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Thomas Young, MDDirector, NeonatologyDr. 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, MDMedical Director, Raleigh Campus NICUDr. 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 director (Neonatology) of the WakeMed Center for Innovative Learning and sits on its Steering Committee.
Alexandra D. Bentley, MD
Dr. Alexandra D. Bentley is a board-certified pediatrician. Her special interests include following patients with a history of prematurity, brain injury, or other medical complexity.
Dr. Bentley graduated summa cum laude from Duke University with her bachelor’s degree in biology, and earned her medical degree, cum laude, from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. She completed both her residency in pediatrics and fellowship Special Infant Care at Duke University Medical Center.
She is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and speaks English and conversational Spanish.
Dr. Bentley is married and has three children, and she enjoys swimming.
Claudia Cadet, MDBoard certified in both general pediatrics and neonatal-perinatal medicine, Dr. Claudia Cadet joined WakeMed’s Neonatology team in 2016. Prior to joining WakeMed, she was an attending neonatologist at Rex Hospital in Raleigh, N.C., where she also served as head of the hospital’s Simulation Committee. Simulation as a way to improve resuscitation and clinical care is one of Dr. Cadet’s clinical interests within neonatology. She is also committed to global health work in Latin America that is centered around neonatal resuscitation and newborn care.
Originally from the Dominican Republic, Dr. Cadet earned her medical degree at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and her bachelor’s degree at Georgetown University. Her pediatric residency and neonatal-perinatal fellowship were both completed at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.
Dr. Cadet speaks fluent Spanish and is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She is trained as an instructor in “Helping Babies Breathe” and “Essential Care for Every Newborn.” She is also an assistant professor of pediatrics at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Married with two children, Dr. Cadet enjoys yoga, running and salsa dancing.
Stephen DeMeo, DODr. Stephen DeMeo is a board-certified neonatologist who joined WakeMed Physician Practices – Neonatology in 2015. Originally from New Hampshire, he traveled to Pennsylvania for college and medical school. As a child, Dr. DeMeo was drawn to science and biology. Childhood interactions with his pediatrician helped pique his interest in the field of medicine, as well as his desire to help others and a personality that has always been very people-oriented.
Dr. DeMeo completed his fellowship at Duke University in neonatal-perinatal medicine, and his internship/residency at the Jefferson/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in pediatrics, where he served as chief resident. He earned his medical degree at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, a master’s degree in medical education at the University of New England, and his undergraduate degree at Muhlenberg College.
In addition to his work in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), Dr. DeMeo serves as the pediatric clerkship site director for the Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine here at WakeMed. His clinical interests include neonatal intubation competency in trainees, curriculum development in intensive care, medical education research and the Institutional Review Board, and immunization in extremely low birth weight infants. Dr. DeMeo is board certified in pediatrics and board eligible in neonatal-perinatal medicine. He is also a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics – Sections on Perinatal Pediatrics, Osteopathic Pediatricians and Medical Students; the American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians; the American Osteopathic Association; and the North Carolina Medical Society.
When away from the hospital, Dr. DeMeo enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters. New to North Carolina, they have fun exploring their hometown of Raleigh as well as the entire state. Trips to the N.C. coast have been especially memorable. Music is also very important to Dr. DeMeo. He plays the guitar and even spent eight years as part of a band while living in Philadelphia.
Stephen Kicklighter, MDDr. 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.
James Perciaccante, MDMedical Director, WakeMed North Special Care NurseryDr. 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.
Jonathan Seigel, MDAssociate Chief Medical Information OfficerDr. Jonathan Seigel is a board-certified pediatrician specialist and board-certified neonatologist with 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, MDMedical Director, Cary Hospital Special Care NurseryDr. 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.
James M. Helm, PhDDirector of the Carolina NIDCAP Training Center at WakeMedInfant-Family SpecialistJim 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, PhDPediatric Physical Therapist, Developmental TeamDr. 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.
Nurse practitioners also provide an essential portion of the care provided in WakeMed's neonatal care units. Nurse practitioners manage acute and chronic medical conditions (both physical and mental) through comprehensive history taking, physical exams, and the ordering of diagnostic tests and treatments. Nurse practitioners, working directly within the NICU, are trained to work in conjunction with neonatologists. Often, they spend extensive periods of time with families to address needs and concerns. They act as a liaison between the family and the neonatologist while being able to provide advanced practice care for their patients.
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