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Division Highlights - Neonatology & Newborn Nursery

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, screening for congenital heart disease and models and methods of maternal-infant health care.

2013 Highlights

  • Six division faculty received approximately $150,000 in total funding from the Meriter Foundation for the following research projects:
    • Elizabeth Goetz, MD, MPH, “Improving Quality of Care and Lowering Costs by Reducing NICU Admissions”
    • Pamela Kling, MD, “Iron Status Linking Obesity During Pregnancy and Asthma in Offspring”
    • David McCulley, MD, “Mammalian Pulmonary Lymphatic Circulation”
    • Bikash Pattnaik, PhD, “Oxytocinergic Signaling in the Eye: Its Contribution to Retinopathy of Prematurity”
    • De-Ann Pillers, MD, PhD, “Discovering Biomarkers of Hyperoxia-Induced Lung Fibrosis in Chronic Lung Disease of Prematurity”
    • Michael Porte, MD, “aEEG for Education of Staff and Investigation of Subclinical Brain Function in Neonates”
  • Georgia Ditzenberger, PhD, RN, NNP-BC, received the UW Health Advance Practice Provider Excellence Award, which recognizes UW Health nurse practitioners and physician assistants who demonstrate outstanding clinical practice, teaching and leadership.
  • Pamela Kling, MD, received the Dean's Award for Excellence in Medical Student Research Mentorship. In addition, Natalie Dosch, an undergraduate student mentored by Theresa Guilbert, MD, and Dr. Kling, received a 2013-2014 Wisconsin Hilldale Undergraduate/Faculty Research Fellowship for her project, “Iron: A Possible Link between Obese Pregnancies and Asthma Predisposition at Birth.”
  • David McCulley, MD, received a $50,000 award from the UW Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (UW-ICTR) type 1 pilot grant program for his project, “Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia: Genetic Basis and Stem Cell Therapy.” He also received the department’s 2013 Todd Varness Outstanding Clinical Teaching Award.
  • Bikash Pattnaik, PhD, received a one-year, $400,000 award from an unnamed donor to support his lab’s research on potassium channel therapy for LCA16, a form of congenital blindness.


De-Ann M. Pillers, MD, PhD

Professor and Division Chief

Michael A. Porte, MD

Clinical Professor and
Clinical Director

Debra A. Burbach, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor

Georgia R. Ditzenberger, NNP, RNC, PhD

Assistant Professor (CHS)

Elizabeth M. Goetz, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor (CHS)

Frank R. Greer, MD


Julie M. Kessel, MD

Associate Professor (CHS)

Pamela J. Kling, MD


Jamie J. Limjoco, MD

Assistant Professor (CHS)

Matthew D. Maruna, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor

David J. McCulley, MD

Assistant Professor

Olachi J. Mezu-Ndubuisi, MD, OD

Assistant Professor

Paul J. Neary, MD

Clinical Associate Professor

Neena D. Shah, MD

Clinical Associate Professor


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Last updated: 01/04/2016
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