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David Paul, M.D. - ChristianaCare. Newark, DE, US

David Paul, M.D.

Chair of Pediatrics | ChristianaCare


Dr. David Paul is one of the nation's leading neonatologists who's been recognized for his excellence in teaching, research and care.



Dr. David Paul is one of the nation's leading neonatologists who's been recognized for his excellence in teaching, research and care.

He was appointed Chair of Department of Pediatrics in June 2014. He has been a practicing neonatologist in the community since 1994 serving at ChristianaCare's Christiana Hospital and Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children as well as several other hospitals in the state.

A champion for the prevention of infant mortality, Dr. Paul has led the Delaware initiatives to decrease infant mortality and premature birth for over a decade. Since 2005, he has served as the Governor Appointed Chair of the Delaware Healthy Mother and Infant Consortium.

He has authored numerous publications and given countless presentations. He has been recognized for his excellence in teaching, research and patient care by many organizations.

Areas of Expertise (5)

Clinical Research

Infant Mortality



Premature Births

Education (2)

Hahnemann University: MD 1988

University of Colorado: BA, Biology, General 1984






Couplet Care in the NICU - For the Love of Health Podcast Why Pregnant Woman Should Get the COVID-19 Vaccine Facebook Live: Celebrating Two Years of ChristianaCare's Center for Women's & Children's Health Caring for a Newborn During the COVID-19 Pandemic ChristianaCare Mini Medical School: Childhood Development


Couplet Care in the NICU with Dr. David Paul and Tamie Hotchkiss

Media Appearances (8)

Doctors warn of altering baby formula as families struggle to find supply

6ABC  tv


"Any attempt to make your own formula will not meet your baby's needs and it's something that can really make your baby sick," said Dr. David Paul, the chair of the department of pediatrics at ChristianaCare.

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Exclusive look inside ChristianaCare's new state-of-the-art center for women, children

6ABC  tv


BABY Exclusive look inside ChristianaCare's new state-of-the-art center for women, children By Ashley Johnson NEWARK, Delaware (WPVI) -- Action News got an exclusive look inside the new Center for Women's and Children's Health at ChristianaCare Hospital in Newark, Delaware. "It's kind of like you're in a resort so to say. Everything is so fancy and new," said mom, Briana Thompkins. This state-of-the-art facility opened in the midst of the pandemic and has been several years in the making. What makes it so special is the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) couplet model, where moms and newborns can stay in the same room. In most hospitals, they're separated. Twins Gianna and Roni were the first in the new NICU. "It's nice I can even be here, spend time with them and obviously they're still so little, but it's great I can even be a presence in the room," said the new mom of twins, Janet Roth. Doctors say that initial bonding time for mom and baby is crucial. "We're really focusing on the family and we realize if the mother's healthy, the baby's healthy," Dr. David Paul said. ChristianaCare is busy when it comes to babies. Doctors say they deliver the most babies out of any hospital in the tri-state. About 6,000 babies are born each year here.

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Family driving factor behind ChristianaCare's new women and children center

Delaware Online / The News Journal  print


There was something different about this birth for Katie and Brian Rubin. Yes, their second child, Emma, was born on May 5 amid a pandemic. But the other difference the Rubins noticed was ChristianaCare's new Center for Women's and Children's Health. "Great experience last time as well," said Katie Rubin, as she kept an eye on her newborn. "The main thing this time, the rooms are a little bigger. It's a little bit easier to have Brian here. "It's nicer to have him here to help with everything." That family convenience is what ChristianaCare had in mind when it started the project, which has been nearly three years in the making. It had its soft opening during the last week of April – and on schedule. Their first daughter, Hannah, was born two years ago in the hospital's old building. "The real driving factor for the building was improving our family experience and keeping families together," said Dr. David Paul, chair of ChristianaCare's pediatrics department.

Dr. David Paul gives a tour of ChristianaCare's new Center for Women & Children's Health.

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ChristianaCare opens Center for Women & Children’s Health

Delaware Business Now  online


“The first step in being a healthy adult is being a healthy baby and healthy child,” said David Paul, M.D., chair, Department of Pediatrics. “Health starts right at birth. How you do at birth and how you do in those early years makes an impact throughout your life. We want to keep moms, babies and our community healthy, and this new facility enables us to do that better than ever.”

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'Incredible' racial disparities in maternal and infant health persist in Delaware

Delaware Public Media  


“I think what we heard today is that we need more community voices,” said Dr. David Paul, chair of the Consortium. “Despite our great efforts— we’ve reduced infant mortality twenty-plus percent in Delaware— we still have incredible racial disparities,” Paul added. “We need to find a way to solve that problem, hear everybody’s voices and really have those hard and true conversations on racism and how that affects outcomes.”...

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For Delaware's most vulnerable babies, cuddling can go a long way

The News Journal  


Dr. David Paul, chair of the hospital system's pediatrics department, said most of the ChristianaCare cuddlers focus on babies with neonatal abstinence syndrome, a condition that can result in babies being irritable, sleep-deprived, prone to tremors and vomiting and difficult to feed...

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Maternal mortality rates are too high. Delaware is working to lower them

Delaware Online  


A recent investigative report conducted by USA Today and published in this paper revealed that maternal mortality rates are higher in the United States than in any other developed nation. Too many women in the U.S. are dying or are seriously injured in ways that could be prevented...

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ChristianaCare expansion details revealed

Delaware Online  


Single family rooms would ensure they are clean and babies are comfortable to decrease that risk, added Dr. David Paul, ChristianaCare's chair of pediatrics. The hospital currently has 16 private birthing rooms, but plans would expand the labor and delivery unit by four rooms and add more triage space for high-risk moms and premature babies...

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Selected Papers and Publications (5)

Time Series Analysis for Forecasting Hospital Census: Application to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Applied Clinical Informatics

Muge Capan, Stephen Hoover, Eric V. Jackson, David Paul, Robert Locke


Accurate prediction of future patient census in hospital units is essential for patient safety, health outcomes, and resource planning. Forecasting census in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is particularly challenging due to limited ability to control the census and clinical trajectories. The fixed average census approach, using average census from previous year, is a forecasting alternative used in clinical practice, but has limitations due to census variations.

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Variation in NICU Admission Rates Without Identifiable Cause

Hospital Pediatrics

Kathryn A. Ziegler, David A. Paul, Matthew Hoffman and Robert Locke


Admission to the NICU is influenced by physiologic compromise and by hospital care protocols. Providing appropriate care must be balanced with adverse consequences of NICU admission, such as interrupting maternal–infant bonding and unnecessary interventions. This study aims to determine the variation in NICU admissions in term and late preterm infants among 19 hospitals.

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Characteristics of late-onset sepsis in the NICU: does occupancy impact risk of infection?

Journal of Perinatology

N D Goldstein, S C Eppes, B C Ingraham & D A Paul


Infants in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) are vulnerable to a variety of infections, and occupancy in the unit may correlate with risk of infection.

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Increased odds of necrotizing enterocolitis after transfusion of red blood cells in premature infants


Paul DA, Mackley A, Novitsky A, Zhao Y, Brooks A, Locke RG


To determine if infants with very low birth weight who receive packed red blood cell (PRBC) transfusions have increased odds of developing necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), to determine the rate of NEC after PRBC transfusion, and to characterize the blood transfused preceding the onset of NEC.

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Testing platelet mass versus platelet count to guide platelet transfusions in the neonatal intensive care unit


Erick Gerday, Vickie L. Baer, Diane K. Lambert, David A. Paul, Martha C. Sola‐Visner, Theodore J. Pysher, Robert D. Christensen


Platelet (PLT) transfusions can bestow significant benefits but they also carry risks. This study sought a safe means of reducing PLT transfusions to neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) patients with thrombocytopenia by comparing two transfusion guidelines, one based on PLT count and the other on PLT mass (PLT count times mean PLT volume).

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External Service & Affiliations (2)

  • BMC Pediatrics : Neonatology Section Editor
  • American Academy of Pediatrics