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Robin Steinhorn, MD

Senior Vice President, Center for Hospital Based Specialties
Awards and Recognition:
    Top Doctors
    No. Va. Magazine


  • Main Hospital Washington, District of Columbia 20010 1-888-884-BEAR (2327)

Languages Spoken

  • English


Board Certifications

  • American Board of Pediatrics/Neonatal-Perinatal

National Provider ID: 1346293842



Robin Steinhorn, MD, joined Children’s after a successful tenure as professor and chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of California, Davis School of Medicine and as Physician in Chief, University of California, Davis Children's Hospital. Previously, she was Vice Chair of the Department of Pediatrics and Chief of the Division of Neonatology at Northwestern University and the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago.

Dr. Steinhorn's clinical and academic interests have focused primarily on the pulmonary vascular development of the fetus and newborn. Her translational work has spanned from in vitro studies to animal models and clinical trials. In addition to her own translational research program, Dr. Steinhorn has participated in numerous multicenter trials, which have helped define the clinical treatment of pulmonary hypertension in the neonatal period. She has been a charter member of three NIH study sections over the last 15 years. Her clinical research work has also addressed other topics such as harmonization of electronic health records for clinical research and telemedicine support of neonatal care in small rural hospitals.

Dr. Steinhorn was recently elected to the Council of the American Pediatric Society (2015-2020), and is currently completing a 5-year term on the American Board of Pediatrics (Neonatal Perinatal Medicine). She is an elected Fellow of the American Heart Association and a member of the Perinatal Research Society and American Thoracic Society. Dr. Steinhorn will become an Associate Editor of the Journal of Pediatrics in the fall of 2015, and also serves as an Associate Editor for Pediatric Critical Care Medicine and on the editorial boards of American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, Pulmonary Circulation, and the NEJM Journal Watch for Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine.

Additionally, Dr. Steinhorn is particularly passionate about mentoring faculty and supporting the growth and career development of young neonatologists and scientists, with several having developed their own funded laboratories and assumed division leadership positions.

Education & Training

Education & Training

  • Fellowship Program, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, 1988
    University of Minnesota Hospital
  • Residency Program, Pediatrics, 1986
    University of Minnesota Hospital
  • Residency Program, Obstetrics and Gynecology, 1983
    Barnes Jewish Hospital
  • Internship Program, Obstetrics and Gynecology, 1981
    Barnes Jewish Hospital
  • MD, 1980
    Washington University School of Medicine
  • BA, 1976
    University of Akron
Patient Stories

Patient Stories: Robin Steinhorn

Baby Mila in her stoller with a Happy New Year hat.

Mila's Story

As soon as Mila was born at 35.5 gestational weeks, it was clear something was terribly wrong. Mila’s breathing didn’t sound right. Her mother waited to hear her newborn cry. Following diagnostic imaging and genetic testing, her newborn daughter's health concerns were revealed. 



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