Dr. McNamara Named Vice Chair for Inpatient Acute Care

The Department is happy to announce Dr. Patrick McNamara, Division Director for the Division of Neonatology, has been named Vice Chair for Inpatient Acute Care for the Stead Family Department of Pediatrics effective May 1, 2020.

Dr. McNamara received his MB, BCh, BAO in 1993 from Queen’s University, Belfast, Ireland. From 1993-1997 he was a House Officer in hospitals in Derry, Belfast, and Antrim, Ireland; and from 1997-2001 served as a Specialist Registrar in Neonatal Medicine and General Pediatrics in Essex and London, England, while obtaining his MSc from the University of London in 1999. From 2001-2003 he completed a fellowship in Neonatology Transport in the Department of Paediatrics at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.

Upon graduation from fellowship, he became a clinician teacher (2003-2005) in the Division of Neonatology at the Hospital for Sick Children, and Assistant Professor (2003-2009) at the University of Toronto. While at the Hospital for Sick Children he also became a project investigator (2003-2009), and has also been a staff neonatologist there since 2003. In 2005 he became a clinician investigator in the Division of Neonatology, and in 2007 became Director of the Targeted Neonatal Echo Program in the Division of Neonatology. In 2008 he became a member of the Institute of Medical Services in the Department of Physiology at the University of Toronto and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2009. In 2009 he also became an Associate Scientist at the Research Institute at the Hospital for Sick Children. From 2010-2011 he participated in an Executive Leadership Course in the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. In 2011 he became Associate Professor in the Department of Physiology at the University of Toronto, and in 2015 he was promoted to Professor in both the Departments of Paediatrics and Physiology at the University of Toronto.

Since his arrival at Iowa in June 2018, Dr. McNamara has been the Division Director of the Division of Neonatology. Under his leadership the NICU has continued to flourish and his leadership has been instrumental in developing a program in targeted neonatal echocardiography (TnECHO), the first of its kind in the country. He has also developed a TnECHO fellowship program and will begin its 2nd class of TnECHO fellows this July.

In his new role as Vice Chair for Inpatient Acute Care, Dr. McNamara will provide visionary oversight of inpatient clinical program, advise the Chair and Department leadership on all matters related to inpatient clinical activities within the Stead Family Children’s Hospital, oversee Department efforts to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of patient care delivery; oversee Department efforts in the inpatient areas of quality assurance, outcomes, patient safety, and Joint Commission compliance; and assist in fostering educational and research activities in the inpatient care environments.

Please join the Department in welcoming Dr. McNamara to his new role!

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