MEDICAL SERVICES

EDUCATION

Medical School

  • University of Virginia School of Medicine , Charlottesville , VA

Internship

  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Hospital , Chapel Hill , NC

Graduate Degree

  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Hospital , Chapel Hill , NC

Fellowship

  • Harvard Medical School Neonatal Perinatal Fellowship , Boston , MA

Fellowship

Chief
  • Harvard Medical School Neonatal Perinatal Fellowship , 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. This requires a team based approach with all members being essential:

Families: We practice family-integrated care; we encourage families to be at the center of all we do, understanding and participating in the care of their baby.

Doctors: At BCH we have an enormous breadth and depth of world-class medical and surgical subspecialists who cover all aspects of pediatric medicine and who are continuously innovating new diagnostics and novel therapies to treat newborn diseases. The treatment of each patient is coordinated by our attending neonatologists.

Nurses: We have highly experienced neonatal nurses and nurse practitioners who devote themselves to the bedside care of babies and their families, working in a primary team model to promote consistency. We are the only NICU in the country to have received the Gold Level Beacon award, a testimony to the extraordinary performance of our nurses.

Ancillary staff: this includes respiratory therapists, nutritionists, lactation consultants, pharmacists, physical and occupational therapists, social workers and interpreters who all work with us to meet our patients’ needs.

PROFESSIONAL HISTORY

I was raised in Richmond, Virginia and attended University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I received my M.D. from University of Virginia and completed my residency in Pediatrics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I then completed my Neonatology Fellowship at the Harvard Neonatal-Perinatal Fellowship Program at Boston Children’s Hospital and was honored to serve as Chief Fellow during my last year of training. I am currently a faculty member of the Department of Newborn Medicine at Boston Children’s and a clinical attending physician in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit providing care to critically ill infants. I am also the Director of the Newborn Medicine Basic Science Research Seminar Series and the Co-Director of the Newborn Medicine Summer Student Research Program. My research focuses on basic science discoveries that bridge newborn medicine and lung stem cell biology. My work is based in the laboratory of Dr. Carla Kim at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute. My project goals focus on the role of lung stem cells in lung injury and repair. I am currently investigating the regulation of lung stem cell differentiation in the setting of injury, microenvironmental changes, and the extremes of age.

CERTIFICATIONS

  • American Board of Pediatrics, General Pediatrics

PUBLICATIONS

Publications powered by Harvard Catalyst Profiles

  1. Nachman E, Clemensen P, Santos K, Cole AR, Polizzotti BD, Hofmann G, Leeman KT, van den Bosch SJ, Kheir JN. A Device for the Quantification of Oxygen Consumption and Caloric Expenditure in the Neonatal Range. Anesth Analg. 2018 Mar 01. View abstract
  2. Rohanizadegan M, Abdo SM, O'Donnell-Luria A, Mihalek I, Chen P, Sanders M, Leeman K, Cho M, Hung C, Bodamer O. Utility of rapid whole-exome sequencing in the diagnosis of Niemann-Pick disease type C presenting with fetal hydrops and acute liver failure. Cold Spring Harb Mol Case Stud. 2017 Nov; 3(6). View abstract
  3. Zhu D, Tan J, Maleken AS, Muljadi R, Chan ST, Lau SN, Elgass K, Leaw B, Mockler J, Chambers D, Leeman KT, Kim CF, Wallace EM, Lim R. Human amnion cells reverse acute and chronic pulmonary damage in experimental neonatal lung injury. Stem Cell Res Ther. 2017 Nov 10; 8(1):257. View abstract
  4. Chazen JL, Leeman K, Singh JR, Schweitzer A. Percutaneous CT-guided facet joint synovial cyst rupture: Success with refractory cases and technical considerations. Clin Imaging. 2018 May - Jun; 49:7-11. View abstract
  5. Christou H, Dizon ML, Farrow KN, Jadcherla SR, Leeman KT, Maheshwari A, Rubin LP, Stansfield BK, Rowitch DH. Sustaining careers of physician-scientists in neonatology and pediatric critical care medicine: formulating supportive departmental policies. Pediatr Res. 2016 Nov; 80(5):635-640. View abstract
  6. Casey A, Dirks F, Liang OD, Harrach H, Schuette-Nuetgen K, Leeman K, Kim CF, Gerard C, Subramaniam M. Bone marrow-derived multipotent stromal cells attenuate inflammation in obliterative airway disease in mouse tracheal allografts. Stem Cells Int. 2014; 2014:468927. View abstract
  7. Lakshmanan A, Leeman KT, Brodsky D, Parad R. Evaluation of a web-based portal to improve resident education by neonatology fellows. Med Educ Online. 2014; 19:24403. View abstract
  8. Sinkevicius KW, Kriegel C, Bellaria KJ, Lee J, Lau AN, Leeman KT, Zhou P, Beede AM, Fillmore CM, Caswell D, Barrios J, Wong KK, Sholl LM, Schlaeger TM, Bronson RT, Chirieac LR, Winslow MM, Haigis MC, Kim CF. Neurotrophin receptor TrkB promotes lung adenocarcinoma metastasis. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2014 Jul 15; 111(28):10299-304. View abstract
  9. Leeman KT, Dobson L, Towne M, Dukhovny D, Joshi M, Stoler J, Agrawal PB. NPHP3 mutations are associated with neonatal onset multiorgan polycystic disease in two siblings. J Perinatol. 2014 May; 34(5):410-1. View abstract
  10. Leeman KT, Fillmore CM, Kim CF. Lung stem and progenitor cells in tissue homeostasis and disease. Curr Top Dev Biol. 2014; 107:207-233. View abstract
  11. Lakshmanan A, Leeman KT, Brodsky D, Parad R. Evaluation of a web-based portal to improve resident education by neonatology fellows. Med Educ Online. 2014 Jan; 19(1):24403. View abstract
  12. Ghanta S, Leeman KT, Christou H. An update on pharmacologic approaches to bronchopulmonary dysplasia. Semin Perinatol. 2013 Apr; 37(2):115-23. View abstract
  13. Tropea KA, Leder E, Aslam M, Lau AN, Raiser DM, Lee JH, Balasubramaniam V, Fredenburgh LE, Alex Mitsialis S, Kourembanas S, Kim CF. Bronchioalveolar stem cells increase after mesenchymal stromal cell treatment in a mouse model of bronchopulmonary dysplasia. Am J Physiol Lung Cell Mol Physiol. 2012 May 01; 302(9):L829-37. View abstract
  14. Tropea K, Christou H. Current pharmacologic approaches for prevention and treatment of bronchopulmonary dysplasia. Int J Pediatr. 2012; 2012:598606. View abstract
  15. Bassett E, Vaisman A, Tropea KA, McCall CM, Masutani C, Hanaoka F, Chaney SG. Frameshifts and deletions during in vitro translesion synthesis past Pt-DNA adducts by DNA polymerases beta and eta. DNA Repair (Amst). 2002 Dec 05; 1(12):1003-16. View abstract