Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Center for Genetic Medicine

Karen K L Mestan, MD

Karen K L Mestan, MD

Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Neonatology)

Focus of Work

Bio

Why do some premature infants experience adverse outcomes, while others do not? Dr. Mestan is an attending neonatologist at Lurie Children's Hospital and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, whose research focuses on identifying biochemical, environmental, and genetic markers for preterm birth and its complications. Understanding these markers and the scientific mechanisms behind them can lead to new approaches and therapies to prevent complications of preterm birth, such as chro...[Read full text]Why do some premature infants experience adverse outcomes, while others do not? Dr. Mestan is an attending neonatologist at Lurie Children's Hospital and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, whose research focuses on identifying biochemical, environmental, and genetic markers for preterm birth and its complications. Understanding these markers and the scientific mechanisms behind them can lead to new approaches and therapies to prevent complications of preterm birth, such as chronic lung and heart problems, poor growth, and neurodevelopmental delays in early childhood.[Shorten text]

Academic Focus

Translational research in identifying biomarkers and mechanisms by which placental vascular dysfunction leads to neonatal lung disease and its long-term health sequelae.

Clinical Focus

Management and prevention of neonatal chronic lung diseases, such as bronchopulmonary dysplasia and neonatal pulmonary hypertension. Clinical care coordination for medically complex infants.

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Education and Certification

  • MD: Chicago Medical School (1996)
  • Residency: University of Chicago, Pediatrics (1999)
  • Fellowship: University of Chicago, Neonatology (2002)
  • Board Certification: Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine