Neonatal/Perinatal Medicine

W. Thomas Bass, MD
Deborah Devendorf, MD
Susannah Dillender, MD
C W Gowen, MD
Glen Green, MD
M Gary Karlowicz, MD
Edward Karotkin, MD
Jamil Khan, MD
David Oelberg, MD
Kirk Sallas, MD
Tushar Shah, MD
Brett Siegfried, MD
Kenneth Tiffany, MD

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Neonatal specialists at Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters offer consultation, assessment, emergency and continuing care services for premature and critically ill infants, as well as long-term follow-up of NICU patients and inpatient neonatal consultation at area hospitals.

What types of services are offered?

  • CHKD operates the region's only non-military Neonatal Intensive Care Unit certified by the state as a subspeciality nursery. This means the NICU at CHKD is the only one in the region that meets the stringent requirements to provide intensive care for high-risk critically ill neonates. The neonatologists also provide continuous coverage and the high-risk delivery services at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.
  • Lactation support is available to hospitalized infants and children, mothers and families, providing the optimal breastfeeding experience through support and education.
  • A Neonatal Follow-Up Program, under the direction of the neonatologists, is also available at CHKD and satellite locations.
  • Using CHKD's specially equipped mobile intensive care units, two highly skilled transport teams are available 24 hours a day to transport infants from referring institutions to CHKD. If necessary, the Nightingale helicopter and air ambulance services are also available.
  • The Neonatal/Perinatal Outreach Center

Does your staff have special training?

The physicians are all board-certified in both pediatrics and neonatal-perinatal medicine. The NICU staff also comprises a team of specially trained neonatal nurses and nurse practitioners, respiratory therapists, radiologists, transport specialists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, child life specialists, educators and social workers. Also, CHKD is the only NICU in the region that meets Virginia's staffing requirement of having physicians in 21 different pediatric subspecialties. As a result, the hospital is recognized throughout the region as the premier provider of care for high-risk newborns.

How are patients referred and/or transported to your care?

Referrals to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit may be made physicians and staff at birth hospitals by calling (757) 668-7448, or Doctors Direct at (757) 668-9999 or 1-800-207-2022. Non-urgent calls during regular hours can be made to (757) 668-7456.

Neonatal Follow-Up Clinic

CHKD's Neonatal Follow-Up Clinic provides assessments of infants at high risk for developmental delays based on diagnosis or complications during perinatal or neonatal life. To learn more about this program, please visit the Neonatal Follow-Up Program page.

Neonatal/Perinatal Outreach center

Designated by the Commonwealth of Virginia as the Regional Perinatal Center for eastern Virginia, CHKD's Neonatal/Perinatal Outreach Center (NPOC) is responsible for providing and coordinating a wide variety of services and programs for professionals who deliver neonatal and perinatal health care. To learn more about this center, please visit the Neonatal-Perinatal Outreach Center page.