A photo of Kurt Schibler.

Attending Neonatologist, Neonatology and Pulmonary Biology

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics



Board Certified

My Biography & Research


I became interested in neonatology during my residency in pediatrics. My mentors inspired me to pursue a career as a clinician and clinical researcher in this specialty. I then continued my research in neonatal immune development.

Early in my career, I researched neonatal immune development. After relocating to Cincinnati Children's, my research expanded to include conducting clinical trials through the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) Neonatal Research Network (NRN).

My research interests involve understanding the development of the neonatal immune system and the role of the microbiome in promoting healthy development or in contributing to maladaptation or disease. My goal is to identify how to prevent or treat immune or infection-related disorders of the neonate. Ultimately, I would like to contribute to the field of neonatology by investigating potential treatment strategies to prevent or treat necrotizing enterocolitis and sepsis in newborn infants. A long-range goal is to feed the next generation of neonatologists' souls so they may excel in compassionate clinical care and worthy spiritual and scientific endeavors.

One of my most treasured honors is seeing my patients grow and thrive and watching medical students, fellows and colleagues enjoy an inspired career and life. I strive to pursue a career that helps and heals people physically, feeds them spiritually and brings glory to God.

I am board certified in Pediatrics (1990) and Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine (1993).

Clinical Interests

Clinical neonatology; clinical trials; neonatal immune development

Research Interests

Immune mechanisms underlying morbidity and mortality associated with preterm birth; necrotizing enterocolitis; complications of prematurity

Academic Affiliation

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Clinical Divisions

Neonatology, Perinatal, Fetal Care

Research Divisions

Neonatology, Pulmonary Biology, Global Health

My Education

MD: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1984.

Residency: Pediatrics, Indiana University, Indianapolis, Indiana, 1990.

Fellowship: Neonatology, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, 1993.

Certification: Pediatrics 1990; Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine 1993, renewed 1999 and 2007.

My Publications

Morbidity and cost burden of prenatal myelomeningocele repair. Riddle, S; Huddle, R; Lim, F; Stevenson, C; Dean, K; Sparling, K; Fenchel, M; Schibler, K. Journal of Maternal-Fetal and Neonatal Medicine. 2021; 34:1651-1657.

DNA methylation in former extremely low birth weight newborns: association with cardiovascular and endocrine function. Padbury, JF; Do, BT; Bann, CM; Marsit, C; Hintz, SR; Vohr, BR; Lowe, J; Newman, JE; Granger, DA; Payne, A; et al. Pediatric Research. 2021.

Withholding or withdrawing life-sustaining treatment in extremely low gestational age neonates. Dworetz, AR; Natarajan, G; Langer, J; Kinlaw, K; James, JR; Bidegain, M; Das, A; Poindexter, B; Bell, EF; Cotten, CM; et al. Archives of Disease in Childhood: Fetal and Neonatal Edition. 2021; 106:238-243.

Umbilical Cord Milking vs Delayed Cord Clamping and Associations with In-Hospital Outcomes among Extremely Premature Infants. Kumbhat, N; Eggleston, B; Davis, AS; DeMauro, SB; Van Meurs, KP; Foglia, EE; Lakshminrusimha, S; Walsh, MC; Watterberg, KL; Wyckoff, MH; et al. Journal of Pediatrics. 2021; 232:87-94.e4.

Limitations of Conventional Magnetic Resonance Imaging as a Predictor of Death or Disability Following Neonatal Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy in the Late Hypothermia Trial. Laptook, AR; Shankaran, S; Barnes, P; Rollins, N; Do, BT; Parikh, NA; Hamrick, S; Hintz, SR; Tyson, JE; Bell, EF; et al. Journal of Pediatrics. 2021; 230:106-111.e6.

Higher or Lower Hemoglobin Transfusion Thresholds for Preterm Infants. Kirpalani, H; Bell, EF; Hintz, SR; Tan, S; Schmidt, B; Chaudhary, AS; Johnson, KJ; Crawford, MM; Newman, JE; Vohr, BR; et al. New England Journal of Medicine. 2020; 383:2639-2651.

Individualized Human Milk Fortification to Improve the Growth of Hospitalized Preterm Infants. Quan, M; Wang, D; Gou, L; Sun, Z; Ma, J; Zhang, L; Wang, C; Schibler, K; Li, Z. Nutrition in Clinical Practice. 2020; 35:680-688.

Genetic variation in dopamine neurotransmission and motor development of infants born extremely-low-birthweight. Worley, G; Erickson, SW; Gustafson, KE; Nikolova, YS; Ashley-Koch, AE; Belsky, DW; Goldstein, RF; Page, GP; Cotten, CM; Cotton, CM; et al. Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology. 2020; 62:750-757.

Behavior Profiles at 2 Years for Children Born Extremely Preterm with Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia. Brumbaugh, JE; Bell, EF; Grey, SF; DeMauro, SB; Vohr, BR; Harmon, HM; Bann, CM; Rysavy, MA; Logan, JW; Colaizy, TT; et al. Journal of Pediatrics. 2020; 219:152-159.e5.

Timing of postnatal steroids for bronchopulmonary dysplasia: association with pulmonary and neurodevelopmental outcomes. Harmon, HM; Jensen, EA; Tan, S; Chaudhary, AS; Slaughter, JL; Bell, EF; Wyckoff, MH; Hensman, AM; Sokol, GM; DeMauro, SB; et al. Journal of Perinatology. 2020; 40:616-627.