Conference Directors and Organising Faculty


Professor Steven Donn (Conference Director)

Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA

Steven M Donn, M.D. was born and raised in the New York Metropolitan area. He obtained his undergraduate training at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, graduating with a B.A. degree, majoring in zoology and German literature. He attended Tulane University's School of Medicine in New Orleans, receiving his M.D. degree. His training in general pediatrics occurred at the University of Vermont College of Medicine-Medical Center Hospital of Vermont in Burlington. He returned to Ann Arbor for fellowship training in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at the University of Michigan Health System, where he has served continuously since 1980. Dr Donn is a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Michigan Medical School and is a neonatologist in the Division of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at C.S. Mott Children's Hospital at the University of Michigan Health System.


Prof. Donn's professional interests include high technology support of neonatal respiratory failure and surfactant replacement therapy, neonatal brain injury, and medical liability. He has authored more than 250 scientific articles and 230 book chapters and has written or edited 33 books and specialty journals in neonatology. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Seminars in Fetal & Neonatal Medicine and was a co-editor of the Year Book of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine. He is a member of numerous scientific organizations including the Society for Pediatric Research, European Society for Pediatric Research, and the American Pediatric Society. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and served as the Chair of its Committee on Medical Liability and Risk Management.  He was a voting member of the Anesthesia and Respiratory Devices Specialty Panel of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and represents medical subspecialists as a member of the National Practitioner Data bank. His extracurricular interests include tennis, spectator sports (Go Blue!), astronomy (especially total solar eclipses), photography, travel, and raising German Shepherds.

Professor Samir Gupta (Organising Faculty)

Middlesbrough, Teesside, UK

Professor Samir Gupta is a Consultant Neonatologist at University Hospital of North Tees, Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom. He qualified in 1987 and was awarded MD in Paediatrics in 1991 from India. He has special interest in mechanical ventilation and non-invasive respiratory support such as CPAP, which has been the subject of a randomised controlled trial and has lead to the award of MD (with commendation) degree by University of Newcastle, UK in 2007. His other research interests include Neonatal Echocardiography for Haemodynamic assessment of high risk newborns, which compliments his experience of using newer modes of mechanical ventilation in care of sick infants. Dr Gupta has presented his research findings at various national and international meetings and contributed to different journals and books of repute.

Dr Mithilesh Lal (Conference Director)

The James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough, UK

Dr Mithilesh Lal is a Consultant Neonatologist and Clinical Director at the James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough (UK). He leads a large, tertiary level neonatal intensive care unit. Following professional qualification from India, he has trained and practiced in the UK for 23 years. His research interests include neonatal transport, epidemiology and outcome, resuscitation and respiratory care in the newborn. He has keen interest in education and training of medical undergraduates and postgraduate doctors, including MRCPCH Exams in the United Kingdom and Overseas.

Professor Andy Ewer (Organising Faculty)

University of Birmingham, UK

Andrew Ewer is Professor of Neonatal Medicine based at Birmingham Women’s Hospital.


Andrew has published research papers in scientific journals as well as reviews and an undergraduate problem-based learning book in the field of Paediatrics and Neonatology. He has received grants from NIHR Health Technology Assessment, NIHR Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation and Action Medical Research.


He led the PulseOx trial investigating pulse oximetry as a screening test for congenital heart defects in newborn babies. As a result of this work he was nominated for the Charles Beale Founder's Award for Excellence in Policy Development in May 2012. The study was included in the 2012 NIHR Evaluation, Trials and Studies annual report and was described as a ‘Research Highlight’ in the 2012 NIHR annual report and as ‘a new milestone in the history of congenital heart disease’ in a Lancet editorial. In 2015 the PulseOx study was selected as the entry for Birmingham University in ‘Health of the Nation’  published by the Medical Schools Council following REF 2014.

Professor Anton Van Kaam (Organising Faculty)

Emma Children's Hospital, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Anton Van Kaam is currently the Professor of Neonatology, Head Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Emma Children's Hospital, Academic Medical Center and VU Medical Center, Amsterdam in The Netherlands.

Professor Sunil Sinha (Conference Director)

Middlesbrough, Teesside, UK

Professor Sinha is a founder member and the Conference Director of this successful annual meeting which attracts faculties and delegates from all over the world.

He is a Professor of Paediatrics and Neonatal Medicine at the University of Durham and The James Cook University Hospital in the United Kingdom. After his initial medical training in India, Professor Sinha has practiced at several major perinatal centres in the U.K. for over 25 years. He has a strong research interest in neonatology, particularly in the fields of neonatal neurology and neonatal respiratory care including newer modalities of neonatal ventilation. He also has a major interest in the education and training of postgraduate doctors. Professor Sinha serves on several important committees and currently Chairs the Paediatric Speciality Training Committee of the Northern Deanery. He has made contributions to several books and peer-reviewed journals, and have edited books on Neonatal Respiratory Care and Birth Asphyxia: Basic Science and Clinical Application.

Dr Win Tin (Organising Faculty)

Middlesbrough, Teesside, UK

Dr Win Tin qualified in 1982 from Institure of Medicine, Rangoon, Burma, and completed his training in paediatrics and neonatology in the United Kingdom. He is a Consultant Neonatoligist at The James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough, UK, where he took up the appointment in 1996. Dr Win Tin has strong academic interest as well as research interest particularly in perinatology and neurodevelopmental outcomes of extreme prematurity. He has published a number of origianl articles that are considered as benchmark studies in the field of neonatology.

Dr Jonathan Wyllie (Organising Faculty)

Middlesbrough, Teesside, UK

Professor Jonathan Wyllie has been a consultant neonatologist at The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough since 1994 and was clinical director of neonatology until May 2017. He is Professor of Neonatology and Paediatrics at Durham University. He has a long-standing interest in resuscitation and neonatal haemodynamics as well as an interest in paediatric cardiology. He was one of the originators of the Newborn Life Support course in the UK and Europe. He is the chair of the Newborn Life Support (NLS) subcommittee, a previous chair and now a member of the Advanced Resuscitation of the Newborn Infant (ARNI) working group for the Resuscitation Council (UK) and Science Co-chair of the European Resuscitation Council NLS Science and Education Committee. He is President of the Resuscitation Council (UK) and an invited board member of the European Resuscitation Council. He was European co-chair of the ILCOR neonatal task force for the evidence evaluation process of 2010, 2015 and continues as vice chair of the ILCOR neonatal task force at present. He is co-author of newborn resuscitation guidelines for Europe and the UK for 2005, 2010 and 2015. In 2010 he was awarded the Fellowship of the European Resuscitation Council for services to resuscitation and in 2015 given honorary membership of the Resuscitation Council (UK). In 2018 he was elected as an honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. In his spare time he enjoys walking, mountain biking and more recently photography.

Miss Zoë Holland (Conference Manager)

Middlesbrough, Teesside, UK

Zoë Holland has been in post as Conferences and Courses Manager at The James Cook University Hospital since September 2004 after completing her MSc in Management at the University of Teesside.  She manages the running of the Annual International Neonatal Conference along with various other national and international conferences associated with the hospital.