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.

2012 Highlights

  • Frank Greer, MD; Julie Kessel, MD; and Pamela Kling, MD, were named “Top Doctors” by Madison Magazine.
  • Frank Greer, MD, and De-Ann Pillers, MD, PhD, were named in the “Best Doctors in America” list.
  • Bikash Pattnaik, PhD, received a $2,000 Mirus Research Award for his project, “Inwardly rectifying potassium channel dysfunction in retina.”
  • De-Ann Pillers, MD, PhD, was named a “Top Doctor” by US News & World Report.
  • De-Ann Pillers, MD, PhD, along with Dan Butz from Isomark, LLC, were awarded a 2-year, $500,000 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) award from the National Institutes of Health – Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development (NIH-NICHD) for their project, “A new smart neonatal incubator for real-time detection of sepsis.”


De-Ann M. Pillers, MD, PhD

Professor and Division Chief

Michael A. Porte, MD

Clinical Professor and
Clinical Director

Debra A. Burbach, MD

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

Paul J. Neary, MD

Clinical Associate Professor

Neena D. Shah, MD

Clinical Associate Professor


Recent Publications

Beissel DJ, Goetz EM, Hokanson JS. Pulse oximetry screening in Wisconsin. Congenit Heart Dis. 2012 Sep-Oct;7(5):460-5. PMID: 22494499.

Greer FR. Dietary counseling for preventing iron deficiency anemia in infants in Brazil: something more is needed. Dietary counseling for preventing iron deficiency anemia in infants in Brazil: something more is needed. J Pediatr (Rio J). 2012 Jan-Feb;88(1):4-5. PMID: 22344409.

Greer FR. Early high-dose amino acids for ELBW infants: too early and too much? J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2012 May;54(5):576. PMID: 22367338.

Higgins RD, Devaskar S, Hay WW Jr, Ehrenkranz RA, Greer FR, Kennedy K, Meier P, Papile L, Sherman MP. Executive summary of the workshop “Nutritional Challenges in the High Risk Infant.” J Pediatr. 2012 Mar;160(3):511-6. PMID: 22240111.

McCulley DJ, Limjoco JJ. 50 years ago in The Journal of Pediatrics: a study of premature infants fed cold formula. J Pediatr. 2012 Oct;161(4):594. PMID: 22999576.

McLimore HM, Phillips AK, Blohowiak SE, Pham DQ, Coe CL, Fischer BA, Kling PJ. Impact of multiple prenatal risk factors on newborn iron status at delivery. J Pediatr Hematol Oncol. 2012 Oct 4. PMID: 23042017.

Pattnaik BR, Asuma MP, Spott R, Pillers DA. Genetic defects in the hotspot of inwardly rectifying K(+) (Kir) channels and their metabolic consequences: a review. Mol Genet Metab. 2012 Jan;105(1):64-72. PMID: 22079268.

Sun MY, Habeck JM, Meyer KM, Koch JM, Ramadoss J, Blohowiak SE, Magness RR, Kling PJ. Ovine uterine space restriction alters placental transferrin receptor and fetal iron status during late pregnancy. Pediatr Res. 2012 Nov 30. PMID: 23202722.

Grant Support

Our faculty were principal investigators on the following grants during calendar year 2012.

Principal Investigator Funding Agency Title
Kling, Pamela Meriter Foundation The Interplay Between Fetal Iron Status and Kidney Development
Kling, Pamela Thrasher Research Foundation Early Screening and Interventions for Infants at risk for Iron Deficiency
Kling, Pamela University of Wisconsin Graduate School Graduate School Fall Competition
Kling, Pamela UWF – Wisconsin Partnership Program (MERC) Closing the Gap on Pediatric Health Disparities: Discerning the Causes and Consequences of Iron Deficiency in Infancy
Kling, Pamela UW School of Medicine and Public Health Relationship between Fetal Iron Deficiency and Cytokine Production
Pattnaik, Bikash UWMF – UW Medical Foundation Rebecca Meyer Brown Professorship
Pattnaik, Bikash Meriter Foundation Oxytocin Signaling in the Retina Pigment Epithelium (RPE) Cells and Its Contribution to Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP)
Pillers, De-Ann NIH/Isomark A New Smart Neonatal Incubator for Real-Time Detection of Sepsis
Pillers, De-Ann Meriter Foundation Understanding the Contributions of Hyperoxia on Bronchopulmonary Disease (BPD) of the Premature Infant
Pillers, De-Ann The Hartwell Foundation Genetics of the Innate Immune Response of the Infant as a Potential Biomarker for Premature Birth

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