Undergraduate Degree

  • Yale University , 1999 , New Haven , CT

Medical School

  • Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine , 2005 , Cleveland , OH


  • University of California, San Francisco , 2006 , San Francisco , CA


  • University of California, San Francisco , 2008 , San Francisco , CA


Newborn Medicine
  • Harvard Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Training Program , 2011 , Boston , MA

Graduate Degree

MPH, Clinical Effectiveness
  • Harvard University School of Public Health , 2011 , 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. I was drawn to newborn medicine by my fascination with child development and recognition that what happens in infancy can set the stage for all that follows. An admission to the Neonatal Care Intensive Unit is a highly emotional time in a family’s life and caring for infants and their parents during this time is a privilege. I am committed to continuing that care after discharge, providing support and guidance for the first years of a child’s life. Boston Children’s Hospital provides a fertile environment to bring my academic and clinical passions together in the service of improving care for high-risk infants.


Jonathan S Litt, MD, MPH, ScD is a neonatologist and perinatal epidemiologist. He obtained his medical degree at Case Western Reserve University and completed his general pediatrics residency training at the University of California, San Francisco. He came to Boston Children’s Hospital in 2008 for fellowship training in neonatal-perinatal medicine. Contemporaneous with his clinical fellowship, Dr. Litt completed the Harvard Pediatric Health Services Research fellowship, through which he obtained a Master’s in Public Health. He went on to earn a doctorate in social and behavioral sciences from the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health.


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


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  1. Crilly CJ, Haneuse S, Litt JS. Predicting the outcomes of preterm neonates beyond the neonatal intensive care unit: What are we missing? Pediatr Res. 2020 May 19. View abstract
  2. Litt JS, Fraiman YS, Pursley DM. Health Equity and the Social Determinants: Putting Newborn Health in Context. Pediatrics. 2020 May 07. View abstract
  3. Wojcik MH, Stewart JE, Waisbren SE, Litt JS. Developmental Support for Infants With Genetic Disorders. Pediatrics. 2020 May; 145(5). View abstract
  4. Morton SU, Vyas R, Gagoski B, Vu C, Litt J, Larsen RJ, Kuchan MJ, Lasekan JB, Sutton BP, Grant PE, Ou Y. Maternal Dietary Intake of Omega-3 Fatty Acids Correlates Positively with Regional Brain Volumes in 1-Month-Old Term Infants. Cereb Cortex. 2020 Apr 14; 30(4):2057-2069. View abstract
  5. Litt JS. Community-Based Early Intervention Services for High-Risk Infants: Unanswered Questions Leave Room for Improvement. Acad Pediatr. 2020 Feb 27. View abstract
  6. Litt J. EPICE cohort: 2-year neurodevelopmental outcomes after very preterm birth. Arch Dis Child Fetal Neonatal Ed. 2020 Feb 10. View abstract
  7. Obregon E, Litt JS, Patel P, Ziyeh T, McCormick MC. Health related quality of life (HRQoL) in mothers of premature infants at NICU discharge. J Perinatol. 2019 10; 39(10):1356-1361. View abstract
  8. Litt JS, Tiemeier H. Positive health: rebranding an old package with a new name? Pediatr Res. 2019 12; 86(6):688-689. View abstract
  9. Litt JS, Ho T, Obregon E, Patel P, Ziyeh T, McCormick MC. Characterizing Early State Regulation in Preterm Infants. J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2019 05; 40(4):293-300. View abstract
  10. Ferradal SL, Gagoski B, Jaimes C, Yi F, Carruthers C, Vu C, Litt JS, Larsen R, Sutton B, Grant PE, Zöllei L. System-Specific Patterns of Thalamocortical Connectivity in Early Brain Development as Revealed by Structural and Functional MRI. Cereb Cortex. 2019 03 01; 29(3):1218-1229. View abstract
  11. Parker MG, Gupta M, Melvin P, Burnham LA, Lopera AM, Moses JM, Litt JS, Belfort MB. Racial and Ethnic Disparities in the Use of Mother's Milk Feeding for Very Low Birth Weight Infants in Massachusetts. J Pediatr. 2019 01; 204:134-141.e1. View abstract
  12. Litt JS, McCormick MC. Preterm infants are less likely to have a family-centered medical home than term-born peers. J Perinatol. 2018 10; 38(10):1391-1397. View abstract
  13. Litt JS, Agni M, Jacobi-Polishook T, Melvin P, McCormick MC, Stewart JE, Belfort MB. The acceptability and feasibility of emailed parent questionnaires for medical and developmental surveillance after NICU discharge. J Perinatol. 2018 04; 38(4):392-401. View abstract
  14. Javalkar K, Litt JS. Reason for Referral Predicts Utilization and Perceived Impact of Early Intervention Services. J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2017 Nov/Dec; 38(9):706-713. View abstract
  15. Litt JS, Minich N, Taylor HG, Hack M. Special health care needs explains the effect of extremely low birth weight on math but not language achievement. Early Hum Dev. 2017 12; 115:82-87. View abstract
  16. Litt JS, Glymour MM, Hauser-Cram P, Hehir T, McCormick MC. Early Intervention Services Improve School-age Functional Outcome Among Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Graduates. Acad Pediatr. 2018 May - Jun; 18(4):468-474. View abstract
  17. McCormick MC, Litt JS. The Outcomes of Very Preterm Infants: Is It Time to Ask Different Questions? Pediatrics. 2017 01; 139(1). View abstract
  18. McCormick MC, Litt JS. Strengthening Early Intervention for Very Preterm Infants. Pediatrics. 2016 12; 138(6). View abstract
  19. Litt JS, McCormick MC. The Impact of Special Health Care Needs on Academic Achievement in Children Born Prematurely. Acad Pediatr. 2016 May-Jun; 16(4):350-7. View abstract
  20. Awindaogo F, Smith VC, Litt JS. Predictors of caregiver satisfaction with visiting nurse home visits after NICU discharge. J Perinatol. 2016 Apr; 36(4):325-8. View abstract
  21. Litt JS, Glymour M, Hauser-Cram P, Hehir T, McCormick MC. The effect of the Infant Health and Development Program on special education use at school age. J Pediatr. 2015 Feb; 166(2):457-62.e1. View abstract
  22. Litt JS, McCormick MC. Care coordination, the family-centered medical home, and functional disability among children with special health care needs. Acad Pediatr. 2015 Mar-Apr; 15(2):185-90. View abstract
  23. Litt JS, Hecht JL. Placental pathology and neonatal thrombocytopenia: lesion type is associated with increased risk. J Perinatol. 2014 Dec; 34(12):914-6. View abstract
  24. Litt JS, Gerry Taylor H, Margevicius S, Schluchter M, Andreias L, Hack M. Academic achievement of adolescents born with extremely low birth weight. Acta Paediatr. 2012 Dec; 101(12):1240-5. View abstract
  25. McCormick MC, Litt JS, Smith VC, Zupancic JA. Prematurity: an overview and public health implications. Annu Rev Public Health. 2011; 32:367-79. View abstract
  26. Litt J, Taylor HG, Klein N, Hack M. Learning disabilities in children with very low birthweight: prevalence, neuropsychological correlates, and educational interventions. J Learn Disabil. 2005 Mar-Apr; 38(2):130-41. View abstract