Division Highlights - Neonatology & Newborn Nursery

The Division of Neonatology and Newborn Nursery promotes the health and well-being of the newborn, whether in the newborn nursery after a normal birth, or in the neonatal intensive care unit if critically ill, premature or in need of special observation.

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

2014 Highlights

  • Four division members received nearly $115,000 in funding from the Meriter Foundation Research and Education Grants Program:
    • Pamela Kling, MD, “Developmental Programming: Iron Deficiency and Inflammatory Obesity Mediators (IDIOM) Study”
    • De-Ann M. Pillers, MD, PhD, “Identification of Therapeutic Targets for Hyperoxia-Induced Epithelial to Mesenchymal Transition in a BPD Lung Cell Model”
    • Bikash Pattnaik, PhD, “Oxytocin and Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP): Proof of Principle”
    • Olachi J. Mezu-Ndubuisi, MD, OD, and De-Ann M. Pillers, MD, PhD, “Identifying Fluid, Oxygen, Calories and Infection (FOCI) Multisystem Strategies to Reduce Chronic Lung Disease”
  • Neonatology research fellow Indira Bhagat, MD, received the best abstract presentation award at the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Midwest Neonatology conference.
  • Pamela Kling, MD, received a 2.5-year, $154,000 award from the Gerber Foundation for the project, "Impact of Obesity during Pregnancy on Neonatal Iron Status and Programming of Inflammatory Response Patterns." 
  • Olachi Mezu-Ndubuisi, MD, OD, was selected as a UW School of Medicine and Public Health Centennial Scholar. She also received a 2014 University of Wisconsin Global Health Institute (GHI) Faculty, Staff Travel Award to travel to Imo State, Nigeria. She led a 60-member team that served over 2000 indigenes in the rural community of Emekuku by providing free eye exams, medical care, medications, health care counseling and professional education.
  • Christine Sorenson, PhD, was named the Retina Research Foundation/Daniel M. Albert Chair by the UW McPherson Eye Research Institute—recognition that comes with an annual award to support her research program.
  • Two undergraduate students mentored by division members received 2014-2015 Wisconsin Hilldale Undergraduate/Faculty Research Fellowships: Michelle Chiu (“Live-Cell Visualization of Oxytocinergic Signaling”) and Ryan Johnson (“Prevention of Retinal and Choroidal Neovascularization by Histone Deacetylase Inhibitors”). Michelle Chiu also received a $2,500 award from Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society, for her project, “Uncovering Oxytocin Signaling in a Single Cell.”




De-Ann M. Pillers, MD, PhD

Professor and Division Chief

Jamie J. Limjoco, MD

Assistant Professor (CHS) and
AFCH NICU Medical Director

Michael A. Porte, MD

Clinical Professor and
Meriter NICU Medical Director

Debra A. Burbach, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor

Kelly A. Bush, MD

Instructor (CHS)

Andrea R. Carberry, MD

Clincal Assistant Professor

Georgia R. Ditzenberger, NNP, RNC, PhD

Assistant Professor (CHS)

Elizabeth M. Goetz, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor (CHS)

Frank R. Greer, MD

Professor Emeritus

Sri K. Kasturirangan, MD

Assistant Professor (CHS)

Julie M. Kessel, MD

Associate Professor (CHS)

Pamela J. Kling, MD


Matthew D. Maruna, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor

Katherine M. Magnuson, MD

Clinical Instructor

Elizabeth B. McBride, 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


C. Lydia Wraight, MD

Assistant Professor (CHS)



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