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May Wanru Chen, M.D.

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  • Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Languages: English, Mandarin, Shanghai


Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, Neonatology, Pediatrics more

Research Interests

Neonatal Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy; Brain Injury; Neuroprotections; Near-infrared Spectroscopy more


The Johns Hopkins Hospital

600 N. Wolfe Street
Baltimore, MD 21287 map
Phone: 410-955-5259 | Fax: 410-955-0298



  • Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Departments / Divisions



  • MD; Albert Einstein College of Medicine (2012)


  • Pediatrics; Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (2015)


  • Pediatrics and Neonatology; Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (2018)

Board Certifications

  • Pending/Scheduled (Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine)

Research & Publications

Research Summary

May Chen is an assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics. Her primary research interests are therapeutic interventions for neonatal hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) in an animal model working with her mentor, Jennifer Lee Summers (anesthesiology), and in collaboration with Lee Martin (pathology/neuroscience). She received the Thrasher Early Career Award Program Grant in 2019 to study caffeine as a novel neurotherapeutic for neonatal HIE and further mitochondrial mechanisms in HIE. Additionally, Dr. Chen’s clinical interests are in the use of noninvasive monitoring strategies for the neonate, such as near-infrared spectroscopy and ultrasound. She is currently developing the NICU point-of-care ultrasound program with Dr. Gontasz.

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