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Ogechukwu Menkiti

Ogechukwu Menkiti, MD

Associate Professor


Department: Pediatrics

Specialties: Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, Pediatrics

Education

  • Higher Diploma in Childhood Medicine (DCh) - University College Dublin, Dublin, Republic of Ireland (2001)
  • MBBS - School of Medicine, University of Nigeria, Enugu (1998)

Awards & Honors

  • Seeds Award, St Christopher’s Hospital for Children, for exemplary communication with referring physicians (2017)
  • Eastern Society for Pediatric Research Travel Award (2010)
  • PAS Young Investigator’s Travel Award (2009)
  • Resident of the Year Award for Best Bedside Manner, Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center (2007)
  • Resident of the Year Award for Best Nurse/MD Collaboration, Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center (2007)
  • Residents Teaching Award, Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center, for medical student education (2004)

Memberships / Professional Affiliations

  • Fellow, American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Philadelphia Perinatal Society
       President, 2014-2016

Ogechukwu Menkiti, MD, is an attending neonatologist and perinatologist at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children. He is board certified in pediatrics and neonatal-perinatal medicine. Dr. Menkiti specializes in treating neonates with respiratory failure, pulmonary hypertension and combined cardiopulmonary failure. He is also passionate about extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) and its use in pediatric populations.

Clinical Services

Neonatal-perinatal medicine

Affiliated Hospitals

St. Christopher's Hospital for Children

Fellowships

  • Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine - University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (2010)

Residencies

  • Pediatrics - Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University (2007)

Internships

  • Rotating Housemanship in Medicine and Surgery - University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Enugu (1999)
  • Pediatrics - Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University (2005)

Ogechukwu Menkiti, MD, is an associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Drexel University College of Medicine. He is responsible for the education of medical students, residents and fellows, particularly simulation-based education to prepare post-match fourth-year medical students preparing for pediatrics residency, and improved communication and code readiness for pediatrics residents and neonatology fellows.

Dr. Menkiti designed and implemented the Road to Neonatology program to smooth the transition from residency for incoming neonatology fellows. He streamlined and standardized the the process of teaching extracorporeal membrane oxygenation for residents, fellows and new attendings. As part of St. Chris's Simulation Outreach Program, he is responsible for delivering interdisciplinary simulation-based education for NICU teams, to assess competencies, identify knowledge gaps and improve teamwork.

Research

Dr. Menkiti's areas of research interest include:

  • Pharmokinetics of commonly used antibiotics in newborns with moderate to severe hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy undergoing controlled hypothermia
  • Assessing the safety and efficacy of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) when combined with controlled hypothermia in neonates with moderate to severe hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy

Publications

Publications in Peer-Reviewed Journals

"Newborn Infant with Mothball Toxicity due to Maternal Ingestion"
Sahni M, Vibert Y, Bhandari V, Menkiti O
Accepted for publication in Pediatrics on December 19, 2018

"Population Pharmacokinetics of Gentamicin in Neonates with Hypoxemic-Ischemic Encephalopathy Receiving Controlled Hypothermia"
Cies JJ, Habib T, Bains V, Young M, Menkiti OR
Pharmacotherapy, PMID: 30300445, DOI: 10.1002/phar.2186. [Epub ahead of print] October 2018

"Transition to Routine Premedication for Nonemergent Intubations in a Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit"
Fleishman R, Mossabeb R, Menkiti O, Young M, Bains V, Cooperberg D.
Amer J Perinatol.;35(4):336-344, PMID: 29020695, DOI: 10.1055/s-0037-1607282, Mar 2018

"Diagnostic Potential of Neural Exosome Cargo as Biomarkers for Acute Brain Injury"
Goetzl, L, Merabova, N, Darbinian, N, Martirosyan D, Poletto E, Fugarolas, K, Menkiti O
Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology;5(1):4-10. PMID: 29376087, DOI: 10.1002/acn3.499, Nov 24, 2017

"Population Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamic Target Attainment of Ampicillin in Neonates with Hypoxemic-Ischemic Encephalopathy in the Setting of Controlled Hypothermia"
Cies J, Fugarolas KN, Moore WS II, Mason RW, Menkiti OR
Pharmacotherapy, 37(4):456-463. PMID: 28226400, DOI: 10.1002/phar.1916, April 2017

"The microbiota regulates neutrophil homeostasis and host resistance to Escherichia coli K1 sepsis in neonatal mice"
Deshmukh HS, Liu Y, Menkiti O, Mei J, Dai N, O'Leary CE, Oliver PM, Kolls JK, Weiser JN, Worthen GS
Nature Medicine, Pages 524–530. PMID: 24747744 DOI: 10.1038/nm.3542, April 2014

"Multiple epuli in a newborn: A case report"
Ahmad M, Chennupati SK, Menkiti O, Terk A
International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology Extra, Volume 9, Issue 3, September 2014, Pages 75-78, February 2014

Presentations

Recent Peer-Reviewed Abstracts: Platform and Poster Presentations

"Safety of therapeutic hypothermia in combination with extracorporeal membrane oxygenation in neonates with moderate to severe hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy with cardiac or respiratory failure"
Joshi S, Quinones Cardona V, Blutstein R, Gilliam N,  Low T and Menkiti O
Presented at the annual meeting of the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization, 29th Annual ELSO Conference, Scottsdale, Arizona, September 13-16, 2018

"Management Strategies during a Challenging VA ECMO Run in a Neonate with Septic Shock and Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy: A Case Report"
Quinones Cardona V, Conway D, Gilliam N, Low T and Menkiti O
Presented at the annual meeting of the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization, 29th Annual ELSO Conference, Scottsdale, Arizona, September 13-16, 2018

"Neuronal Exosome Synaptopodin: An Early Predictor of Therapeutic Response to Controlled Hypothermia"
Goetzl L, Martirosyan D, Darbinian N, Merabova N, Fugarolas K and Menkiti O
Present at annual meeting of the Society for Reproductive Investigation 64thAnnual Scientific Meeting “D2D: Data to Discovery," Orlando, Florida, March 15-18, 2017

"Evaluating the Effectiveness of a Novel Neonatal Virtual Simulation Model in Training on Management of Neonatal Emergencies"
Kolb, K, Calaman, S, Menkiti O,McGowan, J; Deifenbach P, Bernstein B, Wells, Shannon
Presented at:
   -Annual meeting, Pediatric Academic Societies, Baltimore, Maryland, April 30-May 3, 2016
   -Annual meeting, Eastern Society for Pediatric Research, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, March 11-13, 2016
   -International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare, San Diego, California, January 16-20, 2016
   (Awarded 3rd Best Pediatric Poster at the Pediatric Section Meeting)

Ampicillin Pharmacokinetics in Neonates with Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy in the Setting of Controlled Hypothermia
Fugarolas K, Menkiti O, Moore WA, II, Chopra A, Mason RW, Cies JJ
Presented at the annual meeting of the American Society for Microbiology 54th ICAAC, Washington D.C., September 5-7 2014

"From Residency to First Night On-call as a Fellow: Simulation is a Potent Tool to Smooth Transition and Reduce Anxiety"
Menkiti O, Halligan MJ, Zubrow AB, Calaman S
Presented at the annual meeting of the Pediatric Academic Societies, Washington D.C., May 4-7, 2013

"Assessing the Cardioprotective Properties of Controlled Hypothermia in Neonates with Moderate to Severe Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy Utilizing Cardiac Troponin I"
Menkiti O, Alexander J.P, Wallace J, Obiri N
Presented at the annual meeting of the Pediatric Academic Societies, Washington D.C., May 4-7, 2013

Combined Effect of Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy and Controlled Hypothermia on Ampicillin Pharmacokinetics in Neonates
Fugarolas K, Menkiti O, Moore WA, II, Chopra A, Mason RW, Cies JJ
Presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Society for Pediatric Research, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, March 22-24, 2013

"Assessing the Cardioprotective Properties of Controlled Hypothermia in Neonates with Moderate to Severe Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy Utilizing Cardiac Troponin I"
Menkiti O, Alexander JP, Wallace J, Obiri N
Presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Society for Pediatric Research, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, March 22-24, 2013

National Workshop

"Beyond The Mega Code: How To Adapt Teaching Strategies When Designing Simulation Exercises Across The Continuum Of Learners"
Presented at annual meeting of the Pediatric Academic Societies, Washington D.C., May 4-7, 2013
Facilitators: Menkiti OR, Dickermann M, Calaman S.

Other Recent Abstracts

Utility of Cardiac Troponin as a marker for cardiac injury in Neonates with Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy undergoing Controlled Hypothermia.
Dick DA, Menkiti O, Cartagena M, Kehinde F, Vineet Bhandari
Presented at Drexel University College of Medicine Discovery Day 2017

St. Christopher's Hospital for Children is a primary academic campus of Drexel University College of Medicine. Its physicians are non-compensated members of the teaching faculty of Drexel University College of Medicine and its clinical practices are independent of Drexel University.


Contact Information


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Philadelphia, PA 19134
Phone: 215.427.5202
Fax: 215.427.8192