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As a clinically focused neonatologist, Dr. Khan has always been interested in ways to improve care of the babies in the NICU, and after their NICU stay. Surfactant was still an experimental drug when he arrived at CHKD in 1988. Dr. Khan championed CHKD's participation in a "late Phase 3" trial that allowed CHKD to treat over 100 babies who otherwise could not have received this life-saving medicine. Dr. Khan also assumed the role of the director of the neonatal follow-up clinic and with a dedicated team was able to expand the clinic, taking it "on the road" to the Eastern Shore twice a year.


Dr. Khan has been drawn to looking at the complex issues of how doctors and nurses and parents make difficult decisions in the NICU, and in the delivery room, especially with extremely premature babies. He has been on the CHKD bioethics advisory committee for over 20 years and has sought extra training in ethical issues.


Research Areas

  • Treatment of respiratory distress syndrome (RDS)
  • Factors leading to development of bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD)


Clinical Interests

  • Neonatal follow-up
  • Acute and chronic lung disease
  • Importance of families in the care and life of NICU babies
  • Ethical issues in the NICU


Honors & Awards

  • Coastal Virginia Magazine "Top Doc" 2014, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021
  • Hampton Roads "Super Doctors" 2011


Community Involvement

  • Fellow, American Academy of Pediatrics (Member Sections of Neonatal Perinatal Medicine, Bioethics)
  • Vice President, Children's Specialty Group
  • Director of Neonatal Medicine, Children's Specialty Group
  • Past Chief of Clinical Department of Pediatrics, CHKD
  • Past President, Virginia Perinatal Association
  • Member, American Medical Association



Medical School: University of Virginia School of Medicine

Residency: University of Virginia Medical Center

Fellowship: University of North Carolina Hospitals



Contact Info:

Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters

601 Children's Lane

Norfolk, VA 23507

(757) 668-7456



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Dr. Jamil Khan - America's Top 50 Doctors - Neonatologist - Virginia

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