Neonatal–Perinatal Medicine Faculty

The Division of Neonatal–Perinatal Medicine 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, received the Lowe Foundation Professorship in Pediatric Critical Care Research in 1997, and holds the Associates First Capital Corporation Distinguished Chair in Pediatrics.
  • Charles Rosenfeld, M.D., was named holder of the McGregor Professorship of Pediatrics in 2003.

Learn about our faculty’s research.

Neonatologists

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

Noorjahan Ali, M.D., M.S.
Assistant Professor
Interests: Resuscitation, pulmonary hypertension, ECMO, and congenital diaphragmatic hernia

Asya Asghar, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Interests: Neonatology, palliative care, and medical education

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

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

Christina Chan, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Interests: Extremely low birth weight neonatal care, nutrition in premature infant populations, point of care ultrasound, medical technology and informatics to improve patient care

Vedanta Dariya, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Interests: Neonatal-perinatal medicine and quality improvement

Becky Ennis, M.D.
Associate 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

Shamaila Gill, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Interests: Long-term neurodevelopmental outcomes in patients with prolonged and complicated stays in the NICU, and family-centered rounds

Jawahar Jagarapu, M.D.
Assistant Professor

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

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

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

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

Imran Mir, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Interests: Physiology of preterm labor, placental biology and neonatal morbidities, and birth asphyxia and neonatal encephalopathy

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

Sujir P. Nayak, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Interests: Neonatal and perinatal medicine, and quality improvement

Eric Ortigoza, M.D., M.S.C.R.
Assistant Professor
Interests: Feeding intolerance, necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), neonatal feeding methods, and gastroesophageal reflux disease

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

Nandeesh Rangaswamy, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Interests: Therapeutic hypothermia in hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy; neurodevelopmental outcome of neonates in the NICU; pulmonary hypertension; factors or therapeutic interventions that influence the outcomes of neonates in the NICU; quality improvement

Nassir Raoof, D.O.
Assistant Professor

Charles R. Rosenfeld, M.D.
Professor
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

Laura H. Rubinos, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Interests: Transition to home standardized program development, family-centered care, medical education and advocacy training, simulation technology for parental education, and optimizing the NICU to promote early brain and language development

Philip W. Shaul, M.D.
Professor
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., M.S.C.S.
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
Interests: Immunization in the NICU, infant resuscitation, neonatal nutrition, urinary tract infection in preterm infants

Phyllis Wan-Huen, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Interests: Glycemic control and long-term metabolic effects on low birth weight (LBW) infants, and nutrition and growth in LBW infants

Heather Weydig, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Interests: Neonatal resuscitation, extremely low birth weight neonate care, golden hour management, quality improvement, and resident/fellow education

Myra H. Wyckoff, M.D.
Professor
Interests: Newborn resuscitation, resident education, and noninvasive monitoring

Sushmita Yallapragada, M.D., M.Sc.
Assistant Professor
Interests: Developing a specialized clinical research program to study preterm infants who have chronic lung disease, pulmonary hypertension and chronic respiratory failure

Developmental Care and Follow-Up

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

Newborn Pediatrics

Chelsea Anderson, M.D., M.P.H.
Assistant Professor

Christina Ching, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Interests: Quality improvement, and resident and medical student education

Kathryn Johnson, M.D.
Assistant Professor

Jessica Morse, M.D.
Assistant Professor 

Abigail Patterson, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Interests: Newborn medicine and global health

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

Jack Seidel, M.D.
Professor

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