Robert Dietz, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Pediatrics-Neonatology

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Medical School:
  • MD, University of New Mexico School of Medicine (2010)
Graduate School :
  • PhD, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque (2010)
Undergraduate School:
  • BS, University of New Mexico (NM) (2003)
Residency:
  • University of Chicago/Comer Children's Hospital Program, Pediatrics (2013)
Fellowships:
  • University of Colorado (Children's Hospital Colorado) Program, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine (2016)
Languages: English
Department: Pediatrics-Neonatology

Professional Titles

  • Faculty, Neuronal Injury Program

Recognition & Awards

  • Associate Member Paper Prize, Perinatal Research Society (2017)
  • Young Investigator Award, Perinatal Research Society (2016)
  • Member, Gold Humanism Honor Society (2014)

Publications

  • Manzella FM, Joksimovic SM, Orfila JE, Fine BR, Dietz RM, Sampath D, Fiedler HK, Tesic V, Atluri N, Raol YH, Jevtovic-Todorovic V, Herson PS, Todorovic SM. Neonatal Ketamine Alters High-Frequency Oscillations and Synaptic Plasticity in the Subiculum But Does not Affect Sleep Macrostructure in Adolescent Rats. Front Syst Neurosci. 2020;14:26. PubMed PMID: 32528257
  • White A, Mukherjee P, Stremming J, Sherlock LG, Reynolds RM, Smith D, Asturias EJ, Grover TR, Dietz RM. Neonates Hospitalized with Community-Acquired SARS-CoV-2 in a Colorado Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Neonatology. 2020 Jun 4;:1-5. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 32498065
  • Dietz RM, Cruz-Torres I, Orfila JE, Patsos OP, Shimizu K, Chalmers N, Deng G, Tiemeier E, Quillinan N, Herson PS. Reversal of Global Ischemia-Induced Cognitive Dysfunction by Delayed Inhibition of TRPM2 Ion Channels. Transl Stroke Res. 2020 Apr;11(2):254-266. PubMed PMID: 31250378
  • Stein Y, Dietz RM. Nasal high-flow therapy for Newborn infants in special care nurseries. Acta Paediatr. 2019 Dec;108(12):2307. PubMed PMID: 31475753
  • Dietz RM, Cruz-Torres I, Orfila JE, Patsos OP, Shimizu K, Chalmers N, Deng G, Tiemeier E, Quillinan N, Herson PS. Reversal of Global Ischemia-Induced Cognitive Dysfunction by Delayed Inhibition of TRPM2 Ion Channels. Transl Stroke Res. 2019 Jun 28. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 31250378
  • Dietz RM, Cruz-Torres I, Orfila JE, Patsos OP, Shimizu K, Chalmers N, Deng G, Tiemeier E, Quillinan N, Herson PS. Reversal of Global Ischemia-Induced Cognitive Dysfunction by Delayed Inhibition of TRPM2 Ion Channels. Transl Stroke Res. 2019 Jun 28. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 31250378
  • Dingman AL, Rodgers KM, Dietz RM, Hickey SP, Frazier AP, Clevenger AC, Yonchek JC, Traystman RJ, Macklin WB, Herson PS. Oligodendrocyte Progenitor Cell Proliferation and Fate after White Matter Stroke in Juvenile and Adult Mice. Dev Neurosci. 2019 Mar 12;:1-16. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 30861520
  • Orfila JE, Dietz RM, Rodgers KM, Dingman A, Patsos OP, Cruz-Torres I, Grewal H, Strnad F, Schroeder C, Herson PS. Experimental pediatric stroke shows age-specific recovery of cognition and role of hippocampal Nogo-A receptor signaling. J Cereb Blood Flow Metab. 2019 Feb 14;:271678X19828581. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 30762478
  • Hippensteel JA, Anderson BJ, Orfila JE, McMurtry SA, Dietz RM, Su G, Ford JA, Oshima K, Yang Y, Zhang F, Han X, Yu Y, Liu J, Linhardt RJ, Meyer NJ, Herson PS, Schmidt EP. Circulating heparan sulfate fragments mediate septic cognitive dysfunction. J Clin Invest. 2019 Apr 1;129(4):1779-1784. PubMed PMID: 30720464
  • Bourque SL, Dietz RM. Late initiation of therapeutic hypothermia: not the new standard of care. Acta Paediatr. 2019 Apr;108(4):770. PubMed PMID: 30506752
  • Orfila JE, Grewal H, Dietz RM, Strnad F, Shimizu T, Moreno M, Schroeder C, Yonchek J, Rodgers KM, Dingman A, Bernard TJ, Quillinan N, Macklin WB, Traystman RJ, Herson PS. Delayed inhibition of tonic inhibition enhances functional recovery following experimental ischemic stroke. J Cereb Blood Flow Metab. 2019 Jun;39(6):1005-1014. PubMed PMID: 29283314
  • Stein Y, Dietz RM. Nasal high-flow therapy for Newborn infants in special care nurseries. Acta Paediatr. 2019 Dec;108(12):2307. PubMed PMID: 31475753
  • Paulsen ME, Dietz RM. Antenatal magnesium for preterm delivery reduces risk of cerebral palsy among surviving very preterm infants. Acta Paediatr. 2017 Oct 30. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 29083069
  • Joksimovic SM, Eggan P, Izumi Y, Joksimovic SL, Tesic V, Dietz RM, Orfila JE, DiGruccio MR, Herson PS, Jevtovic-Todorovic V, Zorumski CF, Todorovic SM. The role of T-type calcium channels in the subiculum: to burst or not to burst?. J Physiol. 2017 Oct 1;595(19):6327-6348. PubMed PMID: 28744923
  • Deng G, Orfila JE, Dietz RM, Moreno-Garcia M, Rodgers KM, Coultrap SJ, Quillinan N, Traystman RJ, Bayer KU, Herson PS. Autonomous CaMKII Activity as a Drug Target for Histological and Functional Neuroprotection after Resuscitation from Cardiac Arrest. Cell Rep. 2017 Jan 31;18(5):1109-1117. PubMed PMID: 28147268
  • Dietz RM, Deng G, Orfila JE, Hui X, Traystman RJ, Herson PS. Therapeutic hypothermia protects against ischemia-induced impairment of synaptic plasticity following juvenile cardiac arrest in sex-dependent manner. Neuroscience. 2016 Jun 14;325:132-41. PubMed PMID: 27033251
  • Shimizu T, Dietz RM, Cruz-Torres I, Strnad F, Garske AK, Moreno M, Venna VR, Quillinan N, Herson PS. Extended therapeutic window of a novel peptide inhibitor of TRPM2 channels following focal cerebral ischemia. Exp Neurol. 2016 Sep;283(Pt A):151-6. PubMed PMID: 27317297
  • Dietz RM, Wright CJ. 50 Years Ago in The Journal of Pediatrics: Hypothermia and the Resuscitation of Asphyxiated Fetal Rhesus Monkeys. J Pediatr. 2016 Jan;168:87. PubMed PMID: 26719178
  • Dietz RM, Stewart MS, Fuller EN, Paugh HC, Morelli JG, Wright R. An unusual presentation of dermatophytosis in a premature infant. J Pediatr. 2014 Nov;165(5):1063.e1. PubMed PMID: 25129642
  • Stewart MS, Dietz RM, Landman MP, Moulton SL, Wright CJ. Abdominal radiograph with intravesical air and possible small bowel atresia. J Pediatr. 2014 May;164(5):1238-1238.e1. PubMed PMID: 24472230
  • Carter RE, Aiba I, Dietz RM, Sheline CT, Shuttleworth CW. Spreading depression and related events are significant sources of neuronal Zn2 release and accumulation. J Cereb Blood Flow Metab. 2011 Apr;31(4):1073-84. PubMed PMID: 20978516
  • Dietz RM, Weiss JH, Shuttleworth CW. Contributions of Ca2 and Zn2 to spreading depression-like events and neuronal injury. J Neurochem. 2009 May;109 Suppl 1:145-52. PubMed PMID: 19393021
  • Dietz RM, Weiss JH, Shuttleworth CW. Zn2 influx is critical for some forms of spreading depression in brain slices. J Neurosci. 2008 Aug 6;28(32):8014-24. PubMed PMID: 18685026
  • Dietz RM, Kiedrowski L, Shuttleworth CW. Contribution of Na( )/Ca(2 ) exchange to excessive Ca(2 ) loading in dendrites and somata of CA1 neurons in acute slice. Hippocampus. 2007;17(11):1049-59. PubMed PMID: 17598158
  • Mercier RC, Dietz RM, Mazzola JL, Bayer AS, Yeaman MR. Beneficial influence of platelets on antibiotic efficacy in an in vitro model of Staphylococcus aureus-induced endocarditis. Antimicrob Agents Chemother. 2004 Jul;48(7):2551-7. PubMed PMID: 15215108
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Professional Memberships

  • International Society for Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism, Member
  • Society for Pediatric Research, Member
  • Western Society for Pediatric Research, Member
  • American Heart Association, Member
  • Society for Neuroscience, Member
  • American Academy of Pediatrics, Member
  • American Physician Scientist Association, Member

Practice Locations

Children's Hospital Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
13123 East 16th Ave
Aurora, CO 80045
720-777-1234

UCH - Anschutz Inpatient Pavilion
12605 E. 16th Ave
Aurora, CO 80045
720-848-0000

CU Maternal-Fetal Medicine - Parker
9397 Crown Crest Blvd
Suite 310
Parker, CO 80138
303-315-6100 option 2

Lutheran Medical Center
8300 W. 38th Avenue
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
303-425-4500

Hospital Affiliation
  • Children's Hospital Colorado
Center Affiliations

Specialty Information

Specialties
  • Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
  • Board Certified - Pediatrics, Board Certification (2013)
Conditions & Treatments
  • Critical Care
  • Brain and Nervous System
  • Brain and Nervous System - Hydrocephalus
  • Brain and Nervous System - Stroke
  • Brain and Nervous System - Traumatic and Acquired Brain Injuries
  • Pregnancy and Reproduction - Neonatal Intensive Care
  • Pregnancy and Reproduction
Clinical Interests
Hypoxic Ischemic Encephaolpathy Neonatal Stroke Acquired Brain Injury

Public Speaking
Yes
I have spoken at national and international conferences on ischemia in the developing brain.

General Information

Medical Schools:
  • MD, University of New Mexico School of Medicine (2010)
Graduate Schools:
  • PhD, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque (2010)
Undergraduate Schools:
  • BS, University of New Mexico (NM) (2003)
Residency Programs:
  • University of Chicago/Comer Children's Hospital Program, Pediatrics (2013)
Fellowships:
  • University of Colorado (Children's Hospital Colorado) Program, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine (2016)
Languages: English
Department: Pediatrics-Neonatology
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