Thornton S Mu


Colonel, Army

Department of Primary Appointment:
School of Medicine
Army Associate Dean, Graduate Medical Education
Location: San Antonio Military Medical Center, TX
Research Interests:
Umbilical Cord Blood Use; Preservation/Prevention of Anemia of Prematurity
ECMO; NRP; Simulation
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2011 - University of Hawaii/Tripler Army Medical Center - Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship
2006 - San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium - Pediatric Residency
2003 - Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center -- MD
1996 - University of California at Berkeley -- BA


COL Thornton Mu is originally from San Francisco, CA and received his bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley in 1996 where he was an Army ROTC distinguished military graduate. He served three years as a Medical Services Corps officer prior to attending medical school. He earned his medical degree from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine. He is a graduate of San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium’s pediatric residency and Tripler Army Medical Center’s neonatology fellowship. He has deployed twice to Iraq in 2006 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and to Afghanistan in 2012 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He currently resides in San Antonio, TX with his family. His research interests include investigation of umbilical cord blood use as well as neonatal resuscitation practices and ECMO. His quality improvement initiatives focus on maximizing breastfeeding success in military families and neonatal outcome measures. In addition to serving as Immediate Past President for the American Academy of Pediatrics Uniformed Services Chapter West, he is a member of the Sections on Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine and Uniformed Services. Additionally, he holds Associate Professor of Pediatrics appointments at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences and University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio.

Career Highlights: Positions, Projects, Deployements, Awards and Additional Publications

Program Director, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship 2015-2019

Division Chief, Neonatal Medicine Services 2016-2017

Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan) 2012-2013

Operation Iraqi Freedom 2006-2007

US Army Medical Corps "A" Proficiency Designator

Representative Bibliography

Mondzelewski LM, Mu TS, Michalski A, Ward J, Cheng L, Chen M, Riffenburgh R, Holmes A. Timing of Circumcision and Breastfeeding Frequency: A Multi-Center, Randomized Clinical Trial. Hosp Pediatr 12: 555-560, 2022

Mu TS, Prescott AC, Haischer-Rollo GD, Aden JK, Shapiro JB. Umbilical Cord Blood Use for Admission Blood Tests of VLBW Preterm Neonates: A Randomized Clinical Trial. Am J Perinatol Online ahead of print, 2021

Mu TS, Garcia-Choudary TL, Staudt AM, Tyree MM, Valdez-Delgado KK, Caldwell N, Carr NR, Borgman MA, Delaney HM. Simulation vs. Live Tissue Training Randomized Trial for ECMO Proficiency: Is One Better than the Other? BMJ Simul Technol Enhanc Learn. 7 (4) 2021

Litke-Wager C, Delaney H, Mu T, Sawyer T. Impact of Task-Oriented Role Assignment on Neonatal Resuscitation Performance: A Simulation-based Randomized Controlled Trial. Am J Perinatol. 38: 914-921, 2021

Monnikendam CS, Mu TS, Aden JK, Lefkowitz W, Carr NR, Aune CN, Ahmad KA. Dysnatremia in Extremely Low Birth Weight Infants is Associated with Multiple Adverse Outcomes. Journal of Perinatology 39: 842-847, 2019

Mu TS, Palmer EG, Batts SG, Lentz-Kapua SL, Uyehara-Lock JH, Uyehara CFT. Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy to Reduce Inflammation in a Piglet Hemorrhage-Reperfusion Extra-corporeal Membrane Oxygenation Model. Pediatric Research 72: 249-255, 2012