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Frances Josephine Northington, M.D.

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  • Co-Director, Neurosciences Intensive Care Nursery
  • Professor of Pediatrics


Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, Neonatology

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Dr. Frances Northington is a professor of pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Her area of clinical expertise is neonatal and perinatal medicine.

Dr. Northington is one of the founders and co-directors of the Neurosciences Intensive Care Nursery at Johns Hopkins, which brings together experts from neonatology, pediatric neuroradiology, pediatric neurology, maternal fetal medicine, developmental medicine and the Kennedy Krieger Institute to care for newborns who have developmental brain abnormalities or are at high risk of neurological injuries. 

She received her medical degree at the Medical College of Georgia. She went on to complete a residency at the Arkansas Children’s Hospital and a fellowship at the University of Virginia. 

She holds a certification in neonatal and perinatal medicine from the American Board of Pediatrics. more


  • Co-Director, Neurosciences Intensive Care Nursery
  • Director, Maryland Regional Neonatal Transport Program
  • Professor of Pediatrics

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  • MD, University of Georgia (1985)


  • University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences / Pediatrics (1988)


  • University of Virginia School of Medicine / Neonatology (1992)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Pediatrics / Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine (1993)

Research & Publications

Clinical Trials

Preterm Erythropoietin Neuroprotection Trial

Selected Publications

Hayashi M, Poretti A, Gorra M, Farzin A, Graham EM, Huisman TA, Northington FJ. "Prenatal Cerebellar Hemorrhage: Fetal and Postnatal Neuroimaging Findings and Postnatal Outcome." Pediatr Neurol. 2015 Jan 29. pii: S0887-8994(15)00041-7. doi: 10.1016/j.pediatrneurol.2015.01.011. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 25724371.

Wu D, Martin LJ, Northington FJ, Zhang J. "Oscillating gradient diffusion MRI reveals unique microstructural information in normal and hypoxia-ischemia injured mouse brains." Magn Reson Med. 2014 Nov;72(5):1366-74. doi: 10.1002/mrm.25441. Epub 2014 Aug 28. PubMed PMID: 25168861; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4198437.

Kesavan K, Ezell T, Bierman A, Nunes AR, Northington FJ, Tankersley CG, Gauda EB. "Breathing and temperature control disrupted by morphine and stabilized by clonidine in neonatal rats." Respir Physiol Neurobiol. 2014 Sep 15;201:93-100. doi: 10.1016/j.resp.2014.06.015. Epub 2014 Jul 5. PubMed PMID: 25008573.

Xu J, Qin Q, Wu D, Hua J, Song X, McMahon MT, Northington FJ, Zhang J, van Zijl PC, Pekar JJ. "Steady pulsed imaging and labeling scheme for noninvasive perfusion imaging." Magn Reson Med. 2015 Mar 2. doi: 10.1002/mrm.25641. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 25732958.

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