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Neonatologist examining baby while mother holds him

Innovative Programs & Services

Our extraordinary, dedicated neonatologists are renowned for the following advances and innovative treatments.

Superior High-Risk Prenatal Care

When a baby is diagnosed with a medical condition while still in the womb, care begins during pregnancy. Our specialists address fetal abnormalities ranging from congenital heart issues and genetic disorders to brain and bladder conditions. We collaborate with renowned authorities in neonatology, pediatric cardiology, neurology, urology, genetics, cardiac surgery and surgery, and all other pediatric subspecialties to provide treatment as soon as possible after the child is born.

Respiratory Care

The National Institutes of Health has recognized our NICU physicians for excellence in the treatment of respiratory disorders, especially for our extremely low incidence of chronic lung disease.

We were among the first specialists in the country to offer extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) therapy for infants with severe respiratory failure who cannot be treated successfully with conventional therapies. Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital is the oldest and most experienced of the few facilities in the tristate area to offer ECMO, an artificial heart and lung system that supports oxygenation of the body until a baby’s lungs can function on their own.

Our physicians also have particular expertise in treating newborns with congenital diaphragmatic hernia and have developed an approach to gently support their fragile lungs.
We care for newborns delivered through the EXIT (Ex-Utero Intrapartum Therapy) procedure. We perform this rare surgical procedure when the baby has a condition that leads to a blocked airway after birth. During a cesarean delivery (C-section), we insert an airway tube while the child is still connected to the mother through the umbilical cord.
We also manage respiratory complications with ventilators and continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), helping infants to maintain adequate oxygen levels.

Heart Care

ColumbiaDoctors are widely recognized for neonatal heart surgery and maintain one of the only cardiac intensive care units devoted exclusively to neonates. Our outcomes are among the best in the world.

At our Congenital Heart Center, our physicians collaborate with experts in pediatric surgery, medicine, anesthesiology, perfusion, critical care, and cardiovascular support.

Neurologic Care

ColumbiaDoctors apply the latest neurological advances including electroencephalography (EEG) to assess brain function and provide hypothermia (cooling) therapy when needed. We led the development of the Cool-Cap that reduces the body temperature of newborns by circulating cold water through a cap placed on the head. Our physicians have shown that this therapy can reduce the risk disability related to Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE) or loss of oxygen to the brain.

Comprehensive Care

ColumbiaDoctors physicians and surgeons take a team approach to complex cases, working with renowned experts in every field of medicine including:

  • Pediatric Anesthesiology
  • Pediatric Endocrinology
  • Pediatric Cardiology
  • Pediatric Cardio-Thoracic Surgery
  • Pediatric Gastroenterology
  • Genetics
  • Pediatric Hematology
  • Pediatric Infectious Diseases
  • Pediatric Nephrology
  • Pediatric Neurology
  • Pediatric Neurosurgery
  • Pediatric Oncology
  • Pediatric Orthopedics
  • Pediatric Pulmonology
  • Pediatric Surgery
  • Pediatric Urology
  • Psychiatry

In addition, Columbia doctors have made major contributions to neonatal nutrition, especially with regard to the unique needs of preterm infants.

Neonatal Comfort Care

Our specialists provide critical care to newborns, so they get stronger and healthier. However, some infants are affected by life-limiting conditions or terminal illnesses. To help them, our physicians have established a nationally known Neonatal Comfort Care Program, providing a high level of care and comfort. We believe that no matter how brief, each life is precious.

Neonatal Comfort Care