Karna Murthy

  • 525 Citations
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Research Interests

My interests are within the Children's Hospital Neonatal Consortium (CHNC: http://www.thechnc.org). The CHNC has developed a database focusing on infants with uncommon congenital anomalies and/or acquired complications related to preterm birth in 34 regional NICUs since 2010 in the United States and Canada. We aim to describe the care and outcomes for a population of critically-ill infants that has not been a traditional area of focus in existing registries. Our long term goals are to: (1) establish standards of care and clinical practice guidelines for infants with uncommon but high-acuity illnesses, (2) increase and improve the knowledge base and evidence of care for these infants, (3) reduce unnecessary variation in their care (4) improve their short- and long-term outcomes and (5) maintain and foster a forum of collaboration to persist with these missions. The contemporary descriptions of the populations, prediction of outcomes, and inter-center variations are ongoing for: infants with severe BPD, surgical necrotizing enterocolitis, hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy, diaphragmatic hernia, and gastroschisis. These data are helpful in family antenatal counseling, in the design of future clinical trials and collaborative quality improvement initiatives.

Health Services Research in Regional Neonatal Intensive Care; Chronic Neonatal/Infant Respiratory Failure

Chronic respiratory failure in infancy, Diaphragmatic Hernia; Consequences of preterm birth;

Certifications and Licenses

Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

Training Experience

2001Residency, Northwestern University, McGaw Medical Center (Children’s Memorial Hospital)
2005Fellowship, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Education/Academic qualification

MSCI, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

… → 2011

MD, University of Pittsburgh

… → 1998


  • Health Disparities
  • Health Services Research
  • Neonatology
  • Pregnancy and Childbirth (including high risk)
  • Respiratory Diseases

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Grants 2012 2016

Research Output 2006 2019

  • 525 Citations
  • 44 Article
  • 1 Chapter
  • 1 Comment/debate
Necrotizing Enterocolitis
Birth Weight
Short Bowel Syndrome
Extremely Low Birth Weight Infant

Withdrawal of Life-Support in Neonatal Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy

Children's Hospitals Neonatal Consortium (CHNC), Feb 1 2019, In : Pediatric neurology. 91, p. 20-26 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Brain Hypoxia-Ischemia
Neonatal Intensive Care Units
Induced Hypothermia
6 Citations (Scopus)

Antenatal methadone vs buprenorphine exposure and length of hospital stay in infants admitted to the intensive care unit with neonatal abstinence syndrome

Tolia, V. N., Murthy, K., Bennett, M. M., Miller, E. S., Benjamin, D. K., Smith, P. B. & Clark, R. H., Jan 1 2018, In : Journal of Perinatology. 38, 1, p. 75-79 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome
Intensive Care Units
Length of Stay
1 Citation (Scopus)

Association Between the 7-Day Moving Average for Nutrition and Growth in Very Low Birth Weight Infants

Falciglia, G. H., Murthy, K., Holl, J., Palac, H. L., Oumarbaeva, Y., Yadavalli, P., Woods, D. & Robinson, D. T., May 1 2018, In : Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition. 42, 4, p. 805-812 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Very Low Birth Weight Infant
Weights and Measures
Very Low Birth Weight Infant
Enteral Nutrition
Energy Intake
Small Intestine