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 Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, the focus has expanded to include the endowment of a professorship and an annual lectureship and award.
The 2019 recipient of the Kristine Sandberg Knisely Lectureship is:
David K. Stevenson, MD
Harold K. Faber Professor of Pediatrics
Senior Associate Dean for Maternal & Child Health
Stanford University School of Medicine
Department of Pediatrics | Division of Neonatal & Developmental Medicine
"Solving the Puzzle of Preterm Birth"
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 Kristine Sandberg Knisely Lectureship Award
In 1996, the first Kristine Sandberg Knisely Lectureship Award 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.
Barbara K. Schmidt, MD, FRCP(c), MSC, is currently a professor of pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. She is an attending physician in the Division of Neonatology and director of Clinical Research. In 2006, Dr. Schmidt was chosen as the Kristine Sandberg Knisely Lecturer and Award Recipient. In 2008, she was named the Kristine Sandberg Knisely Chair in Neonatology.
Kristine Sandberg Knisely Lectureship Award recipients
Alan H. Jobe, MD, PhD
Professor of Pediatrics
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital
Division of Neonatology
“Pitfalls of Applying Research Evidence Obtained in Highly Developed Settings Elsewhere in the World”
John Zupancic, MD, ScD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Harvard Medical School
Boston Children’s Hospital
Division of Newborn Medicine Research
“Burdens Beyond Biology for Sick Newborn Infants and Their Families"
Phyllis A. Dennery, MD
Chair, Department of Pediatrics
Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Physician-in-chief, Hasbro Children’s Hospital, Rhode Island
“Too Often, Too Soon and Too Small: A Narrative of Perinatal Health Disparities”
Alice Goffman, PhD
Assistant Professor of Sociology
University of Wisconsin-Madison
“On the Run – Fugitive Life in an American City”
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”
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?”
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”
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."
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."
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”
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”
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 Encephalopathy”
Barbara K. Schmidt, MD, FRCP(c), MSC
Professor of Pediatrics and Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario
“Caffeine for Apnea of Prematurity — A Common Therapy in Search of Evidence”
Maureen Hack, MD
Professor of Pediatrics, Case Western Reserve University
Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, Cleveland, OH
"Neurodevelopmental Outcomes of Preterm Children"
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”
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 Transgenerational Factors”
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”
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”
Mary Ellen Avery, MD
Children's Hospital of Boston
Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School, Cambridge, MA
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”