Diane L Spatz, PhD, RN-BC, FAAN
Professor of Perinatal Nursing and Helen M. Shearer Term Professor of Nutrition

Contact Information
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
Room 413 Fagin Hall
418 Curie Blvd.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104-4217
tel: (215) 898-8100
email: spatz@nursing.upenn.edu

Dr. Spatz is an active clinician, researcher, educator and member of the Penn community. She received her BSN, MSN and PhD from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. Dr. Spatz holds a joint appointment at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) as a nurse researcher in lactation and her expertise is the provision of human milk/breastfeeding in mothers who have infants with complex surgical anomalies. Dr. Spatz consults with families from around the world relocate to Philadelphia to be cared for at the Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment. Dr. Spatz is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing (AAN) and is Chair of the Expert Panel on Breastfeeding for the AAN. Dr. Spatz is the AAN’s representative to the United States Breastfeeding Committee. In 2007, she was invited to be a visiting professor and research associate at the University of Western Australia to work with Peter Hartmann and a visiting professor at Curtin University of Technology.

See video of Dr. Spatz speaking about human milk and CHOP’s employee lactation program

Call to Breastfeeding Action-Dr. Spatz speaking to a new mom about pumping

Dr. Spatz is the Course Director of Nursing-361: Case Study in Breastfeeding and Human Lactation. This undergraduate seminar course provides nursing students with 28 hours of didactic and 14 hours of clinical experience and gives graduates of this course a knowledge base and skill set which few BSN graduates possess. She is also the course director of a graduate level course, Nursing-637: Introduction to Research Methods and Design. Dr. Spatz also guest lectures regarding breastfeeding, research utilization, mentorship and NSNA (National Student Nurses Association) in a variety of courses including Nursing 50: Introduction to Nursing, Nursing-51: Human Development, and Nursing-371: Advanced Clinical Practice: Clinical. She received The Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching in 2001, and the Faculty Teaching Award from the University of Pennsylvania in 2002. Dr. Spatz also teaches numerous continuing education programs for health professionals including a One Day NICU Specialist Course on the Use of Human Mil and Breastfeeding and the two day Breastfeeding Resource Nurse course at CHOP. She also instituted and continues plan, coordinate and teach the Annual Breast Milk Assembly at CHOP that allows nurses from across the region to improve their knowledge of evidence-based lactation support and care. Dr Spatz is also frequently invited to present at various conferences for clinicians, educators, families and students.

Breastfeeding, high risk pregnancy, and advanced practice nursing/models of care are areas of particular interest to Dr. Spatz. Her current funded research includes The Role of Human Milk and Breastfeeding in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (2011-present) and Twenty-five year retrospective of the Clinician Educator (CE) Role at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (2010-present). Her funded research has also included studies such as Breastfeeding Services for LBW Infants-Outcomes and Cost (R01-NR-03881) (1996-2000), Nurse home care--High risk pregnant women: Outcome and Cost (RO1-NR-02897) (1995-2000), and an NINR-funded (National Institute of Nursing Research) study in conjunction with John Hopkins University; Support for low income breast feeding; Costs and outcomes (RO1-NR-007675-01A1) (2003-2007). She was also the Principal Investigator for a Foerderer Foundation-funded study; An Innovative Program for Breastfeeding Education and Training (2002-2005). Other studies that Dr. Spatz has been a Principal Investigator for include A Retrospective Review of Infants Readmitted with Early Breastfeeding Difficulties (2005-2006) and The Use of Human Milk and Outcomes of Infants with Congenital Surgical Anomalies (2006-2007).

• Currently Funded Grants

Clinical Practice
Dr. Spatz is a Nurse Researcher in Lactation at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) where she is also the Director of the Lactation program. Dr. Spatz educates and consults in the breastfeeding care of families. In particular, she has an extensive background in lactation for high risk mothers and neonates. Dr. Spatz provides extensive prenatal education for all mothers with high risk pregnancies who will deliver in the Special Delivery Unit at CHOP. She also provides consultation for mothers after they deliver, in the critical period of establishing lactation. Dr. Spatz also educates nurses throughout the hospital in an intense 16 hour Breastfeeding Resource Nurse course. Additionally, she received a division grant to produce a DVD of Skin to Skin Transfer of the Ventilated Infant that is now distributed worldwide and available for purchase. Dr. Spatz also received two grants from the Philadelphia Department of Health to fund breastfeeding promotion programs at two of CHOP's Primary Care sites.

• The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia


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