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Neonatology
Clinical Program

Our pediatric training program has a complement of 65 residents, as well as Fellowship programs in Allergy/Immunology, Endocrine/Diabetes, Nephrology, Genetics, Gastroenterology, Neurology, Hematology/Oncology, Emergency Medicine, Critical Care, and Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine subspecialties. Supporting departments at WCHOB include obstetrics, pediatric surgery, ophthalmology, urology, otolaryngology, cardiothoracic and general surgery, anesthesia, and radiology.

Women & Children’s Hospital is the designated New York State Regional Perinatal Center for Western New York. The Obstetrics Department at Children’s is the major teaching unit of the University at Buffalo, with the 11th largest residency in the US. There are 2,500 deliveries annually, combining inner-city high-risk populations, regional referrals of high-risk patients, and general community obstetrics.

As the designated Regional Perinatal Center, WCHOB is the tertiary referral neonatal unit for a region with a population of 1.5 million and 17,000 births annually. Approximately 240 infants are transferred to WCHOB annually by our well-developed ground and air transport system staffed by Neonatal Nurse Practitioners and Respiratory Therapists. Our current NICU has an average daily census of 50 infants.

In addition to the Neonatology Faculty and Fellows, residents in Pediatrics and Medicine/Pediatrics, nurse practitioners and physician assistants comprise the medical team in the NICU. The highly trained and dedicated support staff includes a psychologist and developmentalist, family service counselors, nurses, licensed respiratory therapists, physical therapists, and occupational therapists. A nutritionist and a clinical pharmacist participate in daily bedside work rounds. 

Our full complement of staff ensures that the needs of each patient and family are closely attended. Our advanced state-of-the-art medical therapy of neonatal patients includes several modes of high frequency ventilation, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, nitric oxide inhalation, surfactant replacement, bedside surgery, laparoscopic pediatric surgery, retinal surgery and advanced ENT procedures.

Neonatal Fellows learn about the medical and developmental progress of patients discharged from the NICU by attending the Neonatal Follow-up Clinic. Faculty and fellows from developmental pediatrics, pediatric neurology, social work, occupational therapy, physical therapy and nutrition services participate in the follow-up program. Neonatology fellows are also encouraged to participate in the bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) clinic run by the pediatric pulmonary faculty. 

Neonatal Fellows learn about the medical and developmental progress of patients discharged from the NICU by attending the Neonatal Follow-up Clinic. Faculty and fellows from developmental pediatrics, pediatric neurology, social work, occupational therapy, physical therapy and nutrition services participate in the follow-up program. Neonatology fellows are also encouraged to participate in the bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) clinic run by the pediatric pulmonary faculty. Additional clinical rotations include ECMO, cardiothoracic surgery and perinatology.