Neonatology

The WVU Section of Neonatology is dedicated to providing excellent care of sick newborns and their families, teaching the next generation of medical providers, and furthering clinical research in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

Clinical Care
The WVU NICU is a 42-bed, level IV unit located within WVU Medicine Children’s in Morgantown, WV. An expansion to 50-beds, with the addition of private bed spaces, is planned for 2018. Our physician team is made up of six neonatologists and three Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine fellows. We partner closely with a large group of neonatal advanced practice providers. Specialized NICU nurses, pharmacists, respiratory therapists, dietitians, therapists, and child life specialists complete our care team. Together, we care for over 600 critically ill newborns per year with problems ranging from extreme prematurity to congenital heart disease to serious neonatal infections. Two-thirds of our patients are born at WVU Medicine, in the adjoining Obstetrics suite. The Neonatology section collaborates with local Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialists in attending high-risk deliveries. For those patients born in the surrounding area (West Virginia, western Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Ohio), our pediatric transport team can provide a prompt, safe transfer to the NICU setting. We offer focused care teams for extremely preterm infants and infants with established chronic lung disease of prematurity (also called bronchopulmonary dysplasia or BPD). NICU graduates are followed through our clinic for developmental, growth, or breathing concerns in the first years of life.

Education
The WVU Section of Neonatology strongly supports the education of fellows, residents, and medical students. We offer an ACGME-accredited 3-year fellowship in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine , and we train 1 fellow per year. We also teach the fundamentals of newborn care and recognition of illness to WVU Pediatrics and combined Internal Medicine & Pediatrics residents . Medical students with a special interest in NICU can chose to rotate with our team as a senior student . We also offer outreach education for referring hospital teams regarding newborn resuscitation and stabilization.

Research
Our partnership with the Clinical Trials Research Unit (CTRU) allows the section to conduct high quality clinical research through two national research collaboratives, the Pediatric Trial Network  and the IDeA State Pediatric Clinical Trial Network , which focuses on bringing NIH-sponsored clinical studies to rural populations. We also engage in industry-sponsored and investigator-initiated projects.

Section Members

Greg Barretto Directory Photo

Greg A. Barretto

MD
Assistant Professor, Director-Neonatal Fellowship Program
Pediatrics
304-293-1202
304-293-4341
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Autumn S. Kiefer

MD
Assistant Professor, Associate Director - Neonatal Fellowship Program
Pediatrics
304-293-1202
304-293-4341
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Panitan Pete Yossuck

MD
Associate Professor, Director Clinical Excellence Program/Neonatology
Pediatrics
304-293-1202
304-293-4341
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Stephen Matt Akers

MD
Fellow
Pediatrics
304-293-1200
304-293-4341
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Alfred Gest

MD
Associate Professor
Pediatrics
304-293-1202
304-293-4341
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Rikizam Joya

MD
Fellow, Neonatology
Pediatrics
304-293-1224
304-293-1216
Anuj Malik Directory Photo

Anuj Malik

MD
Neonatal Fellow
Pediatrics
304-293-1224
304-293-4341
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Alicia Moise

MD
Associate Professor
Pediatrics
304-293-1202
304-293-4341
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Mark J. Polak

MD
Professor & Chief, Section of Neonatology
Pediatrics
304-293-1202
304-293-4341
Mark Smith Directory Photo

Mark Cody Smith

MD
Assistant Professor
Pediatrics

Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Team

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Cathy Andria

MSN, PNP-BC
Nurse Practitioner
Pediatrics
304-293-1202
304-293-4341
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Tiffany Blosser

RN, NNP
Nurse Practitioner
Pediatrics
304-598-4140
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Misty Carunchia

MSN, PNP-BC
Nurse Practitioner
Pediatrics
304-293-1202
304-293-4341
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Mary Chafin

MSN, PNP-BC
Nurse Practitioner
Pediatrics
304-293-1202
304-293-4341
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Melinda S Connolly

MSN, PNP-BC
Nurse Practitioner
Pediatrics
304-598-4140
304-598-4774
Brenda Daugherty Directory Photo

Brenda P Daugherty

MSN, PNP-BC
Nurse Practitioner
Pediatrics
304-293-1202
304-293-4341
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Sharon Griffith

RN, NP
Clinical Instructor/Nurse Practitioner
Pediatrics
304-293-1201
304-293-4341
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Debra Lauffer

MSN, PNP-BC
Nurse Practitioneer
Pediatrics
304-293-1202
304-293-4341
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Barbara J Nightengale

MSN, CNNP, PNP-BC
Nurse Practictioner
Pediatrics
304-293-1202
304-293-4341
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Nicole Puccio

MSN, PNP-BC
Nurse Practictioneer
Pediatrics
304-293-1202
304-293-4341
Kelli Queen Directory Photo

Kelli Burke Queen

RN, PNP-BC
Nurse Practitioner
Pediatrics
304-293-1202
304-293-4341
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Nicki L Ringler-Goodwin

MSN, PNP-BC
Nurse Practitioneer
Pediatrics
304-293-1202
304-293-4341
Arianna Williams Directory Photo

Arianna K Williams

RN
Nurse Practictioner
Pediatrics
304-293-1202
304-293-4341

Neonatal Fellows

Stephen Akers Directory Photo

Stephen Matt Akers

MD
Fellow
Pediatrics
304-293-1200
304-293-4341
Rikizam Joya Directory Photo

Rikizam Joya

MD
Fellow, Neonatology
Pediatrics
304-293-1224
304-293-1216
Anuj Malik Directory Photo

Anuj Malik

MD
Neonatal Fellow
Pediatrics
304-293-1224
304-293-4341
Valerie Sedney, C-TAGME Directory Photo

Valerie A Sedney, C-TAGME

Internal Medicine/Pediatrics Residency Program and Neonatal/Perinatal Fellowship Progam Administrator
Office of Graduate Medical Education, Medical Education, Pediatrics
304-293-1224
304-293-1216