The Division of Neonatology is dedicated to providing outstanding patient care, teaching the next generation of physicians and scientists, providing evidence-based treatments and optimizing outcomes.



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Members of the division provide the highest level of care to neonates throughout its perinatal region and accept patients from all over the state of Georgia as well as neighboring states.

In addition, the unit serves as one of two centers in Georgia that provides extracorporeal membrane oxygenation and is the only center that can provide care for both the mother and baby under one roof.

The NICU has 42 beds and usually runs close to 100% occupancy and by virtue of its referrals, provides care to a whole spectrum of infants from the extremely premature infant to the term infant with a diaphragmatic hernia or congenital heart disease. The NICU has been recognized as an ECMO Center of Excellence since 2006.

The regional perinatal center along with the maternal-fetal component is one of six centers in the state of Georgia funded by the Division of Public Health. Data are bench marked through the Vermont Oxford Network, NPIC, ELSO and UHC.

The Division promotes a culture of team spirit and all of its faculty receive outstanding teaching evaluations year after year. In addition, faculty are extremely active in National and International conferences related to clinical neonatology and nutrition. The Division has sponsored an annual conference in Neonatology for over 30 years.

The Division has a strong commitment to research and over the years trainees have participated in both clinical and basic science research including resuscitation, stem cell and brain injury, ontogeny of bradycardia during apnea, suck-swallow studies and car seat safety to name a few. At any one time, there are two or three active research projects in the NICU in which trainees participate actively. It is the Division's expectation that each trainee complete one or more research projects and presents the work at local, regional and national arenas. The research program is supported by grants and contracts from various agencies.

Members of the Division serve on numerous State and National Committees including leadership positions. These include leadership positions in the American Academy of Pediatrics (State Committee of the Fetus and Newborn, Editorial Board of Pediatric Care Online). Several faculty serve as reviewers of several journals and serve on national and international editorial boards.


CHOG Neonatal ICU

The Children’s Hospital of Georgia’s Level IV (highest level) Neonatal Intensive Care Unit offers some of the most advanced technology and skilled physicians in the Southeast. As a leading regional perinatal center, the unit treats patients who need highly specialized care that many other regional perinatal centers cannot provide.

Neonatal Transport Team

Our registered neonatal nurse and licensed respiratory therapist specialize in neonatal care. They transport infants from throughout Georgia by ground, helicopter or airplane to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Children's Hospital of Georgia in Augusta, Georgia, the designated tertiary hospital in East Central Georgia for neonatal patients who require intensive or immediate care.

Ronald McDonald House Charities

Keeping families close and near the care they need.

Contact Us

Department of Pediatrics Division of Neonatology

BI 6033


Joane Peredo
Office Specialist

Bonita Wynn
Office Associate

CHOG Pediatrics: 706-664-0584