Steven H. AbmanDirector, Professor | Aurora, Colorado
Dr. Abman is Professor of Pediatrics and Director of the Pediatric Heart Lung Center (PHLC) at the University of Colorado Denver Anschutz School of Medicine and Children’s Hospital Colorado. He obtained his undergraduate degree at Carleton College, attended Northwestern University Medical School, and completed his internship and residency in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado. After serving as Chief Resident, he completed a 3-year fellowship in Pediatric Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, joined the faculty of the University of Colorado in 1986, and was promoted to Professor in the tenure track in 1996.
Dr. Abman has maintained strong translational research and clinical interests in neonatal lung injury, lung vascular development, pulmonary hypertension, chronic lung disease in the newborn (bronchopulmonary dysplasia, BPD), persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN), and related areas. With outstanding collaborators in the PHLC and others, his lab explored many original basic and clinical studies on the physiology, pathobiology and treatment of pulmonary vascular disease in the newborn, which included early studies on nitric oxide (NO) biology and therapy in diverse experimental models and human preterm and term newborns. His lab continues to explore basic mechanisms through which early disruption of angiogenesis and “angiocrine signaling” during lung development impairs alveolarization and contributes to long-lasting abnormalities of lung structure, especially after preterm birth.