Melissa Medvedev, MD, PhD

Title(s)Associate Professor, Pediatrics
SchoolSchool of Medicine
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    London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, London, UKPhD08/2020Epidemiology & Medical Statistics
    Stanford University, Stanford, CAFellowship06/2019Biodesign Innovation
    University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CAFellowship06/2017Preterm Birth Initiative (research)
    University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CAFellowship06/2016Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
    University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CAResidency06/2013Pediatrics
    University of Texas School of Medicine, Houston, TXMD05/2010Medicine
    University of Oxford, Oxford, UKMSc09/2006Global Health Science
    University of California, San Francisco, CA11/2020Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion Training
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    National Institutes of Health2021Loan Repayment Program Award
    London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine2020Woodruff Medal for Outstanding Doctoral Thesis
    National Institutes of Health2018Loan Repayment Program Award

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    Dr. Melissa Medvedev (Morgan) is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Neonatology). She is a physician-scientist with a background in clinical research/trials, global health, and health technology innovation. Her research focuses on risk prediction and the evaluation of maternal, neonatal, and early childhood interventions to promote survival and prevent disability. Dr. Medvedev derived and validated a simplified score to predict mortality among newborns ≤2000g (NMR-2000), using data from the UK and The Gambia. She is co-PI of the OMWaNA study, a randomized trial evaluating the impact of kangaroo mother care (KMC) initiated before stabilization on mortality within 7 and 28 days relative to standard care among neonates at five Ugandan hospitals. Trial enrollment has been completed and results are expected in fall 2022.

    Dr. Medvedev received her MD from the University of Texas Houston and completed clinical training in Pediatrics and Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at UCSF. She obtained her MSc in Global Health Science from the University of Oxford and her PhD in Epidemiology and Medical Statistics from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. Her thesis focused on quantifying neonatal mortality risk and informing the design of the OMWaNA trial using mixed methods. She completed postdoctoral fellowships in preterm birth research at UCSF and biodesign innovation at Stanford University.

    Dr. Medvedev serves on the WHO/UNICEF Every Newborn Measurement Improvement KMC Working Group, the UNICEF/NEST360 Target Product Profiles Working Group, and the NEST360 COVID-19 and Education Working Groups. She is a member of the WHO Maternal, Newborn, Child & Adolescent Health COVID-19 Research Network and the COVID-19 Small and Sick Newborn Care Collaborative Group. In partnership with these groups, Dr. Medvedev co-led a comparative risk analysis of deaths averted by KMC versus mortality due to SARS-CoV-2 infection, and a global survey exploring the impact of COVID-19 on neonatal care.
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    The OMWaNA Study: Operationalizing kangaroo Mother care among clinically unstable low birth Weight Neonates in Africa
    NIH K23HD092611Jul 1, 2018 - May 31, 2024
    Role: Principal Investigator
    The OMWaNA Study: Operationalizing kangaroo Mother care among unstable low birth Weight Neonates in Africa: developing and validating a clinical stability index to help providers determine eligibility
    Thrasher Research Fund Early Career AwardJul 1, 2016 - Jun 30, 2018
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Feasibility and acceptability of kangaroo mother care among clinically unstable infants weighing 2000 grams or less in Uganda
    UCSF Preterm Birth Initiative Post-Doctoral Fellowship Research FundingJul 1, 2015 - Dec 31, 2017
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Improving quality of obstetric and neonatal care through mentoring and simulation training: a collaboration in Bihar
    Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation OPP1112431Dec 1, 2014 - Sep 30, 2017
    Role: Co-Investigator
    Pulse oximetry to guide oxygen therapy in neonates born at a resource-limited hospital in Nairobi, Kenya
    UCSF Resource Allocation Program Global Health Policy AwardDec 1, 2013 - Dec 31, 2015
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Implementation of a Neonatal Transcutaneous Bilirubin Screening Program in Rural India
    UCSF Clinical and Translational Science Institute Resident Research Funding AwardDec 1, 2011 - Dec 1, 2012
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Effectiveness of kangaroo mother care before clinical stabilisation versus standard care among neonates at five hospitals in Uganda (OMWaNA): a parallel-group, individually randomised controlled trial and economic evaluation. Lancet. 2024 Jun 08; 403(10443):2520-2532. Tumukunde V, Medvedev MM, Tann CJ, Mambule I, Pitt C, Opondo C, Kakande A, Canter R, Haroon Y, Kirabo-Nagemi C, Abaasa A, Okot W, Katongole F, Ssenyonga R, Niombi N, Nanyunja C, Elbourne D, Greco G, Ekirapa-Kiracho E, Nyirenda M, Allen E, Waiswa P, Lawn JE, OMWaNA Collaborative Authorship Group. PMID: 38754454.
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    2. Health facility assessment of small and sick newborn care in low- and middle-income countries: systematic tool development and operationalisation with NEST360 and UNICEF. BMC Pediatr. 2024 Mar 07; 23(Suppl 2):655. Penzias RE, Bohne C, Ngwala SK, Zimba E, Lufesi N, Rashid E, Gicheha E, Odedere O, Dosunmu O, Tillya R, Shabani J, Cross JH, Liaghati-Mobarhan S, Chiume M, Banda G, Chalira A, Wainaina J, Gathara D, Irimu G, Adudans S, James F, Tongo O, Ezeaka VC, Msemo G, Salim N, Day LT, Powell-Jackson T, Chandna J, Majamanda M, Molyneux EM, Oden M, Richards-Kortum R, Ohuma EO, Paton C, Hailegabriel T, Gupta G, Lawn JE, with the Health Facility Assessment Technical Content Reviewers, Co-design Group, Health Facility As. PMID: 38454369; PMCID: PMC10921557.
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    3. Target product profiles for neonatal care devices: systematic development and outcomes with NEST360 and UNICEF. BMC Pediatr. 2023 11 15; 23(Suppl 2):564. Kirby RP, Molyneux EM, Dube Q, McWhorter C, Bradley BD, Gartley M, Oden ZM, Richards-Kortum R, Werdenberg-Hall J, Kumara D, Liaghati-Mobarhan S, Heenan M, Bond M, Ezeaka C, Salim N, Irimu G, Palamountain KM, TPP Survey, Consensus Meeting Participants Collaborative Authorship Group. PMID: 37968603; PMCID: PMC10647088.
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    4. Assessing a digital technology-supported community child health programme in India using the Social Return on Investment framework. PLOS Digit Health. 2023 Nov; 2(11):e0000363. Patil M, Qureshi A, Naydenova E, Bang A, Halbert J, De Vos M, Nair P, Patil M, Medvedev MM. PMID: 37910483; PMCID: PMC10619782.
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    5. Process and costs for readiness to safely implement immediate kangaroo mother care: a mixed methods evaluation from the OMWaNA trial at five hospitals in Uganda. BMC Health Serv Res. 2023 Jun 10; 23(1):613. Medvedev MM, Tumukunde V, Kirabo-Nagemi C, Greco G, Mambule I, Katumba K, Waiswa P, Tann CJ, Elbourne D, Allen E, Ekirapa-Kiracho E, Pitt C, Lawn JE. PMID: 37301974; PMCID: PMC10257176.
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    6. Infant mortality and growth failure after oral azithromycin among low birthweight and underweight neonates: A subgroup analysis of a randomized controlled trial. PLOS Glob Public Health. 2023; 3(5):e0001009. Bountogo M, Sié A, Zakane A, Compaoré G, Ouédraogo T, Brogdon J, Lebas E, Nyatigo F, Medvedev MM, Arnold BF, Lietman TM, Oldenburg CE, NAITRE Study Team. PMID: 37186577; PMCID: PMC10184901.
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    7. Predicting the risk of 7-day readmission in late preterm infants in California: A population-based cohort study. Health Sci Rep. 2023 Jan; 6(1):e994. Amsalu R, Oltman SP, Medvedev MM, Baer RJ, Rogers EE, Shiboski SC, Jelliffe-Pawlowski L. PMID: 36605457; PMCID: PMC9808150.
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    8. Incidence, Risk Factors, and Reasons for 30-Day Hospital Readmission Among Healthy Late Preterm Infants. Hosp Pediatr. 2022 07 01; 12(7):639-649. Amsalu R, Oltman SP, Baer RJ, Medvedev MM, Rogers EE, Jelliffe-Pawlowski L. PMID: 35694876; PMCID: PMC9997672.
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    9. Small and sick newborn care during the COVID-19 pandemic: global survey and thematic analysis of healthcare providers' voices and experiences. BMJ Glob Health. 2021 03; 6(3). Rao SPN, Minckas N, Medvedev MM, Gathara D, Y N P, Seifu Estifanos A, Silitonga AC, Jadaun AS, Adejuyigbe EA, Brotherton H, Arya S, Gera R, Ezeaka CV, Gai A, Gobezayehu AG, Dube Q, Kumar A, Naburi H, Chiume M, Tumukunde V, Medhanyie AA, Plange-Rhule G, Shabini J, Ohuma EO, Tadele H, W/Gebriel F, Hadgu A, Alamineh L, Mehta R, Molyneux E, Lawn JE, COVID-19 Small and Sick Newborn Care Collaborative Group. PMID: 33716220; PMCID: PMC7959239.
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    10. Preterm care during the COVID-19 pandemic: A comparative risk analysis of neonatal deaths averted by kangaroo mother care versus mortality due to SARS-CoV-2 infection. EClinicalMedicine. 2021 Mar; 33:100733. Minckas N, Medvedev MM, Adejuyigbe EA, Brotherton H, Chellani H, Estifanos AS, Ezeaka C, Gobezayehu AG, Irimu G, Kawaza K, Kumar V, Massawe A, Mazumder S, Mambule I, Medhanyie AA, Molyneux EM, Newton S, Salim N, Tadele H, Tann CJ, Yoshida S, Bahl R, Rao SPN, Lawn JE, COVID-19 Small and Sick Newborn Care Collaborative Group. PMID: 33748724; PMCID: PMC7955179.
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    11. Informing the design of a trial of kangaroo mother care initiated before stabilisation amongst small and sick newborns in a sub-Saharan African context using mixed methods. PhD (research paper style) thesis, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. 2020. Medvedev MM. View Publication.
    12. Management of mother-newborn dyads in the COVID-19 era. Lancet Child Adolesc Health. 2020 10; 4(10):710-711. Medvedev MM. PMID: 32711688; PMCID: PMC7377774.
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    13. Cohort study of neonatal resuscitation skill retention in frontline healthcare facilities in Bihar, India, after PRONTO simulation training. BMJ Paediatr Open. 2020; 4(1):e000628. Higgins BV, Medvedev MM, Spindler H, Ghosh R, Longkumer O, Cohen SR, Das A, Gore A, Mahapatra T, Walker DM. PMID: 32399505; PMCID: PMC7204812.
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    14. Development and validation of a simplified score to predict neonatal mortality risk among neonates weighing 2000 g or less (NMR-2000): an analysis using data from the UK and The Gambia. Lancet Child Adolesc Health. 2020 04; 4(4):299-311. Medvedev MM, Brotherton H, Gai A, Tann C, Gale C, Waiswa P, Elbourne D, Lawn JE, Allen E. PMID: 32119841; PMCID: PMC7083247.
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    15. Operationalising kangaroo Mother care before stabilisation amongst low birth Weight Neonates in Africa (OMWaNA): protocol for a randomised controlled trial to examine mortality impact in Uganda. Trials. 2020 Jan 31; 21(1):126. Medvedev MM, Tumukunde V, Mambule I, Tann CJ, Waiswa P, Canter RR, Hansen CH, Ekirapa-Kiracho E, Katumba K, Pitt C, Greco G, Brotherton H, Elbourne D, Seeley J, Nyirenda M, Allen E, Lawn JE. PMID: 32005286; PMCID: PMC6995072.
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    16. Training and evaluating simulation debriefers in low-resource settings: lessons learned from Bihar, India. BMC Med Educ. 2020 Jan 08; 20(1):9. Raney JH, Medvedev MM, Cohen SR, Spindler H, Ghosh R, Christmas A, Das A, Gore A, Mahapatra T, Walker D. PMID: 31914989; PMCID: PMC6951007.
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    17. Diagnosis and management of postpartum hemorrhage and intrapartum asphyxia in a quality improvement initiative using nurse-mentoring and simulation in Bihar, India. PLoS One. 2019; 14(7):e0216654. Ghosh R, Spindler H, Morgan MC, Cohen SR, Begum N, Gore A, Mahapatra T, Walker DM. PMID: 31276503; PMCID: PMC6611567.
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    18. Assessment of a storage system to deliver uninterrupted therapeutic oxygen during power outages in resource-limited settings. PLoS One. 2019; 14(2):e0211027. Calderon R, Morgan MC, Kuiper M, Nambuya H, Wangwe N, Somoskovi A, Lieberman D. PMID: 30726247; PMCID: PMC6364892.
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    19. Does teamwork and communication improve with simulation training? An evaluation of simulation training videos in Bihar, India. East African Journal of Applied Health Monitoring and Evaluation. 2019; 3:1-10. Dyer JD, Morgan MC, Cohen SR, Ghosh R, Raney J, Spindler H, Mahapatra T, Christmas A, Walker DM. View Publication.
    20. Simulation-enhanced nurse mentoring to improve preeclampsia and eclampsia care: an education intervention study in Bihar, India. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2019 Jan 23; 19(1):41. Raney JH, Morgan MC, Christmas A, Sterling M, Spindler H, Ghosh R, Gore A, Mahapatra T, Walker DM. PMID: 30674286; PMCID: PMC6344989.
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    21. Clinical cascades as a novel way to assess physical readiness of facilities for the care of small and sick neonates in Kenya and Uganda. PLoS One. 2018; 13(11):e0207156. Morgan MC, Spindler H, Nambuya H, Nalwa GM, Namazzi G, Waiswa P, Otieno P, Cranmer J, Walker DM. PMID: 30462671; PMCID: PMC6248954.
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    22. Barriers and facilitators to the provision of optimal obstetric and neonatal emergency care and to the implementation of simulation-enhanced mentorship in primary care facilities in Bihar, India: a qualitative study. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2018 Oct 25; 18(1):420. Morgan MC, Dyer J, Abril A, Christmas A, Mahapatra T, Das A, Walker DM. PMID: 30359240; PMCID: PMC6202860.
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    23. Logistical, cultural, and structural barriers to immediate neonatal care and neonatal resuscitation in Bihar, India. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2018 Sep 29; 18(1):385. Vail B, Morgan MC, Dyer J, Christmas A, Cohen SR, Joshi M, Gore A, Mahapatra T, Walker DM. PMID: 30268110; PMCID: PMC6162900.
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    24. The power of practice: simulation training improving the quality of neonatal resuscitation skills in Bihar, India. BMC Pediatr. 2018 09 03; 18(1):291. Vail B, Morgan MC, Spindler H, Christmas A, Cohen SR, Walker DM. PMID: 30176831; PMCID: PMC6122678.
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    25. Kangaroo mother care for clinically unstable neonates weighing ≤2000 g: Is it feasible at a hospital in Uganda? J Glob Health. 2018 Jun; 8(1):010701. Morgan MC, Nambuya H, Waiswa P, Tann C, Elbourne D, Seeley J, Allen E, Lawn JE. PMID: 29497509; PMCID: PMC5823031.
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    26. Video Monitoring a Simulation-Based Quality Improvement Program in Bihar, India. Clin Simul Nurs. 2018 Apr; 17:19-27. Dyer J, Spindler H, Christmas A, Shah MB, Morgan M, Cohen SR, Sterne J, Mahapatra T, Walker D. PMID: 29616137; PMCID: PMC5869866.
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    27. Observation study showed that the continuity of skin-to-skin contact with low-birthweight infants in Uganda was suboptimal. Acta Paediatr. 2018 Mar 30. Watkins HC, Morgan MC, Nambuya H, Waiswa P, Lawn JE. PMID: 29603791; PMCID: PMC6120530.
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    28. Pulse oximetry values of neonates admitted for care and receiving routine oxygen therapy at a resource-limited hospital in Kenya. J Paediatr Child Health. 2018 Mar; 54(3):260-266. Morgan MC, Maina B, Waiyego M, Mutinda C, Aluvaala J, Maina M, English M. PMID: 29080284; PMCID: PMC5873449.
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    29. Care of the mother-infant dyad: a novel approach to conducting and evaluating neonatal resuscitation simulation training in Bihar, India. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2017 Jul 28; 17(1):252. Vail B, Spindler H, Morgan MC, Cohen SR, Christmas A, Sah P, Shah MB, Das A, Walker DM. PMID: 28754111; PMCID: PMC5534030.
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    30. Video Analysis System as a Tool to Improve the Quality of Basic Emergency Obstetric and Neonatal Care through Simulation Training in Bihar, India. Annals of Global Health. 2017; 83(1):104. Janjua AT, Dyer J, Spindler H, Sterne J, Cohen S, Morgan M, Christmas A, Bharat Shah M, Das A, Walker D . View Publication.
    31. Oxygen saturation ranges for healthy newborns within 24 hours at 1800 m. Arch Dis Child Fetal Neonatal Ed. 2017 May; 102(3):F266-F268. Morgan MC, Maina B, Waiyego M, Mutinda C, Aluvaala J, Maina M, English M. PMID: 28154110; PMCID: PMC5474098.
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    32. Implementation of a neonatal transcutaneous bilirubin screening programme in rural India. Paediatr Int Child Health. 2016 May; 36(2):122-6. Morgan MC, Kumar GS, Kaiser SV, Seetharam S, Ruel TD. PMID: 25844503.
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    33. Predictors of Neonatal Sepsis in Rural Karnataka, India. Asian Journal of Clinical Pediatrics and Neonatology. 2013; 1(4):73-76. Morgan MC, Ruel TD, Kumar GS, Sabnis AJ, Kaiser SV.
    34. Cutaneous Resistance to Viral Infections. In: Tyring S, Moore AY, Lupi O, eds. Mucocutaneous Manifestations of Viral Diseases. 2010; 20-35. Morgan MC, Rashid RM, Memar OM, et al.
    35. Cutaneous Manifestations of HIV Infection. In: Tyring S, Moore AY, Lupi O, eds. Mucocutaneous Manifestations of Viral Diseases. 2010; 263-339. Morgan MC, Bartlett BL, Cockerell CJ, Cohen PR.
    36. Factors affecting breastfeeding cessation after discontinuation of antiretroviral therapy to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV. AIDS Care. 2010 Jul; 22(7):866-73. Morgan MC, Masaba RO, Nyikuri M, Thomas TK. PMID: 20635251.
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    37. The effect of phototherapy on neutrophils. Int Immunopharmacol. 2009 Apr; 9(4):383-8. Morgan MC, Rashid RM. PMID: 19291857.
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