Thomas Bass, MD

"Growing up in northeastern North Carolina, I knew what a great reputation CHKD had and I was fortunate to have an opportunity to practice here. CHKD and the Division of Neonatology has given me the opportunity to care for a wide range of patients while continuing my research interests."

Dr. W. Thomas Bass

(757) 668-7456
Board Certifications

American Board of Pediatrics

Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine


Medical School: East Carolina University

Residency: Pitt County Memorial Hospital

Fellowship: St. Louis Children's Hospital


Dr. Bass became interested in neonatal neurology during his pediatric residency and chose a neonatology fellowship at St. Louis Children's Hospital  that allowed him to pursue research in brain injury of the newborn.

While practicing neonatology, he has continued basic and clinical research in specific types of brain injury and their prevention.

Research Areas
  • Neonatal brain injury
  • Birth asphyxia
  • Intraventricular hemorrhage
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Periventricular leukomalacia
Clinical Interests
  • Prevention of brain injury with therapeutic hypothermia
  • Treatment of hydrocephalus
  • Prevention of intraventricular hemorrhage
Honors & Awards
  • Coastal Virginia Magazine "Top Doc" 2018, 2019
  • Health Care Heroes honoree for Advancement in Medicine and Health Care, Inside Business Magazine, 2012
  • Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters, Pediatric Faculty Teaching Award, 1988 and 2002 
  • Outstanding Pediatric Resident Award, East Carolina University, 1985
Community Involvement
  • Physicians for Peace
  • Virginia Beach Youth Recreation Program 

Kochan M, Leonardi B, Firestine A, McPadden J, Cobb D, Vazifedan T, Bass WT. Elevated head positioning of ELBW infants during the first days of life: effect on cardiopulmonary function and incidence of periventricular-intraventricular hemorrhage. J Perinatol 2019;39:54-62.
AAP SONPM – Articles of Interest. January 2019.

Kochan M, McPadden J, Bass WT, Shah T, Brown WT, Tye GW, Vazifedan T. Changes in regional cerebral oxygen saturation and fractional tissue oxygen extraction in premature infants with posthemorrhagic ventricular dilation. Pediatric Neurology 2017;73:57-63.
AAP SONPM – Articles of Interest. August 2017.

Bass WT, Lattanzio FA, Brayman G, Kootsey B, Aiello F, Perkins AM, Carr KL, Allison RC, Shaeffer J, Kelley R. Non-invasive measurement of brain temperature using radiometric thermometry: Experimental validation and clinical observations in asphyxiated newborns. J Neonatal Perinatal Med 2014;7:279-286 (Article of Interest, AAP Section on Perinatal Pediatrics, January 2015)

Bass WT. Periventricular Leukomalacia. American Academy of Pediatrics, Neoreviews 2011;12;e76-e84.

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