U.S. News & World Report ranks our Neonatology program #1 in the country.
At Children’s National Hospital, the Division of Neonatology is dedicated to providing the highest level of expert, compassionate care for your newborn baby. Our division possesses the top neonatologists in the country and has a Level IV neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), administering the most advanced treatments to our tiniest patients.
We know that having a baby with complex conditions can be difficult for you and your family, and we’re here to support you through every step of your journey. Our team is uniquely qualified to treat your baby with the most innovative therapies available.
Highlights of our program include:
While most babies are born healthy, some newborns are premature or may have health problems, requiring care in a NICU. The American Academy of Pediatrics designates NICUs by the level of care available. At Children’s National, our NICU is designated Level IV, providing the highest level of neonatal care for the more than 800 babies we see each year. Our nursery has clinical teams who can take care of babies who need special surgery for birth defects and other disorders. Your baby will also be treated by pediatric subspecialists, specialized nurses and equipment that can care for the most complex conditions.
The Children's National NICU is one of the only Level IV NICUs in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. While no one wants to think about their baby needing NICU care, it's important to know that this level of care is available nearby. Learn more.
If you are interested in learning more about our Division of Neonatology, please call 202-476-5448.
Amarie, an infant born prematurely, is enrolled in a Children’s research study that seeks to understand how preterm birth affects the cerebellum.
Billie Lou Short
Division Chief, Neonatology
Medical Director, Neonatal Services Neonatologist Attending
Division Chief, Diagnostic Imaging and Radiology
Michelle David Hugues
Natalia Isaza Brando
Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
Director, Residency ResearchAssistant Program Director, Pediatric ResidencyNeonatologist
Co-Director, Congenital Infection Program Director, Prenatal and Neonatal Fellowship Prenatal and Neonatal Neurologist
Associate Director, Quality and Safety, Neonatology DivisionNeonatologist
Dora Rioja Mazza
Medical Unit Director, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Division Chief, Pediatric Outreach Center of Hospital-Based Specialties Neonatologist
Neurophysiologist Neonatal Neurologist
Johannes Van den Anker
Grace Velez Rivera
When pregnant women experience elevated anxiety, stress or depression, these prenatal stressors can alter the structure of the developing fetal brain and disrupt its biochemistry - even if these women have uncomplicated pregnancies and high socioeconomic status, according to Children’s National Hospital research published online Jan. 29, 2020, in JAMA Network Open.