Department of Pediatrics
University of Utah School of Medicine

295 Chipeta Way
Salt Lake City, UT 84108
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Robert D. Christensen, MD is a Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Division Chief of Neonatology and Division of Hematology/Oncology Dr. Christensen received his medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City, he completed his Pediatric residency at Stanford University Hospital, and his Neonatology and Hematology fellowships at the University of Utah. He was Chief of the Division of Human Development and Aging at the University until 1993 when he was appointed Chief of the Division of Neonatology at the University of Florida. After 9 years he was appointed Lewis A. Barness Professor and Chairman of Pediatrics at the University of South Florida College of Medicine in Tampa, and Physician-in-Chief of All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida. Before being recruited back to the University of Utah School of Medicine in January 2015, Dr. Christensen served as Director of Neonatology Research for Intermountain Healthcare and Medical Director of Neonatology for the Urban North Region.

His research involves Clinical Neonatal Hematology and Transfusion Medicine. Dr. Christensen was funded by the NIH for over 20 years for his studies in fetal and neonatal hematopoiesis, and he has served as a March of Dimes Study Section Member continuously for 22 years. He is the author of three textbooks on neonatal hematology, has written over 150 book chapters for medical books, and has published over 450 peer-reviewed articles in medical journals.

No conflicts of interest (02/09/2023)

Selected Bibliography:

Tweddell SM, Bahr TM, Henry E, Page JM, Ilstrup SJ, Ohls RK, Christensen RD.
Placental abruption and neonatal anemia.
J Perinatol. 2023. PubMed abstract

Christensen RD, Bahr TM, Pakdeeto S, Supapannachart S, Zhang H.
Perinatal Hemolytic Disorders and Identification Using End Tidal Breath Carbon Monoxide.
Curr Pediatr Rev. 2023;19(4):376-387. PubMed abstract

Christensen TR, Bahr TM, Henry E, Ling CY, Hanton TH, Page JM, Ilstrup SJ, Carr NR, Ohls RK, Christensen RD.
Neonatal subgaleal hemorrhage: twenty years of trends in incidence, associations, and outcomes.
J Perinatol. 2022. PubMed abstract

Bahr TM, Lawrence SM, Henry E, Ohls RK, Li S, Christensen RD.
Severe Anemia at Birth-Incidence and Implications.
J Pediatr. 2022;248:39-45.e2. PubMed abstract

Bahr TM, Ohls RK, Baserga MC, Lawrence SM, Winter SL, Christensen RD.
Implications of an Elevated Nucleated Red Blood Cell Count in Neonates with Moderate to Severe Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy.
J Pediatr. 2022;246:12-18.e2. PubMed abstract