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Susan J. Back, MD

Susan J. Back

Dr. Back's research focuses on ultrasound and advanced ultrasound applications as well as genitourinary imaging.

Rochelle Bagatell, MD

Rochelle Bagatell

Dr. Bagatell’s research focuses on improving therapies for children with neuroblastoma. She leads clinical research studies designed to critically evaluate current therapies for children with high-risk and relapsed disease, and is committed to conducting studies of new therapies for this population. She is currently pursuing research designed to evaluate biomarkers for response to targeted therapy in children with high-risk disease.

L. Charles Bailey, MD, PhD

L. Charles Bailey

Dr. Bailey’s research centers on the development of learning health systems. This endeavor includes the creation of methods to share data across hospitals, recognize the clinical implications of information gathered from different sources, and provide support to clinicians to use this information more effectively.

Will Bailis, PhD

Will Bailis

Dr. Bailis aims to understand how metabolism underlies immunology and disease, by controlling the biochemistry of cells and tissues. His lab does so using in vitro and in vivo CRISPR engineering of primary human and mouse immune cells, with the goal of developing diet and metabolite based therapies.

Wesley B. Baker, PhD

Wesley B. Baker

Dr. Baker is a physicist with specialization in optics in biological tissues whose research in biomedical optics aims to develop and translate optical tools for clinical use. He also studies the interplay between the delivery of pediatric critical care and the patient’s long-term brain health.

Fran Balamuth, MD, PhD

Fran Balamuth, MD, PhD, MSCE

Dr. Balamuth is a key institutional leader in pediatric sepsis and a rising national leader in pediatric sepsis recognition and care.

Robert N. Baldassano, MD

Robert N. Baldassano

Dr. Baldassano’s research focuses on children who have inflammatory bowel diseases, and he oversees a large team of researchers at CHOP working to translate discoveries in the laboratory into direct patient care for children. One promising area of current research involves investigating the intestinal microbiomes of children with inflammatory bowel diseases.

Keith D. Baldwin, MD, MPH, MSPT

Keith D. Baldwin, MD, MPH, MSPT

Dr. Baldwin is an orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in the treatment of traumatic, neuromuscular, and spinal conditions in children.

Frank M. Balis, MD

Frank M. Balis

Dr. Balis's research focuses on the clinical pharmacology of anticancer drugs, new drug development, and clinical trial design and endpoints. He studies the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of anticancer drugs and has applied pharmacological principles to clinical trial design and clinical drug development. He is developing new biomarkers to serve as surrogate endpoints of drug toxicity or efficacy in clinical trials.

Nicolas Bamat, MD, MSCE

Nicolas Bamat

Dr. Bamat’s research interest is neonatal respiratory failure, with an emphasis on pharmacotherapies for severe bronchopulmonary dysplasia and continuous distending airway pressure levels in infants requiring respiratory support.

Omar A. Banda, PhD

Omar A. Banda

Omar Banda investigates therapeutic applications of novel nanoparticle delivery systems for the treatment of Fanconi Anemia.

Brenda L. Banwell, MD

Brenda L. Banwell

A clinician-investigator and chief of the Division Neurology, Dr.Banwell's research interests center on multiple sclerosis onset during childhood and its impact.

Lamia P. Barakat, PhD

Lamia P. Barakat

Dr. Barakat's research is focused on examining risk-and-resilience models to characterize disease management and health-related quality of life of children with chronic health conditions and their families. Another focus of investigation is translation of these models into evidence-based assessment (family psychosocial risk screening) as well as family-based, mHealth interventions to improve disease management and to support medical decision-making for youth with cancer and their families.

David M. Barrett, MD, PhD

David M. Barrett

Dr. Barret's research program focuses on immune function of children with cancer. His research involves investigating possible immune deficiencies that result in children developing cancer and developing immune-based therapies for childhood cancer.

Keith Bartley, MS

G. Keith Bartley, Jr.

Keith Bartley is a computer science engineer and data scientist who co-leads the Technology and Innovation program of the Center for Autism Research.

Charles T. Bartunek, JD

Charles T. Bartunek

Leading the negotiation of industry-sponsored research agreements, as well as those concerning the sharing of data, materials, and other information with academic and industry partners.

Ran Barzilay, MD, PhD

Ran Barzilay

Dr. Barzilay aims to understand what drives variability in the development of brain and behavior of youths growing up under stress. He studies biological and environmental mechanisms leading to suicidal behavior, using big datasets of diverse genotyped youths with deep phenotyping of environment.

Craig H. Bassing, PhD

Craig H. Bassing

Dr. Bassing's research program focuses on the genetic, epigenetic, and biochemical mechanisms by which mammals develop their immune systems while suppressing autoimmunity and genomic aberrations that cause leukemia or lymphoma.

Hamid Bassiri, MD, PhD

Hamid Bassiri

Dr. Bassiri studies the ways in which the immunometabolic features of lymphocytes are altered within solid tumor environments, and how modulating these features may enhance anti-tumor immunity.

Leila Bateman

Leila Bateman

Leila Bateman the manager of clinical data management for Data and Statistical Core at the Center for Autism Research, which builds and optimizes scientific data integration and management, data discovery, reporting, and analysis across the Center.

Andrew J. Bauer, MD

Andrew J. Bauer

Dr. Bauer's academic and clinical career are focused on improving the care of children and adolescents with thyroid disease. He has extensive experience and knowledge of thyroid pathophysiology and tumorigenesis, and has been critical to the clinical success of the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Thyroid Center.

Edward M. Behrens, MD

Edward M. Behrens

Dr. Behrens' research focuses on the pathogenesis and treatment of cytokine storm syndromes, including the hemophagocytic syndromes Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis (HLH) and Macrophage Activation Syndrome (MAS).

Jean B. Belasco, MD

Jean B. Belasco

Dr. Belasco’s clinical and research work focuses on pediatric cancers, palliative care, neuro-oncology, neurofibromatosis, and lymphatic vascular malformations.

Brent Bell, MRA, CRA

Brent A. Bell

Provides leadership in compliance and customer service for pre-award and non-financial post-award administration by assisting in developing and submitting proposals, serving as a resource for sponsor policies and regulations, and issuing and negotiating incoming and outgoing subawards and outgoing consulting agreements.

Louis M. Bell, MD

Louis M. Bell

Dr. Bell, chief of the Division of General Pediatrics, has research expertise in areas including computerized clinical decision support to improve the quality of care; epidemiology, management and treatment of common pediatric infectious diseases; the use of primary care practice-based research networks for clinical research; and quality improvement through the use of clinical pathways.

Rachel Benecke

Rachel Benecke

Rachel Benecke is a research data analyst in the Center for Autism Data and Statistical Core.

Alain J. Benitez, MD, MSTR

Alain J. Benitez, MD, MSTR

Dr. Benitez is currently building a comprehensive translational research program in which he hopes to study the role of brain-gut-microbiome and microbiome-mucosal interactions in the development of functional GI and motility disorders.

Amanda E. Bennett, MD, MPH

Amanda E. Bennett

Dr. Bennett’s research interests include screening for medical and behavioral co-morbidities in individuals with developmental disabilities, with specific interest in improving screening and outcome measures for children with autism spectrum disorder.

Brittany Bennett, MA

Brittany Bennett

Brittany Bennett is a medical illustrator who leads RIVER, the studio that creates custom medical illustrations for the Radiology Department.

Tami D. Benton, MD

Tami D. Benton

Dr. Benton's research focuses primarily on pediatric mood and anxiety disorders, sickle cell disease and psychiatric conditions, HIV and psychiatric conditions, neuroimmunology and mood disorders, health services research, eating disorders, and ethnically diverse children.

Robert A. Berg, MD

Robert A. Berg

Dr. Berg is a resuscitation scientist with extensive clinical and preclinical translational laboratory experience in the areas of cardiac arrest, VF, defibrillation, and personalized physiologic-directed CPR. He has substantial expertise in conducting multicenter observational and interventional trials.

Justin Berger, MD, PhD

Justin H. Berger

Dr. Berger's research focus involves the development of pediatric heart failure and underlying metabolic drivers. He studies how improving metabolic dysregulation may also benefit cardiac dysfunction.

Jeffrey I. Berman, PhD

Jeffrey I. Berman

Dr. Berman's research focuses on the coupling between brain structure and function and how abnormal development of the structure-function relationships contribute to the clinical symptoms of disorders such as autism spectrum disorder. 

Kathrin M. Bernt, MD

Kathrin M. Bernt

As a physician-scientist, Dr. Bernt's goal is to further the understanding of the role of transcriptional regulation in pediatric hematopoietic stem cell biology and leukemia, and translate findings into novel therapies.

Lauren A. Beslow, MD, MSCE, FAHA

Lauren A. Beslow, MD, MSCE, FAHA

Dr. Beslow works on the development of measurement and outcome prediction tools for pediatric hemorrhagic and ischemic stroke. She recently led a 61-center study carried out in 26 countries that evaluated the frequency of ischemic stroke among pediatric patients with SARS-CoV-2.

Seema Bhatnagar, PhD

Seema Bhatnagar

Dr. Bhatnagar's research aims to further the understanding of the neural basis of individual differences in response to stressful experiences. This includes identifying neural substrates that produce resiliency or vulnerability to the effects of stress and determining treatments to mitigate vulnerability and to promote resiliency through both preclinical and translational studies.

Elizabeth J.K. Bhoj, MD PhD

Elizabeth J.K. Bhoj

Dr. Bhoj's genetics research aims to discover new human disease genes, their mechanisms, and potential targeted therapies. In addition to ongoing gene discovery efforts, Dr. Bhoj focuses on three novel genes that lead to pediatric neurologic dysfunction: TBC1 domain-containing kinase, Histone 3.3 (H3F3A and H3F3B), and MAP4K4.