David Paul, M.D.

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David Paul, M.D.

David Paul, M.D.

Chair of Pediatrics

Expertise & Research Interests

  • Clinical Research
  • Infant Mortality
  • Neonatology
  • Pediatrics
  • Premature Births


  • MD, Hahnemann University
  • BA, Biology, General, University of Colorado

David Paul, M.D.

Chair of Pediatrics

Dr. David Paul is one of the nation's leading neonatologists who's been recognized for his excellence in teaching, research and care.

He was appointed Chair of Department of Pediatrics in June 2014. He has been a practicing neonatologist in the community since 1994 serving at ChristianaCare's Christiana Hospital and Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children as well as several other hospitals in the state.

A champion for the prevention of infant mortality, Dr. Paul has led the Delaware initiatives to decrease infant mortality and premature birth for over a decade. Since 2005, he has served as the Governor Appointed Chair of the Delaware Healthy Mother and Infant Consortium.

He has authored numerous publications and given countless presentations. He has been recognized for his excellence in teaching, research and patient care by many organizations.


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Media Appearances

Doctors warn of altering baby formula as families struggle to find supply

2022-05-17 , 6ABC
"Any attempt to make your own formula will not meet your baby's needs and it's something that can really make your baby sick," said Dr. David Paul, the chair of the department of pediatrics at ChristianaCare.

Exclusive look inside ChristianaCare's new state-of-the-art center for women, children

2020-05-05 , 6ABC
Exclusive look inside ChristianaCare's new state-of-the-art center for women, children
By Ashley Johnson
NEWARK, Delaware (WPVI) -- Action News got an exclusive look inside the new Center for Women's and Children's Health at ChristianaCare Hospital in Newark, Delaware.

"It's kind of like you're in a resort so to say. Everything is so fancy and new," said mom, Briana Thompkins.

This state-of-the-art facility opened in the midst of the pandemic and has been several years in the making.

What makes it so special is the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) couplet model, where moms and newborns can stay in the same room. In most hospitals, they're separated. Twins Gianna and Roni were the first in the new NICU.

"It's nice I can even be here, spend time with them and obviously they're still so little, but it's great I can even be a presence in the room," said the new mom of twins, Janet Roth.

Doctors say that initial bonding time for mom and baby is crucial.

"We're really focusing on the family and we realize if the mother's healthy, the baby's healthy," Dr. David Paul said.

ChristianaCare is busy when it comes to babies. Doctors say they deliver the most babies out of any hospital in the tri-state. About 6,000 babies are born each year here.

Family driving factor behind ChristianaCare's new women and children center

2020-05-14 , Delaware Online / The News Journal
There was something different about this birth for Katie and Brian Rubin.

Yes, their second child, Emma, was born on May 5 amid a pandemic. But the other difference the Rubins noticed was ChristianaCare's new Center for Women's and Children's Health.

"Great experience last time as well," said Katie Rubin, as she kept an eye on her newborn. "The main thing this time, the rooms are a little bigger. It's a little bit easier to have Brian here.

"It's nicer to have him here to help with everything."

That family convenience is what ChristianaCare had in mind when it started the project, which has been nearly three years in the making. It had its soft opening during the last week of April – and on schedule.

Their first daughter, Hannah, was born two years ago in the hospital's old building. "The real driving factor for the building was improving our family experience and keeping families together," said Dr. David Paul, chair of ChristianaCare's pediatrics department.

ChristianaCare opens Center for Women & Children’s Health

2020-06-03 , Delaware Business Now
“The first step in being a healthy adult is being a healthy baby and healthy child,” said David Paul, M.D., chair, Department of Pediatrics. “Health starts right at birth. How you do at birth and how you do in those early years makes an impact throughout your life. We want to keep moms, babies and our community healthy, and this new facility enables us to do that better than ever.”

'Incredible' racial disparities in maternal and infant health persist in Delaware

2019-04-09 , Delaware Public Media
“I think what we heard today is that we need more community voices,” said Dr. David Paul, chair of the Consortium.

“Despite our great efforts— we’ve reduced infant mortality twenty-plus percent in Delaware— we still have incredible racial disparities,” Paul added. “We need to find a way to solve that problem, hear everybody’s voices and really have those hard and true conversations on racism and how that affects outcomes.”...

For Delaware's most vulnerable babies, cuddling can go a long way

2018-05-08 , The News Journal
Dr. David Paul, chair of the hospital system's pediatrics department, said most of the ChristianaCare cuddlers focus on babies with neonatal abstinence syndrome, a condition that can result in babies being irritable, sleep-deprived, prone to tremors and vomiting and difficult to feed...

Maternal mortality rates are too high. Delaware is working to lower them

2018-08-13 , Delaware Online
A recent investigative report conducted by USA Today and published in this paper revealed that maternal mortality rates are higher in the United States than in any other developed nation. Too many women in the U.S. are dying or are seriously injured in ways that could be prevented...

ChristianaCare expansion details revealed

2015-11-19 , Delaware Online
Single family rooms would ensure they are clean and babies are comfortable to decrease that risk, added Dr. David Paul, ChristianaCare's chair of pediatrics.

The hospital currently has 16 private birthing rooms, but plans would expand the labor and delivery unit by four rooms and add more triage space for high-risk moms and premature babies...
Selected Papers and Publications

Time Series Analysis for Forecasting Hospital Census: Application to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

2016-07-02 , Applied Clinical Informatics
Accurate prediction of future patient census in hospital units is essential for patient safety, health outcomes, and resource planning. Forecasting census in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is particularly challenging due to limited ability to control the census and clinical trajectories. The fixed average census approach, using average census from previous year, is a forecasting alternative used in clinical practice, but has limitations due to census variations.

Variation in NICU Admission Rates Without Identifiable Cause

2016-05-06 , Hospital Pediatrics
Admission to the NICU is influenced by physiologic compromise and by hospital care protocols. Providing appropriate care must be balanced with adverse consequences of NICU admission, such as interrupting maternal–infant bonding and unnecessary interventions. This study aims to determine the variation in NICU admissions in term and late preterm infants among 19 hospitals.

Characteristics of late-onset sepsis in the NICU: does occupancy impact risk of infection?

2016-05-05 , Journal of Perinatology
Infants in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) are vulnerable to a variety of infections, and occupancy in the unit may correlate with risk of infection.

Increased odds of necrotizing enterocolitis after transfusion of red blood cells in premature infants

2011-04-01 , Pediatrics
To determine if infants with very low birth weight who receive packed red blood cell (PRBC) transfusions have increased odds of developing necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), to determine the rate of NEC after PRBC transfusion, and to characterize the blood transfused preceding the onset of NEC.

Testing platelet mass versus platelet count to guide platelet transfusions in the neonatal intensive care unit

2009-10-01 , Transfusion
Platelet (PLT) transfusions can bestow significant benefits but they also carry risks. This study sought a safe means of reducing PLT transfusions to neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) patients with thrombocytopenia by comparing two transfusion guidelines, one based on PLT count and the other on PLT mass (PLT count times mean PLT volume).
External Service and Affiliations
  • BMC Pediatrics : Neonatology Section Editor
  • American Academy of Pediatrics