Professor, Department of Pediatrics (Neonatology) and Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Women's Health
Judy L. Aschner, M.D. is Chair of the Department of Pediatrics and Physician-in-Chief of the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore. Her laboratory and translational research focus is the regulation of the newborn pulmonary circulation. Her work has helped elucidate factors that contribute to altered lung development and pulmonary hypertension in infants with lung and heart disease. Her clinical interests include prevention of chronic lung disease (bronchopulmonary dysplasia), treatment of infants with pulmonary hypertension, optimizing nutritional management of premature infants and prevention of prematurity. She is currently funded by the NIH/NHLBI for a multi-center clinical study with the goal of preventing respiratory morbidity following preterm birth and by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for a collaborative project with investigators in Rio deJaneiro to prevent prematurity and other adverse pregnancy outcomes in Brazil. For the past nearly 12 years, Dr. Aschner has served as vice-chair and member of the board of directors of IPOKRaTES Foundation, an organization dedicated to continuing medical education in the developing world. As chair of the department of pediatrics, Dr. Aschner has overall responsibility for its research, patient care, advocacy and educational missions.