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Scott L. Wexelblatt, MD

  • Regional Director of Newborn Services, Perinatal Institute
  • Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics



Working in medicine — particularly pediatrics — has long been my dream. At a young age, I was inspired by my own pediatrician, Dr. Marshall “Buzz” Land, who would later become my mentor at the University of Vermont College of Medicine.

Throughout my career, I’ve noticed a need for standardizing and improving care. This insufficiency drew me to research. I have a particular interest in neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome.

The overall goals of my work are to reduce length of stay, lower the percentage of infants requiring medications and reduce days of opioid treatment.

I was a faculty member and part of the Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome project with the Ohio Perinatal Quality Collaborative (OPQC), which focuses on reducing preterm births and improving newborn and maternal outcomes.

MD: University of Vermont College of Medicine, Burlington, VT, 1996.

Residency: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH.

Certification: American Board of Pediatrics, 1999.


Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome

Services and Specialties

Neonatology, Perinatal

Research Areas



Controversies and Conundrums in Newborn Feeding. McAllister, J; Wexelblatt, S; Ward, L. Clinics in Perinatology. 2023; 50:729-742.

Racial Inequities in Breastfeeding Counseling Among Pregnant People Who Use Cannabis. Nidey, N; Hoyt-Austin, A; Chen, MJ; Bentley, B; Tabb, KM; Anyigbo, C; Wilder, C; Terplan, M; McAllister, JM; Wexelblatt, SL; et al. Obstetrics and Gynecology. 2022; 140:878-881.

Rates of substance and polysubstance use through universal maternal testing at the time of delivery. Smith, BL; Hall, ES; McAllister, JM; Marcotte, MP; Setchell, KD R; Megaraj, V; Jimenez, KL; John Winhusen, T; Wexelblatt, SL. Journal of Perinatology. 2022; 42:1026-1031.

A review of pregnancy-induced changes in opioid pharmacokinetics, placental transfer, and fetal exposure: Towards fetomaternal physiologically-based pharmacokinetic modeling to improve the treatment of neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome. van Hoogdalem, MW; Wexelblatt, SL; Akinbi, HT; Vinks, AA; Mizuno, T. Pharmacology and Therapeutics. 2022; 234:108045.

Physiologically-Based Pharmacokinetic Modeling to Investigate the Effect of Maturation on Buprenorphine Pharmacokinetics in Newborns with Neonatal Opioid Withdrawal Syndrome. van Hoogdalem, MW; Johnson, TN; McPhail, BT; Kamatkar, S; Wexelblatt, SL; Ward, LP; Christians, U; Akinbi, HT; Vinks, AA; Mizuno, T. Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics. 2022; 111:496-508.

Regional comparison of self-reported late pregnancy cigarette smoking to mass spectrometry analysis. Hall, ES; McAllister, JM; Kelly, EA; Setchell, KD R; Megaraj, V; Jimenez, KL; Nidey, N; Greenberg, JM; Wexelblatt, SL. Journal of Perinatology. 2021; 41:2417-2423.

Quality Improvement Initiative to Improve Healthcare Providers' Attitudes towards Mothers with Opioid Use Disorder. Ford, S; Clarke, L; Walsh, MC; Kuhnell, P; MacAluso, M; Crowley, M; McClead, R; Wexelblatt, S; Lannon, C; Kaplan, HC. Pediatric Quality and Safety. 2021; 6:e453.

Physiologic Indirect Response Modeling to Describe Buprenorphine Pharmacodynamics in Newborns Treated for Neonatal Opioid Withdrawal Syndrome. Mizuno, T; McPhail, BT; Kamatkar, S; Wexelblatt, S; Ward, L; Christians, U; Akinbi, HT; Vinks, AA. Clinical Pharmacokinetics. 2021; 60:249-259.

Pharmacotherapy of neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome: a review of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics. van Hoogdalem, MW; McPhail, BT; Hahn, D; Wexelblatt, SL; Akinbi, HT; Vinks, AA; Mizuno, T. Expert Opinion on Drug Metabolism and Toxicology. 2021; 17:87-103.

Orchestrated Testing of Formula Type to Reduce Length of Stay in Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome. Kaplan, HC; Kuhnell, P; Walsh, MC; Crowley, M; McClead, R; Wexelblatt, S; Ford, S; Provost, LP; Lannon, C; Macaluso, M. Pediatrics. 2020; 146:e20190914.

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