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Natalie L. Davis

Natalie L. Davis M.D., M.MSc.

Academic Title: Assistant Professor
Primary Appointment: Pediatrics
Location: 110 S. Paca Street, 8th Floor
Phone: 410-328-6003
Fax: 410-328-1076

Personal History:

Dr. Davis joined the University of Maryland team in August 2013. Originally from Michigan, she attended the University of Michigan as part of the Inteflex combined undergrad and medical school program, earning her BS in Microbiology in 2001 followed by her MD in 2005. She completed her Pediatrics Residency at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) in 2008 and served as Chief Resident from 2008-2009. She worked as a Pediatric Critical Care Transport Physician and Hospitalist at UCSF for one year then went on to do a fellowship in Neonatology as part of the Harvard Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Program at Boston Children's Hospital (2010-2013). During fellowship, Dr. Davis earned a Masters in Medical Science (MMSc) through the Scholars in Clinical Science Program at Harvard Medical School, graduating in 2013.

Research Interests:

Dr. Davis' research interests are related to the effect of intermittent hypoxia on development and growth of preterm neonates as well as optimizing respiratory status at discharge. Her main areas of interest include:

  • Infant Car Seat Challenge (ICSC) - evaluating the utility of the ICSC to identify infants at risk for adverse cardiopulmonary events in the semi-upright car seat position.
  • Intermittent hypoxia (IH) - looking at the effect of IH on growth and respiratory outcomes.
  • Silent Aspiration - evaluating timing of feeding maturity and resolution of silent aspiration in former preterm infants.

Clinical Specialty:

Dr. Davis specializes in Neonatology.


Davis NL. Car Seat Screening for Low Birth Weight Term Neonates. Pediatrics. 2015 Jul;136(1):89-96. doi: 10.1542/peds.2014-3527

Davis NL. Screening for cardiopulmonary events in neonates: a review of the infant car seat challenge. J Perinatol. 2015 Apr;35(4):235-40. doi: 10.1038/jp.2015.1.

Davis NL. March Health Tip of the Month: Vision Health (SAVE YOUR VISION MONTH). Ready at Five, Parent Health Tips. March 2014.

Davis NL, Gregory ML, Rhein L. Test Retest Reliability of the Infant Car Seat Challenge. J Perinatol. 2014 Jan;34(1):54-8. doi: 10.1038/jp.2013.118.

Davis NL, Liu A, Rhein L. Immaturity in Preterm Neonates: Risk Factors for Oropharyngeal Aspiration and Timing of Maturation. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2013 Dec;57(6):735-40. doi: 10.1097/MPG.0b013e3182a9392d

Davis NL, Condon F, Rhein L. Epidemiology and Predictors of Failure of the Infant Car Seat Challenge. Pediatrics. 2013 May;131(5):951-957.

Davis NL, Zenchenko Y, Lever A, Rhein L. Car Seat Safety for Preterm Neonates: Implementation and Testing Parameters of the Infant Car Seat Challenge. Academic Pediatrics. 2013 May-June;13(3):272-277.