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Protecting Your Children from Germs and Viruses

Dr. Sergio Golombek and Parent Advocate Kim Sutherland join us to talk RSV and what parents need to know about some viruses.
Respiratory Syncytial Virus, commonly known as RSV, can be especially dangerous for those in multicultural communities, as African-American and Hispanic infants are more susceptible to developing severe RSV disease.

Sergio G. Golombek, MD, MPH, FAAP: Biography

Sergio G. Golombek, MD, MPH, FAAP is a Professor of Pediatrics and Clinical Public Health at the New York Medical College and an Attending Neonatologist at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at Westchester Medical Center, in Valhalla, NY. Dr. Golombek received his medical degree from the University of Buenos Aires School of Medicine in Argentina. After training in pediatrics and neonatology in Argentina, he moved to the U.S., where he completed a pediatric residency at the R. Blank Memorial Hospital for Children at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines, IA, followed by a Fellowship in Neonatal-Perinatal medicine at The Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, MO. He is Board Certified in Pediatrics and Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine. He is an active member of the Argentine Society of Pediatrics, the Iberoamerican Society of Neonatology and the American Academy of Pediatrics. He is a member of the Society for Pediatric Research, and the Past-President of the New York Perinatal Society. He received in 2004 his MPH (International Health) from the School of Public Health at New York Medical College.

Dr. Golombek has served as principal investigator on several trials, including the NIH-sponsored trial, “Use of low dose inhaled nitric oxide for the prevention and treatment of chronic lung disease in preterm infants,” and a pilot study of thyroid hormone supplementation for transient hypothyroxinemia of prematurity.

He has received the Physician Recognition Award from the American Medical Association since 1993, was included in Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare, Millennium Edition (2000), and is listed in Guide to America’s Top Pediatricians and Who’s Who in American Education.

Dr. Golombek has published multiple articles on the treatment of transient hypothyroxinemia of prematurity, RSV prophylaxis, cardiac failure in newborns, and the effects of surfactant treatment on gas exchange and the clinical course in near-term newborns with RDS. Additionally, he has edited and contributed chapters to Augusto Sola’s textbook Special Care of the Fetus and Newborn: Physiopathology and Therapeutics and to the 6th Edition of Neonatology: Pathophysiology and Management of the Newborn, including “Principles of respiratory care and strategies for management.” He has been an invited Professor, lecturing around the U.S. and in most of the countries in Latin America over the past several years.

Kimberly Sutherland : Biography

Kimberly Sutherland is no stranger to the challenges of caring for a premature baby. Her son, Mason, was born at 28 weeks gestational age at just 2 lbs., 4 oz. and 14 inches long. He spent three weeks in the neonatal intensive care unit, and six weeks in the preemie nursery. Mason was born with chronic lung disease, and for a total of seven weeks, needed oxygen.
 
Through conversations with Mason’s doctors and nurses, Kimberly quickly learned that prematurity disrupts a baby’s development in the womb, often stunting the growth of some of the body’s most critical organs. She learned that because of this, preemies are more susceptible to a variety of medical problems as infants, including jaundice and difficulties with breathing, feeding and maintaining temperature.
 
Kimberly took every precaution to protect her fragile baby, especially after learning about respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) from a nurse in the hospital. After hearing about how dangerous this highly contagious virus can be for preemies, she took a number of proactive safety measures, such as: avoiding taking Mason to crowded places; making sure everyone who entered the house washed their hands frequently; sanitizing items constantly; ensuring she and her husband received flu shots; and limiting Mason’s contact with outside visitors. Luckily, Mason did not contract RSV.
 
While Kimberly and her family still take every precaution possible to ensure Mason stays healthy, Mason is now an energetic and happy six-year-old. Kimberly wishes to spread the word about how parents and parents-to-be can learn about keeping their preemie healthy. Kimberly lives with her husband and Mason in Westchester, NY.

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