My research areas include lung development, surfactant and bronchopulmonary dysplasia lung injury of the preterm ventilated lung. My goal is to develop a new treatment using lower dose antenatal steroids for women at risk of preterm delivery.
One of my groundbreaking discoveries is identifying the pharmacology of surfactant and its components in the preterm lung.
I have been a physician and researcher for more than 40 years. I began my work at Cincinnati Children’s in 1989, after 20 years at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles.
Recognition and awards I’ve received include:
- Virginia Apgar Award from the American Association of Pediatrics (AAP) 2011
- Mary Ellen Award from the American Pediatric Society/Society for Pediatric Research (APS/SPR) 2017
- E. Mead Johnson Award for Pediatric Research from SPR
- Drake Medal from the University of Cincinnati School of Medicine
- Founders Award from the Pediatric Assembly of the American Thoracic Association 2021
I served as chair of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) Neonatal Research Network Steering Committee from 1995 to 2005 and chair of the NICHD Global Research Network Steering Committee from 2009 to 2016. I was an associate editor for the Journal of Pediatrics for 18 years. I am a consultant for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for infant mortality, and I was elected into the US National Institute of Medicine in 2007.
My research has been published in respected journals, such as the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, American Journal of Physiology Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology, The Journal of Pediatrics, and the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.