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American Academy of Pediatrics Names Dr. Beena Kamath-Rayne as Vice President, Global Newborn and Child Health


ITASCA, IL – Beena Kamath-Rayne, MD, MPH, FAAP has been hired by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to support and provide leadership for global newborn and child health initiatives.

Dr. Kamath-Rayne comes to the AAP from the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, with an affiliation with the Global Child Health Center, where she serves as an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and a neonatologist.

Dr. Kamath-Rayne has expertise in clinical research and quality improvement which has earned her funding from NIH, Cerebral Palsy Alliance, and AAMC, among others. Her more than 50 publications address a variety of topics affecting neonatal and pediatric outcomes.  She has successfully built teams of collaborators from a variety of disciplines including obstetrics, pediatrics, infection control, biostatistics, simulation, and medical education. Recently, her research has focused on the educational and clinical outcomes after implementation of Helping Babies Breathe. Dr. Kamath-Rayne currently serves as a member of the AAP Helping Babies Survive Planning Group. She was Associate Editor for the 2nd Edition of Helping Babies Breathe, and had editorial roles for other Helping Babies Survive Programs, including Essential Care for Small Babies and Improving Care for Mother and Babies Quality Improvement Workbook.  She has also served as a member of the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation Neonatal Delegation since 2016.

"The AAP is dedicated to optimizing the health and well being of all children.  Our global health initiatives are essential to our mission, and the addition of Dr. Kamath-Rayne to the organization will position the AAP to strengthen existing programs and expand this important work. We are delighted to have a leader like Dr. Kamath-Rayne join Dr. Janna Patterson and our strong global health team," said Mark Del Monte, JD, CEO\Executive Vice President (Interim).

"I am thrilled to welcome Dr. Kamath-Rayne to the AAP! She brings deep clinical and training expertise as well as a proven track record in implementation research to our growing global portfolio. She has the experience and skills the AAP needs to sustain current programs and offer fresh ideas for the future," said Janna Patterson, MD, MPH, FAAP, SVP of global child health and life support.

"I am very excited to join the Global Child Health and Life Support team at the AAP and to collaborate with Dr. Patterson and others in expanding its already successful global health initiatives and venturing out to build new ones. With interest in global health at an all-time high, I feel privileged to be given this opportunity to work on behalf of the AAP and its members to provide evidence-based, high-quality care to newborns and children around the world," said Dr. Kamath-Rayne.

Dr. Kamath-Rayne received B.A. degrees in biological anthropology/anatomy and history at Duke University and her medical degree at Georgetown University. She completed her pediatrics residency and neonatal-perinatal fellowship training at University of Colorado Health Sciences/Children's Hospital of Colorado. In between residency and fellowship training, she spent two years living and working abroad as a general practitioner at a clinic in rural Ecuador and as a neonatal registrar/fellow at the Children's Hospital of Westmead in Sydney, Australia. She earned an MPH from the Colorado School of Public Health and is currently board certified in general pediatrics and neonatal-perinatal medicine. She has spent the last 10 years at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

As VP of Global Newborn and Child Health, Dr. Kamath-Rayne will be responsible for advancing AAP training programs and technical assistance in newborn and child health, including Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP), Advanced Pediatric Life Support (APLS), Helping Babies Survive (HBS), and Pediatric Education for Pre-hospital Professionals (PEPP).


The American Academy of Pediatrics is an organization of 67,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists and pediatric surgical specialists dedicated to the health, safety and well-being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults. For more information, visit or follow us on Twitter @AmerAcadPeds.