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Co-Division Director

Edwin M. Dixon Endowed Chair in Neonatology

Division of Neonatology

Additional Titles

Director, Chronic Lung Disease Prevention Program, Home Readiness Program, Early Developmental Intervention Program


Bachelor of Science
University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez, Puerto Rico
Medical School
University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Pediatric Internship and Residency
University Children's Hospital, Puerto Rico Medical Center, Puerto Rico Chief Resident in Pediatrics
Neonatology Fellowship
Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital, OH; 


My main research interest is in clinical research including the design, implementation, data analysis, and reporting of neonatal and childhood research performed in developing countries and in the US, including single center trials and multicenter trials such as the First Breath Trial, the BRAIN-HIT Trial, and the SUPPORT Trial. I lead the UAB sites of the NIH-funded networks including the Global Network for Women’s and Children’s Health Research and the Neonatal Research Network. I have successfully implemented two large scale multicenter studies in 6 developing countries that enrolled over 190,000 babies and resulted in large and significant reduction in neonatal and perinatal mortality. I developed innovative devices including a high frequency ventilator, a flow interrupter to perform pulmonary function testing, and a low-cost oxygen air blender. I am focused on reducing mortality and major morbidities during early childhood in the US and developing countries funded by the NIH.


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Committed to advancing clinical care, research, education and advocacy to improve the health of the children of Alabama, the region and the world

The UAB Department of Pediatrics is dedicated to improving the health of children; discovering and applying important new knowledge to improve the outcomes for pediatric disorders; educating patients, families, and health care providers and training the next generation of pediatric providers and leaders in medicine.


We invest in people and programs to fuel new discoveries; we support the careers of pediatric investigators who will discover new knowledge and help us change the outcome for the children of Alabama.


UAB Pediatrics provides comprehensive training programs for all levels of learners. Our clerkship, residency, and subspecialty fellowship programs are among the best in the nation.

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For more than 50 years, the partnership between UAB and Children’s of Alabama has provided outstanding care to the youngest, most vulnerable patients and established Birmingham as a nationally renowned center for pediatric medicine.

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