Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

The Division of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine is a nationally recognized group of neonatologists who provide care to critically ill newborn infants, educate future pediatricians, neonatologists and neonatal nurse practitioners, and conduct research to understand mechanisms of disease, improve patient outcomes and advance medical education.

John Barks M.D.
Director, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

Clinical Care

The Brandon Newborn Intensive Care Unit delivers care to newborn infants through:

  • The evaluation and management of problems afflicting newborn infants, originating in the fetal or newborn period
  • Provision of critical care, including assisted ventilation, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, therapeutic hypothermia and many other modalities, by a multidisciplinary team of health care professionals
  • Family-centered support that recognizes the emotional impact of having a sick newborn
  • Prenatal and postnatal counseling of parents and family members
  • Consultation with the full range of Pediatric medical and surgical specialists
  • Preparing infants and families for transition from the hospital to home
  • Transport of high-risk infants from referring hospitals. A neonatal team is available 24 hours a day, should a baby require immediate specialized critical care.

State-of-the-art services in our hospital allow us to care for infants with unusually complex or severe problems that challenge the resources of other centers.  As a level IV NICU, providing the highest level of newborn intensive care, approximately 25 percent of our patients are transported to the U-M Health System Newborn ICU from other NICU’s for advanced therapies, such as extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), high-frequency ventilation and therapeutic hypothermia after birth asphyxia, or for coordination of complex care with our full range of medical and surgical specialty services.

Research

Faculty members within the Division are actively exploring different areas of neonatal research. Collaborative efforts exist with members of the Divisions of Pediatric Neurology, Pediatric Nephrology, and Pediatric Pulmonology, and the Departments of Radiology, Neurology, Ophthalmology, Internal Medicine, Pathology and Obstetrics-Gynecology.

Education

The Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship is designed to provide a solid background in clinical neonatology and research techniques allowing trainees the flexibility and opportunities to develop a career in academic medicine. The program fulfills the requirements set forth by the American Board of Pediatrics, Sub-Board of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, and is fully accredited.

Contact Phone Numbers

General Information: 734-763-4109 (Office)
Office Fax: 734-763-7728
Newborn Intensive Care Unit: 734-763-4111
Newborn Intensive Care Unit Fax: 734-647-8256
Neonatal Transport Requests: 734-763-4111
Neonatal Follow-up Coordinator: 734-232-7888

Mailing Address

Division of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
8-621 C. S. Mott Children’s Hospital
1540 East Medical Center Drive -
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-4254