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