• Adjunct Associate Professor, Global Health
  • Associate Professor, Pediatrics - Neonatology

Box 356320
Seattle, WA
United States

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Dr. Hedstrom's research focuses on the implementation of neonatal intensive care in resource limited areas and the causes of neonatal death globally. She investigates ways to provide safe, ethically sound and scientifically supported continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) for newborns. She has also designed and implemented a novel data collection process in a rural Ugandan NICU with which she is able to assess clinical course and outcomes real-time. Lastly she is a mobile WACh investigator- using two-way SMS messaging to improve pregnancy and neonatal outcomes in Kenya.

Dr. Hedstrom is a neonatologist at Seattle Children's Hospital and the Associate Medical Director of the neonatal unit at Providence Regional Medical Center Everett. Her teaching includes medical students, residents, neonatology fellows, nurse practitioners and physician assistants at the University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Hospital as well as instructing providers in the community and abroad in neonatal care and resuscitation.

  • BA (Pomona College)
  • MD (University of Washington)
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Health Topics 
  • Child Mortality
  • Implementation Science
DGH Centers, Programs and Initiatives and Affiliated Organizations 

Clinical Interests: Interdisciplinary, family-focused, equitable neonatal intensive care using evidence-based interventions to foster growth and neurodevelopment. 


Hedstrom A, Ryman T, Otai C, Nyonyintono J, McAdams RM, Lester D, et al. Demographics, clinical characteristics and neonatal outcomes in a rural Ugandan NICU. BMC pregnancy and childbirth. 2014;14:327. PMCID: 4174605.

McAdams RM, Hedstrom AB, DiBlasi RM, Mant JE, Nyonyintono J, Otai CD, et al. Implementation of Bubble CPAP in a Rural Ugandan Neonatal ICU. Respir Care. 2014. PMID: 25389349.

Hedstrom AB, Gove NE, Mayock DE, Batra M. Performance of the Silverman Andersen Respiratory Severity Score in predicting PCO2 and respiratory support in newborns: a prospective cohort study. Journal of Perinatology. 2018. PMID: 29426853

Hedstrom A, Perez K, Umoren R, Batra M, Engmann C. Recent progress in global newborn health: thinking beyond acute to strategic care? Journal of Perinatology. 2019;39(8):1031-41.

Setty SG, Batra M, Hedstrom AB. The Silverman Andersen respiratory severity score can be simplified and still predicts increased neonatal respiratory support. Acta Paediatr. 2019.