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New Leader for Johns Hopkins All Children’s Maternal, Fetal & Neonatal Institute Has Unique Journey in Medical Career


St. Petersburg, Fla. – July 11, 2022 – Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital named Linda Van Marter, M.D., M.P.H., director and chair of the Maternal, Fetal & Neonatal Institute at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. She also serves as a professor of Pediatrics (PAR) in the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Dr. Van Marter’s medical career was inspired by her father, a family and occupational health doctor. She first became a nurse, training at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, and both the women physicians she met there and her father inspired her to pursue a medical degree, which she earned from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine before returning to Boston for pediatric and neonatal-perinatal medicine training.

“My former career as a nurse gave me a great appreciation for all that nurses bring to the care of our patients,” Dr. Van Marter said. “Their role is pivotal in ensuring the best of bedside care, patient safety, and outcomes for our tiny patients. I have taken many lessons from the bedside from my time as a nurse and also from nurses whom I worked alongside as a doctor. My nursing background laid the foundation for my dedication to family-focused newborn care. The goal of achieving the best for the baby and the family is at the center of everything we do in neonatal-perinatal medicine. I am very fortunate to be working with a talented team of professionals at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, each of whom is deeply committed to family and baby centered care.”

After completing a pediatric internship and residency at Boston Children’s Hospital and a research and clinical fellowship in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine with the Harvard Medical School Joint Program in Neonatology, Dr. Van Marter also earned a Master of Public Health degree in epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health. She most recently served as an associate professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and the associate chair for Academic Affairs in the Department of Pediatric Newborn Medicine at Brigham & Women’s Hospital (BWH). She has held numerous clinical and administrative leadership roles, including as director of clinical research for the Harvard Academic Program in Newborn Medicine and, at BWH, vice chair of the Department of Pediatric Newborn Medicine and associate program director for NICU Research in the Center for Clinical Investigation.

Dr. Van Marter also served as a past chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, and was a founder and mentor for its Trainees and Early Career Neonatologists Group that has fostered leadership development of individuals at early stages of their neonatology careers. She was elected to a number of honorary societies including the Society for Pediatric Research, the Perinatal Research Society, and the American Pediatric Society.

In addition to her clinical and leadership roles, Dr. Van Marter’s clinical research has focused on the epidemiology and treatment of bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) and persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN). Her work has contributed to the identification of several pregnancy-associated risk factors for PPHN affecting full-term infants and a greater understanding of clinical practices that may modify the risk for BPD in infants born before 29 weeks of gestation. She also has collaborated on a number of studies relating to newborn brain outcomes. Dr. Van Marter has been a principal investigator, site principal investigator and core director for both NIH and industry-funded studies. She has authored more than 90 book chapters and papers published in peer-reviewed journals and has delivered many invited state-of-the-art and research talks at national and international conferences. She plans to expand the scope of clinical care, research and education in obstetrics, maternal-fetal care as well as newborn intensive care at within Johns Hopkins All Children’s Maternal, Fetal & Neonatal Institute and its regional affiliates and looks forward to working with the community to progressively improve mothers’ and babies’ access to the best possible care.

Learn more about Dr. Van Marter.

 

About Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital
Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg is a leader in children’s health care, combining a legacy of compassionate care focused solely on children since 1926 with the innovation and experience of one of the world’s leading health care systems. The 259-bed teaching hospital, stands at the forefront of discovery, leading innovative research to cure and prevent childhood diseases while training the next generation of pediatric experts. With a network of Johns Hopkins All Children’s Outpatient Care centers and collaborative care provided by All Children’s Specialty Physicians at regional hospitals, Johns Hopkins All Children’s brings care closer to home. Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital consistently keeps the patient and family at the center of care while continuing to expand its mission in treatment, research, education and advocacy. For more information, visit HopkinsAllChildrens.org.