The Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA) is pleased to announce Paul Crister, M.D., Ph.D., as the recipient of the 2022 Pediatric PH Research Award. The research award supports research that could have a great impact toward advancing the field of PH pediatrics.

Dr. Crister is an assistant professor of pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. His research project, “Pulmonary Vascular Development in BPHD Associated PH,” studies a novel non-invasive MRI-based imaging tool for early diagnosis of bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) associated PH.  BPD is a condition that can be seen in pre-term infants with under-developed lungs.  Children with BPD are at risk for developing PH in late childhood and early adulthood, which can result in increased childhood morbidity and death.

Dr. Crister received his Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, and his medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, Indiana.  He was chief resident in pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital and completed fellowships at both Boston Children’s and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. He also served as chief fellow in pediatric cardiology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.