Beena Kamath-Rayne is a neonatologist and global health professional with expertise in neonatal resuscitation and medical education. She currently serves as the Vice President, Global Newborn and Child Health at the American Academy of Pediatrics where she oversees neonatal global health, clinical skills and resuscitation training, and simulation. She currently practices clinical medicine through Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

Dr. Kamath-Rayne received B.A. degrees in Biological Anthropology/Anatomy and History at Duke University and her M.D. at Georgetown University. She completed her pediatrics residency and neonatal-perinatal fellowship training at University of Colorado Health Sciences/Children’s Hospital of Colorado, and then spent 10 years practicing academic medicine at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. In between her residency and fellowship training, she spent two years living and working abroad as a general practitioner in a clinic in rural Ecuador and as a neonatal registrar/fellow at the Children’s Hospital of Westmead in Sydney, Australia. She earned a Masters of Public Health from the Colorado School of Public Health and is currently board certified in General Pediatrics and Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine.

Dr. Kamath-Rayne has expertise in clinical research and quality improvement which has earned her funding from NIH, Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Foundation, AAMC, Gates Foundation, among others. Recently, her research has focused on the educational and clinical outcomes after implementation of Helping Babies Breathe, a global curriculum for neonatal resuscitation. Before joining the AAP, she was the Associate Editor for the 2nd Edition of Helping Babies Breathe and more recently participated in a technical working group to transition HBB to the new World Health Organization Essential Newborn Care Course, 2nd Edition. She has served as a member of the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation Neonatal Delegation since 2016. Her over 85 publications address a variety of topics affecting neonatal and pediatric outcomes. She has successfully built teams of collaborators from a variety of disciplines including obstetrics, pediatrics, infection control, biostatistics, simulation, medical education and more.