Christopher McPherson  mcphersonc@wustl.edu

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Training

  • Neonatal Pharmacotherapy Fellowship, The Women's Hospital of Greensboro2006 - 2008

Licensure and Board Certification

  • 2006 - 2019NC, Pharmacist license
  • 2008 - 2020MO, Pharmacist license
  • 2017 - 2024Board Certified Pediatric Pharmacotherapy Specialist

Recent Publications view all (63)


  1. Antithrombin Dose Optimization in Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation in Infants. ASAIO J. 2021;67(10):1163-1169. PMID:33528157 
  2. Vitamin B6 deficiency with normal plasma levels of pyridoxal 5'-phosphate in perinatal hypophosphatasia. Bone. 2021;150:116007. PMID:34000433 
  3. Postnatal steroid management in preterm infants with evolving bronchopulmonary dysplasia. J Perinatol. 2021;41(8):1783-1796. PMCID:PMC8133053  PMID:34012057 
  4. Gabapentin in Infants: Critical Evaluation of a Novel Sedative/Analgesic Medication. Neonatal Netw. 2021;40(4):267-272. PMID:34330877 
  5. Management of comfort and sedation in neonates with neonatal encephalopathy treated with therapeutic hypothermia. Semin Fetal Neonatal Med. 2021;101264. PMID:34215538 
  6. Respiratory effects of prolonged prednisolone use in infants with evolving and established Bronchopulmonary dysplasia. Early Hum Dev. 2021;156:105344. PMID:33684601 
  7. Delirium in the NICU: Risk or Reality? Neonatal Netw. 2021;40(2):103-112. PMID:33731377 
  8. Utilization of the Sharing Antimicrobial Reports for Pediatric Stewardship (SHARPS) Collaborative electronic mailing list (listserv) by healthcare professionals. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2020;1-3. PMID:33353577 
  9. Practical approaches to sedation and analgesia in the newborn. J Perinatol. 2020. PMCID:PMC7700106  PMID:33250515 
  10. Vitamin K Deficiency Bleeding: An Ounce of Prevention. Neonatal Netw. 2020;39(6):356-362. PMID:33318232 
  11. Blood Pressure Profiles in Infants With Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE), Response to Dopamine, and Association With Brain Injury. Front Pediatr. 2020;8:512. PMCID:PMC7479124  PMID:32984221 
  12. The Challenge of Risk Stratification of Infants Born Preterm in the Setting of Competing and Disparate Healthcare Outcomes. J Pediatr. 2020;223:194-196. PMID:32711746 
  13. The influence of pain, agitation, and their management on the immature brain. Pediatr Res. 2020;88(2):168-175. PMCID:PMC7223850  PMID:31896130 
  14. Provision of Sedation and Treatment of Seizures During Neonatal Therapeutic Hypothermia. Neonatal Netw. 2020;39(4):227-235. PMID:32675319 
  15. Racial disparities in calculated risk for bronchopulmonary dysplasia: a dataset. Data Brief. 2020;30:105674. PMCID:PMC7248447  PMID:32478148 
  16. Neonatal Herpes Simplex Virus: The Long Road to Improved Outcomes. Neonatal Netw. 2020;39(2):92-98. PMID:32317339 
  17. Respiratory medication use in extremely premature (<29 weeks) infants during initial NICU hospitalization: Results from the prematurity and respiratory outcomes program. Pediatr Pulmonol. 2020;55(2):360-368. PMID:31794157 
  18. Key Potentially Inappropriate Drugs in Pediatrics: The KIDs List. J Pediatr Pharmacol Ther. 2020;25(3):175-191. PMCID:PMC7134587  PMID:32265601 
  19. Early Post-traumatic Seizure Occurrence in Pediatric Patients Receiving Levetiracetam Prophylaxis With Severe Traumatic Brain Injury. J Pediatr Pharmacol Ther. 2020;25(3):241-245. PMCID:PMC7134584  PMID:32265608 
  20. Propranolol for the Treatment of Lymphatic Malformations in a Neonate - A Case Report and Review of Literature. J Pediatr Pharmacol Ther. 2020;25(2):155-162. PMCID:PMC7025746  PMID:32071591 
  21. Caffeine Therapy in Preterm Infants: The Dose (and Timing) Make the Medicine. Neonatal Netw. 2019;38(6):365-374. PMID:31712401 
  22. Application of an antibiotic spectrum index in the neonatal intensive care unit. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2019;40(10):1181-1183. doi:10.1017/ice.2019  PMID:31352907 
  23. Pharmacotherapy for the Prevention of Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia: Can Anything Compete with Caffeine and Corticosteroids? Neonatal Netw. 2019;38(4):242-249. PMID:31470395 
  24. Nicardipine for the Treatment of Neonatal Hypertension During Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation. Pediatr Cardiol. 2019;40(5):1041-1045. PMID:31065758 
  25. Determinants of Initial Antibiotic Duration in Very Low Birth Weight Neonates. Infect Dis Ther. 2019;8(2):209-217. doi:10.1007/s40121-019-0241-6  PMCID:PMC6522625  PMID:30825133 
  26. Respiratory Medications in Infants <29 Weeks during the First Year Postdischarge: The Prematurity and Respiratory Outcomes Program (PROP) Consortium. J Pediatr. 2019;208:148-155.e3. PMCID:PMC6486865  PMID:30857774 
  27. Black Race Is Associated with a Lower Risk of Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia. J Pediatr. 2019;207:130-135.e2. PMCID:PMC6458591  PMID:30612812 
  28. Acetaminophen Serum Concentrations in Infants Treated Intravenously for Patent Ductus Arteriosus. J Pediatr Pharmacol Ther. 2019;24(2):134-137. PMCID:PMC6478358  PMID:31019406 
  29. Intravenous Lipid Emulsions in Infants: Is Balanced Better? Neonatal Netw. 2019;38(1):39-45. PMID:30679255 
  30. Premedication for Endotracheal Intubation in the Neonate. Neonatal Netw. 2018;37(4):238-247. PMID:30567922 
  31. Prevention and Treatment of Respiratory Distress Syndrome in Preterm Neonates. Neonatal Netw. 2018;37(3):169-177. PMID:29789058 
  32. Antimicrobial Stewardship in Neonates: Challenges and Opportunities. Neonatal Netw. 2018;37(2):116-123. PMID:29615159 
  33. Characteristics of Pediatric Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs: Current Status of the Sharing Antimicrobial Reports for Pediatric Stewardship (SHARPS) Collaborative. Antibiotics (Basel). 2018;7(1). PMCID:PMC5872115  PMID:29370071 
  34. Acid Suppression for Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease in Infants. Neonatal Netw. 2018;37(1):33-41. PMID:29436357 
  35. Acetaminophen for Patent Ductus Arteriosus in Extremely Low-Birth-Weight Neonates. J Pediatr Pharmacol Ther. 2017;22(6):461-466. PMCID:PMC5736259  PMID:29290747 
  36. Perinatal and neonatal use of sedation and analgesia. Semin Fetal Neonatal Med. 2017;22(5):314-320. PMID:28734732 
  37. Precipitation of Heparin Products With Calcium Gluconate: The Activity of Inactive Ingredients. J Pediatr Pharmacol Ther. 2017;22(4):314-315. PMCID:PMC5562213  PMID:28943828 
  38. Low-frequency blood pressure oscillations and inotrope treatment failure in premature infants. J Appl Physiol (1985). 2017;123(1):55-61. PMCID:PMC6157481  PMID:28428252 
  39. Treatment of Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn: Use of Pulmonary Vasodilators in Term Neonates. Neonatal Netw. 2017;36(3):160-168. PMID:28494828 
  40. Analgesia in the Premature Neonate: Walking the Tightrope Requires a Great Team. J Perinat Neonatal Nurs. 2017;31(2):99-100. PMID:28437299 
  41. Management of Neonatal Hypotension. Neonatal Netw. 2017;36(1):40-47. PMID:28137353 
  42. Pharmacist-driven respiratory syncytial virus prophylaxis stewardship service in a neonatal intensive care unit. Am J Health Syst Pharm. 2016;73(24):2089-2094. PMID:27919877 
  43. Morphine exposure in preterm infants correlates with impaired cerebellar growth and poorer neurodevelopmental outcome. Evid Based Med. 2016;21(6):234. PMID:27760778 
  44. Early High-Dose Caffeine Increases Seizure Burden in Extremely Preterm Neonates: A Preliminary Study. J Caffeine Res. 2016;6(3):101-107. PMCID:PMC5031091  PMID:27679737 
  45. Systemic Corticosteroids for the Prevention of Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia: Picking the Right Drug for the Right Baby. Neonatal Netw. 2016;35(4):234-9. PMID:27461202 
  46. Pharmacotherapy for Patent Ductus Arteriosus: Current Options and Outstanding Questions. Curr Pediatr Rev. 2016;12(2):110-9. PMID:27197952 
  47. Pharmacotherapy for Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome: Choosing the Right Opioid or No Opioid at All. Neonatal Netw. 2016;35(5):314-20. PMID:27636696 
  48. Brain Injury and Development in Preterm Infants Exposed to Fentanyl. Ann Pharmacother. 2015;49(12):1291-7. PMCID:PMC4644677  PMID:26369570 
  49. A pilot randomized trial of high-dose caffeine therapy in preterm infants. Pediatr Res. 2015;78(2):198-204. PMCID:PMC4928641  PMID:25856169 
  50. Neonatal morphine exposure in very preterm infants-cerebral development and outcomes. J Pediatr. 2015;166(5):1200-1207.e4. PMCID:PMC4928575  PMID:25919729 
  51. Inotrope and vasopressor support in neonates. NeoReviews. 2015;16:e351-e361. 
  52. Neonatal pain control and neurologic effects of anesthetics and sedatives in preterm infants. Clin Perinatol. 2014;41(1):209-27. PMCID:PMC3925313  PMID:24524456 
  53. Probiotic use in the NICCU: What's taking so long? Infant Child Adolesc Nutr. 2014;6:270-272. 
  54. Vancomycin trough concentrations in overweight or obese pediatric patients. Pharmacotherapy. 2013;33(12):1273-7. PMID:23798327 
  55. Sedation and analgesia in mechanically ventilated preterm neonates: continue standard of care or experiment? J Pediatr Pharmacol Ther. 2012;17(4):351-64. PMCID:PMC3567888  PMID:23413121 
  56. Oseltamivir dosing in premature infants. J Infect Dis. 2012;206(6):847-50. PMCID:PMC3572879  PMID:22807525 
  57. Gastrointestinal complications associated with ibuprofen therapy for patent ductus arteriosus. J Perinatol. 2011;31(7):465-70. PMID:21252965 
  58. Fluconazole to prevent systemic fungal infections in infants: reviewing the evidence. Neonatal Netw. 2010;29(5):323-33. PMID:20829180 
  59. Indomethacin pharmacodynamics are altered by surfactant: a possible challenge to current indomethacin dosing guidelines created before surfactant availability. Pediatr Cardiol. 2010;31(4):505-10. PMID:20063159 
  60. Necrotizing enterocolitis in preterm infants with patent ductus arteriosus: does indomethacin increase the risk? Journal of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine. 2008;1(4):209-216. 
  61. Treatment of Citrobacter koseri infection with ciprofloxacin and cefotaxime in a preterm infant. Ann Pharmacother. 2008;42(7):1134-8. PMID:18577764 
  62. Aminophylline compatibility with neonatal total parenteral nutrition. J Pediatr Pharmacol Ther. 2008;13(2):76-9. PMCID:PMC3462061  PMID:23055868 
  63. The role of an intravenous fat emulsion composed of fish oil in a parenteral nutrition-dependent patient with hypertriglyceridemia. Nutr Clin Pract. 2007;22(6):664-72. PMID:18042955 
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