Howard Panitch, MD

Howard Panitch, MD, is an attending pulmonologist, director of the Clinical Programs and director of the Technology Dependence Center at CHOP.

Areas of Expertise: Central airway abnormalities, Home mechanical ventilation, Infant lung mechanics, Sequelae of neonatal lung disease
Locations: Main Campus
Appointments and Referrals: 1-800-TRY-CHOP (1-800-879-2467)

  • Background

    Dr. Howard Panitch has long had an interest in the care of children with complex respiratory problems and those requiring technology assistance. He is the clinical director of the Division of Pulmonary Medicine and the medical director of the Technology Dependence Center. His research has focused on airway smooth muscle, dynamic airway collapsibility, RSV bronchiolitis pathogenesis and prevention and barriers to transitioning technology dependent children to adult care.

    He is the 2002 recipient of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine Dean's Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching at an Affiliated Hospital.

  • Education and Training

    Medical School

    MD - University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA

    Internship

    Pediatrics - Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

    Residency

    Pediatrics - Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

    Fellowship

    Pediatric Pulmonology - St. Christopher's Hospital for Children / Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA

    Board Certification

    Pediatric Pulmonology
    Pediatrics

  • Titles and Academic Titles

    Attending Pulmonologist

    Director, Clinical Programs

    Director, Technology Dependence Center

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

  • Departments and Services
  • Publications

    Books

    Panitch H.  Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia.  In:  Guidelines for Pediatric Home Health Care.  McConnell MS, ed.  American Academy of Pediatrics, Elk Grove Village, IL.  pp. 323-342; 2002.

    Allen JL, Panitch HB.  Lung function testing:  Chronic Lung Disease of Infancy.  In Pediatr Pulmonol 23:138S-140S; 2001.

    Panitch HB.  Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia.  In:  Primary Pediatric Pulmonology.  Dozor AJ, ed.  Futura Publishing Co., Inc.  Armonk, NY.  pp. 163-186; 2001.

    Panitch HB, Shaffer TH.  Developmental Airway Structure and Function in Health and Chronic Lung Injury.  In:  Chronic Lung Disease of Early Infancy:  Lung Biology in Health and Diseases Series.  Bland RD and Coalson JJ, eds.  Marcel-Dekker, Inc.  New York, NY, 1999.

    Shaffer TH, Wolfson MR, Panitch HB.  Airway Mechanics in Health and Disease.  In:  Pediatric Respiratory Failure.  Goldstein B and Arnold J, eds.  New Horizons, 7:276-286;1999.

    Panitch HB, Papastamelos C, Schidlow DV.  Abnormalities of the Pleural Space.  In:  Pediatric Respiratory Medicine, Taussig LM and Landau LI, eds.  Mosby-Year Book, Inc.  pp. 1178-1196.

    Panitch HB, Callahan CW, Schidlow DV. Bronchiolitis in Children.  In:  Clinics in Chest Medicine, King TE, Jr., ed.  W.B. Saunders, Philadelphia.  Vol 14(4):715-731;1993.

    Panitch HB and Kolb SM.  Home Care of Ventilator-Assisted Children.  In:  A Practical Guide to Pediatric Respiratory Diseases.  Schidlow DV and Smith DS, ed.  Hanley & Belfus, Philadelphia.  pp. 301-306.

    Panitch HB.  Wheezing and Lower Airway Obstruction.  In:  A Practical Guide to Pediatric Respiratory Diseases.  Schidlow DV and Smith DS, ed.  Hanley & Belfus, Philadelphia.  pp. 39-43.

    Panitch HB.  Hemoptysis in Children.  In:  A Practical Guide to Pediatric Respiratory Diseases.  Schidlow DV and Smith DS, ed.  Hanley & Belfus, Philadelphia.  pp. 45-48.

    Schidlow DV, Panitch HB, Katz S: The immotile cilia syndrome.  In:  Pediatric Respiratory Disease:  Diagnosis and Treatment. Hillman BC., ed. W.B. Saunders Co., Philadelphia, 1993.  pp.550-562.

    Papers

    2014

    Healy F, Lin W, Feng R, Hanna BD, Hedrick H, Panitch HB.: An Association Between Pulmonary Hypertension and Impaired Lung Function in Infants with Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia. Pediatric Pulmonology 2014 Notes: Mar 13. doi: 10.1002/ppul.23035. [Epub ahead of print]

    Finkel RS, Weiner DJ, Mayer OH, McDonough JM and Panitch HB.: Respiratory Muscle Function in Infants with Spinal Muscular Atrophy Type I. Pediatric Pulmonology 2014 Notes: Apr 29. doi: 10.1002/ppul.22997. [Epub ahead of print]

    2013

    Miske LJ, McDonough J, Weiner DJ, and Panitch HB: Changes in Gastric Pressure and Volume during Mechanical In-Exsufflation. Pediatric Pulmonology 48(8): 824-829, August 2013.

    Posters and Presentations

    Lectures by Invitation
    2014

    Panitch H. "Severe Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia: Long-term follow up," Hospital de Ninos, Mendoza, Argentina, Jul. 2014.

    Panitch H. "Use of noninvasive ventilation in preterm infants," Hospital de Ninos, Mendoza, Argentina, Jul. 2014.

    Panitch H. "Pulmonary Hypoplasia in Newborns," Hospital de Ninos, Mendoza, Argentina, Jul. 2014.

    Panitch H. "Beyond Respiratory Distress Syndrome: Diffuse Lung Diseases in Infants and Children," Hospital de Ninos, Mendoza, Argentina, Jul. 2014.

    Panitch H. "Neuromuscular Disease in Children," Maintenance of Certification Core Curriculum, American Thoracic Society International Conference, San Deigo, CA, May 2014.

    Panitch H. "Congenital Malformations," Postgraduate Course, American Thoracic Society, San Diego, CA, May 2014.

    2013

    Panitch H. "Respiratory Care of Patients with Cerebral Palsy," CHEST 2013, Chicago, IL, Oct. 2013.

    Panitch H. "Ventilatory Options for Patients with Congenital Central Hypoventilation Syndrome," CHEST 2013, Chicago, IL, Oct. 2013.

    Panitch H. "Airways and Airway Smooth Muscle," Postgraduate Course, American Thoracic Society, Philadelphia, PA, May 2013.

    Panitch H. "Who, What, When: Successful Communication to Prevent Re-hospitalizations and Treat Emergencies," Bayada Home Nursing Organization, Burlington, NJ, Jan. 2013.

  • Awards and Honors

    2011-2014, Named to Best Doctors in America

    2011, Named one of "Top Docs for Kids," Philadelphia Magazine

    2009, Faculty Teacher of the Year Award, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

    2008, Named one of "Top Docs for Kids," Philadelphia Magazine

    2008, Master Clinician Award, Department of Pediatrics, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

    2002, Named to Best Doctors in America

    2002, Dean's Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching (at an Affiliated Hospital), University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

    2001, Named one of "Top Docs for Kids," Philadelphia Magazine

    2001-2014, Faculty Honor Roll (Annually), The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

    1998, Named to Best Doctors in America

    1996, Named to Best Doctors in America: Northeast Division

    1992, Named one of "Top Docs for Kids," Philadelphia Magazine

    1986-1987, Clinical Fellowship from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

    1985-1986, Clinical Fellowship from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

    1978, Graduated Magna cum Laude from the University of Pennsylvania

  • Editorial and Academic Positions
    Editorial Positions

    2014 - present, Reviewer, Journal of Critical Care
    2005 - present, Reviewer, Respiratory Care Journal
    1999 - present, Reviewer, Pediatric Emergency Medicine
    1997 - present, Reviewer, Pediatrics
    1996 - present, Reviewer, Journal of Applied Physiology
    1994 - present, Reviewer, American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
    1993 - present, Reviewer, Chest
    1992 - present, Reviewer, Pediatric Pulmonology
    1989 - present, Reviewer, Journal of Pediatrics

    Academic Positions

    The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
    2002 - present, Member, Search Committee for Chairman of Neonatology
    2001 - present, Member, Fellowship Committee
    2001 - present, Member, ED Patient/Family Satisfaction Survey Committee
    2001 - present, Member, Inpatient Family Satisfaction Survey Committee
    2000 - present, Member, Complex Medical Care Consultation Subcommittee

  • Leaderships
    Memberships in Professional Organizations
    International

    2000-present, Fellow, American College of Chest Physicians
    - 2012-2014, Home Care NetWork

    1985-present, American Thoracic Society
    - 2011-2013, Chair, Pediatric Assembly 
    - 2013-2015, Member, Executive Committee of the Pediatric Assembly
    - 2010-present, Member, International Relations Committee
    - 2014, Chair, Nominating Committee Pediatric Assembly
    - 2014, Vice-Chair, Patient and Family Education Committee

    1991-present, American Physiological Society

    National

    2008-2013, American Board of Pediatrics, Sub-board of Pediatric Pulmonology

    - 2009-2013, Chair, Credentials Committee 2009-2013