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Brenda Poindexter, MD


Primary Specialty

Neonatal - Perinatal Medicine


Board Certification
Am Bd Pediatrics (Sub: Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine), American Board of Pediatrics
Medical School:
Medical College of Ohio
Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health


Pubmed Profile



Brenda Poindexter, MD, MS, is Chief of Neonatology at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and serves as Professor at Emory University School of Medicine. Prior to joining Children’s in 2020, Dr. Poindexter served as Director, Clinical and Translational Research, for the Perinatal Institute at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. For more than a decade, she was a principal investigator for the Eunice Kennedy Shriver NICHD Neonatal Research Network.

Dr. Poindexter completed her pediatric residency at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital before attending Indiana University for her fellowship training in neonatal-perinatal medicine. During her fellowship, her research training began in the laboratory of Scott Denne, MD, where she received the Society for Prevention Research (SPR) Fellow’s Clinical Research Award and the Midwest SPR Kenny Trainee Investigator Award for her work related to amino acid metabolism. Dr. Poindexter was mentored by James Lemons, MD, as her focus expanded to multicenter clinical trials. While at Indiana University, Dr. Poindexter also earned a master’s degree in clinical research.

Dr. Poindexter has devoted her career to observational and interventional trials in newborn infants. Her primary research interests relate to the role of early nutrition on growth and developmental outcomes in premature infants. She currently serves on the AAP Committee on Fetus and Newborn and the American Board of Pediatrics Neonatal Subboard. She was also co-editor of “Nutritional Care of Preterm Infants,” a textbook that is a practical resource for practicing neonatologists, dietitians and nurses in neonatal intensive care units across the globe.

Focus of Practice

  • Neonatology

Areas of Interest

  • Nutrition in neonates


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Professional Affiliations

  • American Academy of Pediatrics

Research & Publications

Dr. Poindexter’s primary research interests relate to the role of early nutrition in growth and developmental outcomes in premature infants.