Neonatology


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Marilyn Sanders, MD

Education

Education: BA, University of Kansas, 1980
MD, University of Kansas School of Medicine, 1984
Residency: Pediatrics, University of Connecticut, 1984-1987
Fellowship: Neonatal/Perinatal Medicine, Johns Hopkins Hospital, 1987-1989
Neonatal/Perinatal Medicine, University of Connecticut, 1989-1990

Board Certifications

Pediatrics
Neonatal/Perinatal Medicine

Faculty Appointment

Professor of Pediatrics, University of Connecticut School of Medicine

Expertise

Dr. Sanders has devoted her career to improving hospital care and outcomes for preterm and sick newborn infants. She provides clinical care in the neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) and works in the neurodevelopmental follow-up clinic. Dr. Sanders is the neonatal medical director of the Critical Care Transport Team, and has led many initiatives to enhance the education of community providers of newborn health care.

Dr. Sanders is particularly interested in supporting families of sick infants and children. She often lectures on infant attachment and maternal mental health concerns, and is enrolled in a post-graduate program in infant/parent mental health. In addition, Dr. Sanders has a longstanding interest in ethical issues in medicine. She chairs the Connecticut Children’s Ethics Committee and is available for consultation to health care providers when concerns arise.

Published Research

  • Ford JF and Sanders MR. Too Young to Count? Promoting the health and development of Connecticut's young children and their families. Child Health and Development Institute of Connecticut. March 2001.
     
  • Sanders MR and Lee MA. Health problems of infancy and early childhood. Part 1 of Promoting Healthy Children and Families in Connecticut. Ed by MR Sanders. Child Health and Development Institute of Connecticut. March 2003.
     
  • Perez-Escamilla. Child Nutrition. Part 2 of Promoting Healthy Children and Families in Connecticut. Ed by MR Sanders. Child Health and Development Institute of Connecticut. June 2003.
     
  • Lee MA and Sanders MR. Linking women's and children's health. Part 3 of Promoting Healthy Children and Families in Connecticut. Ed by MR Sanders. Child Health and Development Institute of Connecticut. November 2003.
     
  • *Sanders MR and Graeber JE: Posttransfusion graft-versus-host disease in infancy. J Pediatr. 117:159-163, 1990.
     
  • Funkhouser AW, Vogelsang G, Zehnbauer B, Tunnessen WW, Beschorner WE, Sanders MR, Graeber JE: Posttransfusion graft-versus-host disease in a premature infant after multiple blood transfusions. Pediatr. 87:247-250, 1991.
     
  • *Sanders MR, Allen M, Alexander G, Yankowitz J, Graeber JE, Johnson TRB, Repka MX. Gestational age assessment in preterm infants weighing less than 1500 grams. Pediatr. 88:542-6, 1991.
     
  • *Sanders M, Sorba S, Dainiak ND. Insulin-like growth factors stimulate neonatal erythropoiesis in serum-substituted umbilical cord blood cultures. Experimental Hematology 21:25-30, 1993.
     
  • *Sanders MR, Donohue PK, Oberdorf MA, Rosenkrantz TS, Allen MC. Perceptions of the limit of viability: Neonatologists' attitudes toward extremely preterm infants. Journal of Perinatology 15:494-502, 1995.
     
  • Frakaloss G, Burke G, *Sanders MR. Impact of gastroesophageal reflux on growth and hospital stay in premature infants. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition 26:146-50, 1998.
     
  • *Sanders MR, Lu H, Walker F, Dainiak N. The Raf-1 protein mediates Insulin-like growth factor induced proliferation of erythroid progenitor cells. Stem Cells 16:200-207, 1998.
     
  • *Sanders MR, Donohue PK, Oberdorf MA, Rosenkrantz TS, Allen MC. Impact of the perception of viability on resource allocation in the NICU. Journal of Perinatology 18:347-51, 1998.
     
  • Sanders MR*, Hussain N. You've come a long way baby! Implications of the American Academy of Pediatrics policy on circumcision. Connecticut Medicine 63:451-454, 1999.
     
  • Sanders, MR*. Perinatal regionalization: Old lessons for the new millennium. Connecticut Medicine 64:67-70, 2000.
     
  • Vidwans A, Neuman DP, Hussain N, Sanders MR. Diagnosis and management of spinal epidural space extravasation complicating percutaneous central venous line placement in a premature infant: Case report and review of the literature. Connecticut Medicine 64:79-82, 2000.
     
  • McHugh-Strong C, Sanders MR*. Comparison of newborn intensive care deaths before and after surfactant. American Journal of Perinatology 17: 27-33, 2000.
     
  • Vidwans A, Ratzan S, Sanders MR. Unusual presentation of congenital hypothyroidism. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition 31:198-200, 2000.