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Beth Ann Johnson, MA, MD

  • Attending Neonatologist, Neonatology and Pulmonary Biology
  • Medical Director, NICU Simulation Program
  • Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics



My clinical interests surround premature infants, neonates with surgical issues and neonates with congenital heart disease. My clinical specialty is neonatology, providing complex care to term and preterm infants in the Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Cincinnati Children's, a quaternary referral hospital.

I provide care to infants requiring medical and surgical subspecialty care. Patients are referred to Cincinnati Children's NICU from around the world. We also have a Fetal Care Center and a Special Delivery Unit where neonates with critical lesions can deliver amidst the subspecialty care they need to transition to extrauterine life. I also offer consultative services to neonates in the Cardiac ICU at Cincinnati Children's.

My primary area of scholarly interest and research is medical education and simulation training. I’m pursuing areas of study focused on curriculum development, procedural experience and perceived procedural comfort in the NICU. We track how this exposure and comfort develop and change over a neonatologist's career, from fellowship training through early-, mid- and late-career.

I serve as Medical Director of the Cincinnati Children's NICU simulation program. We provide content expertise and organization to the many simulation activities throughout our delivery unit and intensive care unit. I am also the site principal investigator for the Neonatal Research Network (NRN) trial, evaluating the impact of medical treatment of the patent ductus arteriosus (PDA). Eligible and consented neonates are randomized to medical treatment versus observation. The enrolled neonates are followed prospectively for the primary outcomes of death or chronic lung disease.

MD: University of Illinois.

Residency: University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

Fellowships: Neonatal / Perinatal, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin; Pediatric Cardiology, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin; Pediatric Critical Care, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

MA: Bioethics, Medical College of Wisconsin.


Premature infants; neonates with surgical issues; neonates with congenital heart disease

Services and Specialties

Neonatology, Perinatal, Fetal Care, Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia, Newborn Intensive Care NICU


Medical education and simulation training; curriculum development; procedural experience and perceived procedural comfort in the NICU; how exposure and comfort develop and change over the career of a neonatologist, from fellowship training through early, mid, and late career

Research Areas



Multicentre study protocol comparing standard NRP to deveLoped Educational Modules for Resuscitation of Neonates in the Delivery Room with Congenital Heart Disease (LEARN-CHD). Levy, P; Thomas, AR; Law, BH Y; Joynt, C; Gupta, R; Elshenawy, S; Reed, D; Pavlek, LR; Shepherd, J; Gowda, S; et al. BMJ Open. 2023; 13:e067391.

Integrated cardiac care models of neonates with congenital heart disease: the evolving role of the neonatologist. Hamrick, SE G; Ball, MK; Rajgarhia, A; Johnson, BA; DiGeronimo, R; Levy, PT. Journal of Perinatology. 2021; 41:1774-1776.

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