Sandra E. Juul Ledbetter M.D., Ph.D.

Sandra E. Juul Ledbetter M.D., Ph.D.

Specialties and Expertise

Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, Pediatrics

Languages

English

Bio

Dr. Sandra Juul is a specialist in pediatrics at the University of Washington Medical Center and Seattle Children's Hospital.

Dr. Juul is the principal investigator on studies focusing on the neuroprotective effects of erythropoietin (Epo) in neonatal models of brain injury. She has performed many preclinical trials to bring Epo neuroprotection from the bench to the bedside. This research has shown that Epo protects the neonatal brain from injury due to hypoxia and oxidative injury. She is currently the principal investigator of the PENUT Trial, a large multi center trial designed to test whether Epo improves the outcome of extremely preterm infants. Dr. Juul's ultimate goal is to identify new therapeutic approaches to neonatal brain injury, determine whether they are safe and effective, first in preclinical models, and finally in patients at high risk for brain injury. Using a variety of approaches and several animal models, she is testing new approaches to preventing and treating neonatal brain injury.

Patient Care Philosophy

As a neonatologist, I am honored to participate in the care of precious, fragile individuals ranging from extremely preterm infants to term neonates with complex medical or surgical problems. These small patients and their families humble me with their endurance in the face of great adversity. I believe that my role as an academic neonatologist is to work to advance care and improve outcomes for our patient population. My research focuses on neonatal neuroprotection: how to optimize neurodevelopment, protect the newborn brain from injury, and how to repair the injured brain.

Research Interests

Neonatal neuroprotection: how to optimize neurodevelopment, protect the newborn brain from injury, and how to repair the injured brain.

Affiliations

InstitutionCredentialSpecialtyYear
Univ. of Chicago Pritzker Sch of MedMedical education1997
Univ. of Washington, School of MedicineMedical education1981
UW - Dept. of Neonatal/Perinatal PediatricsFellowshipPediatrics
UW - Dept. of PediatricsInternshipPediatrics
UW - Dept. of PediatricsResidencyPediatrics

DegreeDescriptionYear
MD1981

Board Certifications

CertificationSpecialtyYear
American Board of PediatricsNeonatal-Perinatal Medicine1989
American Board of PediatricsPediatrics1986
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