Scientific Advisory Council

The members of the 12-seat Scientific Advisory Council have been carefully selected to ensure they prioritize patient-family centered care, prevention, and innovative solutions to improved NEC outcomes. Many of the Council members are internationally acclaimed physicians and scientists, and every member has dedicated their entire career to fragile infants at risk of necrotizing enterocolitis. Jennifer Canvasser and Erin Umberger work hand-in-hand with the Scientific Advisory Council on all projects, content, and materials that the NEC Society produces.

We are grateful to the NEC Society’s Scientific Advisory Council:

  • Gail E. Besner, MD, Nationwide Children’s Hospital
  • Michael Caplan, MD, Northshore University Health System
  • Samir K. Gadepalli, MD, MBA, University of Michigan
  • Sheila M. Gephart, PhD, RN, University of Arizona
  • Misty Good, MD, MS, Washington University
  • Amy Hair, MD, Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Children’s Hospital
  • Jae Kim, MD, PhD, University of California, San Diego
  • Troy A. Markel, MD, FACS, FAAP, Indiana University
  • Steven J. Mcelroy, MD, University of Iowa
  • Ravi Patel, MD, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Emory University Hospital
  • Alexander Penn, PhD, US Army Institute of Surgical Research
  • Mark Underwood, MD, University of California, Davis


Former Advisors: 

  • Steven Abrams, MD, University of Texas at Austin
  • Elizabeth Cristofalo, MD, MPH, Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • Richard Ehrenkranz, MD, Yale University
  • Christina Valentine, MD, MS, RD, Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Please note:
All statements, actions and materials are the sole opinion of the NEC Society, and are not reflective of any member’s individual institution or place of employment.

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