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Leadership Team


The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) NICU Verification Program physician and nurse leadership team consists of national leaders and highly experienced clinicians with a long-standing interest in risk-appropriate care and education.

​Neonatologists

Ann Stark, MD, FAAP, medical director of the AAP NICU Verification Program team, has more than 40 years of clinical experience. She is an attending neonatologist at Monroe Carell Jr Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN, where she is director of the Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship Program. She is a former chair of the AAP Committee on Fetus and Newborn, was lead author on the initial "Levels of Neonatal Care" policy statement, and is editor of the seventh edition of Guidelines for Perinatal Care.

Charles Hankins, MD, FAAP, chief medical officer at Texas Children's Hospital—The Woodlands, has practiced neonatology for 30 years and cares for newborns at Level I to IV neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) in the academic medical center and community setting. Through his involvement in the Texas Chapter of the AAP and the March of Dimes Texas Chapter, Houston Division Board of Directors, he has contributed to policy development for newborn care, including the Texas levels of NICU care.

LuAnn Papile, MD, FAAP, has practiced neonatology for more than 40 years and has special expertise in neurodevelopmental follow-up of former NICU patients. She is a member of the neonatology division at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine in Albuquerque. As a former chair of the AAP Committee on Fetus and Newborn, she participated in the 2012 revision of the "Levels of Neonatal Care" policy statement and is editor of the forthcoming eighth edition of Guidelines for Perinatal Care.

DeWayne Pursley, MD, FAAP, neonatologist in chief and NICU medical director at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and associate chief of the Division of Newborn Medicine at Boston Children's Hospital, has more than 25 years of neonatology experience. He is a former chair of the AAP Section on Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine and leads the Choosing Wisely campaign in neonatology.

​Nurses

Patricia (Pattie) Bondurant, DNP, RN, has more than 25 years in NICU nursing and newborn development. Her former positions as senior clinical director of the NICU at Cincinnati Children's Hospital and as vice president for nursing for the Newborn Center and Women's Services at Texas Children's Hospital give her a unique perspective on organizational challenges and opportunities to improve care and outcomes for newborns. She is a member of National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN), a member of the Multidisciplinary Advisory Council for the Vermont Oxford Network, and a board member of the Institute for Pediatric Innovation.

Rosanne Buck, RN, MS, NNP-BC, has more than 40 years of neonatal experience as a NICU staff and transport nurse, neonatal nurse practitioner (NNP), and clinical faculty and provides care at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, MA, and other NICUs in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. She is a member of NANN, a charter member of the Multidisciplinary Advisory Council for the Vermont Oxford Network, and NNP advisor to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Perinatal Advisory Committee.

Tami Wallace, DNP, APRN, NNP-BC, has more than 30 years of clinical experience in every level of neonatal care in roles including staff and transport nurse, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation nurse, nurse educator, NNP, and quality improvement coordinator. She is active in NANN and a former council member for the National Association of Neonatal Nurse Practitioners.

Survey Team

​Our leadership team has recruited an experienced team of neonatologists, NICU nurses, and pediatric surgeons as site surveyors. Nearly all Texas facility surveyors practice or have practiced in Texas NICUs.