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Having a baby in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is an emotional rollercoaster for any parent. But having a team of Pediatric Neonatology specialists who provide cutting-edge technology with sensitive, healing hands, can help a parent get through this chapter with a little more ease.

Babies born within the Intermountain West's five-state region with severe, life-threatening conditions are treated by our team of Pediatric Neonatology specialists. They receive medical and surgical interventions for serious congenital birth defects such as defects of the heart, brain, and internal organs and infant treatment for sepsis, pulmonary hypertension, and prematurity with additional complications.

We support infants through their life-threatening conditions and provide high frequency jet ventilation, nitric oxide, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (a device which circulates and oxygenates blood to allow the infant's heart or lungs to heal), cerebral/regional oximetry to monitor perfusion of specific organs, and total body cooling for brain injury.

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Prematurity

What is prematurity?

A baby born before 37 weeks of pregnancy is considered premature, that is, born before complete maturity. Slightly fewer than 12 percent of all babies are premature. Overall, the rate of premature births is rising, mainly due to the large numbers of multiple births in recent years. Twins and other multiples are about six times more likely to be premature than single birth babies. The rate of premature single births is also slightly increasing each year.

According to the National Center for Health Statistics for 2011, 12 percent of babies born in the U.S. are born preterm, or before 37 completed weeks of pregnancy. Of all babies:

  • About 8 percent are born between 34 and 36 weeks of gestation (the time from conception to birth)

  • About 1.5 percent are born between 32 and 33 weeks of gestation

  • About 2 percent are born under 32 weeks of gestation

Other terms often used for prematurity are preterm and "preemie." Many premature babies also weigh less than 2,500 grams (5 lbs 8 oz) and may be referred to as low birthweight (LBW).

Premature infants born between 34 and 37 weeks of pregnancy are often called late preterm or near-term infants. Late preterm infants are often much larger than very premature infants but may only be slightly smaller than full-term infants.

Late preterm babies usually appear healthy at birth but may have more difficulties adapting than full-term babies. Because of their smaller size, they may have trouble maintaining their body temperature. They often have difficulty with breastfeeding and bottle feeding, and may need to eat more frequently. They usually require more sleep and may even sleep through a feeding, which means they miss much-needed calories.

Late preterm infants may also have breathing difficulties, although these are often identified before the infants go home from the hospital. These infants are also at higher risk for infections and jaundice, and should be watched for signs of these conditions. Late preterm infants should be seen by a care provider within the first one or two days after going home from the hospital.

What causes prematurity?

There are many factors linked to premature birth. Some directly cause early labor and birth, while others can make the mother or baby sick and require early delivery. The following factors may contribute to a premature birth:

  • Maternal factors:

    • Preeclampsia (high blood pressure of pregnancy, also known as toxemia or gestational hypertension)

    • Chronic medical illness (such as heart or kidney disease)

    • Infection (such as group B streptococcus, urinary tract infections, vaginal infections, infections of the fetal/placental tissues)

    • Drug use (such as cocaine)

    • Abnormal structure of the uterus

    • Cervical incompetence (inability of the cervix to stay closed during pregnancy)

    • Previous preterm birth

  • Factors involving the pregnancy:

    • Abnormal or decreased function of the placenta

    • Placenta previa (low lying position of the placenta)

    • Placental abruption (early detachment from the uterus)

    • Premature rupture of membranes (amniotic sac)

    • Polyhydramnios (too much amniotic fluid)

  • Factors involving the fetus:

    • When fetal behavior indicates the intrauterine environment is not healthy

    • Multiple gestation (twins, triplets or more)

Why is prematurity a concern?

Premature babies are born before their bodies and organ systems have completely matured. These babies are often small, with low birthweight (less than 2,500 grams or 5 lbs 8 oz), and they may need help breathing, eating, fighting infection, and staying warm. Very premature babies, those born before 28 weeks, are especially vulnerable. Many of their organs may not be ready for life outside the mother's uterus and may be too immature to function well.

Some of the problems premature babies may experience include:

  • Temperature instability--inability to stay warm due to low body fat.

  • Respiratory problems:

    • Infant respiratory distress syndrome (previously called hyaline membrane disease). A condition in which the air sacs cannot stay open due to lack of surfactant in the lungs.

    • Chronic lung disease/bronchopulmonary dysplasia. These are long-term respiratory problems caused by injury to the lung tissue.

    • Air leaking out of the normal lung spaces into other tissues

    • Incomplete lung development

    • Apnea (stopping breathing). This occurs in about half of babies born at or before 30 weeks.

  • Cardiovascular:

    • Patent ductus arteriosus (PDA). A heart condition that causes blood to divert away from the lungs.

    • Too low or too high blood pressure

    • Low heart rate. This often occurs with apnea.

  • Blood and metabolic:

    • Anemia. This may require blood transfusion.

    • Jaundice. This is due to immaturity of liver and gastrointestinal function.

    • Too low or too high levels of minerals and other substances in the blood, such as calcium and glucose (sugar)

    • Immature kidney function

  • Gastrointestinal:

    • Difficulty feeding. Many premature babies are unable to coordinate suck and swallow before 35 weeks gestation.

    • Poor digestion

    • Necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC). A serious disease of the intestine common in premature babies.

  • Neurologic:

    • Intraventricular hemorrhage. This is bleeding in the brain.

    • Periventricular leukomalacia. A softening of tissues of the brain around the ventricles (the spaces in the brain containing cerebrospinal fluid).

    • Poor muscle tone

    • Seizures. These may be due to bleeding in the brain.

    • Retinopathy of prematurity. This is abnormal growth of the blood vessels in a baby's eye.

  • Infections. Premature infants are more susceptible to infection and may require antibiotics.

Premature babies can have long-term health problems as well. Generally, the more premature the baby, the more serious and long-lasting are the health problems.

What are the characteristics of prematurity?

The following are the most common characteristics of a premature baby. However, each baby may show different characteristics of the condition. Characteristics may include:

  • Small baby, often weighing less than 2,500 grams (5 lbs 8 oz)

  • Thin, shiny, pink or red skin, able to see veins

  • Little body fat

  • Little scalp hair, but may have lots of lanugo (soft body hair)

  • Weak cry and body tone

  • Genitals may be small and underdeveloped

The characteristics of prematurity may resemble other conditions or medical problems. Always consult your baby's doctor for a diagnosis.

Treatment of prematurity

Specific treatment for prematurity will be determined by your baby's doctor based on:

  • Your baby's gestational age, overall health, and medical history

  • Extent of the disease

  • Tolerance for specific medications, procedures, or therapies

  • Expectations for the course of the disease

  • Your opinion or preference

Treatment may include:

  • Prenatal corticosteroid therapy. One of the most important parts of care for premature babies is a medication called corticosteroids. Research has found that giving the mother a steroid medication at least 48 hours prior to preterm delivery greatly reduces the incidence and severity of respiratory disease in the baby. Another major benefit of steroid treatment is lessening of intraventricular hemorrhage (bleeding in the baby's brain). Although studies are not clear, prenatal steroids may also help reduce the incidence of NEC and PDA. Mothers may be given steroids when preterm birth is likely between 24 and 34 weeks of pregnancy. Before that time, or after, the medication usually is not effective.
    Premature babies usually need care in a special nursery called the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). The NICU combines advanced technology and trained health professionals to provide specialized care for the tiniest patients. The NICU team is led by a neonatologist, who is a pediatrician with additional training in the care of sick and premature babies.

Care of premature babies may also include:

  • Temperature-controlled beds

  • Monitoring of temperature, blood pressure, heart and breathing rates, and oxygen levels

  • Giving extra oxygen by a mask or with a breathing machine

  • Mechanical ventilators (breathing machines) to do the work of breathing for the baby

  • Intravenous (IV) fluids, when feedings cannot be given, or for medications

  • Placement of catheters (small tube) into the umbilical cord to give fluids and medications and to draw blood

  • X-rays (for diagnosing problems and checking tube placement)

  • Special feedings of breast milk or formula, sometimes with a tube into the stomach if a baby cannot suck. Breast milk has many advantages for premature babies as it contains immunities from the mother and many important nutrients.

  • Medications and other treatments for complications, such as antibiotics

  • Kangaroo Care. A method of caring for premature babies using skin-to-skin contact with the parent to provide contact and aid parent-infant attachment. Studies have found that babies who "kangaroo" may have shorter stays in the NICU.

When can a premature baby go home from the hospital?

Premature babies often need time to "catch up" in both development and growth. In the hospital, this catch-up time may involve learning to eat and sleep, as well as steadily gaining weight. Depending on their condition, premature babies often stay in the hospital until they reach the pregnancy due date.

If a baby was transferred to another hospital for specialized NICU care, he or she may be transferred back to the "home" hospital once the condition is stable.

Consult your baby's doctor for information about the specific criteria for discharge of premature babies at your hospital. General goals for discharge may include the following:

  • Serious illnesses are resolved

  • Stable temperature. The baby is able to stay warm in an open crib.

  • Taking all feedings by breast or bottle

  • No recent apnea or low heart rate

  • Parents are able to provide care including medications and feedings

Before discharge, premature babies also need an eye examination and hearing test to check for problems related to prematurity. Parents need information about follow-up visits with the pediatrician for baby care and immunizations. Many hospitals have special follow-up health care programs for premature and low birthweight babies.

Even though they are otherwise ready for discharge, some babies continue to have special needs, such as extra oxygen or tube feedings. With instruction and the right equipment, these babies are often able to be cared for at home by parents. A hospital social worker can often help coordinate discharge plans when special care is needed.

Ask your baby's doctor about a "trial run" overnight stay in a parenting room at the hospital before your baby is discharged. This can help you adjust to caring for your baby while health care providers are nearby for help and reassurance. Parents may also feel more confident taking their baby home when they have been given instructions in infant CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and infant safety.

Premature infants are at increased risk for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and should be sleeping on their back before being sent home from the hospital. Please talk with your infant's health care providers about these recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to reduce the risk for SIDS and other sleep-related infant deaths in infants from birth to age 1:  

  • Make sure your baby is immunized. An infant who is fully immunized can reduce his or her risk for SIDS by 50 percent.

  • Breastfeed your infant. The AAP recommends breastfeeding for at least six months.

  • Place your infant on his or her back for sleep or naps. This can decrease the risk for SIDS, aspiration, and choking. Never place your baby on his or her side or stomach for sleep or naps. If your baby is awake, allow your child time on his or her tummy as long as you are supervising, to decrease the chances that your child will develop a flat head and strengthen the baby's stomach muscles.

  • Always talk with your baby's doctor before raising the head of their crib if he or she has been diagnosed with gastroesophageal reflux.

  • Offer your baby a pacifier for sleeping or naps, if he or she isn't breastfed. If breastfeeding, the AAP recommends delaying the introduction of introducing a pacifier until breastfeeding has been firmly established. If your baby has already been taking a pacifier before he or she was mature enough to feed directly from the breast, don't panic. Ask for help from a lactation consultant for the transition to feeding from the breast if the baby is strong enough to do so.

  • Use a firm mattress (covered by a tightly fitted sheet) to prevent gaps between the mattress and the sides of a crib, a play yard, or a bassinet. This can decrease the risk for entrapment, suffocation, and SIDS.

  • Share your room instead of your bed with your baby. Putting your baby in bed with you raises the risk for strangulation, suffocation, entrapment, and SIDS. Bed sharing is not recommended for twins or other higher multiples.

  • Avoid using infant seats, car seats, strollers, infant carriers, and infant swings for routine sleep and daily naps. These may lead to obstruction of an infant's airway or suffocation.

  • Avoid using illicit drugs and alcohol, and don't smoke during pregnancy or after birth.

  • Avoid overbundling, overdressing, or covering an infant's face or head. This will prevent him or her from getting overheated, reducing the risks for SIDS.

  • Avoid using loose bedding or soft objects—bumper pads, pillows, comforters, blankets—in an infant's crib or bassinet to help prevent suffocation, strangulation, entrapment, or SIDS.

  • Avoid using cardiorespiratory monitors and commercial devices—wedges, positioners, and special mattresses—to help decrease the risk for SIDS and sleep-related infant deaths.

  • Always place cribs, bassinets, and play yards in hazard-free areas—those with no dangling cords or wires—to reduce the risk for strangulation.  

Prevention of prematurity

Because of the tremendous advances in the care of sick and premature babies, more and more babies are surviving despite being born early and being very small. But prevention of early birth is the best way of promoting good health for babies.

Prenatal care is a key factor in preventing preterm births and low birthweight babies. At prenatal visits, the health of both mother and fetus can be checked. Because maternal nutrition and weight gain are linked with fetal weight gain and birthweight, eating a healthy diet and gaining weight in pregnancy are essential. Prenatal care is also important in identifying problems and lifestyles that can increase the risks for preterm labor and birth. Some ways to help prevent prematurity and to provide the best care for premature babies may include the following:

  • Identifying mothers at risk for preterm labor

  • Prenatal education of the symptoms of preterm labor

  • Avoiding heavy or repetitive work or standing for long periods of time that can increase the risk of preterm labor

  • Early identification and treatment of preterm labor

Low Birthweight

What is low birthweight?

Low birthweight is a term used to describe babies who are born weighing less than 2,500 grams (5 pounds, 8 ounces). The weight of an average newborn is usually around 8 pounds. Over 8 percent of all newborn babies in the United States have low birthweight, and the number is rising.

Babies with low birthweight look much smaller than other babies of normal birthweight. A low birthweight baby's head may look bigger than the rest of his or her body. He or she often looks thin with little body fat.

What causes low birthweight?

Low birthweight is mostly caused by premature birth (being born before 37 weeks). Being born early means a baby has less time in the mother's uterus to grow and gain weight. Much of a baby's weight is gained during the last weeks of pregnancy.

Another cause of low birthweight is a condition called intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR). This occurs when a baby does not grow well during pregnancy because of problems with the placenta, the mother's health, or the baby's health. A baby can have IUGR and be born at full term (37 to 41 weeks). Babies with IUGR born at term may be physically mature but may be weak. Premature babies that have IUGR are both very small and physically immature.

There are other things that can also raise the risk of very low birthweight. These include:

  • Multiple birth. Multiple birth babies are at increased risk for low birthweight because they often are premature. Over half of twins and other multiples have low birthweight. This is the most common reason for babies to be born with low birthweight.

  • Race. African-American babies are more likely to have a low birthweight than white babies.

  • Age. Teen mothers (especially those younger than 15 years old) have a much higher risk of having a baby with low birthweight.

  • Mother's health. Babies born to mothers who use street drugs, alcohol, and cigarettes are more likely to have low birthweight. Mothers who are considered "low income" are less likely to have good nutrition during pregnancy, less likely to get prenatal care, and more likely to have pregnancy complications. Each of these things can cause low birthweight.

Why is low birthweight a concern?

Low birthweight babies often have problems. The baby's tiny body is not as strong. He or she may have a harder time eating, gaining weight, and fighting infection. Low birthweight babies often have difficulty staying warm in normal temperatures because they don't have much fat on their bodies.

Babies that are born premature often have complications. It is sometimes hard to tell if the problems are a result of being born early, or because they are so small. In general, the lower the birthweight, the greater the risk for complications. The following are some of the common problems of low birthweight babies:

  • Low oxygen levels at birth

  • Difficulty staying warm

  • Difficulty feeding and gaining weight

  • Infection

  • Breathing problems, such as infant respiratory distress syndrome (a problems caused by having immature lungs)

  • Neurologic problems, such as bleeding inside the brain (intraventricular hemorrhage)

  • Gastrointestinal problems (such as necrotizing enterocolitis)

  • Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)

Nearly all low birthweight babies need specialized care in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) until they gain weight and are well enough to go home. Survival of infants with low birthweight depends largely on how much the baby weighs at birth. The smallest babies (<500 grams) have the most problems and are less likely to survive. 

How is low birthweight diagnosed?

Your health care provider can check your baby's grown during pregnancy. One way is to measure the distance, or height of the fundus (the top of a mother's uterus) from the pubic bone. This number of centimeters is usually similar to the number of weeks of pregnancy after the 20th week. If the measurement is low for the number of weeks, the baby may be smaller than expected. Your health care provider may also use ultrasound to check your baby's growth. Ultrasound is a test that uses sound waves to create a picture of your baby and the inside of your body. It is a more accurate method of checking your baby's size. Measurements can be taken of your baby's head, belly, and upper leg bone. These measurements are compared with a growth chart to estimate his or her weight.

Babies are weighed within the first few hours after birth. The weight is compared with the baby's gestational age and recorded in the medical record. If your baby weighs less than 2,500 grams (5 pounds, 8 ounces), he or she has a low birthweight. Babies weighing less than 1,500 grams (3 pounds, 5 ounces) at birth are considered very low birthweight.

Treatment for low birthweight

Specific treatment of low birthweight will be determined by your baby's health care provider based on:

  • Your baby's gestational age, overall health, and medical history

  • Your baby's tolerance for specific medications, procedures, or therapies

  • Your opinion or preference

Care for low birthweight babies often includes:

  • Care in the NICU

  • Temperature controlled beds

  • Special feedings, sometimes with a tube into the stomach if a baby cannot suck, or through an intravenous (IV) line 

  • Other treatments for complications

Low birthweight babies typically "catch up" in physical growth if there are no other complications. Babies may be referred to special follow-up health care programs.

Prevention of low birthweight

More and more babies are surviving despite being born early and being born very small. This is because of the great advances in the care of sick and premature babies. However, prevention of preterm births is one of the best ways to prevent babies born with low birthweight.

Regular prenatal care is the best way to prevent preterm births and low birthweight babies. At prenatal visits, your health and your baby's health are checked. It is important to eat a healthy diet during pregnancy. This will help you to gain enough weight to help your baby grow and to ensure that you stay healthy. Women who are pregnant should not drink alcohol, smoke cigarettes, or use street drugs. All of these can cause low birthweight and other problems for your baby. 

Mariana C. Baserga, M.D.

Mariana Baserga, M.D. is an Associate Professor in the Division of Neonatology at the University of Utah, School of Medicine. She provides neonatology services at three facilities, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at University of Utah Hospital, Primary Children’s Hospital and Intermountain Medical Center... Read More

Specialties:

Neonatology

Locations:

Intermountain Medical Center (801) 507-7000
Primary Children's Hospital (801) 662-4100
University Hospital (801) 581-2745

Specialties:

Neonatology

Locations:

Intermountain Medical Center (801) 507-7000
Primary Children's Hospital (801) 662-4100
University Hospital (801) 581-2745

Ryann Bierer, M.D.

Ryann Bierer, M.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Neonatology at the University of Utah, School of Medicine. She provides neonatology services at three facilities, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at University of Utah Hospital, Primary Children’s Hospital and Intermountain Medical Center. A... Read More

Specialties:

Neonatology

Locations:

Intermountain Medical Center (801) 507-7000
Primary Children's Hospital (801) 662-4100
University Hospital (801) 581-2745

Ronald S. Bloom, M.D.

Ronald S. Bloom, M.D. is a Professor in the Division of Neonatology at the University of Utah, School of Medicine. He provides neonatology services at three facilities, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at University of Utah Hospital, Primary Children’s Hospital and Intermountain Medical Center. Among his ... Read More

Specialties:

Neonatology

Locations:

Intermountain Medical Center (801) 507-7000
Primary Children's Hospital (801) 662-4100
University Hospital (801) 581-2745

Luca Brunelli, M.D., Ph.D.

Luca Brunelli, M.D., Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Division of Neonatology at the University of Utah, School of Medicine. He provides neonatology services at three facilities, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at University of Utah Hospital, Primary Children’s Hospital and Intermountain Medical Ce... Read More

Specialties:

Neonatology

Locations:

Intermountain Medical Center (801) 507-7000
Primary Children's Hospital (801) 662-4100
University Hospital (801) 581-2745

Gary M. Chan, M.D.

Gary M. Chan, M.D. is a Professor in the Division of Neonatology at the University of Utah, School of Medicine. He provides neonatology services at three facilities, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at University of Utah Hospital, Primary Children’s Hospital and Intermountain Medical Center. Among his res... Read More

Specialties:

Neonatology

Locations:

Intermountain Medical Center (801) 507-7000
Primary Children's Hospital (801) 662-4100
University Hospital (801) 581-3083
University Hospital (801) 581-2745

Robert J. DiGeronimo, M.D.

Robert DiGeronimo, MD, is a Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Neonatology at the University of Utah School of Medicine. He currently serves as the Medical Director for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Primary Children´s Hospital as well as for the neonatal ECMO program and Life Flight transport team.... Read More

Specialties:

Neonatology

Locations:

Intermountain Medical Center (801) 507-7000
Primary Children's Hospital (801) 662-4100
University Hospital (801) 581-2745

Jack L. Dolcourt, M.D., M.Ed.

Jack Dolcourt, M.D., MEd is a Professor in the Division of Neonatology at the University of Utah, School of Medicine. He provides neonatology services at three facilities, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at University of Utah Hospital, Primary Children’s Hospital and Intermountain Medical Center. Among h... Read More

Specialties:

Neonatology

Locations:

Intermountain Medical Center (801) 507-7000
Newborn Intensive Care Unit (801) 662-4100
University Hospital (801) 587-6428

Roger G. Faix, M.D.

Roger G. Faix, M.D. is a Professor in the Division of Neonatology at the University of Utah, School of Medicine. He provides neonatology services at three facilities, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at University of Utah Hospital, Primary Children’s Hospital and Intermountain Medical Center. Among his r... Read More

Specialties:

Neonatology

Locations:

Intermountain Medical Center (801) 507-7000
Newborn Intensive Care Unit (801) 662-4100
University Hospital (801) 581-2745

Camille M. Fung, M.D.

Camille Fung, MD is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Neonatology, Department of Pediatrics at the University of Utah, School of Medicine. In addition to caring for sick newborns who require intensive care, she has a research interest in looking at the effects of perinatal insults such as intrauterine gr... Read More

Specialties:

Neonatology

Locations:

Intermountain Medical Center (801) 507-7000
Primary Children's Hospital (801) 662-4100
University Hospital (801) 581-2745

Jerald D. King, M.D.

Jerald King, MD is the Director of Education and Outreach for the Division of Neonatology. Fr. King is a Professor in the Division of Neonatology at the University of Utah, School of Medicine. He provides neonatology services at three facilities, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at University of Utah Hos... Read More

Specialties:

Neonatology

Locations:

Intermountain Medical Center (801) 507-7000
Primary Children's Hospital (801) 662-4100
University Hospital (801) 581-2745

Con Yee Ling, M.D., B.A.

Con Yee Ling, M.D. is an Associate Professor in the Division of Neonatology at the University of Utah, School of Medicine. She provides neonatology services at three facilities, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at University of Utah Hospital, Primary Children’s Hospital and Intermountain Medical Center. A... Read More

Specialties:

Neonatology

Locations:

Primary Children's Hospital (801) 662-4100

Daniel T. Malleske, M.D.

Daniel T. Malleske, M.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Neonatology at the University of Utah, School of Medicine. He provides neonatology services at three facilities, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at University of Utah Hospital, Primary Children’s Hospital and Intermountain Medical Cent... Read More

Specialties:

Neonatology

Locations:

Intermountain Medical Center (801) 507-7000
Primary Children's Hospital (801) 662-4100
University Hospital (801) 581-2745

Donald M. Null, M.D.

Donald M. Null, M.D. is a Professor in the Division of Neonatology at the University of Utah, School of Medicine. He provides neonatology services at three facilities, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at University of Utah Hospital, Primary Children’s Hospital and Intermountain Medical Center. Among his r... Read More

Specialties:

Neonatology

Locations:

Intermountain Medical Center (801) 507-7000
Primary Children's Hospital (801) 662-4100
University Hospital (801) 581-2745

Elizabeth A. O'Brien, M.D.

Elizabeth O’Brien, MD is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Neonatology at the University of Utah, School of Medicine. She provides neonatology services at three facilities, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at University of Utah Hospital, Primary Children’s Medical Center and Intermountain Medical ... Read More

Specialties:

Neonatology

Locations:

Intermountain Medical Center (801) 507-7000
Newborn Intensive Care Unit (801) 662-4100
University Hospital (801) 581-2745

Shrena Patel, M.D.

Shrena Patel, M.D. is an attending neonatologist for the Newborn Intensive Care Units at Primary Children's Medical Center, the University of Utah Medical Center and Intermountain Medical Center. Dr. Patel provides care for premature infants, critically ill newborns and newborn infants with a large variety of b... Read More

Specialties:

Neonatology

Locations:

Intermountain Medical Center (801) 507-7000
Primary Children's Hospital (801) 662-4100
University Hospital (801) 581-2745

Robert M. Ward, M.D.

Robert Ward, MD is director of the Pediatric Pharmacology Program at the University of Utah School of Medicine and an attending neonatologist. He conducts studies of medications in pediatric patients and coordinates a group of clinical coordinators who assist other faculty with medication trials. His current s... Read More

Specialties:

Clinical Pharmacology, Neonatology, Pediatric Clinical Pharmacology

Locations:

Intermountain Medical Center (801) 507-7000
Primary Children's Hospital (801) 662-4100
University Hospital (801) 581-2745

Susan E. Wiedmeier, M.D.

Susan E. Wiedmeier, MD is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics/Division of Neonatology at the University of Utah School of Medicine and Primary Children’s Medical Center. Dr. Wiedmeier provides inpatient care for critically ill newborns and has a special interest in neonatal hematologic and coagulation disorder... Read More

Specialties:

Neonatology

Locations:

Intermountain Medical Center (801) 507-7000
Newborn Intensive Care Unit (801) 662-4100
University Hospital (801) 581-2745

Bradley A. Yoder, M.D.

Bradley Yoder, MD is Professor of Pediatrics and Medical Director of University Hospital Newborn ICU. Dr. Yoder oversees the development and implementation of clinical practice guidelines within the NICU. Dr. Yoder is directly involved in a number of clinical research studies and quality improvement projects ... Read More

Specialties:

Neonatology

Locations:

Intermountain Medical Center (801) 507-7000
Primary Children's Hospital (801) 662-4100
University Hospital (801) 581-2745

Christian Con Yost, M.D.

Christian Con Yost, MD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics within the University of Utah School of Medicine, and serves on the committee directing the Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship training program at the University of Utah. He provides clinical care as an attending physician to c... Read More

Specialties:

Neonatology

Locations:

Intermountain Medical Center (801) 507-7000
Primary Children's Hospital (801) 662-4100
University Hospital (801) 581-2745

Erin Zinkhan, M.D.

Dr. Erin Zinkhan received her medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, Texas. She completed her Pediatrics Residency and Neonatology Fellowship at the University of Utah. She is currently a Visiting Instructor of Pediatrics at the University of Utah in the Division of ... Read More

Specialties:

Neonatology

Locations:

Intermountain Medical Center (801) 507-7000
Primary Children's Hospital (801) 662-4100
University Hospital (801) 581-2745
Primary Children's Hospital (PCH) 100 N. Mario Capecchi Dr.
Salt Lake City, UT 84113
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University Hospital 50 N. Medical Dr.
Salt Lake City, UT 84113
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Intermountain Medical Center 5121 Cottonwood St.
Murray, UT 84107
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