Dr. Anna Penn, MD, Ph.D

  • Children’s National Health System
    George Washington University

    Anna Penn, MD, Ph.D, is a clinical neonatologist and developmental neuroscientist at Children’s National Health System in Washington DC. She is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the Fetal Medicine Institute, with additional appointments in the Division of Neonatology and the Center for Neuroscience Research. She is the director of translational research for Hospital Based Specialties and co-Director of the Board of Visitors Cerebral Palsy Prevention Program, a new multidisciplinary program at Children’s National aimed at improving neurological outcome in preterm infants while training the next generation of Cerebral Palsy investigators. In her laboratory, 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.