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Joanna Beachy



Dr. Beachy received her PhD in Biochemistry for the University of Minnesota. After 2 postdoctoral research positions in Immunology and Physiological Chemistry, she when to medical school initially at Brown and then George Washington University Medical School. She completed her residency and neonatal fellowship at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. She has worked at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, WA, where she was the director of the NICU, at Oakwood Hospital in Dearborn, MI, where she was the director of the NICU follow-up clinic in addition to working in the NICU, at University of Utah/Primary Children’s Medical Center/Intermountain Medical Center in Salt Lake City, UT, where she was the associate medical director of the University NICU, and at Cohen Children’s Medical Center where she was the medical director of the level 4 NICU. Currently, she is the Chief, Newborn Medicine at Baystate Children’s at Springfield, MA since 2020.

She is actively involved in ethics and developmental care committees at the hospitals where she has worked. She is NIDCAP certified. Her major research interests include 1) evaluating ventricular size and brain electrical activity in infants with intraventricular hemorrhage and post-hemorrhagic ventricular dilatation, 2) identifying predictive factors of death and/or poor neurodevelopmental outcome in infants with hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy treated with hypothermia, 3) decreasing the incidence of retinopathy of prematurity and improving tolerance of the ophthalmologic examinations, and 4) impact of Sars-2-CoV infection on mother-fetal dyads. She has been and is actively involved in many funded and unfunded research studies.