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Karen D. Hendricks-Munoz, M.D., MPH [View Image]Karen D. Hendricks-Munoz, M.D., MPH

Interim chair of the Department of Pediatrics
Interim physician-in-chief of CHoR
Inaugural William Tate Graham Professor of Pediatrics
Professor and chief, Division of Neonatal medicine

Dr. Karen Hendricks-Munoz is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine and Section of Neurodevelopment, Eastern Society of Pediatric Research and inductee to the American Pediatric Society (APS), the most prestigious academic honor from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

She is chief of the Division of Neonatal Medicine and the director of the Neonatal Perinatal Fellowship Training Program. She is a standing member of the NIH Study Section KNOD (Kidney, Nutrition, Obesity and Diabetes) and am member of the AAP Council on Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (COQIPS) and APS Committee on Diversity and Inclusion. She is co-founder of CHoR’s Neonatal Continuing Care Program and founder and director of CHoR’s JACKS Summer Scholars Undergraduate and Medical School Research and Mentorship Program. Dr. Hendricks-Munoz is deputy director of the VCU Center on Health Disparities, past co-chair and current member of the VCU School of Medicine Faculty Promotion and Tenure committee and a faculty mentor member of the iExcel Mentorship Program for Undergraduates at VCU.

Clinical scholarship and research interests include psychosocial dynamics that impact the health of infants including parenting, developmental and family centered care, developing tools to improve high risk infant health outcome and environmental factors (micro- nutrition; macro-NICU, management) that influence metabolome, inflammatory cytokines and lipidomic microbial cross-talk to affect normal lung and neurological development and function. This body of work has been supported by national funding including March of Dimes, NIH and national foundations.
Dr. Hendricks-Munoz serves clinically as attending faculty at CHoR’s level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Neonatal Continuing Care Program Regional Neonatal Follow-up Program as well as overall medical director at the Chippenham Hospital and Johnston-Willis (CJW) Hospital Newborn and Neonatal Intensive Care and Newborn Services.

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