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Neonatology

The Division of Neonatology provides care for critically ill newborns. Newborns that require neonatal care include, but are not limited to, infants born prematurely or born with low birth weight.

Education and Training

Our fellowship program provides training in all aspects of neonatal-perinatal medicine, including clinical neonatology and research.

Research

We conduct ongoing research in the areas of pulmonary biology, including study of the pulmonary vasculature, cell and molecular biologic studies of acute and chronic lung injury of the newborn, pulmonary hypertension, oxidant lung injury, inflammation and nitric oxide.

The main focus of research in our division is neonatal transition at birth, disorders of neonatal transition and neonatal resuscitation. Faculty members in our division have received funding from the NIH, American Academy of Pediatrics and industry. Faculty and fellows regularly present at Pediatric Academic Society annual meetings.

Clinical research areas of interest include the role of breast milk in preventing nosocomial infection, varying oxygen concentration levels for premature infant resuscitation, post-PPHN systemic hypertension, the effect of dexamethasone on nitric oxide pathway metabolites, osteopenia of prematurity, aspiration and gram-negative pneumonia in the development of bronchopulmonary dysplasia, booster surfactant during the development of bronchopulmonary dysplasia and the use of HVAC ultraviolet germicidal irradiation in decreasing nosocomial infection.

We are evaluating the pathophysiology of necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) and its relation to prematurity, enteral feeds, ischemia and transfusions.

Since 2011, we have been a part of the NICHD neonatal research network - a consortium of 18 universities and affiliated neonatal intensive care units dedicated to conducting multicenter trials to improve the outcomes for critically ill newborn infants.

Patient Care

The 64-bed NICU at Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo admits approximately 800 to 950 babies each year and has an average daily census of 50 to 55 babies. WCHOB is the Regional Perinatal Center for Western New York, serving the eight counties and beyond.

Approximately one-third of admissions are transported from an outlying hospital by our neonatal transport team. Our team consists of neonatal nurse practitioners and specially trained neonatal respiratory therapists, readily available to provide stabilization and transport for any infant in our region.

Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo is the only center in the region with pediatric surgery and pediatric surgical subspecialists, a full complement of pediatric medical subspecialists, and obstetricians with board certification in maternal-fetal medicine (high-risk obstetrics). This regional perinatal center (RPC) provides whole body hypothermia with continuous EEG monitoring for newborn infants with hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) for infants with hypoxic respiratory failure. The hospital’s NICU admits approximately 150 infants each year who weigh less than 1,500 grams at birth.

As the regional referral center, we provide support to 18 other hospitals in our region, including our new state-of–the–art Level II NICU at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital. The 10-bed unit offers comfortable contemporary accommodations for newborns and parents. This special care nursery provides care to infants weighing more than 3 lbs., 5 oz. and/or more than 32 weeks gestation who are moderately ill. Physicians in the Division of Neonatology rotate practice sites to maintain the highest level of skill in caring for these critically ill newborns.

Contact

Division of Neonatology
219 Bryant Street
Buffalo, NY 14222
Phone: (716) 878-7673
Fax: (716) 878-7945

Leader/Division Chief

Lakshminrusimha, Satyan
Satyan Lakshminrusimha, MD
Professor of Pediatrics and Chief, Neonatology

Faculty

Berkelhamer, Sara
Sara Berkelhamer, MD
Clinical Associate Professor

Bommaraju, Mahesh
Mahesh Bommaraju, MD
Clinical Associate Professor

Carrion, Vivien
Vivien Carrion, MD
Clinical Associate Professor

Chandrasekharan, Praveen
Praveen Chandrasekharan, MD
Research Assistant Professor

Egan, Edmund
Edmund Egan, II, MD
Professor

Elberson, Valerie
Valerie Elberson, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Handa, Deepali
Deepali Handa, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Kumar, Vasanth
Vasanth Kumar, MD
Clinical Associate Professor

Leach, Corinne
Corinne Leach, MD, PhD
Associate Professor

Mathew, Bobby
Bobby Mathew, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Nair, Jayasree
Jayasree Nair, MD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Reynolds, Anne Marie
Anne Marie Reynolds, MD, MPH
Clinical Assistant Professor

Zorn, William
William Zorn, PhD
Clinical Associate Professor