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David A. Munson, MD

Attending Neonatologist

Medical Director, Newborn/Infant Intensive Care Unit

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



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 Sciety 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.


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




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.


Muson D and Evans JR: Nosocial 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 Medicin. 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.


Memberships in professional organizations

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

Original Papers


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

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