Newborn Screening and Follow-up Technical Advisory Board 


The Newborn Screening and Follow Up Technical Advisory Board is a multi-disciplinary committee with members appointed by the Secretary of Health.  The members include both medical and laboratory experts in newborn screening and treatment, as well as, representatives of parent organizations and other groups having knowledge and interest in newborn screening.


This technical advisory board provides recommendations, guidance and support to the Department of Health staff that have the responsibility for the planning, evaluation, modification and management of the statewide Newborn Screening and Follow-Up Program.


Current Members


Gerard Vockley, M.D., Ph.D. (Human Genetics and Pediatrics) Chairman

Chief of Medical Genetics

Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, PA


Robert Cicco, M.D. (Neonatologist) Co-Chairman

President, American Academy of Pediatrics

West Penn Hospital

Pittsburgh, PA


Cheston Berlin, M.D. (PKU Specialist)

Hershey Medical Center

Hershey, PA


Ying Tai Chang, M.D., M.P.H (Pediatric Endocrinologist)

Hershey Medical Center

Hershey, PA


Rita Rhoads-Martinez, M.P.H, CRNP, CNM (Nurse Mid-wife)

Founder, Birth Care

Lancaster County, PA


Edward Smith (Genetic Counselor)

Magee Women’s Hospital

Pittsburgh, PA


Laurie Varlotta, M.D. (Pediatric Pulmonologist)

St. Christopher's Hospital for Children

Philadelphia, PA


Michael Yudell, Ph.D., M.P.H. (Ethicist)

Drexel University

Philadelphia, PA