Background

Diana Montoya-Williams, MD, is interested in the drivers of racial and ethnic disparities in infant health outcomes such as preterm birth, low birth weight and infant mortality. She has conducted several studies on social determinants of perinatal health, including evaluations of paid family leave policies and prenatal risk screening. Dr. Montoya-Williams has also begun to explore resilience in pregnancy and what factors make women of different cultural backgrounds resilient to poor birth outcomes. Finally, she has a special interest in how immigration status and policy affects Hispanic women’s perinatal and infant health outcomes.

In addition to her research interests, Dr. Montoya-Williams actively engages in immigrant child health advocacy at local and national levels. She is also a medical podcaster and co-hosts Baby Doctor Mamas (www.babydoctormamas.com), an educational podcast aimed at new parents.

Education and Training

Medical School

MD - Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, New York, NY

Residency

Pediatrics - University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Fellowship

Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine - University of Florida, Gainesville, PA

Titles and Academic Titles

Neonatologist

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

Departments and Services

Publications

Papers

2019

Montoya-Williams D, Bright M, Echavarria M, Martinez S, Mercado R, Lorch SA & Thompson L. "Associations between a Healthy Start Program prenatal risk screening tool and adverse birth outcomes:  A study using the Mother-Infant Dyad Screening Cohort." J Women's Health (Larchmt). 2020 Jan 2. doi: 10.1089/jwh.2019.7712. [Epub ahead of print]

Parga-Belinkie J, Lewin S, Lewis J, Montoya-Williams D, Alwan A, Shaul B, Han C, Bookheimer S, Eyer S, Zeltzer L, Nookala U, Sun D, Anderson A. “Infant Pain Assessment Using Acoustic Cry Analysis: Is Infantile Colic Painful?” Pediatric Research. 2019 Oct 4. doi: 10.1038/s41390-019-0592-4. PMID: 31585457

Montoya-Williams D, Salloum R, Lorch SA. “New Strategies to Tackle the Combined Biological and Social Context of Preterm Birth.” Am J Perinatol. 2019 Sep 3. doi: 10.1055/s-0039-1695774. PMID: 31480082

Montoya-Williams D, Burris H, Fuentes-Afflick, E. “Perinatal outcomes in Medicaid expansion and nonexpansion states among Hispanic women.”  JAMA. 2019 Sep 3;322(9):893-894. doi: 10.1001/jama.2019.9825. PMID: 31479131

Montoya-Williams D, Fuentes-Afflick, E. “Political Determinants of Population Health.”  JAMA Network Open. 2019 Jul 3;2(7):e197063. doi: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2019.7063. PMID: 31322684

2018

Williams B, Alvarado C, Montoya-Williams D, Matthias R, Blakemore L. Buckling Down on Torus Fractures: Has Evolving Evidence Affected Practice? Journal of Children’s Orthopaedics. 2018: 12(2): 123–128.

Montoya-Williams D, Quinlan J, Clukay C, Rodney NC, Kertes DA, Mulligan CJ. Associations between maternal prenatal stress, methylation changes in IGF1 and IGF2, and birth weight. Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease. 2018 Apr;9(2):215-222.

Montoya-Williams D, Lemas D, Spiryda L, Patel K, Carney O, Neu J, Carson T. The Neonatal Microbiome and Its Partial Role in Mediating the Association between Birth by Cesarean Section and Adverse Pediatric Outcomes. Neonatology. 2018: 114(2): 103-111.

2017

Montoya-Williams D, Lemas DJ, Spiryda L, Patel K, Neu J, Carson TL. What Are Optimal Cesarean Section Rates in the U.S. and How Do We Get There? A Review of Evidence-Based Recommendations and Interventions. Journal of Women’s Health. 2017 Dec; 26(12):1285-1291.

Montoya-Williams D, Quinlan J, Clukay C, Rodney NC, Kertes DA, Mulligan CJ: Associations between maternal prenatal stress, methylation changes in IGF1 and IGF2, and birth weight. J Dev Orig Health Dis 11: 1-8, Oct 2017 Notes: doi: 10.1017/S2040174417000800.

Montoya-Williams D, Mowitz M: Cholestasis and hepatic iron deposition in an infant with complex glycerol kinase deficiency. Pediatrics 140(1): e20161479, Jul 2017 Notes: doi: 10.1542/peds.2016-1479.

Montoya-Williams D, Jayaramaraju P, Hiers P, Butler A: Prolonged rash and fever in a 9 month old girl. Pediatr Rev 38(2): 99-100, Feb 2017 Notes: doi: 10.1542/pir.2015-0030.

Posters and Presentations

2019

Montoya-Williams D. “Resilience to Stress: Does it mediate racial/ethnic disparities in perinatal outcomes?” Platform presentation at Rising Scholars in Health Research symposium. Bloomington, Indiana. 2019.

Montoya-Williams D, Passarella, M Lorch SA. “Racial Differences in Young Adult Resilience and Associations with Low Birth Weight.” Platform presentation at Eastern Society for Pediatric Research Conference. Philadelphia, PA. 2019.

2018

Montoya-Williams, D., Passarella, M., Lorch, SA. “The Impact of Paid Family Leave on Neonatal Outcomes and Infant Mortality.” Poster presentation at Pediatric Academic Societies, Toronto, Canada. 2018.

Montoya-Williams D, Bright M, Echavarria M, Martinez S, Mercado R, Lorch SA & Thompson L. "Associations between a Healthy Start Program prenatal risk screening tool and adverse birth outcomes:  A study using the Mother-Infant Dyad Screening Cohort." Platform presentation at American academy of pediatrics Southeastern Conference on Perinatal Research. 2018.

Invited Lectures

2019

Montoya-Williams D. “Highlighting Community Partnerships: Uniting Existing Community Resources to Provide Care for Immigrant Children and their Families.” Public Health Special Interest Group Meeting at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference & Exhibition. 2018.

Montoya-Williams D. Immigrant Health and Health Care.” University of Pennsylvania Urban Health Systems. 2019.

Awards and Honors

2018, Henry A. Kokomoor Award, University of Florida
2017, Audrey Lincourt Schiebler Award for Excellence in Child Advocacy
2015, Outstanding Achievement in Pediatric Medical Student Education, University of Florida
2015, Gold Humanism Honor Society, University of Florida
2012, Gold Humanism Honor Society, Columbia University
2012, William Perry Watson Prize for Excellence in Pediatrics, Columbia University

Editorial and Academic Positions

Editorial Positions

2017-present, Ad Hoc reviewer, Journal of Developmental Origins of Healthy and Disease
2016-present, Ad hoc reviewer, Academic Pediatrics

Academic and Institutional Committees

2019-present, Neonatology Clinical Research Committee
2015-present, Children Beyond Our Borders, Inc. Board Member, Chair of Health Initiatives Sub-Committee

Leadership and Memberships

Memberships in Professional Organizations

2015-present, Section on Perinatal Pediatrics
2012-present, American Academy of Pediatrics
 - 2015-present, Fellow
 - 2015-present, Section of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
 - 2015-present, Council on Immigrant Child and Family Health