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PEDS/ SRN Carole L. Marcus Outstanding Achievement Award

Meet the 2021 Winner: Christopher Cielo, DO


Dr. Christopher Cielo is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania and a Pediatric Pulmonologist in the Division of Pulmonary & Sleep Medicine at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). His research program, supported by NHLBI and a Parker B. Francis fellowship, focuses on the mechanisms, evaluation, and management of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) in children, with a particular interest in infants and high-risk children including those with craniofacial conditions and Down syndrome. Dr. Cielo completed dual fellowship training in sleep medicine and pediatric pulmonology at CHOP under the mentorship of Dr. Carole Marcus and then earned a Master’s of Science in Translational Research at the University of Pennsylvania before joining the faculty. His K23 project uses sophisticated imaging techniques and growth assessments to better understand the mechanisms of OSA in infants with micrognathia and the impact of OSA on these infants. In addition, he is co-investigator on several other NIH-funded projects focused on the evaluation of OSA in children. In addition to his own research, Dr. Cielo directs the Sleep Core of CHOP’s Center for Human Phenomic Science, which ensures high-quality research sleep testing for clinical investigators across the institution. He enjoys teaching and mentoring students and trainees and sees patients at CHOP’s interdisciplinary Sleep Center. Chris lives in Swarthmore, PA with his wife and three children.


This award is intended to recognize the career accomplishments in the area of  pediatric sleep and respiratory neurobiology. This encompasses the areas of control of breathing, sleep mechanisms, and sleep-disordered breathing from a developmental standpoint, among infants, children, or adolescents. This may include research at the basic, translational, clinical, or population level, teaching, clinical care and/or development of new clinical programs to advance the care of children with sleep and breathing disorders. The award is intended to recognize a new investigator who is beyond formal training, but not yet fully established. It is not intended for well-established investigators. It is also not intended as recognition for a single project, but rather for overall accomplishments and future potential.

This award will be presented at the ATS International Conference. The awardee is expected to be present at the conference in order to receive the award, along with an honorarium of US $500. Eligible applicants should be members of the ATS. 


  • The candidate must be a member of the ATS and hold a faculty appointment at a rank not higher than Assistant Professor (or equivalent).
  • At least one nominating letter from a senior faculty person that details the candidate’s achievements and his/her contribution to the field of pediatric sleep and respiratory neurobiology
  • The nominee’s curriculum vitae.
  • Copies of any relevant publications.


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Contributions to the PEDS/ SRN Carole L. Marcus Award

Click here to contribute to the Carole L. Marcus Award. When making a contribution to the Foundation Contribution form, there’s a “Tribute/Memorial Gifts” dropdown option. Click on that option to make a gift “in memory of” Carole L. Marcus. In the box write in “Carole L. Marcus.”  Contributions should also be designated to the SRN or PEDS Assembly.

View Previous Award Recipients

2020 - David F. Smith, MD, PhD
2019 - Hui-Leng Tan, MBBS
2018 - Ignacio E. Tapia, MD