- ABMS Certification:
- Neonatal-Perinatal, 1997
- Research Interests:
Effects of hypothermia on gene expression
- Clinical Practice:
- Neonatal Care (NICU)
Karen Fairchild, MD, is a professor of pediatrics at UVA. She cares for infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and Intermediate Care Unit (ICN). She also leads several NIH-funded research programs, including developing early warning systems for sepsis, understanding apnea of prematurity, and providing breathing assistance during delayed umbilical cord clamping for extremely preterm infants at birth.
Dr. Fairchild was raised on both coasts, in Seattle and then North Carolina. She graduated from Wellesley College with a degree in French studies, spent a few years in France, and then went to Duke Medical School. She completed her pediatrics residency at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, followed by a neonatology fellowship at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She joined the faculty at UVA in 2004.
Dr. Fairchild and her husband live in Earlysville and have two children, who are students at UVA. She plays cello in the Waynesboro Symphony and also enjoys hiking and traveling.
- 2011-2018 Best Doctors in America® List
- Duke University, 1989
- Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins Hospital
- Neonatology, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia