Charles Mercier, MD – Division Chief, Professor of Pediatrics
Dr. Mercier is Chief of the Division of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine and Medical Director of the NICU, Quality Committee, Perinatal Outreach Committee, NICU Transport Team, and NICU Simulation Program. His work in quality includes the VON based initiative, “Choosing Wisely: Antibiotic Stewardship in the NICU”. His work in the region is supported by both the Vermont Regional Perinatal Outreach Project and his membership on the board of the Northern New England Perinatal Quality Improvement Network. A graduate of the IHI Breakthrough Series College, he previously served as the Faculty Chair in the planning and design phase of the CMS Neonatal Outcomes Project and led several Expert Planning Groups in developing project specific change package. A graduate of the Center for Medical Simulation, he leads a high fidelity neonatal resuscitation program for University of Vermont Pediatric Residents.
Roger Soll, MD – Director of Research, Professor of Pediatrics
Dr. Soll is the H. Wallace Professor of Neonatology at the Larner College of Medicine and is President of the Vermont Oxford Network and Director of Network Clinical Trials and Follow-up. Dr. Soll is an authority in evidence-based medicine and randomized clinical trials. He is the coordinating editor of Cochrane Neonatal, part of the Cochrane Collaboration, and author or co-author of the Cochrane Reviews of surfactant therapy. He is the author of numerous peer reviewed articles and book chapters on the subject of surfactant replacement therapy and evidence-based medicine. A native of New York City, Dr. Soll graduated from Cornell University with a degree in Genetics and History of Science in 1975. He received his M.D. degree from the University of Health Sciences/Chicago Medical School in 1978. He returned to New York City to complete his residency training in Pediatrics at Bellevue Hospital/New York University Medical Center in 1981. After 2 years with the Public Health Service, Dr. Soll returned to academic training. He completed the post graduate fellowship in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at the University of Vermont in 1983 and has remained in Vermont ever since.
Danielle Ehret, MD, MPH – Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Dr. Ehret completed pediatrics residency and the global health track at Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital. During neonatology fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital, she also completed a Masters in Public Health at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. Dr. Ehret joined the faculty at the UVMMC in 2015. Her academic interest is the implementation of quality improvement science in global newborn health, and she is the inaugural Director of Global Health for Vermont Oxford Network. Her research focus is bringing data-driven improvement to resource-limited neonatal settings globally, with the aim of reducing preventable newborn morbidities and mortality. She leads an annual international Helping Babies Survive master trainer course with Vermont Oxford Network, in which trainees may participate . Dr. Ehret also has a strong interest in evidence-based medicine. Along with mentoring fellows in critical appraisal of the literature, she arranged international fellows’ journal club sessions in 2017.
Deirdre O’Reilly, MD, MPH - Program Director, Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Dr. O'Reilly, MD, MPH joined the division in 2016 from Boston Children's Hospital and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, where she had been an attending neonatologist since 2007. She completed her fellowship in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at the Harvard Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Program, during which time she pursed an MPH in Maternal and Child Health from T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She worked on a team of clinicians that established the first hypothermia program for hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy in New England. Her research centers on clinical and translational studies to identify early markers of brain injury in both term and preterm infants. During her time in Boston, she worked as an attending in clinic for follow-up of high risk infants, combining interests in patient care, neurodevelopment and community/public health.
Leslie Young, MD - Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Dr. Young completed her pediatric residency at the University of Vermont Medical Center before joining the NPM Fellowship which she completed in 2014. Her academic interests are in transitional physiology, limiting iatrogenic contributors to morbidity and mortality, systematic reviews and quality improvement. She currently serves on the steering committee for the pre-, peri- and postnatal working group for the IDeA state research network. This network is funded through the NIH with the goal of improving the feasibility of translational research in underserved and rural areas. With her interest in quality improvement, Dr. Young has worked to operationalize blood sparing practices including delayed cord clamping, utilization of cord blood for admission labs and the increased use of point of care testing. She is currently working to incorporate the use of point of care ultrasound in the NICU. In addition to her clinical and research efforts Dr. Young also enjoys her work Co-Chairing the Neonatal Resuscitation Committee and mentoring the fellows in areas of research development, career building and work life balance.
Whittney Barkhuff, MD, PhD - Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Dr. Barkhuff completed her pediatric residency at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and the Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine fellowship at the University of New Mexico in 2017. She then returned to UVMMC, where she had previously completed her MD/PhD, to join the division of neonatology. During fellowship, she was involved in a quality improvement project to reduce false positive blood cultures, as well as in evaluating the impact of the “baby-friendly” health initiative on neonatal hypoglycemia. In addition to her time in the in NICU, she follows high-risk patients in the NeoMed clinic after discharge. Her academic interests include the follow-up care of high-risk neonates, the emotional well-being of parents with children in the NICU, infants with complex genetic disorders, and resident and fellow education.
Aaron Wallman-Stokes, MD - Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Dr. Wallman-Stokes completed his pediatric residency at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, after which he returned to his childhood home of New York City for fellowship training in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at the Columbia University Irving Medical Center. Following fellowship he remained at Columbia as a member of the faculty until joining the UVM Medical Center in 2020. His research has primarily focused on characterizing premature infants’ oxygen exposure and investigating how poor growth and hypoxemia are associated with the risk of developing retinal disease. He has also worked as part of multicenter research groups exploring the relationship between particular vital sign patterns early in life and the development of infection as well as diseases of the lungs, eyes and brain. He is passionate about teaching and working with trainees, dating to his time as an elementary school teacher prior to attending medical school.
Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants
Brittney Accavallo, NNP
Lisa Atwood, NNP
Merja Cahoon, NNP
Nicole Cloutier, NNP
Kaitlin Johnson, NNP
Kimberly Kaufhold, PA
Kaitey Lightbody, NNP
Shane Molinari, NNP
Morgan Nealy, NNP
Meagan Oakes, PA
Deborah Saltus, NNP
Alexa Visco, NNP
Susan White, FNP
Delia Horn, MD — Dr. Horn received her undergraduate degree in English from Vassar College, then went on to receive her medical degree from the University of Vermont. She completed residency at the University of Vermont Medical Center in 2016, then worked as a hospitalist and a general pediatrician before joining the Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship in 2017. Her research interests include neonatal care in the resource-limited setting as well as quality improvement in the delivery room and surrounding transportation. She also has an interest in clinical education. Following graduation, she hopes to work to improve neonatal care in resource-limited settings both within and outside the United States.
Adrienne Pahl, MD – Dr. Pahl received her undergraduate degree from Carleton College and her medical degree from the University of Vermont College of Medicine. She completed residency at the University of Vermont Medical Center. Following residency, she practiced as a primary care pediatrician at Appleseed Pediatrics and Copley Hospital in Morrisville, Vermont. She returned to the University of Vermont Medical Center to join the NPM Fellowship in 2017. Her current research interests are in optimizing non-pharmacologic interventions and functional evaluation in the care of infants with neonatal abstinence syndrome. She is also interested in perinatal network quality improvement efforts and simulation training for practicing clinicians.
Anna DiCarlo, MD — Dr. DiCarlo received her undergraduate degree from Louisiana Tech University and her medical degree from Louisiana State University in New Orleans. Her pediatric residency training was completed at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital (Grand Rapids, MI) prior to joining the NPM Fellowship in 2018. Her fellowship scholarly work involves quality improvement surrounding neonatal nutrition and optimizing neonatal growth in the NICU. Her clinical interests include palliative/comfort care of the newborn as well as social determinants of health and the effect health disparities have on neurodevelopmental outcomes.
Amara Heard, MD — Dr. Heard received her undergraduate and medical degree in a combined six-year program from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. For residency, Dr. Heard was fortunate to match at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital in her hometown of Saint Louis, Missouri. Following her three years of residency, she stayed on to complete another year as a Chief Resident before entering fellowship. Her clinical interests include Global Health, which experiences in both medical school and residency have helped mold this interest. Personal hobbies include, spending time with her husband and trying new restaurants, going on walks with her dog, singing, playing volleyball, and traveling and exploring new places.
Esther King, MD — Dr. King completed her undergraduate degree at University of Illinois in Chicago. She received her medical degree from Ross University School of Medicine in Dominica. She completed her pediatrics residency at Kansas University at Wichita, Kansas, where she received the “Excellence in Ambulatory Pediatrics Award” given to the resident who has shown dedicated service to pediatric patients and their families in the ambulatory clinic setting. She has a passion for working in developing areas and recently served as a pediatrician providing medical care in Ghana. Her current interests are improving medical care in resource-limited countries.