Sandra E. Juul LedbetterMD, PhD
Dr. Sandra "Sunny" Juul, MD, Ph.D. is Division Chief of Neonatology at Seattle Children's Hospital and the University of Washington. After completing her medical degree, residency, fellowship and two years as an acting Assistant Professor at the University of Washington, Dr. Juul left Seattle in 1991 for the University of Chicago where she began a Ph.D. in Developmental Biology. She then joined the faculty at the University of Florida in 1993, where her Ph.D. work was completed. In 2000, Dr. Juul was successfully recruited back to Seattle. She is board certified in Pediatrics and Neonatology.
Dr. Juul leads a translational neonatal neuroscience research program. The focus is to identify new therapeutic approaches to neonatal brain injury, determine whether they are safe and effective and if so, bring these new treatments from the laboratory to the bedside. Dr. Juul identified Epo and its receptor in the developing human brain demonstrated that it is neuroprotective and safe using multiple animal models of neonatal brain injury. Bringing this work from the bench to the bedside, Dr. Juul is currently Principal Investigator of a multicenter randomized controlled trial to determine whether EPO is a safe and effective neuroprotectant for extremely preterm infants.