Neonatal-Perinatal Fellowship
Core Training Sites

Seattle Children's

Seattle Children's Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (SCH NICU)
Medical Director: Robert DiGeronimo, MD , Associate Medical Director: Zeenia Billimoria

The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Seattle Children’s Hospital has 32 licensed Level IV beds. It accepts admissions of critically ill neonates up to 44 weeks’ post menstrual age from a 5-state area including Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho, requiring higher level of subspecialty and multidisciplinary care. Common diagnoses include congenital diaphragmatic hernia, necrotizing enterocolitis, focal intestinal perforation, meconium aspiration syndrome, bronchiolitis, bronchopulmonary dysplasia, gastroschisis, perinatal infection, persistent pulmonary hypertension, myelomeningocele, life-threatening malformations, and hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy. Services provided include extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, therapeutic hypothermia, continuous renal replacement therapy, pediatric medical and surgical subspecialty consultation. Innovative surgical and catheter-directed therapies are offered. There are two neonatology teams: one consisting of 4 pediatric residents, a fellow, and an attending; and the other, consisting of two advance practice providers and an attending. The neonatology teams round on all patients with the bedside nurse, respiratory therapist, neonatal dietician and pharmacist. Dedicated occupational and physical therapists provide feeding and developmental care to NICU patients. NICU discharge coordinators work in collaboration with the NICU team and families to safely transition patients to their home.

 

UW Medical Center

University of Washington Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (UWMC NICU)
Medical Director: Thomas Strandjord, MD , Associate Medical Director: Toby Cohen, MD

This 50 bed unit includes 42 single-bed rooms with space for a family member to stay near their infant, several additional rooms for multiples, and an integrated OR for surgical procedures. Over 95% of admissions are inborn from the UWMC High-Risk Perinatal Program, one of the highest risk obstetric services in the nation and has special expertise in management of the most fragile growth-restricted and premature fetuses and newborns. Patient care is managed in a multidisciplinary fashion by highly trained nurses, respiratory therapists, a neonatal nutritionist, a neonatal pharmacist, neonatal nurse practitioners, pediatric residents, neonatal fellows, and neonatal faculty attendings. Delivery room resuscitation duties are shared by the NICU and newborn nursery medical teams. Daily patient care rounds are directed by the attending neonatologist and neonatal fellows. Neonatal fellows have ample opportunity to perfect and teach resuscitation skills. Fellows also provide prenatal consultations.