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Pediatrics specialties

Neonatal medicine

NICU-Butler The Division of Neonatal Medicine is dedicated to:

  • Providing the best care possible to newborn infants with common and complex medical problems
  • Training the next generation of providers in the current state of the art and in the skills required to be lifelong learners
  • Advancing knowledge by actively engaging in basic, translational and clinical research

The Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU NICU is the oldest and the newest in Central Virginia as well as the first. In the fall of 2008, we moved into a new, cutting-edge facility in the VCU Critical Care Hospital. Equipped with the latest technology, the 40-bed NICU has 32 single-bed private rooms and four rooms outfitted for twins and welcomes more than 350 babies each year.

Because we care for the sickest and most complex newborns in Central Virginia, we have developed a large team of dedicated and experienced providers who can bring rapid, complete and focused care to individual babies and their families as they need it.

Team members may include:

  • Board-certified neonatologists
  • Neonatal medicine fellows
  • Pediatric residents
  • Certified neonatal nurse practitioners
  • Family-centered nursing
  • Pediatric surgeons, pediatric anesthesiologists, pediatric cardiac surgeons
  • Staff pediatric specialties including genetics, endocrinology, nephrology, cardiology, gastroenterology, hematology, pulmonology and infectious diseases
  • High-risk perinatalogists
  • Occupational, speech and physical therapists
  • Pediatric nutritionists, pharmacists and social workers

We offer complete Level 3+ neonatal services including:

  • ECMO (one of two ECMO centers in Virginia)
  • Whole-body cooling for hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy
  • High-frequency jet and oscillatory ventilation, nitric oxide
  • NICU follow-up services

The division of neonatal medicine prepares pediatric residents to identify and treat common newborn problems, learn to manage complex patients and develop procedural skills. For those who want to enter into a career in neonatology, we have had a fellowship program for more than 30 years.

The division not only provides the latest in proven therapies, it also helped discover and develop several. For example, it was one of the first centers to successfully treat babies with ECMO. The division has continued its research efforts. Current foci include:

  • The microbiome and its effects on newborn health
  • Lung injury
  • New monitoring methodologies
  • Simulation methods and effects

More information

Tour the NICU.

Watch the NICU documentary: One of the nation’s most modern neonatal intensive care units is explained in this behind-the-scenes look at the doctors, nurses and families who have experienced premature birth firsthand. Produced by Nick Schapiro.

Appointments and location

NICU: (804) 828-9956
Neonatal Continuing Care Program: (804) 828-CHOR (2467)

Services are provided in the NICU in the Critical Care Hospital, 6th Floor.

Meet the team