Honorary Lifetime Members
In 2016, the Virginia Neonatal Nutrition Association board voted to extend honorary lifetime membership to two physicians who have supported VaNNA since its earliest days. We extend these lifetime memberships with gratitude and appreciation for their years of encouragement and participation with us.
Dr. Christina J. Valentine, MD, MS, RD, FAAP
Dr. Christina J. Valentine, MD, MS, RD, FAAP is a Physician-Scientist focused on maternal / infant diet strategies to improve outcomes. She has been the Principal Investigator in 2 previous FDA, IND randomized trials.
She is an associate professor at the University of Cincinnati, where she is the Principal Investigator evaluating maternal DHA supplementation in early pregnancy to reduce Preterm birth through a National Institute of Health(NIH) R01 multisite trial. She was the co-physician lead for Baby Friendly (status achieved!).
Dr. Valentine is also the medical director for Mead Johnson Nutrition, North America where she is involved with Product Development, The Human Milk Research Platform, and Consumer and Professional education. Her desire is to improve Healthcare with qualitatively impactful nutritional products.
Her training began with a MS in human nutrition and RD from the University of Florida and focused on a project with a preterm piglet model and fatty acid metabolism. She received her medical degree, Pediatric internship and Residency from Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, TX. She completed her perinatal/neonatal fellowship at The Ohio State University/Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
She is double boarded as a Neonatologist and Pediatrician and is a Registered Dietitian. Translating Science into meaningful impact in the clinical setting has resulted into research and publications in neonatal nutrition and human milk composition.
She is active internationally on the International Board of Research in Human Milk and Lactation and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a longtime member and past board member of the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition.
Dr. David H. Adamkin, MD
Dr. Adamkin joined the faculty of the University of Louisville Department of Pediatrics in 1978 after completing his neonatal fellowship at the University of Louisville. His pediatric training took place at the State University of New York Health Sciences Center at Syracuse where he also went to Medical School. He is Board certified in pediatrics and perinatal-neonatal medicine.
Dr. Adamkin is Professor of Pediatrics and Director of the Division of Neonatal Medicine at the University of Louisville. He has recently stepped down to Associate Director of the Neonatal Fellowship Program after having served as the Director since 1989. His areas of research center around neonatal nutrition and human milk technologies. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed research articles, 40 book chapters and written four books and manuals. He has given over 300 presentations throughout the United States and Internationally on nutrition and related topics over the last 5 years. During his recent tenure on the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Committee on the Fetus and Newborn, he authored the Statement on Hypoglycemia which is the standard of care around the world.
He is a member of the prestigious American Pediatric Society. He was awarded a Honoris Causa from the Medical Sciences Karol Marcinoski University in Poland for his many years of work with Polish neonatology.
He has three grown children and three grandchildren. He remains a loyal supporter of athletics at the University of Louisville and at his undergraduate alma mater, The Ohio State University.