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Phyllis A. Dennery, MD, FAAP

Chief, Division of Neonatology

Professor of Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Phyllis Dennery, MD, FAAP, is chief of the Division of Neonatology and Newborn Service at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania Health System. She is also the director of the Neonatal-Perinatal Fellowship Training Program. In addition, Dr. Dennery is Professor of Pediatrics with tenure at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and the Werner & Gertrude Henle Endowed Professor in Neonatology. She received an honorary Master in Arts from the University of Pennsylvania and an honorary Doctor of Science from Ursinus College.

After receiving her medical degree from Howard University in Washington, DC, Dr. Dennery completed a residency in pediatrics at Children’s Hospital National Medical Center also in Washington, DC, and a fellowship in Neonatology at Case Western Reserve University (Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital) in Cleveland, Ohio.

Dr. Dennery serves as an attending physician in the Newborn/Infant Intensive Care Unit at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia as well as the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She is also highly active in the training and supervision of medical students, house staff and neonatal post-doctoral fellows.

Dr. Dennery is a nationally and internationally recognized speaker. Her area of basic science research is in the regulation of lung gene expression in oxidative stress, in particular the role of heme oxygenase, the rate-limiting enzyme in bilirubin production. Her clinical interest is in neonatal jaundice.

She is the author of more than 100 publications including manuscripts, book chapters, editorials and abstracts and holds several grants from the National Institutes of Health.

She is the recipient of many awards and honors including the first Mordechai Wyatt Johnson Scholarship, the Alma Wells Givens Award, the Grafton Rayner and Edna Spriggs Browne Award for highest cumulative average, The American Medical Women’s Association Award, the Andrew Mellon Fellowship, the Ross Young Investigator Award from the Western Society of Pediatrics, etc.

Dr. Dennery was nominated and elected to Who’s Who Amongst Black Americans, Who’s Who in the World and to Leaders in Academic Achievements. She serves as an editor for Free Radicals in Biology and Medicine and she is a member of the Editorial Board for Pediatrics and Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine.

In addition, she is a grant reviewer for the National Institutes of Health, the American Lung Association and the American Thoracic Society and serves on the Subboard of Neonatal-Perinatal medicine of the American Board of Pediatrics.

Dr. Dennery is an active member of many professional and scientific societies including the American Thoracic Society, the Society for Pediatric Research and the American Pediatric Society.

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