Katharine P. Callahan, MD, MSME

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Katharine P. Callahan, MD, MSME, is an attending physician in the Division of Neonatology at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Locations: Main Hospital
Appointments and Referrals: 1-800-TRY-CHOP (1-800-879-2467)

Education and Training

Medical School

MD - Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD


Pediatrics - Columbia University Medical Center, New York City, NY


Pediatrics - Columbia University Medical Center, New York City, NY


Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine - Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA (Chief Fellow)
Ethical Legal and Social Implications of Genetics and Genomics - University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Board Certification

Pediatrics – American Board of Pediatrics

Graduate Degree

MSME in Ethics - University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Titles and Academic Titles

Attending Physician

NICU Multidisciplinary Ethics Forum, Co-Founder

Departments and Services




Wojcik MH, Callahan KP, Brunelli L, El-Hassan N, Gogcu S, Murthy K, Rumpel J, Wambach JA, Suhrie K, Fishler K, Chaudhari B. Provision and Availability of Genomic Medicine Services in Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Units. Genet Med. 2023. Oct; 25;20: 100926. doi: 10.1016/j.gim.2023.100926.

Lenahan A, Mietzsch U, Wood TR, Callahan KP, Weiss EM, Miller DE, German K, Natarajan N, Puia-Dumitrescu M, Esposito V, Kolnik S, Law JB. Characteristics, Genetic Testing, and Diagnoses of Infants with Neonatal Encephalopathy Not Due Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy - A Cohort Study. J Pediatr. 2023. Jun 1;260:113533. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2023.113533.

Callahan KP, Kielt MJ, Feudtner C, Barkman D, Bamat N, Fierro J, Fiest E, Demauro SB. Parents’ Importance Ratings of Outcomes in Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia. J Pediatr. 2023. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2023.113455. Online ahead of print.

Layman A and Callahan KP, Nathanson P, Lechtenberg L, Hill D, Feudtner C. Simple Interventions for Pediatric Residents’ Moral Distress: A randomized, controlled experiment. Pediatrics. 2023. 1;151(6). doi: 10.1542/peds.2022-060269.

Mueller R, Lee BM, Callahan KP. Managing prognosis in precision medicine: Utility, imagination, and communication. Children. 2023. 10(4), 644. doi: 10.3390/children10040664.

Scheinerman N, Callahan KP. Legal Discrepancies and Expectations of Women: Abortion, Fetal Therapy, and NICU Care. Hasting Center Report. 2023; 53(2). doi: 10.1002/hast.1472.


Callahan KP, Radack J, Wojcik MH, Jenkins SM, Nye RT, Skraban C, Wild KT, Feudtner C. Hospital-Level Variation in Genetic Testing in Children’s Hospitals Neonatal Intensive Care Units from 2016 to 2021. Genet Med. 2022; 25(3): 100357. doi: 10.1016/j.gim.2022.12.004.

Callahan KP, Taha D, Dewitt A, Munson D, Behringer K, Feudtner C. Clinician Distress with Treatments at the Frontier of Mortality. J Pediatr. 2022;S0022-3476(22)00814-9. doi:10.1016/j.jpeds.2022.09.013. 

Callahan KP, Mueller R, Flibotte J, et al. Measures of Utility Among Studies of Genomic Medicine for Critically Ill Infants: A Systematic Review. JAMA Network Open. 2022;5(8):e2225980. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2022.25980

Callahan KP, Flibotte J, Skraban C, et al. Influence of Genetic Information on Neonatologists’ Decisions: A Psychological Experiment. Pediatrics. Published online February 16, 2022:e2021052130. doi:10.1542/peds.2021-052130

Callahan KP, Flibotte J, Skraban C, et al. How neonatologists use genetic testing: findings from a national survey. J Perinatol. 2022;42(2):260-261. doi:10.1038/s41372-021-01283-4

Callahan KP, Feudtner C. Genetic Testing Is Messier in Practice than in Theory: Lessons from Neonatology. Am J Bioeth. 2022;22(2):37-39. doi:10.1080/15265161.2021.2013978


Strong A and Callahan KP, Guo R, Ron H, Zackai EH. X-Autosome translocations: X-inactivation and effect on phenotype. Clin Dysmorphol. 2021;30(4):186-188. doi:10.1097/MCD.0000000000000381

Callahan KP, Salazar EG. Finding Light in the Uncertain. Acad Med. 2021;96(9):1281. doi:10.1097/ACM.0000000000004204


Priestley JRC, Alharbi H, Callahan KP, et al. The Importance of Succinylacetone: Tyrosinemia Type I Presenting with Hyperinsulinism and Multiorgan Failure Following Normal Newborn Screening. Int J Neonatal Screen. 2020;6(2):39. doi:10.3390/ijns6020039

Callahan KP, Adams R. Contextualizing Future Health: A Parent and Resident Discuss Down Syndrome. Pediatrics. 2020;145(1):e20191403. doi:10.1542/peds.2019-1403


Callahan KP, Steinwurtzel S, Brumarie L, Schechter S, Parravacini E. “Early Palliative Care Reduces Stress in Parents of Neonates with Congenital Heart Disease: Validation of the ‘Baby, Attachment, Comfort Interventions.’” J Perinatology. J Perinatol. 2019 Sep 5. doi: 10.1038/s41372-019-0490-y. [Epub ahead of print]


Press KR, Uy N, Keefer J, Gore SD, Carraway HE, Sakoian S, Prebet T. “Clinical evaluation of combined azacitidine and entinostat on the induction of fetal hemoglobin in patients with acute myeloid leukemias and myelodysplastic syndromes.” Leuk Lymphoma. 2018 Mar;59(3): 755-757. doi: 10.1080/10428194.2017.1354373. Epub 2017 Jul 25. PMID: 28738707


Press K, Bodurtha J. “Response to Laissue et al.” Genet Med. 2017 Dec;19(12). doi: 10.1038/gim.2017.63. Epub 2017 May 11. PMID: 28492535

Press K.R., Uy N., Keefer J., Gore S.D., Carraway H.E., Sakoian S., & Prebet T.. Clinical evaluation of combined azacitidine and entinostat on the induction of fetal hemoglobin in patients with acute myeloid leukemias and myelodysplastic syndromes. Leukemia & Lymphoma. 2017, Jul; 59(3): 755-757.

Press, K. & Bodurtha, J.. Response to Laissue et al.. Genetics in Medicine. 2017, May; 19(12): 1380.

Press KR, Bodurtha J. “Milestones for Medical Students Completing a Clinical Genetic Elective.” Genet Med. 2017 Feb;19(2):236-239. doi: 10.1038/gim.2016.89. Epub 2016 Sep 1. PMID: 27584909


Press K.R. & Bodurtha J.. Milestones for medical students completing a clinical genetic elective. Genetics in Medicine. 2016, Sep; 19(2): 236-239.

Press KR, Wieczorek L, Hoover-Fong J, Bodurtha J, Taylor JL. “Overview–Referrals for genetic evaluation from child psychiatrists.” Child Adolesc Psychiatry Ment Health. 2016 Mar 28;10:7. doi: 10.1186/s13034-016-0095-6. eCollection 2016. PMID: 27022409

Press KR, Zornberg GZ, Geller G, Carrese J, Fingerhood MI. “What Patients with Addiction Disorders Need from their Primary Care Physicians: a Qualitative Study.” Subs Abus. 2016 Apr-Jun;37(2):349-55. doi: 10.1080/08897077.2015.1080785. PMID: 26360503




McGarry LM, Callahan KP. Disorders of the Nervous System (Chapter 98). In: Tenney-Soeiro R, Devon EP. Netter’s Pediatrics (2nd Edition). Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2022. 585-590.

Awards and Honors

2021, NHGRI Inter-Society Coordinating Committee for Practitioner Education in Genomics (ISCC-PEG) Scholar
2020, Eastern Society for Pediatric Research Travel Grant Awardee 
2020, Women in Neonatology (AAP Section) Travel Grant Awardee
2020, Neonatology Fellows Research Fund Recipient, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
2019, Edward Curnen Prize for Compassion and Humanity in Medicine
2019, Distinguished Research in Clinical Science, Columbia University Residency Forum
2016, Helen and Harold Harrison Prize for Outstanding Proficiency in Pediatrics
2016, Alpha Omega Alpha
2011, Departmental High Honors, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
2011, Sigma Xi
2011, Phi Beta Kappa

Editorial and Academic Positions

Academic and Institutional Committees

2022-present, Ethics Committee, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
2022-present, Children’s Hospital Neonatal Consortium Genomics Focus Group
2021-present, NHGRI Inter-Society Coordinating Committee for Practitioner Education in Genomics (ISCC-PEG)
2021-present, NICU Pink Flags Initiative for Addressing Moral Distress Early
2021-present, NICU Bereavement Committee
2020-present, Ethics Committee

Leadership and Memberships

Memberships in Professional Organizations

2021-present, American Society for Bioethics and Humanities
2015-present, American College of Medical Genetics
2015-present, American Academy of Pediatrics
 - 2021-present, Trainee and Early Career Neonatologist (TECaN) Ethics Group, Co-Director