DeWayne M. Pursley, MD, MPH


National Perinatal Information Center

Chief of Neonatology and Director of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Dr. Pursley has served on the Board of the National Perinatal Information Center since 2013. Dr. Pursley is Chief of Neonatology and Director of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC). He is an associate professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School (HMS) and a member of the Division of Newborn Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH). Dr. Pursley is a graduate of Stanford University, HMS, and the Harvard School of Public Health. He trained in Pediatrics at BCH, remaining for a fourth year as chief medical resident, and then completed a fellowship in Neonatal-Perinatal medicine through the Joint Program in Neonatology, a collaboration of BIDMC, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and BCH. His interests include NICU quality improvement, resource utilization, and racial and social disparities in infant outcomes. Dr. Pursley is immediate past chair of the Executive Committee of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Perinatal Section. He was recently elected to the neonatal-perinatal medicine sub-board of the American Board of Pediatrics and is a member-elect of the board of directors of the National Perinatal Information Center. He is a member of the expert panel to identify drug priorities as part of the federal government’s Best Pharmaceuticals for Children Act and the AAP liaison to the National Fetal and Infant Mortality Review Program. Dr. Pursley recently served as a contributor to the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development “Disparities in Perinatal Medicine: Focus in Infant Mortality, Stillbirth and Preterm Birth” workshop; served on the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Newborn Issues workgroup of the “Pandemic Influenza Revisited: Special Considerations for Pregnant Women and Newborns” workshop; provided testimony to the Food and Drug Administration on the effect of critical drug shortages on children; and was a member of the NIH Consensus Panel on Inhaled Nitric Oxide for Premature Infants. Dr. Pursley is a recipient of the Harvard Medical School Dean’s Community Service Award, the Massachusetts Chapter March of Dimes Franklin Delano Roosevelt Award, the Excellence in Mentoring Award from the HMS Office of Recruitment and Multicultural Affairs, and the Harvard Medical School Harold Amos Faculty Diversity Award.