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David Rowitch, M.D., Ph.D.

Chief of Neonatology

Dr. David Rowitch is chief of Neonatology and professor of pediatrics and neurosurgery at UCSF. In addition to caring for patients, he leads a laboratory that is investigating genetic factors that determine cellular development in the brain and its response to injury. Rowitch is also interested in neurological problems and brain cancer in premature infants.

Rowitch earned a medical degree at the University of California, Los Angeles and a doctorate in biochemistry at the University of Cambridge in England. He completed an internship and residency in pediatrics and a fellowship in newborn medicine at Children's Hospital in Boston. Rowitch participated in a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard College in Cambridge. His work in neurobiology has earned him numerous awards, including the National Institute of Health Clinical Investigator Award, Kimmel Foundation Scholar Award and the James S. McDonnell Foundation Research Award. In 2008, Rowitch was appointed a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator.


Intensive Care Nursery
505 Parnassus Ave., Fifteenth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143-0210
Phone: (415) 353-1565

Neuro-Intensive Care Nursery
505 Parnassus Ave., 15th floor
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (415) 353-1565

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University of Cambridge, U.K. 1988
UCLA School of Medicine 1989


Children's Hospital, Boston, MA, Pediatrics 1992


Children's Hospital, Boston, MA, Neonatology 1995