Newborn Intensive Care Unit

  • Meet the Team

    The Newborn Intensive Care Unit is home to specialists with a wide variety of backgrounds and areas of focus. As a team, this diversity makes us better prepared to care for your child's unique needs. 

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    Medical Director

    A photo of Beth Haberman, MD.

    Beth E. Haberman, MD
    Senior Medical Director, Neonatal Services

    513-636-5465

    beth.haberman@cchmc.org

    Beth E. Haberman, MD

    Senior Medical Director, Neonatal Services

    Medical Director, Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

    Medical Director, Neonatal Transport Program

    Associate Director, High-Risk Infant Follow-Up Program

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-5465

    Fax: 513-636-5846

    Email: beth.haberman@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    CDH and infant follow-up; care of infants with congenital diaphragmatic hernia; follow-up care of premature and term infants with complex medical needs

    Education and Training

    Fellowship: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1996-1999.

    Residency: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 1993-1996.

    MD: University of Louisville, Louisville, KY, 1993.

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    Faculty / Staff Physicians

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    Michael W. Crossman, MD, PhD
    Attending Neonatologist

    859-301-3850

    michael.crossman@cchmc.org

    Michael W. Crossman, MD, PhD

    Attending Neonatologist

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 859-301-3850

    Fax: 859-301-2066

    Email: michael.crossman@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Intestinal function and host-microbial interactions; bioethics and neonatal palliative care

    Education and Training

    PhD: Biochemistry, St. Louis University, St. Louis Mo., 1985.

    MD: St. Louis University, St. Louis, Mo., 1986.

    Residency: Pediatrics, Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1986-1989; Chief resident, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1989-1990.

    Fellowship: Neonatal- Perinatal Medical Fellowship, Washington University School of Medicine, 1990-1993.

    Certification: Neonatal - Perinatal Medicine, 1995, 2003.

    Publications

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    James M. Greenberg, MD
    Co-Director, Perinatal Institute

    513-636-3149

    james.greenberg@cchmc.org

    James M. Greenberg, MD

    Co-Director, Perinatal Institute

    Director, Division of Neonatology

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-3149

    Fax: 513-803-0968

    Email: james.greenberg@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Neonatal chronic lung disease; late preterm infant

    Education and Training

    MD: University of Illinois College of Medicine, Chicago, Ill., 1977-1981.

    Pediatric Internship and Residency: University of Minnesota Hospital and Clinic, Minneapolis, Minn., 1981-1984. Chief Resident, Department of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota Hospital and Clinic, Minneapolis, Minn., 1984.

    Fellowship: Immunology / Neonatology, University of Minnesota Hospital and Clinic, Minneapolis, Minn., 1985-1987; 1988-1989; visiting scientist, Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Division of Protein and Nucleic Acid Chemistry, Cambridge, England.

    Certification: American Board of Pediatrics, 1988; subspecialty board, Neonatal / Perinatal Medicine, 1989.

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    Paul Kingma, MD, PhD.

    Paul S. Kingma, MD, PhD
    Neonatal Director, Cincinnati Fetal Center

    513-636-2995

    paul.kingma@cchmc.org

    Paul S. Kingma, MD, PhD

    Neonatal Director, Cincinnati Fetal Center

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-2995

    Fax: 513-636-7868

    Email: paul.kingma@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Neonatology; congenital diaphragmatic hernia; neonatal infection

    Research Interests

    Innate immune systems; surfactant protein D; neutrophil function in Cystic Fibrosis

    Education and Training

    Fellowship: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, 2005.

    Residency: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, 2003.

    PhD: Vanderbilt University, TN, 2000.

    MD: Vanderbilt University, TN, 2000.

    BS: Calvin College, MI, 1992.

    Publications

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    Kristin R. Melton, MD
    Associate Program Director, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship

    513-803-0022

    Kristin R. Melton, MD

    Associate Program Director, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-803-0022

    Fax: 513-636-7868

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    Clinical Interests

    Congenital malformations

    Research Interests

    Craniofacial malformations; somitogenesis

    Biography

    Craniofacial defects are an important cause of morbidity for children worldwide, with craniofacial defects making up one third of all congenital anomalies and occurring in association with over 100 different genetic syndromes. Cranial neural crest cells are multipotent, migratory cells that form most of the bone, cartilage, connective tissue and peripheral nervous system of the head and face. Craniofacial defects are largely attributed to abnormalities in the formation, migration or differentiation of the neural crest. The cranial neural crest is responsive to the tissues that surround it, however, so craniofacial defects may result from a primary defect in neural crest cells, or from a defect in the tissues that signal to neural crest.

    Kristin Melton, MD, has an interest in studying the tissues that signal to the neural crest, such as the endothelium and cranial mesoderm, and the signaling pathways utilized by these tissues. Using embryo culture techniques, cell culture and transgenic mouse models, Dr. Melton is investigating the interaction between the endothelium and the neural crest. Microarray has also been used to identify a number of mesoderm-specific genes that may play key roles in craniofacial development.

    Dr. Melton is a practicing neonatologist and attends at the RCNIC in Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Her clinical interests include newborns with complex congenital anomalies and genetic defects, as well as a focus on family-centered care.

    Education and Training

    Fellowship: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2001.

    Residency: Children's Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, Missouri, 1998.

    MD: University of Nebraska, Omaha, Nebraska, 1995.

    BA: Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, 1991.

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    Stephanie L. Merhar, MD, MS
    Attending Neonatologist

    513-803-5180

    stephanie.merhar@cchmc.org

    Stephanie L. Merhar, MD, MS

    Attending Neonatologist

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-803-5180

    Email: stephanie.merhar@cchmc.org

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    Education and Training

    MD: University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA ,2005.

    Residency: Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, 2005-2008.

    Fellowship: Neonatology, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, 2008-2011.

    Certification: Pediatrics, 2008.

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    Laurel B. Moyer, MD
    Medical Director, TriHealth Nurseries

    513-803-1607

    laurel.moyer@cchmc.org

    Laurel B. Moyer, MD

    Medical Director, TriHealth Nurseries

    Chair, Neonatal Pediatrics

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-803-1607

    Fax: 513-803-0968

    Email: laurel.moyer@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Quality improvement; global health

    Education and Training

    MD: University of Vermont College of Medicine, Burlington, VT, 1999-2003.

    Residency: University of Massachusetts, Department of Pediatrics, Worcester, MA, 2003-2006.

    Fellowship: University of North Carolina, Division of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, Chapel Hill, NC, 2006-2009.

    Certification: American Board of Pediatrics, 2006.

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    Danna M. Premer, MD
    Staff Physician, Neonatology

    513-636-4830

    danna.premer@cchmc.org

    Danna M. Premer, MD

    Staff Physician, Neonatology

    Phone: 513-636-4830

    Email: danna.premer@cchmc.org

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    Ward R. Rice, MD, PhD
    Medical Director, Newborn Services, St. Elizabeth Medical Center

    513-636-3149

    ward.rice@cchmc.org

    Ward R. Rice, MD, PhD

    Medical Director, Newborn Services, St. Elizabeth Medical Center

    Director, Neonatology Fellowship Training Program

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-3149

    Fax: 513-636-7868

    Email: ward.rice@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Hypotension in ELBW infants; EMR

    Research Interests

    Processing of Surfactant Protein C

    Biography

    Ward R. Rice, MD, PhD, is the Director of the Neonatology Fellowship Training Program and Director of Newborn Services, St. Elizabeth Medical Center.

    Dr. Rice received MD and PhD degrees from the University of Chicago and has been on the faculty since 1983. He has been the Director of the Neonatology Fellowship Training Program since 1990. During this time, he has supervised the clinical training of more than 100 fellows who currently hold academic appointments across the United States and around the world.

    His past NIH supported research accomplishments included identification of novel G-protein coupled receptors on alveolar type II cells and studies of the interaction of the opportunistic pathogen P carinii with alveolar type II cells. He currently works in collaboration with Dr. Timothy Weaver to study biosynthesis of Surfactant Protein C.

    Education and Training

    PhD: 1972-76 University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois.

    PhD: Biochemistry, Thesis Advisor: T.L. Steck, MD, Thesis: "Pyruvate Flux Across The Isolated Human Erythrocyte Membrane"

    MD: 1972-78 University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois.

    Internship: 1978-79 Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina.

    Residency: 1979-81 Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina.

    Fellowship Neonatology: 1981-83 University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Children's Hospital Medical Center.

    Certification: Pediatrics, 1983; Sub-board Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, 1983.

    Publications

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    Andrew Patrick South, MD, MPH
    Attending Neonatologist

    513-803-0998

    andrew.south@cchmc.org

    Andrew P. South, MD, MPH

    Attending Neonatologist

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-803-0998

    Fax: 513-803-0968

    Email: andrew.south@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Epidemiology and prevention of late-preterm birth; long term outcome of infants born with gastroschisis

    Education and Training

    MD: Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, 2000.

    Residency: Pediatrics, University of North Carolina Children’s Hospital, Chapel Hill, NC.

    Fellowship: Neonatology, University of North Carolina Children’s Hospital, Chapel Hill, NC.

    Certification: Pediatrics, 2004; Neonatology, 2008.

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    Other Clinical Resources

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    Dawn Butler, PharmD
    Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

    513-636-4292

    dawn.butler@cchmc.org

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    Aimee J. Maas, MSW, LISW-S
    Social Worker III, NICU

    513-636-4044

    aimee.maas@cchmc.org


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    Kristi E. Vargo, MSW, LISW-S
    Social Worker III, Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

    513-636-4043

    kristin.vargo@cchmc.org

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    Sharon Williams, MSW, LISW-S
    Social Worker III, NICU

    513-636-6260

    sharon.williams@cchmc.org


  • For Referring Doctors & Hospitals

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    Physician Liaison

    Sandra Evans, RN, BSN
    Physician Liaison, NICU
    513-636-5636
    sandra.evans@cchmc.org

    Clinical Directors

    Whittney Brady, MSN, RN, RNC-NIC
    Clinical Director, NICU
    513-636-4466
    whittney.brady@cchmc.org

    M. Victoria deCastro, MSN, MBA, RNC-NIC
    Clinical Director, NICU
    513-636-1257
    victoria.decastro@cchmc.org

    Clinical Managers

    Rick Amato, BS, RRT-NPS
    Clinical Manager, NICU
    513-636-3164
    rick.amato@cchmc.org

    Neva C. Davis, BSN, RN
    Clinical Manager, NICU
    513-636-1257
    neva.davis@cchmc.org

    Suzanne M. Fraiche, BSN, RNC-NIC
    Clinical Manager, NICU
    513-803-2406
    suzanne.fraiche@cchmc.org

    Claire L. Keck, BSN, RNC-NIC
    Clinical Manager, NICU
    513-636-4466
    claire.keck@cchmc.org

    Michelle M. Nolan, BSN, RN
    Clinical Manager, NICU
    513-636-1257
    michelle.nolan@cchmc.org

    Mary Ann Twilling, BSN, RN
    Clinical Manager, NICU
    513-636-4466
    mary-ann.twilling@cchmc.org

    Education Specialists

    Tammy L. Casper, MSN, MEd, RN
    Education Specialist II
    513-636-7134
    tammy.casper@cchmc.org

    Linda C. Lacina, BSN, RN
    Education Specialist II - NIDCAP Trainer, NICU
    513-636-7434
    Linda.Lacina@cchmc.org

    Angela LaRuffa, RN, MSN, CCRC
    Education Specialist II, NICU
    513-803-1882
    angie.laruffa@cchmc.org

    Rachel Wilson, BSN, RNII
    Education Specialist II, NICU
    513-636-3146
    rachel.wilson@cchmc.org

    Program Manager

    Kimberly S. Burton, MSN, MBA, RNC
    Clinical Program Manager - ECMO, NICU
    513-636-8910
    kim.burton@cchmc.org

    Other Clinical Resources

    Joan L. Biggs, RN, BSN, CN III
    Care Manager, NICU
    513-636-4466
    joan.biggs@cchmc.org

    Mojra M. Logsdon, RN, MSN
    Care Manager, NICU
    513-636-4466
    mojra.logsdon@cchmc.org

    Christine E. Voegele, MSN, RN
    Quality Outcomes Manager, NICU
    513-803-2811
    christine.voegele@cchmc.org

    Julie A. Wagner, RN, BSN
    Care Manager, NICU
    513-636-3136
    julie.wagner@cchmc.org