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Prof. Helmut Hummler

Ulm University, Ulm, Germany


Dr. Hummler graduated in 1986 from the medical school of the University of Tübingen, Germany. After his residency in Pediatrics in Germany he received his training in Neonatology from 1992 to 1995 by Eduardo Bancalari, M.D. at the Division of Neonatology, Department of Pediatrics, Jackson Memorial Medical Center, University of Miami, Florida, U.S.A.

After returning to Germany Dr. Hummler joined the staff of the Division of Neonatology und Pediatric Critical Care, Children’s Hospital, University of Ulm, Germany in 1996, where he became Division Chief in 2005. He received his M.B.A. and became Professor of Pediatrics in 2006 and Vice-Chairman of the Dept. of Pediatrics in 2008. He joined the faculty at Sidra Medicine to become Chief of the Division of Neonatology in 2017 and was appointed as Professor of Pediatrics at Weill Cornell Medicine – Qatar in 2018. In 2021 he joined the Dept. of Neonatology, Tübingen University, Germany.

His research interests are related to neonatal lung injury, mechanical ventilation, permissive hypercapnia and to the effects of hypoxemic episodes in VLBWI. He was involved in the development of an automated device for closed-loop FiO2 control. His group is working on different interventions in neonatal resuscitation in experimental settings and is actively participating in many international clinical trials, and he has published more than 150 original articles in peerreviewed journals and editorials and book chapters.

His NICU at the University of Ulm, Germany had/has excellent outcomes for very low birth weight infants with the highest survival rate in 2015 nationwide. In a close collaboration with other stakeholders from obstetrics he led a multidisciplinary team to reduce the rate of IVH and to improve neurodevelopmental outcome substantially. He received the Scientific Award of the German Society of Neonatology and Pediatric Intensive Care and was awarded as a Top Physician in Neonatology in the years 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018. In 2018 he received the Chief Executive Recognition Award (CEO Sidra Medicine, Doha, Qatar).

He has been/is a member of many national and international scientific committees and a frequent peer-reviewer for many scientific journals. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a member of the Society of Pediatric Research and the European Society of Pediatric Research. Dr. Hummler served as an invited speaker at more than 150 national and international meetings and postgraduate courses.

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