Neonatology: Why Choose Us

Expertise of our multidisciplinary team

Each year, more than 4,000 babies across our network receive comprehensive, high-quality care from our multidisciplinary team of physicians, advanced practice nurses, physician assistants, RNs, developmental therapists and others. Together, they provide around-the-clock care to critically ill babies with health issues related to birth defects, pulmonary, cardiac, gastrointestinal issues and other disorders.

The number of patients and diversity of conditions we see every day give us experience that is unmatched in the region. Many of the neonatal conditions we treat at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia are quite rare or extremely complex; a physician may encounter only a few such cases in an entire career. Our team sees critically ill children with complex birth defects and other serious, sometimes life-threatening, conditions every day.

Programs and facilities designed for your baby

Babies have access to expert care in the Harriet and Ronald Lassin Newborn/Infant Intensive Care Unit (N/IICU) and through our specialty programs. Our services are offered throughout the CHOP Newborn Care Network so that you can find care at a location that is most convenient for your family.

Children's Hospital offers the full complement of surgical approaches for newborns and infants including laparoscopic, robotic and open surgical procedures. Our experience, cutting-edge diagnostic tools, obstetric and surgical expertise, and facilities allow us to provide families with an accurate diagnosis and full range of treatment options.

History of innovation

CHOP founded the nation’s first surgical ICU for newborns and infants in 1962. Our Division of Neonatology has a history of innovation, a commitment to optimal care, and a strong dedication to training future generations of doctors, nurses and other care providers.

Recognized world leader

CHOP has consistently ranked among the nation’s best pediatric hospitals by U.S. News & World Report and Parents magazine. Neonatology and the Newborn/Infant Intensive Care Unit at CHOP are spotlighted in both surveys. For 2014-15, the Division of Neonatology earned the No. 1 ranking in U.S. News & World Report's survey of neonatal programs.

Family-focused care

We are committed to family-focused care. We include all members of the healthcare team and your family in discussions related to your child’s diagnosis, treatment plan and progress.

Research and innovation

Physicians and scientists from CHOP’s Division of Neonatology continue to lead basic and clinical research into many conditions affecting newborns and infants. In collaboration with CHOP’s Research Institute, we oversee the work of more than 150 investigators pursing hundreds of active research projects. Our goal is to discover new therapies and treatments that will benefit babies.

Reviewed on April 17, 2014