Dr. Allen Cherer has provided care to ill newborns and their families for over three decades. He earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Virginia and secured his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia. During medical school, he developed an enduring interest in the problems that faced the most fragile of patients, the premature newborn. Dr. Allen Cherer completed his Pediatrics training at Kosair Children's Hospital at the University of Louisville School of Medicine where the Department Chairman was Dr. Billy F. Andrews, considered one of the founding fathers of Neonatology. At the conclusion of his residency, he was presented the Robert G. Spurling Memorial Award as the outstanding senior house officer. Dr. Allen Cherer was commissioned as an officer in the USAF Medical Corps, becoming Chief of Pediatrics at the USAF Regional Hospital Minot (North Dakota) and serving on the clinical teaching faculty of the University of North Dakota School of Medicine. Following a Neonatal-Perinatal fellowship in the Joint Program in Neonatology at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Cherer has cared for sick newborns in Georgia, California, and North Carolina. During this time, he helped develop specialized teams to safely transport ill newborns from community hospitals and continues to participate in the teaching of the Newborn Resuscitation Program and the S.T.A.B.L.E. Program. Most recently, he has been a hospital physician leader in the Vermont Oxford Network Collaborative to improve care to infant's and families affected by substance abuse disorders and in the Perinatal Quality Collaborative of North Carolina (PQCNC) to more fully engage patients and families in medical care practices. Dr. Allen Cherer is Board-certified in Pediatrics and in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a member of the Section on Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine and the North Carolina Pediatric Society.