Howard Panitch, MD

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Howard Panitch, MD, is an Attending Pulmonologist, Director of the Clinical Programs and Director of the Technology Dependence Center at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. He holds the Distinguished Endowed Chair in the Department of Pediatrics.

Areas of Expertise: Bronchopulmonary dysplasia, Central airway abnormalities, Cystic fibrosis, Home mechanical ventilation, Infant lung mechanics, Long term ventilation management, Sequelae of neonatal lung disease, Pulmonary complications, neurodisability
Locations: Buerger Center for Advanced Pediatric Care

Phone: 215-590-3749


Dr. Howard Panitch has long had an interest in the care of children with complex respiratory problems and those requiring technology assistance. He is the clinical director of the Division of Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine and the medical director of the Technology Dependence Center. His research has focused on airway smooth muscle, dynamic airway collapsibility, RSV bronchiolitis pathogenesis and prevention and barriers to transitioning technology dependent children to adult care.

He is the 2002 recipient of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine Dean's Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching at an Affiliated Hospital.

Education and Training

Medical School

MD - University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA


Pediatrics - Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA


Pediatrics - Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA


Pediatric Pulmonology - St. Christopher's Hospital for Children / Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA

Board Certification

Pediatric Pulmonology – American Board of Pediatrics
Pediatrics – American Board of Pediatrics

Titles and Academic Titles

Attending Pulmonologist

Director, Clinical Programs

Director, Technology Dependence Center

Distinguished Endowed Chair in the Department of Pediatrics

Professor of Pediatrics, Emeritus, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Conditions Treated

Departments and Services




Jensen EA, Panitch H, Feng R, Moore PE, Schmidt B. Inter-observer reliability of the respiratory physical examination in premature infants: A multi-center study. J Pediatr. 2016;178-87-92. 


Panitch HB, Weiner DJ, Feng R, Perez MR, Healy F, McDonough JM, Rintoul N, Hedrick HL. Lung function over the first 3 years of life in children with congenital diaphragmatic hernia. Pediatr Pulmonol. 2015 Sep;50(9):896-907.

Healy F, Lin W, Feng R, Hanna BD, Hedrick H, Panitch HB. An association between pulmonary hypertension and impaired lung function in infants with congenital diaphragmatic hernia. Pediatr Pulmonol. 2015 Jul;50(7):672-82.


Partridge EA, Hanna BD, Panitch HB, Rintoul NE, Peranteau WH, Flake AW, Adzick NS, Hedrick HL. Pulmonary hypertension in giant omphalocele infants. J Pediatr Surg. 2014 Dec;49(12):1767-70.

Healy F, Lin W, Feng R, Hanna BD, Hedrick H, Panitch HB.: An Association Between Pulmonary Hypertension and Impaired Lung Function in Infants with Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia. Pediatric Pulmonology 2014 Notes: Mar 13. doi: 10.1002/ppul.23035. [Epub ahead of print]

Finkel RS, Weiner DJ, Mayer OH, McDonough JM and Panitch HB.: Respiratory Muscle Function in Infants with Spinal Muscular Atrophy Type I. Pediatric Pulmonology 2014 Notes: Apr 29. doi: 10.1002/ppul.22997. [Epub ahead of print]


Miske LJ, McDonough J, Weiner DJ, and Panitch HB: Changes in Gastric Pressure and Volume during Mechanical In-Exsufflation. Pediatric Pulmonology 48(8): 824-829, August 2013.


Panitch H.  Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia.  In:  Guidelines for Pediatric Home Health Care.  McConnell MS, ed.  American Academy of Pediatrics, Elk Grove Village, IL.  pp. 323-342; 2002.

Allen JL, Panitch HB.  Lung function testing:  Chronic Lung Disease of Infancy.  In Pediatr Pulmonol 23:138S-140S; 2001.

Panitch HB.  Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia.  In:  Primary Pediatric Pulmonology.  Dozor AJ, ed.  Futura Publishing Co., Inc.  Armonk, NY.  pp. 163-186; 2001.

Panitch HB, Shaffer TH.  Developmental Airway Structure and Function in Health and Chronic Lung Injury.  In:  Chronic Lung Disease of Early Infancy:  Lung Biology in Health and Diseases Series.  Bland RD and Coalson JJ, eds.  Marcel-Dekker, Inc.  New York, NY, 1999.

Shaffer TH, Wolfson MR, Panitch HB.  Airway Mechanics in Health and Disease.  In:  Pediatric Respiratory Failure.  Goldstein B and Arnold J, eds.  New Horizons, 7:276-286;1999.

Panitch HB, Papastamelos C, Schidlow DV.  Abnormalities of the Pleural Space.  In:  Pediatric Respiratory Medicine, Taussig LM and Landau LI, eds.  Mosby-Year Book, Inc.  pp. 1178-1196.

Panitch HB, Callahan CW, Schidlow DV. Bronchiolitis in Children.  In:  Clinics in Chest Medicine, King TE, Jr., ed.  W.B. Saunders, Philadelphia.  Vol 14(4):715-731;1993.

Panitch HB and Kolb SM.  Home Care of Ventilator-Assisted Children.  In:  A Practical Guide to Pediatric Respiratory Diseases.  Schidlow DV and Smith DS, ed.  Hanley & Belfus, Philadelphia.  pp. 301-306.

Panitch HB.  Wheezing and Lower Airway Obstruction.  In:  A Practical Guide to Pediatric Respiratory Diseases.  Schidlow DV and Smith DS, ed.  Hanley & Belfus, Philadelphia.  pp. 39-43.

Panitch HB.  Hemoptysis in Children.  In:  A Practical Guide to Pediatric Respiratory Diseases.  Schidlow DV and Smith DS, ed.  Hanley & Belfus, Philadelphia.  pp. 45-48.

Schidlow DV, Panitch HB, Katz S: The immotile cilia syndrome.  In:  Pediatric Respiratory Disease:  Diagnosis and Treatment. Hillman BC., ed. W.B. Saunders Co., Philadelphia, 1993.  pp.550-562.

Awards and Honors

2009, Faculty Teacher of the Year Award, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
2008, Master Clinician Award, Department of Pediatrics, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
2002, Dean's Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching (at an Affiliated Hospital), University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
2001-2014, Faculty Honor Roll (Annually), Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
1998, 2002, 2011-2014, Named to Best Doctors in America
1996, Named to Best Doctors in America: Northeast Division
1992, 2001, 2008, 2011, 2022, Philadelphia Magazine's Top Doctors in Pediatric Pulmonology
e1986-1987, Clinical Fellowship from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
1985-1986, Clinical Fellowship from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
1978, Graduated Magna cum Laude from the University of Pennsylvania

Editorial and Academic Positions

Editorial Positions

2014 - present, Reviewer, Journal of Critical Care
2005 - present, Reviewer, Respiratory Care Journal
1999 - present, Reviewer, Pediatric Emergency Medicine
1997 - present, Reviewer, Pediatrics
1996 - present, Reviewer, Journal of Applied Physiology
1994 - present, Reviewer, American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
1993 - present, Reviewer, Chest
1992 - present, Reviewer, Pediatric Pulmonology
1989 - present, Reviewer, Journal of Pediatrics

Academic Positions

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
2002 - present, Member, Search Committee for Chairman of Neonatology
2001 - present, Member, Fellowship Committee
2001 - present, Member, ED Patient/Family Satisfaction Survey Committee
2001 - present, Member, Inpatient Family Satisfaction Survey Committee
2000 - present, Member, Complex Medical Care Consultation Subcommittee

Leadership and Memberships

Memberships in Professional Organizations

2000-present, Fellow, American College of Chest Physicians

- 2012-2014, Home Care NetWork

1985-present, American Thoracic Society

- 2011-2013, Chair, Pediatric Assembly 

- 2013-2015, Member, Executive Committee of the Pediatric Assembly

- 2010-present, Member, International Relations Committee

- 2014, Chair, Nominating Committee Pediatric Assembly

- 2014, Vice-Chair, Patient and Family Education Committee

1991-present, American Physiological Society


2008-2013, American Board of Pediatrics, Sub-board of Pediatric Pulmonology

- 2009-2013, Chair, Credentials Committee 2009-2013