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Patti J. Thureen, MD

Professor of Pediatrics


Co-Director, Child and Maternal Health Research, Colorado Clinical Translational Sciences Institute

   Phone: 720-777-1234 (TBD)
   E-mail: (TBD)

Section of Neonatology, Department of Pediatrics
Section of Nutrition, Department of Pediatrics
Perinatal Research Center
Clinical & Translational Research Center
Children's Hospital Colorado

Pediatrics, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

Patti J. Thureen, MD, received her medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1979. She completed her Pediatric Residency at the University of Wisconsin Hospitals in Madison, Wisconsin, in 1982. Dr. Thureen then spent nearly two years as the Director of the Neonatal Nursery at the University of the West Indies, in Kingston, Jamaica. She pursued a Fellowship in Neonatology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine from 1988 to 1991. Dr. Thureen joined the faculty of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and Children’s Hospital Colorado in 1991 and was appointed Professor of Pediatrics in 2005.

Dr. Thureen’s scientific interests include fetal and neonatal nutrition; fetal and neonatal amino acid and protein metabolism; neonatal energy expenditure, nutrient balance, and body composition; and stable isotope methodology. She has received significant grant support for her research work.

Dr. Thureen is a member of many national professional societies and committees, and she is an active participant in institutional committees as well. She is a peer reviewer for numerous medical journals and has published extensively in the medical literature. Dr. Thureen is a popular speaker nationally and internationally.

  • Who’s Who in America, 2008-present
  • Who’s Who in Healthcare, 2008-present
  • Member, APS, 2004-present
  • Member, SPR, 1994-present
  • Member, ESPGHAN Committee on Nutrition, International Guidelines for Infant Nutrition, Final Consensus Publication, 2009
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (JPEN), 2007-2009
  • Invited Speaker, 4th International Congress of Neonatology, Curitiba, Brazil, 2009
  • Invited Speaker, National Neonatology Meeting, Guadalajara, Mexico, 2009
  • Invited Speaker, Neonatal Nutrition Seminar for the Neonatologists and Pediatricians of Czechoslovakia, Prague, Czechoslovakia, 2009
  • Reviewer, NIH Challenge Grants for Endocrinology, Metabolism, NIH, 2009
  • Member, Nutrition and Reproductive Sciences Integrated Review Group, NIH, 2009
  • Invited Speaker, Neonatal Nutrition Seminar, Colombian Society of Neonatology, Bogota, Colombia, 2008
  • Invited Speaker, IPOKRaTES Seminar on Neonatal Nutrition, Bari, Italy, 2008
  • Invited Speaker, Babies Without Borders Inaugural Congress, Acapulco, Mexico, 2008
  • Invited Speaker, IPOKRaTES Neonatal GI/Nutrition Seminar, Cappadocia, Turkey, 2008
  • Invited Speaker, Union of European Neonatal and Perinatal Societies Congress, Global Neonatology and Perinatology, Rome, Italy, 2008
  • Member, Pregnancy and Neonatology Study Section, NIH, 2008
  • Research Conference Award, SPR, 2007
  • Who’s Who in Medical Science Education, 2006

Publications in PubMed (partial list)

  • Reynolds RM, Bass KD, Thureen PJ. Achieving positive protein balance in the immediate postoperative period in neonates undergoing abdominal surgery. J Pediatr. 2008 Jan;152(1):63-7. [PMID: 18154902]
  • Hay WW Jr, Thureen PJ. Indirect calorimetry: a potential but as yet unrealized technique for guiding nutritional management. J Pediatr. 2007 Nov-Dec;83(6):490-3. [PMID: 18074053]
  • Thureen PJ. The neonatologist's dilemma: catch-up growth or beneficial undernutrition in very low birth weight infants-what are optimal growth rates? J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2007 Dec;45 Suppl 3:S152-4. [PMID: 18185082]
  • Reynolds RM, Thureen PJ. Special circumstances: trophic feeds, necrotizing enterocolitis and bronchopulmonary dysplasia. Semin Fetal Neonatal Med. 2007 Feb;12(1):64-70. [PMID: 17189719]
  • Thureen PJ. Early aggressive nutrition in very preterm infants. Nestle Nutr Workshop Ser Pediatr Program. 2007;59:193-204. [PMID: 17245100]
  • Thureen PJ, Hay WW Jr. Nutritional requirements of the very low birth weight infant. In: Neu J, editor. Questions and controversies in neonatology series (Polin R, series consultant). Gastroenterology and nutrition volume. Philadelphia: Elsevier; 2007.
  • Thureen P, Reece M, Rodden D, Barbour L, Chappell J, Leitner JW, Jones RO, Draznin B. Increased farnesylation of p21-Ras and neonatal macrosomia in women with gestational diabetes. J Pediatr. 2006 Dec;149(6):871-3. [PMID: 17137910]
  • Hay WW Jr, Thureen PJ. Early postnatal administration of intravenous amino acids to preterm, extremely low birth weight infants. J Pediatr. 2006 Mar;148(3):291-4. [PMID: 16615952]
  • Barry J, Thureen PJ. Nutritional management of the infant with congenital heart disease. Thureen PJ, Hay, WW Jr, editors. Neonatal nutrition and metabolism. 2nd ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press; 2006.
  • Barry JS, Thureen P. Nutrition in infants with congenital heart disease. In: Thureen P, Hay WW Jr, editors. Neonatal nutrition and metabolism. 2nd ed. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press; 2006.
  • Thureen PJ. Early aggressive nutrition in very preterm infants. 59th Nestle Nutrition Workshop. Berlin, Germany, April 2006. Basel: S Karger AG; 2006.
  • Thureen PJ, Hay, WW, Jr, editors. Neonatal nutrition and metabolism. 2nd ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press; 2006.
  • Thureen P, Heird WC. Protein and energy requirements of the preterm/low birthweight (LBW) infant. Pediatr Res. 2005 May;57(5 Pt 2):95R-98R. [PMID: 15817496]
  • Ridout E, Melara D, Rottinghaus S, Thureen PJ. Blood urea nitrogen concentration as a marker of amino-acid intolerance in neonates with birthweight less than 1250 g. J Perinatol. 2005 Feb;25(2):130-3. [PMID: 15510195]