Cerebral Palsy Expert Appointed Chief of Neonatology at the Detroit Medical Center

Sidhartha Tan, M.D., an award-winning pediatrician, professor and
medical researcher in Chicago, joins the Detroit Medical Center and the
Wayne State University School of Medicine

DETROIT–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Dr. Sidhartha Tan has accepted an appointment as the division director
of Neonatal and Perinatal Medicine at the Detroit Medical Center’s (DMC)
Children’s Hospital of Michigan and Hutzel Women’s Hospital, professor
of Pediatrics at the Wayne State University School of Medicine and the
Helppie Professorship in Pediatric Urban Health.

A nationally recognized expert on cerebral palsy whose breakthrough
research is aimed at eventually curing a disease that affects more than
500,000 United States children and their families said he “can’t wait to
begin his new role as the division chief of Neonatal and Perinatal
Medicine at the Detroit Medical Center.”

Sidhartha Tan, M.D., has more than 30 years experience as a hospital
neonatologist and researcher in both cerebral palsy and ischemic hypoxic
injury. Since 2009, he has served as a neonatologist at several
hospitals in Chicago while also teaching pediatrics as a clinical
professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Chicago’s
Pritzker School of Medicine.

Dr. Tan’s new appointment took effect on Friday, July 1. He will replace
the current division director of Neonatal and Perinatal Medicine at the
Children’s Hospital of Michigan and Hutzel Women’s Hospital, Seetha
Shankaran, M.D., a veteran researcher in hypoxia-related brain injury in
newborns. Dr. Shankaran, professor of Pediatrics for the Wayne State
University School of Medicine, will be stepping down as the division
chief to focus on research that will continue to set the standard of
care for neonates around the globe. For more than 40 years, Dr.
Shankaran has been a major investigator in the Neonatal Research Network
of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and
Human Development. In her joint roles as Distinguished Professor of
Pediatrics at the Wayne State University School of Medicine and division
director of Neonatal Perinatal Medicine at the DMC, she has taught
hundreds of medical students how to care for both premature and
full-term babies.

Her groundbreaking longitudinal research over many years on the use of
“therapeutic whole-body cooling” for infants who were oxygen-starved at
birth has been a major contribution to lowering death and disability
rates among newborns. She will continue with the university and the
Children’s Hospital of Michigan after July 1 to continue teaching and
conducting research.

Describing Dr. Shankaran’s long record of outstanding service, Dr. Tan
said, “I think she’s done a tremendous job as chief of the division. I
look forward to building on her legacy, while maintaining the Children’s
Hospital of Michigan’s outstanding reputation for good patient outcomes,
effective clinical practices and leading-edge research.”

Dr. Tan has often been described as a “leading cerebral palsy
researcher.” He also serves as associate editor of the authoritative
clinical publication, Developmental Neuroscience. His medical
research has been funded by the NIH without interruption since 1992. Dr.
Tan is internationally recognized as the founder of the Cerebral
Palsy-Cure and Prevention Research network and the Study Group for
Therapies for Cerebral Palsy, which now connects a dozen developing
brain researchers and clinicians across the globe.

Dr. Tan was a former member of the NIH Study Section for Developmental
Brain Disorders for six years and presently a member of Neurological
Sciences and Disorders – a standing committee of the National Institute
of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Dr. Tan has spent more than 20
years investigating the causes of and treatments for fetal brain injury
from ischemic hypoxia and inflammation. His Chicago laboratory in recent
years has become an international center for research on developmental
brain injuries among newborn infants.

“Dr. Tan has proven success in attracting federal funding support for
his programs and is a dedicated clinician who’s passionately committed
to improving patient outcomes,” said Children’s Hospital of Michigan
Pediatrician-in-Chief and chair of Wayne State University Department of
Pediatrics Steven E. Lipshultz, M.D. “We are very fortunate to have Dr.
Tan. His credentials as a researcher and leader are impressive – and the
Children’s Hospital of Michigan and Wayne State University School of
Medicine are dedicated to encouraging and supporting clinical research.
But I also want to salute the remarkable contributions in research and
clinical care that have been made by Dr. Shankaran during her tenure of
devoted service to the mission of the Children’s Hospital of Michigan.”

Children’s Hospital of Michigan Chief Executive Officer Luanne Ewald
also praised the new neonatology appointee’s record as a clinician and a
researcher and saluted Dr. Shankaran’s lengthy career at the Children’s
Hospital of Michigan. “Dr. Seetha Shankaran’s name has become synonymous
with outstanding research and outstanding patient care alike. We’re very
pleased that she will be staying on at the Children’s Hospital of
Michigan and Wayne State University School of Medicine as a teacher and
clinical researcher.”

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or call 1-888-DMC-2500.

About the Detroit Medical Center, www.dmc.org

The Detroit Medical Center operates eight hospitals and institutes,
including Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Detroit Receiving Hospital,
Harper University Hospital, Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital, Hutzel Women’s
Hospital, Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan, Sinai-Grace Hospital,
and DMC Heart Hospital. The Detroit Medical Center is a leading regional
health care system with a mission of excellence in clinical care,
research and medical education. The Detroit Medical Center is proud to
be the Official Healthcare Services Provider of the Detroit Tigers,
Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Pistons.

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About Wayne State University, www.wayne.edu

Wayne State University is a premier urban research institution
offering more than 400 academic programs through 13 schools and colleges
to nearly 32,000 students. Its School of Medicine educates more than
1,000 medical students in Midtown Detroit. In addition to undergraduate
medical education, the school offers master’s degree, Ph.D. and
M.D.-Ph.D. programs in 14 areas of basic science to about 400 students


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