Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship
Program Leadership (PD/APD), Faculty
Gregory C. Martin, MD
Division Chief of Neonatology, Bill & Cathy Hudson Endowed Chair for Neonatology
Mohammad Y. Bader, MD
M.Y. Bader, MD, FAAP is a neonatologist in the Division of Neonatology and Perinatal Medicine at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Dr. Bader is double board certified in Pediatrics and Neonatal-perinatal Medicine. His special interests include but are not limited to neonatal nutrition and Neonatal Abstinence syndrome, broaching social stigmas and stereotypes, and making strides to end the opioid crisis.
Dr Bader is very passionate about providing care to our most vulnerable population and supporting their families during times of dire need and transition through a family centered approach. Dr. Bader is also involved mentoring and educating future pediatricians as the Director of the Phoenix Children’s NICU residency rotation as well as a faculty member of the University of Arizona.
When not at work Dr. Bader enjoys playing soccer and opportunities to serve his community with his wife, a former NICU nurse, and three children.
Navin S. Bhopal, MD
Valerie M. Blanco, MD
Amy L. Brown, MD
Mohammed Elkhwad, MD
Kevin R. Ellsworth, MD
Marc A. Ellsworth, MD
Donna M. Garey, MD
Dr. Gary received her Medical Degree from the University of Colorado School of Medicine and her Master of Public Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She completed her Pediatric Residency and Neonatal Fellowship at University of California San Diego. She has 12 years’ experience in developmental follow-up of high-risk infants as the medical director of the High-Risk Infant Follow-up Clinic at UCSD and Columbia University prior to coming to Phoenix Children’s. In addition to the NEST clinic, her clinical responsibilities include being an attending physician in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Phoenix Children’s. Her research experience includes delivery room resuscitation, functional echocardiography, and developmental outcomes of high-risk infants. Recent research projects include the two-year outcomes of a pilot trial evaluating the effects of different methods of placental transfusion after delivery, short and long-term outcomes of preterm infants affected by intrauterine growth restriction and early intervention utilization for preterm infants after NICU discharge. She is also trained in functional echocardiography and cranial ultrasound. Providing excellent care in the neonatal intensive care unit is important as is providing long-term monitoring of these infants to ensure that they are developing appropriately and receiving therapies and early interventions to help them reach their maximum potential.
Pamela S. Griffiths, MD
For Pamela S. Griffiths, MD, one of the joys of practicing neonatology is being able to send newborns home after overcoming complicated medical conditions in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU)."I enjoy playing a role in improving the outcomes of medically fragile infants with complex conditions," says Dr. Griffiths. "Caring for those who are the most vulnerable is especially rewarding. I enjoy seeing a critically ill infant overcome their condition and sharing in the family's happiness when their baby can go home with them. “After receiving her medical degree from West Virginia University (WVU), Dr. Griffiths completed a residency in general pediatrics and a fellowship in neonatal-perinatal medicine at WVU. She specializes in bronchopulmonary dysplasia care, neonatal cardiovascular conditions, and hemodynamics and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation. An active researcher, Dr. Griffiths strives to find the best evidence-based approaches to care and values an interdisciplinary approach in treating complex medical disorders. “Phoenix Children's has a strong team of physicians that I am grateful to work with," she says. "The support of all necessary subspecialists gives me confidence that I can care for any patient at Phoenix Children's. I also feel that Phoenix Children's offers many opportunities for research and collaboration."Outside of the hospital, Dr. Griffiths enjoys running and spending time with her husband and children.
Paige Y. Jackson, MD
Oleksandr M. Kudin, MD
For Dr. Kudin, choosing a career path in medicine was made easy because of his admiration for family members who were doctors. He appreciates the opportunity his work provides to integrate science and compassion.
“Becoming a physician appealed to me because medicine is where science is closely interwoven with humanity,” Dr. Kudin says. “Neonatology is a very balanced specialty that provides a huge opportunity to affect the life of patients for years to come.”
A neonatology specialist, he strives to practice evidence-based medicine to ensure that his patients have the best possible outcomes. He believes that open communication with parents of patients is just as important as the care he provides.
“As a neonatologist, I have the privilege of caring for the most vulnerable patients,” he says. “The care we provide in the NICU has a lifelong impact on our patients and their families.”
Dr. Kudin has been recognized for his work on several occasions, including the 2015 Outstanding Graduating Resident of the Year from East Carolina University and the 3rd place award from the Ukraine National Ministry of Health Physiology Competition in 1996. At Phoenix Children’s, he enjoys “great colleagues, an excellent working environment and the ability to provide care for the most complex patients.”
When he’s not working, Dr. Kudin enjoys spending time with his wife and four children, participating in recreational sports, reading, and playing board games.
Maika T. Manalastas, DO
Abiola O. Olowoyeye, MD
Deborah J. Tom, MD
Deborah J. Tom, MD, is a neonatologist and serves as Chair of Phoenix Children's Medical Student Mentorship. Board certified in neonatal-perinatal medicine, Dr. Tom was drawn to neonatology because of her desire to be involved with families during this very special time of their lives, as well as to provide hope for families with premature and sick newborns. She enjoys all aspects of neonatology and has expertise in treating neonates with complex medical diagnoses.
Dr. Tom joined Phoenix Children's medical staff in 1998 and the new Neonatology Division in 2020. She currently serves as Chair of the Credentials Committee and as a member of the Medical Executive Committee.
From 2013 to 2020, Dr. Tom served as Medical Director of Phoenix Children's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Under her direction, the NICU earned recognition in U.S. News & World Report's Best Children's Hospitals as a national leader in neonatology. Phoenix Children's program progressively ascended into the Top 50 - ranking #20 nationally for the 2020 - 2021 time - based on excellent outcomes, high quality of care and patient safety.
Dr. Tom has a special interest in mentoring the next generation of physicians. To collaborate with local medical schools, Dr. Tom established the Medical Student Mentorship Program at Phoenix Children's. This past academic year, Dr. Tom engaged more than 100 of our pediatricians in student-focused activities, like Dine with Docs, Lunch and Learns, Simulation Boot Camps and mentoring opportunities, connecting physicians and medical students to create hands-on experiences and help build networks for guidance.
In 2021, Dr. Tom was nominated as one of Phoenix Children's Clinical Excellence Teachers of the Year secondary to building the Medical Student Mentorship Program. In 2022, she was recognized as a Top Doctor in PHOENIX magazine in neonatal-perinatal medicine.
Dr. Tom loves working at Phoenix Children's because she can provide family-centered care with a strong multispecialty and multidisciplinary team at a hospital that specializes in children.
When not at work, you can find Dr. Tom spending time with her family and dog, running, traveling, and crafting. She's married to a pediatric cardiologist at Phoenix Children's, Dr. Todd Nowlin. They have four children -- some of whom are following in their parents' footsteps and going into the medical field.
Jennifer C. Weber, MD
As Jennifer Weber, MD, cares for newborn babies in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), she understands that parents and families also need TLC during difficult days. “I feel privileged to share in one of the most stressful, yet special, times for families as they welcome a new baby to their family," says Dr. Weber, a neonatology specialist. "I care for every baby as if they were my own child and support parents as they try to stay as connected as possible to their hospitalized abider. Weber's positive experiences with her own childhood pediatrician inspired her to pursue a medical career working with children. She admires the resiliency of newborn babies. “I really enjoy caring for the patient population in the NICU -- I have much to learn from them!" she says. "There will always be a special place in my heart for the smallest patients and the unique aspects of caring for sick newborns’. Weber is excited to come "home" to Phoenix Children's Hospital, where she trained as a pediatric resident and medical student. A recipient of the Phoenix Children's Hospital/Maricopa Medical Center Pediatric Residency Program Achievement Award, she also received the Walt Vikram Troester Memorial Scholarship and the Deans' Award for Excellence - Inspirational Fellow Mentorship at the University of California, Davis. When she's not at work in the NICU, Dr. Weber enjoys sewing, taking walks, playing piano, exploring applications of neonatal telemedicine, participating in church activities and spending time with her husband and two sons.
Jessica L. Wickland, MD
Dr. Wickland completed her medical school at Wayne State School of Medicine and her pediatrics residency here at PCH. She will complete her neonatology fellowship from the University of Texas Southwestern where she worked primarily in level IV NICUs at Parkland Health and Hospital System and Children's Medical Center Dallas. Her research interests include long-term metabolic outcomes of premature infants as well as quality improvement in the NICU.