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Neonatal Medicine Providers

Beau Batton

Dr. Beau Batton is the Chief of the Neonatology Division of Pediatrics at SIU School of Medicine, and the Director of Newborn Services at HSHS St. John's Children's Hospital. Dr. Batton earned his medical degree at Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University, in Maywood, Illinois. He went on to do an internship and his residency at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan, and his fellowship in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio. He joined SIU School of Medicine in 2008 and continues to serve as an associate professor in addition to his clinical obligations, and has contributed to Neonatology's four Teaching Service of the Year awards (2009, 2011, 2013, 2016). Dr. Batton's publications include works on blood pressure management and neurodevelopment in extremely preterm infants, in utero anti-depressant exposure and neurodevelopment in preterm infants, and perspectives of physician parents in the neonatal ICU. In his off hours, Dr. Batton is the current chair of the Illinois Department Public Health Perinatal Advisory Committee, a member of the International Neonatal Consortium Hemodynamic Adaptations Workgroup, and is very involved in the March of Dimes Perinatal Collaborative Leadership Council, and Ronald McDonald House Charities.

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M. Farooq Ahamed

Dr. Farooq Ahamed completed his MBBS and rotating internship at M.S. Ramaiah Medical College in Bangalore, India. He then went on to complete his pediatric residency at Flushing Hospital Medical Center in New York, where he was the Chief Resident. Dr. Ahamed completed his fellowship in neonatal-perinatal medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine's Montefiore Medical Center. He has worked on research regarding the reduction of noise in the NICU, vitamin D supplementation strategies, correlations between early feeding tolerance in intrauterine growth restricted neonates and abnormal antenatal Doppler characteristics, and neonatal chronic lung disease and bronchopulmonary dysplasia.

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Ginger Darling

Dr. Ginger L. Darling is an associate professor of pediatrics at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, specializing in neonatal-perinatal medicine.  She is one of the neonatologists recruited as part of HSHS St. John’s Children’s Hospital, which is a joint endeavor of SIU and HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield. Dr. Darling comes to SIU from Pediatrix Medical Group of Ohio in Columbus (2008-09). She completed a neonatal-perinatal medicine fellowship and her pediatrics residency, including a year as chief resident, both at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital at St. Louis University (2008, 2005).  She also completed her medical degree at Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University in Chicago (2001).  She earned her bachelor’s in biology at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (1996). Dr. Darling is board certified in pediatrics and neonatal-perinatal medicine.

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Pele Dina

Dr. Pele Dina completed his doctor of medicine at University of Balamand, in Balamand, Lebanon. He then went on to complete residencies at Saint George Hospital University Medical Center, in Beirut, Lebanon; and at HSHS St. John's Children's Hospital, in Springfield, Illinois. Dr. Dina completed his fellowship in neonatal-perinatal medicine at Ronald McDonald's Children's Hospital, in Maywood, Illinois. He has worked on research regarding the analgesic effect of breast milk compared to oral sucrose solution on preterm neonates undergoing minor painful procedures, and  what makes us evaluate infants for sepsis in the NICU.

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Magali Jean-Louis

Dr. Magali Jean-Louis is an assistant professor of pediatrics at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, specializing in neonatology.  She is one of the pediatric specialists recruited as part of HSHS St. John’s Children’s Hospital, which is a joint endeavor of SIU and HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield.  Dr. Jean-Louis completed a three-year fellowship in neonatology at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, N.J. (2003).  She worked as a neonatologist at Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago and Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, N.J. (2003-06).  She previously worked in private practice in her home country of Haiti (1992-97). Dr. Jean-Louis completed her pediatric residency at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeon/Harlem Hospital Center in New York (2000).  She earned her medical degree at Faculte de Medicine et de Pharmacie de L’Universite d’Etat d’Haiti in Port-au-Prince, Haiti (1992). She is board certified in pediatrics and neonatal-perinatal medicine and a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics.  Her research interests include the effect of sleep position on heart rate variability. A native of Haiti, Dr. Jean-Louis is married to Philippe Jean-Louis and has two children.

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Kristen Leadbetter

Kristen Leadbetter, MD, is an assistant professor of pediatrics at SIU School of Medicine, specializing in neonatology. She is a member of SIU Medicine and will see patients at HSHS St. John's Children's Hospital in Springfield.  Dr. Leadbetter completed a fellowship in neonatal-perinatal medicine at Washington University School of Medicine (2014) and a pediatrics residency at St. Louis Children's Hospital (2011) in St. Louis. She earned her bachelor's and medical degree through a combined BA/MD program at University of Missouri-Kansas City (2008). She has two children.

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Venkata Majjiga

Dr. Venkata Sasidhar Majjiga is an assistant professor of pediatrics at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, specializing in neonatology.  He also is a member of SIU Medicine, the medical school’s practice group, as well as a member of St. John’s Children’s Hospital, a joint endeavor of SIU and St. John’s Hospital in Springfield. Dr. Majjiga completed a three-year fellowship in neonatal-perinatal medicine at New York Medical College-Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, N.Y. (2011).  He completed his pediatrics and neonatology residency at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center in Brooklyn (2008).  Previously he served at Dewsbury and District Hospital and Pinderfields General Hospital in the U.K. (2004-05). He passed his Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Heath membership exams in the U.K. in 2003 and earned his medical degree (M.B.B.S.) from Gandhi Medical College in India (1996). Dr. Majjiga is board certified in pediatrics and neonatal/perinatal medicine by the American Board of Pediatrics.  He is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He is married to Sirimala Reddy Majjiga and has three children.

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Dharmendra Nimavat

Dr. Dharmendra J. Nimavat is an associate professor of pediatrics at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, specializing in neonatology. He is one of the new pediatric specialists recruited as part of St. John’s Children’s Hospital, a joint endeavor of SIU and St. John’s Hospital in Springfield. Dr. Nimavat came to SIU from Stony Brook University Hospital in Stony Brook, N.Y., where he completed a three-year fellowship in neonatal and perinatal medicine (2005). He previously completed his pediatrics residency at Brookdale University Medical Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. (2002). He completed postgraduate training in pediatrics at B.J. Medical College (BJMC) (1996) and earned his medical degree at BJMC Gujarat University in Ahmedabad, India (1992). He previously did clinical research in pediatric neurology at Rush Presbyterian Medical Center in Chicago (1998-99) and was a medical assistant in internal medicine at MacNeal Health Network in Berwyn, Ill. (1997-98). Dr. Nimavat is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and is a member of American Academy of Pediatrics and American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin. His research interests include quality improvement in healthcare settings, apnea and sleep positions in premature infants, perinatal electrolyte disturbances in low birth weight babies, and sepsis in newborns. A native of India, Dr. Nimavat is married to Bindoo Nimavat and has two daughters.

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Laura Vargas

Dr. Laura B. Vargas is an assistant professor of pediatrics at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, specializing in neonatology.  She is one of the pediatric specialists recruited for HSHS St. John’s Children’s Hospital, which is a joint endeavor of SIU and HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield. Dr. Vargas comes to SIU from the medical staff at Advocate Christ Medical Center/Hope Children’s Hospital in Oak Lawn (2009-10) and the staff at Number One Rehabilitation in Pembroke Pines, Fla. (2000-03). She completed a master’s in clinical research methods and a three-year neonatal/perinatal medicine fellowship at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood (2009).  Dr. Vargas completed her pediatric residency, including a year as chief resident, at SIU (2006) and her medical degree at National University of Colombia (2000). Dr. Vargas is board certified in pediatrics and in neonatal/perinatal medicine.  She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the U.S.-Columbian Medical Association. She is married to Dr. Omar A. Vargas and has three children.

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