Melissa Engel, MD, is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Neonatology. She received her MD from the University of Minnesota Medical School Twin Cities, completed residency in pediatrics at the Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, VA and returned to the state for her Neonatal-Perinatal fellowship at the University of Minnesota. She is the medical director of the Cardiovascular Neurodevelopmental Follow-up Clinic, which focuses on early childhood development for infants with critical congenital heart disease that requires surgery. Her research interests include state-wide Critical Congenital Heart Disease (CCHD) screening and neurodevelopmental outcomes for children with congenital heart disease. In addition, Melissa is the liaison for the University of Minnesota's membership in CNOC—the Cardiac Neurodevelopmental Outcome Collaborative—which aims to improve early childhood development with international collaboration for ongoing research in critical congenital heart diseases and subsequent medical therapies.
Neonatology; Congenital Heart Disease; Neurodevelopmental Outcomes in premature infants and infants with Congenital Heart Disease