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Division Highlights - Neonatology

The Division of Neonatology promotes the health and well-being of the newborn, whether critically ill, premature, or in need of special observation.

Research interests include genetic contributors to premature birth, nutrition in neonates (with special emphasis on iron metabolism and vitamin supplementation), chronic complications of prematurity including lung and vision problems of prematurity, infection and inflammation, placental biology vascular adaptations in pregnancy, and models and methods of maternal-infant health care.

2010 Highlights

  • Georgia Ditzenberger, NNP, RNC, PhD, received $47,478 from the Meriter Foundation for core equipment in the Meriter Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Simulation Center.
  • Frank Greer, MD, supported the American Academy of Pediatrics in a variety of senior leadership roles. Last year, he also testified to the Food and Drug Administration on issues related to banked human breast milk.
  • Julie Kessel, MD, embraced the role of clinical liaison to pediatric cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery. She complements the pediatric intensivist’s expertise in managing neonates at American Family Children’s Hospital who have serious congenital heart disease and who need surgical treatment.
  • Matthew Maruna, MD, joined the division.
  • Bikash Pattnaik, PhD, received approximately $120,000 total in research funding from the Meriter Foundation, the UW Medical School Research Committee, and the UW Institute of Clinical and Translational Research.
  • De-Ann Pillers, MD, PhD, was awarded a three-year, $300,000 grant from the Hartwell Foundation to identify fetal genetic risk factors for premature birth. She also received $47,176 from the Meriter Foundation to study chronic lung disease in premature infants.
  • Under the direction of Neena Shah, MD, the division partnered with the Meriter Hospital NICU and the Division of Women’s Health to enroll in the Vermont-Oxford Network’s NICU7 Quality Collaborative Multicenter project.


De-Ann M. Pillers, MD, PhD

Professor and Division Chief

Georgia R. Ditzenberger, NNP, RNC, PhD

Assistant Professor

Frank R. Greer, MD


Julie M. Kessel, MD

Associate Professor

Pamela J. Kling, MD

Associate Professor

Matthew D. Maruna, MD


Neena D. Shah, MD

Clinical Associate Professor


Recent Publications

Grant Support

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Last updated: 01/04/2016
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