Julie Johnson Rolfes

Assistant Professor, Division of Neonatology
Faculty, Department of Pediatrics


Dr. Johnson Rolfes completed medical school at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, and pediatric residency at the University of California, San Diego. She also holds a Certificate in Pediatric Bioethics from the Children's Mercy Hospital Bioethics Center in Kansas City, MO. In addition to her clinical work caring for babies and their families in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), Dr. Johnson Rolfes helps to enhance the education of medical students, residents and fellows through several simulation programs and bioethics curriculum initiatives, and is a member of the University of Minnesota Ethics Committee. She is a part of several on-going research projects in the NICU, including a study investigating what values or guiding principles parents are using when making medical care decisions for their extremely premature babies. She hopes that this insight will allow more directed counseling and improved communication between providers and families, to maximize collaborative partnership.

Research Summary

Dr. Johnson Rolfes has a research interest in the general field of pediatric bioethics. Specifically, she is investigating how healthcare providers' communication with and support of parents and families impacts the care and developmental outcomes of preterm infants. 


MD, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Fellowships, Residencies, and Visiting Engagements

Pediatric Internship/Residency,
University of California
San Diego, California, United States
Fellowship in Neonatology-Perinatology,
University of Minnesota and Minnesota Children's Hospital & Clinics
Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

Licensures and Certifications

Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics
Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, American Board of Pediatrics



Pediatric Neonatology
Academic Office Building
2450 Riverside Ave S AO-401
Minneapolis, MN 55454