Mechanisms of immune-mediated, drug-induced liver injury; Effects of occuptaional exposures to volatile anesthetics; Myocarditis; Autoimmunity; DILI; Hepatitis; Drug haptens; Care of pediatric patients undergoing complicated orthopedic procedures; Drug-induced liver injury
Dr. Dolores Benedicta Njoku is an associate professor of anesthesiology and critical care medicine, pathology and pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
In 2005, Dr. Njoku opened the door for understanding the pathways in the liver-injury process when she published results of her work with a mouse model that mimicked the drug reaction in the liver.
She serves as the director of the Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship program.
Dr. Njoku received her undergraduate degree in biochemistry from the University of Dallas. She earned her M.D. from the University of Mississippi. She completed her residency at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio, and performed a five-year training fellowship in the combined pediatric anesthesiology/pediatric critical care program at Johns Hopkins. Dr. Njoku joined the Johns Hopkins faculty in 1995.
From 1998 to 2005, Dr. Njoku was an adjunct investigator at the Laboratory of Molecular Immunology for the National Institutes of Health''s National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.
Her areas of interests include multidisciplinary translational research investigating drug-induced liver injury in adult and pediatric patients and the care of pediatric patients undergoing complicated orthopedic procedures.
Dr. Njoku is the founder and director of PEDI-20, a novel pediatric anesthesiology educational/training program at Johns Hopkins. She received the William F. Rienhoff Jr. M.D. Scholar Award for 2011-2013 from Johns Hopkins. She is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Society of Anesthesiology.