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Kurt R. Schibler, MD

  • Attending Neonatologist, Neonatology and Pulmonary Biology
  • Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics



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).


Potential missed opportunities for antenatal corticosteroid exposure and outcomes among periviable births: observational cohort study. Travers, CP; Hansen, NI; Das, A; Rysavy, MA; Bell, EF; Ambalavanan, N; Peralta-Carcelen, M; Tita, AT; Van Meurs, KP; Carlo, WA; et al. BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. 2022.

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. 2022; 91:1469-1477.

Duration of noninvasive respiratory support and risk for bronchopulmonary dysplasia or death. Gentle, SJ; Carper, B; Laughon, MM; Jensen, EA; Williams, A; Travers, CP; Ambalavanan, N; Lal, CV; Carlo, WA. Journal of Perinatology. 2022; 42:454-460.

Status and Influencing Factors of Parenteral Nutrition Practice for Late Preterm Infants in China. Quan, M; Li, Z; Wang, D; Schibler, K; Yang, L; Liu, J; Qin, X; Zhang, X; Han, T; Li, Y. Frontiers in Pediatrics. 2022; 10.

Mortality, In-Hospital Morbidity, Care Practices, and 2-Year Outcomes for Extremely Preterm Infants in the US, 2013-2018. Bell, EF; Hintz, SR; Hansen, NI; Bann, CM; Wyckoff, MH; Demauro, SB; Walsh, MC; Vohr, BR; Stoll, BJ; Carlo, WA; et al. JAMA - Journal of the American Medical Association. 2022; 327:248-263.

Association of Increased Seizures During Rewarming With Abnormal Neurodevelopmental Outcomes at 2-Year Follow-up: A Nested Multisite Cohort Study. Chalak, LF; Pappas, A; Tan, S; Das, A; Sánchez, PJ; Laptook, AR; Van Meurs, KP; Shankaran, S; Bell, EF; Davis, AS; et al. JAMA Neurology. 2021.

Association Between Increased Seizures During Rewarming After Hypothermia for Neonatal Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy and Abnormal Neurodevelopmental Outcomes at 2-Year Follow-up: A Nested Multisite Cohort Study. Chalak, LF; Pappas, A; Tan, S; Das, A; Sánchez, PJ; Laptook, AR; Van Meurs, KP; Shankaran, S; Bell, EF; Davis, AS; et al. JAMA Neurology. 2021; 78:1484-1493.

Growth Rates of Infants Randomized to Continuous Positive Airway Pressure or Intubation After Extremely Preterm Birth. Salas, AA; Carlo, WA; Do, BT; Bell, EF; Das, A; Van Meurs, KP; Poindexter, BB; Shankaran, S; Younge, N; Watterberg, KL; et al. Journal of Pediatrics. 2021; 237:148-153.e3.

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.

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.

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