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Neonatology Care Group:  (Seated-Left/Right)    Mark Polak MD, Pete Yossuck MD, Sanjay Mitra MD 

(Standing-Left/Right)     Greg Barretto MD, Anuj Malik MD, Tiffany Blosser APRN, Brenda Daugherty NNP, Cathy Andria NNP, Autumn Kiefer MD, and Cody Smith MD.

Greg A. Barretto, MD

Assistant Professor
De La Salle University Cavite, Philippines
Penn State College of Medicine

Sanjay Mitra, MD

Assistant Professor
University of Delhi, India

Mark J. Polak, MD

Professor, Section Chief
University of Florida (Fellowship)

Panitan (Pete) Yossuck, MD

Assistant Professor
Georgetown University (Fellowship)

Barbara Nightengale, MSN, RNC, NNP

West Virginia University

The Section of Neonatology is committed to ongoing service, teaching, and research related to care of the newborn. Sick babies from a 150 mile radius of Morgantown are cared for in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit , and the adjacent Neonatal Stepdown Unit at WVU Children’s Hospital, located on the sixth floor of Ruby Memorial Hospital. Approximately, 500-600 critically ill infants are admitted to this facility yearly. 1/2 to 2/3 of these admissions are born at WVU Hospital, the remainder are transported from other hospitals (nursery level I, II, and III) in West Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Western Maryland.

Normal newborns are cared for as mother-baby pairs on the Obstetric Suite. The mother-baby population is made up primarily of healthy term infants. The high-risk infants (IV fluid, suspect sepsis, etc.) and convalescent infants (premature growers) are hospitalized in a newly designed transitional nursery located adjacent to the Neonatal Stepdown Unit. There are currently over 1500 newborn deliveries at WVU Children’s Hospital.

There are four board certified neonatologists who rotate coverage as attending physician. In addition to the attending physicians, there is a group of NCC certified Neonatal Nurse Practitioners (10 on staff, all certified NNP, 9 with MSN degree) who are assigned to cover the NICU/ newborn service 24 hours a day. The NNPs participate in patient care, transport critically ill neonates to the NICU at WVU hospital, and participate in the education of the residents. The NICU/NSDU is also staffed by a fully dedicated contingent of specially trained registered nurses, respiratory therapists, and clinical pharmacists.

The Section has always tried to be active in both clinical and laboratory research. Current projects include:1) a randomized, double blind evaluation of colloid bolus therapy vs. normal saline bolus therapy for hypotension in neonates. 2) long term follow-up of infants born to mothers with HELLP Syndrome, and 3) Long term follow-up of low birth weight infants who had chronic lung disease in the first year of life. To read more about the sections research, CLICK HERE.

Perinatal Transport Conferences

A joint endeavor of WVU Children’s Hospital, WVU Department of Pediatrics, and WVU Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Each of WVU’s referral hospitals is visited by WVU perinatal staff at least once or twice a year for a Perinatal Transport Conference. These are multidiscipline case management conferences where the care of specific mothers and/or babies who were transported to WVU from the particular hospital is discussed. Transport statistics from the individual hospital are also discussed.

WVU staff attending Perinatal Transport Conferences include a perinatologist, a neonatologist, the nurse outreach coordinator, and usually a neonatal transport nurse practitioner.

Continuing education credit from WVU is available for physicians and nurses attending the perinatal transport conferences.

Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Team

Judi Polak MSN, RNC, NNP
  Director, WVU NNP Master's Program

Brenda Daugherty, MSN, RNC, NNP
  Neonatal Nurse Practioner Coordinator
  Neonatal Transport Coordinator

Cathy Andria, BSN, RNC, NNP

Tiffany Blosser, APRN

Melissa Carunchia, MSN, RNC, NNP

Mary Chafin, MSN, RNC, NNP

Melinda Connolly, MSN, PNP-BC

Sharon Griffith, RN, ANP

Debra Lauffer, MSN, RNC, NNP

Russ Matthews, MSN, RNC, NNP

Susan Neptune, MSN, RNC, NNP

Nicole Puccio, MSN, NNP

Kelli Burke Queen, MSN, NNP

Nicki Ringler-Goodwin, MSN, RNC, NNP

Ariann Williams, MSN,NNP

Continuing Medical Education Objectives for Perinatal Transport Conferences

  • Understand WVU's management of complicated obstetrical and neonatal patients;
  • Determine appropriate situations which warrant transportation/referral of obstetrical and neonatal patients, and
  • Communicate more efficiently and effectively with the perinatal health professionals at WVU.

The West Virginia University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to sponsor continuing medical education for physicians. The WVU Office of CME designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1.5 credit hours in Category 1 credit towards the AMA Physician's Recognition Award. Each physician should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent in the educational activity. In accordance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education requirements on disclosure, information about relationships of presenters with commercial interests (if any) will be included in materials distributed at the time of the conference.