About the Division

Our fellowship-trained neonatal specialists bring compassion and expertise to the Level IV neonatal intensive care unit, or NICU, at the Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU. Comprehensive training includes neonatal ECMO, hypothermia management through our ARCTIC program, neonatal neurodevelopmental follow-up and air and ground neonatal transport education. Our family-centered, developmentally appropriate approach provides care for premature and critically ill newborns that is among the most comprehensive in Virginia, and robust training for the next generation of neonatologists.

Our 40-bed NICU features 32 single rooms, four twin-patient rooms, a sibling playroom, two negative pressure rooms, an operative/ECMO suite, a palliative care suite and a parent lounge. The comprehensive team of physicians, neonatal nurses, nurse practitioners, respiratory specialists and other health care providers are equipped to treat newborns with conditions such as:

  • Prematurity
  • Congenital anomalies in the heart, brain, kidneys and other organs
  • Respiratory distress and inefficiency
  • Cardiovascular diseases
  • Gastrointestinal disease
  • Infectious disease, including congenital infections
  • Neurological diseases
  • Heart lung bypass
  • Hypothermia treatment for hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy


Medical Students

Medical students often join us on inpatient and outpatient rotations during their M3 clerkship and M4 acting internship. When students express a particular interest in pediatric gastroenterology, we are happy to provide additional support and connect them with enhanced educational opportunities.

Read about electives for medical students


Pediatric residents spend one four-week block in the NICU each year, with opportunities for additional exposure through elective rotations. Our program is designed for individualization, and our dedicated faculty provide robust training and additional support for residents interested in pursuing neonatal medicine as a subspecialty.

Learn about our residency


Our three-year, ACGME-accredited neonatal-perinatal medicine fellowship is one of only two programs of its kind in Virginia. Fellows gain experience in clinical care, research and teaching, and complete the program equipped to excel in the highest level NICUs, caring for the most critically ill infants and their families.

Learn about our neonatal-perinatal medicine fellowship

NICU Shadowing

VCU pre-medical graduate students and medical students have the opportunity to observe a typical work day for a neonatologist and gain exposure to the healthcare environment of the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). The program encourages students to explore careers in healthcare or medicine and begin to consider areas of focus in healthcare.

Learn more about NICU shadowing

Jack's Summer Scholars

In our competitive, collaborative summer program, premedical undergraduate and medical students are exposed to clinical mentorship and research opportunities within neonatal medicine.

Apply here


The Division of Neonatal Medicine has an active clinical trials program with research in the following areas:

  • Necrotizing enterocolitis
  • Central line associated blood stream infections
  • Microbiome and probiotics
  • Innovative use of growth factors to ensure health retinal growth
  • Interventional pulmonary care, including neutrally adjusted ventilation assist, or NAVA
Explore our pediatric research

Meet the Team

Get to know about our neonatal medicine faculty by visiting their bios on the Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU website, linked below:

Meet the neonatal medicine team »