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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


2014, Recipient of the Marion Spencer Fay Award, National Board for Women in Medicine

2013, Elected to the Institute of Medicine

2013, Mentor of the Year, Eastern Society for Pediatric Research

2012-2013, Appointed to the Institute of Medicine Committee to Review Clinical and Translational Research Centers

2012, Philadelphia Top Doctors

2011, Philadelphia Top Doctors

2010, Appointed to the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services’ Advisory Committee on Infant Mortality (SACIM)

2009-2012, Selected to Best Doctors in America

2009, Minority Business Leader Award, Philadelphia Business Journal

2009, Honorary Doctor of Science, Ursinus College

2009, Commencement Speaker, Ursinus College, Collegeville, PA

2008, Selected as Participant in Penn Medicine Leadership Forums, Building a Quality Organization

2008, Selected as America’s Leading Doctors, Black Enterprise Magazine

2008, Saint Martin de Porres Award, Archdiocese of Philadelphia

2007-2008, President, Society for Pediatric Research

2007, Selected for the Wharton Business School/Penn Medicine Executive Leadership Program

2006-2007, Nominated to Secretary-Elect, University of Pennsylvania Medical Faculty Senate

2006, Recipient of the Alfred Stengel Health System Champion Award, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

2006, President Elect, Society for Pediatric Research

2006, Elected to the Society for Gynecologic Investigation

2005-2006, Selected for the “Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine Program” (ELAM), Drexel University College of Medicine

2005, Finalist, Burroughs Wellcome Award in Translational Research

2005 Elected to The John Morgan Society

2005, Elected to the Fellowship of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia

2005, Elected as Vice President of the Society for Pediatric Research

2004, Masters of Arts (Honorary), University of Pennsylvania

2004, Elected to the American Society for Clinical Investigation

2002, Elected to the American Pediatric Society

2001, Finalist, Burroughs Wellcome Award in Translational Research

2000, Co-Chair, Gordon Conference on Mechanisms of Toxicity, Plymouth, NH

1998, Invited Speaker, Gordon Conference on Tetrapyrroles Salve Regina University

1997, Ross Young Investigator Award for the Western Society of Pediatric Research

1997, Nominated to Who’s Who in the American Thoracic Society

1996, Nominated to Who’s Who in the World

1996, Nominated to Who’s Who Among American Women

1994, Nominated to Who’s Who in the West

1993, Andrew M. Mellon Fellow

1992, Andrew M. Mellon Fellow

1989, Included in the second edition of International Leaders in Achievement (Cambridge, England) published April 1990

1988, Nominated to Outstanding Young Women of America

1987, Nominated and elected to Who’s Who Amongst Black Americans

1984, Merck Manual Award for highest scholastic record

1984, Grafton Rayner and Edna Spriggs Browne Award for highest cumulative average

1984, Godfrey C. Burns Award in Internal Medicine

1984, Ernest Y. Williams Award in Psychiatry

1984, Department of Ob-Gyn Award for scholastic performance

1984, Department Anatomy Award

1984, Drew-Syphax Prize in Surgery

1984, Department of Psychiatry Award for highest National Board Score

1984, American Medical Women’s Association Award (Janet Glascow Award)

1983, Fist Mordechai Wyatt Johnson Scholarship

1982, Alma Wells Givens Award




Series in Oxidative Stress, Studies on Perinatal and Prenatal Disorders. Springer Science, Dennery PA (ed.) Buonocore G, Saugstad O (co-eds), 2013 (In Press).


Posencheg MA, Dennery PA. Hemolytic disease of the fetus and newborn. In: Bope E, Kellerman R, editors. Conn's current therapy. Philadelphia: Saunders Press, 2012.

Dennery PA. Role and regulation of heme oxygenase in oxidant stress. In: Pantopoulos K, Schipper H, editors. Principles of free radical biomedicine Vol. II. Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research. Montreal: 2012, Chapter 23, pp 203-230.


Dennery PA, Kirpalani, H: Neonatal Respiratory Distress Syndrome in First Consult (MD Consult e-journal). Elsevier Publishing Lazoff M ed.), 2010.


Stevenson DK, Wong RJ, Dennery PA. Specific conditions associated with fetal and neonatal brain injury: hyberbilirubinemia and kernicterus. In: Benitz W, Sunshine P, Hintz SR, Druzin ML, Stevenson DK, editors. Fetal and neonatal brain injury: fourth edition. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press; 2009: 3(27): 311-317.


Dennery PA. Novel functions of heme oxygenase protein. In: Otterbein LE, Zuckerbraun BS, editors. Heme oxygenase: the elegant orchestra of its products in medicine. Hauppauge, New York: Nova Science Publishers; 2006.


Dennery PA. Developmental biology of heme oxygenase and carbon monoxide in the cardiopulmonary system. In: Wang R, editor. Carbon monoxide and cardiovascular functions. CRC Press; 2001.


Dennery PA, Stevenson DK. Specific abnormalities associated with fetal and neonatal brain injury: hyperbilirubinemia. In: Sunshine P, Stevenson DK, editors.  Fetal and neonatal brain injury: mechanisms, management, and the risks of practice. 2nd Edition. Oxford University Press;1996.


Dennery PA, Stevenson DK. Delivery room care. In: Reed GTB, Claireaux AE, Cockbury F, editors. Diseases of the fetus and newborn: pathology, imaging, genetics, and management. Chapman and Hall Ltd.; 1995.

Dennery PA, Stevenson DK. Neonatal management of hemolytic hyperbilirubinemia. In: Reed GTB, Claireaux AE, Cockbury F, editors. Diseases of the fetus and newborn: pathology, imaging, genetics, and management. Chapman and Hall Ltd.; 1995, 2008.


Dennery PA, Stevenson DK. Neonatal hyperbilirubinemia. In: Polin RA, editor. Workbook of practical neonatology. Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders Company; 1993.


Dennery PA, Baxter LM, Stevenson DK. Respiratory distress in the newborn. In: Prober CG, Behrman RE, editors. Nelson self-assessment program, neonatology. Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders Company; 1992.

Dennery PA, Stevenson DK. Neonatal jaundice. In: Prober CG, Behrman RE, editors. Nelson self-assessment program, neonatology. Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders Company; 1992.

Editorial and Academic Positions

Editorial positions

2013-present, National Journal Club, American Thoracic Society

2012-present, SPR Strategic Planning Committee

2010-present, Editorial Board, Journal of Neonatal Perinatal Medicine

2007-present, Associate Editor, Pediatrics

2003-present, Editorial Board, Pediatrics

2002-present, Associate Editor, Free Radicals in Biology and Medicine

Academic and institutional positions

2012- present, Chair, N/IICU 50th Anniversary Committee, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

2008-present, Member, Special Delivery Unit, Executive Committee, The Children’s Hospital Of Philadelphia

2007-present, Executive Committee of the Medical Staff, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

2006-present, Neonatology-Perinatology Workgroup, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

2006-present, Committee for Appointments and Promotions (COAP), The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia


Memberships in professional organizations

National societies

Alpha Omega Honor Medical Society

American Academy of Pediatrics, Fellow

American Board of Pediatrics

  • 2008, Chair, Credentials Committee
  • 2007-2008, Committee
  • 2003-2008, Sub-Board of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

American Lung Association

  • 2003-2007, Research Review Committee

American Medical Association

American Pediatric Society

  • 2011-present, Minority Task Force

American Physiological Society

American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

American Society for Clinical Investigation

American Association for the Advancement of Sclence

American Thoracic Society

  • 2005, Research Strategy Group
  • 2004-2005,“2020 Group” – panel of 15 key ATS members to assist the Board in Strategic Planning for 2004-2005
  • 2004-2008, Scientific Advisory Committee
  • 2004, Strategic Planning Committee
  • 2001-2007, Minority Travel Awards Committee
  • 2001-2004, Pediatric Task Force
  • 1999-2001, Program Committee
  • 1998-2000, International Conference Committee
  • 1998-2000, Program Review Committee (subcommittee of Program and Budget Committee)
  • 1998-1999, Chair, Pediatric Assembly Scientific Committee
  • 1998-1999, Awards Committee
  • 1998, Long Rang Planning Committee
  • 1997-1998, Postgraduate Education Committee
  • 1997, Chair Elect, Pediatric Assembly Scientific Committee
  • 1996-1997, Task Force on Minorities, (Ex-officio)
  • 1996-1997, Task Force on Women, (Ex-officio)
  • 1995-1997, Chair, Membership Committee
  • 1994-1996, 1998, Nominating Committee
  • 1993-1999, Pediatric Assembly Scientific Committee
  • 1990-1997, Membership Committee

Federation of Pediatric Organizations

  • 2007-2008, Board of Directors

Member IOM

  • 2012-2013, Committee to Review the Clinical and Translational Science Awards Program at the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences

National Medical Association

Pediatric Scientist Development Program Steering Committe

Perinatal Research Society

Society of Developmental Biology

Society for Free Radical Biology and Medicine (formerly Oxy en Society)

  • 2004-2007, Special Awards Committee
  • 2002-2007, Council
  • 2001-2010, Publications Committee
  • 1998-2000, Planning Committee
  • 1998-1999, Nominating Committee

Society for Pediatric Research/Pediatric Academic Societies

  • 2012, Nominating Committee
  • 2011-present, Communications Committee
  • 2007-2008, President
  • 2006-2007, Strategic Planning Committee
  • 2006-2007, President Elect
  • 2005-2006, Vice President
  • 2001-2005, Secretary-Treasurer (SPR)
  • 2000-2008, Program Committee
  • 2000-2008, Council
  • 2000-2007, Executive Committee
  • 2000-2001, Secretary-Treasurer Elect (SPR)

Western Society or Pediatric Research

  • 1995-1999, Council Member
International societies

European Respiratory Society

International Pediatric Research Foundation

  • 2012-2014, President
  • 2007, Board of Directors
  • 2011, President - Elect

International Perinatal Collegium

  • 2012-present, Council

Original Papers


Biswas C, Shah N, Muthu M, La P, Fernando AP, Sengupta S, Yang G, Dennery PA. Nuclear Heme Oxygenase-1 (HO-1) Modulates Subcellular Distribution and Activation of Nrf2 Impacting Metabolic and Anti-oxidant Defenses. J Biol Chem. 2014 Aug 8. pii: jbc.M114.567685. [Epub ahead of print]. Read the abstract.

McKenna S, Michaelis KA, Agboke F, Liu GT, Han K, Yang G, Dennery PA, Wright CJ. Sustained hyperoxia-induced NFkB activation improves survival and preserves lung development in neonatal mice. Am J Physiol Lung Cell Mol Physiol. 2014 Apr 18. [Epub ahead of print] Read the abstract.


La P, Dennery PA. Mammalian target of rapamycin complex 1 (mTORC1)-mediated phosphorylation stabilizes ISCU protein: implications for iron metabolism. J Bioi Chem 3:288(18):12901-9,2013. 

Yang G, Biswas C, Lin QS, La P, Namba F, Zhuang T, Muthu M, Dennery PA. Heme oxygenase-1 regulates gene expression and protein translation in the postnatal lung after hyperoxia via hnRNPK/B-catenin signaling. Redox Biology 1:234-243,2013.

Michaelis KA, Agboke F, Liu T, Han K, Muthu M, Galambos C, Yang G, Dennery PA, Wright CJ. IkBB-mediated NF-kB activation confers protection against hyperoxic lung injury. Am J Resp Cell Mol Bioi [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 24066808 2013.

Yang G, Wright CJ, Hinson M, Fernando PA Dennery PA. Oxidative stress and inflammation alter circadian rhythmicity via conserved NFkB and NrF2 sites on the Rev-ERBa promoter. Antiox Redox Signaling (In review), 2013. 

Namba F, Go H, Murphy JA, La P, Yang G, Sengupta S, Fernando PA, Yohannes M, Dennery PA. Expression Ievel and subcellular localization of heme oxygenase-1 modulates its cytoprotective properties in response to lung injury. Am J Resp Cell Mol BioI (In review), 2013. 

Hinson M, Yang G, Dennery PA. Role of Rev-Erb in oxidative injury. Cell Signaling (Submitted). 2013. 

Szczepanski KA, Yang G, Lin Q, Foster CD Dennery PA. Maturational differences in hypoxic induction of lung heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) in mice and possible physiologic implications. (Submitted), 2013.

La P, Fernando PA, Yang G, Hinson M, Dennery PA. Nuclear HO-1 modulates oxidative DNA repair after hyperoxic injury. J BioI Chern (SubmiLIed), 2013.

Yang G, Hinson M, Dennery PA. Developmental regulation of the nuclear receptor Rev-ERBa in the lung. Am J Resp Cell Mol BioI (In preparation), 2013.


Dennery PA. Evaluating the beneficial and detrimental effects of bile pigments in early and later life. Front Pharmacol. 2012;3:115. Epub 2012 Jun 22. Cited in PubMed; PMID 22737125. Read the article

Wright CJ, Agboke F, Muthu M, Mundy M, La P, Yang G, et al. Oxidative stress signaling through the NF-kB inhibitory protein I-kBß prevents apoptotic cell death. J Biol Chem. 2012 Feb 24;287(9):6230-9. Epub 2012 Jan 5. Cited in PubMed; PMID 22223647. Read the abstract

Kalyanaraman B, Darley-Usmar V, Davies KJ, Dennery PA, Forman HJ, Grisham MB, et al. Measuring reactive oxygen and nitrogen species with fluorescent probes: challenges and limitations. Free Radic Biol Med. 2012 Jan 1;52(1):1-6. Epub 2011 Oct 2. Cited in PubMed; PMID 22027063. Read the abstract


Dennery PA. Introduction to the special issue on translational research involving oxidative stress. Free Radic Biol Med. 2011 Sep 1;51(5):923-4. Epub 2011 Jun 6. Cited in PubMed; PMID 21679766. No abstract available.

Yang G, Hinson MD, Bordner JE, Lin QZ, Fernando AP, La P, et al. Silencing hyperoxia-induced C/EBPα in neonatal mice improves lung architecture via enhanced proliferation of alveolar epithelial cells. Am J Physiol Lung Cell Mol Physiol. 2011 Aug;301(2):L187-96. Epub 2011 May 13. Cited in PubMed; PMID 21571903. Read the abstract


Wright CJ, Agboke F, Chen F, La P, Yang G, Dennery PA. Nitric oxide inhibits hyperoxia-induced NF-kappaB activation in neonatal pulmonary microvascular endothelial cells. Pediatr Res. 2010 Dec;68(6):484-9. Epub 2010 Aug 27. Cited in PubMed; PMID 20805787. Read the article.

Zhuang T, Zhang M, Zhang H, Dennery PA, Lin QS. Disrupted postnatal lung development in heme oxygenase-1 deficient mice. Respir Res. 2010 Oct 10;11:142. Cited in PubMed; PMID 20932343. Read the article.

Dennery PA. Oxidative stress in development: nature or nurture? Free Radic Biol Med. 2010 Oct 15;49(7):1147-51. Epub 2010 Jul 23. Cited in PubMed; PMID 20656021. Read the abstract

Dennery, PA. Oxygen administration in the care of neonates: a double-edged sword. Chin Med J (Engl). 2010 Oct;123(20):2938-42. Cited in PubMed; PMID 21034610. Read the abstract

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