Jon Freeman Watchko, MD

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Professor of Pediatrics and of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Senior Scientist, Magee-Womens Research Institute, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
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Specialty:

Pediatrics

Secondary Specialty:

Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

Board Certifications:

Neonatology, Pediatrics

Education:

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Pittsburgh, PA

Residency:

State University of New York Upstate Medical University
Syracuse, NY

Fellowships:

University of Washington
Seattle, WA

Affiliations:

UPMC Horizon
Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC
UPMC Northwest
Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
UPMC Mercy
UPMC Altoona

Biography

Research Interests

  • Neonatal Bilirubin Neurotoxicity and P-glycoprotein
  • Mini-ddystrophin Vectors for DMD Gene Therapy
  • Department of Defense: Advanced Technology Based on Adult-Derived Muscle Stem Cells to Enhance Muscle Regeneration and Repair

View Dr. Watchko's full list of publications from PubMed.

Biography Summary

Jon Watchko, MD, is a member of the UPMC Newborn Medicine Program at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC and Magee-Womens Hospital. Until November 2004, he was chief of the division. He is a Professor of Pediatrics and of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. In addition, Dr. Watchko is a senior scientist at the Magee-Womens Research Institute.

Dr. Watchko earned his medical degree at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He completed his residency in pediatrics at Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, N.Y., and his fellowship at the University of Washington in Seattle.

Dr. Watchko’s laboratory studies the mechanisms of bilirubin-induced brain injury, novel pharmacologic neuroprotective strategies to prevent kernicterus, and the genetics of neonatal hyperbilirubinemia. His laboratory also serves as a physiology core for the Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Research Center of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

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Locations and Directions

  • Neonatal Medicine

    Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC

    300 Halket St.
    Pittsburgh, PA 15213
    (412) 641-4111