On September 1, 2013, Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) welcomed Terrie E. Inder, MD, PhD, MBChB, as chair of the Department of Pediatric Newborn Medicine.
She takes the helm as Newborn Medicine transitions from a division to a department. This step by the hospital will help to create a multidimensional program and promote cross-disciplinary research in three key areas: neonatal neurology, pulmonary biology and care, and neonatal health. Inder’s leadership, expertise, and innovative approach to discovery will advance BWH’s program and help to address questions of great relevance to the health of vulnerable infants.
“Dr. Inder brings tremendous strength and a visionary approach in leading multidisciplinary teams to provide excellence in the clinical care of high-risk infants, with a particular focus on improving neurological outcomes,” says BWH President Betsy Nabel, MD. “She is recognized among her peers and colleagues for her inclusive leadership style and commitment to training the next generation of physician scientist leaders.”
Inder joins BWH from the Washington University School of Medicine as a professor of Pediatrics, Neurology and Radiology, as well as the Washington University Neonatal Development Research (WUNDER) team, where she was the director. She is a dual-boarded child neurologist and neonatologist, and has directed research on the impact of premature birth on brain injury and development.
A New Zealand native, Inder received her education and training at the University of Otago, Dunedin, where she also completed her residency in Pediatrics and fellowship in Newborn Medicine. After developing an interest in the newborn brain, she completed a three-year fellowship in Pediatric Neurology at Boston Children’s Hospital.
“I’m both proud and excited to be joining BWH in this position,” Inder says. “I truly believe that success is a reflection of the work of a team and its combined efforts."