David N. Cornfield, M.D.

Dr. Cornfield is the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Pulmonary Medicine at Stanford University and the Director of the Center for Excellence in Pulmonary Biology at Stanford, and Chief of the pediatric pulmonary, asthma, and sleep medicine divisions at Stanford University and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital.

Annually recognized, both regionally and nationally as “Best Doctor” and “Top Pediatrician,” Dr. Cornfield has received numerous professional honors including the Daniel C. Darrow Award from Children’s Mercy Hospital, the Richard B. Rowe Award for outstanding achievements in perinatal cardiology from the Society for Pediatric Research, and the Established-Investigator and Clinician-Scientist Awards from the American Heart Association.

Dr. Cornfield serves on the National advisory committee for the Burroughs Wellcome Foundation Physician-Scientist task force and co-Director of the Chan-Zuckerberg Biohub Physician-scientist program. He serves on the editorial boards of the American Journal of Physiology, Pediatrics, and Pulmonary Circulation.

Continuously funded by the NIH since 1998, the Cornfield lab focuses on the development of blood vessels in the lungs and the molecular mechanisms responsible for sensing changes in oxygen tension, providing significant insight into the cellular and subcellular mechanisms that determine pulmonary vascular tone and lung development. His clinical research has focused on methods to treat acute lung injury in infants and children and other areas of research include clinical lung injury, violence prevention in developing countries, microlending in Africa, optimizing the electronic medical record, and preserving physician-scientists in pediatrics.

Dr. Cornfield earned his medical degree from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and completed his residency at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri where he was recognized as a Chief Resident and as the Most Outstanding House Officer.