Christine E. Bishop, MD, MA

  • Director of Perinatal Supportive Care

Christine E. Bishop, MD, MA is a neonatologist, bioethicist, and medical educator. She earned her medical degree from The Ohio State University, and a master’s degree in bioethics from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Bishop completed both her pediatric residency training and a fellowship in neonatal and perinatal medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

Bishop joined the UPMC Newborn Medicine Program in August 2019 as an attending physician, and she also is an assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Prior to joining UPMC, Bishop held faculty appointments at the Wake Forest School of Medicine and Brenner Children’s Hospital in North Carolina. At Wake Forest, Bishop founded and directed the Brenner Children’s Hospital Care Always™ Neonatal/Perinatal Palliative Care Program that provides holistic care for infants with life-limiting and complex medical conditions. She also served as the lead clinical ethics consultant for Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, chaired the Clinical Ethics Consultation Committee, and co-directed the undergraduate medical humanities course at Wake Forest University School of Medicine.

Bishop is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and she also is currently a member of the AAP Perinatal Section and the AAP’s Hospice and Palliative Medicine Section, as well as a member of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities. Her research interests include neonatal and perinatal palliative care, bioethics, medical education, and communication.

Professional and Scientific Society Memberships

  • American Academy of Pediatrics, Fellow, 2002-Present 
  • Bexar County Medical Society, Member, 2003-2008
  • Texas Pediatric Society, Member, 2003-2008
  • Southern Society for Pediatric Research, Member, 2005-2008
  • Society for Pediatric Research, Member, 2005-2008
  • AAP Perinatal Section, Member, 2007-Present
  • Ohio Pediatric Society, Member, 2008-2013
  • American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, Member, 2014-Present
  • AAP Hospice and Palliative Medicine Section, Member, 2016-Present

Education & Training

  • BA, Biology, St. Louis University, 1998
  • MD, The Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health, 2002
  • MA, Bioethics, Wake Forest University, 2015
  • Residency in Pediatrics, University of Texas Health Science Center, 2002-2005
  • Fellowship in Neonatal and Perinatal Medicine, University of Texas Health Science Center, 2005-2008

Selected Publications

Donald B. Bailey Jr, Lisa M. Gehtland, Megan A. Lewis, Holly Peay, Melissa Raspa, Scott M. Shone, Jennifer L. Taylor, Anne C. Wheeler, Michael Cotten, Nancy M. P. King, Cynthia M. Powell, Barbara Biesecker, Christine E. Bishop, Beth Lincoln Boyea, Martin Duparc, Blake A. Harper, Alex R. Kemper, Stacey N. Lee, Rebecca Moultrie, Katherine C. Okoniewski, Ryan S. Paquin, Denise Pettit, Katherine Ackerman Porter, Scott J. Zimmerman. Early Check: translational science at the intersection of public health and newborn screening. BMC Pediatr 19, 238 (2019) doi:10.1186/s12887-019-1606-4 

Shah AR, Wilfond BS, Silvia A, Hancuch K, Woodrum D, Heagerty P, Ohls R, Courtney SE, Frantz ID, Gogcu S, Bishop CE, Ahmad KA, Kathen C, Juul S. Informed consent for a neonatal clinical trial: parental experiences and perpectives. Journal of Perinatology 2018, 

Bishop CE, Vasquez MM, Petershack JA, Blanco CL. Pasteurized Donor Human Milk for VLBW Infants: The Effects on Necrotizing Enterocolitis and Related Factors. Journal of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine 2010 Jun;3(2)  

Isaac J, DiGeronimo RJ, Henson BM, Dixon P, Bishop CE, Seidner SR, Mustafa SB.  Mechanical stretch regulates alpha-epithelial Na+ channel expression in murine lung epithelial cells: Role of MAPK pathways. Am J of Resp and Crit Care Med, 2004 

Full Publication List via NIH PubMed »

Academic and Research Interests

  • Neonatal and Perinatal Palliative Care
  • Bioethics
  • Medical Education
  • Communication 

Research Grants

PeNut Ethics Study, Wake Forest Primary Investigator, 2015-2017

Neonatal/Perinatal Palliative Care Database, 2018-2019

Early Check Newborn Screening UNC, Duke, Wake Forest and RTI collaboration, NIH UO1 grant, CTSI, 2016-2019  

Survey of NC neonatologists regarding approach to care for infants with trisomy 18, Fellow Research Project Mentor, 2017-2019