Department of Pediatrics
USF Health College of Medicine
Division of Neonatology


The Division of Neonatology at the University of South Florida College of Medicine manages the clinical care of neonates, teaches fellows, residents and medical students, and conducts research.

The Division members attend high risk deliveries, provide 24-hour care for premature and critically ill newborns and infants, support a critical care transport team, and an extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) team, and a whole body cooling team to manage infants with hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy.  USF Neonatology is a participant in the Florida Perinatal Quality Collaborative, whose mission is to improve Florida's maternal and infant health outcomes through assuring quality perinatal care for all of Florida's women and infants.

Neonatology News!

  • A new USF-led study shows that non-Hispanic black and Hispanic infants with specific types of heart defects have poorer survival rates in the first five years of life than non-Hispanic white infants. Read more by clicking here.

  • USF's involvement with the statewide Florida Perinatal Quality Collaborative was featured as the lead story on the USF Health homepage for the second week of April. The story can be found by clicking here.

  • Dr. Lewis Rubin was recently featured in a St. Petersburg Times story, which was also picked up by national publications, about preterm babies being born with the assistance of a vacuum extractor and the dangers that may or may not exist from the use of such a device in premature births. This story can be found on The Dallas Morning News website by following this link.

  • Dr. Terri Ashmeade, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, is Co-Principal Investigator on a new grant focused on educating for professionalism. The project, funded by the Institute on Medicine as a Profession and the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation is awarded to the USF College of Medicine, in collaboration with partners at Lehigh Valley Health Network in Pennsylvania. Click here to learn more.

  • Dr. Terri Ashmeade was interviewed by National Public Radio on the subject of more babies being born addicted to Prescription drugs. Click here to listen to the story.

  • The NHL's Tampa Bay Lightning video site features a look at the new NICU at Tampa General Hospital. The "Community Time Out" was featured at the December 18 game. Click here to view the story.

  • The new Muma Neonatal Intensive Care Unit opened on November 30, 2010. Click here to read the story!

  • Members of the Division of Neonatology recently published an article related to risk factors for gastroschisis in the State of Florida.  The article was featured on NewsRx.  Click here to view the story. 

    • Members of the Division of Neonatology recently participated in the first ex utero intrapartum treatment (EXIT) at Tampa General Hospital.  View the stories:  Tampa Bay Medical News, St. Petersburg Times, USF Health News.  

    • Russell Kirby, PhD, MS, is one of 3 faculty in the College of Public Health who was recently recognized with a 2009 Outstanding Research Achievement Award. Dr. Kirby was recognized for being the recipient of a prestigious award by the National Birth Defects Prevention Network. Dr. Kirby has a joint-appointment in the Department of Pediatric’s Division of Neonatology. Hamisu Salihu, MD, PhD was also an award recipient; he was recognized for publication of a novel theory related to causes of fetal death.  Dr. Salihu is currently collaborating on research projects with several neonatology faculty including Drs. Rubin, Fant and Ashmeade.

    • Dr. Laura Haubner's Team Education and Multidisciplinary Simulation (TEAMS) Center was recently featured by USF Health New.  Click here to view the story.  

    • USF was awarded $28.8 million to oversee the NIH-sponsored National Children's StudyDr. Wendy Nembhard is co-principal investigator for Hillsborough and Orange counties, and Dr. Lewis Rubin is co-leader for the Hillsborough County site. 

    • Dr. Lewis Rubin joined USF Neonatology as the Pamela S. and Leslie M. Muma Endowed Chair in Neonatology, Professor and Chief of Neonatology, and Medical Director of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Tampa General Hospital.  Click here to view story