Neonatal Medicine, Feeding Disorders, Fetal Diagnostics, NICU :: Nationwide Children's Hospital


We’re improving child health… before birth and beyond.

Parents Magazine Best Preemie Care 2013 LogoParents Magazine includes Nationwide Children's Hospital on its exclusive list of the 10 Best Children’s Hospitals in 2013. In addition to overall quality, Nationwide Children's ranks 6th in Neonatology services.

Our neonatal specialists offer the highest level of care and research.

At Nationwide Children’s Hospital, we provide integrated perinatal care and research throughout our patients childhood, so that each one is able to reach his or her full potential in life.

Caring for more than 4,000 babies each year at 7 locations around Central Ohio, we are one of the largest neonatal centers in the nation, dedicated to treating, and ultimately preventing, all complications of prematurity. We are proud to be one of just 18 elite research centers in the Neonatal Research Network, a national network of investigators leading the way in neonatal medicine.

We offer our patients and the community:

  • The highest quality of multidisciplinary care through an integrated and collaborative team approach to optimize patient outcomes and quality of life
  • A professionally thriving enterprise for clinical professionals to continually enhance their skill set and competencies, by providing them with sufficient academic resources and tools
  • A patient- and family-centered focus

We offer far-reaching programs and unique capabilities.

Neonatology at Nationwide Children’s includes the following programs:

These programs provide state-of-the-art capabilities for the diagnosis, treatment and follow-up of extremely premature and medically fragile neonates, including:

  • High frequency ventilation
  • Extra-corporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO)
  • Nitric oxide therapy on protocol
  • Fetal diagnostics and therapeutics
  • Interdisciplinary management of surgical, premature and sick neonates
  • Interdisciplinary program for the treatment of BPD
  • Long-term, developmental outpatient follow-up
  • Airway and lung-structure function analysis
  • Apnea management
  • Pediatric and cardiovascular surgery
  • Management of infants with complex birth defects and metabolic diseases
  • Neonatal research

It’s the combination of all of these factors, along with the commitment of our teams and families, that enable us to provide babies with cutting-edge interventions, exceptional care, and in turn, remarkable outcomes measured across four categories.

We measure respiratory outcomes by airway support and the child’s ability to wean off of medications and oxygen. Nutritional outcomes are measured by growth and feeding milestone characteristics. Neurological outcomes are determined by evaluation of developmental assessment at various points in a child’s life. Social and behavioral outcomes are assessed by evaluating social skills at key points throughout childhood.

Fighting Prematurity

13% of pregnancies result in preterm birth.

2015 Perinatal/Neonatal Conference

Neonatology Leadership

Leif Nelin
Division Chief:
Leif Nelin, MD

Kristina Reber
Associate Division Chief:
Kristina Reber, MD

Edward Shepherd
Section Chief:
Edward Shepherd, MD

Meet Our Team »

featured video

Meet Cami, a premature baby who spent her first few months in the NICU, overcoming obstacles including necrotizing enterocolitis, a serious intestinal infection that required surgery.
Meet Ward Miles. Born 15 weeks premature, Ward received care in our NICU from several services including Neonatology, Neurosciences and the Heart Center. He also received care from GI for problems with keeping food down.
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