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Newborn Screening and Follow-up Technical Advisory Board
The Newborn Screening and Follow Up Technical Advisory Board is a multi-disciplinary committee with members appointed by the Secretary of Health.The members include both medical and laboratory experts in newborn screening and treatment, as well as, representatives of parent organizations and other groups having knowledge and interest in newborn screening.
This technical advisory board provides recommendations, guidance and support to the Department of Health staff that have the responsibility for the planning, evaluation, modification and management of the statewide Newborn Screening and Follow-Up Program.
Current Members
Jerry Vockley, M.D., Ph.D., Chairperson
Human Genetics and Pediatrics
Chief of Medical Genetics &
Director of the Center for Rare Disease Therapy
at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
Cleveland Family Professor of Pediatric Research &
Professor of Human Genetics
at the University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA
Michael Yudell, Ph.D., MPH., Vice Chairperson
Chair and Associate Professor
Department of Community Health and Prevention
Director, Program in Public Health Ethics and History
Dornsife School of Public Health, Drexel University
Philadelphia, PA
Robert Cicco, M.D.
West Penn Hospital (Retired)
Pittsburgh, PA
Cheston Berlin, M.D.
PKU Specialist
Director, PKU Treatment Center at
Penn State Children’s Hospital, Hershey Medical Center
Hershey, PA
Ying Tai Chang, M.D., MPH
Pediatric Endocrinologist
Hershey Medical Center
Hershey, PA
Rita Rhoads, MPH, CRNP, CNM
Founder, Birth Care & Family Health Services
Founder, Integrative Health Consultants, LLC
Lancaster County, PA 
Edward Smith, MS, MBA, CGC
Genetic Counselor
Director, UPMC Lab Service Center, Genetics/Genomics
Magee-Women’s Hospital
Pittsburgh, PA
Pediatric Pulmonologist
Director, Cystic Fibrosis Care Center
Co-Director, Therapeutics Development Center
Director, Pediatric Pulmonology Fellowship Program
St. Christopher's Hospital for Children
Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics
Drexel University College of Medicine
Philadelphia, PA
Kathleen McKinnon, Ph.D.
Parent Representative
Associate Professor of Education (Special Education)
School of Psychology and Special Education
Coordinator of Teacher Education (COTE) for Special Education
Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA
Kaitlyn N. Bloom, Ph.D.
Biochemical Genetics
Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
Rangos Research Center
Pittsburgh, PA
Can (John) Ficicioglu, M.D.
Biochemical Genetics
Director, Lysosomal Storage Diseases Program
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Division of Human Genetics
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Perelman School
 of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 
Vivekanand Allada, M.D.
Pediatric Cardiologist
Executive Director, Heart Institute
Director of Clinical Services, Pediatric Cardiology
Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Cardiology
at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
Pittsburgh, PA
Frederico Xavier, M.D., MS
Director of Pediatric Hematology Clinical Research
Associate Medical Director of the Hemophilia Treatment Center of Western PA
Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
Pittsburgh, PA