Mark F. Weems

Assistant Professor
Pediatrics, Division of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

MEMPHIS TN 381032896
Tel: (901) 448-5950


  • Fellowship, Keck School of Medicine of USC, Los Angeles, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
  • Residency, University of California, Irvine, Pediatrics
  • M.D., University of Tennessee College of Medicine
  • B.S., Northwestern University, Evanston IL, Radio/Television/Film

Clinical Care Specialty/Interest

Board Certification

Research Keywords

Healthcare Social Media


Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH)

Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO)

Research Interest/Specialty

I am a Board Certified Neonatologist and Assistant Professor at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. I am interested in using my background in multimedia production to develop social media and mobile communication tools for parents of hospitalized infants, teach neonatal ECMO, and improve newborn health.

Editorial Boards

Pediatrics in Reivew

Pediatrics in Review Associate Editor 2016-present. Editorial Fellow 2014-2016.

Society Memberships

Recent Presentations

  1. Plagiarism in Review. UTHSC Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Conference, Memphis, TN, October 26, 2017.
  2. Non-invasive Ventilation for Preterm Infants. UTHSC Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Conference, Memphis, TN, September 7, 2017.
  3. Pulmonary Pathophysiology and Respiratory Diseases. Le Bonheur ECMO Course, Memphis, TN, August 29, 2017.
  4. Evidence-Based Treatment of Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH), Advanced Respiratory Therapies 2017 Neonatal and Pediatric Perspectives, Memphis, TN, June 16, 2017.
  5. Telemedicine in the NICU: Enhancing Family-Centered Care. Le Bonheur Children''s Hospital Pediatric Grand Rounds, Memphis, TN, April 5, 2017.
  6. Internet of Peds: Catching Patients in the World Wide Web. Tennessee State Pediatric Conference, Franklin, TN, September 16, 2016.
  7. The Premature Lung: Respiratory Distress Syndrome and Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia. UTHSC Pediatric Surgery Ground Rounds, Memphis, TN, September 21, 2016.
  8. Pulmonary Relaxation Techniques for Hypoxic Respiratory Failure. UTHSC Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Conference, Memphis, TN, April 2, 2015.
  9. Medical Asepectcs of CDH. Mid-South Seminiar on the Care of the Complex Newborn, Memphis, TN, January 30, 2016.
  10. Healthcare Social Media #hscm #PedsGrandRounds. Le Bonheur Children''s Hospital Pediatric Grand Rounds, Memphis, TN, June 10, 2015.
  11. New Paradiagm in ECMO Education: Incorporating Simulation into ECMO Training; workshop copresenters TA Stavroudis, A Ades, LC Johnston, & L Su at the 7th International Pediatric Simulation Symposia and Workshop, Vancouver, Canada, May 6, 2015.
  12. Optimizing the Flow of Your ECMO Simulation Program; workshop co-presenters TA Stavroudis, A Ades, LC Johnston, G Oldenburg, & L Su at The International Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare, New Orleans, LA, January 12, 2015.

AAP Blog


I was honored with the Doug Hixson Award for being an outstanding partner with and supporter of nurses at Le Bonheur Children''s Hospital, May 11, 2017.

With a research group from Children''s Hospital Los Angeles, I won an award for Best Research - First Place for "The Role of Simulation Training for ECMO Specialists at ELSO Centers in the United States," presented at the 6th International Pediatric Simulation Symposia and Workshops, Vienna, Austria, April 25, 2014.

I won an award for Outstanding Clinical Poster Presentation at the 6th Annual Pediatric Research Day sponsored by the Children''s Research Foundation Institute, LeBonheur Children''s Hospital and University of Tennessee Health Science Center November 20, 2013.



  1. Willis, K, Peravali, S, Weems, M. The death knell of inhaled nitric oxide to prevent bronchopulmonary dysplasia. J Perinatol, 2018.
  2. Willis, K, Weems, M. Shaken or Stirred? Evaluating the combination of budesonide-surfactant for survival free of bronchopulmonary dysplasia. Acta Paediatr, 2017.
  3. Weems, MF, Friedlich, PS, Nelson, LP, Rake, AJ, Klee, L, Stein, JE, Stavroudis, TA. The Role of Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation Simulation Training at Extracorporeal Life Support Organization Centers in the United States. Simul Healthc, 2017.
  4. Weems, M. Plagiarism in Review. Pediatr Rev, 38 (1), 3-5, 2017.
  5. Weems, MF, Graetz, I, Lan, R, DeBaer, LR, Beeman, G. Electronic communication preferences among mothers in the neonatal intensive care unit. J Perinatol, 2016.
  6. Weems MF, Jancelewicz T, Sandhu HS. Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia: Maximizing Survival. NeoReviews, 17 (12), e705-e718, 2016.
  7. Weems, MF, Dereddy, NR, Arnold, SR. Mother's Milk as a Source of Enterobacter cloacae Sepsis in a Preterm Infant. Breastfeed Med, 2015.
  8. Weems, MF, Wei, D, Ramanathan, R, Barton, L, Vachon, L, Sardesai, S. Urinary Tract Infections in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Am J Perinatol, 2014.
  9. Bui, KC, Weems, M, Biniwale, M, George, AA, Zielinska, E, Azen, CG, Durand, M, Abdel-Azim, H. Circulating hematopoietic and endothelial progenitor cells in newborn infants: effects of gestational age, postnatal age and clinical stress in the first 3 weeks of life. Early Hum Dev, 89 (6), 411-8, 2013.