New Partnership with St. Mary Medical Center NICU

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Neonatology Update

St. Mary Medical Center in Langhorne, Pennsylvania, is the latest community hospital to have CHOP’s board-certified neonatologists provide expert care within their neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). CHOP neonatologists will provide physician coverage for St. Mary’s new, state-of-the-art Level II NICU, which features private bays, a private lactation room, and a family sleeping room, all designed to meet the needs of families with babies requiring special care. About 2,400 babies are born at St. Mary every year, with more than 100 requiring critical care in the NICU.

Marilyn Giorgi, MD, recently became medical director of the St. Mary Medical Center NICU. Giorgi earned her medical degree from Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, DC. She completed her pediatric residency at Children’s Hospital at Montefiore in Bronx, New York, and her neonatology fellowship at Schneider Children’s Hospital in New Hyde Park, New York. After her fellowship, she served as an attending neonatologist at Saint Peter’s University Hospital followed by thee years as director of Neonatology at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, both of which are located in New Brunswick, New Jersey. She most recently served as a neonatologist at Hackensack University Medical Center at Pascack Valley in Westwood, New Jersey, and director of Neonatology at Community Medical Center Barnabas Health in Toms River, New Jersey.

Prem Marlapudi, MD, recently joined our division of neonatology as a full-time attending in the NICU at St. Mary Medical Center. Marlapudi earned his MBBS from Osmania Medical College in India. He completed his pediatric residency at the State University of New York Health Sciences Center and Kings County Hospital Center in Brooklyn, New York, and his fellowship in neonatal-perinatal medicine at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children/Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia. He has served on the staff of the NICU and newborn nurseries at St. Mary Medical Center for more than 25 years.

Sharath Chowdawarapu, MD, MPH, recently joined our Division of Neonatology as a full-time attending in the NICU at St. Mary Medical Center. Chowdawarapu earned his medical degree from JSS Medical College in India and his master’s of Public Health from University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. He completed his pediatric residency at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City and Jersey City Medical Center in New Jersey, and his neonatal-perinatal medicine fellowship at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. He most recently served as an attending neonatologist at Sheridan Healthcare at Jersey City Medical Center, and a per diem neonatologist at Lehigh Valley Health Network in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, New Jersey.