Nicole Radich Dobson, MD, FAAP

  • Professor of Pediatrics
  • Director, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship, UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh and UPMC Magee Women's Hospital
  • Director, Simulation Education, Division of Newborn Medicine

Dobson is a professor of pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in the Division of Newborn Medicine. She is the director of the UPMC Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship Program and the director of simulation education for the Division of Newborn Medicine. Dobson earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Lehigh University and completed medical school at Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in Piscataway, New Jersey, receiving the Academic Achievement Award for graduating first in class. She attended medical school with a 4-year scholarship from the Army Health Professions Scholarship Program.

After medical school, she entered Active Duty and completed her General Pediatrics Residency and Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship at the National Capital Consortium/Walter Reed Hospital in Bethesda, MD. She held numerous leadership positions during her two-decade military career, including Medical Director of the Intensive Care Unit at Craig Joint Theater Hospital, Afghanistan and Chief of Neonatology, Tripler Army Medical Center, Hawaii. Prior to moving to Pittsburgh in 2021, Dobson was the Director of the National Capital Consortium Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship Program and Professor of Pediatrics at Uniformed Services University, Bethesda, Maryland. Dobson’s research interests include the effects of intermittent hypoxia and caffeine therapy on the developing brain. She has published over 20 manuscripts and two textbook chapters, and she has been an invited speaker at regional, national, and international meetings. She serves on the Executive Board of the American SIDS Institute and the American Association of SIDS Prevention Physicians.

Professional and Scientific Society Memberships

  • Association of Pediatric Program Directors, 2016-2021
  • Organization of Neonatal Training Program Directors, 2016-2021
  • Society for Pediatric Research, 2014-Present
  • Southern Soicety for Pediatric Research, 2012-2015
  • American Association of SIDS Prevention Physicians, 2010-Present
  • American Academy of Pediatrics, 2003-Present
  • Section on Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, 2003-Present
  • Section on Uniformed Services, 2003-Present

Education & Training

  • BS, Molecular Biology, Lehigh University, 1996
  • MD, Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, 2000
  • Residency in Pediatrics, National Capital Consortium, 2000-2003
  • Fellowship in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, 2003-2006

Selected Publications

Vereen RJ, Dobson NR, Olsen CH, Raiciulescu S, Kuehn D, Stokes TA, Hunt CE (2018). Longitudinal Changes in Growth in Children Born Preterm and Full Term from Birth to 8-9 Years of Age. Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting, Toronto, Canada (Poster)

Harrell MD, Dobson NR, Robertson B, Collen J, Olsen C, Ahmed A, Hunt CE (2019) "Comparison of Wireless Pulse Oximetry to Standard Wired Pulse Oximetry for the Detection of Heart Rate and Oxygen Saturations in the Neonatal Population." Conference on Military Perinatal Research, San Antonio, TX (Platform).

Harrell MD, Dobson NR, Robertson B, Collen J, Olsen C, Ahmed A, Hunt CE (2020) “Comparison of wireless versus wired pulse oximetry for monitoring neonates.” Baltimore, Washington DC, Virginia Perinatal Consortium (BWVPC), Warrington, VA (Platform).

Harrell MD, Dobson NR, Robertson B, Collen J, Olsen C, Ahmed A, Hunt CE (2020) “Comparison of wireless versus wired pulse oximetry for monitoring neonates.” American Academy of Pediatrics Virtual National Conference and Exhibition (Poster).

Erickson G, Dobson NR, Hunt CE (2020). “Consistency and Stability of Oral Caffeine Base Solution.” Conference on Military Perinatal Research, Virtual Conference (Platform).

Savioli K, Hunt C, Ahmed A, Olsen C, Clark R, Dobson NR (2020). “Optimal timing of parenteral nutrition in the critically ill late preterm and term neonate." Conference on Military Perinatal Research, Virtual Conference (Platform).

Erickson G, Dobson NR, Hunt CE (2021). “Consistency and Stability of Oral Caffeine Base Solution.” Baltimore-Washington-Virginia Perinatal Consortium Meeting, Virtual Conference (Platform)

Erickson G, Dobson NR, Hunt CE (2021). “Consistency and Stability of Oral Caffeine Base Solution.” Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting, Virtual Conference (Poster).

Rowe S, Reeves PT, McAdams R, Robets K, Dobson NR, McKenzie, LB. (2021) “Baby Wearing injuries presenting to Emergency Departments, 2011-2020: A Dangerous Fashion Trend.” Virtual Poster Presentation, American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference and Exhibition.

Savioli K, Hunt C, Clark R, Ahmed A, Olsen O, Dobson NR (2021) “Administration and optimal timing of parenteral nutrition in critically ill late preterm and term neonates.” Conference on Military Perinatal Research, San Antonio, TX (Platform).

Savioli K, Hunt C, Clark R, Ahmed A, Olsen O, Dobson NR (2021) “Administration and optimal timing of parenteral nutrition in critically ill late preterm and term neonates.” American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine 98th Perinatal Developmental Medicine Symposium, Bonita Springs, FL (Platform).

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Academic and Research Interests

  • Intermittent Hypoxia
  • Caffeine
  • Premature Infants
  • Graduate Medical Education

Research Grants

R01HD089289-01A1, Intermittent Hypoxia and Caffeine in Infants born Preterm (ICAF), NICHD, Co-Investigator, 2017-2022, $2,300,000

Neonatal, Perinatal, and Pediatric Outcomes of Children of Female Flyers, US Air Force 711th HPW, Co-investigator, 2021-2023, $161,665