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Jane McGowan

Jane McGowan, MD

Professor of Pediatrics

Department: Pediatrics

Specialties: Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine


  • MD - University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Awards & Honors

  • Named "Top Doctor" by Philadelphia magazine (2017-2018)

Dr. Jane McGowan is director of the neonatal intensive care unit at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children in Philadelphia, Pa. She is an attending neonatologist who is board certified in pediatrics and neonatal-perinatal medicine.


  • American Academy of Pediatrics, Perinatal Section Member
  • American Pediatric Society
  • American Physiological Society
  • Society for Pediatric Research
  • Perinatal Research Society
  • Society for Neuroscience
  • Eastern Society for Pediatric Research

Clinical Services

Hypoglycemia, Neonatal nutrition, Neonatal-perinatal medicine, Neonatal care, Neonatal brain injury, Neonatal resuscitation


  • Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine - University of Colorado Health Sciences Center
  • Research Fellowship in Physiology - University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine


  • Pediatrics - St. Christopher's Hospital for Children


  • Pediatrics - Jacobi and Montefiore Hospitals, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Dr. McGowan is a professor of pediatrics at Drexel University College of Medicine. She serves as a speaker at in-hospital conferences for residents and fellows, as well as departmental research conferences.


Dr. McGowan has researched extensively on the topics of hypoxia and hypoglycemia, and their effects on neonates. She is currently exploring the use of ultrasound to confirm the proper positioning of endotracheal tubes in intubated NICU patients.

She chairs the Research Committee at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children.

Recent Grants

"Ultrasound for Localizing Endotracheal Tubes (ETTs) in Neonates"
Peter A. Lewin and Jane McGowan
Coulter Foundation Grant, $100,000, 2012-2013

“Effects of repeated hypoglycemia on immature brain”: Institutional Research Grant
Principal investigator: Jane McGowan
The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, total direct costs $19,534, 2005-2006

“Hypoglycemia-induced mitochondrial injury in brain”
Principal investigator: Jane McGowan
National Institutes of Health R01 HD/DK 39880, total direct costs $525,000, 2001-2004


Recent Published Full-length Papers

"Neonatal resuscitation science, education, and practice: The role of the Neonatal Resuscitation Program"
McGowan, JE
J Perinat Neonatal Nurs; 26:58-63, 2012

"Contribution of early glycemic status in the development of severe retinopathy of prematurity in a cohort of ELBW infants"
Chavez-Valdez R, McGowan JE, Cannon E, and Lehmann CU
J Perinatol; 31:749-56, 2011

"Increased mitochondrial reactive oxygen species production in newborn brain during hypoglycemia"
McGowan JE, Chen L, Gao D, Trush MA, and Wei C:  
Neurosci. Ltr., 399:111-4. 2006

"Glucose management during and following intensive delivery room resuscitation"
McGowan JE, and Perlman J
Clinics Perinatol, 33:183-96, 2006

"Alterations in cerebral mitochondria during acute hypoglycemia"
Ballesteros J.R., Mishra OP, and McGowan JE
Biol Neonate 84:159-63, 2003

"Modification of glutamate binding sites in newborn brain during hypoglycemia"
McGowan JE, Zanelli SA, Haynes-Laing GA, Mishra OP, and Delivoria-Papadopoulos M
Brain Res. 927:80-86, 2002

Recent Chapters in Books

"Oxygen transport and delivery"
Delivoria-Papadopoulos M and McGowan JE
In: Fetal and Neonatal Physiology, fourth edition. (Polin RA, Fox WW, and Abman S, eds.). Philadelphia, Elsevier, Inc., 2011

"Discharging newborn infants: The American experience"
McGowan JE
In: Le Retour du Nouveau-né à Domicile. (Hascoet JM and Vert P, eds), Paris, Elsevier Masson, 2010

"Glucose homeostasis"
McGowan JE, Price-Douglas W, and Hay WW Jr
In: Handbook of Neonatal Intensive Care, seventh edition (Merenstein GB and Gardner SL, eds.), Philadelphia, Elsevier, Inc, 2010

"Disorders of carbohydrate metabolism"
McGowan JE
In: Neonatal Nutrition and Metabolism, second edition. (Thureen P and Hay WW, Jr., eds). Cambridge, UK, Cambridge University Press, 2006

St. Christopher's Hospital for Children is a primary academic campus of Drexel University College of Medicine. Its physicians are non-compensated members of the teaching faculty of Drexel University College of Medicine and its clinical practices are independent of Drexel University.

Contact Information

Practice Office

St. Christopher's Hospital for Children
160 East Erie Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19134
Phone: 215.427.5000
Fax: 215.427.5555