Kristine Sandberg Knisely Lectureship 

The Kristine Sandberg Knisely Memorial Fund was established in 1980 to honor the memory of Kristine Sandberg Knisely, MD, and expand perinatal physiology research and its application to public health efforts.

With the generous support from the Knisely family and the Division of Neonatology at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, the focus has expanded to include the endowment of a professorship and an annual lectureship and award.

About Dr. Knisely

Kristine Sandberg Knisely, MD, graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in 1949 and completed her residency at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Knisely was an associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics and a clinical associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania. She was also a staff neonatologist in the Division of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

Additionally, Dr. Knisely was a member of many organizations devoted to child and maternal health, including the Philadelphia Pediatric Society, Philadelphia Neonatal Society and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Following Dr. Knisely's death in 1980, her husband, Samuel E. Knisely, established the Kristine Sandberg Knisely Memorial Fund as a way to carry on her profound legacy.

History of the award and lectureship

In 1996, the first Kristine Sandberg Knisely Award and Lectureship was held and it has become an honored event, drawing prominent speakers from around the world. It is held annually at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA.

Barbara K. Schmidt, MD, FRCP(c), MSC, currently a professor of pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and attending neonatologist at CHOP, was chosen as the 2006 Kristine Sandberg Knisely Lecturer and Award Recipient. A year later, she joined the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania as a professor of pediatrics, and CHOP as an attending neonatologist and director of clinical research. In 2008, Dr. Schmidt was named the Kristine Sandberg Knisely Chair in Neonatology. 

Kristine Sandberg Knisely Lectureship Award recipients


April 29, 2014
Jennifer F. Culhane, PhD, MPH
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
“The Philadelphia Preterm Prevention Project: Rationale, Methodology and Results”


April 30, 2013
Lex W. Doyle, MD, BS, MSc, FRACP
Professor of Neonatal Paediatrics, University of Melbourne, and Associate Director of Research, The Royal Women's Hospital, Melbourne, Australia
“Long-Term Outcomes for Extremely Preterm or Low Birthweight Infants — Nature or Nurture?”


April 3, 2012
Neil Finer, MD
Program Director, Division of Neonatology, UCSD Medical Center, and Professor of Pediatrics, University of California San Diego, San Diego, CA
"Video and Data Recording in the Delivery Room: Opportunities for Improvement”


March 22, 2011
Betty R. Vohr, MD
Professor of Pediatrics, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, and Director, Neonatal Follow-up Clinic, Women and Infants' Hospital of Rhode Island, Providence, RI
"Post Discharge Health Care Needs of Preterm Infants." 


April 13, 2010
Michael Msall, MD
Professor of Pediatrics, Pritzker School of Medicine, and Chief of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, University of Chicago Comer Children's and LaRabida Children's Hospitals, Chicago, IL
"Neuroprotection After Extreme Prematurity: Optimizing Outcomes in an Era of Scarcity."


April 7, 2009
Michael S. Kramer, MD
Professor of Pediatrics and of Epidemiology and Biostatistics Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health, The Montreal Children’s Hospital, Montreal, Quebec
“The Short- and Long-Term Child Health Effects of Prolonged and Exclusive Breastfeeding: Results of a Cluster-Randomized Trial in Belarus”


June 17, 2008
Marie C. McCormick, MD, ScD
Summer and Esther Feldberg Professor of Maternal and Child Health Department of Society, Human Development and Health, Harvard School of Public Health, Cambridge, MA
“Interventions to Improve the Outcomes of Premature Infants: The Evidence Base”


June 18, 2007
Seetha Shankaran, MD
Professor of Pediatrics and Director, Division of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, Wayne State University/Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Detroit, MI
“Neuroprotection of Term Infants with Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopahy” 


April 18, 2006
Barbara K. Schmidt, MD, FRCP(c), MSC
Professor of Pediatrics and Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario
“Caffeine for Apena of Prematurity — A Common Therapy in Search of Evidence” 


April 5, 2005
Maureen Hack, MD
Professor of Pediatrics, Case Western Reserve University, Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, Cleveland, OH
"Neurodevelopmental Outcomes of Preterm Children"


April 1, 2004
Diana Bianchi, MD
Chief, Division of Genetics, Tufts-New England Medical Center and Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, MA
Fetal Cell-Free Nucleic Acids in Maternal Body Fluids: New Clinical Applications”


March 27, 2002
James W. Collins, MD, MPH
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Northwestern University School of Medicine, Chicago, IL
New Insights into the Social Determinants of The Racial Disparity in Infant Birthweight: The Role of Trangenerational Factors”


March 28, 2001
David A. Grimes, MD
Clinical Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, NC
“Evidence-Based Medicine in Maternal-Child Health” 


Nov. 2, 1999
Richard J. Martin, MD
Professor of Pediatrics, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, and Director, Division of Neonatology, Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, Cleveland, OH
Strategies for Prevention of Neonatal Lung Injury”


Oct. 28, 1997
Mary Ellen Avery, MD
Physician-in-chief at Children's Hospital of Boston, and Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medicine School
Cambridge, MA


Oct. 29, 1996
Maria Delivoria-Papadopoulos, MD
Professor of Pediatrics, Physiology, OB/GYN at Drexel University College of Medicine, and The Ralph Brenner Endowed Chair in Pediatrics, St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, Philadelphia, PA
Cerebral Injury in Perinatal Asphyxia and Strategies for Prevention”


Reviewed by: Division of Neonatology
Date: April 2013


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