Dr. Karen Szczepanski is an attending neonatologist at CHOP Newborn Care at Pennsylvania Hospital.

She received her undergraduate degree in Biology and Society from Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, and earned her medical degree from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Szczepanski completed her Pediatric Emphasis Osteopathic Rotating Internship at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She then fulfilled her Pediatric Residency at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, PA, and served as Chief Pediatric Resident during her final year. Dr. Szczepanski completed a fellowship in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia with an emphasis on research in hypoxia and heme oxygenase with Dr. Phyllis Dennery.

Dr. Szczepanski's clinical interests include persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn, lung disease of term and preterm infants, and therapeutic hypothennia for hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy. She has an interest in the long-term outcomes of newborns born both term and preterm and works with the CHOP Newborn Care at Pennsylvania Hospital Developmental Follow-Up Program. She also enjoys teaching and mentoring college and medical students interested in Neonatology.

Education and Training

Medical School

DO - Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Philadelphia, PA


Pediatrics - Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA


Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine - The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

Board Certification

Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine – American Board of Pediatrics
Pediatrics – American Board of Pediatrics

Titles and Academic Titles

Attending Neonatologist

Departments and Services

Research Interests

Persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn
Therapeutic hypothermia for hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy
Neonatal follow-up

Editorial and Academic Positions

Academic and institutional committees

2011-2012 Pennsylvania Hospital Maternity Floor Renovation Committee
2011-present, Lead Physician, Pennsylvania Hospital ICN Reunion Committee
2001-present, Supervising Physician! Collaborating Physician CHOP Newborn Care at PAH Nurse Practitioner Program
2010-present, Director, Medical Informatics for Pennsylvania Hospital ICN
2010-present, Pennsylvania Hospital Medical Informatics Committee
2008-present, Lead Physician, Pennsylvania Hospital ICN Bereavement Committee
2007-present, Lead Physician, Therapeutic Hypothennia for Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy at Pennsylvania Hospital