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Patricia R Batchelor Chess, M.D., M.S.

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Office: (585) 275-2972

Fax: (585) 461-3614

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Areas of Focus:
Acute and Chronic Lung Injury and Repair, focusing on Optimal Modes of Ventilation and Modulation of the Inflammatory Response
Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia
Surfactant Replacement Therapy
Omegaven to mitigate hyperalimentation-induced liver disease
Administrative Roles:
Medical Director ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation)
Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship Program Director, U of R
Director Fellowship Education, Department of Pediatrics, U of R
Chair of Pediatrics, Unity Hospital
Vice Chair of Education, Dept of Pediatrics, Golisano Children's Hospital, U of R
Chair National Organization of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Training Program Directors (ONTPD)


Dr Chess' research focuses on lung injury and repair in the neonate and optimizing treatment of neonatal respiratory failure. Clinical trials include adaptation of the immune response in BPD, cardiac dysfunction in Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernias (CDH), inositol supplementation in ROP and BPD, and use of omegaven in HAL-induced cholestasis. A novel respiratory monitor to detect changes in chest motion for patients on high frequency ventilation has been developed in collaboration with BME and is being optimized for clinical use. This research compliments clinical areas of focus related to optimizing treatment of neonatal respiratory failure, especially in CDH, including optimal modes of ventilation, surfactant therapy, iNO, and ECMO. (funded by NIH and UofR)



  • Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine - American Board of Pediatrics
  • Pediatrics - American Board of Pediatrics


MD | Columbia University College of Physicians and Surg

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

07/01/1991 - 06/30/1994
Fellowship in Neonatology at University of Rochester Medical Center

07/01/1989 - 06/30/1991
Residency in Pediatrics at University of Rochester Medical Center

06/20/1988 - 06/30/1989
Internship in Pediatrics at University of Rochester Medical Center

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2020 - Present
National Academy of Distinguished Educators in Pediatrics (NADEP)
Sponsor: Academic Pediatric Association

2015 - Present
Extracorporeal Life Support Organization Gold Center of Excellence

2015 - 2017
Chair Organization of Neonatology Training Program Directors

U of R School of Medicine & Dentistry Trainee Academic Mentoring Award in Clinical Programs
Sponsor: University of Rochester

Ruth A. Lawrence Academic Faculty Service Award for Excellence in Training, Department of Pediatrics, University of Rochester

American Pediatric Sociaty

2013 - Present
Executive Council, Organization of Neonatal Training Program Directors

Strong Memorial Hospital Exceptional Service Award

2006 - Present
Marquis' Who's Who in America Award

Perinatal Research Society

2004 - Present
Best Doctors in America
Sponsor: America's Best Doctors

2001 - 2014
American Lung Association Research Grant Review Committee; Chair 2013, 2014

Society for Pediatric Research

1999 - 2004
NIH Mentored Clinical Scientist Investigator Award (K08)

1997 - 1999
American Lung Association Research Award Grantee (National)

1992 - 1995
NIH National Research Service Award in Pulmonary Biology

Outstanding Teaching of Medical Students, University of Rochester

Honors in Pediatrics
Location: Columbia University, College of Physicians & Surgeons

Stafford Medical School Scholarship Award

Cum Laude, Honors in Chemistry
Location: Colgate University

1979 - 1983
New York State Regents Scholar

Valedictorian, Cardinal Mooney High School (of 287 students)

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Journal Articles

Adams-Chapman I, Watterberg KL, Nolen TL, Hirsch S, Cole CA, Cotten CM, Oh W, Poindexter BB, Zaterka-Baxter KM, Das A, Lacy CB, Scorsone AM, Duncan AF, DeMauro SB, Goldstein RF, Colaizy TT, Wilson-Costello DE, Purdy IB, Hintz SR, Heyne RJ, Myers GJ, Fuller J, Merhar S, Harmon HM, Peralta-Carcelen M, Kilbride HW, Maitre NL, Vohr BR, Natarajan G, Mintz-Hittner H, Quinn GE, Wallace DK, Olson RJ, Orge FH, Tsui I, Gaynon M, Hutchinson AK, He YG, Winter TW, Yang MB, Haider KM, Cogen MS, Hug D, Bremer DL, Donahue JP, Lucas WR, Phelps DL, Higgins RD, . "Neurodevelopmental outcome of preterm infants enrolled in myo-inositol randomized controlled trial." Journal of perinatology : official journal of the California Perinatal Association.. 2021 Mar 23; Epub 2021 Mar 23.

French HM, Leeman KT, Wambach JA, Malik SK, , Reber KM. "Essentials of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine fellowship: an overview." Journal of perinatology : official journal of the California Perinatal Association.. 2021 Mar 1; Epub 2021 Mar 01.

Bauserman M, Vasquez M, Chess PR, Carbajal M, , Good M. "Essentials of neonatal-perinatal medicine fellowship: scholarship perspective." Journal of perinatology : official journal of the California Perinatal Association.. 2021 Feb 17; Epub 2021 Feb 17.

Books & Chapters

Chapter Title: Neonatal Emergencies
Book Title: Critical Care Transport
Author List: Patricia R. Chess, Yogangi Malhotra, Nirupama Laroia,
Published By: Jones and Bartlett 2021

Chapter Title: Neonatology
Book Title: Medstudy: Pediatrics Core
Author List: Chess PR
Published By: Medstudy 2021

Chapter Title: Lung Surfactant: Overview
Book Title: Encyclopedia of Respiratory Medicine
Author List: Notter, RA, Chess PR, Pryhuber G
Edited By: Samuel Janes
Published By: Elsevier 2020




Faculty and student experiences with Online Learning at the UR, Patricia R. Chess, M.D.


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