Ariel Salas, MD, MSPH

The Division of Neonatology
Academic Title
Assistant Professor
Other Titles
Director, Helping babies Feed Program and NEC/Short Bowel Prevention Program / Medical Director, Mother's Milk Bank of Alabama / Associate Medical Director, Continuing Care Nursery
Secondary Address
1700 6th Avenue South
WIC, Suite 9380
Birmingham, AL 35233
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University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Al; Master of Science in Public Health
Medical School
Universidad Mayor de San Andres Med School, Bolivia; Doctor of Medicine
The Children's Hospital Dr Ovidio Aliaga U, Bolivia / The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, PA
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Notable Publications and Presentations
Principal Investigator On

Early Life Protein-enriched Human Milk Diets to Increase Lean Body Mass Accretion and Diversity of the Gut Microbiome in Extremely Preterm Infants: A Randomized Trial awarded by National Institute of Child Health and Human Development/NIH/DHHS 2020 - 2025
Effect Of Increased Enteral Protein On Body Composition Of Preterm Infants: A Randomized Trial awarded by KAUL PEDIATRIC RESEARCH INSTITUTE 2018 - 2020
A Phase II Multi-site Study of Autologous Cord Blood Cells for Hypoxic lschemic Encephalopathy (HIE) awarded by Duke University 2016 - 2018
Early Progressive Feeding in Human Milk-Fed Extremely Preterm Infants: A Randomized Trial awarded by Gerber Foundation 2016 - 2017

Investigator On

Center for Clinical and Translational Science (3 Linked Awards UL1, KL2, TL1) awarded by National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences/NIH/DHHS 2019 - 2024
Cooperative Multi-center Neonatal Research Network-UAB awarded by National Institute of Child Health and Human Development/NIH/DHHS 2016 - 2023
NICHD Neonatal Research Network (NRN) awarded by RTI INTERNATIONAL 2017 - 2020
Private Grant awarded by WINDTREE THERAPEUTICS, INC. 2016 - 2019
Special Interests
Dr. Salas’ research interests include enteral nutrition and feeding problems in preterm infants. The focus of his current work is optimization of quantitative and qualitative outcomes of growth to reduce adverse neurodevelopmental outcomes in early childhood after early establishment of full enteral feeding in extremely preterm infants. His long-term goal is to become a successful independent investigator that designs, implements, and leads research teams in the conduct of multicenter randomized clinical trials, particularly in the understudied area of nutrition in very preterm infants.
Physician Type
Pediatric Neonatologist
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