Cohen Children’s Medical Center offers a three-year Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship training program to physicians who have completed an accredited pediatric residency program. Training takes place in the NICUs at Cohen Children’s Medical Center and North Shore University Hospital. Both locations are Regional Perinatal Centers recognized by the New York Department of Health as providers of comprehensive care to pregnant women and their babies.
The Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship Program of the Northwell Health enables trainees to help manage the care for a portion of the nearly 40,000 newborns in the twelve of the 19 health system hospitals caring for newborns, as well as more than 200 infants referred from the entire tri-state area and beyond.
The NICUs at Cohen Children’s Medical Center and North Shore University Hospital operate collaboratively, providing the same advanced medical services from more than 20 board certified neonatologists. The NICU works in tandem with the Katz Women’s Hospitals at North Shore University Hospital and Long Island Jewish Medical Center, which encompass more than 15,000 deliveries annually. The high volume maternal-fetal medicine services at both hospitals account for a significant number of antenatal consults often utilizing advanced transport services for high-risk pregnancy referrals.
The Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship at Cohen Children’s Medical Center trains 12 physicians to develop the skills necessary to manage critically ill newborns and become neonatologists. Our fellows rotate through the NICUs at Cohen Children’s and North Shore University Hospital throughout their three years, as well as provide clinical support to newborns on transport and in the High Risk Neonatal Follow-Up Clinic. The team works alongside neonatal nurse practitioners, attending neonatologists, hospitalists, and maternal-fetal medicine physicians. Fellows also play a critical role in the education of residents in the general pediatrics program at Cohen Children’s Medical Center and North Shore University Hospital.
The NICU Quality and Patient Safety teams actively work toward sustaining our reductions in bloodstream infections associated with central lines. We actively work toward ensuring that oxygen therapy is applied within specified limits, unintended extubations are avoided, infant developmental care is based on physiologic principles, and human milk is provided exclusively. We conduct weekly unit-based safety rounds and a daily safety call to provide a venue where staff can voice their concerns and share best practices for safety.
The program features advanced ground and helicopter neonatal transport that includes lung rescue with high frequency ventilation and nitric oxide. The NICU offers extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), selective brain cooling therapy, advanced neonatal nutrition strategies, and extensive pediatric medical and surgical subspecialties, including general pediatric surgery, cardiovascular surgery, neurosurgery, ENT, orthopedics, and plastic surgery.
Cohen Children’s Medical Center is a leading center for child health in the country as recognized by the US News & World Report. The neonatology program was ranked 30th in the nation and number 2 in New York State by US News, receiving exceptionally high scores for:
- Breast milk discharge rate
- Minimizing 30-day readmission rates
- Use of infection-prevention measures, particularly in the NICU
- ECMO availability
- Advanced clinical and support services.
Richard Schanler, MD
- Director, Neonatal Services,
Cohen Children's Medical Center
Program Director, Fellowship in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine,
Cohen Children's Medical Center
Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
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Interests: human milk, neonatal nutrition