Jeffrey A. Whitsett, MD is Professor of Pediatrics, Chief of the Section of Neonatology, Perinatal
and Pulmonary Biology, and Executive Director of the Perinatal Institute at Cincinnati Children’s
Hospital Medical Center, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Dr. Whitsett received his
B.A. from Colgate University and his medical degree from Columbia University. He trained in
Pediatrics at Mt. Sinai Hospital, New York City and in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at the
Children's Hospital Medical Center, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Following his
fellowship he joined the faculty at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in 1977 and
since has risen through the ranks to Professor. He is internationally known for his research in
pulmonary medicine, as well as for his clinical expertise in neonatology. Dr. Whitsett has made a
series of groundbreaking contributions in pulmonary medicine and biology in his studies of the
surfactant proteins A, B, C and D, cloning their genes and clarifying their roles in lung
development and function. Throughout his career, Dr. Whitsett has transitioned from molecular
biology to animal models and then to the diagnosis and therapy of human disease. Importantly, he has played a critical role in making surfactant protein replacement routine in the treatment of immature lungs and respiratory distress syndrome in premature infants. Notably, his laboratory has contributed to the identification of a number of genes critical for lung formation and function and shown that mutations in genes regulating surfactant homeostasis are responsible for acute and chronic lung disease in infants and adults. Dr. Whitsett is the author of over 500 papers in both the basic science and clinical literature.
Dr. Whitsett is a member of the Institute of Medicine and the National Academy of Sciences and the recipient of various awards, including the Mead Johnson Award, a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Merit Award, the William Cooper Procter Award from Cincinnati Children's, the Amberson Lecture Award of the American Thoracic Society, and the prestigious Daniel Drake Medal for scientific contributions from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, the highly respected Arvo Ylppö Medal Award from Finland, and the Grand Hamdan International Award in Medical Sciences.
Author homepage: www.cincinnatichildrens.org/bio/w/jeffrey-whitsett/
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