Molly Easterlin, MD, MS

Molly Easterlin, MD, MS

Attending Neonatologist
Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Keck School of Medicine of USC

Molly Easterlin, MD, MS, is an Attending Neonatologist in the Division of Neonatology at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and an Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the Keck School of Medicine of USC.

Dr. Easterlin earned her medical degree from the University of California, San Diego. She completed her pediatric residency at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital and a fellowship in neonatal-perinatal medicine at the University of Southern California/LA County USC Medical Center. Following residency, she also completed a fellowship in health services research through the National Clinician Scholars Program at UCLA, as well as a master’s in health policy and management at the UCLA School of Public Health.

Her research interests include neonatal health services research, neonatal clinical outcomes and the effects of adverse childhood experiences and toxic stress.

Clinical Interests

Neonatal clinical outcomes, care of the extremely preterm infant


Medical School

University of California San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine

Graduate School

Master’s of Health Policy and Management, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health


UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital


UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital


Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine: University of Southern California / LA County+USC Medical Center
Health Services Research: University of California, Los Angeles



Pediatrics: American Board of Pediatrics

Professional Memberships

American Academy of Pediatrics 
Junior Section of Society of Pediatric Research


Easterlin MC, Ramanathan R, De Beritto T. Neonatal Opioid Withdrawal Syndrome. Pediatric Annals. 2022 Jun;51(6):e234-e242. doi:10.3928/19382359-20220407-05

Easterlin MC, Li Y, Yieh L, Gong CL, Jaffray J, Hall M, Friedlich PS, Lakshmanan A. Predictors of venous thromboembolism among infants in children's hospitals in the United States: a retrospective Pediatric Health Information Study.  J Perinatol. 2022 Jan;42(1):103-109. doi: 10.1038/s41372-021-01232-1. Epub 2021 Oct 16. PMID: 34657144

Easterlin MC, Crimmins EM, Finch CE. Will prenatal exposure to SARS-CoV-2 define a birth cohort with accelerated aging in the century ahead? J Dev Orig Health Dis. 2021 Oct;12(5):683-687. doi: 10.1017/S204017442000104X. Epub 2020 Nov 10. PMID: 33168125; PMCID: PMC7674789. PMID: 33168125

Easterlin MC, Ramanathan R, De Beritto T. Maternal-to-Fetal Transmission of Syphilis and Congenital Syphilis. Neoreviews. 2021 Sep;22(9):e585-e599. doi: 10.1542/neo.22-9-e585. PMID: 34470760.

Easterlin MC, Ramanathan R. Does high-dose erythropoietin decrease the risk of death or severe neurodevelopmental impairment in preterm infants? J Perinatol. 2021 Jun;41(6):1505-1510. doi: 10.1038/s41372-021-00931-z. Epub 2021 Jan 28. PMID: 33510418.

Easterlin MC, De Beritto T, Yeh AM, Wertheimer FB, Ramanathan R. Extremely Preterm Infant Born to a Mother With Severe COVID-19 Pneumonia. J Investig Med High Impact Case Rep. 2020 Jan-Dec;8:2324709620946621. doi: 10.1177/2324709620946621. PMID: 32723092; PMCID: PMC7391423.

Easterlin MC, Chung PJ, Leng M, Dudovitz R. Association of Team Sports Participation With Long-term Mental Health Outcomes Among Individuals Exposed to Adverse Childhood Experiences. JAMA Pediatr. 2019 Jul 1;173(7):681-688. doi: 10.1001/jamapediatrics.2019.1212. PMID: 31135890; PMCID: PMC6547068.


Dr. Easterlin’s research interests include neonatal health services research, neonatal clinical outcomes, and the effects of adverse childhood experiences and toxic stress.