Speaker: Andy Muelenaer, M.D.,M.S., FAAP, FCCP

Title/Position: Professor of Pediatrics

Company: Virginia Tech

About Andy Muelenaer:

Andre A Muelenaer, Jr, MD, MS, recently retired after serving for 40 years as a board-certified pediatrician and pediatric pulmonologist.  He received his BS-Biology and MS-Zoology degrees from Virginia Tech, and his MD degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School.  He performed his general pediatric residency at William Beaumont Army Medical Center, followed by active duty as a pediatrician at Frankfurt Army Regional Medical Center, Germany, and Womack Army Hospital, Fort Bragg, NC.  After completing his pediatric pulmonology fellowship at the University of North Carolina, his first faculty appointment was at Duke University Medical Center where he served as chief of the sections of pediatric pulmonology and gastroenterology.  In 1991 he was recruited to help build the children’s programs of the Carilion Clinic in Roanoke, Virginia, as section chief of pediatric pulmonology and allergy.  Thirty years later, there is an accredited Children’s Hospital, a pediatric residency, and the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine.  His interest in home monitoring began while serving as a pediatrician at Fort Bragg.  He was involved in the early use of documenting monitors while a fellow at UNC, and established the home monitoring program at Duke University.  He designed and executed a disease management system to monitor NICU graduates from the Carilion Clinic in rural southwest Virginia that resulted in a reduction of NICU average length of stay by 7.5 days, and average cost by $19,400.  Dr Muelenaer continues as a professor of pediatrics at the medical school, and professor of practice in biomedical engineering at Virginia Tech.  His research interests focus on pediatric medical device development and global health issues.