Paris S. Ekeke, MD, MS

  • Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Ekeke is an assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in the Division of Newborn Medicine. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Northwestern University and completed medical school at the Ohio State University College of Medicine. She completed pediatric residency back at Northwestern’s Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, IL. She completed Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine fellowship at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital. While at the University of Pittsburgh, Ekeke also earned her Masters of Science degree in Epidemiology from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. 

 Ekeke’s research interests are largely devoted to better understanding health care disparities, the social determinants of health, and the effects of prenatal stress on neonatal
outcomes. A portion of Ekeke’s research at UPMC Children’s will involve epidemiologic studies to understand determinants and consequences of adverse pregnancy outcomes as part of the Pittsburgh Study. She is also involved in QI projects within Magee and Children’s including maternal postpartum depression screening. 


Education & Training

  • BA, Psychology, Northwestern University, 2009
  • Post-Bacc, Pre-Medicine, The Ohio State University College of Medicine, 20100
  • MD, The Ohio State University College of Medicine, 2010-2014
  • Residency in Pediatrics, Northwestern University Lurie Children's Hospital, 2014-2017
  • Fellowship in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, 2017-2020
  • MS, Epidemiology, University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health, 2018-2020

Selected Publications

Ekeke, P., Rankin K., DeSisto C.L., Collins J. The excess preterm birth rate among US-born (compared to foreign-born) Black women: the role of father’s education. Maternal and Child Health Journal. Accepted Dec 2020

Ekeke, P.; Mendez, D.D.; Yanowitz, T.D.; Catov, J.M. Racial Differences in the Biochemical Effects of Stress in Pregnancy. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 6941.

Ekeke P, Naik M, Vats KR. Megalencephaly and Epileptic Encephalopathy: Bad luck or a common pathway?. Asp Biomed Clin Case Rep. 2019 Nov 24;2(3):129-135

Liem, R.I., O’Suoji, C., Kingsberry, P.S. Pelligra, S., Kwon,S. Thompson, AA. “Access to Patient-Centered Medical Homes in Children with Sickle Cell Disease" Matern Child Health J (2014) 18: 1854.

O'Suoji C1, Liem RI, Mack AK, Kingsberry P, Ramsey G, Thompson AA. “Alloimmunization in Sickle Cell Anemia in the Era of Extended Red Cell Typing. Pediatric Blood and Cancer. '' Pediatric Blood Cancer. 2013 Sep;60(9):1487-91. doi: 10.1002/pbc.24530. Epub 2013 Mar 18.

Academic and Research Interests

  • Preterm Birth
  • Racial Disparity
  • Equity
  • Stress