Professional Resources

Referring a patient outside your care is an act of trust. You must be confident the team you refer to has the knowledge, training and experience to make a significant difference in the outcome for your patient.

At the Division of Neonatology at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, we take that responsibility very seriously.

As one of the top-ranked and largest children’s hospitals in the U.S., we have a high volume of patients and treat the full spectrum of illnesses that affect newborns and infants.

The number of patients and diversity of conditions we see every day give us experience that is unmatched in the region. Our physicians and clinical team are active in clinical trials and basic and clinical research projects. Through innovation and perseverance, we are changing the course of treatment for many children.

How we can help you

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 and treats critically ill children with complex birth defects and other serious — sometimes life-threatening — health conditions every day.

Our experience, cutting-edge diagnostic tools, obstetric surgical expertise and facilities allow us to provide families with an accurate diagnosis and full range of treatment options. We work with you and your patients to give you all the information and support you need.

Referral information

Our staff is here to assist you in providing the best care for your patients. To discuss a potential referral, schedule an evaluation or seek a second opinion, please call 215-590-3083.  

Information we will ask for:

Referring physician/healthcare provider


We recognize this is a very stressful time for families and strive to schedule all patients as expeditiously as possible. If you feel a patient needs to be seen more urgently, let us know and we will work with you.

You can direct patients to online resources written specifically for families coming to the N/IICU at CHOP or one of our Care Network locations.

Some resources to share with families:

These pages explain everything in easy-to-understand language for families. Feel free to print out selected resources to share with your patients.

Neonatal Outreach Program

The Neonatal Outreach Program at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia was established in 2003 to serve the needs of all referring physicians including and beyond the immediate Delaware Valley. Our referrals come from neonatologists, pediatricians and physicians in local emergency rooms. We communicate regularly with our partners in Neonatology News.

Our primary goal is to provide a direct link to Neonatology at CHOP and ensure effective communication regarding subspecialty referrals, ongoing inpatient evaluation and care, transport, referrals and discharge information.

To learn more, see Neonatal Outreach Program.

Training opportunities

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia offers a number of professional training opportunities for physicians and other healthcare professionals who want to learn more about neonatology, newborn and infant intensive care and clinical research that is improving the course of treatment for thousands of babies.

Whether you are looking for an intensive fellowship, a conference or CMEs, we have opportunities available to you.

See training opportunities for details.

Neonatal research

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is a leader in the advancement of basic and clinical research. We have one of the nation's largest pediatric research programs, spanning virtually every area of pediatric medicine. The new knowledge that is gained from our studies will lead to improved healthcare for children worldwide.

Our clinical and basic research activities are conducted through the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute. The Institute oversees the work of more than 150 investigators and their staffs who are pursuing hundreds of active research projects at any given time.

Use the links below for more information.

Additional resources for professionals

Neonatal case study

Case study: More Than Just Beckwith-Wiedemann Syndrome, by Janet Lioy, MD, and Dan Swarr, MD. To read the case, questions and answers, see neonatal case study.

Skin-to-skin contact (kangaroo care)

Many studies of skin-to-skin care (SSC) have been conducted and published during the past 20 years. Among the many benefits to infants and parents are:

Skin-to-skin guidelines for intubated infants

Skin-to-skin guidelines for non-intubated infants

Contact us

If you have any questions related to newborn and infant care at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia or our Care Network, please call 215-590-3083

We look forward to hearing from you.

Updated April 2012

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