Some of our smallest patients often require the greatest amount of attention. Our department of newborn medicine provides care for newborns of all gestational ages and is specially equipped to care for infants as young as 22 weeks old. The nurturing care these special babies need is lead by the dedicated efforts and expertise of our neonatologists—pediatricians with specialized training in treating newborns who are born ill or premature and need very special care.
These clinician-researchers are conducting studies into new treatments for infants with multiple and diverse conditions to ensure these precious newborns can overcome early obstacles successfully.
Clinical neonatologists caring for infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) have a unique perspective, and the opportunity and obligation to push the envelope in research and clinical innovation. They take relevant questions from the NICU to the research laboratory and innovative interventions from the laboratory to the NICU.
Discovery and innovation have always been at the heart of what we do—from the compassionate care and groundbreaking treatments that provide new hope for families of today, to the pioneering research and extraordinary educational opportunities that promise to improve outcomes so all of our babies can thrive.
BWH recently transitioned the Division of Newborn Medicine to the Department of Pediatric Newborn Medicine, a change that positions Newborn Medicine for even greater accomplishments in the future. As a department, it will work to create a multidimensional program focused on excellence in clinical care and cross-disciplinary investigation to address the biological questions that are relevant to the health of vulnerable infants.
The Department chair will be Terrie Inder, MD, MBChB. Inder is a dual-boarded child neurologist and neonatologist, and brings her experience with clinical and translational research on the nature and timing of brain injury in preterm and high-risk term-born infants to our newborn medicine efforts. Her visionary approach in leading multidisciplinary teams to provide excellence in the clinical care of high-risk infants, with a particular focus on improving neurological outcomes, will be a huge asset to BWH.
From the new Department of Pediatric Newborn Medicine to the many labs dedicated to research to our dedicated doctors, nurses and researchers,—we’re all working for life-giving breakthroughs for our smallest patients. But we need your help.
If you’re interested in advancing this remarkable research and care, please consider giving to Newborn Medicine.