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Robert L. Schelonka M.D.

    • Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Neonatology School of Medicine
    • Credit Union for Kids Professor of Pediatric Neonatology Pediatrics School of Medicine

Dr. Schelonka specializes in caring for newborn infants who have special needs immediately after birth and beyond. Many of the babies he cares for are born prematurely and need help breathing. Others may be born on time but have lung, heart or intestinal problems. Dr. Schelonka enjoys working with babies because so many will grow and develop 'before your very eyes', and one day be strong enough to go home in their parents' arms.

In his spare time, Dr. Schelonka enjoys spending time with his family, including his wife whose day job is to care for their four children. Between rowing, baseball, football, choir, theatre, his kids’ schedules keep him very busy. His favorite time is spent with his family on long bicycle rides, hiking, skiing and exploring all the best that Oregon outdoor life has to offer. 

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  • M.D., Case Western Reserve School of Medicine, 0 1991
  • Residency:

    • Pediatrics, Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center, San Antonio, TX, 1994
  • Fellowship:

    • Neonatology, Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center, San Antonio, TX, 1997
  • Certifications:

    • American Board of Pediatrics-pediatrics, 1994

Memberships and associations

  • American Academy of Pediatrics


  • "Volume of blood required to detect common neonatal pathogens" Journal of Pediatrics  1996
  • "T cell cytokines and the risk of blood stream infection in extremely low birth weight infants" Cytokine February 2011
  • "Cytokines associated with necrotizing enterocolitis in extremely-low-birth- weight infants" Pediatric Research  2014
  • "Pharmacokinetics, microbial response, and pulmonary outcomes of multidose intravenous azithromycin in preterm infants at risk for Ureaplasma respiratory colonization" Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy January 1 2015
  • "The peritoneal cavity B-2 antibody repertoire appears to reflect many of the same selective pressures that shape the B-1a and B-1b repertoires" Journal of Immunology November 15 2010
  • "Interstitial duplication of 7(q22→q34)" American Journal of Medical Genetics, Part A  1993
  • "Heterosubtypic immunity to influenza A virus infection requires a properly diversified antibody repertoire" Journal of Virology September 2007
  • "The Ureaplasma Conundrum"   2012
  • "Volume of blood required for culture positivity in an experimental bacteremia model" Journal of Investigative Medicine  1996
  • "Critical appraisal of the role of Ureaplasma in the development of bronchopulmonary dysplasia with metaanalytic techniques" Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal December 2005
  • "Characterization of ureaplasmas isolated from preterm infants with and without bronchopulmonary dysplasia" Journal of Clinical Microbiology September 2005
  • "Nasopharyngeal carriage of Streptococcus Pneumoniae in very low-birth-weight infants after administration of heptavalent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine" JAMA Pediatrics December 2010
  • "[No title available]" Journal of Pediatrics  1995
  • "Genetic control of DH reading frame and its effect on B-cell development and antigen-specifc antibody production" Critical Reviews in Immunology  2010
  • "TCRBV CDR3 diversity of CD4+ and CD8+ T-lymphocytes in HIV-infected individuals" Human Immunology  2002
  • "Multiple-locus variable-number tandem-repeat analysis of meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus discriminates within USA pulsed-field gel electrophoresis types" Journal of Hospital Infection April 2009
  • "Regulation of repertoire development through genetic control of D H reading frame preference" Journal of Immunology December 15 2008
  • "Disseminated mycobacterium avium complex in non-human immunodeficiency virus-infected pediatric patients" Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal  1992
  • "Population pharmacokinetics of meropenem in plasma and cerebrospinal fluid of infants with suspected or complicated intra-abdominal infections" Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal October 2011
  • "Development of the expressed Ig CDR-H3 repertoire is marked by focusing of constraints in length, amino acid use, and charge that are first established in early B cell progenitors" Journal of Immunology June 15 2005
  • "Editorial" Pediatric Health February 2010
  • "A single DH gene segment creates its own unique CDR-H3 repertoire and is sufficient for B cell development and immune function" Journal of Immunology November 15 2005
  • "Bacillus cereus bacteremia in a preterm neonate" Journal of Clinical Microbiology July 1 2003
  • "Recirculating bone marrow B cells in C57BL/6 mice are more tolerant of highly hydrophobic and highly charged CDR-H3s than those in BALB/c mice" European Journal of Immunology March 2013
  • "DH and JH usage in murine fetal liver mirrors that of human fetal liver" Immunogenetics October 2010
  • "Multicenter study to assess safety and efficacy of INH-A21, a donor-selected human staphylococcal immunoglobulin, for prevention of nosocomial infections in very low birth weight infants" Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal October 2005
  • "Fetal and Neonatal Morbidity and Mortality Following Delivery After Previous Cesarean" Clinics in Perinatology June 2011
  • "Absence of N addition facilitates B cell development, but impairs immune responses" Immunogenetics September 2011
  • "T cell receptor repertoire diversity and clonal expansion in human neonates" Pediatric Research March 1998
  • "Genital tract methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus" Obstetrics and Gynecology January 2008

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