Richard J. Schanler, MD

Investigator, Center for Patient Oriented Research, The Feinstein Institute for Medical research

Co-Director, Lilling Family Neonatal Research Laboratory,
The Feinstein Institute for Medical research

Professor of Pediatrics, Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine

Director of Neonatal Services, Cohen Children’s Medical Center and Northwell Health

Phone: (718) 470-3440

About the Investigator

Dr. Richard Schanler is the Director of Neonatal Services at Cohen Children’s Medical Center and Northwell Health in Long Island, New York. He also serves as Program Director for the Fellowship in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine. He is Professor of Pediatrics in the Department of Pediatrics at Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine, and Research Investigator at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research of Northwell Health. Northwell Health comprises more than 20 hospitals with 12 newborn services, more than 40,000 births per year, and more than 4,000 NICU admissions per year.

Dr. Schanler earned a Master of Science degree (Microbiology) at the University of Illinois, Urbana, and his Doctor of Medicine degree at the College of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark. He completed internship, residency, and chief residency in Pediatrics at the University of Colorado Medical Center in Denver, and a fellowship in Neonatology at Brown University. He is a former Professor of Pediatrics (Neonatology) and investigator at the Children’s Nutrition Research Center at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.

Dr. Schanler is an elected member of the American Pediatric Society and Society for Pediatric Research, and a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatrics. He has served as a member of the Sub-Board of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine for the American Board of Pediatrics.   He is a former founder and President of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine, and of the International Society for Research in Human Milk and Lactation. He is the immediate past Chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Section on Breastfeeding, and is the Senior Editor of both editions of the AAP/ACOG Breastfeeding Handbook for Physicians.

Research Focus

Dr. Schanler’s research focuses on the area of neonatal nutrition and its effect on the critical inflammatory disorder necrotizing enterocolitis. The primary focus, therefore, is the effect of human milk on the premature infant in the neonatal intensive care unit. We study the effects of early feeding with colostrum, the benefits of human milk fortification, and the use of donor human milk preparations. We also explore how these diet modalities affect the infant microbiome. His lab also investigates compositional changes in human milk and the effect of processing and storage on milk components.

Dr. Schanler and his team are a major clinical research site for international studies of neonatal nutrition. Our site has had significant participation in studies on human milk fortification and on the use of donor milk strategies to supplement the mother’s milk diet of premature infants. Studies on parenteral nutrition components and others on support of intestinal growth and maturation are in planning stages.

Dr. Schanler is also interested in how nutrition affects growth and developmental outcomes of the premature infant. In addition, the effect of early nutrition and growth on neonatal morbidity is an important part of our research.

Lab Members

Champa Codipilly, PhD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine


College of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Newark
Degree: MD

University of Illinois, Urbana, IL
Degree: MS
Field of Study: Microbiology

State University of New York at Binghamton
Degree: BA
Field of Study: Biology