Brenda Poindexter, MD, MS

Director of Clinical and Translational Research, Perinatal Institute

Academic Affiliations

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Phone 513-803-9029



Neonatology; clinical and translational research



Nutrition in neonates

Dr. Brenda Poindexter is the director of Clinical and Translational Research for the Perinatal Institute. She has been a PI for the Eunice Kennedy Shriver NICHD Neonatal Research Network for more than 10 years and has devoted her career to the conduct of both observational and interventional trials in newborn infants. Her primary research interests relate to the role of early nutrition on growth and developmental outcomes in premature infants.

Dr. Poindexter completed residency in pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s and then fellowship training in neonatal-perinatal medicine at Indiana University. Research training during fellowship began in the laboratory of Dr. Scott Denne, where she received the SPR Fellow’s Clinical Research Award and the Midwest SPR Kenny Trainee Investigator Award for her work related to amino acid metabolism. She was also mentored by Dr. James Lemons as her focus expanded to multicenter clinical trials. While at IU, she also earned a master’s degree in clinical research.

Dr. Poindexter is also an experienced clinician and teacher. She currently serves on the AAP Committee on Fetus and Newborn and the American Board of Pediatrics Neonatal Subboard. She was co-editor of the recently updated Nutritional Care of Preterm Infants, a textbook that is a practical resource for practicing neonatologists, dietitians, and nurses in neonatal intensive care units all over the world.

Dr. Poindexter has served as president of the Midwest Society for Pediatric Research and currently serves on the SPR Council representing Neonatology.

MD: Medical College of Ohio, Toledo, OH, 1990.

MS: Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN, 2004.

Residency: Cincinnati Children's Medical Hospital Center, Cincinnati, OH, 1993.

Fellowship: Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN, 1997.

Certification: General Pediatrics 1993; Neonatal and Perinatal Medicine, 1997.

View PubMed Publications

Ahlfeld SK, Davis SD, Kelley KJ, Poindexter BB. Early Elevation of Plasma Periostin Is Associated with Chronic Ventilator-Dependent Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2016 Dec 1;194(11):1430-1433.

Navarrete CT, Wrage LA, Carlo WA, Walsh MC, Rich W, Gantz MG, Das A, Schibler K, Newman NS, Piazza AJ, Poindexter BB, Shankaran S, Sánchez PJ, Morris BH, Frantz ID 3rd, Van Meurs KP, Cotten CM, Ehrenkranz RA, Bell EF, Watterberg KL, Higgins RD, Duara S; Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Neonatal Research Network. Growth Outcomes of Preterm Infants Exposed to Different Oxygen Saturation Target Ranges from Birth. J Pediatr. 2016 Sep;176:62-68.e4.

Phelps DL, Ward RM, Williams RL, Nolen TL, Watterberg KL, Oh W, Goedecke M, Ehrenkranz RA, Fennell T, Poindexter BB, Cotten CM, Hallman M, Frantz ID 3rd, Faix RG, Zaterka-Baxter KM, Das A, Ball MB, Lacy CB, Walsh MC, Carlo WA, Sánchez PJ, Bell EF, Shankaran S, Carlton DP, Chess PR, Higgins RD. Clindamycin Pharmacokinetics and Safety in Preterm and Term Infants. Antimicrob Agents Chemother. 2016 Apr 22;60(5):2888-94.

Gonzalez D, Delmore P, Bloom BT, Cotten CM, Poindexter BB, McGowan E, Shattuck K, Bradford KK, Smith PB, Cohen-Wolkowiez M, Morris M, Yin W, Benjamin DK Jr, Laughon MM. Clindamycin Pharmacokinetics and Safety in Preterm and Term Infants. Antimicrob Agents Chemother. 2016 Apr 22;60(5):2888-94.

Poindexter BB, Martin CR. Impact of Nutrition on Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia. Clin Perinatol. 2015 Dec;42(4):797-806.