2021 Neonatal Symposium

40th Annual Neonatology Symposium Advances and Controversies in Neonatal Medicine Presented by Vanderbilt University Medical Center, The Mildred Stahlman Division of Neonatology  

Amelia Wong, MD


Amelia grew up in Safety Harbor, located on the western shore of Tampa Bay, just ten minutes from Clearwater Beach. She attended the University of Florida, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. Upon graduating, Amelia returned to her hometown as a substitute teacher, and taught high school math. She attended Florida Atlantic University College of Medicine for medical school. After graduating from medical school, she married Michael, her high school sweetheart.  Outside of medicine, Amelia likes to spend as much time as she can outdoors. She enjoys running, playing soccer, and taking her dog, Dempsey, to the beach.

Medical School: Florida Atlantic University College of Medicine
College: University of Florida

Julie Wittwer, MD


Julie grew up in Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan, just outside the city of Detroit. She attended DePauw University where she majored in Biochemistry and competed on the tennis team. She then moved back home for medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit. During medical school, Julie was an active leader for FitKids 360 Detroit, a family-centered healthy lifestyle program. She is very passionate about encouraging children and their families to make healthy choices.  In her free time, she loves outdoor activities, especially tennis, running, and hiking. She also loves spending time with family and friends and listening to live music.

Medical School: Wayne State University School of Medicine
College: DePauw University

Rachel Werk, MD


Rachel was born in New York and grew up in Lake Mary, Florida. She attended the University of Florida (Go Gators!) and majored in Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience and minored in English. She graduated from the UF Honors Program and then bought a winter coat and moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to attend Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University. There, Rachel visited the Liberty Bell, ate pretzels, and learned how to become a doctor. She is extremely passionate about working with kids, especially Hematology/Oncology patients.  In her free time, Rachel enjoys painting and drawing, hosting potlucks, and staying active – from representing the Gators on the water polo team to dancing in Zumba classes and competing in the occasional run. Most of all, she loves to spend time with family and friends.

Medical School: Thomas Jefferson University
College: University of Florida

Wendi Wang, MD


Wendi was born in Houston, Texas, grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas, and later spent most of her teenage life in Cleveland, Ohio where she calls home. She then ventured back down south, where she attended undergrad at Vanderbilt University and double majored in Psychology and Medicine, Health, and Society.  In her free time, Wendi enjoys outdoor activities of all sorts, including hiking, biking, and running. She also loves trying new foods and new bars and can be regularly found on Yelp, scouting for new places to visit. Nashville has introduced her to the world of country music and she is excited to enjoy all the live music and amazing food “Music City” has to offer. Her family means the world to her and she could not have made it to this point without them.

Medical School: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
College: Vanderbilt University

Isabel Vallecillo-Viejo, MD, PhD


Isabel was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She attended Tufts University where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biopsychology and Community Health. After graduation, she moved back home to pursue an MD/PhD at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. There, she became passionate for both pediatrics and research. Her research interests include developing small molecule therapeutics for childhood illnesses. Isabel’s ultimate goal is to become a Physician-Scientist.  Outside of medicine and the lab, Isabel enjoys cooking, trying out new restaurants, listening to music, going on road trips, anything related to the beach, and spending time with her family (including her Puerto Rican sato “Adenina”).

Medical School: University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine
College: Tufts University