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Nicholas Bennett, MA(Cantab), MBBChir, PhD, FAAP

Division Head, Infectious Diseases & Immunology
Co-Director, Antimicrobial Stewardship Program
Pediatric Infectious Diseases Fellowship Director

Practice Name: Connecticut Children's Specialty Group

BA(Hons), University of Cambridge, 1998 [converted to MA(Cantab) in 2002]
MB BChir, University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine, 2004
PhD, University of Cambridge, 2004
Pediatrics, SUNY Upstate Medical University, 2005-2008
Pediatric Infectious Disease, SUNY Upstate Medical University, 2008-2011

Board Certifications
  • Pediatrics
  • Pediatric Infectious Diseases
  • Faculty Appointment

    Associate Professor of Pediatrics, University of Connecticut School of Medicine
    Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pharmacy, University of Connecticut School of Medicine

    Clinical Expertise

    Dr. Bennett is the co-director of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, where he is tasked with improving the usage of antibiotics and other antimicrobial drugs. Dr. Bennett attended medical school in Cambridge, England, where he specialized in viral and genetic pathology. He undertook a PhD in the molecular biology of HIV viral packaging, specifically looking at RNA/protein interactions. He then moved to the United States and worked as a research associate in the Department of Pediatrics at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, where he analyzed laboratory data of mouse models of severe childhood respiratory infections and was involved with several clinical trials of childhood vaccines. He was accepted into the Pediatric Residency program at SUNY Upstate where he continued to publish and contribute to clinical research. Dr. Bennett was twice awarded the Gold Foundation award for Humanism and Excellence in Teaching and voted by the student body into the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honors Society. He stayed on as the Fellow for Pediatric Infectious Diseases, where his research focused on the detection and effects of respiratory viral infections in premature babies. During his fellowship, Dr. Bennett also developed an interest in the diagnosis and management of immune deficiency and velocardiofacial syndrome. Dr. Bennett has developed medical education curricula in patient-centered care and communication skills and the effective use of antibiotics. In 2012, he received the Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.

    Selected Publications
    • Jessica W. Tutolo, MD; J. Erin Staples, MD, PhD; Lynn Sosa, MD; Nicholas Bennett, MBBChir, PhD. Notes from the Field: Powassan Virus Disease in an Infant — Connecticut, 2016, Weekly / April 21, 2017 / 66(15);408–409

    • Magsarili HK, Girotto JE, Bennett NJ, Nicolau DP. Making a Case for Pediatric Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs. Pharmacotherapy. 2015 Nov;35(11):1026-36. doi: 10.1002/phar.1647. Epub 2015 Nov 2.

    • Valdez TA, Marvis K, Bennett NJ, Lerer T, Nolder AR, Buchinsky FJ. Current trends in perioperative antibiotic use: a survey of otolaryngologists. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2015 Jan;152(1):63-6. Epub 2014 Oct 10.

    • *Bennett N. Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia prophylaxis for HIV-exposed neonates. Res Rep Neonatol. 2014 Apr 8;2014(4):71-4.

    • Feder HM Jr, Bennett N, Modlin JF. Atypical hand, foot and mouth disease: a vesiculobullous eruption caused by Coxsackie virus A6. Lancet Infect Dis. 2014 Jan;14(1):83-6. Epub 2013 Nov 25.

    • Unrecognized Viral Respiratory Tract Infections in Premature Infants during their Birth Hospitalization: A Prospective Surveillance Study in Two Neonatal Intensive Care Units. Bennett NJ, Tabarani CM, Bartholoma NM, Wang D, Huang D, Riddell SW, Kiska DL, Hingre R, Rosenberg HF, Domachowske JB, J Pediatr. 2012 Jun 11.

    • Pneumocystis pneumonia. Gilroy SA, Bennett NJ. Semin Respir Crit Care Med. 2011 Dec;32(6):775-82. Epub 2011 Dec 13. Review.

    • Diminished inflammatory responses to natural pneumovirus infection among older mice. Bonville CA, Bennett NJ, Percopo CM, Branigan PJ, Del Vecchio AM, Rosenberg HF, Domachowske JB.,Virology. 2007 Nov 10;368(1):182-90. Epub 2007 Jul 25.

    • Immunization strategies for the prevention of pneumovirus infections, Bennett N, Ellis J, Bonville C, Rosenberg H, Domachowske J., Expert Rev Vaccines. 2007 Apr;6(2):169-82. Review.

    • Respiratory dysfunction and proinflammatory chemokines in the pneumonia virus of mice (PVM) model of viral bronchiolitis. Bonville CA, Bennett NJ, Koehnlein M, Haines DM, Ellis JA, DelVecchio AM, Rosenberg HF, Domachowske JB., Virology. 2006 May 25;349(1):87-95. Epub 2006 Mar 24.

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