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Navigating the Controversies: Patent Ductus Arteriosus Management in Infants Born Less Than 28 Weeks

How and when should Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA) be managed in NICU? The answer isn’t straight-forward and varies depending on who you ask.

Join us for a live debate with experts and parents as we explore various approaches, their limitations, and potential benefits. This conversation will shed light on the complexities of managing PDA in infants born less than 28 weeks.

Is there strong evidence supporting one approach over another? What should be considered when choosing a strategy? How do family preferences play a role?

Don't miss out on this engaging and interactive conversation covering all aspects of PDA management!

Moderators: Dr. Gabriel Altit and Leah Whitehead


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Wednesday, April 17th, 2024

1 pm – Eastern Time

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Dr. Gabriel Altit

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Dr. Gabriel Altit completed medical school at McGill University, followed by his Pediatric and Neonatology residencies at Université de Montréal. He pursued his training at McGill (Montreal Children’s Hospital [MUHC]) in echocardiography scanning. Following that, he did post-doctoral research training in the pediatric ECHO laboratory at Stanford University. He completed an MSc in Epidemiology at McGill (2017-2020). He joined McGill University and the Montreal Children's Hospital as a Neonatologist in October 2017. Since his appointment as clinician- scientist at the MUHC-RI, he has created the NeoCardioLab ( In 2020, he launched the Neonatal Hemodynamics Clinical Research Fellowship at McGill, for which he is the program director, with ECHO techniques applied to research questions. Further, the NeoCardioLab application is now available on IPhone, Ipad and Android. It offers numerous educational resources and is used by experts in the field daily, throughout the world.

Leah Whitehead

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Leah’s tie-in to NICU began in 2013 when her first baby was born prematurely. After her family was discharged from NICU, she teamed up with another NICU Mom and two NICU Social Workers and began dreaming of a peer support program that could be relational, trauma-responsive and culturally relevant to the IWK and the Maritimes. Over the past 10 years, Leah has co-led the IWK NICU Parent Partner Program alongside Social Worker Teresa Johnson. Together, they built a program from scratch that not only focuses on peer support within NICU but aims to help volunteers (all parents or grandparents of NICU babies) find some healing from their NICU experiences. Alongside her co-lead, she’s developed a robust volunteer program that offers peer support, that brings a family lens to organizational policies, committees and messaging and that engages and supports former NICU families.


Dr. Adrianne Rahde Bischoff

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Dr. Bischoff is a clinical assistant professor and neonatal hemodynamics specialist at the University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital. She graduated and did a Pediatrics residency in her hometown, Porto Alegre, in Brazil, and then underwent neonatal-perinatal fellowship training at the University of Toronto and the Hospital for Sick Children. In 2020, Dr Bischoff was the first graduate of the Neonatal Hemodynamics Fellowship training at the University of Iowa and joined the faculty group. Her area of academic focus relates to the physiology following definitive patent ductus arteriosus closure, neonatal hemodynamics and the use of targeted neonatal echocardiography in different disease states that impact morbidity in preterm and critically ill neonates. She is one of the few neonatologists with accreditation as Fellow by the American Society of Echocardiography. She is also a member of the PanAmerican Hemodynamics Collaborative (PAHC), and a council member of the Midwest Society for Pediatric Research (MWSPR) and a member of the Society for Pediatric Research. 

Dr. Audrey Hébert

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Dr Audrey Hebert is a staff neonatologist at CHU de Quebec, in Quebec City. She did her fellowship in targeted neonatal echocardiography and neonatal hemodynamics and now runs the neonatal hemodynamics and TNE program in Quebec City. Her research interest focuses on chronic pulmonary hypertension in preterm infants.

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