Danielle Nicholson, DO

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Danielle Nicholson, DO, is a Pediatrician who sees patients at our CHOP Primary Care locations in Drexel Hill, Media and Broomall, PA. She is also the Medical Director of the Spina Bifida Program at CHOP.

Areas of Expertise: Spina Bifida, Care of children with complex medical needs, General pediatrics
Locations: Primary Care, Media; Primary Care, Drexel Hill; Primary Care, Broomall

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


Dr. Nicholson is a board-certified pediatrician and a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She received her undergraduate degree from Penn State University and her medical degree from New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. After completing residency at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, she served as an attending physician at CHOP Primary Care Main Campus and as the medical director of CHOP’s Spina Bifida Program.  Dr. Nicholson’s passion for primary care stems from the long-term bond formed between children, families, and their doctor and the opportunity to watch children grow, develop, and thrive.  Dr. Nicholson’s professional interests include caring for children with complex medical conditions, positive parenting techniques, and promotion of early childhood literacy.

Dr. Nicholson lives in Wallingford with her husband and two young children. She enjoys reading, cooking, and gardening but her greatest joy is spending time with her children.   

Education and Training

Medical School

DO - New York College of Osteopathic Medicine in Old Westbury, NY


Pediatrics - Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia PA


Pediatrics - Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia PA

Titles and Academic Titles

Attending Physician

Medical Director, Spina Bifida Program

Clinical Assistant Professor, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Departments and Services




Walters D, Betensky M. An Unresponsive 3-Year-Old Girl With an Unusual Whine. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2012 Sep; 28 (9): 943-946.


Walters, D, Burjonrappa, S, Chun, K. Imperforate Anus, Diaphragmatic Hernia, Horseshoe Kidney, and Pulmonary Sling Complex: Case Description. J Pediatr Surg. 2011 Sep; 46 (9): e5-e7.

Posters and Presentations


Nicholson, D. 2021. From Gestation to Graduation: Successes and Challenges of CHOP’s Spina Bifida Program, Spina Bifida Association National Clinical Care Meeting. Philadelphia, PA (virtual), June 5. Talk.


Nicholson, D. 2019. Implementing Care Coordination Tools into CHOP’s Multidisciplinary Spina Bifida Program, Spina Bifida Association National Clinical Care Meeting. Chicago IL, June 29. Panel Discussion.

Awards and Honors

2015, CHOP Care Grant
2014, Teddy Bedrossian Compassionate Care Award
2012, Graduated with honors, New York College of Osteopathic Medicine
2005, Dean's List, Pennsylvania State University

Leadership and Memberships

Memberships in Professional Organizations

2012-present, American Academy of Pediatrics