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Sara B. DeMauro, MD, MSCE
Sara B. DeMauro, MD, MSCE
Associate Professor of Pediatrics

Dr. DeMauro has special expertise in rigorous assessment of early childhood outcomes of high-risk neonates. Her research focuses on improving outcomes of children with bronchopulmonary dysplasia and school-age assessment of functional outcomes in preterm-born children.



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A neonatologist and epidemiologist, Dr. DeMauro's primary clinical and research focus is on studying methods to improve early childhood outcomes after critical neonatal illness. She is the lead follow-up investigator and alternate principal investigator for the CHOP/University of Pennsylvania center for the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) Neonatal Research Network, of which CHOP and Penn have been members  since 2011. Observational study and randomized trial follow-up rates at the center for 22 to 26 months corrected age consistently exceed 95 percent.

As program director for neonatal follow up at CHOP, Dr. DeMauro oversees follow-up activities, education, and program development in six neonatal follow-up clinics throughout the CHOP Newborn Care Network. More than 5,000 children are currently enrolled in the follow-up program.

Dr. DeMauro is independently funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute as PI for the clinical coordinating center of the HYdrocortisone for BPD Developmental and Respiratory (HYBRiD) Outcomes Study and the Transfusion of Prematures 5-year (TOP 5) Early School Age Study; by NICHD as a site PI for the Outcomes of Babies with Opioid Exposure (OBOE) Longitudinal Study; and by the Thrasher Research Fund. These grants all fund studies of functional clinical outcomes among young children who were born prematurely or have other risk factors for poor outcomes.

Education and Training

MD, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Pediatrics Residency, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia

Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Board Certification

BS, Yale University (Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry)

MS, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics (Clinical Epidemiology)

Titles and Academic Titles

Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Clinician-Educator Track

Associate Scholar, Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Program Director, Neonatal Follow-up

Attending Neonatologist

Professional Memberships

American Academy of Pediatrics, 2004 -

American Academy of Pediatrics, Section on Perinatal Pediatrics, 2008 -  

CHOP Division of Neonatology Scientific Review Committee, 2010 -

Penn Institute for Translational Medicine and Therapeutics, 2010 -

Society for Pediatric Research, 2011 -

Society for Pediatric Research Fellows Clinical Research Awards Selection Committee, 2019-

Professional Awards

Certificate of Excellence in Teaching Award, UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, 2003

Gold Humanism Honor Society, UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, 2003

Pamela C. Champe and Richard A. Harvey Award in Biochemistry, UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, 2004

Young Investigator's Travel Award, Pediatric Academic Societies, 2009

University of Pennsylvania Health System Quality and Patient Safety Award, 2011

Young Investigator Award, Perinatal Research Society, 2012

McCabe Pilot Project Award, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, 2012

Istvan Seri Award for Excellence in Teaching, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, 2014

Early Career Faculty Honor Roll, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, 2016, 2018

Publication Highlights

Jensen EA, Dysart K, Gantz MG, McDonald S, Bamat NA, Keszler M, Kirpalani H, Laughon MM, Poindexter BB, Duncan AF, Yoder BA, Eichenwald EC, DeMauro SB. The diagnosis of bronchopulmonary dysplasia in very preterm infants. An Evidence-based approach. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2019 Sep; 200(6):751-759. PMID: 30995069
DeMauro SB, Jensen EA, Bann CM, Bell EF, Hibbs AM, Hintz SR, Lorch SA. Home oxygen and 2-year outcomes of preterm infants with bronchopulmonary dysplasia. Pediatrics. 2019 May; 143(5). PMID: 30975699
Stoll BJ, Hansen NI, Bell EF, Walsh MC, Carlo WA, Shankaran S, Laptook AR, Sánchez PJ, Van Meurs KP, Wyckoff M, Das A, Hale EC, Ball MB, Newman NS, Schibler K, Poindexter BB, Kennedy KA, Cotten CM, Watterberg KL, D'Angio CT, DeMauro SB, Truog WE, Devaskar U, Higgins RD; Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Neonatal Research Network. Trends in care practices, morbidity, and mortality of extremely preterm neonates, 1993-2012. Journal of the American Medical Association. 2015 Sep; 314(10):1039-51. PMCID: PMC4787615
DeMauro SB, D'Agostino JA, Bann C, Bernbaum J, Gerdes M, Bell EF, Carlo WA, D'Angio C, Das A, Higgins R, Hintz SR, Laptook AR, Natarajan G, Nelin L, Poindexter BB, Sanchez PJ, Shankaran S, Stoll BJ, Truog T, Van Meurs KP, Vohr B, Walsh MC, Kirpalani H. Developmental outcomes of very preterm infants with tracheostomies. J Pediatr. 2014 Jul; 164(6):1303-1310. PMCID: PMC4035374

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