Neonatology Faculty Group Photo 2018

The UAB Division of Neonatology provide comprehensive clinical care of all neonatal illness using the most complete and up-to-date techniques and conducts innovative research across the field of neonatology.

NeonateWEB WIC 31The division is responsible for the operation of the Regional Newborn Intensive Care Unit (RNICU) at University Hospital and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Children's of Alabama. Neonatologists in the division provide care to preterm and term neonates with all medical and surgical conditions. The division accepts referrals of neonates with any illness including genetic, cardiac and surgical problems from the state, nation and overseas. In addition, Neonatology provides coverage at five private, not-for-profit community hospitals.

Research interests of faculty in the division include: respiratory distress syndrome, neonatal infections and immunology, persistent pulmonary hypertension, lung development, lung assist devices, lung injury, ventilation techniques in newborns, gastrointestinal development, necrotizing enterocolitis, neonatal apnea, cardiovascular problems, and complications arising from prematurity.

Division faculty members are active in many research endeavors, including the 17-center Neonatal Research Network and the Global Network for Women's and Children's Health Research, which are funded by the National Institutes of Health. These investigators are in the forefront of clinical research, utilizing innovative treatments in all areas of neonatal care. Major advances include new therapies to reduce intracranial hemorrhage, cerebral palsy, and chronic lung disease in infants.

Neonatal Intensive Care Units

Regional Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at UAB

The Regional Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at the UAB Women & Infants Center provides the best possible care for babies born too soon or who are ill. Together with Children's of Alabama, UAB offers the only Level IV NICU in Alabama – designated by the American Academy of Pediatrics as the highest and most comprehensive level of care available.

The center also is home to a Continuing Care Nursery (CCN), providing extended step-down care for preterm and term babies with medical conditions. The 120-bed Level IV NICU/CCN was built around the needs of newborns and their families, and it's well-equipped to handle any situation that may arise.

UAB’s Pediatric Neonatology specialists oversee clinical operations in the NICU and provide comprehensive care for babies using the most comprehensive and up-to-date techniques. Neonatology services closely align with UAB’s Maternal-Fetal Medicine services as necessary to provide a team approach to care when pregnancies are high risk, or become high risk, in order to ensure the best possible outcomes. Should your baby require additional specialty care, you will find comfort in knowing that, as a university medical center, UAB’s Pediatric Department includes top pediatric cardiologists, surgeons, neurologists, nephrologists and all other pediatric specialties who are readily available to provide care.

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Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Children's of Alabama

The NICU at Children's of Alabama is a Level IV unit with 48 private rooms available for neonates and infants. Our unit houses four ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation) rooms, and it is the only unit in the state that provides dialysis for premature infants. 

Patients are referred from other hospitals primarily for surgical and subspecialty care.

Neonatologists and neonatal nurse practitioners are in house to provide 24-7 care.

The Children’s of Alabama NICU is part of the following collaboratives:

  • Children’s Hospital Neonatal Consortium

  • Vermont Oxford Network

  • Neonatal Research Network

The Children’s of Alabama NICU is involved in many Quality Improvement (QI) projects, both as an individual unit and through our involvement with other leading Children’s hospitals in the US and Canada.  

  • STEPP-IN: Safe Transitions & Euthermia in the Peri-operative Period in neonates & infants

  • ERASE Post-Op Pain: reduce unrelieved postoperative pain

  • Code Debriefing in the NICU

  • Baby NINJA: Nephrotoxic Injury Negated by Just in Time Action, reduction of nephrotoxic-induced acute kidney injury (AKI) in neonates & infants

  • BRAIN Program aka Neuro-NICU: Brain Rescue and Avoidance of Injury in Neonates

  • Decreasing Unintended Extubations in the NICU

  • CLABSI Reduction in collaboration with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC)

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International Programs

The Division of Neonatology supports training programs in Zambia and India to train local caregivers to provide care to premature babies.

Click here to read an article about Albert Manasyan, M.D., and his efforts to create and distribute PPE in Zambia. Dr. Manasyan is a faculty member in the Division of Neonatology who lives in Zambia. 


Division Director

Waldemar Carlo, M.D.

Division Co-Director

Namasivayam Ambalavanan, M.D.


Neonatology Faculty