As professor and Chief (Pediatric Pathology) at the Medical College of Wisconsin and Medical Director of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Dr. North is responsible for oversight of all clinical, administrative, research, and teaching aspects of Pediatric Pathology in the Department of Pathology and directs the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin Clinical Laboratories. As an internationally recognized expert in the pathological diagnosis of congenital and perinatal vascular anomalies, she provides primary Pathology diagnostic support to the Birthmarks and Vascular Anomalies Center as well as an international vascular anomalies consultation service. Dr. North is also Professor in the Institute for Health and Society at MCW and an active member of the MCW Global Health Program.
Dr. North is internationally recognized for her landmark research regarding the origin of hemangiomas. This work and subsequent studies have yielded several important clues about what causes infantile hemangiomas as well as important new tools for diagnosing them. Her most recent work in the field of vascular anomalies contributed significantly to the discovery of the genetic cause of port-wine stains.
Dr. North is also a funded researcher in the field of environmental health, serving as Deputy Director of the NIH/NIEHS-supported Children’s Environmental Health Sciences Core Center. She is Principal Investigator for a Fogarty International Center exploratory grant in environmental health focused in the rainforest of Northern Peru.