Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Center for Genetic Medicine

Karen K L Mestan, MD

Karen K L Mestan, MD

Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Neonatology)


Administrative office: 312-227-4190

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago Box 45
225 E Chicago Avenue
Chicago IL 60611

k-mestan( at )

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Education and Certification

MD: Chicago Medical School (1996)
Residency: University of Chicago, Pediatrics (1999)
Fellowship: University of Chicago, Neonatology (2002)
Board Certification: Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine


Description of Interests

Why do some premature infants experience adverse outcomes, while others do not? Dr. Mestan is an attending neonatologist at Lurie Children's Hospital and Northwestern's Prentice Women's Hospital, whose research focuses on identifying biochemical, environmental, and genetic markers for preterm birth and its complications. Understanding these markers could allow clinicians to predict which babies are most at risk for preterm birth and its complications, such as chronic lung disease, poor growth, and developmental problems in children.

Interests (Keywords)

Clinical Research; Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics; Genomics; Lungs, Breathing Problems; Maternal-Child Health; Neonatology; Pediatrics; Stem Cells

Research and Publications

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