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Neonatology

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Cathy Andria

Nurse Practitioner
Pediatrics (SOM)
304-293-1202
304-293-4341
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Greg A. Barretto

Assistant Profesor, Director-Neonatal Fellowship Program
Pediatrics (SOM)
304-293-1202
304-293-4341
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Tiffany Blosser

Nurse Practitioner
Pediatrics (SOM)
304-598-4140
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Brenda P Daugherty

Nurse Practitioner
Pediatrics (SOM)
304-293-1202
304-293-4341
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Autumn S. Kiefer

Assistant Professor, Associate Director - Neonatal Fellowship Program
Pediatrics (SOM)
304-293-1202
304-293-4341
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Anuj Malik

Neonatal Fellow
Pediatrics (SOM)
304-293-1224
304-293-4341
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Sanjay Mitra

Assistant Professor, Director - Neonatal Transport & Outreach
Pediatrics (SOM)
304-293-1202
304-293-4341
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Barbara J Nightengale

Nurse Practictioner
Pediatrics (SOM)
304-293-1202
304-293-4341
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Mark J. Polak

Professor & Chief, Section of Neonatology
Pediatrics (SOM)
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304-293-4341
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Panitan Pete Yossuck

Associate Professor, Director Clinical Excellence Program/Neonatology
Pediatrics (SOM)
304-293-1202
304-293-4341

Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Team

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Cathy Andria

Nurse Practitioner
Pediatrics (SOM)
304-293-1202
304-293-4341
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Tiffany Blosser

Nurse Practitioner
Pediatrics (SOM)
304-598-4140
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Misty Carunchia

Nurse Practitioner
Pediatrics (SOM)
304-293-1202
304-293-4341
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Mary Chafin

Nurse Practitioner
Pediatrics (SOM)
304-293-1202
304-293-4341
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Melinda S Connolly

Nurse Practitioner
Pediatrics (SOM)
304-598-4140
304-598-4774
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Brenda P Daugherty

Nurse Practitioner
Pediatrics (SOM)
304-293-1202
304-293-4341
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Sharon Griffith

Clinical Instructor/Nurse Practitioner
Pediatrics (SOM)
304-293-1201
304-293-4341
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Debra Lauffer

Nurse Practitioneer
Pediatrics (SOM)
304-293-1202
304-293-4341
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Russell Mathews

Nurse Practitioner
Pediatrics (SOM)
304-293-1202
304-293-4341
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Susan Neptune

APP
Surgery (SOM)
Pediatrics (SOM)
304-293-0583
304-293-8881
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Judi Polak

Senior Lecturer
School of Nursing (SON)
Pediatrics (SOM)
304-293-1592
304-293-6826
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Nicole Puccio

Nurse Practictioneer
Pediatrics (SOM)
304-293-1202
304-293-4341
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Kelli Burke Queen

Nurse Practitioner
Pediatrics (SOM)
304-293-1202
304-293-4341
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Nicki L Ringler-Goodwin

Nurse Practitioneer
Pediatrics (SOM)
304-293-1202
304-293-4341
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Arianna K Williams

Nurse Practictioner
Pediatrics (SOM)
304-293-1202
304-293-4341

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.
 

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.