Manuel DeCastro, MD,
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at New York Medical College
Nursery Site Director at the Orange Regional Medical Center
Education & Training:
College: University of the Philippines, 1987
Medical School: Far Eastern University Medical Foundation, Manila, Philippines, 1992
Residency: Elmhurst Medical Center, Queens, 1999
Fellowship: New York Medical College / Westchester Medical Center, 2002
Pediatric Boards: 2001
Neonatal-Perinatal Boards: 2005
Dr. Manuel DeCastro is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at New York Medical College and Nursery Site Director at the Orange Regional Medical Center.
His clinical interest is comparing the postnatal use of betamethasone and dexamethasone in extremely low birth weight infants with evolving bronchopulmonary disease.
Previous data has shown that the use of postnatal BETA showed a reduction in FiO2 requirement comparable to DEXA in the 14d following initiation of treatment with less magnitude of metabolic side effects on serum glucose and daily weight change. There was no incidence of PVL in the BETA treated group. BETA has a slower rise in its peak blood levels, is a 50:50 acetate/phosphate mixture, crosses the blood-brain-barrier more slowly in animals and was used at a lower dose for a shorter duration than DEXA. These data suggest that short course BETA may be a more suitable therapy for evolving BPD.