7th POCUSNEO Advanced Neonatal Care Symposium

About the Symposium:

Join us for an enlightening symposium hosted by POCUSNEO, featuring world-renowned experts in the field. This event is dedicated to exploring cutting-edge Non-Invasive Ventilation strategies tailored for preterm infants. Gain invaluable insights and expand your knowledge on the latest advancements in neonatal respiratory care.

Event Highlights:

  • Engage with Esteemed Faculty: Connect with leading figures in neonatal medicine who will share their extensive expertise and insights.
  • Comprehensive Discussions: Delve into in-depth discussions on Non-Invasive Ventilation strategies, covering both established techniques and emerging approaches.
  • Certificate of Attendance: All participants will receive an official certificate of attendance, with applicable CME (Continuing Medical Education) credits.

Who Should Attend:

This symposium is designed for healthcare professionals and practitioners involved in neonatal care, including:

  • Neonatologists
  • Pediatricians
  • Respiratory Therapists
  • NICU Nurses
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Allied Health Professionals
  • Medical Students, Residents and Fellows


Participation in this symposium is entirely FREE of charge. Secure your spot now to be a part of this informative and transformative event.

Don't Miss Out:

Be a part of this extraordinary opportunity to enhance your knowledge in neonatal respiratory care. Reserve your place today and stay at the forefront of advancements in Non-Invasive Ventilation strategies for preterm infants.


  • Identify the indications and eligibility of Non-Invasive Ventilation in preterm infants
  • Identify the initial settings of Non-invasive Ventilation according to the underlying physiology
  • Identify the clinical applications of different NIV modalities
  • Demonstrate the stepwise management approach and algorithms in applying NIV
  • Demonstrate the physiology of blood flow and compensatory mechanisms during postnatal transition
  • Identify the clinical values of NIRS monitoring during postnatal transition


TimeSession TitleFaculty Speaker
1:30 pmWelcome NoteDr. Muzafar Gani Abdul Wahab
1:45 pmNon Invasive Ventilation (NIV) in Preterm Infants - Clinical GuidelinesDr. Rangasamy Ramanathan
2:15 pmNIV Clinical applications and management algorithmsDr. Ruben Alvaro
2:45 pmNIRS monitoring during Neonatal TransitionDr. Yasser Elsayed
3:15 pmPanel Discussions


CME Accreditations

  • The event qualifies for 2.5 hours of online CME educational activity


Dr. Muzafar Gani Abdul Wahab

Associate Professor, Neonatology
McMaster University, Hamilton ON Canada

Dr. Muzafar Gani Abdul Wahab, affectionately known as "Dr. Gani," is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada. He received his medical training at Madurai Medical College and completed postgraduate training in Pediatrics and Neonatology at Manipal University, India. He also pursued a Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship program and a Master's program in electronic Health at McMaster University. Dr. Gani is deeply passionate about education, and utilizing advanced medical and digital technologies in teaching and clinical practice. He has been instrumental as the Program Director for the Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship Program and the Targeted Neonatal Echocardiography Fellowship Program at McMaster University, nurturing the future generation of Neonatology professionals. As the founding co-chair of POCUSNEO and Neopeds Academy, international educational organizations, Dr. Gani leads efforts to educate healthcare professionals worldwide in newborn and Pediatric critical care. He has conducted over 50 educational sessions, including conferences, workshops, and online courses, highlighting his commitment to enhancing care quality for infants and children globally. Dr. Gani's devotion to education, expertise in neonatal-perinatal medicine, and innovative use of digital technologies have established him as a highly esteemed and sought-after leader in his field.

Dr. Rangasamy Ramanathan

Professor and Chief of Pediatrics,
Keck School of Medicine of USC, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Rangasamy Ramanathan is Professor of Pediatrics, Division Chief of Neonatology, and Director of NICU at LAC+USC Medical Center, Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California. Dr. Ramanathan directs one of the largest fellowship programs in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine in the Country, with 18 fellows in the program. He also is the Director of Neonatal Hemodynamics Program at LAC+USC Medical Center in Los Angeles. Dr. Ramanathan graduated from Stanley Medical College at Madras University (MBBS) and received DCH and MD in Pediatrics from the Institute for Child Health and Hospital for Children in Madras. He then went on to complete his residency in Pediatrics at Lincoln Medical Center, New York Medical College, in New York. He was a fellow in Neonatology at LAC+USC Medical Center, and a research fellow in Neonatology at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. His major research interests include Surfactant therapy, NIV, and Oxygen toxicity. He is the author of more than 100 peer-reviewed articles published in many leading journals. He has written chapters in several textbooks, including Avery’s Diseases of the Newborn (WB Saunders Co., 2004), and Roger’s Textbook of Pediatric Intensive Care (5th Edition, 2016). He is a member of the editorial boards of Pediatric Research, TRIALS, the Journal of Pediatrics and Neonatology and the Journal of Maternal-Fetal and Neonatal Medicine. He is the recipient of numerous teaching awards from the departments of Pediatrics, and Obstetrics, and is listed in Best Doctors in America each year by his peers since 2005. He was the recipient of David. N. Shaw Physician of the Year Award in 2004 from Good Samaritan Hospital for his medical leadership in the Perinatal Center. This award recognizes physicians for their extraordinary dedication to patient care and compassion for patients and staff. Dr. Ramanathan in 2012 also received “Hero of the Medical Center Award” for his dedicated and innovative leadership of the NICU and the expert care and treatment of the World’s third smallest baby delivered at LAC+USC Medical Center. He received Honor Award from Brazilian Congress of Intensive Care Medicine for his contribution to intensive care in South America in 2015. In 2017, he received Life-Time Achievement Award from National Neonatology Forum (NNF) during the 37th Annual Conference of NNF for his contribution to neonatal care. Most recently in November 2020, he was appointed as Honorary Member of Columbian Neonatology Society for his involvement in improving care of newborns in Columbia.

Dr. Ruben Alvaro

Associate Professor, Section of Neonatology
University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB, Canada

Dr. Ruben Alvaro is the medical director of the Neonatal Sleep Laboratory at the Health Sciences Centre, the Medical Director of Neonatology at the St. Boniface General Hospital, and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Manitoba. Dr. Alvaro’s neonatal professional activities have encompassed education, research, administration, and clinical care. His main research focus has been on control of breathing and respiratory care in the fetus and the neonate. He has also collaborated in many local and international randomized clinical trials in the area of respiratory medicine and family integrated care in NICU.

Dr. Yasser Elsayed

Associate Professor, Section of Neonatology
University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB, Canada

Dr. Yasser Elsayed is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Staff Neonatologist at the University of Manitoba. He is also a dedicated researcher at the Children's Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba. Dr. Elsayed is renowned for founding and directing the Integrated Hemodynamics Program and Point of Care Ultrasound in Winnipeg. He co-chairs the POCUNEO group and has conducted over 50 workshops globally in the past five years. His research focuses on hemodynamics and physiology-oriented practice. In 2020, he co-chaired the Canadian National Perinatal Research Meeting.


Dr. Hanifi Soylu

Professor of Pediatrics
Selcuk University, Konya, Turkey

Dr. Soylu was born in Istanbul, Turkey, and graduated from Erciyes Medical School in Kayseri, Turkey, in 1989. He completed his Pediatric Residency at Karadeniz Technical University in Trabzon, Turkey, in 1996. He worked as an Assistant/Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Inonu University from 1998 to 2002, after which he moved to Canada. There, he completed 4 years of Neonatology Fellowships at the Universities of Alberta and Toronto. Dr. Soylu completed his MSc in Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics at the University of Newcastle, Australia, and his PhD in Pharmacology & Therapeutics at the University of Manitoba, Canada. He worked as a Neonatal Medical Officer at Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, Canada, between 2008 and 2013. After returning to Turkey in 2013, he began working at Selcuk University and continues to hold a locum position at WRHA during the summer periods. He speaks Turkish, English, Arabic, and Persian. He is the father of 9 sons and 1 daughter.

Dr. Samer Yousfi

Clinical Instructor, Pediatrics
University of BC, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Clinical Instructor, Pediatrics University of BC Vancouver Canada


Dr. Adel Mohamed

Associate Professor, Pediatrics
University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada

Dr. Adel Mohamed is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Toronto and a staff Neonatologist, at Mount Sinai Hospital. Dr. Mohamed is the Founder and Director of point of care Lung ultrasound, Toronto. He is the Chair of the Canadian Steering Committee of Point of Care lung ultrasound. Member of the Organizing Committee and Executive member of the POCUNEO group. He conducted many local, national, and international lung ultrasound workshops. His research interests are in patient-oriented research and research related to the utility of point-of-care lung ultrasound in the NICUs.

Dr. Nadya Ben Fadel

Associate Professor, Pediatrics
University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON, Canada

Dr. Ben Fadel is an Associate Professor at the University of Ottawa and a Neonatologist at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) and the Ottawa Hospital (TOH). She completed her residency training at the University of Ottawa and her neonatal fellowship at the University of Toronto, followed by six months of a 'mini-fellowship' in cardiology at CHEO. She holds a master’s degree in Health Professional Medical Education. She is currently the program director of both the Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine fellowship and the Targeted Neonatal Echocardiography Fellowships Perinatal Medicine program in Ottawa. Dr. Ben Fadel has a keen interest in studying neonatal hemodynamics. Her main research focus is on the use of TnEcho and point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. She has a strong passion for teaching and learning in these areas of neonatal care.

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November 23, 2023, 1:30 pm EST

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