Scott Saunders, M.D., Ph.D.

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Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Newborn Medicine
Newborn Medicine

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  • BS, University of Minnesota1983
  • MD, Stanford University School of Medicine1990
  • PhD, Stanford University School of Medicine1990


  • Intern in Medicine, Children's Hospital, Boston, MA1990 - 1991
  • Resident in Medicine, Children's Hospital, Boston, MA1991 - 1993
  • Postdoc Fellow, Brain & Cognitive Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MA1993 - 1995
  • Clinical Fellow in Newborn Medicine, Joint Program in Neonatology, Harvard Medical School1993 - 1996
  • Certified Medical Transport Executive, AAMS Medical Transport Leadership Institute2016 - 2017

Licensure and Board Certification

  • 1980Federal Aviation Administration, Private Pilot, Airplane Single Engine Land
  • 1991National Board of Medical Examiners, Diplomate
  • 1993 - 1997MA, Physician/Board of Registration in Medicine
  • 1993 - 2008American Board of Pediatrics, General Pediatrics Certification
  • 1997 - PresMO, Physician & Surgeon/Board of Registration for the Healing Arts
  • 2008 - PresAmerican Board of Pediatrics, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Certification
  • 2015 - PresIL, Physician & Surgeon/Dept. of Financial and Professional Regulation
  • 2015 - 2019Advanced Trauma Life Support
  • 2016 - 2019C-NPT (Neonatal Pediatric Transport)
  • 2017CEVO 3: Ambulance
  • 2017 - PresCMTE (Certified Medical Transport Executive)
  • 2020 - 2022Basic Life Support
  • 2020 - 2022Advanced Cardiac Life Support
  • 2020 - 2022Pediatric Advanced Life Support
  • 2021 - 2023Neonatal Resuscitation Program

Honors and Awards

  • Alumni Scholarship, College of Biological Sciences, University of Minnesota1982
  • Phi Beta Kappa1983
  • Summa cum Laude, Biochemistry1983
  • Medical Student Research Award, Society for Pediatric Research1989
  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute Postdoctoral Research Fellowship for Physicians1994
  • Reynolds Rich Smith Fellowship in Development and Function of the Central Nervous System1994
  • Wyeth Pediatrics Neonatology Research Grant1994
  • Basil O'Connor Starter Scholar Research Award, March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation1997
  • Scholar, NIH-designated Child Health Research Center, Washington University School of Medicine1997
  • Spoehrer Scholar Award, Department of Pediatrics, Washington University School of Medicine1999
  • Society for Pediatric Research, Member2001
  • Promotion with tenure2006 - Pres

Selected Publications view all (22)

Publication Co-Authors

Wise regulates bone deposition through genetic interactions with Lrp5. PLoS One. 2014;9(5):e96257. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0096257  PMCID:PMC4006890  PMID:24789067 
Recurrent deletions and reciprocal duplications of 10q11.21q11.23 including CHAT and SLC18A3 are likely mediated by complex low-copy repeats. Hum Mutat. 2012;33(1):165-79. doi:10.1002/humu.21614  PMCID:PMC3655525  PMID:21948486 
Sex-specific quantitative trait loci linked to autoresuscitation failure in SWR/J mice. Heredity (Edinb). 2009;103(6):469-75. doi:10.1038/hdy.2009.89  PMCID:PMC2783180  PMID:19654605 
Loss of glypican-3 function causes growth factor-dependent defects in cardiac and coronary vascular development. Dev Biol. 2009;335(1):208-15. doi:10.1016/j.ydbio.2009.08.029  PMCID:PMC2763964  PMID:19733558 
Bone density ligand, Sclerostin, directly interacts with LRP5 but not LRP5G171V to modulate Wnt activity. J Bone Miner Res. 2006;21(11):1738-49. doi:10.1359/jbmr.060810  PMID:17002572 
The rare occurrence of absent adrenals in a term infant: a case report and review of the literature. Am J Perinatol. 2006;23(2):111-4. doi:10.1055/s-2006-931911  PMID:16506117 
Allelic variation in the serotonin transporter (5HTT) gene contributes to idiopathic pulmonary hypertension in children. Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2005;334(2):376-9. doi:10.1016/j.bbrc.2005.06.107  PMID:16009349 
Altered hematopoiesis in glypican-3-deficient mice results in decreased osteoclast differentiation and a delay in endochondral ossification. Dev Biol. 2005;282(1):152-62. doi:10.1016/j.ydbio.2005.03.003  PMID:15936336 
Domain-specific modification of heparan sulfate by Qsulf1 modulates the binding of the bone morphogenetic protein antagonist Noggin. J Biol Chem. 2004;279(7):5604-11. doi:10.1074/jbc.M310691200  PMID:14645250 
Heparan sulfate proteoglycans retain Noggin at the cell surface: a potential mechanism for shaping bone morphogenetic protein gradients. J Biol Chem. 2002;277(3):2089-96. doi:10.1074/jbc.M109151200  PMID:11706034 
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