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Shipra Jain, MD

  • Member, Division of Neonatology and Pulmonary Biology
  • Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
My unwavering commitment to evidence-based medicine and a family-centered approach defines my practice as I care for fragile newborns.
Shipra Jain, MD



I practice neonatology at Cincinnati Children's and the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. I am also an active member of the multidisciplinary Neurological Newborn Intensive Care Unit (Neuro NICU) program, where we establish evidence-based neuroprotective guidelines for critically ill infants. My unwavering commitment to evidence-based medicine and a family-centered approach defines my practice as I care for fragile newborns. The opportunity to shape a child's future and connect with their family is immensely rewarding. I'm endlessly inspired by the tenacity and resilience displayed by these tiny warriors and excited to contribute to their well-being and to the field of neonatology.

Originally hailing from Delhi, India, I made the life-altering decision to pursue my professional growth in the United States in 2015. Following my residency in New York, my journey brought me to Cincinnati for my fellowship, where I found my true calling in neonatal care. My passion for pediatrics stems from a profound desire to serve vulnerable communities and my genuine love for children. I find fulfillment in the hands-on nature of intensive medicine, where I stand at the frontlines, providing holistic care to newborns.

My early career in neonatology has been profoundly shaped by a passionate pursuit of improving neurological outcomes for neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) graduates. My journey began during my residency at the State University of New York (SUNY) Downstate Medical Center. I immersed myself in clinical and laboratory research on neonatal brain injury and neurodevelopmental outcomes. As a pediatric resident, I delved into a study investigating intermittent hypoxia's impact on neonatal rats' neuronal development, exploring potential pharmaceutical interventions to mitigate hypoxic injury. This vital research was made possible through the generous support of the Alicia & Madu Rao, MD Family Foundation Pediatric Translational Research Grant. I was honored to receive the Laurence Finberg Award for Excellence in Pediatric Research for my contributions.

My commitment to advancing the field continued through my fellowship at Cincinnati Children's. I harnessed cutting-edge neuroimaging techniques, under the able guidance of Dr. Nehal Parikh, to identify brain abnormalities that serve as surrogate markers for neurodevelopmental impairments in very preterm infants exposed to maternal hypertensive disorders of pregnancy. Our findings revealed higher global brain abnormality scores in this exposed population.

I was privileged to present these impactful results at the Pediatric Academy Societies. I was honored with the Society for Pediatric Research Richard D. Rowe Award for Clinical Research by a Fellow (2022). Additionally, I was granted the Society for Pediatric Research Exchange Award, allowing me to share my research at the European Society of Pediatric Research in Barcelona, Spain. My journey in neonatology research has been marked by a steadfast commitment to enhancing the lives of our tiniest patients, and I eagerly look forward to continuing this vital work.

Outside of my professional pursuits, I enjoy exploring the great outdoors. Hiking and visiting national parks have become a cherished pastime, allowing me to connect with the natural world's beauty and serenity. Yoga is another passion of mine, providing not only physical strength but also a sense of inner peace and balance. Additionally, I've embraced the exhilarating sport of rock climbing, relishing its physical and mental challenges. These activities allow me to recharge, find inspiration and strike a harmonious balance in my life.

Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery: Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, Delhi, India.

MD: Vardhman Mahavir Medical College and Safdarjung Hospital, Delhi, India, August 2009-January 2016.

Pediatric Residency: SUNY Downstate Medical Center, New York, NY, July 2017-June 2020.

Clinical Fellowship: Division of Neonatology and Pulmonary Biology, Cincinnati Children's, Cincinnati, Ohio, July 2020-present.


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Early surgery in very preterm infants is associated with brain abnormalities on term MRI: a propensity score analysis. Kojima, K; Liu, C; Ehrlich, S; Kline-Fath, BM; Jain, S; Parikh, NA. Journal of Perinatology. 2023; 43:877-883.

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