A photo of Melissa House.

Attending Neonatologist, Neonatology and Pulmonary Biology

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

513-517-0079

Board Certified

"My care philosophy centers on providing the most comprehensive and evidence-based care for the patient while offering support and education for the family."

My Biography & Research

Biography

As a neonatologist, I enjoy welcoming infants into the world and supporting their families through this exciting time. I also value helping families through stressful times when there are unanticipated complications related to childbirth.

I love taking care of the tiniest patients, caring for mothers during their recovery and transition into motherhood, and watching families go home together for the first time.

At Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, I’m a clinical attending neonatologist of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and the Bethesda North Special Care Nursery. My role as a member of the multidisciplinary Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia (BPD) Center team is to see patients with BPD in our NICU follow-up clinic.

My care philosophy centers on providing the most comprehensive and evidence-based care for the patient while offering support and education for the family.

With my research, I am particularly interested in preterm neonates who develop chronic lung disease related to prematurity. I am using care algorithms to manage these patients more comprehensively from a respiratory standpoint. Also, I'm focused on their nutrition and neurodevelopment, so all patients can achieve their maximum developmental potential. I am particularly interested in supporting the earlier achievement of developmental milestones, minimizing sedation medications, and improving oral feeding skills in patients who require the ventilator for a longer time.

In my free time, I enjoy cooking, baking and running. Traveling and learning about new cultures is also one of my favorite hobbies! I also love skiing in the winter.

Clinical Interests

Neonatology

Research Interests

Genetics of lipid metabolism and preterm birth

Academic Affiliation

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Clinical Divisions

Neonatology, Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia BPD

Research Divisions

Neonatology

My Locations

My Education

MD: The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, 2011.

Residency: Pediatrics, Children's National Medical Center, Washington, DC, 2014.

Fellowship: Neonatology, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2017.

Certification: American Board of Pediatrics, 2014; Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, 2018.

My Publications

The influence of interpregnancy interval on infant mortality. McKinney, D; House, M; Chen, A; Muglia, L; DeFranco, E. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. 2017; 216:316.e1-316.e9.