Christopher M. Traudt, MD

Christopher M. Traudt, MD


On staff since August 2010

Children's Title: Medical Director, CHI Franciscan NICUs

Academic Title: Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Research Center: Center for Integrative Brain Research

"Caring for infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit combines my interest in science with my passion for helping children. Babies born many weeks early show few outward signs of the life-threatening problems they are experiencing. You need to think like a scientist to determine how to help them. I love being involved in research that improves care for these extremely fragile infants. I also love guiding parents through their child's stay in the NICU. The joy in their faces when they finally go home with their baby is incredibly rewarding."

Christopher M. Traudt, MD, is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Dr. Traudt balances responsibilities of patient care and research. He does bedside teaching of medical students, pediatrics residents and fellows. He His clinical interests focus on family centered care and neuroprotection. He helps expecting families by providing guidance in the Prenatal Diagnosis Clinic. He is co-investigator on basic science and clinical research projects, ranging from cerebellar development after brain injury and neuroprotection using erythropoietin.


Board Certification(s)

Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

Medical/Professional School

University of Nebraska College of Medicine, Omaha


Pediatrics, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis


Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

Clinical Interests

The application of family centered care in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). The NICU can be very intimidating to parents and he believes that care of the infant is incomplete without parental guidance throughout the NICU stay.

Research Description

Improving neurodevelopment outcomes of infants in the NICU. He is investigating the effects of neonatal brain injury on cerebellum development. Ex- preterm infants are known to have several long-term difficulties including Autism like features, learning impairments and motor impairments which are associated with cerebellar injury. How brain injury affects cerebellar development is unknown, however several studies have shown that the cerebellar development is impaired by preterm birth. He along with Drs. Juul and Studholme will be studying how head bleeds affects cerebellum growth to be able to design trails of neuroprotection.

Awards and Honors

Award Name Award Description Awarded By Award Date
Pediatric Research Best Paper Travel Award for Young Investigators Best new paper by a young investigator. Pediatric Research May 1, 2014
David E. Woodrum Faculty Teaching Award Excellence in fellow teaching. Neonatology Fellows June 30, 2013
Pediatrics Endowed Professorship for Research Faculty Development Department of Pediatrics, University of Washington 2013


  • Traudt CM, McPherson RJ, Studholme C, Millen KJ, Juul SE
    Systemic glycerol decreases neonatal rabbit brain and cerebellar growth independent of intraventricular hemorrhage.
    24346111 Pediatric research , 2014 Mar. : 75(3)389-94 PMCID: PMC3943708
  • Traudt CM, McPherson RJ, Bauer LA, Richards TL, Burbacher TM, McAdams RM, Juul SE
    Concurrent Erythropoietin and Hypothermia Treatment Improve Outcomes in a Term Nonhuman Primate Model of Perinatal Asphyxia.
    24192275 Developmental neuroscience , 2013 Nov. 1
  • Traudt CM, Juul SE
    Erythropoietin as a neuroprotectant for neonatal brain injury: animal models.
    23456865 Methods in molecular biology (Clifton, N.J.) , 2013 : 982113-26
  • Traudt CM, Juul S
    Non-hematopoietic effects of Erythropoietin.
    Hematology, immunology, and infectious disease: neonatology questions and controversies, 2nd ed , 2012 : 49-56
  • Traudt CM, Tkac I, Ennis KM, Sutton LM, Mammel DM, Rao R
    Postnatal morphine administration alters hippocampal development in rats.
    21971612 Journal of neuroscience research , 2012 Jan. : 90(1)307-14 PMCID: PMC3218243


Presentations Title Event Location Date
Preventing Hydrocephalus after Bleeding Hydrocephalus Research Roundtable Center for Integrative Brain Research, Seattle May 2014
Acquired Cerebellar Injury Acquired CNS Injury, Collaborative Research Areas Symposium Seattle June 2013
Perinatal Injury to the Cerebellum Monthly Research Seminar Series of The University of Washington-based Principal Investigators Seattle, WA May 2013
Neuroprotection in Neonates University of Washington Continuing Nursing Education, Clinical Pharmacology Series-2012 Neonatal Drug Therapy Seattle, WA May 2012
Case Study of Cerebral Palsy (CP) after Neonatal Encephalopathy (NE) in a Macaque Model. Pediatric Academic Societies Boston, MA April 2012

Research Funding

Grant Title Grantor Amount Award Date
Mechanisms of cerebellar injury after posterior fossa hemorrhage. Pediatrics Endowed Professorship for Research Faculty Development $125,000 Oct. 1, 2013 - Sept. 30, 2016
Cerebellar Development Disruption After Perinatal Brain Injury K12 CHRC Scholar Development Award, Child Health Research Center subcontract, NIH NICHD $170,000 Jan. 1, 2012 - Dec. 31, 2014
Optimizing neuroprotection following perinatal asphyxia NIH NICHD R01-HD-52820-01A2 June 1, 2007 - May 31, 2013