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Rita Marie Ryan M.D.

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  • Professor
College
  • College of Medicine
Department
  • Pediatrics
Academic Focus
  • neonatal lung injury and repair
  • hyperoxia effects on the lung
  • bronchopulmonary dysplasia
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Biography

Dr. Rita Ryan grew up in New York City and received her undergraduate degree in Mathematical Sciences from the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.  She received her medical degree from SUNY-Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, and stayed there for her Pediatrics residency.  Rita then did her Neonatology Fellowship in Cincinnati where her research mentor was Dr. Jeffrey Whitsett, a premier lung molecular biologist.  Rita was on the faculty at the University of Rochester for 11 years and then become Chief of the Division of Neonatology at University at Buffalo in 2000.  In 2011, Dr. Ryan went to the Medical University of South Carolina to be the Chair of Pediatrics.  After five years Dr. Ryan became an integral member of the MUSC Division of Neonatology including performing clinical service in the NICU, training fellows and continuing her research in the area of neonatal lung biology.  Dr. Ryan has had a long-standing interest in the effects of hyperoxia for many years.  Her disease of interest is bronchopulmonary dysplasia.   Rita recently completed an NIH NHLBI grant titled “Prematurity and Respiratory Outcomes Program,” or PROP, as PI, and was also recently invited to speak at an NIH NICHD workshop on BPD and at NEOPREP.  She is currently a member of the Pediatric Academic Societies Program Committee.