Newborn Brain Society

Michael D. Weiss, M.D., FAAP

Co-Chair of Educational Committee

Dr. Michael Weiss is a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Florida. Dr. Weiss obtained his Bachelor of Arts and Sciences, Biology Major from Florida State University in 1990. He attended the Program in Medical Science at Florida State University from 1990-1991. From 1991-1994, he attended the University of Florida College of Medicine and obtained a Doctor of Medicine upon graduation. He completed his Pediatric Residency at the Medical College of Georgia from 1994-1997.

He then returned to the University of Florida from 1997-2000 and completed Fellowship Training in Neonatology. Dr. Weiss joined the faculty at the University of Florida upon graduation from Fellowship training. Dr. Weiss has a strong interest in neonatal neurology, neonatal brain injury and protection and regenerative medicine. He currently performs both basic science and clinical research on these topics. He currently is the Medical Director for the Hypothermia Program at the University of Florida.

In 2011, Dr. Weiss established the Florida Neonatal Neurologic Network (FN3). FN3 is a long-term collaboration between 14 level III neonatal ICUs throughout the State of Florida. FN3 currently has a standardized hypothermia protocol with the same entry criteria, standardized systemic supportive care protocols, a centralized data repository for capturing patient demographics (REDCap), standardized MRI result reporting, a standardized developmental follow-up time line, and a serum sample repository located at the University of Florida. The network has quarterly conference calls. FN3 is innovative because the network and infrastructure was put in place before the research study began. Most studies create the infrastructure after a study is funded. In addition, the network has a strong teaching component with on-demand lectures on the network website, outreach teaching sessions, resources for families and an annual State of Florida meeting that attracts leaders in the field to speak at the conference.