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John  Zupancic, MD, ScD

John Zupancic
Medicine Research
Newborn Medicine Research
Hospital Title:
Assistant in Medicine
Academic Title:
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
Research Focus Area:
Economic evaluation and technology assessment in neonatal-perinatal medicine
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Research Overview

Dr. Zupancic’s research focuses on addressing the efficiency with which scarce health care resources are used in improving the health of children, and in particular, newborns. He has completed multiple formal economic evaluations alongside clinical trials of both neonatal and perinatal interventions, including multi-center and multi-national studies of caffeine for apnea of prematurity, transfusion thresholds in premature infants, inhaled nitric oxide for prevention of chronic lung disease and peer counseling at a health systems level for prevention of postpartum depression. In addition to trial-based economic evaluation, he and his collaborators have employed computer simulation modeling to determine best practice when evidence is currently lacking or where empirical studies are infeasible.  

About John Zupancic

Dr. Zupancic received his Bachelor of Science degree from Victoria College at the University of Toronto, where he was awarded the G. A. Cox Gold Medal in Life Sciences upon graduation. He undertook his undergraduate medical training and pediatrics residency at McMaster University and completed his fellowship in neonatal-perinatal medicine in the Joint Program in Neonatology at Harvard Medical School. Concurrent with his neonatology fellowship training, he was awarded a Doctorate in Health Policy, with concentrations in Decision Science and Economics, from the Harvard School of Public Health. He is currently Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and Director of the Harvard Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship Program.

Alongside his research contributions, Dr. Zupancic has a strong commitment to methodological and clinical teaching, research mentoring and career development. As Director of one of the largest neonatology fellowship programs in the United States, he has primary responsibility for the clinical and scholarly education of trainees as they rotate through the four main Harvard teaching hospitals, numerous research laboratories and ancillary research fellowships. He has regularly mentored fellows in health services research projects and is the recipient of both the Merton R. Bernfield Mentoring Award from the Fellows of the Harvard Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship Program and the national John M. Eisenberg Excellence in Mentorship Award from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

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