The Pennsylvania Resource Organization for Lactation Consultants (PRO-LC) has selected Jack Guida, MD to be the 2016 “Physician of the Year” for his outstanding advocacy and work which supports, promotes, and protects breastfeeding. Dr. Guida has been a neonatologist at Main Line Health since 2003 and is affiliated with Bryn Mawr Hospital, Paoli Hospital and Lankenau Medical Center.
“The support for breastfeeding and the introduction of donor human milk have decreased infant complications from certain diseases that affect the most vulnerable of infants,” said Dr. Guida. “I am pleased to accept this award on behalf of the physicians and nurses of Main Line Health’s NICUs and maternity units who work tirelessly to ensure newborns get a healthy start in life.”
Nominated by Donna Sinnott, Board Certified Lactation Consultant and Chair of the Main Line Health Lactation Committee, Dr. Guida was selected because his research projects have positively shifted several key policies that affect breastfeeding and immediate skin to skin between mother and baby after delivery. For one project, he reviewed years of NICU admissions to determine if in fact the current protocol was protective of those at-risk infants with hypoglycemia. After reviewing the data, his research was a change agent across the System, so more babies can go to immediate and uninterrupted skin-to-skin and have an increased opportunity to be exclusively breastfed. His second project was the introduction of Glucose Gel as an alternative to infant formula to help to raise blood sugars in those babies who remain at-risk.
To read more on current hospital-based initiatives in Pennsylvania and Main Line Health check out the Keystone 10 Program at www.health.pa.gov. To find a lactation consultant or learn more about PRO-LC, please visit www.pro-lc.org.
Photo: Donna Sinnott, IBCLC, middle is Dr. Guida, and end is Rachel Gazda, President of PRO-LC.