Rita P. Verma, M.D., F.A.A.P. is currently working as professor of clinical pediatrics, and director of research and neonatal-perinatal medicine at Nassau University Medical Center, East Meadow, New York, USA. She was trained in neonatal-perinatal medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago, following which she served as a faculty member in the department of pediatrics and division of neonatal-perinatal medicine at Hahnemann University Hospital, Philadelphia; State University of New York, Stony brook; and the University of Maryland at Baltimore. She has conducted and directed research in clinical as well as basic neonatology, focusing mainly on the vulnerable population of extremely low birth weight infants. She has authored over hundred manuscripts and abstracts and is on the editorial board of several journals. She has delivered invited keynote lectures at numerous national and international conferences and has served as a member of their organizing committees. Her current activities, in addition to clinical care of sick neonates, include directing and performing research in neonatology, authoring scientific manuscripts, reviewing research manuscripts for national and international journals and mentoring post graduate trainees in pediatrics. She is an active member of several committees and subcommittees of the American Academy of Pediatrics and contributes to their policy and protocol review processes.