Faculty Rank: Associate Professor
Medical or Graduate Education:
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
St. Louis Children's Hospital - Pediatrics
St. Louis Children's Hospital - Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
Below is a list of scientific publications for which this practitioner was either the primary author or a contributor. Citations come from PubMed, a database of biomedical literature, life science journals and online books. PubMed is a service of the US Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health. Click on the title of the cited work for more information (this will take you directly to PubMed.gov). Listings go back five years.
Cost Savings of Human Milk as a Strategy to Reduce the Incidence of Necrotizing Enterocolitis in Very Low Birth Weight Infants. Johnson TJ, Patel AL, Bigger HR, Engstrom JL, Meier PP Neonatology 2015 Mar 3 107(4):271-276. Economic benefits and costs of human milk feedings: a strategy to reduce the risk of prematurity-related morbidities in very-low-birth-weight infants. Johnson TJ, Patel AL, Bigger HR, Engstrom JL, Meier PP Adv Nutr 2014 Mar 5(2):207-12. The pediatric cardiology pharmacopeia: 2013 update. Severin PN, Awad S, Shields B, Hoffman J, Bonney W, Cortez E, Ganesan R, Patel A, Barnes S, Barnes S, Al-Anani S, Gupta U, Cheddar YB, Gonzalez IE, Mallula K, Ghawi H, Kazmouz S, Gendi S, Abdulla RI. Pediatr Cardiol. 2013 2013 Jan 34(1):1-29. doi: 10.1007/s00246-012-0553-8. Epub 2012 Nov 29. Cost of morbidities in very low birth weight infants. Johnson TJ, Patel AL, Jegier BJ, Engstrom JL, Meier PP. J Pediatr. 2013 2013 Feb 162(2):243-249.e1. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2012.07.013. Epub 2012 Aug 19. Supporting breastfeeding in the neonatal intensive care unit: Rush Mother's Milk Club as a case study of evidence-based care. Meier PP, Patel AL, Bigger HR, Rossman B, Engstrom JL. Pediatr Clin North Am. 2013 2013 Feb 60(1):209-26. doi: 10.1016/j.pcl.2012.10.007. Review. Management of breastfeeding during and after the maternity hospitalization for late preterm infants. Meier P, Patel AL, Wright K, Engstrom JL Clin Perinatol 2013 Dec 40(4):689-705. The institutional cost of acquiring 100 mL of human milk for very low birth weight infants in the neonatal intensive care unit. Jegier BJ, Johnson TJ, Engstrom JL, Patel AL, Loera F, Meier P J Hum Lact 2013 Aug 29(3):390-9. A TLR5 (g.1174C?>?T) variant that encodes a stop codon (R392X) is associated with bronchopulmonary dysplasia. Sampath V, Garland JS, Le M, Patel AL, Konduri GG, Cohen JD, Simpson PM, Hines RN Pediatr. Pulmonol. 2012 May 47(5):460-8. The NFKB1 (g.-24519delATTG) variant is associated with necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) in premature infants. Sampath V, Le M, Lane L, Patel AL, Cohen JD, Simpson PM, Garland JS, Hines RN. J Surg Res. 2011 2011 Jul 169(1):e51-7. doi: 10.1016/j.jss.2011.03.017. Epub 2011 Apr 1. Improving the use of human milk during and after the NICU stay. Meier PP, Engstrom JL, Patel AL, Jegier BJ, Bruns NE. Clin Perinatol. 2010 2010 Mar 37(1):217-45. doi: 10.1016/j.clp.2010.01.013. Efficacy of fluconazole prophylaxis for prevention of invasive fungal infection in extremely low birth weight infants. Aziz M, Patel AL, Losavio J, Iyengar A, Berven M, Schloemer N, Jakubowicz A, Mathai T, McAuley JB Pediatr. Infect. Dis. J. 2010 Apr 29(4):352-6. An exclusively human milk-based diet is associated with a lower rate of necrotizing enterocolitis than a diet of human milk and bovine milk-based products. Sullivan S, Schanler RJ, Kim JH, Patel AL, Trawöger R, Kiechl-Kohlendorfer U, Chan GM, Blanco CL, Abrams S, Cotten CM, Laroia N, Ehrenkranz RA, Dudell G, Cristofalo EA, Meier P, Lee ML, Rechtman DJ, Lucas A J. Pediatr. 2010 Apr 156(4):562-7.e1. Calculating postnatal growth velocity in very low birth weight (VLBW) premature infants Patel AL, Engstrom JL, Meier PP, Jegier BJ, Kimura RE J Perinatol 2009 Sep 29(9):618-22
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When I was born I was very sick. I had a condition that I was admitted to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit — or the NICU — when I was a baby, and my parents really weren’t sure if I was going to survive. Ever since then — obviously I survived — and my father has always told me, just quietly, that, “You should think about medicine. You can give back. This is how you were saved.”
We are allowed to participate in the care of these babies and these families at a very vulnerable time — a very high stress time — a time that should be very happy. And often if we’re called to the delivery, it may not be as happy as the family had envisioned when they first found out they were pregnant. But over the days, weeks, months, we really get to know the families well. We work together and do our best to help the family get the baby home.