The Pediatric Initiative Network (PIN) is an international group of providers dedicated to preserving and protecting the fertility of children and adolescents at risk for infertility due to medical conditions or treatments.

During quarterly group conference calls, and interval committee conference calls, PIN members discuss topics such as: 1) strategies to optimize fertility related care for youth, 2) new or ongoing collaborative research projects, and 3) processes and barriers to developing pediatric fertility preservation programs. Please email Leena.nahata@nationwidechildrens.org for more information, or to join the PIN.

Leadership:

PIN CHAIR: Leena Nahata, M.D. is an Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at The Ohio State University, board-certified pediatric endocrinologist at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, and the founder and Medical Director of the Fertility and Reproductive Health Program at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. As an NIH-funded Principal Investigator in the Center for Biobehavioral Health at the Abigail Wexner Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, she is conducting several clinical research studies to examine outcomes and predictors of fertility preservation utilization in pediatric populations at risk for infertility, including youth with cancer, differences of sex development, and gender dysphoria. She is a member of the Children’s Oncology Group and PanCareLIFE male fertility preservation task forces, and the Reproductive Health chapter lead for the World Professional Association for Transgender Health Standards of Care Version 8.

Leena.nahata@nationwidechildrens.org

PIN VICE-CHAIR: Molly Moravek, M.D., M.P.H. is an Assistant Professor in the departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Urology at the University of Michigan.  She is a board-certified Reproductive Endocrinologist and is the Director of the Fertility Preservation Program at Michigan Medicine, where she also serves as the IVF Medical Director. Her research interests include long-term outcomes of fertility preservation, transgender care and fertility, ovarian tissue cryopreservation and reimplantation techniques, access to fertility care, and fertility and hormone replacement in cancer survivors. She is active in both translational and clinical research, and has received funding from the American Society for Reproductive Medicine and the NIH to study fertility and fertility preservation in a transgender mouse model. She also vice-chairs the LGBTQ Special Interest Group of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.

mpenderg@med.umich.edu

COMMITTEES:

Best Practices – The mission of this committee is to develop strategies to optimize fertility related care for at-risk youth.

Chair: Lillian Meacham, M.D. is a pediatric endocrinologist who developed the Cancer Survivor Program of the Aflac Cancer Center at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta where 1500 survivors are followed. She is also the program director for the Fertility Preservation and Reproductive Health Program for the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center.  Her work in gonadal late effects includes being the senior char of the COG Long-Term Follow-Up Guideline Ovarian Taskforce and the Testicular Taskforce for 10+ years.  She has also participated in international collaborations to harmonize long term follow-up guidelines for premature ovarian insufficiency, testicular dysfunction, fertility preservation and obstetrical care. She has over 25 years of experience treating endocrine late effects of cancer therapy.

lillian.meacham@emory.edu

Vice-Chair: Holly Hoefgen, M.D. is Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology within the Division of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. She is also the co-founder and co-director of the Integrated Care & Fertility Preservation Program at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. She was previously the Co-Director and lead gynecologist for the Comprehensive Fertility Care & Preservation Program Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Her academic interests include ovarian tissue preservation, improving access to fertility preservation and gynecologic late effects of gonadotoxic treatments in this population.

hollyhoefgen@wustl.edu

Navigator Subcommittee: Led by Stacy Whiteside, CPNP-AC, this is a new subcommittee of fertility preservation navigators dedicated to improving access to fertility related care for at-risk youth. Stacy is an Oncology Advanced Practice Nurse and serves as the full-time fertility preservation navigator at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.  

Stacy.Whiteside@nationwidechildrens.org

Research – The mission of this committee is to design and implement collaborative multi-site research studies to advance fertility related care for at-risk youth. 

Chair: Dr. Veronica Gomez-Lobo is the Director of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. She is the site PI for the Disorder of Sex Development-Translational Research Network and has recently developed a multi-site ovarian tissue cryopreservation database. She served as President of the North American Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology (NASPAG) in 2016-2017.

Veronica.Gomez-Lobo@MedStar.net

Vice-Chair: Krista Childress, M.D. is an Assistant Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics within the Division of Gynecologic Specialties at Emory University, and has secondary appointments in Pediatric Surgery and Pediatrics at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA). She is a member of the fertility preservation program at CHOA and an active member of the North American Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology (NASPAG), where she serves as a member of the Advisory Board for the Fellows Research Consortium, Chair of the NASPAG Website Committee, and lead of the Physician In-Training SIG during the annual NASPAG meeting. She is also the incoming Vice Chair of the PAGSIG of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.

krista.childress@emory.edu

Past PIN Chair/OPEN Liaison: Leslie Coker Appiah, M.D. is an Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus and a member of the Section of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology at Children’ Hospital Colorado (CHCO). She is the Director of the Fertility Preservation and Reproductive Late Effects Program at the Colorado Cancer Center and the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at CHCO. Dr. Appiah is an American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) Clinical Reproductive Scientist Training (CREST) Scholar and chairs several national committees dedicated to reproductive health. Her research interests include fertility preservation and risk reduction in the CAYA population, hormone replacement therapy in chemotherapy induced ovarian insufficiency and gynecologic care in survivorship.

Leslie.Appiah@osumc.edu