Eric Eichenwald, MD

Chief, Division of Neonatology
Thomas Frederick McNair Scott Endowed Chair in Pediatrics

Eichenwald came to Children’s Hospital from the University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, where he was Chair of the Department of Pediatrics and Chief of the Division of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine. His spent his undergraduate years in the Philadelphia area, graduating from Swarthmore before attending medical school at Harvard. He is an accomplished researcher and author, with a focus on clinical trials and health services research and a particular interest in the area of chronic lung disease.

Breakthrough moment

“I recently received a high school graduation photo from a patient I cared for in the NICU at Boston Children’s Hospital [where he was on staff for 26 years]. It reminded me of the magical nature of neonatology. In addition to caring for very sick babies, we provide primary care in the NICU for many preemies. I never get tired of the thrill, at the end of a hospitalization, of watching parents walk out with their baby. We provide a happy ending that a child might not otherwise have.”

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