Neonatology is the branch of medicine that includes the treatment and care of newborn babies, especially those who are critically ill and/or premature. A neonatologist is a medical doctor who specializes in the care of these newborns.
Some of the issues and conditions our neonatologists treat include:
- Respiratory failure
- Newborn brain injuries, including cooling therapy
- Birth defects such as congenital diaphragmatic hernia
- Pulmonary hypertension
- Intestinal failure and intestinal birth defects
- Metabolic disorders
- Kidney failure
- Medical issues of infants who need surgery or surgical evaluation
- Infants who need ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation)
- Counseling for conditions diagnosed before birth that will require a stay in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
- Complications resulting from preterm birth
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At Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, we embrace collaboration among our pediatric specialists. Through this collaboration, we offer families the following programs, clinics and services in which our neonatologists participate.
Babies born early or with complex medical conditions often spend their first days in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). After they go home—and as they grow—these children may also have medical conditions or developmental challenges that require special attention. The Children’s Developmental Progress Clinic specializes in providing comprehensive medical and developmental care that addresses the needs of premature and medically complex infants after they leave the hospital and provides families with the resources they may need from infancy into early childhood. Note, this clinic does not replace a child’s pediatrician or well-child check-ups. This clinic is for children who need continued monitoring, care coordination and early interventions after they “graduate” from NICUs.
About our clinic
In collaboration with Emory University School of Medicine, the Developmental Progress Clinic (DPC) provides neurodevelopment follow-up evaluations for NICU graduates. This clinic, located at Hughes Spalding Hospital, the Center for Advanced Pediatrics and Marcus Autism Center, was created to provide ongoing care and services for children who spent time in the NICU because of preterm birth or complex medical problems.
In the DPC, we believe that all babies deserve the best possible chance at happy, healthy development with their families. Our clinic was established to serve babies born with high risk for developmental problems and delays—as well as their families. We see these children from birth to age 5 in-person
Together with your child’s pediatrician and community services, the DPC team has a range of providers who are focused on the development of babies, toddlers, and young children, including:
- Nurse practitioners
- Developmental psychologists
- Social workers
- Physical and occupational therapists
We follow and support your child’s development and connect you to new research studies to help you make positive changes for your child. We want your family to feel well supported as your child approaches school age.
Our pediatric ECMO Center, one of the few in the Southeast, provides lifesaving cardiac and respiratory support to children whose heart and lungs cannot work on their own.
Children’s Fetal Care Center serves babies from across the region who have congenital defects or fetal abnormalities. Our fetal medicine specialists collaborate with obstetricians and perinatologists (obstetricians specializing in high-risk pregnancies) to assist women and families experiencing high-risk pregnancies in developing a comprehensive care plan. As the care plan is developed, the expectant family will be introduced to the services Children’s offers and the providers, including our neonatologists, that may be assisting with the delivery and/or post-delivery care of their child.
Located at our Egleston and Scottish Rite hospitals, our Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs) provide comprehensive, advanced care for critically ill newborns and premature infants from across the Southeast. Our highly trained healthcare professionals use advanced technology to care for our tiniest patients, many with surgical or other complex needs.
Children's offers neonatal transport through ground support with one specialty NICU team as well as four Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU) trucks that provide neonatal and pediatric specialty care services 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Air support is provided by Children's One, which has the capability to complete scene calls in addition to interfacility transports.
While Children’s is raising the standard of pediatric care for children today, we are pushing the boundaries of what is possible tomorrow through research. Our team conducts research both on our own and in collaboration with our academic partners, including the Emory University School of Medicine, which ranked No. 1 for research funding to a department of pediatrics from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 2022. Through our academic and clinical research partnerships, we aim to improve outcomes for our critically ill neonates.
Our research areas of focus include:
- Quality improvement
- Infection prevention
- Peri-operative care
- Human milk
- Neonatal clinical trials
- Necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) and intestinal rehabilitation
- Surgical techniques and advances
To align with our commitment to quality care, our team participates in the following national organizations:
- Children’s Hospitals Neonatal Consortium (CHNC): Children’s is an active participant in the CHNC, which improves care for the medically complex and high-risk infants by providing a platform to compare quality and outcomes measures from Level 4 NICUs across the U.S. and Canada. Children’s Neonatologist Anthony Piazza, MD, serves on the CHNC executive board and is a leader for their quality improvement initiatives.
- NICHD Neonatal Research Network: We are one of four sites to have maintained more than 30 years of continuous funding from the NICHD Neonatal Research Network. This network is a collaboration among NICUs across the country and has led studies to improve the treatment and health outcomes of critically ill babies.
Committed to delivering high-quality care through national collaborations
Children’s is an active participant in the Children’s Hospitals Neonatal Consortium (CHNC) with representation in 13 of 16 focus groups. The CHNC improves care for high-risk infants by providing a platform to compare quality and outcomes.LEARN MORE
Led by Brenda B. Poindexter, MD, MS, Division Chief of Neonatology, our neonatologists work alongside a multidisciplinary team that includes certified nurses, respiratory therapists, dietitians, pharmacist, child life specialists, social workers, certified lactation consultants and chaplains. We also collaborate with our colleagues in pediatric surgery and more than 30 pediatric subspecialties, including: cardiology, radiology, pulmonology, ENT, neurosurgery, neurology, endocrinology, nephrology and hematology.
- Brenda Poindexter, MD, MS, Division Chief, Neonatology
- Anthony Piazza, MD, Medical Director, Neonatology, Egleston Hospital
- Shannon Hamrick, MD, Associate Medical Director, Neonatology
- Patrick S. Spafford, MD, Medical Director, Neonatology, Scottish Rite Hospital
Children’s Physician Group–Neonatology
Children’s Physician Group is the largest multispecialty physician practice in Georgia. Children’s Physician Group enables you and your family to see pediatric specialists that are part of the Children’s team.
- Maria Barbian, MD
- Wanda Barfield, MD
- Shazia Bhombal, MD
- Susie Buchter, MD
- George Bugg, MD, MPH
- Patricia Lanee Wei Denning, MD
- April Dworetz, MD
- Summer Elshenawy, MD
- Sobha Fritz, PhD
- Theresa Gauthier, MD
- Shannon Hamrick, MD
- Lucky Jain, MD
- Heidi Karpen, MD
- Sarah Keene, MD
- Salathiel Kendrick-Allwood, MD
- Gagandeep Kooner, MD
- Nathalie Maitre, MD
- Letitia Mobley, MD
- Mary Neel, MD
- Jocelyn Ou, MD
- Kimberly Parsons, MD
- Ravi Patel, MD
- Michelle-Marie Pena, MD
- Anthony Piazza, MD
- Brenda Poindexter, MD, MS
- Deepa Ranganathan, MD
- Sarah Rice, MD
- Jessica Roberts, MD
- Allison Rose, MD
- Amy Rule, MD
- Vivek Saroha, MD
- Shubha Setty, MD
- Elizabeth Sewell, MD, MPH
- William Sexson, MD
- Lindsay Sternad, MD
- Shilpa Vyas-Read, MD
- Helen Williams, MD
Private practice neonatologists
We work closely with the following private practice physicians in our program to deliver seamless care to patients at Scottish Rite Hospital.
Our NICUs are located at our Egleston and Scottish Rite hospitals. Our Developmental Progress Clinics are held at the Center for Advanced Pediatrics and Hughes Spalding Hospital.
Center for Advanced Pediatrics
1400 Tullie Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30329
1405 Clifton Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30322
Hughes Spalding Hospital
35 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive SE
Atlanta, GA 30303
Scottish Rite Hospital
1001 Johnson Ferry Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30342-1605