Division Chief, Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine
Professor, Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine
Professor, Department of Biomedical Informatics
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Dr. Neelkamal Soares is a Professor in the Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine and the Department of Biomedical Informatics. He is Board Certified in Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics. He is employed with Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine. He earned his MD at the University of Mumbai, LTM Medical College in 1995. He completed his Residency at the University of Illinois at Chicago in Pediatrics in 1999. He went on to complete his Fellowship in Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics at the University of Maryland-Baltimore in 2002. He has been involved in the clinical care (diagnosis and treatment) of children with these conditions for over 20 years, and has practiced in academic and community settings. He has been primary investigator and co-investigator on numerous funded studies with funding from federal, private, and international sources. He has over a decade of expertise in telehealth activities (both clinical and research), and has published and presented nationally and internationally on the subject.
- American Board of Pediatrics (Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics)
Education and Training
- Fellowship 2002, Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics, University of Maryland-Baltimore
- Residency 1999, Pediatrics, University of Illinois at Chicago
- MBBS 1995, LTM Medical College, University of Mumbai
- English, fluent
- Marathi, fluent
- Developmental Disabilities
- Autism spectrum disorder
Fogler J.M., Ratliff-Schaub K., McGuinn L., Crutchfield P., Schwartz J., Soares N. OpenNotes: Anticipatory Guidance and Ethical Considerations for Pediatric Psychologists in Interprofessional Settings Journal of Pediatric Psychology. 2022;47:189-194.
Gratz O., Vos D., Burke M., Soares N. Assessment of Agreement Between Human Ratings and Lexicon-Based Sentiment Ratings of Open-Ended Responses on a Behavioral Rating Scale Assessment. 2022;29:1075-1085.
Keder R.D., Mittal S., Stringer K., Wallis K.E., Wallace J.E., Soares N.S. Society for Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics Position Statement on Telehealth Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. 2022;43:55-59.
Singhal S., Billian J., Kloosterman C., Bailey T., Soares N. Low Rates of Clinician Monitoring for Second Generation Antipsychotic Medications in Community Pediatric Practice Community Mental Health Journal. 2022;58:541-546.
Soares N., Mitchell R., McGoff T., Bailey T., Wellman G.S. Taste Perceptions of Common Pediatric Antibiotic Suspensions and Associated Prescribing Patterns in Medical Residents Journal of Pediatric Pharmacology and Therapeutics. 2022;27:316-323.
Srinivasan R., Wallis K.E., Soares N. Global Trends in Telehealth among Clinicians in Developmental-Behavioral Pediatric Practice: A COVID-19 Snapshot Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. 2022;43:32-37.
Burke M., Soares N. Children with Disabilities, Eighth Edition Journal of developmental and behavioral pediatrics : JDBP. 2021;42(3):219.
Cates K., Soares N. Need for Integrated Behavior Health Model in Primary Care Pediatric Clinics of North America. 2021;68:533-540.
Greydanus D.E., Rowland D.C., Patel D.R., Soares N. Psychopharmacology of pediatric attention-deficit/ hyperactivity disorder Psychiatric Annals. 2021;51:459-466.
Lu S., O'Halloran T., Soares N. The Many Roles of Pediatric Integrated Behavioral Health Specialists Pediatric Clinics of North America. 2021;68:541-549.
Manning J., Billian J., Matson J., Allen C., Soares N. Perceptions of Families of Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder during the COVID-19 Crisis Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. 2021;51:2920-2928.
Singhal S., Kloosterman C., Billian J., Bailey T., Soares N. Most second-generation antipsychotic prescriptions in community practice are neither fda-approved nor within prescribing guideline recommendations Journal of Pediatric Pharmacology and Therapeutics. 2021;26:460-466.
Soares N. Introduction: Telehealth in pediatrics Current Problems in Pediatric and Adolescent Health Care. 2021;51
Soares N., Singhal S., Kloosterman C., Bailey T. An Interdisciplinary Approach to Reducing Errors in Extracted Electronic Health Record Data for Research Perspectives in health information management. 2021;18
Wallis K.E., Mulé C., Mittal S., Cerda N., Shaffer R., Scott A., Langkamp D., Augustyn M., Perrin E., Soares N., Blum N.J. Use of Telehealth in Fellowship-Affiliated Developmental Behavioral Pediatric Practices During the COVID-19 Pandemic Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. 2021;42:314-321.
Weitzman C., Augustyn M., Froehlich T., Mehlenbeck R., Mendelsohn A.L., Nielsen B.A., Soares N., Voigt R.G., Walton J., Zlomke K., Fogler J., Keder R.D., Ratliff-Schaub K., Wallis K.E. Recommendations for the Biden-Harris Administration. A Statement of Priorities from the Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. 2021;42:152-153.
Agana M., Vos D., Williams M., Baumgartner H., Soares N. Using Simulation in Training Pediatric Residents on Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Scoring: An Experimental Study Advances in Neonatal Care. 2020;20:E85-E92.
Cabral M.D.I., Liu S., Soares N. Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder: diagnostic criteria, epidemiology, risk factors and evaluation in youth Translational Pediatrics. 2020;9:S104-S113.
Hodges H., Fealko C., Soares N. Autism spectrum disorder: Definition, epidemiology, causes, and clinical evaluation Translational Pediatrics. 2020;9:S55-S65.
Kanungo S., Barr J., Crutchfield P., Fealko C., Soares N. Ethical Considerations on Pediatric Genetic Testing Results in Electronic Health Records Applied Clinical Informatics. 2020;11:755-763.
Munzer T., Hussain K., Soares N. Dyslexia: neurobiology, clinical features, evaluation and management Translational Pediatrics. 2020;9:S36-S45.
Shrestha M., Lautenschleger J., Soares N. Non-pharmacologic management of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder in children and adolescents: a review Translational Pediatrics. 2020;9:S114-S124.
Solomon D., Soares N. Telehealth approaches to care coordination in autism spectrum disorder Interprofessional Care Coordination for Pediatric Autism Spectrum Disorder: Translating Research into Practice. 2020:289-306.
Zebolsky A., Vos D., Soares N. Awareness of genetic testing for children with autism spectrum disorder among caregivers in an autism support group Journal of Community Genetics. 2020;11:405-411.
Agana M., Apple R., Alavi Z., Gibb T., Soares N., Augustyn M. Caring for the Transgender Adolescent: It Takes a Village Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. 2019;40:397-399.
Coker T.R., Porras-Javier L., Zhang L., Soares N., Park C., Patel A., Tang L., Chung P.J., Zima B.T. A telehealth-enhanced referral process in pediatric primary care: A cluster randomized trial Pediatrics. 2019;143
Soares N., White K.E., Christensen R.T., Christiansen A., Apple R. Collaborating with Families and Law Enforcement Agencies to Improve Outcomes for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. 2019;40:659-668.
Contreras S., Porras-Javier L., Zima B.T., Soares N., Park C., Patel A., Chung P.J., Coker T.R. Development of a telehealth-coordinated intervention to improve access to community-based mental health Ethnicity and Disease. 2018;28:457-466.
Greydanus D.E., Agana M., Kamboj M.K., Shebrain S., Soares N., Eke R., Patel D.R. Pediatric obesity: Current concepts Disease-a-Month. 2018;64:98-156.
Gupta S., Caskey A., Soares N., Augustyn M. Autism spectrum disorder and mental health comorbidity leading to prolonged inpatient admission Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. 2018;39(6):523-525.
Soares N., Corley F., Evans T. Cystic fibrosis and child development Chronic Disease and Disability: The Pediatric Lung. 2018:215-224.
Soares N., Evans T., Patel D. Specific learning disability in mathematics: A comprehensive review Translational Pediatrics. 2018;7:48-62.
Hegde S., Gajre M.P., Shah H., Soares N.S. Interprofessional education and practice in an Indian setting Journal of Taibah University Medical Sciences. 2017;12:265-267.
Patel D.R., Soares N., Wells K. Neurodevelopmental readiness of children for participation in sports Translational Pediatrics. 2017;6:167-173.
Soares N., Baum R., Patel D. Developmental-behavioral pediatrics education in the United States: challenges in the midst of healthcare evolution International journal of medical education. 2017;8:396-399.
Soares N., Dewalle J., Marsh B. Utilizing patient geographic information system data to plan telemedicine service locations Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. 2017;24:891-896.
Soares N., Kay J., Craven G. Mobile Robotic Telepresence Solutions for the Education of Hospitalized Children Perspectives in health information management. 2017;14
Vyas K., Stratton T., Soares N. Sources of medical student stress Education for Health: Change in Learning and Practice. 2017;30:232-235.
Soares N., Gajre M., Manglani M. Building Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics in Low-Middle Income Countries Through International Collaboration Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. 2016;37:508-510.
Soares N.S., Graf T., Patel D.R. Healthcare utilization and costs for individuals with disabilities Health Care for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Across the Lifespan. 2016:2035-2052.
Xu Q., Cheung S., Soares N. LittleHelper: An augmented reality glass application to assist individuals with autism in job interview 2015 Asia-Pacific Signal and Information Processing Association Annual Summit and Conference, APSIPA ASC 2015. 2016:1276-1279.
Chung P.J., Vanderbilt D.L., Soares N.S. Social Behaviors and Active Videogame Play in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder Games for Health Journal. 2015;4:225-234.
Reese R., Slone N., Soares N., Sprang R. Using telepsychology to provide a group parenting program: A preliminary evaluation of effectiveness Psychological Services. 2015;12:274-282.
Soares N., Patel D. Dyscalculia Behavioral Pediatrics: Fourth Edition. 2015:117-131.
Soares N., Stratton T., Wilson J. Medical students' comfort with children Clinical Teacher. 2015;12:176-180.
Soares N.S., Baum R.A., Frick K.D. Improving developmental-behavioral pediatric care workflow Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. 2015;36:45-52.
Xu W., Cheung S., Soares N. Affect-preserving privacy protection of video Proceedings - International Conference on Image Processing, ICIP. 2015;2015-December:158-162.
Chung P.J., Baum R.A., Soares N.S., Chan E. Introduction to quality improvement part one: Defining the problem, making a plan Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. 2014;35:460-466.
Chung P.J., Baum R.A., Soares N.S., Chan E. Introduction to quality improvement part two: Making and maintaining change Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. 2014;35:543-548.
Soares N., Wu Q., Kanungo S. Developmental-Behavioral Pediatric Teaching of Medical Students: A National COMSEP Survey Teaching and Learning in Medicine. 2014;26:366-372.
Soares N.S., Hobson W.L., Ruch-Ross H., Finneran M., Varrasso D.A., Keller D. The influence of community access to child health (CATCH) program on community pediatrics Pediatrics. 2014;133
Kanungo S., Soares N., He M., Steiner R.D. Sterol metabolism disorders and neurodevelopment-an update Developmental Disabilities Research Reviews. 2013;17:197-210.
Nielsen B.A., Baum R.A., Soares N.S. Navigating ethical issues with electronic health records in developmental-behavioral pediatric practice Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. 2013;34:45-51.
Soares N.S., Johnson A.O., Patidar N. Geomapping telehealth access to developmental-behavioral pediatrics Telemedicine and e-Health. 2013;19:585-590.
Vyas K.S., Brancato C., Soares N.S. WHO growth chart awareness among clinicians in Kentucky Southern Medical Journal. 2013;106:495-499.
Reese R.J., Slone N.C., Soares N., Sprang R. Telehealth for underserved families: An evidence-based parenting program Psychological Services. 2012;9:320-322.
Soares N., Vyas K., Perry B. Clinician perceptions of pediatric growth chart use and electronic health records in Kentucky Applied Clinical Informatics. 2012;3:437-447.
Soares N.S., Langkamp D.L. Telehealth in developmental-behavioral pediatrics Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. 2012;33:656-665.
Soares N.S., Patel D.R. Office screening and early identification of children with autism Pediatric Clinics of North America. 2012;59:89-102.
- Mixed Methods Analysis of Reflective Statements of Residents following the Developmental-Behavioral Pediatric Rotation. Fledderman N, Slavin L, Dravin D, Soares N, 40th Annual Kalamazoo Community Medical and Health Sciences Research Day, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 04/2022
- Debt and Personal Financial Well-being of Family Medicine Residents: A CERA Study. Ellwood S, Weathers J, DeMello J, Graves L, Antoun J, Soares N, 40th Annual Kalamazoo Community Medical and Health Sciences Research Day, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 04/2022
- Correlation of Qualitative Analysis of Open-Ended Responses and F-Index on a Behavior Rating Scale. Burke M, Lorber A, Soares N, 38th Annual Kalamazoo Community Medical and Health Sciences Virtual Research Day, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 04/2021
- Mixed Methods Analysis of Open Ended Responses on a Pediatric Behavioral Rating Scale. Schmidt C, Burke M, Soares N, 38th Annual Kalamazoo Community Medical and Health Sciences Virtual Research Day, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 04/2021
- Lessons Learned Through the Implementation of an Evidence-Based Alert Within the Electronic Health Record. Singhal S, Soares N, 38th Annual Kalamazoo Community Medical and Health Sciences Virtual Research Day, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 04/2021