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Akhil Maheshwari, MD is the current Editor-in-Chief of the newborn. He is a nominated member of the Society for Pediatric Research/American Pediatric Society, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), and a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He is also an elected fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (Edinburgh), the Global Newborn Society, Indian College of Haematology, and the Interdisciplinary Academic Research and Innovation Society (Amsterdam). 

Maheshwari received medical education at Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi and the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh in India. He then relocated to the University of Florida at Gainesville, Florida for further training in clinical pediatrics and laboratory research. Two years later, he relocated with the same team to the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine, Tampa, Florida to continue his research and to receive fellowship training in neonatology.

The image is a recent photograph of the Editor-in-Chief of our journal, the newborn.

He has served in faculty and departmental leadership positions at several Universities in the United States. His first appointment was at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he served for 6 years. In 2010, he was recruited to the University of Illinois at Chicago, as the Head of Neonatology and the Director of the Fellowship program in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine. In 2014, 4 years later, he was hired as the Professor of Neonatology, Pamela and Leslie Muma Endowed Chair in Neonatal Research, Chief of Neonatology, and Assistant Dean for Medical Education at the University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida. In 2018, he was recruited to the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland as the Director of Neonatology, Vice-Chair (Integration) of Pediatrics, and the Josephine S. Sutland Professor of Newborn Medicine. He has been perceived as highly-skilled in neonatal clinical care, basic and translational research, epidemiology, and healthcare management over the last 20 years. In 2021, he decided to dedicate 2 years to develop the Global Newborn Society and its journal, the newborn, and then, in June 2023, joined the Louisiana State University - Shreveport as a Professor of Pediatrics. 

Maheshwari is an expert in the mechanisms of inflammation in infants, particularly in their gastrointestinal tract. His recent work has been focused on macrophage biology. In addition to more than 200 invited lectures, he has published more than 180 peer-reviewed articles, contributed more than 50 chapters in leading textbooks of neonatology, and authored 7 textbooks. One of these, the Principles of Neonatology was released in November 2023. 

He serves on the editorial board of numerous medical journals, and has led many committees to review scientific proposals at the National Institutes of Health and at the American Heart Association. He also serves on the College of Reviewers at the CIHR and similar committees in the United Kingdom, Belgium, The Netherlands, and Hong Kong, China. As mentioned above, he is an active member of the APS, which seeks to promote child and adolescent health through advocacy, scholarship, education, and leadership. He also works at the Rotary Club (its Metro-Bethesda branch at Washington DC).

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