Margaret A. Priestley, MD

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Margaret A. Priestley, MD, is an attending intensivist in Critical Care Medicine at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia with expertise in cerebral hypoxic-ischemic injury.

Areas of Expertise: Cerebral Hypoxic-ischemic injury, Cerebral Neuroprotection, Infant botulism, Pediatric trauma, Preventing bloodstream infections, Clinical operations, Patient safety, Quality improvement in pediatric critical care medicine, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Locations: Main Hospital; Middleman Family Pavilion
Referral through emergency transport program: 800-590-2160


Margaret A. Priestley serves as the Senior Medical Director for the Pediatric Critical Care continuum (Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and Progressive Care Unit) at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. She is an attending physician in the pediatric intensive care units at the Philadelphia campus and the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's Middleman Family Pavilion in King of Prussia. Dr. Priestley has an interest in quality improvement and patient safety and is actively involved in a number of unit and hospital-based improvement initiatives. Also, she is committed to advancing the careers of women and underrepresented minorities within the department, removing barriers to their promotion, promoting well-being, and promoting awareness of unconscious bias.

Education and Training

Medical School

MD - University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA


Pediatrics - The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA


Pediatrics - The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA


Pediatric Critical Care Medicine - The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

Board Certification

Pediatric Critical Care Medicine – American Board of Pediatrics
Pediatrics – American Board of Pediatrics

Titles and Academic Titles

Attending Physician, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine

Associate Trauma Director

Clinical Director, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit

Associate Chair for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine

Associate Chief of Strategy and Operations

Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology, Critical Care and Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Senior Medical Director, Critical Care Medicine, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Departments and Services

Selected Publications

Please follow this link to Dr. Priestley’s PubMed Profile.