Leif Nelin, MD
Disclosures: Nothing to disclose - 01/04/2022

                Dr Nelin received his undergraduate degree from Florida Atlantic University and MD degree from the University of South Florida.  He completed a pediatric residency and a neonatology fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children’s Hospital. Between residency and fellowship he spent a year at the University of Uppsala in Sweden doing pediatrics and research. After completing his neonatology fellowship Dr Nelin did a research fellowship in Chris Dawson’s lab at the Medical College of Wisconsin.  He then stayed at MCW for his first faculty position, moved to the University of New Mexico in 1998, and then moved to The Ohio State University/Nationwide Children’s Hospital in 2002. From 2006 - 2012 he was the Director of the Center for Perinatal Research and in 2011 he became the Chief of the Division of Neonatology.


                Dr Nelin’s clinical interest has always been the extremely preterm infant, and in 2003 he developed the Small Baby Program at Nationwide Children’s for babies admitted who were born at <27 weeks gestation. The Small Baby Program has resulted in an increase in survival from about 70% in 2008 to >90% today. The most common morbidity of extreme preterm birth is bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD), and that has been both his basic science and translational research interest throughout his career. Dr Nelin also helped develop the Comprehensive Center for BPD at Nationwide Children’s, which includes the first of its kind in-patient unit exclusively for BPD care. In 2012 he co-founded the BPD Collaborative with Steve Abman from Colorado, which has now grown to 24 Centers in the US and 3 international centers.