Dennery was elected to the prestigious Institute of Medicine, making her the ninth CHOP physician or scientist recognized for major contributions to the advancement of the medical sciences, healthcare and public health. In addition to her leadership role at CHOP’s 95-bed Newborn/Infant Intensive Care Unit and 11 NICUs in partner community hospitals, she has led the International Pediatric Research Foundation and the Society for Pediatric Research. Her research is focused on oxidative stress-mediated neonatal lung gene regulation and on the biology of lung injury and repair.
“After we’ve done our best in the N/IICU, we sometimes send them home to an environment that’s not ideal for them. That’s why we have psychosocial programs to empower parents so they can confidently care for their sick babies and put them in the most conducive environment for the best possible development.”