Session Speakers Bios


Karla Au Yeung, M.D., Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Dr. Au Yeung is an assistant professor of pediatrics and a board certified pediatric gastroenterologist at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center. She joined the Division of Gastroenterology and Nutrition at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center in 2008. Previously she led the Pediatric Feeding Team Clinic at Walter Reed Army Medical Center serving from 2005 to 2008 as medical director.  During her tenure, she became interested in neonatal gastroesophageal reflux and swallowing disorders that occur in infants born prematurely.  In addition, she has worked with children of all ages who have chronic gastroesophageal reflux disease with associated respiratory complications or eosinophilic esophagitis.  She has experience in modalities such as endoscopy and pH and impedance monitoring to better define and manage gastroesophgeal reflux disease in children.

Samra S. Blanchard, M.D., University of Maryland School of Medicine
Dr. Blanchard is an associate professor of pediatrics and the division head of gastroenterology. She was previously the director of endoscopy, hepatology and transplant at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, Case Medical Center in Cleveland where she also served as fellowship director. Dr. Blanchard completed her pediatrics residency and gastroenterology fellowship at Cleveland Clinic Foundation and served as a chief resident at Cleveland Clinic.

Benjamin Caballero, PhD, M.D., Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Dr. Caballero is a professor of international health and pediatrics, and was the founding director of the Center for Human Nutrition at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He served in numerous national and international scientific advisory boards, including the Standing Committee for Dietary Reference Intakes of the Institute of Medicine, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans Committee, the Food and Drug Administration Advisory Board and the Nutrition and Metabolism Study Section of the National Institutes of Health. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Academic Pediatrics Association, and a fellow of the American Society for Nutrition and of the Royal Society of Medicine (U.K.).

Dorothy Cook, MS, OTR/LMt. Washington Pediatric Hospital
Dorothy Cook is a primary therapist in the Feeding Day Program at Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital where she also treats inpatients for feeding and outpatients for development. She began her career in occupational therapy at Kennedy Krieger Institute and transitioned to Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital in 2012. Cook received her undergraduate degree in kinesiology from the College of William & Mary and earned her master of science in occupational therapy from Towson University.

Steven J. Czinn M.D., University of Maryland School of Medicine, University of Maryland Medical Center
Dr. Czinn is a professor and chairman of pediatrics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and chief of pediatrics at the University of Maryland Medical Center. He previously served as professor of pediatrics and pathology at Case Western Reserve University and chief of the division of pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition at Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital. Dr. Czinn’s research interests focus on mucosal immunology, gastrointestinal infections, inflammatory bowel diseases and the Helicobacter pylori micro-organism, which causes peptic ulcers. He is currently acting as Chair of the Pediatric Gastroenterology Committee at the American College of Gastroenterology, Chairman of the NASPHGAN Research Committee, and member of both the Scientific Advisory Board and Pediatric GERD Newsletter for the Children’s Digestive Health Foundation.

Morgan Denhard, MS,RD, LDN, Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital
Morgan Denhard is a clinical dietitian at Mount Washington Pediatric Hospital. She assesses nutritional status and develops nutrition-related goals and recommendations for patients in the Feeding Day Program. She also provides nutrition care to the inpatient pediatric population at MWPH.  Denhard completed her master of science – dietetic internship program at the University of Florida and received her bachelor of science from the University of Maryland, College Park.

George J. Dover, M.D., Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Dr. Dover is the director, department of pediatrics, given professor of pediatrics and professor of medicine and oncology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and the pediatrician-in-chief at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He is the former director of the division of pediatric hematology at Johns Hopkins, with a long history in the study and treatment of sickle cell disease. Through this work Dr. Dover has become one of the pioneers in the area of pharmacologic manipulation of fetal hemoglobin, and has made many substantial contributions to the field. He is the author of over 100 peer-reviewed publications as well as author or co-author of more than 26 book chapters in the fields of pediatric hematology and genetics.

Robert C. Dumont, MD, DABMA, ABIHM, ABIoM, Raby Institute for Integrative Medicine at Northwestern
Dr. Dumont is a board certified pediatrician practicing Pediatric Integrative Medicine (Complementary Alternative Medicine) at the Raby Institute for Integrative Medicine at Northwestern, LLC in Chicago. Previously he was associate professor of pediatrics at Loyola University medical center and directed the pediatric integrative medicine program and the Pediatric Cystic Fibrosis Center. For the past 15 years he has also been medical director of the Easter Seals DuPage Feeding Clinic and also a member of the Homeopathic Pharmacopeia Convention of the United States (make recommendations on homeopathic medicines to the Federal Drug Administration).

Rebecca Gorman, MS, CCCSLP, Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital
Rebecca Gorman is currently a senior speech pathologist at Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital where she specializes in treatment of pediatric feeding and swallowing problems. She coordinates the FEES (Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing) clinic and also completes Videofluoroscopic Swallow Studies (VFSS) for pediatric inpatients and outpatients. Gorman received her undergraduate degree in communication disorders from Geneva College and completed her graduate degree in speech pathology at Loyola University in Maryland.

Linda Herbert, Ph.D., Children’s National Medical Center
Dr. Herbert is an assistant professor in the Division of Psychology and Behavioral Health at Children’s National Health System. She also is the director of the Division of Allergy and Immunology’s psychosocial clinical program, for which she coordinates outpatient consultation and therapy services. Her research interests include the identification of medical and psychosocial factors related to food allergy management and the development of clinical interventions for youth with food allergies and their families.

James K. Hyche, PhD., Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital
Dr. Hyche is the former director of Pediatric Psychology Feeding Disorder Services at Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital. He previously helped develop and subsequently co-directed a multidisciplinary feeding disorders program at Health Hill Hospital for Children (currently the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital for Rehabilitation). Dr. Hyche has presented nationally and internationally on integrating behavioral interventions in the treatment of pediatric feeding disorders. His interests include appetite development and multidisciplinary team process.

Sara M. Illig, RD, Children’s Hospital of Richmond*
Sara Illig is the Feeding Program Coordinator for Children’s Hospital of Richmond.

Annemarie Joerres, RD, LDN, Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital
Annemarie Joerres specializes in pediatric nutrition with a special interest in children with feeding disorders. She has been a part of the interdisciplinary feeding team at Mount Washington Pediatric Hospital for the last three years. Prior to Mount Washington, she was at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin for seven years in Outpatient Nutrition Services and the Feeding and Swallowing Program. Joerres graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison with a bachelor of science in dietetics and completed her dietetic internship at Mount Mary University in Milwaukee.

Richard Katz, M.D., MBA, Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Dr. Katz is an associate professor in pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He serves as the vice president, medical affairs and medical director of the Mount Washington Pediatric Hospital. He is also currently medical director of the Mount Washington Pediatric Hospital Feeding Disorders Program. Dr. Katz received his medical degree from Northwestern University, Chicago and completed residency training in pediatrics at the University of Chicago and the University of California, San Diego. He also completed a fellowship in pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition at the University of California, San Francisco.  He holds a masters in business administration from Johns Hopkins University.

Emily Kuschner, Ph.D. Radiology, Center for Autism Research, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Dr. Kuschner is a clinical psychologist and scientist at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Radiology Department and the Center for Autism Research. In her clinical work, Dr. Kuschner conducts diagnostic assessments and therapy (individual and social skills groups) for children and adolescents with ASD. She is working with Dr. Timothy Roberts on the Simons Variation in Individuals Project (Simons VIP), a multi-site research network examining medical, learning and behavioral features of individuals with small chromosome deletions and duplications associated with ASD. In addition, Dr. Kuschner’s research focuses on the characterization and development of new treatment approaches for food selectivity (i.e., picky eating) in school-age children and adolescents with ASD.

Stacey LeFevre, Psy.D., Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital
Dr. Le Fevre is currently a licensed psychologist and coordinator for Feeding Psychology Services within the Department of Psychology and Neuropsychology at Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital. Her research interests include pediatric feeding disorders and infant and toddler mental health, which she received specialized training in through her doctoral internship at Children’s Hospital and Research Center of Oakland. Dr. Le Fevre joined Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital in 2011 during a two-year doctoral fellowship in Feeding Psychology. She received her undergraduate degree in psychology from University of Maryland Baltimore County and her Psy.D. in clinical psychology with concentrations in child psychology as well as health psychology from the University of Indianapolis.

Colleen Lukens, Ph.D. Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia*
Dr. Lukens is a psychologist in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing Center at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She has published, lectured and conducted clinical work extensively in the area of behavioral feeding problems in young children, including the development of an inventory to assess mealtime behavior problems in children with autism and the design of a multifamily group intervention for children with pediatric feeding problems.

Anjali Malkani, M.D., University of Maryland School of Medicine
Dr. Malkani is a board certified pediatric gastroenterologist and certified nutrition support clinician. She started a clinic for eosinophilic disorders of the GI tract with allergist Dr. Kewalramani at the University of Maryland Medical Center. Her interests are in the nutrition of children with chronic disease and special needs. Dr. Malkani did her residency and chief residency in pediatrics at University of South Florida. She also completed a fellowship in pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition at Stanford University.

Timothy Moran, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Dr. Moran is the Paul R. McHugh Professor of Motivated Behaviors, vice chair and director of research for the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He is also the associate director of the Global Center for Obesity Prevention at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Moran’s research interests are in brain/behavior relationships as they apply to the controls of food intake and body weight. His work has focused on brain/gut peptides as feedback controls of meal size and how these interact with neural systems involved in overall energy balance and reward processing with a focus on how decisions about what and when to eat go awry in eating disorders and obesity. Dr. Moran has been active in leadership roles in the Obesity Society and the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior.

Matthew Mychailyszyn, Ph.D., Towson University and Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital
Dr. Mychailyszyn is currently a licensed psychologist who is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at Towson University. He conducts his clinical work at Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital where he specializes in treatment for pediatric feeding issues as well as cognitive behavioral therapy and parent training to address anxiety and disruptive behavior in youth. Dr. Mychailyszyn has completed research training at Johns Hopkins Medical Institution and clinical training at Kennedy Krieger Institute and Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital.

Jose M. Saavedra, M.D., Global Chief Medical Officer Nestlé Nutrition
Dr. Saavedra currently oversees the medical, scientific, and regulatory affairs activities for Nestlé Nutrition worldwide. He was formerly the medical and scientific director for Nutrition in North America, since he joined Nestle in 2000. He previously headed the Children’s Nutrition Center at Johns Hopkins, where he continues to serve as associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Gastroenterology and Nutrition. Dr. Saavedra has published extensively in the area of pediatric nutrition and its effects on pediatric illness on the GI tract. He carried out seminal work in the area of probiotics and speaks extensively on the developing field of early nutrition and its impact on long term health and non-communicable disease.

Dale Swartos, MS CCC-SLP, Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital
Dale Swartos is a senior speech language pathologist at Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital who has worked with pediatric feeding and swallowing disorders in both home-based and hospital settings for 27 years. He currently provides direct clinical care for patients in the Feeding Day Treatment Program and in the Small Infant Program at MWPH. Swartos also coordinates the Videofluoroscopic Swallow Studies Clinic and is involved with training both nursing staff and Rehabilitation Department staff in oralmotor/feeding competencies.

David E. Tunkel, M.D., Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Dr. Tunkel is a director of pediatric otolaryngology at Johns Hopkins Hospital, and is a professor of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery, pediatrics, and anesthesiology-critical care medicine. He evaluates young children with complex aerodigestive issues, and has special interests in obstructive sleep apnea and reconstruction of laryngotracheal stenosis. Dr. Tunkel is also a consultant to the FEES (Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing) Clinic at Mount Washington Pediatric Hospital and the chairperson of the pediatric otolaryngology committee for the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.

Ellen Wingert, OTR/L, Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital
Ellen Wingert is the manager of the Feeding Disorders Program at Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital in Baltimore Maryland. She is responsible for the coordination of clinical services of multiple disciplines in the Feeding Day Program. Wingert provides direct clinical care to the patients with feeding and swallowing problems and works to analyze outcome data and develop program improvement goals.