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Cassandra Montoya

Neonatal Intensive Care/Perinatal Fellow

Education & Medical Training

2016anticipated end date 2019


Children's National Medical Center

Neonatal Intensive Care/Perinatology



University of Illinois at Chicago




University of Illinois Chicago, College of Medicine

Bachelor of Science

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Molecular & Cellular Biology

Work experience


Clinical Data Manager

Alexian Brothers Corporate Health System
  • Aggregated and analyzed corporate healthcare data
  • Participated in grant writing for the Childhood Obesity Program, creating a culturally-sensitive wellness program within a school district that exhibited abnormally high childhood obesity rates


Healthy Families America, Family Assessment Worker

Mental Health Center of Champaign County
  • Organized community outreach for a home visiting program for at-risk teen parents 
  • Collaborated with community health programs, such as Planned Parenthood, the Public Health Department of Champaign County , and the Champaign County Dental Needs Assessment Board 

Licensure & Certifications


Medical License

License Number: MD044507


American Board of Pediatrics

Neonatal Resuscitation Program

Pediatric Advanced Life Support

BLS Healthcare Provider

Other Training & Certificates 

Certificate in Biostatistics from NIH, 2017 

Quality Improvement Training Program, 2014                                                

  • Moderator: Dr. Richard Banchs, Department of Anesthesiology, University of Illinois Hospital

  • Program: “20 Steps to Process Improvement: How Healthcare Professionals Can Improve the Health of the Healthcare System”

Evidence-Based Medicine Curriculum, 2013 - 2016                                         

Professional Memberships

  • American Academy of Pediatrics 

Research & Quality Improvement

Protection and Repair of Preterm Cerebellum by Allopregnanolone, 2016 - present

PI: Dr. Anna Penn, MD, PhD, Children's National Medical Center; Dr. Mohamed Mohamed, GWU        

Using Point of Care Ultrasound to Evaluate Central Support Devices in the NICU, 2017 - present                     

PI: Dr. Mariam Said, Children's National Medical Center

Reducing Intubation Time for NICU Patients within 24 Hours of Surgery, 2016 - present                                     

PI: Dr. Lamia Soghier, Children's National Medical Center

Better Practices Reduce Incidence of Peripheral IV-Related Complications in a NICU, 2016                               

PI: Dr. Aarti Raghavan, University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System, Chicago IL

Poster presented at Academic Pediatric Association Region V meeting, March 2016 and PAS, April 2016 

Behavioral Issues are a Major Threat to Patient Safety in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, 2016                   

PI: Dr. Aarti Raghavan, University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System, Chicago IL

Poster presented at Academic Pediatric Association Region V meeting, March 2016 and PAS, April 2016

Improving Adherence to Guidelines for Neonatal Sepsis Work-up, 2014 - 2016 

Improving Breastfeeding Knowledge In Pediatric Residents, 2015      

Lectures & Presentations

Complex Case Conference: 17 y/o Male with Hip Pain, Department of Pediatrics Grand Rounds, 2016         

Questions Regarding the Management of PDA, 2015                                

OB-Neonatology Case Conference, 2015                                                     

Complex Case Conference: 13 y/o with Fevers and Epistaxis, Department of Pediatrics Grand Rounds Conference, 2015                                                                      

International Experience

Friends of the Children Haiti Mission Trip, 2010, 2012                       

  • Sponsor: Dr. John Underwood, MD, Swedish American Health System
  • Participated in setting up a medical clinic and seeing over 3,000 patients in the Haitian village of La Montagne 
  • Organized and implemented a program to educate local Caritas workers on proper wound care and suturing techniques 
  • Educated local midwives on safe and sterile birthing techniques, as well as basic neonatal care after delivery

Service/Teaching Experience

Neonatal Resuscitation Program Instructor 

Neonatal Workshop Instructor, 2015                                                            

Mentor's Program, 2014 - 2016                                                                        

  • Mentor in a program which aims to expose medical students to a variety of specialties and begin to incorporate clinical thinking skills into the M1 curriculum

Residency Program Evaluation Committee, 2013 - 2016