Undergraduate Degree

  • Harvard University , 2004 , Cambridge , MA

Medical School

  • Washington University School of Medicine , 2009 , St. Louis , MO


  • University of Washington/Seattle Children's Hospital , 2010 , Seattle , WA


  • University of Washington/Seattle Children's Hospital , 2012 , Seattle , WA


  • Harvard Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship Training Program , 2016 , Boston , MA

Philosophy of Care

In the Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH) Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) our philosophy is to ensure that every patient receives the best care for the best possible outcomes. We consider our “patient” to be the baby and the family; we are constantly striving to serve the needs of both. This requires a team based approach with all members being essential.


My clinical and research activities center on providing the best care for babies, whether that be direct patient care in the NICU, or finding ways to improve the systems of care for these infants. My health services research focuses on neonatal regionalization, or optimally matching the needs of each neonate to the unit caring for them. I use network analysis to evaluate how the flow of babies through hospital care networks impacts outcomes, with a goal of ultimately improving care delivery to babies across the country.


  • American Board of Pediatrics, General Pediatrics
  • American Board of Pediatrics, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine


Publications powered by Harvard Catalyst Profiles

  1. Zupancic JAF, Kunz SN, Pursley DM. Quantifying the Where and How Long of Newborn Care. Pediatrics. 2020 08; 146(2). View abstract
  2. Kunz SN, Phibbs CS, Profit J. The changing landscape of perinatal regionalization. Semin Perinatol. 2020 Jun; 44(4):151241. View abstract
  3. Kunz SN, Dukhovny D, Profit J, Mao W, Miedema D, Zupancic JAF. Predicting Successful Neonatal Retro-Transfer to a Lower Level of Care. J Pediatr. 2019 02; 205:272-276.e1. View abstract
  4. Kunz SN, Zupancic JAF, Rigdon J, Phibbs CS, Lee HC, Gould JB, Leskovec J, Profit J. Network analysis: a novel method for mapping neonatal acute transport patterns in California. J Perinatol. 2017 06; 37(6):702-708. View abstract
  5. Kunz SN, McAdams RM, Diekema DS, Opel DJ. A quality of life quandary: a framework for navigating parental refusal of treatment for co-morbidities in infants with underlying medical conditions. J Clin Ethics. 2015; 26(1):16-23. View abstract
  6. Kunz SN, Tieder JS, Whitlock K, Jackson JC, Avansino JR. Primary fascial closure versus staged closure with silo in patients with gastroschisis: a meta-analysis. J Pediatr Surg. 2013 Apr; 48(4):845-57. View abstract
  7. Mansbach JM, Clark S, Christopher NC, LoVecchio F, Kunz S, Acholonu U, Camargo CA. Prospective multicenter study of bronchiolitis: predicting safe discharges from the emergency department. Pediatrics. 2008 Apr; 121(4):680-8. View abstract
  8. Mansbach J, Kunz S, Acholonu U, Clark S, Camargo CA. Evaluation of compliance with palivizumab recommendations in a multicenter study of young children presenting to the emergency department with bronchiolitis. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2007 Jun; 23(6):362-7. View abstract
  9. Perry A, Kunz SN, Fuller CE, Banerjee R, Marley EF, Liapis H, Watson MA, Gutmann DH. Differential NF1, p16, and EGFR patterns by interphase cytogenetics (FISH) in malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumor (MPNST) and morphologically similar spindle cell neoplasms. J Neuropathol Exp Neurol. 2002 Aug; 61(8):702-9. View abstract