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F. Sessions Cole, MD

Site Principal Investigator

F. Sessions Cole, MD, is the Washington University School of Medicine/St. Louis Children’s Hospital Site Principal investigator for PEDSnet.  He serves as the Park J. White, MD, Professor of Pediatrics, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Children’s Health, Vice Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics, Director of the Division of Newborn Medicine at Washington University School of Medicine, and Chief Medical Officer at St. Louis Children’s Hospital.  His primary research efforts focus on discovering the genetic causes for neonatal respiratory distress syndrome. His work has led to both neonatal and prenatal diagnosis of inherited forms of neonatal respiratory distress syndrome and to treatment with lung transplantation.  He has also led and reviewed research for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Institute of Medicine (IOM), including the IOM’s landmark 2006 report Preterm Birth: Causes, Consequences and Prevention and an NICHD Consensus Conference on Use of Inhaled Nitric Oxide in Premature Infants. He currently serves as Chairman of the Respiratory Integrative Biology and Translational Research Study Section at NHLBI, and as Principal Investigator for a K12 Award and an R21 Award.  He has personally mentored more than 30 neonatal-perinatal fellows, pediatric residents, and medical students many of whom have become leaders in academic pediatrics and neonatology.