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Division Highlights - Neonatology & Newborn Nursery

The Division of Neonatology & Newborn Nursery 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.

2011 Highlights

  • Georgia Ditzenberger, RNC, PhD, launched the mid-level provider team as part of daily rounds in the NICU.
  • Frank Greer, MD, was named an American Society for Nutrition fellow in honor of a lifetime of accomplishment in research and service.
  • Julie Kessel, MD, served as interim clinical director of the Meriter neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).
  • Pamela Kling, MD received an award of over $34,000 from the UW Graduate School for her project, "Regulating Placental Iron Transfer in Fetal Growth Restriction."
  • Jamie Limjoco, MD, joined the division after completing her fellowship at USC.
  • Bikash Pattnaik, PhD, received a $47,856 award from the Meriter Foundation for his project, “The Role of Birth-Related Hormones in Retinopathy of Prematurity.”
  • De-Ann Pillers, MD, PhD, received a $47,176 award from the Meriter Foundation for her project, “Understanding the Contribution of Hyperoxia to Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia of the Premature Infant.”
  • Neena Shah, MD, undertook a Vermont-Oxford NICQ7 project at Meriter Hospital.


De-Ann M. Pillers, MD, PhD

Professor and Division Chief

Georgia R. Ditzenberger, NNP, RNC, PhD

Assistant Professor

Elizabeth M. Goetz, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor

Frank R. Greer, MD


Julie M. Kessel, MD

Associate Professor

Pamela J. Kling, MD

Associate Professor

Jamie J. Limjoco, MD

Assistant Professor

Francois M. Luyet, MD

Clinical Assistant 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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