Senior Fellow

Heather Burris, MD, MPH

  • Associate Professor, Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine

Heather Burris, MD, MPH is an attending neonatologist at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. She studies social and environmental factors that contribute to perinatal health inequity. She performs analyses of pregnancy cohorts using health services and molecular epidemiologic methods. She is PI of a large Penn Medicine birth cohort study, GeoBirth, in which preterm births are rigorously phenotyped and linked to area-level exposures. She is currently funded by the NIH to analyze environmental exposures associated with the cervicovaginal microbiome as well as by the Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware’s donor-advised fund, BluePrints for the Community, and Independence Blue Cross to study the effects of the pandemic on the provision of perinatal healthcare.

Dr. Burris received her BA in in anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania and her MD from Temple University. She completed her residency in pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and her fellowship in neonatal-perinatal medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital. She obtained her MPH at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health and then was faculty at Harvard Medical School for eight years while working as an attending neonatologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical School. She returned to Philadelphia to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine in 2017.

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