David A. Munson, MD David A. Munson, MD, is Medical Director of CHOP’s Newborn/Infant Intensive Care Unit, an attending neonatologist and active researcher. Locations: Main Campus; CHOP Newborn Care at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Phone: 215-590-1653 Background Dr. Munson serves as the medical director for the Newborn/Infant Intensive Care Unit at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. He also directs the Perinatal Palliative Care Initiative in the Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment at CHOP. Dr. Munson has published on the topics of palliative care in the NICU and perinatal palliative care, and speaks locally and nationally on these topics. For research, he is a co-investigator on an RO1 investigating decision making by parents with children with serious illness. Dr. Munson is actively engaged in teaching medical students through the Doctoring course at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, and is directly involved in the clinical education of residents and fellows at CHOP. Dr. Munson also has an interest in quality improvement and patient safety and is actively involved in a number of unit and hospital-based improvement initiatives. Education and Training Medical SchoolMD - University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA InternshipThe Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA ResidencyThe Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA FellowshipThe Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA Board CertificationHospice and Palliative MedicineNeonatal-Perinatal Medicine Titles and Academic Titles Attending NeonatologistMedical Director, Newborn/Infant Intensive Care UnitAssociate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Departments and Services Division of Neonatology Center for Fetal Diagnosis and TreatmentNewborn and Infant Chronic Lung Disease ProgramNewborn/Infant Intensive Care Unit (N/IICU) Publications Papers2018 Drago MJ, Guillén U, Schiaratura M, Batza J, Zygmunt A, Mowes A, Munson D, Lorenz JM, Farkouh-Karoleski C, Kirpalani H. Constructing a Culturally Informed Spanish Decision-Aid to Counsel Latino Parents Facing Imminent Extreme Premature Delivery. Matern Child Health J. 2018 Mar 8. doi: 10.1007/s10995-018-2471-8. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 29520727 2017 James J, Munson D, DeMauro SB, Langer JC, Dworetz AR, Natarajan G, Bidegain M, Fortney CA, Seabrook R, Vohr BR, Tyson JE, Bell EF, Poindexter BB, Shankaran S, Higgins RD, Das A, Stoll BJ, Kirpalani H; Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Neonatal Research Network. Outcomes of Preterm Infants following Discussions about Withdrawal or Withholding of Life Support. J Pediatr. 2017 Nov;190:118-123.e4. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2017.05.056. [Epub ahead of print] Cole JCM, Moldenhauer JS, Jones TR, Shaughnessy EA, Zarrin HE, Coursey AL, Munson DA. A proposed model for Perinatal Palliative Care. J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs. 2017 Jun 8. Pii: S0884-2175(17)30086-2. Doi: 10.1016/j/jogn.2017.01.014. [Epub ahead of print]. Cole, J, Moldenhauer, J, Jones, T, Shaughnessy, E, Coursey, A, Zarrin, H, Munson, D: A Multidisciplinary Perinatal Palliative Care Model. J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs. 2017 Nov - Dec;46(6):904-911. doi: 10.1016/j.jogn.2017.01.014. Epub 2017 Jun 8. 2015 Jensen EA, Munson DA, Zhang H, Blinman TA, Kirpalani H. Anti-gastroesophageal reflux surgery in infants with severe bronchopulmonary dysplasia. Pediatr Pulmonol. 2015;50(6):584-587. 2014 Jensen EA, Munson DA, Zhang H, Blinman TA, Kirpalani H. Anti-gastroesophageal reflux surgery in infants with severe bronchopulmonary dysplasia. Pediatr Pulmonol. 2014 Apr 21. [Epub ahead of print] Read the abstract. 2012 Guillén Ű, Suh S, Munson D, Posencheg M, Truitt E, Zupancic JA, Gafni A, Kirpalani H.: Development and pretesting of a decision-aid to use when counseling parents facing imminent extreme premature delivery. J Pediatr. 1603): 382-7, 2012. 2008 Feudtner C, Munson D, Morrison W. Framing permission for halting or continuing life-extending therapies. Virtual Mentor. 2008;10(8):506-510. Williams C, Munson D, Zupancic J, Kirpalani H. Supporting bereaved parents: practical steps in providing compassionate perinatal and neonatal end-of-life care - A North American perspective. Semin Fetal Neonatal Med. 2008 Oct;13(5):335-40. Epub 2008 May 12. Read the abstract BooksChapters 2012 Thiele, P and Munson D: A million little pieces: Parental and physician perspectives on Trisomy 18. Journal of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine 5: 1-7, 2012. 2011 Munson D and Evans JR: Nosocomial Infection in the NICU. Avery’s Diseases of the Newborn 9th Edition. Gleason CA (eds). Elsevier Saunders, Philadelphia, 2011. Munson D, Epelman M, Millar D, and Kirpalani H: Chapter 3: The Chest. Imaging of the Newborn. H. Kirpalani, M. Epelman and Jr. Mernagh (eds). Cambridge University Press, 2011. Munson D, section editor: Section XVII Neonatal Medicine. Netter's Pediatrics. Florin and Ludwig (eds.). Elsevier 2011. 2009 Keene S, Munson D. Chapter 10-Delivery Room. Now what? In: Shah S, Frank G, editors. Patient Encounters in Pediatrics, Lippincott Williams and Wilkins. 2009. Munson D, Feudtner C. The ethics of perinatal palliative care. In: Ravitsky V, Fiester A, Caplan AL, editors. The Penn Center Guide to Bioethics. Springer: New York, 2009. Awards and Honors 2013, Dean's Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania 2012, Master Clinician Award, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Leadership and Memberships Memberships in professional organizations 2004-present, American Academy of Pediatrics, Perinatal Pediatrics section 2008-present, American Association of Hospice and Palliative Care Medicine Patient Experience Ratings About the Patient Experience Rating System The Patient Experience Rating is an average of all responses to the care provider related questions shown above from our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Patients that are treated in outpatient or hospital environments may receive different surveys, and the volume of responses will vary by question. Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score. We are committed to true transparency. 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