Diana Montoya-Williams


  • Diana Montoya-Williams (PSC Research Associate) wrote an Op-ed in The Philadelphia Inquirer about the health insurance needs of mixed-status immigrant families and solutions to meet them. Montoya-Williams calls for better outreach strategies to educate residents that the act of seeking out health insurance for a child will not negatively affect the immigration status of anyone in that child's family. Montoya-Williams urges state and local governments to incentivize targeted, preemptive public health messaging around this issue.

  • New study conducted by Diana Montoya-Williams (PSC Research Associate) titled "Racial/ethnic differences in maternal resilience and associations with low birthweight", published in Journal of Perinatology Society was cited in a recent blog on the Penn LDI website.  

Assistant Professor, Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine
Attending Neonatologist, Neonatology, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

2012, M.D., Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons


Diana Montoya-Williams, MD, is interested in the drivers of racial and ethnic disparities in infant health outcomes such as preterm birth, low birth weight and infant mortality. She has conducted several studies on social determinants of perinatal health, including evaluations of paid family leave policies and prenatal risk screening. Dr. Montoya-Williams has also begun to explore resilience in pregnancy and what factors make women of different cultural backgrounds resilient to poor birth outcomes. Finally, she has a special interest in how immigration status and policy affects Hispanic women’s perinatal and infant health outcomes.

In addition to her research interests, Dr. Montoya-Williams actively engages in immigrant child health advocacy at local and national levels. She is also a medical podcaster and co-hosts Baby Doctor Mamas (www.babydoctormamas.com), an educational podcast aimed at new parents.


  • Kevin Pho: Diana Montoya-Williams on Being a neonatologist and a mother