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Kevin B. Churchwell

Nemours/ A.I. DuPont Hospital for Children, Wilmington
1600 Rockland Road
Wilmington, DE 19806
(302) 651-6708

Research Interests

  • Inhaled Nitric Oxide for the Treatment of Pulmonary Hypertension in Pulmonary Patients. 
    IRB No. 8222 (Principle Investigator) Not funded
  • Antithrombin III Treatment in the Management of Meningococcal Purpura Fulminans. 
    IRB No. 8108 (Principle Investigator) Funded
  • Early use of Intravenous Terbutaline in Pediatric Status Asthmaticus. 
    IRB No. 8012 (Principle Investigator) Funded
  • Development of a School-based Health Outreach Program in Collaboration with Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital and Nashville Metropolitan Public Schools. 
  • Evaluation of an Online Arterial Blood Gas System in Pediatric Patients. 
    IRB No. 7956 (Co- Investigator) Funded
  • A Multicenter Randomized Controlled Study of the Safety and Efficacy of Partial Liquid Ventilation with AF0141 (Sterile Perflubron) in Children with Acute Parenchymal Lung Injury.
    (Principle Investigator)

  • Assessment of Safety Profile of Antibiotic-Impregnated Catheters in Pediatric Patients. Funded (Cook Catheter)
  • Prophylactic Use of Milrinone in Pediatric Patients Status Post Congenital Heart Disease Surgery. (Co-investigator)
  • Use of Fenololdopam in Pediatric Patients with Hypertension. (Principal Investigator)
  • Protocol F1K-MC-EVBP: Investigation of the Efficacy and Safety of Drotrecogin Alfa (Activated) in Pediatric Severe Sepsis. (Principal Investigator) Lilly
    Catch Grant, American Academy of Pediatrics; 2004
  • Nitroprusside in Children, NIH contract Co-investigator; 2004 - 2005


  • Recertified in Pediatric Critical Care from the American Board of Pediatrics, 2004
  • Recertified in Pediatrics, 1998, 2005
  • Board Certified in Pediatric Critical Care from the American Board of Pediatrics, 1996
  • Permanent License for the State of Tennessee, 1995
  • Board Certified From the American Board of Pediatrics, 1991
  • Permanent License for the State of Massachusetts, 1990-1995
  • Diplomat, National Board Medical Examiners, 1987

Professional Experience

  • Present Senior Vice President, Nemours/Chief Executive Officer Alfred I. duPont Hospita for Children, 12/2011
  • CEO/Executive Director Monroe Carell, Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt, 7/2007 –2011
  • Chief of Staff/Associate Medical Director Monroe Carell, Jr. Childrens Hospital at Vanderbilt, 2005 -2006
  • Medical Director Vanderbilt Children’s Health and Injury Prevention Program (VCHIP), 2002 – 2005
  • Associate Director, Division of Pediatric Critical Care, Vanderbilt Children's Hospital, 2003-2006

  • Transport Director, Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, 2001-2006

  • Medical Director, Pediatric Critical Care Services, Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, 2001-2005

  • Medical Director, Pediatric ECMO, Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, 1999- 2005
  • Fellowship Director Pediatric Critical Care, Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, 1999-2006
  • Clinical Director Pediatric Critical Care Services, Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, 1999-2001
  • PICU attending, Jackson Madison County Hospital, Jackson, TN, 1997- 2006
  • Vice Chairman, A Better Nashville Board of Directors, 1997-2000
  • Associate Director, Pediatric Critical Care Services, Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, 1997- 1998
  • Attending physician PICU, Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, 1995- 2007
  • Attending Physician, Multidisciplinary Intensive Care Unit, Children’s Hospital, Boston, MA, 1993 -1995

Recent Publications/Books & Publications

  • Agarwal HS, Scott BP, Bartilson RE, Grzesczak MJ, Churchwell KB, Shankar V. Extra- corporeal membrane oxygenation support for necrotizing pneumonia due to community acquired methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus. Society of Critical Care Medicine. January 2006
  • Agarwal Hemant, Mathew Revi, Kelly Kevin, Churchwell, KB, Hyponatremia in Pediatric Postoperative Craniofacial Patients. January 2007
  • Shankar V, Christen K, Drinkwater D, Churchwell KB. Outcomes of 94 Children with Heart Disease managed With Extra Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO), 2004 Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Society
  • Strohler, B, Grzeszczak, M, Churchwell KB. Use Activated Protein C in the Septic Preterm Infant AAP National Conference and Exhibition. October 2004
  • Agarwal HS, Christen K, Drinkwater D, Churchwell KB. Use of Nitric Oxide Therapy for Bi-directional Glenn Operation”, AAP National Conference and Exhibition, November 2002
  • Grzeszczak M, Patel NR, Churchwell KB. Minocycline Levels in Children with Indwelling Minocycline-impregnated Center Venous Cathers”, ESICM Annual Congress, Amsterdam, Netherlands, October 5-8, 2001


  • Bradley Award ($5000.00 for research instrumentation)
  • GE/Marquette Medical Devices unrestricted educational grant ($3000.00)
  • Roche Pharmaceutical ($5000.00)
  • INO Therapeutics ($25,000) – Development of Symposium on Inhaled Nitric Oxide Use in Pediatrics – 2000
  • INO Therapeutics ($30,000) – Development of Seminar on Inhaled Nitric Oxide in Pediatrics – 2006
  • Bayer ($10,000) A Prospective, Randomized, Placebo-Controlled, Multi-Center Trial Examining the Role of antithrombin III Treatment in the Management of Meningococcal Purpura Fulminans.
  • Cook Catheters ($6,000), Examination of Minocycline/Rifampin Levels In Pediatric Patients with Antibiotic Impregnated Catheters
  • Catch Grant, American Academy of Pediatrics ($10,000)
  • Governors Highway Safety Grant ($69,313), Co-investor Child Booster seat use in Tennessee

Honors & Awards

  • Trumpet Award Field of Medicine, 2011
  • Legacy Award Tennessee Emergency Medical Services for Children Foundation, 2010
  • Nashville Public Schools Hall of Fame, 2009
  • NAACP 4th Annual Image Award/Matthew Walker Healthcare Award, 2008
  • American Diabetes Association Father of the Year, 2008
  • Nashville Business Journal, Health Care Hero’s Community Leaders, 2008
  • Top 25 Minority Executives in Healthcare, 2008
  • Best Doctors in America, 2006-2008
  • America’s Top Pediatricians, 2006-2008
  • Best Doctors in America, 2005-2006
  • Catch Grant Recipient, American Academy of Pediatrics, 2005-2006
  • Best Doctors in America, 2004-2005
  • Catch Grant Recipient, American Academy of Pediatrics, 2004-2005
  • Award in Education Excellence, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, 2003
  • 1st place Harvard Medical School: Anesthesia Resident Research Competition, 1993
  • Black Student Union Tutor of the Year. M.I.T, 1983
  • National Merit Finalist, 1979

Professional Membership

  • CHCA Executive Forum, 2006 – 2011
  • American Thoracic Society, 2006-2010
  • American Academy of Pediatrics, 1998 - Present
  • American Board of Pediatrics, 1996 - Present
  • Society for Neuroscience, 1993 - 1994
  • Society of Critical Care Medicine, 1991- Present

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