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Anna Asher Penn, MD

The Center for Neuroscience and Behavioral Medicine


Fetal and Transitional Medicine

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Board CertificationsAmerican Board of Pediatrics
American Board of Pediatrics/Neonatal-Perinatal
National Provider Identifier1649306382

Service LocationsChildren's National Medical Center - Sheikh Zayed Campus for Advanced Children's Medicine
111 Michigan Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20010
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Phone: 202-476-5000

Anna Penn, MD, PhD, is a clinical neonatologist and developmental neuroscientist at Children's National. She is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Fetal and Transitional Medicine, with additional appointments in the Division of Neonatology and the Center for Neuroscience Research. In addition, she is the director of translational research in the Center for Hospital Based Specialties. Dr. Penn conducts translational work aimed at understanding and ameliorating preterm brain injury. Specifically, she studies the role of placental function in fetal brain development and damage, with the goal of developing new therapeutic agents to protect the brain in sick newborns.
TypeSchoolLocationDegreeField of StudyYears
Undergraduate Education Harvard-Radcliffe College Cambridge, MABachelor of Arts 1985 -1989
Medical School Stanford University School of Medicine Stanford, CADoctor of Medicine 1990 -1998
Graduate Education Stanford University School of Medicine Stanford, CADoctor of Philosophy 1990 -1998

Fellowship Program Stanford University Medical Center Palo Alto, CAFellow Neonatology 2000 - 2003
National & International Recognitions
NIH Director's New Innovator (5 year award) 2009

Affiliations and Memberships
TitleInstitutionCommittee / SectionYears
Western Society for Pediatric Research2011 - 2013
Society for Pediatric Research2007
Membership SecretarySociety for Pediatric Research2013
Society for Science and the Public2012
Organization for the Study of Sex Differences (OSSD)2011
Journal Article, C.L. Clark, N. St. John, A. Pasca, S.A. Hyde, K. Hornbeak, M. Abramova, H. Feldman, K.J. Parker, A.A. Penn (2013), Neonatal CSF oxytocin levels are associated with parental report of infant soothability and sociability, Psychoneuroendocrinology, 38, 1208-1212.

Journal Article, K. Knox, D. Leuenberger, A.A. Penn*, J. C. Baker* (*Co-senior authors) (2011), Global hormone profiling of murine placenta reveals Secretin expression, Placenta, 75, 1434-1442.

Journal Article, W-C Lan, M. Priestley, S. R. Mayoral, L. Tian, M. Shamloo, A.A. Penn (2011), Sex-specific cognitive deficits and regional brain volume loss in mice exposed to chronic, sublethal hypoxia, Pediatric Resident, 70, 15-20.

Journal Article, S. Saria, A. K. Rajani, J. Gould, D.L. Koller, A.A. Penn (2010), . Integration of early physiological responses predicts later illness severity in preterm infants, Science Translational Medicine, 2, 48-65.

Journal Article, S.P. O’Grady, D. Caprau, X.R. Ke, Y. Contreras, S. Haley, F. Ermini, A. Penn, L. Moyer-Mileur, R. McKnight, R. Lane (2010), Intrauterine growth restriction alters hippocampal expression and chromatin structure of Cyp19a1 variants, Systems Biology in Reproductive Medicine, 56, 292-302.

Journal Article, A.M. Pasca, A. A. Penn (2010), The Lost Neuroendocrine Organ, NeoReviews.

Journal Article, S. Mayoral, G. Omar, A.A. Penn (2009), Sex Differences in a Hypoxia Model of Preterm Brain Damage, Pediatric Resident, 66, 248-253.

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