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Jennifer M. Lynch, MD, PhD
Jennifer M. Lynch
Assistant Professor

Dr. Lynch is a physicist specializing in biomedical optics. Her research focuses on the development and use of novel optical imaging devices to improve the way we monitor the brain in vulnerable pediatric patients.



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Dr. Lynch is a pediatric cardiac anesthesiologist and physicist specializing in biomedical optics. Her research focuses on novel optical neuromonitoring devices and the use of these devices to improve neurologic outcomes in vulnerable pediatric populations.

Dr. Lynch received her PhD in Physics from the University of Pennsylvania in 2014. Her doctoral thesis focused on the development and validation of a novel optical neuromonitoring tool capable of noninvasively measuring cerebral oxygen delivery and utilization. As she went on to pursue medical training in pediatric cardiac anesthesiology, Dr. Lynch began collaborating with clinical investigators at CHOP to use these novel neuromonitoring tools to better understand the risk for neurologic injury in children with congenital heart disease. Currently, her work focuses on utilizing optical neuromonitoring in the cardiac operating rooms, catheterization labs, and critical care unit for improved neuromonitoring in this vulnerable patient population.

Education and Training

BS, summa cum laude, Emory University (Physics, Mathematics and Computer Science, Chemistry) 2009

MS, University of Pennsylvania (Physics), 2011

PhD, University of Pennsylvania (Physics), 2014

MD, (NYU Grossman School of Medicine), 2017

Pediatric Internship, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, 2018

Anesthesiology Residency, University of Pennsylvania, 2021

Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia 2022

Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesiology Fellowship, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, 2023

Titles and Academic Titles

Attending Physician in the Division of Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Assistant Professor with dual appointments in the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine and in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Pennsylvania

Professional Memberships


Congenital Cardiac Anesthesia Society

Society for Pediatric Anesthesia

Women in Anesthesia

Professional Awards

Pennsylvania Anesthesiology Resident Research Conference Original Research Presentation, First Place, 2021

Zachary Lederer Memorial Clinical Research Scholarship (2015)

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Outstanding Poster Presentation (2015)

Cardiology Outstanding Investigator of the Year (2014)

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Distinguished Trainee Award (2014)

Publication Highlights

Active Grants/Contracts

Cardiac Center Innovation Award
Development and use of novel optical devices for improved neuromonitoring during neonatal cardiac surgery

CHD Coalition
Effect of perfusion strategy on brain injury in infants with HLHS