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Texas Medical Center

Pulmonary Medicine
Phone: 832-822-3300


6701 Fannin Street
9th Floor
Houston, TX 77030

Natalie Villafranco, MD

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine


School Education Degree Year
Baylor College of Medicine Fellowship Pediatric Pulmonary 2019
Baylor College of Medicine Residency Pediatrics (Chief Resident - 2016) 2015
Washington University in St Louis Medical School Doctor of Medicine 2012
The Ohio State University Bachelors Bachelor of Science in Biological Science 2008


It is a privilege and honor to care for children and their families. I enjoy partnering with families to provide excellent medical care that works for their homes and lives. Collaboration and strong relationships are the foundations that I build my practice on.

Clinical Interests:

I am primarily interested in caring for patients with bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) and pulmonary hypertension, especially those patients who are ventilator dependent with severe lung disease.

Research Interests:

Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia

Neonatal Microbiome

Home Ventilator Management 

Pulmonary Hypertension


Organization Name Role
American Academy of Pediatrics Member

Selected Publications

Pulmonary Hypertension in Children Part 1: Causes and Symptoms.  Villafranco N, Varghese N, Sockrider M, Ely E, Neptune E. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2021 Nov 15;204(10):P17-P18. doi: 10.1164/rccm.20410P16.PMID: 34779750 No abstract available.

Multiple mitochondrial dysfunctions syndrome 1: An unusual cause of developmental pulmonary hypertension.  Birjiniuk A, Glinton KE, Villafranco N, Boyer S, Laufman J, Mizerik E, Scott D, Elsea SH, Galambos C, Varghese NP, Scaglia F.  Am J Med Genet A. 2020 Apr;182(4):755-761. doi: 10.1002/ajmg.a.61491. Epub 2020 Jan 22.PMID: 31970900

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