Carla S. Saunders

National Advisory Board Member
Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, East Tennessee Children’s Hospital

• Moderator Prevention Track: Preventing Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS)
Tuesday, March 29, 2016, 3:30 pm to 4:45 pm
• Moderator Treatment Track: Treatment and Long-Term Outcomes of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS)
Wednesday, March 30, 2016, 11:15 am to 12:30 pm
• Clinical Track: Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) and Universal Maternal Drug Testing
Wednesday, March 30, 2016, 3:30 pm to 4:45 pm

Saunders_Carla_updated-lgCarla Saunders has served as a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner since 1990. In 2010 she gathered a multidisciplinary team in response to the alarming rise of babies being admitted to the NICU with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS). They developed a standardized and holistic approach to the treatment of infants suffering from withdrawal created by maternal opiate exposure. The work done by her team is receiving local, state, national, and international attention. Ms. Saunders has received multiple awards for her leadership and advocacy, including: Advanced Practitioner of the Year for the Atlantic Region of Pediatrix Medical Group (2010), one of Great American Country’s Great American Heroes (2012), and the Margaret Steinbach Leadership Award for Pediatrix Medical Group (2013). She has testified before the Tennessee State Senate on behalf of Children’s Hospital Alliance of Tennessee in support of the Safe Harbor Act promoting prenatal care and substance abuse treatment in pregnant women. Ms. Saunders is an advisory board member for Tennessee Initiative for Perinatal Quality Care, Tennessee Alliance for Drug Endangered Children, TDOH Chronic Pain Guidelines task force and NAS Research Committee.