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Daniel W. Sheehan, Ph.D., M.D.

(Pronouns: he/his/him)

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Dr. Sheehan earned a BA in physics from the University of Rochester and then earned a PhD in Physiology from the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. He pursued his MD degree at Johns Hopkins University and then completed his Pediatrics residency and Pediatric Pulmonology fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh. Since then, three of his passions have included: ensuring the highest quality of family-centered healthcare for all children with lung disease; addressing inequities and gaps in care; and educating trainees and faculty.

Dr. Sheehan joined the URMC Golisano Children’s Hospital Pediatric Pulmonology team in April 2022. He has monthly neuromuscular clinics with the URMC Neuromuscular Center team and has started monthly Sickle Cell Lung Clinics with Pediatric Hematology and with the Transitional Sickle Cell Program at the URMC Complex Care Center. He is currently collaborating with sickle cell hematologists and pulmonologists across the country to develop multi-center research studies to address gaps in treatment of sickle cell lung disease.

To identify and address gaps in neuromuscular respiratory care, he consulted with the CDC-sponsored Muscular Dystrophy Surveillance, Tracking, and Research Network (MD STARnet) from 2008-2017. He also co-chaired the 2018 update of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) Care Considerations (pulmonary). He has worked closely with Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy and other neuromuscular parent-patient advocacy groups to create and disseminate educational materials on neuromuscular respiratory care.

Prior to his appointment at URMC, he was actively involved in medical education at the University at Buffalo’s Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences from 2004-2022. There, he served as an Associate Pediatric Residency Program Director, Associate Dean for Medical Curriculum, course director, and was an instructor in the Jacobs Educator Excellence Program for faculty. His greatest joys in medical education come from developing and mentoring the next generation of medical educators and co-creating sessions that engage and transform both trainees and faculty through creative collaborative active learning.

His clinical interests include:
General Pediatric Pulmonology
Neuromuscular respiratory care
Sickle cell lung disease



MD | The Johns Hopkins Hospital (USA)

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

07/01/2000 - 06/30/2002
Fellowship in Pediatric Pulmonology at University of Pittsburgh Presbyterian Medical Center

07/01/1998 - 06/30/2000
Residency in Pediatric Pulmonology at University of Pittsburgh Presbyterian Medical Center

06/01/1997 - 06/30/1998
Internship in Pediatrics at University of Pittsburgh Presbyterian Medical Center

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Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society

The Gold Humanism Honor Society
Sponsor: Arnold P. Gold Foundation

2007 - 2022
Top Doctors, Castle Connolly

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Journal Articles

Jin JB, Carter JC, Sheehan DW, Birnkrant DJ. "Cardiopulmonary phenotypic discordance is common in Duchenne muscular dystrophy." Pediatric pulmonology.. 2019 Feb; 54(2):186-193. Epub 2018 Dec 14.

Sheehan DW, Birnkrant DJ, Benditt JO, Eagle M, Finder JD, Kissel J, Kravitz RM, Sawnani H, Shell R, Sussman MD, Wolfe LF. "Respiratory Management of the Patient With Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy." Pediatrics.. 2018 Oct; 142(Suppl 2):S62-S71.

Paramsothy P, Herron AR, Lamb MM, Kinnett K, Wolff J, Yang ML, Oleszek J, Pandya S, Kennedy A, Cooney D, Fox D, Sheehan D. "Health Care Transition Experiences of Males with Childhood-onset Duchenne and Becker Muscular Dystrophy: Findings from the Muscular Dystrophy Surveillance Tracking and Research Network (MD STARnet) Health Care Transitions and Other Life Experiences Survey." PLoS currents.. 2018 Aug 21; 10Epub 2018 Aug 21.