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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

Michael Yudell, Ph.D., MPH., 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
Laurie Varlotta, M.D., Vice-Chairperson
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
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
Kaitlyn N. Bloom, Ph.D.
Biochemical Genetics
Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
Rangos Research Center
Pittsburgh, PA
Robert Cicco, M.D.
West Penn Hospital (Retired)
Pittsburgh, PA
Edward Smith, MS, MBA, CGC
Genetic Counselor
Director, UPMC Lab Service Center, Genetics/Genomics
Magee-Women’s Hospital
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

Jerry Vockley, M.D., Ph.D.

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
Andrea Seeley, MD
Clinical Geneticist
Geisinger Medical Center
Danville, PA
Patricia Lee, MN, CNM
Nurse Midwife
Director, Nurse Midwifery Care, PC
Reinholds, PA
Maria Vogiatzi, M.D.
Director, Adrenal and Puberty Center
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA
Patricia L. Gordon, MD
Clinical Geneticist
Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics
Chief, Division of Human
Penn State Health Children’s Hospital
Ashley Bricker
Parent Advocate
Technical Training Designer
Early Intervention Technical Assistance/PaTTAN/TIU11