Jennifer A Wambach, M.D.

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Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Newborn Medicine
Researcher, Pathobiology
Newborn Medicine

phone: (314) 454-6148

Research Interests

Genetic Mechanisms Underlying Neonatal Respiratory Distress Syndrome


  • BS, Vanderbilt University1997
  • MD, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine2001
  • MS, Washington University School of Medicine2010


  • Resident, Pediatrics, Northwestern University School of Medicine2001 - 2004
  • Chief Resident, Pediatrics, Northwestern University School of Medicine2004 - 2005
  • Fellow, Newborn Medicine, Washington University School of Medicine2005 - 2008

Licensure and Board Certification

  • 2004 - PresAmerican Board of Pediatrics, General Pediatrics
  • 2005 - PresNeonatal Resuscitation Program Provider
  • 2008 - PresState of Missouri, Division of Professional Registration, Physician
  • 2010 - PresAmerican Board of Pediatrics, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

Honors and Awards

  • Phi Beta Kappa, Vanderbilt University1997
  • Amos Christie Scholar in Pediatrics, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine1998
  • Microbes and Defense Academic Honor Society, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine1998
  • Dean's Award for Leadership and Service, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine2001
  • Resident Teaching Award, Northwestern University School of Medicine2002
  • National Institutes of Health, Loan Repayment Program2007 - 2013
  • American Thoracic Society & chILD Travel Award2010
  • Pediatric UPDATE “Hyaline Membrane Disease and Other Surfactant Disorders.” Volume 32, Issue 8, Invited Discussant2011
  • National Heart, Lung, Blood Institute Workshop on Genomics and Lung Diseases, Invited Participant2011
  • Japanese Respiratory Society, International Session Award2015
  • American Thoracic Society Annual Meeting, Thematic Poster Session: Lung Development, Pulmonary Hypertension, and Rare Lung Diseases, Facilitator2015
  • National Heart, Lung, Blood Institute Workshop on Pediatric Rare Lung Diseases, Invited Participant2015
  • American Thoracic Annual Society, Poster Symposium: Neonatal and Congenital Lung Disorders, Moderator2016
  • Illumina, Whole Genome Sequencing, Advisory Group2017
  • Pediatric Academic Society/ Society for Pediatric Research, Thematic Poster Session: Neonatal Pulmonology: Lung Disease- Translational, Facilitator2019
  • American Thoracic Society Annual Meeting, Rare Lung Disease Symposium, Co-Moderator2019
  • American Thoracic Society Pediatric Assembly Robert C. Mellins Award2020
  • American Pediatric Society2022 - Pres

Selected Publications view all (66)

Remission of severe neonatal diabetes with very early sulfonylurea treatment. Diabetes Care. 2015;38(3):e38-9. doi:10.2337/dc14-2124  PMCID:4876698  PMID:25715421 
Respiratory failure in a term infant with cis and trans mutations in ABCA3. J Perinatol. 2015;35(3):231-2. doi:10.1038/jp.2014.236  PMCID:4341920   PMID:25712598 
New clinical practice guidelines on the classification, evaluation and management of childhood interstitial lung disease in infants: what do they mean? Expert Rev Respir Med. 2014;1-3. doi:10.1586/17476348.2014.951334  PMCID:8785119  PMID:25138715 
Genotype-phenotype correlations for infants and children with ABCA3 deficiency. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2014;189(12):1538-43. doi:10.1164/rccm.201402-0342OC  PMCID:4226019  PMID:24871971 
Synonymous ABCA3 variants do not increase risk for neonatal respiratory distress syndrome. J Pediatr. 2014;164(6):1316-1321.e3. doi:10.1016/j.jpeds.2014.02.021  PMCID:PMC4035386  PMID:24657120 
Two deletions overlapping a distant FOXF1 enhancer unravel the role of lncRNA LINC01081 in etiology of alveolar capillary dysplasia with misalignment of pulmonary veins. Am J Med Genet A. 2014. doi:10.1002/ajmg.a.36606  PMCID:4107046  PMID:24842713 
Neural Tube Defect in Infant of Epileptic Mother Neoreviews. 2013;14:e412. 
Novel FOXF1 mutations in sporadic and familial cases of alveolar capillary dysplasia with misaligned pulmonary veins imply a role for its DNA binding domain. Hum Mutat. 2013;34(6):801-11. doi:10.1002/humu.22313  PMCID:3663886  PMID:23505205 
Visual Diagnosis: Term Newborn with Abdominal Wall Defect, Ambiguous Genitalia, and Respiratory Distress Neoreviews. 2013;14:e211. 
Single ABCA3 mutations increase risk for neonatal respiratory distress syndrome. Pediatrics. 2012;130(6):e1575-82. doi:10.1542/peds.2012-0918  PMCID:3507255  PMID:23166334 
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