Clinical advisors from a number of different subspecialties comprise our clinical core. These advisors serve as reviewers, evaluators, mentors, and advisors and can assist APDC innovators in understanding the clinical environment in which their devices will be used.
Inci Yildirim, MD, MSc, Inci Yildirim serves as the Director for the APDC Clinical Core and is an Assistant Professor of Pediatric Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology at Emory University Schools of Medicine and Public Health. Her research investigates the comparative- and cost-effectiveness of interventions to identify and treat vaccine preventable diseases, employing methods of clinical epidemiology, and clinical economics. Dr. Yildirim provides essential input and expertise as our device projects enter the clinical testing phase of development. Dr. Yildirim has over 50 peer-reviewed publications and serves on several committees focused on optimizing health outcomes in children.
Nikhil Chanani, MD, Nikhil Chanani is a Cardiac Intensive Care Unit Attending at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Emory University School of Medicine. His clinical responsibilities include quality and process improvement within the cardiac service line. His research interests include clinical studies focused on improving patient care for children with congenital heart disease, including device and information systems.
Eric Felner, MD, MSCR, Eric Felner is a board-certified pediatrician and pediatric endocrinologist. He received his MD degree from Emory University School of Medicine and then went on to complete a pediatric residency and fellowship in pediatric endocrinology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. For three years he was an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and the Division Chief of Pediatric Endocrinology at Tulane University Medical Center. After returning to Emory University School of Medicine in 2003, he was promoted to an Associate Professor of Pediatrics (2008) and then to full Professor of Pediatrics (2016) while maintaining active roles in teaching, research, and patient care in the Division of Pediatric Endocrinology. While on faculty at Emory, he earned a Master’s of Science in Clinical Research (2008) from the Emory University graduate school. He restarted and developed the pediatric endocrine fellowship program in 2004, and was the program director for 10 years. Since his arrival in 2003, Dr. Felner has directed all endocrine-related teaching activities for medical students and residents at Emory University. He has been the director of all Pediatric clerkships for the medical school for the past four years. Felner also has a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Henry J. Rozycki, MD, Henry Rozycki is currently Vice-Chair for Research in the Department of Pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU and a Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University. He is also an active member of the Division of Neonatal Medicine. Over the last thirty years his research has focused on neonatal care and newborn lung injury and development, focusing on the development of innate inflammation and the role of alveolar Type I cells in lung development and injury. Among his over 40 publications are studies on devices to deliver aerosols to intubated infants. He is currently investigating potential devices to enhance chest wall rigidity in extremely premature infants.
Stephanie Meisner, RN, BSN, CCRP, Stephanie Meisner is the Clinical Research Manager of the Pediatric Research Center for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and the Pediatric Nursing Director for the Atlanta Clinical & Translational Science Institute. She started as a Pediatric Intensive Care nurse then migrated into clinical research. She has a proven track record recruiting, enrolling, and managing numerous clinical trials for federal, industry, and investigator-initiated projects, Phases I-IV. In her current role, she supervises the execution of over 115 clinical trials for 15 pediatric subspecialties with over 35 Principal Investigators & their teams. For the Atlanta Clinical Translational Science Institute funded by the NIH, she is a member of the Pediatric Program Committee and the Scientific Advisory Board. She is a past recipient of the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses and was the 2013 March of Dimes Georgia Nurse of the Year in Pediatrics. In 2014, she collaborated with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the International Children’s Advisory Network (iCAN) to co-find KIDS Georgia; an advisory group of children, adolescents, and families focused on understanding, communicating, and improving the process of medical innovation for children.