Dr. Seri obtained his MD (1976) and PhD (1985) in Budapest, Hungary at Semmelweis University School of Medicine and the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, respectively. He completed his clinical and research training at Semmelweis University, Budapest, Hungary, the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA. Dr. Seri was faculty at Harvard Medical School, the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn), Philadelphia, PA and the University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, CA before joining the faculty at Sidra Medical and Research Center and Weill-Cornell Medical College in 2014.
As for his clinical and administrative activities, Dr. Seri served as attending neonatologist at The Children’s Hospital, Boston, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Beth Israel Hospital, Boston MA, Clinical Director of Newborn Services and Associate Division Chief at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA and Director of the Center for Fetal and Neonatal Medicine and Chief of the USC Division of Neonatal Medicine at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) and the LAC+USC Medical Center before joining Sidra as the Director of the Sidra Neonatology Center of Excellence, Chief, Division of Neonatology and Vice Chair of Faculty Development of the Department of Pediatrics in 2014.
For his educational and mentoring activities, Dr. Seri has received a number of awards including the “Semmelweis Award’ from Semmelweis Medical School, the “Faculty Teacher of the Year Award’ and the “Blockley-Osler Award for Excellence in Teaching Modern Clinical Medicine’ from UPenn and CHOP, the “Philip E. Rothman Memorial Award for Excellence in Pediatric Resident Education’ from CHLA, the R.H. Paul Award from the USC Division of MFM, the Robert M. McAllister Faculty Mentoring Award from the Department of Pediatrics at CHLA and USC, and the “Virginia Apgar Award’ from the Hungarian Perinatal and OB-Anesthesiology Society. In 2001, the “Istvan Seri Faculty Teaching Award in Neonatology’ was established in the Department of Pediatrics and Division of Neonatology at CHOP and UPenn. Dr. Seri also received an Honorary Doctorate Degree from Semmelweis University, Budapest, Hungary in 2004. In collaboration with the Viterbi School of Engineering of USC and the Department of Radiology at CHLA, Dr. Seri also established a PhD training program with 3 positions in bioengineering in the Center of Fetal and Neonatal Medicine in 2008.
Dr. Seri’s basic and clinical research activities have focused on the developmental regulation of cardiovascular and renal function, transitional hemodynamics and its clinical relevance. Dr. Seri has received several awards from the NIH and other funding agencies and has published over 150 peer-reviewed scientific publications, editorials, and chapters. He is co-editor of the two editions of the “Neonatal Hemodynamics and Cardiology’ book. He has been a member or chair of several national and international scientific committees and foundations and has served on different NIH study sections. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a member of the Society of Pediatric Research, the Pediatric Academic Society and the European Society of Pediatric Research. Dr. Seri has been an invited speaker at over 250 national and international meetings and postgraduate courses. Dr. Seri established the Neonatal Hemodynamics Club at the PAS/SPR in 2004 and served the chair of the club between from 2004 until 2015. He is the director for the Developmental Hemodynamics Course of the IPOKRaTES international organization of postgraduate medical education and serves as co-chairman on the Board of the IPOKRaTES organization. For his research accomplishments and contributions, Dr. Seri has been recognized as an international leader in the field of developmental cardiovascular physiology in general and neonatal hemodynamics and neonatal shock in particular.