Joan L. Rosenbaum, M.D.

Professor of Pediatrics, Washington University School of Medicine
Newborn Medicine

phone: (314) 454-6148

Clinical Interests

My interests include the study of grief , bereavement and palliative care. I am interested not only in studying how social support systems and spirituality impact the way families cope with loss, but also how health care professionals belief systems impact development of their own disenfranchised grief and compassion fatigue.


  • B.A., Rice University1978
  • M.A., University of California1980
  • M.D., Alpha Omega Alpha, Medical Honor Society, University of Texas Medical School1983


  • NIH Summer student fellowship, University of Texas Health Science Center1980 - 1980
  • Residency, St. Louis Children’s Hospital1983 - 1986
  • Fellowship in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, Washington University School of Medicine1986 - 1989
  • Kenneth B. Schwartz Fellow in Clinical Pastoral Education for Health Care Professionals, Massachusetts General Hospital2009
  • Pain Masters Class, Children’s Hospitals and Clinic of Minnesota;2010
  • Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA-Clinical Bioethics Course, Harvard Medical School2010
  • Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA- Palliative Care Education and Practice, Harvard Medical School2010

Licensure and Board Certification

  • National Board of Medical Examiners1984
  • MO, 1985
  • American Board of Pediatrics1987
  • American Board of Pediatrics, Subspecialty Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine1989
  • American Board of Pediatrics, Recertification in Subspecialty Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine1995
  • American Board of Pediatrics, Recertification in Subspecialty Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine2002
  • American Board of Pediatrics, Maintenance of Certification in Subspecialty Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine2010
  • American Board of Pediatrics, Subspecialty Hospice and Palliative Medicine2012
  • IL, 2014
  • American Board of Pediatrics, Maintenance of Certification in Subspecialty Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine2014


  • Alpha Omega Alpha, Medical Honor Society, University of Texas Medical School, Houston, TX1983
  • American Medical Women’s Association, Scholar Award1983
  • Recognized in St. Louis Magazine, Best Doctor’s Issue2002 - 2014
  • Recipient 2010 WUMS Distinguished Clinician Award2010
  • Jerome and Carol Loeb Teaching Fellow2010 - 2012
  • Selective of the Year Award for “Introduction to Newborn Medicine”2010

Recent Publications view all (8)

  1. Rosenbaum JL, Smith JR, Yan Y, Abram N, Jeffe DB. Impact of a Neonatal-Bereavement-Support DVD on Parental Grief: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Death Stud. 2015;39(4):191-200. doi:10.1080/07481187.2014.946628  PMCID:PMC4382412  PMID:25530502  
  2. Rosenbaum JL, Smith JR, Zollfrank R. Neonatal end-of-life spiritual support care. J Perinat Neonatal Nurs. 2011;25(1):61-9; quiz 70-1. doi:10.1097/JPN.0b013e318209e1d2  PMID:21311271  
  3. Powers WJ, Rosenbaum JL, Dence CS, Markham J, Videen TO. Cerebral glucose transport and metabolism in preterm human infants. J Cereb Blood Flow Metab. 1998;18(6):632-8. doi:10.1097/00004647-199806000-00005  PMID:9626187  
  4. Rosenbaum JL, Almli CR, Yundt KD, Altman DI, Powers WJ. Higher neonatal cerebral blood flow correlates with worse childhood neurologic outcome. Neurology. 1997;49(4):1035-41. PMID:9339686  
  5. Crouch EC, Parks WC, Rosenbaum JL, Chang D, Whitehouse L, Wu LJ, Stenmark KR, Orton EC, Mecham RP. Regulation of collagen production by medial smooth muscle cells in hypoxic pulmonary hypertension. Am Rev Respir Dis. 1989;140(4):1045-51. doi:10.1164/ajrccm/140.4.1045  PMID:2478055  
  6. Wigley KD, Thomas JL, Bernardino ME, Rosenbaum JL. Sonography of gynecomastia. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 1981;136(5):927-30. doi:10.2214/ajr.136.5.927  PMID:6784529  
  7. Rosenbaum JL, Bernardino ME, Thomas JL, Wigley KD. Ultrasonic findings in silicone-augmented breasts. South Med J. 1981;74(4):455-8. PMID:7013090  
  8. Remy AE, Remy KE, Rosenbaum JL. JAMA Letter to the Editor: In Reference to “Effect of Palliative Care-Led Meetings for Families of Patients with Chronic Critical Illness; A Randomized Clinical Trial” Carson SS. Submitted. 
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