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Vilmaris Quiñones Cardona

Vilmaris Quiñones Cardona, MD

Assistant Professor


Department: Pediatrics

Specialties: Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, Pediatrics

Education

  • MD - University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine
  • MPH in Community-Oriented Primary Care - George Washington University
  • BS in Biology - George Washington University

Awards & Honors

  • Angelo M. DiGeorge Teaching Award, presented by the House-staff of St Christopher’s Hospital for Children to a graduating outstanding fellow teacher, St Christopher’s Hospital for Children (2018)
  • First-Place Winner for Research Day Poster Session, St Christopher’s Hospital for Children (2017)
  • Sidney J. Sussman Award for outstanding contribution in teaching as voted by PGY-1 and PGY-2 residents, Cooper University Hospital (2015)
  • Resident of the Quarter, Graduate Medical Education, Cooper University Hospital (2013)
  • Medical Student Leadership Award, University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine (2011)
  • Medical Services Grant, Society of Medical Graduates, University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine (2010)
  • Medical Student Leadership Award, University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine (2008)

Memberships / Professional Affiliations

  • Trainees and Early Career Neonatologists (AAP Section on Perinatal Pediatrics)
  • Philadelphia Perinatal Society, Associate Member
  • American Academy of Pediatrics

Vilmaris Quiñones Cardona, MD, MPH, is a neonatal-perinatal medicine specialist at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children. She is board certified in pediatrics.

Clinical Services

Pediatrics, Neonatal care, Neonatal-perinatal medicine

Affiliated Hospitals

St. Christopher's Hospital for Children

Fellowships

  • Neonatal and Perinatal Medicine - St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children

Residencies

  • Pediatrics - Cooper University Hospital

Vilmaris Quiñones Cardona, MD, MPH, is an assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Drexel University College of Medicine. She is associate director of the Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship program at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, where she also serves as faculty for the fellowship's Clinical Competencies Committee, as well as the Program Evaluation Committee and the Graduate Medical Education Committee.

Dr. Quiñones Cardona is responsible for the education of medical students, residents and fellows, particularly as a simulation facilitator on topics including neonatal resuscitation, identification and management of numerous neonatal conditions, code communication and leadership. She has streamlined and standardized the handoff process in the St Christopher's and Hahnemann NICUs. Dr. Quiñones Cardona takes a special interest in teaching extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) to residents and fellows as well as developing visual aids to improve the cannulation process and troubleshooting during an ECMO run.

Research

Dr. Quiñones Cardona’s areas of research interest include:

  • Quality improvement research improving utilization of umbilical cord blood in high-risk neonates and standardization of NICU handoffs
  • Clinical research assessing the safety and efficacy of ECMO and controlled hypothermia in neonates with moderate to severe hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy
  • Education-based research serving as a co-developer of the NICU I-PASS handoff curriculum and co-principal investigator in a national prospective study comparing a flipped classroom methodology to traditional instructional techniques for neonatal-perinatal medicine fellows

Publications

Peer-Reviewed Publications

"Management Strategies during a VA ECMO Run in a Neonate with E. Coli Septic Shock Masquerading as Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy"
Quinones Cardona V & Menkiti OR
Journal of Extracorporeal Technology. Accepted for publication on April 3, 2018.

"Successful Use of Doxycycline Pleurodesis in Non-Immune Hydrops Fetalis Secondary to Congenital Chylothorax"
Quinones Cardona V, Clark M, Gilfillan M, Stevens R
Journal of Pediatric Surgery Case Reports, 31, 60-63 (2018)

Presentations

Platform Presentations

"Implementation of Umbilical Cord Blood Culture (UCBC) Sampling with Minimal Contamination Rates in a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)"
Quinones Cardona V, Cooperberg D, Anday EK, Carey AJ
Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting, Baltimore, MD, April 2019
Eastern Society of Pediatric Research Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, March 2019

"Reducing Communication Failures by Adapting I-PASS to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)"
Quinones Cardona V, LaBadie A, Cooperberg D, Zubrow A, Touch SM
Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting, Toronto, Ont., Canada, May 2018

"Handoff Quality after Adapting I-PASS to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)"
Quinones Cardona V, LaBadie A, May-Rabacch J, Zubrow A, Touch SM
Eastern Society of Pediatric Research Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, March 2018

"Implementation of I-PASS in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU): Improving the Handoff Process"
Quinones Cardona V, LaBadie A, Cooperberg D, Zubrow A, Touch SM
Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting, San Francisco, CA, May 2017

"Needs Assessment and Development of a Standardized Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Handoff: NICU I-PASS Curriculum"
LaBadie A, Quinones Cardona V, May-Rabbach J, Zubrow A, Touch SM
Eastern Society of Pediatric Research Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, March 2017

Poster Presentations

"Outcomes of Controlled Hypothermia versus Combined Controlled Hypothermia with Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation in Neonates: A Tertiary Center`s Experience"
Swosti J, Quinones Cardona V, Abdallah B, Menkiti OR
Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting, Baltimore, MD, April 2019
Eastern Society of Pediatric Research Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, March 2019

"A newborn with poor feeding and respiratory distress"
Ikeri K, Quinones Cardona V, Schneider M, Menkiti OR
Eastern Society of Pediatric Research Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, March 2019

"Neonatal PMM2-Congenital Disorder of Glycosilation: A Case Report"
Welgs T, Mahmood H, Giampietro P, Mesia I, Quinones Cardona V
Eastern Society of Pediatric Research Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, March 2019

"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, Menkiti O
The Extracorporeal Life Support Organization, 29th Annual ELSO Conference, Scottsdale, AZ, September 2018

"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
The Extracorporeal Life Support Organization, 29th Annual ELSO Conference, Scottsdale, AZ, September 2018

"Handoff Quality after Adapting I-PASS to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)" 
Quinones Cardona V, LaBadie A, May-Rabacch J, Zubrow A, Touch SM
Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting, Toronto, Ont., Canada, May 2018

"Implementation of Umbilical Cord Blood Culture (UCBC) Sampling for Detection of Early Onset Sepsis in a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)"
Quinones Cardona V, Cooperberg D, Anday EK, Carey AJ
Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting, Toronto, Ont., Canada, May 2018
Eastern Society of Pediatric Research Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, March 2018

"Reducing Communication Failures by Adapting I-PASS to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)"
Quinones Cardona V, LaBadie A, Cooperberg D, Zubrow A, Touch SM
Eastern Society of Pediatric Research Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, March 2018

"Implementation of an I-PASS Curriculum Adapted for a Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)"
LaBadie A, Quinones Cardona V, May-Rabbach J, Zubrow A, Touch SM
Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting, Toronto, Ont., Canada, May 2018
Eastern Society of Pediatric Research Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, March 2018

"Implementation of I-PASS in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU): Improving the Handoff Process"
Quinones Cardona V, LaBadie A, Cooperberg D, Zubrow A, Touch SM
Eastern Society of Pediatric Research Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, March 2017

"Successful Use of Doxycycline in Non-Immune Hydrops Fetalis Secondary to Congenital Chylothorax: A Case Report"
Quinones Cardona V, Clark M, Gilfillan M, Stevens RM
American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference and Exhibition, Chicago, IL, September 2017

"Needs Assessment and Development of a Standardized Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Handoff: NICU I-PASS Curriculum"
LaBadie A, Quinones Cardona V, May-Rabbach J, Zubrow A, Touch SM
Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting, San Francisco, CA, May 2017

"Long-Term Developmental Outcomes in Preterm Neonates Exposed to Hyperglycemia"
Goldner C, Saslow J, Quinones Cardona V, Saslow E, Kushnir A
Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting, San Francisco, CA, May 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.


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Philadelphia, PA 19134
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