Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Center for Genetic Medicine

Aaron  Hamvas, MD

Aaron Hamvas, MD

Chief of Neonatology in the Department of Pediatrics

Raymond & Hazel Speck Berry Professor of Neonatology

Professor of Pediatrics (Neonatology)

Focus of Work

Bio

Dr. Hamvas spent his entire professional career at Washington University in St. Louis until relocating to Lurie Children’s Hospital and Northwestern University in 2014 to assume leadership of the Division of Neonatology. Having a longstanding interest in genetic contributions to lung diseases that affect newborns, children and adults, he has combined his clinical interests in the care of newborn respiratory diseases with an integrated investigative program to understand the modifiable factors th...[Read full text]Dr. Hamvas spent his entire professional career at Washington University in St. Louis until relocating to Lurie Children’s Hospital and Northwestern University in 2014 to assume leadership of the Division of Neonatology. Having a longstanding interest in genetic contributions to lung diseases that affect newborns, children and adults, he has combined his clinical interests in the care of newborn respiratory diseases with an integrated investigative program to understand the modifiable factors that influence outcomes of newborns.[Shorten text]

Academic Focus

Mutations in pulmonary surfactant associated genes result in newborn respiratory distress but can also contribute to idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis in adults. We use exome sequencing to identify genes and gene pathways that might inform variability in penetrance of these mutations and also provide further insights into the development of chronic lung disease (bronchopulmonary dysplasia) in premature newborns. We are also beginning a clinical observational study that combines analysis of continuo...[Read full text]Mutations in pulmonary surfactant associated genes result in newborn respiratory distress but can also contribute to idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis in adults. We use exome sequencing to identify genes and gene pathways that might inform variability in penetrance of these mutations and also provide further insights into the development of chronic lung disease (bronchopulmonary dysplasia) in premature newborns. We are also beginning a clinical observational study that combines analysis of continuous physiologic data streams, echocardiographic measures, and measures of autonomic nervous system function to identify physiologic perturbations that have an impact on cardiac, respiratory, and neurologic outcomes of premature babies.[Shorten text]

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Education and Certification

  • MD: Washington University (1981)
  • Residency: Saint Louis Children's Hospital, Pediatrics (1984)
  • Fellowship: Saint Louis Children's Hospital, Pediatrics (1990)
  • Board Certification: Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

Contact

312-227-4190

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