Neonatal–Perinatal Faculty

The Division of Neonatal–Perinatal consists of neonatologists and pediatricians who are committed to providing the highest level of clinical care to the infants they treat, to conducting cutting-edge research, and to the education of postdoctoral trainees. Our faculty’s research interests span a wide range of topics, including pulmonary vascular biology, neonatal resuscitation, and long-term follow-up care.

Current and former Division members have achieved considerable prominence nationally. These honors include:

  • Dorothy Sendelbach, M.D., was named Physician of the Year by Parkland Health & Hospital System in 2009.
  • Rashmin Savani, M.D., was named The William Buchanan Chair in Pediatrics in 2007.
  • Philip Shaul, M.D., was elected President of the Society for Pediatric Research in 2006 and received the Lowe Foundation Professorship in Pediatric Critical Care Research in 1997.
  • Charles Rosenfeld, M.D., was named holder of the McGregor Professorship of Pediatrics in 2003

Learn about our faculty’s research.


Rashmin Savani, M.B.Ch.B.
Chief, Division of Neonatal–Perinatal 
Associate Director, Pulmonary and Vascular Biology
The William Buchanan Chair in Pediatrics
Interests: Bronchopulmonary dysplasia, hyaluronan and its receptors in inflammation, angiogenesis, and organogenesis.

Timothy Brannon, M.D., M.S.
Assistant Professor
Interests: Neonatal and newborn care, electronic medical records, and bioinformatics.

Luc Brion, M.D.
Director, Fellowship Program
Interests: Fellowship training, evidence-based medicine, renal disorders, Neonatal Research Network, and other multi-center clinical trials.

Lina Chalak, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Interests: Hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy, brain injury in the newborn, and bedside neurologic monitoring.

William D. Engle, M.D.
Interests: Bilirubin metabolism and neonatal hyperbilirubinemia, neonatal blood pressure, and late-preterm infants.

Becky Ennis, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Interests: Ethics and palliative care, neonatal outreach, resident education.

Mackenzie Frost, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Interests: Quality improvement, medical education.

Natalie W. Frost, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Interests: FETAL Program, complicated neonatal resuscitation, estrogen and estrogen receptor modulation of BPD.

Mambarambath Jaleel, M.D.
Associate Professor
Interests: Mechanical ventilation, neonatal nutrition, neonatal resuscitation, and electronic medical records.

Venkatakrishna Kakkilaya, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Interests: Non-invasive ventilation, informed decision making in the NICU, nasap CPAP, optimal delivery systems and weaning strategies in ELBW infants.

Sunjun Kang, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Interests: Neonatal and newborn care, community advocacy, and fellow education.

Vishal Kapadia, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Interests: Newborn resuscitation; perinatal asphyxia; bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD); pulse oximetry; non-invasive monitoring; oxidative stress and free radical injury, use of oxygen during initial stabilization phase and during hospital stay in neonates.

Julie Mirpuri-Hathiramani, M.D.
Interests: Necrotizing enterocolitis and gut immunology.

James E. Moore, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Interests: Necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC); congenital diaphragmatic hernia; neonatal ECMO; hypoxia ischemia and neuroprotection; tissue perfusion and inflammatory changes in NEC.

Divya S. Rajan, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Instructor 

Shalini Ramachandran, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Interests: Brochopulmonary dysplasia, neonatal resuscitation .

Charles R. Rosenfeld, M.D.
George L. MacGregor Professorship in Pediatrics
Interests: Uteroplacental blood flow, development of the rennin-angiotensin system, fetal growth restriction, neonatal nutrition, neonatal origins of metabolic syndrome, and PDA and blood pressure regulation.

Philip W. Shaul, M.D.
Vice Chair of Research
Director, Pulmonary and Vascular Biology
Lowe Foundation Professorship in Pediatric Critical Care Research
Interests: Endothelial cell biology, nitric oxide, caveolae-lipid rafts, estrogen, and HDL and CRP signaling.

Julide Sisman, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Interests: Neonatal neurology, hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy, and amplitude-integrated EEG.

Audra Stewart, D.O., M.P.H.
Assistant Professor
Interests: Neonatal and newborn care, congenital hearing loss, and advocacy.

Katherine Stumpf, M.D.
Assistant Professor 

Myra H. Wyckoff, M.D.
Associate Professor
Interests: Newborn resuscitation, resident education, and non-invasive monitoring.

Developmental Care and Follow-up

Roy Heyne, M.D.
Interests: Developmental follow-up of complex high-risk and very low birth weight infants, and community advocacy.

Newborn Pediatrics

Gregory Jackson, M.D., M.B.A.
Interests: Neonatal hyperbilirubinemia, neonatal infection, and late preterm infants.

Joseph Schneider, M.D., M.B.A.
Clinical Assistant Professor
Interests: Neonatal and newborn care, clinical bioinformatics, and electronic medical records.

Dorothy Sendelbach, M.D.
Associate Professor
Interests: Breastfeeding, neonatal hyperbilirubinemia, newborn nutrition, and late preterm infants.

Muraleedharan Sivarajan, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Interests: Neonatal and newborn care, and resident education.

Elizabeth K. Stehel, M.D.
Associate Professor
Interests: Breastfeeding, resident and medical student education, and neonatal infection.