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Scientific Advisory Committee

Scientific Advisory Committee

The National CMV Foundation is proud to be guided by a 14 member Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC). The SAC has membership drawn from leading pediatric infectious disease, epidemiology, audiology, otolaryngology, microbiology, anthropology, medical education, and neonatology researchers from across the United States. The SAC includes members with a diverse range of expertise to ensure that we fund only the highest quality research, and includes people with personal experiences of raising, treating or managing patients born with congenital Cytomegalovirus. In addition to advising our board regarding research funding, the SAC also ensures the accuracy of any material published or presented under the auspices of the Foundation.

Mark Schleiss, MD, Co-Chair

Professor of Pediatrics
Department of Pediatrics, Faculty Member
Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases 
Investigator, Institute of Molecular Virology
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN

Katie Feistel, PhD, Co-Chair

Senior Project Leader 
Aerospace Corporation 
El Segundo, CA

Suresh Boppana, MD

Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Infectious Diseases
University of Alabama Birmingham School of Medicine
Birmingham, AL

Isabelle Boucoiran, MD, MSC

Clinical Associate Professor
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
CHU Sainte-Justine
Montréal, Quebec, Canada

Karen Fowler, PhD

Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Infectious Diseases
University of Alabama Birmingham School of Medicine
Birmingham, AL

Soren Gantt, MD, PhD, MPH

Professor, Department of Microbiology, Infectiology and Immunology
Université of Montréal
Investigator, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Director, Clinical Research
Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialist
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
CHU Sainte-Justine

Jennifer Jenks, MD, PhD Candidate

Physician Scientist Resident, PGY-2
Stanford Pediatrics Residency, Department of Pediatrics
Palo Alto, CA

Kathleen Muldoon, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Anatomy
Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine Midwestern University
Glendale, AZ

Albert Park, MD

Section Chief – Pediatric Otolaryngology
University of Utah Primary Children’s Hospital
Salt Lake City, UT

Megan Honor Pesch, MD, MS

Clinical Assistant Professor
Director, Congenital CMV Follow-up Clinic
Division of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics
Department of Pediatrics
University of Michigan / Michigan Medicine
Ann Arbor, MI

Cedric Pritchett, MD 

Division of Otolaryngology,
Department of Surgery
Nemours Children's Hospital
Associate Professor Otolaryngology
College of Medicine
University of Central Florida
Orlando, FL

Patricia Purcell, MD, MPH

Cook Children's Ear, Nose and Throat
Cook Children's Medical Center
Fort Worth, TX 

Sallie Permar, MD, PhD

Professor and Chair of Pediatrics
Weill Cornell Medical Center
New York, NY

Angela Shoup, PhD, FNAP

Professor, Otolaryngology
Chief, Division of Communicative & Vestibular Disorders
UT Southwestern Medical Center
Dallas, TX 



The doctors knew Cameron's problem was viral, but they couldn't pinpoint the virus. Finally, after about 2 days, my placenta lab test came back and it was infected with CMV. I was so relieved that Cameron was going to survive, but I was not ready for the next bombshell. The NICU doctor told us that as a result of is brain damage, Cameron would not be able to “walk, talk or learn."
— Julie, Mother