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Attending Neonatologist, Neonatology and Pulmonary Biology

Attending Palliative Care, Pain Management
Member, Perinatal Institute
Member, Palliative Care

Assistant Professor, UC Department of PediatricsUC Department of Anesthesiology

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Board Certified

About Me

Biography

DonnaMaria Cortezzo, MD, is a neonatologist and pediatric palliative care provider. She has a specific interest in the assessment and management of pain and sedation in the neonatal period. She also has a specialized interest in neonatal/perinatal palliative care. This has led her work with multiple divisions within the hospital to improve the experience of and care provided to families with a pregnancy complicated by a life-limiting diagnosis.

Dr. Cortezzo is a practicing neonatologist who attends at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center NICU and St. Elizabeth’s NICU. She is also part of the Fetal Care Center and consults on women who present to the center for evaluation. She is also a pediatric palliative care provider at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and a provider for Starshine, the hospital’s home hospice and palliative care program.

Clinical Interests

Neonatology; perinatal palliative care; neonatal palliative care; neonatal pain management; congenital anomalies

Research Interests

Neonatal pain management; neonatal palliative care; perinatal palliative care

Academic Affiliation

Assistant Professor, UC Department of PediatricsUC Department of Anesthesiology

Departments

Neonatology, Perinatal, Hospice, Fetal Care, Newborn Intensive Care NICU

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My Education

MD: University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Farmington, CT, 2008.

Residency: Pediatrics, University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Farmington, CT, 2011.

Fellowship: Neonatology, University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Farmington, CT, 2014.

Fellowship: Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2015.

Certifications: Pediatrics, 2011; Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, 2016; Hospice and Palliative Medicine, 2015.

My Publications

Birth Planning in Uncertain or Life-Limiting Fetal Diagnoses: Perspectives of Physicians and Parents. Cortezzo, DE; Bowers, K; Meyer, MC. Journal of Palliative Medicine. 2019; 22:1337-1345.

Two cases of atypical twinning: Phenotypically discordant monozygotic and conjoined twins. Barnes-Davis, ME; Cortezzo, DM E. Clinical Case Reports. 2019; 7:920-925.

Palliative Care. Cortezzo, DE; Carter, BS. Avery's Diseases of the Newborn: Tenth Edition. 2018.

End-of-Life Care in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit: Experiences of Staff and Parents. Cortezzo, DE; Sanders, MR; Brownell, EA; Moss, K. American Journal of Perinatology: neonatal and maternal-fetal medicine. 2015; 32:713-724.