Dr. Bergner’s research focuses on neonatal nutrition with a particular emphasis on human milk and lactational programming. Her work has focused on both the short and long-term outcomes of preterm infants that received diets containing human milk and donor human milk-based fortifiers. Additionally, she has a special interest in infants with specific nutritional challenges and the intestinal rehabilitation population.
Fun Fact: "I once ended up sitting in Centre Court at the Wimbledon Championships on accident."
University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, Oklahoma City, OK - 2012
Residency: Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX - 2015
Fellowship: Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX - 2018
American Board of Pediatrics, General Pediatrics
Dr. Bergner aims to investigate the role nutritional elements play in the health and development of infants that are at high risk for growth failure and poor outcomes. She has a particular emphasis on human milk, donor human milk-derived fortifiers and early influencers of long-term metabolic health and disease. Recently, Dr. Bergner received the Southern Society for Pediatric Research’s Young Investigator in Clinical Science Award for her work evaluating the post-discharge growth, body composition, and neurodevelopment of preterm infants receiving an exclusive human milk diet in the neonatal intensive care unit. Her work in the preterm population complements additional investigations surrounding the clinical care of infants with congenital abnormalities and those requiring intestinal rehabilitation. Utilizing the knowledge gained from research endeavors, Dr. Bergner hopes to further the understanding of dietary factors that impact growth and development in vulnerable patient populations, improve the means of assessing their impact in neonates, and develop novel nutritional strategies to combat the evolution of long-term health consequences.
Select Honors & Accomplishments:
2018 - Arnold J. Rudolph Award, Baylor College of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Section of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
2018 - Travel Award for Young Investigators, Pediatric Academic Societies
2018 - Young Investigator Award in Clinical Science, Southern Society for Pediatric Research
2016 - Travel Award for Young Investigators, Pediatric Academic Societies
2015 - Distinguished Resident Educator, Baylor College of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics
- Bergner, E. M., Shypailo, R., Visuthranukul, C., Hagan, J., O'Donnell, A. R., Hawthorne, K. M., Abrams, S. A., Hair, A. B. (2020). Growth, Body Composition, and Neurodevelopmental Outcomes at 2 Years Among Preterm Infants Fed an Exclusive Human Milk Diet in the NICU: A Pilot Study. Breastfeeding Medicine, 15(5), 304-311. PMID: 32298596
- Burge, K., Bergner, E. M., Gunasekaran, A., Eckert, J. V., Chaaban, H. (2020). The Role of Glycosaminoglycans in Protection from Neonatal Necrotizing Enterocolitis: A Narrative Review. Nutrients, 12, 546. PMID: 32093194
- Bergner, E. M., Gollins, L., Massieu, A., Hurst, N., Hair, A. B. (2018). Nutritional Considerations in the Care of Conjoined Twins. Semin Perinatol. PMID: 30197028