of Neonatology, 1st Edition. 2017.

Professional Memberships:

  • Society for Pediatric Research (2013–present)
  • American Academy of Pediatrics: Fellow (FAAP) (1999–present)

Presentations:

  • "Association of Down Syndrome with Post-operative Outcomes in Infants Undergoing Abdominopelvic Intestinal Operations" Annual Meeting, Pediatric Academic Societies, QI: Misc IV (2018)
  • "Does Lactose Reduced Formula (LRF) Decrease the Severity of Symptoms Associated with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS)?" Annual Meeting, Pediatric Academic Societies, NICU Practices and Procedures 5 (2018)
  • "Electronic Cigarette Menthol Flavoring Induces Bronchodilation in Neonatal but Not Adult Airway" Annual Meeting, Pediatric Academic Societies, General Pulmonary Medicine (2018)
  • "Increased Susceptibility to Electronic Cigarette Flavorings in the Immature Lung" Annual Meeting, Pediatric Academic Societies, Environmental Health II (2018)
  • "Neonatal Tracheostomy and Gastrostomy: An Opportunity for Improved Coordination of Care" Annual Meeting, Pediatric Academic Societies, NICU QI: Potpourri (2018)
  • "Caregiver Variation in Percieved Impact of Transition to a Single Family Room NICU" Annual Conference, Eastern Society for Pediatric Research (2018)
  • "Does Lactose Reduced Formula (LRF) Decrease the Severity of Symptoms Associated with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS)?" Annual Conference, Eastern Society for Pediatric Research (2018)
  • "Electronic Cigarette Menthol Flavoring Induces Bronchodilation in Neonatal but Not Adult Airway" Annual Conference, Eastern Society for Pediatric Research (2018)
  • "Increased Susceptibility to Electronic Cigarette Flavorings in the Immature Lung" Annual Conference, Eastern Society for Pediatric Research (2018)
  • "Increased Susceptibility to Menthol-Induced Pulmonary Cellular Toxicity and Airway Bronchodilation in the Immature Lung" Annual Meeting, Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (2018)
  • "Alternative Routes of Epinephrine Administration in Neonatal Resuscitation" Annual Meeting, Pediatric Academic Societies (2017)
  • "Conjugated Hyperbilirubinemia in Newborns with Gastroschisis" Annual Meeting, Pediatric Academic Societies (2017)
  • "Enhanced Nutritional Intake Protects Against Hyperoxia in a Neonatal Rat Model of Pulmonary Hypertension" Annual Meeting, Pediatric Academic Societies (2017)
  • "Pulse Oximetry, Electrocardiogram and Capnography - Role in Detecting Return of Spontaneous Circulation (ROSC) in a Neonatal Model of Cardiac Arrest" Annual Meeting, Pediatric Academic Societies (2017)
  • "Conjugated Hyperbilirubinemia in Newborns with Gastroschisis" Annual Conference, Eastern Society for Pediatric Research (2017)
  • "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)
  • "Evaluation of Feeding and Sedation Practices with Therapeutic Hypothermia for Hypoxia Ischemic Encephalopathy" 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)
  • "Caring for Small Babies: ELBW and SGA" Pediatric Resident Core Lecture Series, Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo (2017)
  • "Electronic Cigarettes and Cardiopulmonary Development" Pulmonary Biology Research Seminar, Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo (2017)
  • "Global Burden of Neonatal Mortality: Helping Babies Survive" Neonatology Research Seminar Series, University of Wisconsin (2017)
  • "Neonatal ECMO" Neonatology Fellows Lecture Series, Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo (2017)
  • "Neonatal Resuscitation: A Global Perspective" Medical Students' Pediatrics Rotation Core Lecture Series, University at Buffalo (2017)
  • "Newborn Heart Rate as a Catalyst for Survival" Pulmonary Biology Research Seminar, Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo (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)
  • "Helping Mothers and Babies Survive: Implementation to Improve Maternal and Neonatal Survival" Annual Meeting, International Pediatric Association (2016)
  • "Developmental Susceptibility to Oxidative Lung Injury" Neonatology Research Seminar, University of Rochester (2016)
  • "Continuous Capnography Monitoring During Resuscitation in Neonatal Asphyxial Cardiac Arrest" Annual Meeting, Pediatric Academic Societies, Neonatal Resuscitation: Simulation/Education (2016)
  • "Endothelin Receptor A Antagonism Accelerates Recovery of Pulmonary Hypertension in the Neonatal BPD Model" Annual Meeting, Pediatric Academic Societies (2016)
  • "Low Dose Inhalational Sildenafil Attenuates Pulmonary Hypertension and Lung Injury in Hyperoxia-Exposed Neonatal Mice" Annual Meeting, Pediatric Academic Societies (2016)
  • "SIRT3 Deficiency Increases Susceptibility to Compromised Alveolarization with Neonatal Hyperoxia" Annual Meeting, Pediatric Academic Societies (2016)
  • "Continuous Capnography Monitoring During Resuscitation in Neonatal Asphyxial Cardiac Arrest" Annual Conference, Eastern Society for Pediatric Research (2016)
  • "Endothelin Receptor A Antagonism Accelerates Recovery of Pulmonary Hypertension in the Neonatal BPD Model" Faculty Lecture, Women and Children‘s Hospital of Buffalo (2016)
  • "Global Burden of Neonatal Mortality: Helping Babies Survive" Pediatric Grand Rounds, University of Massachusetts (2016)
  • "Global Child Health Round Table" , University of Rochester (2016)
  • "Hemolytic Disease of the Newborn" Neonatology Core Lecture Series, Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo (2016)
  • "Hyperoxia and the Developing Lung" Pulmonary Biology Research Seminar, Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo (2016)
  • "Kangaroo Mother Care Joint Statement" , National Press Club (2016)
  • "Meconium Aspiration Syndrome" Neonatology Core Lecture Series, Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo (2016)
  • "Neonatal Thrombocytopenia" Neonatology Fellows Lecture Series, Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo (2016)
  • "Phototherapy in the Preterm Infant" Faculty Lecture, Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo (2016)
  • "Renal Dialysis in the Newborn" Neonatology Fellows Lecture Series, Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo (2016)
  • "Assessment of a Newborn Care Curriculum for Resource-limited Settings: Lessons learned from Kenya and India" Annual Meeting, American Public Health Association (2015)
  • "Global Burden of Neonatal Mortality: Helping Babies Survive" 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)
  • "Hemolytic Disease of the Newborn" Neonatology Core Lecture Series, Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo (2015)
  • "Journal Watch: Review of the Current Literature" Neonatology Lecture Series, Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo (2015)
  • "Meconium Aspiration Syndrome" Neonatology Core Lecture Series, Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo (2015)
  • "Neonatal Thrombocytopenia" Neonatology Fellows Lecture Series, Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo (2015)
  • "Inhibition of Phosphodiesterase 1C and Phosphodiesterase 5 Prevent Hyperoxia-Induced Right Ventricular Hypertrophy (RVH) in Neonatal Mice" Annual Meeting, Pediatric Academic Societies (2014)
  • "Murine Lung Development and NOX1 Induction during Hyperoxia are Developmentally Regulated and Mitochondrial ROS-Dependent" Annual Meeting, Pediatric Academic Societies (2014)
  • "The Helping Babies Survive Program: Beta Testing and Educational Evaluation in India" Annual Meeting, Pediatric Academic Societies (2014)
  • "Developmental Susceptibility to Oxidative Stress" Neonatology Research Seminar Series, Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo (2014)
  • "Brief Hyperoxia During a Critical Developmental Window Alters Murine Lung Development via Mitochondrial ROS Production" Annual Meeting, Pediatric Academic Societies (2013)
  • "cGKI is Required for Pulmonary Vascular Remodeling in BPD-Associated Pulmonary Hypertension" 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)
  • "Helping Babies Breathe: An Initiative of the American Academy of Pediatrics" Global Health and Innovation Conference, Unite for Sight (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, American Academy of Pediatrics (2012)
  • "Constitutively Active HIF-2α 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)
  • "Global Burden of Asphyxia: Helping Babies Breathe" Neonatology Conference Series, Lurie Children's Hospital (2012)
  • "Newborn Resuscitation and Helping Babies Breathe" Advances in Pediatric Care Conference (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)
  • "Hemolytic Disease of the Newborn" Neonatology Conference Series, Lurie Children's Hospital (2011)
  • "The Small Baby" Helping Babies Breathe Training, American Academy of Pediatrics (2010)
  • "Developmental Differences in Alveolar Response to Hyperoxia" Annual Meeting, Pediatric Academic Societies (2010)
  • "High Frequency Ventilation" Neonatology Conference Series, Lurie Children's Hospital (2010)
  • "Hyperoxia Increases Mitochondrial Oxidative Stress in Both Pulmonary Alveolar Epithelial and Arterial Endothelial Cells" Annual Meeting, Pediatric Academic Societies (2009)
  • "Estradiol Attenuates Hyperoxia-Induced Cell Death in Pulmonary Epithelial Cells" Annual Meeting, Pediatric Academic Societies (2008)
  • "Neonatal Thrombocytopenia" Neonatology Conference Series, Lurie Children's Hospital (2008)
  • "High Frequency Ventilation" Neonatology Conference Series, Lurie Children's Hospital (2007)
  • "Role of Glucocorticoids in Acinar Sacculation and Mesenchymal Differentiation during Lung Development" Annual Meeting, Pediatric Academic Societies (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:

  • Pediatric Academic Societies: Annual Meeting Poster and Session; Moderator (2018)
  • Easter Society of Pediatric Research: Steering Committee Council; Member (2018–2021)
  • Easter Society of Pediatric Research: Annual Conference; Moderator (2018)
  • American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology; Reviewer (2018–present)
  • Contemporary Clinical Trials; Reviewer (2018–present)
  • Pediatric Academic Societies: Annual Meeting; Moderator (2017)
  • Pediatric Academic Societies: Helping Babies Breathe, Second Edition Workshop (San Francisco, CA); Leader (2017)
  • Helping Babies Survive Quality Improvement Workshop (Ethiopia); Facilitator and Trainer (2017)
  • Experimental Lung Research; Reviewer (2017–present)
  • PLoS ONE; Reviewer (2017–present)
  • International Pediatric Association: Essential Care for Every Baby and Essential Care for Small Babies Workshop (Vancouver, BC); Leader (2016)
  • Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo: Move Committee; Committee Member (2016–2017)
  • American Academy of Pediatrics: Helping Babies Breathe/Helping Babies Survive Planning Committee; Chair (2016–present)
  • American Academy of Pediatrics: National Conference and Exhibition Planning Group; Member (2016–present)
  • BMJ Open; Reviewer (2016–present)
  • Journal of Pediatrics; Reviewer (2016–present)
  • Essential Care for Every Baby (ECEB): Regional Implementation Workshop (Bangladesh); Training Facilitator (2015)
  • American Academy of Pediatrics: National Conference and Exhibition Planning Group; Neonatology Representative (2015–present)
  • Pediatrics (Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics); Reviewer (2015–present)
  • Easter Society of Pediatric Research: Annual Conference; Moderator (2014)
  • Essential Care for Every Baby (ECEB): Beta Testing (Nepal); Facilitator and Leader (2014)
  • Essential Care for Every Baby (ECEB): Regional Implementation Workshop (Ethiopia); Training Facilitator (2014)
  • Northwestern University Pediatric Residency Program: Helping Babies Breathe; Training Facilitator (2014)
  • World Health Organization: Task Force on Small Baby Care - Essential Care for Every Baby (Geneva, Switzerland); Participant (2014)
  • 100,000 Healthy Newborn Initiative; Mentor and AAP Representative (2014–present)
  • Essential Care for Small Babies (ECSB); Master Trainer (2014–present)
  • Maternal Health, Neonatology and Perinatology; Reviewer (2014–present)
  • Pediatric Research; Reviewer (2014–present)
  • American Academy of Pediatrics: Helping Babies Breathe Workshop (Chicago, IL); Training Facilitator (2013)
  • American Academy of Pediatrics: Survive and Thrive (Nepal); Country Mentor and AAP Representative (2013)
  • Essential Care for Every Baby (ECEB); Associate Editor (2013)
  • Essential Care for Every Baby (ECEB): Beta Testing (India); Facilitator and Leader (2013)
  • American Academy of Pediatrics: Survive and Thrive (Burma); Country Mentor and AAP Representative (2013–present)
  • Antioxidant Redox Signaling; Reviewer (2013–present)
  • Eastern Society for Pediatric Research: Annual Conference Abstracts; Reviewer (2013–present)
  • Essential Care for Every Baby (ECEB); Master Trainer (2013–present)
  • Pediatric Academic Societies: Annual Meeting Abstracts; Reviewer (2013–present)
  • Pediatric Pulmonology; Reviewer (2013–present)
  • American Academy of Pediatrics: Perinatal Section Workshop - Helping Babies Breathe (Scottsdale, AZ); Training Facilitator (2012)
  • World Health Organization: Task Force on Newborn Care - Essential Care for Every Baby (Geneva, Switzerland); Participant (2012)
  • American Academy of Pediatrics: Survive and Thrive Planning Committee; Committee Member (2012–present)
  • Essential Care for Every Baby (ECEB); Contributor (2011)
  • Vermont Oxford Network Workshop: Helping Babies Breathe (Washington, DC); Training Facilitator (2011)
  • American Academy of Pediatrics: Helping Babies Breathe Planning Group; Member (2011–present)
  • 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: Global Health; Advisor (2010–present)
  • American Academy of Pediatrics: Helping Babies Breathe; Master Trainer (2010–present)
  • American Academy of Pediatrics: Helping Babies Survive Editorial Committee; Committee Member (2010–present)
  • United Family Hospital: Neonatal Resuscitation Program (Beijing, China); Teacher (2008)
  • American Academy of Pediatrics: Neonatal Resuscitation Program; Teacher (2007–present)

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Contact Information

UBMD Pediatrics
Division of Neonatology
1001 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14203
Phone: (716) 323-0260
Fax: (716) 323-0294
saraberk@buffalo.edu

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