David A. Munson, MD

David A. Munson, MD, is medical director of CHOP’s Newborn/Infant Intensive Care Unit, an attending neonatologist and active researcher.

Locations: Main Campus
Phone: 215-590-1653

  • Background

    Dr. Munson serves as the medical director for the Newborn/Infant Intensive Care Unit at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. He also directs the Perinatal Palliative Care Initiative in the Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment at CHOP.

    Dr. Munson has published on the topics of palliative care in the NICU and perinatal palliative care, and speaks locally and nationally on these topics. For research, he is a co-investigator on an RO1 investigating decision making by parents with children with serious illness.

    Dr. Munson is actively engaged in teaching medical students through the Doctoring course at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, and is directly involved in the clinical education of residents and fellows at CHOP.

    Dr. Munson also has an interest in quality improvement and patient safety and is actively involved in a number of unit and hospital-based improvement initiatives.

  • Education and Training

    Medical School

    MD - University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA


    The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA


    The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA


    The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

    Board Certification

    Hospice and Palliative Medicine
    Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

  • Titles and Academic Titles

    Attending Neonatologist

    Medical Director, Newborn/Infant Intensive Care Unit

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

  • Departments and Services
  • Publications




    Thiele, P and Munson D: A million little pieces: Parental and physician perspectives on Trisomy 18. Journal of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine 5: 1-7, 2012.


    Munson D and Evans JR: Nosocomial Infection in the NICU. Avery’s Diseases of the Newborn 9th Edition. Gleason CA (eds). Elsevier Saunders, Philadelphia, 2011.

    Munson D, Epelman M, Millar D, and Kirpalani H: Chapter 3: The Chest. Imaging of the Newborn. H. Kirpalani, M. Epelman and Jr. Mernagh (eds). Cambridge University Press, 2011.

    Munson D, section editor: Section XVII Neonatal Medicine. Netter's Pediatrics. Florin and Ludwig (eds.). Elsevier 2011. 


    Keene S, Munson D. Chapter 10-Delivery Room.  Now what?  In: Shah S, Frank G, editors. Patient Encounters in Pediatrics, Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.  2009.

    Munson D, Feudtner C. The ethics of perinatal palliative care. In: Ravitsky V, Fiester A, Caplan AL, editors.  The Penn Center Guide to Bioethics. Springer: New York, 2009.



    Percutaneous Closure of Patent Ductus Arteriosus in Small Infants with Significant Lung Disease Offers Faster Recovery of Respiratory Function When Compared to Surgical Ligation. Pediatric Interventional Cardiac Symposium, Miami,FL. Poster Session, January 2013.

    Anti-Gastroesophageal Reflux Surgery in Infants with Severe Chronic Lung Disease. The Society for Pediatric Radiology, Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX. Poster Session, May 2013.


    The Development of a Decision-Aid To Guide Counseling of Parents Facing Imminent Extreme Premature Delivery. 23rd Annual Meeting for the Society for Pediatric Research, Denver, CO. Poster session Neonatology – General E-PAS: 4521.296 April 2011.

    Mortality estimates for Severe BPD Complicated by Pulmonary Hypertension. 23rd Annual Meeting for the Society for Pediatric Research, Denver, CO. Poster Session: Neonatal Pulmonology EPAS: 3827.448 April 2011.



    Jensen EA, Munson DA, Zhang H, Blinman TA, Kirpalani H. Anti-gastroesophageal reflux surgery in infants with severe bronchopulmonary dysplasia. Pediatr Pulmonol. 2014 Apr 21. [Epub ahead of print] Read the abstract.


    Guillén Ű, Suh S, Munson D, Posencheg M, Truitt E, Zupancic JA, Gafni A, Kirpalani H.: Development and pretesting of a decision-aid to use when counseling parents facing imminent extreme premature delivery. J Pediatr. 1603): 382-7, 2012.


    Feudtner C, Munson D, Morrison W. Framing permission for halting or continuing life-extending therapies. Virtual Mentor. 2008;10(8):506-510.

    Williams C, Munson D, Zupancic J, Kirpalani H. Supporting bereaved parents: practical steps in providing compassionate perinatal and neonatal end-of-life care - A North American perspective. Semin Fetal Neonatal Med. 2008 Oct;13(5):335-40. Epub 2008 May 12. Read the abstract

  • Awards and Honors

    2013, Dean's Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
    2012, Master Clinician Award, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

  • Leaderships

    Memberships in professional organizations

    2004-present, American Academy of Pediatrics, Perinatal Pediatrics section
    2008-present, American Association of Hospice and Palliative Care Medicine