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Newborn Screening Advisory Boards


    Newborn Screening and Follow-up Technical Advisory Board

    The Newborn Screening and Follow-up Technical Advisory Board (NSFTAB) 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.

    NSFTAB 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. Responsibilities of the board members are outlined in the NSFTAB Bylaws.

    Current Members

    **Laurie Varlotta, M.D., Chairperson
    Pediatric Pulmonologist
    Director, Cystic Fibrosis Care Center
    Director, Pediatric Pulmonology Fellowship Program
    St. Christopher's Hospital for Children
    Professor, Department of Pediatrics
    Drexel University College of Medicine
    Philadelphia, PA

    **Patricia L. Gordon, M.D., Vice-Chairperson
    Clinical Geneticist
    Chief, Division of Human Genetics
    Penn State Health Children's Hospital
    Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
    Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics
    Hershey, PA
     
    **Vivekanand Allada, M.D.
    Pediatric Cardiologist
    Medical Director – Outpatient Community Cardiology & Associate Chief – Cardiology
    Director of Strategic Operations, Cardiac Center
    Senior Medical Director – Cardiac Center
    Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
    Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
    Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
    Philadelphia, PA
       
    *Judith Faust, DNP, MBA, RN
    HAP: The Hospital and Health System Association of Pennsylvania Representative
    Women and Children's Services, Administrator
    Albert Einstein Healthcare Network
    Philadelphia, PA

    **Patricia Lee, MN, CNM
    Nurse Midwife
    Director, Nurse Midwifery Care, PC
    President, CEO
    Reinholds, PA

    Bianca LoVerde, M.D.
    Pediatric Neonatologist
    Division of Neonatology
    Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
    Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
    University of Pittsburgh
    Pittsburgh, PA

    **Andrea H. Seeley, M.D.
    Clinical Geneticist
    Janet Weis Children's Hospital
    Geisinger Medical Center
    Danville, PA

    Catherine (Cate) Walsh Vockley, MS, LCGC
    Human Genetics and Pediatrics
    Genetic Counselor III, Division of Genetic and Genomic Medicine
    Coordinator, Plain Community Outreach Program
    Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
    University of Pittsburgh
    Pittsburgh, PA

    **Gerard (Jerry) Vockley, M.D., Ph.D.
    Pediatric Geneticist, Clinical Genetic Biochemical/Molecular
    Chief of Genetic and Genomic Medicine
    Director of the Center for Rare Disease Therapy
    Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
    Cleveland Family Endowed Chair in Pediatric Research
    Professor of Human Genetics
    University of Pittsburgh
    Pittsburgh, PA
      
    **Maria Vogiatzi, M.D.
    Endocrinologist
    Director, Adrenal and Puberty Center
    Division of Endocrinology and Diabetes
    Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
    Associate Professor of Pediatrics CE
    Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
    Philadelphia, PA
     
    *Jennifer Walter, M.D., Ph.D.  
    Pediatrician and Ethicist
    Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
    Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Medical Ethics
    University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
    Philadelphia, PA
      
    **Frederico Xavier, M.D., MS
    Hematologist  
    Hemophilia Center of Western Pennsylvania
    Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
    Assistant Professor of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
    University of Pittsburgh
    Pittsburgh, PA

    **Ashley Bricker
    Parent Advocate
    Accessibility Specialist/Technical Trainer, CPACC
    Early Intervention Technical Assistance/Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network/PaTTAN
    Harrisburg, PA
     
    *Disclaimer:  New Member appointed, pending Secretary of Department of Health approval.
    **Disclaimer:  Renewal Member appointed, pending Secretary of Department of Health approval.


    Infant Hearing Screening Advisory Committee

    The Infant Hearing Screening Advisory Committee (IHSAC) is a multi-disciplinary committee with members appointed by the Secretary of Health. The members include medical experts, deaf educators, and parent/family advocates. The IHSAC advises and makes recommendations to the Department of Health (Department) regarding infant hearing education, assessment, reporting and referral, on issues including but not limited to, program regulation and administration, diagnostic testing, technical support and follow-up. The IHSAC assists the Department with its responsibility to implement and administer the statewide Infant Hearing Education, Assessment, Reporting and Referral (“IHEARR”) Act.
     
    Carol A. Knightly, Au.D., CCC-A, Chairperson
    Audiologist
    Director, Clinical Operations for Childhood Communication
    Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
    Philadelphia, PA
     
    Dennis J. Kitsko DO, FACS, FAOCO
    Otolaryngologist
    Associate Professor of Otolaryngology
    University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
    Pittsburgh, PA

    Eileen Rall, Au.D.
    Audiologist
    The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
    Department of Audiology

    Margaret A. Santoro
    Educator
    Director, Early Education
    Pennsylvania School for the Deaf
    Philadelphia, PA
     
    Sarah Delano, M.Ed., CCC-A
    Audiologist
    Audiology Coordinator
    Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
    Pittsburg, PA
     
    Erin Ellison
    Parent Advocate
    Mechanicsburg, PA