Neera K. Goyal, MD, MSc

Attending Physician, Division of Hospital Medicine

Attending Physician, Division of Neonatology

Academic Affiliations

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Phone 513-803-7836



Hospital medicine; level 1 and level 2 nursery care



Perinatal health services; home visiting; preterm birth

As a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania (2009-2011), Dr. Goyal studied the impact of delivery volume, teaching affiliation, and patient insurance on adherence to guidelines for postpartum length of stay, as well as the impact of discharge timing on readmission risk. She also conducted research on the impact of late preterm birth on early childhood respiratory morbidity and physical development.

Since joining Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, she has received the BIRCWH K12 Award, for which she evaluated the role of community-based home visiting to improve pregnancy and infant health outcomes for high-risk families. She is currently the lead investigator on an R40 secondary data analysis project awarded by the Maternal Child Health Bureau, which evaluates patterns of utilization across home visiting, primary care, and the emergency department among infants in the first year of life.

BA: Emory University, Atlanta, GA, 2001.

MD: University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Dallas, TX, 2005.

MSc: Health Policy Research, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 2011. 

Residency: Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, 2008. 

View PubMed Publications.

Goyal NK, Folger A, Hall ES, Greenberg JM, Van Ginkel JB, Ammerman RT. Home visiting for first-time mothers and subsequent pregnancy spacing. Journal of Perinatology. 2016.

Goyal NK, Hall ES, Kahn RS, Wexelblatt SL, Greenberg JM, Samaan Z, Brown CM. Care coordination associated with improved timing of newborn primary care visits. Maternal and Child Health Journal. 2016;20(9):1923-1932.

Goyal NK, Folger A, Teeters A, Hall ES, Van Ginkel JB, Ammerman RT. Multilevel assessment of prenatal engagement in home visiting. J Epidemiol Community Health. 2016 Sep;70(9):888-94.

Goyal NK, Ammerman RT, Massie JA, Clark M, Van Ginkel JB. Using quality improvement to promote implementation and increase well child visits in home visiting. Child Abuse Negl. 2016 Mar;53:108-17.

Goyal NK, Hall ES, Greenberg JM, Kelly EA. Risk prediction for adverse pregnancy outcomes in a Medicaid population. Journal of Women’s Health. 2015;24(8):681-8.

Goyal NK, Folger A, Hall ES, Ammerman RT, Van Ginkel JB, Pickler RS. Effects of home visiting and maternal mental health on late preterm infant emergency department use. J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs. 2015;44(1):135-44.

Goyal NK, Attanasio LB, Kozhimannil KB. Hospital care and early breastfeeding outcomes among late preterm, early-term, and term infants. Birth: Issues in Perinatal Care. 2014;41(4):330-8. 

Goyal NK, Hall ES, Meinzen-Derr JK, Kahn RS, Short JA, Van Ginkel JB, Ammerman RT. Dosage effect of prenatal home visiting on pregnancy outcomes in at-risk, first-time mothers. Pediatrics. 2013 Nov;132 Suppl 2:S118-25.

Goyal NK, Teeters A, Ammerman RT. Home Visiting and Outcomes of Preterm Infants: A Systematic Review. Pediatrics. 2013 Sep;132(3):502-16.

Goyal NK, Hall ES, Ammerman RT, Meinzen-Derr JK, Jones DE, Short JA, Van Ginkel JB.  Association of maternal and community factors with enrollment in home visiting among at-risk, first time mothers. Am J Public Health. 2014 Feb;104 Suppl 1:S144-51.

R40 Maternal and Child Health Secondary Data Analysis Studies Award. Principal Investigator. Health Resources and Services Administration / Maternal Child Health Bureau. Apr 2016-Mar 2017. R40MC294470100.

Help Me Grow Home Visiting Quality Improvement Learning Collaborative Project. Co-Investigator. Ohio Department of Health. Aug 2014–Oct 2016. CSP907014.