Francesca Okolie, DO
Disclosures: Nothing to disclose - 08/03/2022


Dr. Francesca Okolie is a newer member of the NICU faculty at University of Maryland Medical Center and a recent graduate of the Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship Program at New York Presbyterian-Columbia University Medical Center. Born and raised in South Florida, she graduated from Boston University in 2008 and then received her Master of Public Health from Columbia University two years later. Dr. Okolie then matriculated into Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine. After completing her degree in 2014, she began pediatric residency at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, in the Pediatric Advocacy, Leadership and Service track. Upon starting NICU fellowship in July 2017, she became actively involved in quality improvement efforts to increase parent/family empowerment, engagement and support in the NICU. She conducted her scholarly work with the Maternal Fetal Medicine Department—focusing on racial disparities in preterm birth, particularly the trends in preterm birth presentation by race and their effect on neonatal outcomes. She plans to continue this research and QI efforts centered on parent support, projects working to reduce health disparities and achieve health equity for all infants and mothers. She currently serves as Director of NICU Multidisciplinary Patient Safety Review Committee and faculty mentor to the recruitment sub-committee of the Pediatric Diversity Council.