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3401 Civic Center Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19104
United States

Heather H. Burris, MD, MPH
Heather H. Burris
Attending Physician

Dr. Burris is a perinatal researcher motivated by unequal birth outcomes across populations in the United States. She uses molecular epidemiologic approaches to study the intersection of social and environmental factors and how they contribute to birth outcome disparities.



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Dr. Heather H. Burris is an attending neonatologist at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. She studies social and environmental factors that contribute to perinatal health inequity. She is multiple PI of the NIH-funded Penn-CHOP ECHO site and PI of a pilot trial (PeliCaN) of maternal postpartum care in the NICU for high-risk patients; a midwife and a doula are welcomed into the NICU to provide care at the infant’s bedside.

Dr. Burris also performs analyses of pregnancy cohorts and is PI of a large Penn Medicine birth cohort study, GeoBirth, in which preterm births are rigorously phenotyped and linked to area-level exposures. She has an NIH R01 with Dr. Eugenia South, to study greenspace effects on pregnancy outcomes. Dr. Burris received her BA in in anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania and her MD from Temple University. She completed pediatric residency at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and neonatology fellowship at Harvard. She obtained her MPH at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health through the Harvard Pediatric Health Services Research Fellowship. She mentors students and trainees across the Penn-CHOP community and beyond. She’s an avid soccer and swim mom to three girls.

Education and Training

BA, University of Pennsylvania (Anthropology), 1997

MD, Temple University School of Medicine, 2003

MPH, Harvard School of Public Health (Clinical Effectiveness), 2009

Fellowship, Boston Children's Hospital (Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine), 2009

Research Fellowship, Boston Children's Hospital (Pediatric Health Services Research Fellowship), 2009

Titles and Academic Titles

Attending Physician

Associate Professor of Pediatrics

Professional Memberships

American Academy of Pediatrics, 2003-

Society for Pediatric Research, 2015-

Eastern Society for Pediatric Research, 2017-

Professional Awards

Community Pediatric Advocacy Award, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, 2006

NIH Young Investigator, Perinatal Research Society, 2014

Mentor of the Year Award, New England Perinatal Society, 2015, 2016

New Outstanding Member Lecturer, Society for Pediatric Research Presidential Plenary at Pediatric Academic Society, 2016

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