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Karen Hendricks-Munoz, MD, MPH

Interim Physician-in-Chief of CHoR, Interim Chair of the Department of Pediatrics, Professor and chief, Inaugural William Tate Graham Professor of Neonatal Medicine

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Neonatal continuing care program, Neonatal medicine

Board Certifications

Pediatrics, Neonatology


Children's Pavilion
1000 East Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23219
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VCU Medical Center Critical Care Hospital
1213 E. Clay Street
Richmond, VA 23219
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Areas of interest

Neonatal intensive care
Pulmonary disease
Neuro-developmental outcomes
Developmental care
Family-centered care
Health care education
Diversity and inclusion


Dr. Karen Hendricks-Munoz, Inaugural William Tate Graham Professor of Pediatrics with tenure, is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine and Section of Neurodevelopment, Eastern Society of Pediatric Research and inductee to the American Pediatric Society (APS), the most prestigious academic honor from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Dr. Hendricks-Munoz is the Chair of the Division of Neonatal Medicine and the Director of the Neonatal Perinatal Fellowship Training Program.  She is a standing member of the NIH Study Section KNOD (Kidney, Nutrition, Obesity and Diabetes) and am member of the AAP Council on Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (COQIPS) and APS Committee on Diversity and Inclusion. She is co-founder of the CHOR Neonatal Continuing Care Program and founder and Director of the CHOR JACKS Summer Scholars Undergraduate and Medical School Research and Mentorship Program. Dr. Hendricks-Munoz is Deputy Director of the VCU Center on Health Disparities, past co-chair and current member of the VCU School of Medicine Faculty Promotion and Tenure committee and a faculty mentor member of the iExcel Mentorship Program for Undergraduates at VCU.

Clinical scholarship and research interests include psychosocial dynamics that impact the health of infants including parenting, developmental and family centered care, developing tools to improve high risk infant health outcome and environmental factors (micro- nutrition; macro-NICU, management) that influence metabolome, inflammatory cytokines and lipidomic microbial cross-talk to affect normal lung and neurological development and function. This body of work has been supported by national funding including March of Dimes, NIH and national foundations.

Dr. Hendricks-Munoz serves clinically as attending faculty at the Children's Hospital of Richmond (CHoR) level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Neonatal Continuing Care Program Regional Neonatal Follow-up Program as well as overall medical director at the Chippenham Hospital and Johnston-Willis (CJW) Hospital Newborn and Neonatal Intensive Care and Newborn Services.


Medical School Yale Medical School
Residency Yale New Haven Hospital
Fellowship University of Rochester, Strong Memorial Hospital

Research interests

Health impact of microbiome,Vascular development and function,Impact of environment on infant,Short and long-term health,Kangaroo mother care: Effects on infant and mother


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  • Specialty: Neonatal Medicine Pediatric Neonatal Continuing Care Progra

Board Certifications

Clinical Interests

  • Neonatal intensive care
  • Pulmonary disease
  • Neuro-developmental outcomes
  • Developmental care
  • Family-centered care
  • Health care education
  • Diversity and inclusion

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