Neonatal Medicine

Louisville Neonatal Medicine

To request an inpatient consult or to arrange a transport, please call 502-852-8470. After hours, please call 502-852-8470 or 855-629-BABY (2229). 

To refer a patient to or to schedule an appointment in the UofL Neonatal Follow Up Program, please call 502-588-0986.

When your baby is sick, you want to make sure the very best medical care is available to you and your family. UofL Physicians - Neonatology, formerly known as Neonatal Associates, are experts in the care of newborns with complex health care needs. Our physicians have achieved the highest levels of board certification and training available in the field of neonatal medicine.

Our physicians specialize specifically in the care of newborns with complex health care needs such as prematurity, birth defects, infection and injury. They consult with mothers and their obstetricians both before and after birth, attend high risk deliveries, and provide postnatal care for these special patients. Upon request of pediatricians and obstetricians, they also provide routine newborn care at the time of delivery. They care for infants at nine Kentucky and Indiana hospitals.

Our physicians are also teachers, researchers and international leaders in the world of children’s health care. And, we are part of a network of approximately 180 pediatric specialists from virtually every major area of pediatrics. That means we have easy and immediate access to a wealth of expertise, which is vitally important and reassuring when your baby is critically ill.

Find Neonatal Medicine Specialists in Louisville by viewing the Our Physicians tab.

Louisville Premature Birth

Our physicians specialize specifically in the care of newborns with complex health care needs such as prematurity, birth defects, infection and injury. They consult with mothers and their obstetricians both before and after birth, attend high risk deliveries, and provide postnatal care for these special patients. 

For more information, go to our Treatments and Services page.

Kosair Children’s Hospital

Providing care for newborns at nine hospitals in the Kentucky and Southern Indiana regions, our physicians:

  • Diagnose and treat newborns with prematurity, breathing disorders, infections, birth defects and other disorders
  • Provide around-the-clock care for critically ill infants, some weighing less than a pound
  • Diagnose and care for infants with rare and complex medical conditions from all around Kentucky and Southern Indiana
  • Attend high-risk deliveries to provide immediate care and/or resuscitation, as needed
  • Direct the nutritional management of critically ill newborns
  • Conduct research into new therapies for the treatment of conditions that affect newborns
  • Assist primary care physicians in the care of high risk infants after hospitalization

Norton Children’s Hospital Level 4 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

The only Level 4 NICU in the western half of Kentucky and one of the largest NICUs in the country, in this NICU our physicians provide the most complex level of neonatal care, including advanced diagnoses and treatment of fetuses, premature infants and newborns with complicated conditions.

A high-level transport service is available to bring critically ill newborns from Southern Indiana and throughout Kentucky to the Level 4 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Norton Children's Hospital in Louisville. Once there, our neonatologists coordinate care and medically manage newborns requiring intensive care services including:

  • Respiratory support (inhaled nitric oxide, conventional and oscillatory ventilation)
  • Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), a treatment that provides oxygen to the baby using heart-lung bypass equipment
  • All types of surgery, including cardiovascular, abdominal and neurological
  • Diagnosis and treatment of genetic and metabolic abnormalities
  • Treatment for neonatal abstinence syndrome

University of Louisville Hospital Level 3 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Our physicians also care for infants at the UofL Hospital Level 3 NICU, where all but the most complex care can be provided to newborn infants. Transport to Norton Children’s Level 4 NICU is readily available if the care needs escalate.

Around the State

Our physicians also direct Level 3 Neonatal Intensive Care Nurseries at Owensboro Medical Center in Owensboro, Ky., and at Western Baptist Hospital in Paducah, Ky. The availability of these nurseries broadens options in newborn care for infants and their families, allowing less critically ill babies to remain close to their homes, families and primary care physicians whenever possible. Transport to Norton Children’s Level 4 NICU is readily available if the care needs escalate.

Neonatal Follow Up Program

Once your baby is ready to go home, the Neonatal Follow Up Program is there to address the special health and developmental needs of babies who required intensive care after birth. The Neonatal Follow Up Program staff includes board-certified neonatologists, nurses, psychologists and pediatric physical, occupational and speech therapists who apply a transdisciplinary approach to the care of these at-risk infants and toddlers after hospitalization.

The  Neonatal Follow Up Program provides comprehensive and ongoing services to babies after they are discharged from intensive care nurseries. Even if an infant has been cared for in another facility’s intensive care unit, referrals from primary care physicians are welcome. The program has been in existence since 1983, making it one of the longest-running infant follow up programs in the country.

Services include:

  • Medical and growth assessment by board-certified neonatologists
  • Evaluation of development by a developmental psychologist
  • Early intervention (First Steps) evaluations and referral to special programs
  • Physical, occupational and speech therapy evaluations and recommendations for direct services and home programming

In addition to seeing NICU graduates in the Louisville office, infants are also seen at outreach clinics in Bowling Green, Owensboro and Paducah, Ky. These clinics allow families to continue to access the expertise of the Neonatal Follow-up Program staff closer to home.

Physicians in this practice may not see patients at all locations listed below. For details, please call the appointment line for the location you are interested in visiting.

To request an inpatient consult or to arrange a transport, please call 502-852-8470. After hours, please call 502-852-8470 or 855-629-BABY (2229). 

To refer a patient to or to schedule an appointment in the UofL Neonatal Follow Up Program, please call 502-588-0986.

Offices and Clinics

  • Neonatal Follow Up Program (Kosair Charities Pediatric Center)
    571 S. Floyd St.
    Suite 125
    Louisville, Kentucky 40202
    502-588-0982
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  • Norton Children's Hospital Outpatient Center - Owensboro, Breckinridge Medical Plaza
    1000 Breckinridge St.
    Suite 301
    Owensboro, Kentucky 42303
    502-588-0986
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  • Baptist Health Paducah, Doctor's Building 3
    2608 Kentucky Ave.
    Suite 102
    Paducah, Kentucky 42003
    502-588-0986
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  • Bowling Green Medical Center
    720 Second Ave.
    Suite 102
    Bowling Green, Kentucky 42101
    502-588-0986
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Hospital Affiliations

  • University of Louisville Hospital
  • Norton Hospitals
  • Clark Memorial Hospital
  • Baptist Health Floyd
  • Baptist Health Louisville
  • Baptist Health LaGrange
  • Baptist Health Paducah
  • Owensboro Health Regional Hospital
  • Hardin Memorial Hospital

UofL Physicians - Neonatology is a dedicated group of health care professionals, including board certified neonatologists, neonatal nurse practitioners, Ph.D.-level researchers, psychologists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists and nurses with many years of experience working in the NICU, caring for critically ill and high-risk infants, and working with families and primary care providers to provide the best possible care to these infants after hospitalization.

We are much more than a group of health care providers. As leaders in the field of neonatology, we have helped to shape and influence newborn care across the United States by leadership on state and national committees, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, the National Perinatal Association, the Kentucky Perinatal Association and the Kentucky Perinatal Collaborative. Members of our team are also active in medical education missions to many countries around the world, sharing their expertise with local physicians and health care professionals and improving newborn care worldwide.

As teachers, we are actively training the next generation of physicians in newborn care. In addition to directing a fellowship program in neonatology at the UofL School of Medicine, our faculty also are active in teaching medical students and resident physicians in the care of critically ill newborns.

Our faculty write books and book chapters on neonatal health issues, participate in writing neonatal clinical care guidelines that are used across the country, and are asked to consult with physicians around the world on issues related to neonatal care.

As researchers, we continually seek the knowledge to improve care and outcomes for high-risk infants of the future. Our faculty actively publish research, participate in national neonatal database studies, and collaborate with researchers and clinicians across the country to investigate the newest state-of-the art treatments for critically ill newborns.

The doctors of UofL Physicians - Neonatology are the newborn experts in Louisville.

Next Steps

For more information or to make an appointment,
call 502-588-6000