Division of Neonatology

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) founded the first surgical ICU for newborns and infants in the United States more than 50 years ago. Today, CHOP is home to one of the nation’s leading neonatology program, which provides superb, highly specialized care for critically ill babies with health issues related to prematurity, birth defects, pulmonary, cardiac and gastrointestinal issues, and other disorders.

Specialized Clinical Programs

  • Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO)
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Neonatal Airway Disorders
  • Neonatal Cleft Lip/Palate
  • Neonatal Craniofacial Disorders
  • Neonatal Neurocritical Care Program
  • Neonatology Surgery Service
  • Newborn and Infant Chronic Lung Disease

The Newborn/Infant Intensive Care Unit

The Harriet and Ronald Lassin Newborn/Infant Intensive Care Unit (N/IICU) at CHOP cares for babies with all types of conditions and congenital malformations. With 99 beds, the unit receives more than 1,250 admissions each year. The unit is equipped with the latest technology and advances in neonatal medicine.

Advanced Diagnosis and Treatment

Experience, cutting-edge diagnostic tools, obstetric and surgical expertise, and state-of-the-art facilities enable the division to provide families with an accurate diagnosis and the full range of treatment options. The division offers the full complement of surgical approaches for newborns and infants including laparoscopic, robotic and open surgical procedures.

Newborn and Infant Chronic Lung Disease Program

This comprehensive program provides seamless care for infants with bronchopulmonary dysplasia (also called chronic lung disease) — from initial evaluation through treatment and long-term follow-up.

The program offers:

  • An experienced team of doctors, nurses and support staff who are experts in the management of infants with chronic lung disease (CLD)
  • A coordinated, multidisciplinary approach to each child’s evaluation and treatment
  • Regular communication with families, referring physicians and specialists to create a comprehensive, customized care plan for each child
  • The newest and most innovative diagnostic and therapeutic modalities available
  • Ongoing research to learn more about CLD causes, explore new treatment options, and enhance outcomes for all children with CLD

Featured Faculty

Eric Eichenwald, MDEric Eichenwald, MD

Eric Eichenwald, MD, is the Chief of the Division of Neonatology.



Huayan Zhang, MDHuayan Zhang, MD

Huayan Zhang, MD, is the Medical Director of the Newborn and Infant Chronic Lung Disease Program and an attending neonatologist with the Division of Neonatology.

Areas of Expertise: chronic lung disease (bronchopulmonary dysplasia)

Iyalla Peterside, MDIyalla Peterside, MD

Iyalla E. Peterside, MD, MRCP, FAAP, is an attending neonatologist in the Division of Neonatology.

Areas of Expertise: neonatal apnea, neonatal brain injury, neonatal ECMO, neonatal surgery, nosocomial infections, ventilation of the neonate

David Munson, MDDavid Munson, MD

David A. Munson, MD, is the Medical Director of the Newborn/Infant Intensive Care Unit, an attending neonatologist and active researcher.


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