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Published in This Week on April 22, 2013

Kumar joins pediatrics faculty

Kumar_PraveenDr. Praveen Kumar joined the Medical Center faculty as a professor of pediatrics on April 1.

After receiving the M.B.B.S. in 1980, the D.C.H. in 1982 and the M.D. in 1984 from Punjab University, India, Kumar had fellowship training in the Division of Neonatology at the Children's Hospital of Michigan, Wayne State University, Detroit, from 1991-94.

Before joining Batson Children's Hospital as chief of the Division of Newborn Medicine, he was an attending neonatologist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Children's Memorial Hospital, Chicago, from 1998-2013.

Kumar joined the faculty of the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, in 1998 as an assistant professor of medicine and rose through the ranks, becoming an associate professor of pediatrics there in 2004 and a professor of pediatrics there in 2010.

He is the author or co-author of more than 50 peer-reviewed articles, more than 50 abstracts and more than 20 editorials and book chapters.

Kumar has been a strong advocate for infants, their families and physicians and has served in leadership roles at both regional and national levels. As chairperson of the Illinois chapter of the AAP Fetus and Newborn Committee for seven years, he has worked with the IDPH, the March of Dimes and others on issues related to perinatal care.

He was an executive committee member of the Perinatal Quality Collaborative of Illinois, a statewide collaborative that strives to improve pregnancy outcomes in Illinois. He also was a member of IDPH's Genetic and Metabolic Advisory Committee.

A fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Kumar is an active member of several professional organizations and serves as a reviewer for numerous journals, including Pediatrics, Experimental Neurology and the Journal of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine. He is a member of the Perinatal Section and Section on Epidemiology of the AAP and a past member of the AAP PREP Advisory Group.

He is a current member of the AAP Committee on Fetus and the Newborn and Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) Steering Committee. As a member of these two committees, he has worked closely on the sixth edition of the Textbook of Neonatal Resuscitation and the seventh edition of Guidelines of Perinatal Care.

In 2011, he served on the Workgroup on Screening for Critical Cyanotic Congenital Heart Disease for the Secretary's Advisory Committee on Heritable Diseases in Newborns and Children (SACHDNC), which developed the strategies for implementing screening for critical congenital heart disease. He is a current member of the SPR Member Engagement Committee and chairs the SPR Fellows Research Awards Selection Committee. 


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