Newborn Medicine Program Expands Faculty Through Cluster Hire Program

February 24, 2021

UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine are committed to improving faculty diversity, growth, and leadership development, and to improving recruitment of under-represented minorities in the health sciences.

The University of Pittsburgh has recently implemented a Cluster Hire Program for the Schools of the Health Sciences to help achieve these goals. In just a short time, the benefits of this program have already impacted the recruitment of talented faculty to the Department of Pediatrics. In February, the UPMC Division of Newborn Medicine successfully recruited two new junior faculty members as part of the Cluster Hire Program.

Onome Oghifobibi, MD, MSc, will join the Program in July upon completion of his neonatal-perinatal fellowship at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. He will focus on implementing policies to help reduce infant mortality in Allegheny county and beyond.

Paris Ekeke, MD, MS, will join the UPMC Newborn Medicine Program in May. Dr. Ekeke is an alumna of the UPMC Newborn Medicine Program neonatal-perinatal fellowship. Since graduating in 2020, she has been a practicing neonatologist at Akron Children’s Hospital in Ohio. She will participate in epidemiologic studies to understand determinants and consequences of adverse pregnancy outcomes as part of the Pittsburgh Study, a community-partnered research initiative that aims to identify opportunities and assets that lead to positive changes for children.

The two new recruits continue the expansion of services and research programs of the UPMC Newborn Medicine Program.