Michael K. Georgieff, MD

Executive Vice Chair and Martin Lenz Harrison Land Grant Professor, Department of Pediatrics

Michael K. Georgieff

Contact Info


Office Phone 612-626-0644

Mailing Address:
Academic Office Building
2450 Riverside Ave S AO-401
Minneapolis, MN 55454

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

Residency in Pediatrics, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

Fellowship in Neonatology, University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, MN


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 30 years and has published over 250 scientific articles. He advises the American Academy of Pediatrics, the National Institutes of Health and UNICEF on nutrition and early child development.

Awards & Recognition

  • Minnesota Annual Friend of WIC Award (2021)
  • Agnes Higgins Award, March of Dimes (2020)
  • Minneapolis - St. Paul “Top Doctors” (2011, 2013-2018, 2020-2022)
  • Best Doctors in America (2011-2017)
  • Minnesota Monthly “Top Doctors” (2017)
  • Carole J Bland Faculty Mentor Award, School of Medicine, University of Minnesota (2016)
  • Outstanding Mentor Award, Department of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota (2016)
  • John Curran Award, Department of Pediatrics, University of South Florida (2015)
  • Mentor of the Year, Department of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota (2015)
  • Samuel J Fomon, Nutrition Award, American Academy of Pediatrics (2014)
  • Founders Award, Midwest Society for Pediatric Research (2010)
  • Peter Auld Distinguished Visiting Professor, Cornell University (2010)
  • Distinguished Alumni Award, Washington University Medical School (2009)
  • Pfizer Visiting Professor, State University of New York-Downstate Medical Center (2001)
  • University of Minnesota Medical School Wall of Scholarship (1997)
  • Outstanding Faculty Educator Award, Department of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota (1987, 1991-1992)

Professional Associations

Medical Scientist Training Program (Combined MD/PhD Training Program)



  • Neonatal (NICU) Unit and Follow-Up Care
  • Neonatology
  • Pediatrics


Pediatric Specialty Care- MIDB Clinic

Board Certifications

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

Clinical Interests

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