sinkin div chfThe Division of Neonatology (Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine) provides comprehensive care for premature and high-risk babies. The 51-bed Level IV NICU at UVA Children’s Hospital is the region’s most advanced neonatal intensive care unit and serves as a quaternary referral center for northwestern, southern, and central Virginia.

Our Mission is to improve measurable outcomes for sick and at-risk neonates through the integration of state-of-the-art medical and informational technologies, evidence-based therapies, translational research protocols and compassionate care in an environment that is family-centered and developmentally organized.

Additional clinical services provided by the Division include:

  • Neonatal transport supervision of the Newborn Emergency Transport System (NETS) throughout the Mid-Atlantic region
  • Extracorporeal life support (ECMO) performed in the NICU
  • Prenatal and antenatal maternal consultations
  • Neuro-NICU in collaboration with the Departments of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Radiology
  • NICU Follow-up Clinic in collaboration with the Division of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics
  • Tele-medicine consultations with referring physicians/special care nurseries

Information for Patients, Families & Referring Physicians

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For Patient Consultations, please call the NICU at 434-924-2335.

For Patient Referrals/Transfers, please call the UVA Transfer Center at 1-844-XFER-UVA (933-7882).


Jennifer Burnsed, MD, MSc
Karen Fairchild, MD
David Kaufman, MD
Sarah Miller, DO
Peter Murray, MD, MSM
Alix Paget-Brown, MD
Robert Sinkin, MD, MPH
Brynne Sullivan, MD
Jonathan Swanson, MD, MSc
Brooke Vergales, MD
Santina Zanelli, MD, MS

Robert Boyle, MD (Emeritus)
John Kattwinkel, MD (Emeritus)

Neonatal-Perinatal Fellows

Corrie Alonzo, MD (PGY-6)
Namrita Odackal, DO (PGY-6)
Noelia Aviles-Otero, MD (PGY-5)
Maryam Abubakar, MD, MPH (PGY-4)
Rupin Kumar, MD (PGY-4)
David McMurray, DO, MPH (PGY-4)


Department of Pediatrics
P.O. Box 800386
Charlottesville, VA 22908
Phone: 434-924-5428
Fax: 434-243-0649

Division Chief
Robert A Sinkin, MD, MPH
Charles Fuller Professor of Neonatology

Division Administrative Assistants:
Linda Crawford
Steve Garrison
Tammy Mawyer

Research Activities

  • Physiology of heart rate variability due to sepsis
  • Detecting and diagnosing apnea using respiratory waveforms
  • Fluconazole prophylaxis for prevention of Candidal infections in ELBW infants and subsequent resistance
  • Ventilation prior to the umbilical cord clamping in the delivery room
  • Lactoferrin use to prevent necrotizing enterocolitis and late onset sepsis
  • Cost analysis of neonatal therapies
  • Mechanisms of cellular injury in neonatal hypoxic-ischemic injury
  • Neonatal brain rehabilitation

For recent Division of Neonatology publications, please click here.

Clinical Research Coordinators
Monika Thielen
Joey Michel
Phone: 434-982-0263

Fellowship Program

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Director: Karen Fairchild, MD
Associate Director: Brooke Vergales, MD
Contact: Steven Garrison
Phone: 434-982-1413