Courtney Carmicheal-Swanner, M.D.
- MD: Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX 2010
- Pediatric Resident: Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX 2010-2013
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A long time ago, circa Kindergarten, I wanted to be a veterinarian. Around second grade it was clear that I was allergic to animals; a crushing blow to an 8 year old who loved science. Nothing could keep me down though and I declared to my parents "When I grow up, I'm going to be a baby doctor." From that day forward I think my parents realized they were in for a challenge but I never wavered in that goal. I was fortunate enough to attend Siena College/Albany Medical School through a combined degree program.
During school, I had changed my mind about my specialty a lot, I tried out different programs and nothing ever felt quite right. In the middle of my 3rd year of med school I finally had my pediatric clerkship; I spent the first week of the rotation in the NICU. I knew within hours that was it. I was in love with the NICU – the patients, the families, the physiology and pathophysiology – I was excited about medicine all over again. When I began the search for residency programs it was always with the intent of being a Neonatologist. A lot of hard work and perseverance later, I landed at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children's Hospital for residency and stayed on through fellowship. Houston was a 180 degree lifestyle change from Upstate NY but so far it has brought many friendships, great moments, and new adventures.
As a first year, I am still working on developing my research project but am planning to focus on Educational Research and Development of a Resident Curriculum with overall improvement in the Residency Rotation. I have spent a lot of time working clinically since starting and I can truly say that at the end of the day, no matter how hard, I still love my job.
Study of regulation of transcription of CYP1A1 gene in response to hyperoxia in human lung cell lines
Mentor: Bhagavatula Moorthy, PhD
Intraventricular Hemorrhage in the United States-Insights from the KID Inpatient Database 2009
Mentor: Jeffrey Kaiser, MD
Promoting Skeletal Muscle Protein Synthesis with Enteral ZA26 in Neonatal Pigs
Mentor: Teresa Davis, PhD
Maternal Ureaplasma Recombinant DNA Vaccination Improves Ureaplasma-associated Lung Disease Severity and Outcome in Suckling Mice
Mentor: Leonard E. Weisman, MD
Evaluation of P2Y2 Prinergic Receptor Function in the Pathogenesis of Sepsis
Mentor: Sundararajah Thevananther, PhD
Increased Prevalence of Preterm Birth in Asymptomatic Neonates with Congenital CMV (cCMV)
Mentor: Gail Demmler-Harrison, MD
Adenosine Signaling in Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia
Mentor: Michael Blackburn, PhD
Improving Family–Centered Care Using Simulation-Based Communication Training for NICU Fellows
Mentor: Jennifer Arnold, MD
Activation markers of coagulation, platelets, and fibrinolysis in patients on ECMO
Mentor: Jun Teruya, MD