Alan R. Spitzer, MD, joined Pediatrix Medical Group as Senior Vice President and Director of the Center for Research, Education, Quality, and Safety in 2004, following a long career in academic neonatal medicine. Dr. Spitzer graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in 1972 and did his residency at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
After completing his Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship at the University of California at San Francisco, he returned to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia as a Staff Neonatologist.
He joined Pediatrix Medical Group in July 2004, where he now oversees the programs in research, quality improvement, the Pediatrix website and several live educational programs.
Between 2011-2014, Dr. Spitzer served as a member of the National Advisory Council of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) in the Department of Health and Human Services, and he was appointed to the Subcommittee on Children’s Outcome Measures at AHRQ. In addition, Dr. Spitzer has been selected as a member of the Joint Commission Perinatal Care Technical Advisory Panel.
Recently, he was named the recipient of the 2015 National Education Award from the Neonatal-Perinatal Section of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).
Dr. Spitzer has published extensively in the field of Neonatal Medicine, with more than 230 peer-review publications, book chapters, and editorials. He has had a special interest in the areas of neonatal lung diseases, neurological injury during the neonatal period, and infant apnea and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) throughout his career.
Most recently, he has initiated studies that examine the proteomic evaluation of nutrition in the extremely low birth weight neonate, and outcomes and quality improvement in neonatal medicine.
He has edited two textbooks, Intensive Care of the Fetus and Neonate, and Fetal and Neonatal Secrets (with Richard Polin, MD). The third edition of the latter book was published in October 2013.