The Florida CMV Collaborative: Another Approach to Impacting Change

November 11, 2020 – Thank you to Cedric Pritchett, Janel Cosby and Frances Saccoccio for the wonderful presentation today. The Florida CMV Collaborative is a working group of vested stakeholders concerned and committed to advancing better outcomes for children in Florida with congenital CMV.

They are a true testament to the power of passionate advocacy and collaboration. Thanks to their tireless efforts, they have made great strides in educational awareness, research and legislative advocacy. Check out their presentation to learn more!

About the Presenters:

Janel L. Cosby is a Lecturer, clinical audiologist and researcher at the University of Central Florida. Dr. Cosby received her undergraduate degree from UCF and AUD/PHD degrees from East Carolina University. Dr. Cosby, a former AG Bell Fellow, provides clinical evaluations for pediatric and adult patients. She maintains certifications with ASHA and AAA and is a Florida AG Bell board member. Research initiatives and interests include: Cytomegalovirus; Tinnitus, Tympanometry and Intracranial Pressure, Cochlear Implants, Health Literacy and Aural Rehabilitation-Speech Perception/Cognitive Processing in older adults.

Cedric V. Pritchett is a pediatric otolaryngologist at the Nemours Children’s Hospital in Orlando, FL where he is the medical director of the Cochlear Implant Program and an assistant professor in Otolaryngology in the College of Medicine at the University of Central Florida. Dr. Pritchett received his MD and MPH degrees from the College of Medicine and College of Public Health at The Ohio State University. He completed his training in Otolaryngology at the University of Michigan Health System and his fellowship in Pediatric Otolaryngology at Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago with Northwestern University. Dr. Pritchett, a Fellow in the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology, serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of the National CMV Foundation, and is a founding member of the Florida CMV Collaborative.

Frances M. Saccoccio is a pediatric infectious diseases specialist at the University of Florida Shands Children’s Hospital in Gainesville, FL. Dr. Saccoccio received her MD and PhD degrees from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine in Richmond, VA. She completed pediatric residency training at Virginia Commonwealth University Health System in Richmond, VA and pediatric infectious diseases fellowship training at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, NC. Dr. Saccoccio’s fellowship training was supported by the Pediatric Infectious Disease Society Fellowship Award sponsored by the National CMV Foundation. Dr. Saccoccio has been active in congenital CMV research for over 10 years.