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Jennifer McAllister, MD, IBCLC

  • Medical Director, West Chester Hopsital Special Care Nursery
  • Medical Director, University of Cincinnati Newborn Nursery
  • Medical Director, Neonatal Opioid Withdrawal Syndrome (NOWS) Follow-Up Clinic
I enjoy working with new parents and their infants as they start their journey into parenthood.



I am a pediatrician with special interests in newborn care, breastfeeding and follow-up care for infants with prenatal opioid exposure. I enjoy working with new parents and their infants as they start their journey into parenthood. It's a time of significant change as families experience the challenges that come with having a new baby.

In my practice, I approach patients as if I'm speaking to my own family and friends. I enjoy discussing shared experiences while also providing evidenced-based practices. Often, I see my role as an educator. I strive to be approachable as I want parents to feel comfortable bringing forth any questions and concerns.

As an international board-certified lactation consultant (IBCLC), I love helping families with the successes and sometimes difficulties that come with breastfeeding. I also direct the Cincinnati Children’s Neonatal Opioid Withdrawal Syndrome (NOWS) Follow-Up Clinic, which provides care for infants and children exposed to opioids prenatally. In my clinical research, I focus on the short- and long-term medical and developmental outcomes of prenatal opioid exposure.

In my free time, I enjoy traveling, spending time outdoors with my family and participating in triathlons.

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Rates of substance and polysubstance use through universal maternal testing at the time of delivery. Smith, BL; Hall, ES; McAllister, JM; Marcotte, MP; Setchell, KD R; Megaraj, V; Jimenez, KL; John Winhusen, T; Wexelblatt, SL. Journal of Perinatology. 2022; 42:1026-1031.

Regional comparison of self-reported late pregnancy cigarette smoking to mass spectrometry analysis. Hall, ES; McAllister, JM; Kelly, EA; Setchell, KD R; Megaraj, V; Jimenez, KL; Nidey, N; Greenberg, JM; Wexelblatt, SL. Journal of Perinatology. 2021; 41:2417-2423.

Longitudinal Outcomes of Children Exposed to Opioids In-utero: A Systematic Review. Arter, SJ; Tyler, B; McAllister, J; Kiel, E; Güler, A; Cameron Hay, M. Journal of Nursing Scholarship. 2021; 53:55-64.

Hospital Care of Opioid-Exposed Newborns: Clinical and Psychosocial Challenges. Goyal, NK; McAllister, J. Journal of hospital medicine (Online). 2020; 15:613-618.

Subclinical and Overt Newborn Opioid Exposure: Prevalence and First-Year Healthcare Utilization. Percy, Z; Brokamp, C; McAllister, JM; Ryan, P; Wexelblatt, SL; Hall, ES. Journal of Pediatrics. 2020; 222:52-58.e1.

Reported Prevalence of Maternal Hepatitis C Virus Infection in the United States. Rossi, RM; Wolfe, C; Brokamp, R; McAllister, JM; Wexelblatt, S; Warshak, CR; Hall, ES. Obstetrics and Gynecology. 2020; 135:387-395.

126.2 Maternal Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors and Neonatal Behavior Syndromes. McAllister, J. In: Kliegman R, Ed. Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics E-Book 2-Volume Set. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Health Sciences; 2019.

Developmental Disorders and Medical Complications Among Infants with Subclinical Intrauterine Opioid Exposures. Hall, ES; McAllister, JM; Wexelblatt, SL. Population Health Management. 2019; 22:19-24.

Opioid Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome: An Overview. Wexelblatt, SL; McAllister, JM; Nathan, AT; Hall, ES. Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics. 2018; 103:979-981.

Torticollis in Infants with a History of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome. McAllister, JM; Hall, ES; Hertenstein, GE R; Merhar, SL; Uebel, PL; Wexelblatt, SL. Journal of Pediatrics. 2018; 196:305-308.

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