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James Perciaccante, MD  
Director, Neonatology
Dr. James Perciaccante is a board-certified neonatologist who joined WakeMed Physician Practices - Neonatology in 2001.  He serves as director of WakeMed Physician Practices - Neonatology.

After receiving his medical degree from Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, N.Y., Dr. Perciaccante completed his pediatric residency and neonatology fellowship at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center - Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, N.C.  He also completed a National Institutes of Health (NIH) fellowship in the Pathology of Vascular Disease at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.  He earned his bachelor's degree in chemistry at LeMoyne College, also in Syracuse, N.Y.

Dr. Perciaccante is a member of the Perinatal Section of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the North Carolina Neonatologist Association and the North Carolina Medical Society.


  Thomas Young, MD
Medical Director, WakeMed NICU
Dr. Thomas Young is a board-certified neonatologist who has been with WakeMed Physician Practices - Neonatology since 1986.  He is also an adjunct professor of pediatrics with the University of North Carolina School of Medicine.

Dr. Young earned his medical degree from the The University of Toledo - College of Medicine and Life Sciences (formerly the Medical College of Ohio at Toledo) and completed his residency in pediatrics at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center - Wake Forest School of Medicine (formerly North Carolina Baptist Hospital - Bowman Gray School of Medicine) in Winston-Salem, N.C.  He also completed a fellowship in neonatology at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va.  He earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Cincinnati in mathematics and graduated Cum Laude.

Dr. Young is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a member of the AAP Section on Perinatal Pediatrics, the AAP Section on Clinical Pharmacology and the North Carolina Pediatric Society.  He is the former chair of the WakeMed Department of Pediatrics (2004-2005) and currently serves on the advisory board for the Human Milk Banking Association of North America as well as serving as the NCPS Chapter Champion for Early Hearing Detection and Intervention.

 

Tara Bastek, MD
Neonatologist

Dr. Tara Bastek is a board-certified pediatrician and neonatologist who joined WakeMed Physician Practices - Neonatology in 2004. 

She received her medical degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Va., and completed her internship and residency at the University of North Carolina Hospitals.  She then went on to complete her fellowship in newborn medicine/neonatology at Boston Children's Hospital through Harvard Medical School.  While working on her fellowship research project, she earned her master's degree in public health at the Harvard School of Public Health and completed a fellowship in medical ethics at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Bastek is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, and the Kennedy Institute of Ethics.  She has served as chair of the WakeMed Ethics Committee since 2008 and enjoys continuing ethical discourse within a large institution.  Additionally, she serves as an associate drector (Neonatology) of the WakeMed Center for Innovative Learning and sits on its Steering Committee.

 


  Stephen Kicklighter, MD
Neonatologist
Dr. Stephen Kicklighter is a board-certified neonatologist who joined WakeMed Physician Practices - Neonatology in 1999.  He is also an adjunct clinical assistant professor of pediatrics with the UNC School of Medicine.

After receiving his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, Ga., Dr. Kicklighter completed both the Pediatric Residency Training Program and the Neonatology Fellowship Training Program at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, S.C.  He earned his bachelor's degree in biology and chemistry from West Georgia University in Carrollton, Ga.

Dr. Kicklighter is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a member of the North Carolina Medical Society as well as the Southeastern Association of Neonatologists.  He is currently chair of the WakeMed Institutional Review Board and coordinates quality improvement initiatives at WakeMed through our participation in the Vermont Oxford Network.

  Jonathan Seigel, MD
Neonatologist
Dr. Jonathan Seigel is a board-certified pediatrician specialist who serves as a neonatologist for WakeMed Physician Practices - Neonatology.

He received his medical degree from the University of Missouri - Columbia School of Medicine, completed his pediatric internship and residency at the University of North Carolina Hospitals, and completed his neonatal-perinatal fellowship at Duke University.  Dr. Seigel also holds a master's degree in clinical informatics from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business, and he earned a bachelor's degree in biology as well as a bachelor's degree in economics from Denison University in Granville, Ohio.

Dr. Seigel is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the North Carolina Medical Society and the International Society for Research in Human Milk and Lactation.

  Michele Snyder, MD
Neonatologist
Dr. Michele Snyder is a board-certified neonatologist who has been with WakeMed Physician Practices - Neonatology since 1999.  
 
After receiving her medical degree from West Virginia University (WVU) in Morgantown, W. Va., Dr. Snyder completed her pediatric residency at WVU in Charleston, W. Va., and her neonatal-perinatal fellowship at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center - Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, N.C.  She earned her bachelor's degree in chemistry, graduating Magna Cum Laude, from Marshall University in Huntington, W. Va.

Dr. Snyder is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the AAP Section on Perinatal Pediatrics, the North Carolina Pediatric Society and the Southeastern Association of Neonatologists.  She is medical director of the WakeMed Cary Hospital Special Care Nursery.

  Ross Vaughan, MD
Neonatologist
Dr. Ross Vaughan is a board-certified neonatologist who has worked at WakeMed since 1977.  He has served as director of WakeMed Physician Practices - Neonatology and is an adjunct professor of pediatrics with the UNC School of Medicine.

After receiving his medical degree from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Dr. Vaughan completed an internship with the UNC Department of Pediatrics at N.C. Memorial Hospital in Chapel Hill, N.C., and served as a junior and senior resident in pediatrics at Vanderbilt University Hospital in Nashville, Tenn.  He also completed a fellowship in neonatology at Vanderbilt University Hospital and served as a registrar in neonatal pediatrics at Saint Mary's Hospital in Manchester, England.

Dr. Vaughan is a member of the North Carolina Neonatologist Association, the North Carolina Pediatric Society, the Wake County Medical Society, the North Carolina Medical Society, the Southern Perinatal Society and the American Academy of Pediatrics - Section of Perinatal Pediatrics, among others.  He also serves as the medical director for the Carolina NIDCAP® Training Center located at WakeMed. NIDCAP, or the Newborn Individualized Developmental Care and Assessment Program, is known internationally to support the growth and development of premature infants and improve the quality of their care and support for their families.

   

Virginia J. Schreiner, MD
Pediatrician, Special Infant Care Clinic
Dr. Virginia (Ginny) Schreiner is a board-certified pediatrician who joined WakeMed Physician Practices - Pediatrics with six years of experience as an agency pediatrician for the Raleigh Children's Developmental Service Agency, N.C. Department of Health and Human Services. She previously was a pediatrician and clinical assistant professor at University Pediatrics at Highgate, University of North Carolina School of Medicine Division of Community Pediatrics.

Dr. Schreiner received her medical degree with distinction from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and completed her residency in pediatrics at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, where she was also a pediatric co-chief resident. She also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in zoology from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Dr. Schreiner is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the North Carolina Pediatric Society.


    Melissa R. Johnson, PhD
Pediatric Psychologist, Developmental Team
Melissa Johnson received her bachelor's degree from Duke University and completed her PhD in clinical psychology at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1980.  Her clinical, teaching and research activities have all focused on infant mental health and development, as well as on children with medical issues and their families. She has also been published on the use of play and imagination in children's coping.  Since 1986, she has been employed at WakeMed and Wake Area Health Education Center as a pediatric psychologist.  She provides clinical services to children from birth to age 3 and their families, as well as serving as an educational resource for professionals in the region and as instructor and mentor for medical and graduate students.

Dr. Johnson is certified in the Brazelton Neonatal Behavior Assessment Scale, the Assessment of Preterm Infant Behavior, and is certified as a trainer by NIDCAP® (Newborn Individualized Developmental Care and Assessment Program).   She has appointments as adjunct associate professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry at the UNC School of Medicine, and she is the current president of the NC Infant/Young Child Mental Health Association.


  James M. Helm, PhD
Director of the Carolina NIDCAP Training Center at WakeMed
Infant-Family Specialist
Jim Helm first came to WakeMed as a consultant in 1984 and was hired full time in Neonatology in 1988. He earned a PhD in Special Education from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) in 1987. Two years later, he became a certified NIDCAP (Newborn Individualized Development & Care Assessment Program) trainer and the director of the Carolina NIDCAP Training Center. He is certified on the Brazelton Neonatal Behavioral Assessment Scale (NBAS) and was an NBAS trainer for 20 years. For many years, he was an adjunct assistant professor in the School of Education, Department of Special Education, and held an adjunct professor appointment in Pediatrics at UNC-CH. For nine years, he directed WakeMed's Hospital-Home Intervention Program (funded by SmartStart). Currently, Jim works in the WakeMed NICU and Special Infant Care Clinic and continues with NIDCAP training.  He serves on the Board of Directors of the NIDCAP Federation International as vice president for Administration.  His clinical and research interests include infant-family development, infant behavior and communication, and ways to best provide individualized, developmentally supportive, family-centered care in NICUs.

   

Marie A. Reilly, PT, PhD
Pediatric Physical Therapist, Developmental Team
Dr. Reilly has been a pediatric physical therapist for over 30 years. She has worked at WakeMed for more than 20 years in the Special Care Nurseries, Infant Care Clinics and Pediatrics department.  She is past chairperson for the Neonatology SIG of the American Physical Therapy Association and has served on the Section on Pediatrics Annual Conference Committee since it began in 2009.  Dr. Reilly retired after 22 years of serving on the teaching faculty of the UNC-Chapel Hill Physical Therapy Program but continues to serve as an adjunct associate professor.  She has been trained in multiple assessments including the Neonatal Behavioral Assessment Scale (NBAS), the NICU Network Neurobehavioral Scale, the Newborn Individualized Developmental Care and Assessment Program (NIDCAP), the NOMAS and the Test of Infant Motor Performance. She has received NDT pediatric training and baby course certifications and is an (NBAS) trainer.

 

 

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