BPD Center


    Over the past 4 years we have developed unique neonatal MRI capabilities that provide high-resolution, detailed images of lung parenchymal and vascular structures, regional cardiopulmonary function, and dynamic airway collapse, all during quiet breathing and without sedation or ionizing radiation.  This collective information allows phenotyping of respiratory disease related to premature birth (bronchopulmonary dysplasia, BPD) and has the potential to significantly change the understanding and timecourse of this disease.  Particularly, this provides avenues for personalized treatments via a combination of existing and new therapies.


     We have established a new BPD Center that combines basic imaging research with translational medicine.   The Center has four arms that focus on rigorous clinical validation of cardiopulmonary and airway MRI phenotyping (diagnostics), integration of bronchoalveolar lavage samples with a map of the developing lung, animal models, and novel drug interventions (discovery), creation of individualized treatment strategies and tailored interventions (translation), and the establishment of a clinical BPD Center of Excellence (clinical).






BPD Center Directors


Pulmonary Medicine



Pulmonary Biology

Jason Woods, PhD

Beth Haberman, MD

Raouf Amin, MD

Alan Brody, MD

Russell Hirsch, MD

Anne Karina Perl, PhD

Paul Kingma, MD PhD

Amy Nathan, MD

Nara Higano, PhD

Robert Fleck, MD

Ryan Moore, MD

Jeff Whitsett, MD

Erik Hysinger, MD

Melissa House, MD

Alister Bates, PhD

Andrew Schapiro, MD

Paul Critser, MD PhD

Marion Waltamath, PhD


Shawn Ahlfeld, MD

Laura Walkup, PhD

Mark DiFrancesco, PhD

Burns Blaxall, PhD



Jennifer Brady, MD

Erin Watters, BA

Chamindu Gunatilaka, BS

Melissa Magness, APRN



Danielle Parham, MD

Julie Niles, RN


Michelle Cash, APRN



Nancy Roberto, APRN

Kim Kombrinck, APRN






Kelly Wendel, APRN






Debra Perkins, APRN






Whitney Cooley, RT






Theresia Tuttle, RT