Prof. Mario Augusto Rojas

Professor, Valley Children's Hospital, Madera CA, USA

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EDUCATION
 
Undergraduate Education: Colegio Emmanuel d’Alzon, Bogotá, Colombia, 1973
Graduate: Escuela de Medicina Juan N. Corpas, M.D., Bogotá, Colombia, 1980
 
Postgraduate Training:
 
• Pediatric Residency, Hospital Infantil Lorencita Villegas de Santos, Universidad del Rosario, Bogotá, Colombia, February 1983 – July 31,1986
 
• Pediatric Subspecialty Training in Neonatology, Hospital Infantil Lorencita Villegas de Santos, Universidad del Rosario, Bogotá, Colombia, July 15,1989 – October 30,1990
 
• Clinical Observer in Neonatology, University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center, Miami, FL. November 1, 1990 – January 31, 1991
 
• Research Fellow in Neonatology, University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center, Miami, FL. February 1991 - March 1993
 
• PGY 2 and 3 in Pediatrics, Children’s Health Center, St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, Phoenix, AZ, March 1993 - June 1994
 
• Post-Doctoral Fellow in Neonatology, Yale New Haven Hospital, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, July 1994 - June 1997
 
• Master in Public Health, Public Health Leadership Program, University of North Carolina. August 2001-May 2007.
 
ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS:
 
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics, University of North Carolina, 1997-2003
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics, Vanderbilt University, 2003 – 2006
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics, Vanderbilt University, 2007 – 2011
Professor of Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics, Wake Forest School of Medicine, 2011 – 2015
Visiting Professor of Pediatrics, School of Medicine, Universidad Industrial de Santander, February 2016-December 2016
Director of Neonatal Fellowship Development, Valley Children’s Hospital, Madera, CA, 2019-2020
Director of Clinical Research and Quality Improvement Colombian Neonatal Association (ASCON). Bogota, Colombia. January 2019-present.
Professor of Pediatrics Ad Honorem, School of Medicine Universidad Industrial de Santander. July 1, 2021-present
 
 
HOSPITAL APPOINTMENTS
 
• Director Local Hospital of Vistahermosa, Meta, Colombia. Mandatory Medical Rural Social Service. July 1,1980- July 13, 1981
• Clinical Attending, Department of Obstetrics, Clinica Palermo September 1981-January 1983
• Clinical Attending, Division of Neonatology, Caja Nacional de Previsión, Bogotá, Colombia, August, 1986 – July 14, 1989
• Attending Physician, Out-Patient Services, Follow-up High Risk Infants, Social Security Institute, Bogotá, Colombia, August, 1989 - October, 1990
• Clinical Attending Neonatologist Department of Pediatrics, Division of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, University of North Carolina, 1997-2003
• Clinical Attending Neonatologist University of North Carolina, Moore Regional Hospital, Pinehurst, North Carolina (moonlighting). 1997-2003
• Director of Special Infant Care Clinic for Developmental Follow-up, University of North Carolina, 1999 – 2003
• Clinical Attending Neonatologist, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, Vanderbilt University, Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital, July 1, 2003 – September 15, 2011  
• Clinical Attending Neonatologist Vanderbilt University, Gateway Medical Center, Clarksville, TN (moonlighting) 2004 - 2011  
• Director of Patient-Oriented Research Division of Neonatology, Vanderbilt University, 2009 – 2011
• Medical Director, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center, Wake Forest School of Medicine, September 2011 – 2015
• Clinical Attending Neonatologist, Brenner Children’s Hospital, Wake Forest School of Medicine Winston-Salem, NC September 2011 – 2015
• Visiting Professor of Pediatrics, School of Medicine, Universidad Industrial de Santander, Bucaramanga, Colombia, January 2016-December 31, 2016
[Job Search in the United States, January 2017-October 17, 2017]
• Medical Director Neonatal Intensive Care Valley Children’s Hospital Healthcare, Madera CA, October 16, 2017-March 31, 2020
• Director of Clinical Research and Quality Improvement, Colombian Neonatal Association. February 2019-present
• MPLT Healthcare, Locum tenens physician neonatologist November 2020-present
• CompHealth, Locum tenens physician neonatologist September 2021-present
 
 
PROFESSIONAL AND HONORARY ORGANIZATIONS
 
American Academy of Pediatrics, FAAP 1994
Perinatal Section American Academy of Pediatrics 2008
Fellow Society for Pediatric Research 2008
Tennessee Pediatric Association 2004
American Medical Association 1993
Member of the Colombian Association of Neonatologists 2000
Colombian Federation of Pediatrics, Bogotá 1986

 

PUBLICATIONS

Publications

Articles in refereed journals:

•    Duara S, Rojas MA, Claure N. Upper airway stability and respiratory muscle activity during inspiratory loading in full-term neonates.  Journal of Applied Physiology, 77(1): 37-42, July 1994.

•    Cordoba E, Gerhardt T, Rojas MA, Duara S, Bancalari E. Comparison of the effects of acetazolamide and aminophylline on apnea incidence and on ventilatory response to CO2 in preterm infants.  Pediatric Pulmonology, 17(5): 291-5, May 1994.

•    Rojas MA, Gonzales A, Bancalari E, Claure N, Poole C, Silva-Neto G. Changing trends in the epidemiology and pathogenesis of neonatal chronic lung disease.  Journal of Pediatrics, 126(4); 605-10, April 1995.

•    Gonzalez A, Tortorolo L, Gerhardt T, Rojas MA.  Intrasubject variability of repeated pulmonary function measurements in preterm ventilated infants.  Pediatr Pulmonology, 21:35-41, 1996.

•    Rojas M, Kaplan M, Mayes L, Sherwonit E, Quevedo M, Foster L, Ehrenkranz R. Traditional Holding (TH) and Skin-to-Skin Care (SSC) for newborn Infants < 1500 grams.  A Randomized Controlled Trial. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 24 (30): 163-168, June 2003

•    Efird MM, Rojas MA, Lozano JM, Bose CL, Rojas MX, Rondon MA, Ruiz G, Piñeros JG, Rojas C, Robayo G, Hoyos A, Gosendi MH, Cruz H, Leon A. Epidemiology of nosocomial infection in selected neonatal intensive care units in Colombia S.A. Colombian Neonatal Research Network. Journal of Perinatology, 25: 531-536, August 2005

•    Rojas MA, Efird MM, Lozano JM, Bose CL, Rojas MX, Rondon MA, Ruiz G, Piñeros JG, Rojas C, Robayo G, Hoyos A, Gosendi MH, Cruz H, Leon A.  Risk factors for nosocomial infection in selected neonatal intensive care units in Colombia S.A. Colombian Neonatal Research Network. Journal of Perinatology, 25: 537-541 August 2005.

•    Rojas MA, Lozano JM, Rojas MX, Bose CL, Rondón MA, Ruiz G, Piñeros JG, Rojas C, Robayo G, Hoyos A, Celis LA, Torres S. Randomized, multicenter trial of conventional ventilation versus high-frequency oscillatory ventilation for the early management of respiratory failure in term or near term infants in Colombia. Journal of Perinatology 2005; 25:720-24

•    Rojas MX, Rondon MA, Lozano JM, Rojas MA. La Asignación del Recurso de Enfermeria y su Relación con la Infección Nosocomial en las Unidades de Cuidado Neonatal.  Colombian Neonatal Research Network. Pediatría; 41 (4): December 2006.

•    Rojas MA, Lozano JM, Rojas MX.  International Collaborative Research. A Colombian Model that Promotes Infant Health and Research Capacity. Colombian Neonatal Research Network. Journal of Perinatology, advance online publication, 20 September 2007;27 (12):738-743.

•    Rojas MA, Lozano JM, Rojas MX, Laughon M, Bose CL, Charry L, Rondon MA, Bastidas JA, Perez LA, Rojas C, Ovalle O, Celis LA, Garcia-Harker JE, Jaramillo ML. Very early surfactant without mandatory ventilation in premature infants treated with early continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP).  A Randomized Controlled Trial. Pediatrics, January 2009; 123:137-142.

•    Tunks RD, Rojas MA, Edwards KM, Liske MR. Do Rates of Arthritis and Chorea Predict the Incidence of Acute Rheumatic Fever? Pediatrics International (2011) 53, 742–746.

•    Rojas MX, Rojas MA, Lozano JM, Rondón MA, Charry LP. Regional Variation on Rates of Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia and Associated Risk Factors. SRN Pediatrics Volume 2012, Article ID 685151, 9 pages doi:10.5402/2012/685151.

•    Rojas MA, Lozano JM, Rojas MX et al. Prophylactic probiotics to prevent death and nosocomial infection in preterm infants. A randomized trial. Pediatrics Volume 130, Number 5, November 2012.

•    Vucovich MM, Cotton RB, Shelton EL, Goettel JA, Ehinger NJ, Poole SD, Brown N, Wynn JL, Paria BC, Slaughter JC, Clark RH, Rojas MA, Reese J. Aminoglycoside-mediated relaxation of the ductus arteriosus in sepsis-associated PDA. Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol. 2014 Jul 3. pii: ajpheart.00838.2013. [Epub ahead of print]

•    Rojas MA. Equipoise in research and the development of neonatal interventions for the management of respiratory distress syndrome: A historical perspective. American Journal of Perinatology December 2014.

•    Lambeth TM1, Rojas MA, Holmes AP, Dail RB. The Golden Hour a QI initiative to improve neonatal outcomes. Adv Neonatal Care. 2016 Aug;16(4):264-72. doi: 10.1097/ ANC. 0000000
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•    Sisk PM, Lambeth TM, Rojas MA, Lightbourne T, Barahona M, Anthony E, Auringer ST. Necrotizing Enterocolitis and Growth in Preterm Infants Fed Predominantly Maternal Milk, Pasteurized Donor Milk, or Preterm Formula. A Retrospective Study. Accepted for publication by the American Journal of Perinatology Nov. 3 2016. DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1055/s-0036-1597326.

•    Project Baby Baer: The First State-funded Quality Improvement Project of Rapid Whole Genome Sequencing in Neonatal and Pediatric Intensive Care Units. Ellsworth et al. Rady Children’s Institute for Genomic Medicine, San Diego, CA, USA, Valley Children’s Healthcare, Madera, CA, USA, University of California, San Francisco, Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland, CA, USA, Children’s Hospital of Orange County CA, USA, University of California Davis Children’s Hospital, Sacramento, CA, USA. ACMG 2020. Accepted for publication by the American Journal of Human Genetics May 5, 2021.

•    Chandrasekar I, Ortiz E, Norgaard J, Rojas MA. Home Nasogastric Tube Feeding in Patients with Soft Indications for Gastrostomy Tube Placement. International Journal of Gastroenterology. Vol. 5, No. 2, 2021, pp. 91-95.
doi: 10.11648/j.ijg.20210502.19

•    Gutierrez-Sanchez L.A, Becerra-Mojica CH, Rojas MA, Diaz-Martinez LA, Perez-Vera LA, Contreras-Gutierrez GA et al. Fetal central nervous system anomalies according to RT-PCR and trimester of maternal infection with Zika virus: A prospective cohort study. Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand. 2021;00:1–11.

•    Holman JLN, Lambeth TM, Check JF, Rojas MA. Diagnosis and management of cardiopulmonary events in very low birth weight infants close to discharge: a quality improvement initiative. Provisionally accepted to Journal of Perinatology. Jan 5, 2022.

HONOURS

Honours and Awards

•    Rhone Poulenc Rocer Award for best protocol and research design: Randomized, multicenter trial of conventional ventilation versus high-frequency oscillatory ventilation for the early management of respiratory failure in term or near term infants in Colombia. Colombian National Academy of Medicine 1999
•    Thomas H. Davis Fellowship Award. The American Lung Association of North Carolina, 1998
•    Junior Faculty Development Award, University of North Carolina, 1997
•    Outstanding Fellow Teaching Award, School of Medicine, Yale University, 1996-1997
•    Fitzbutler Humanitarianism in Medicine Award, School of Medicine, University of Louisville, 2007
•    Induction into the Vanderbilt’s Academy for Excellence in Teaching April 2011
•    Vanderbilt Credo Award April 2011
•    Best Doctors in Tennessee, October 2011
•    Award “Fe en La Causa” Republic of Colombia for advancing the quality of care of newborn infants in Colombia, October 19, 2012
•    Award for Service and Leadership in advancing the care of newborn infants in Colombia, Colombian Neonatal Association, October 19, 2012
•    Best Doctors in America 2013-2015
•    Best Doctors in the State of North Carolina 2014-2021

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