Michael Georgieff

Executive Vice Chair & Martin Lenz Harrison Land Grant Professor, Division of Neonatology
Faculty, Department of Pediatrics
Director, Center for Neurobehavioral Development
Co-Director, Masonic Institute for the Developing Brain (MIDB)
Faculty, Institute of Child Development
Faculty, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women's Health (OBGYN)
Preceptor & Steering Committee Member, Graduate Program in Neuroscience


Michael K. Georgieff, MD, holds the position of the Martin Lenz Harrison Land Grant Chair in Pediatrics. He is a Professor of Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Developmental Psychology, the Executive Vice Chair of the Department of Pediatrics, and the Director of the Center for Neurobehavioral Development. He received his MD from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. He served his internship, residency and neonatal fellowship at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and a fellowship in neonatology at the University of Minnesota. In addition to caring for patients on the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Dr. Georgieff is Director of the NICU Follow-up Program. Dr. Georgieff's research focuses on fetal/neonatal nutrition and brain development, specifically on the effect of early life iron nutrition and neurocognitive function. He has been continuously funded in this field by the National Institutes of Health for 35 years and has published over 300 scientific articles. He advises the American Academy of Pediatrics, the National Institutes of Health and UNICEF on nutrition and early child development.

Clinical Summary

Iron and infant development; Maternal-fetal medicine; Neonatology; Perinatal iron metabolism


MD, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO

Fellowships, Residencies, and Visiting Engagements

Residency in Pediatrics,
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Fellowship in Neonatology,
University of Minnesota Medical School
Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

Licensures and Certifications

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

Honors and Recognition

Carole J Bland Faculty Mentor Award, School of Medicine, University of Minnesota
Outstanding Mentor Award, Department of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota
Minnesota Monthly “Top Doctors”, Minnesota Monthly Magazine
Best Doctors in America
Minneapolis - St. Paul “Top Doctors”, Minneapolis - St. Paul Magazine
Agnes Higgins Award, March of Dimes
Minnesota Annual Friend of WIC Award

Professional Memberships

Academy for Excellence in Health Research



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