Halana Whitehead, MD  halana@wustl.edu

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Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Newborn Medicine
Newborn Medicine

phone: (314) 454-6148

Clinical Interests

Neonatal Resuscitation, Simulation, Clinical Care Guidelines, Quality Improvement


  • BA, Magna Cum Laude, University of Pennsylvania2009
  • MD, Case Western Reserve University2013


  • Pediatric Residency, Washington University in St. Louis2013 - 2016
  • Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship, Washington University in St. Louis2016 - 2019

Licensure and Board Certification

  • 2005 - PresBasic Life Support
  • 2013 - PresNeonatal Resuscitation Program
  • 2013 - PresPediatric Advanced Life Support
  • 2016 - PresMissouri State Board of Healing Arts Licensed Physician
  • 2016 - 2020Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support
  • 2016 - PresAmerican Board of Pediatrics- General Pediatrics
  • 2019 - PresIllinois Dept. of Financial and Professional Regulation Licensed Physician
  • 2020 - PresAmerican Board of Pediatrics- Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

Honors and Awards

  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, Case Western Reserve University2012
  • Triple Crown Award, Children's Direct, St. Louis Children's Hospital2018
  • Young Investigator Travel Grant, Pediatric Academic Societies2018

Recent Publications view all (13)

Publication Co-Authors

  1. Infantile-onset Pompe disease complicated by sickle cell anemia: Case report and management considerations. Front Pediatr. 2022;10:944178. PMCID:PMC9555291  PMID:36245745 
  2. Transport of a Neonate with Seizures AAP Section on Transport Medicine Transport Dispatch. 2022;(3):4. 
  3. Proceedings of the 13th International Newborn Brain Conference: Other forms of brain monitoring, such as NIRS, fMRI, biochemical. J Neonatal Perinatal Med. 2022;15(2):453-465. PMID:35431188 
  4. Racial discrepancy in pulse oximeter accuracy in preterm infants. J Perinatol. 2022;42(1):79-85. PMCID:PMC8508473  PMID:34642469 
  5. The hidden consequence of intraventricular hemorrhage: persistent cerebral desaturation after IVH in preterm infants. Pediatr Res. 2020. PMID:33038871 
  6. 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 
  7. Racial disparities in calculated risk for bronchopulmonary dysplasia: a dataset. Data Brief. 2020;30:105674. PMCID:PMC7248447  PMID:32478148 
  8. Progressive anemia of prematurity is associated with a critical increase in cerebral oxygen extraction. Early Hum Dev. 2019;140:104891. doi:10.1016/j.earlhumdev.2019.104891  PMID:31669878 
  9. Blood pressure extremes and severe IVH in preterm infants. Pediatr Res. 2019. PMID:31578033 
  10. Cerebellar hemorrhage: a 10-year evaluation of risk factors. J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med. 2019;1-9. PMID:30821542 
  11. A Web-Based Calculator for the Prediction of Severe Neurodevelopmental Impairment in Preterm Infants Using Clinical and Imaging Characteristics. Children (Basel). 2018;5(11). PMID:30441798 
  12. Anemia of prematurity and cerebral near-infrared spectroscopy: should transfusion thresholds in preterm infants be revised? J Perinatol. 2018. PMID:29740185 
  13. Evaluation of interobserver agreement of apgar scoring in preterm infants. Pediatrics. 2012;130(4):e982-7. PMID:23008464 
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