Fellowship in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at Cohen Children’s Medical Center

Fellowship in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at Cohen Children’s Medical Center

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.

Program facts

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.

Leadership & faculty

Program director

Richard Schanler, MD

  • Director, Neonatal Services,
    Cohen Children's Medical Center
  • Program Director, Fellowship in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine,
    Cohen Children's Medical Center
  • Professor,
    Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
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Interests:  human milk, neonatal nutrition

NICU Faculty

Alpna Aggarwal, DO
Assistant Professor, Zucker School of Medicine
Interests:  infectious disease, point of care ultrasound
 
Mohamed Nagy Ahmed, MD, PhD
Director, Neonatal Research
Associate Professor, Zucker School of Medicine
Interests: pulmonary hypertension, lung development
 
Joanna Beachy, MD, PhD
Medical Director, CCMC NICU
Professor, Zucker School of Medicine
Interests:  hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy, IVH, ROP, cardiac issues, ethics
 
Vita Boyar, MD
Director, Wound Services
Assistant Professor, Zucker School of Medicine
Interests:  Neonatal wound and skin care, ECMO, practice organization
 
Susana Castro-Alcaraz, MD
Assistant Professor, Zucker School of Medicine
Interests: neonatal pharmacology
 
Lina Chusid, MD
Assistant Professor, Zucker School of Medicine
Interests: neonatal education
 
Linda Helene Genen, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor, Zucker School of Medicine
Interests:  evidence-based guidelines and outcome measures, NAS
 
Irina Gershkovich, DO
Assistant Professor, Zucker School of Medicine
Interests:  pulmonary hypertension
 
Howard Steven Heiman, MD
Director of Neonatal Transport
Associate Professor, Zucker School of Medicine
Interests: neonatal transport, ECMO, resuscitation, respiratory therapy 
 
Robert Ira Koppel, MD
Director of Regional Perinatal Centers
Associate Professor, Zucker School of Medicine
Interests: pulse oximetry, CCHD screening
 
Dalibor Nikola Kurepa, MD
Assistant Professor, Zucker School of Medicine
Interests: point of care ultrasound, cardiopulmonary physiology
 
Shahana Perveen, MD
Assistant Professor, Zucker School of Medicine
Interests: pulmonary angiogenesis
 
Olena Predtechenska, MD
Director, Education
Assistant Professor, Zucker School of Medicine
Interests: medical education, ECMO, simulation 
 
Jerrold S. Schlessel, MD
Associate Professor, Zucker School of Medicine
Interests: outreach
 
Meredith G. Slutzah-Bernstein, DO
Assistant Professor, Zucker School of Medicine
Interests: pain management
 
Regina M. Spinazzola, MD
Medical Director, NSUH NICU
Assistant Professor, Zucker School of Medicine
Interests:  neonatal follow-up, developmental care
 
Andrew M. Steele, MD
Medical Director, CCMC
Associate Professor, Zucker School of Medicine
Interests: lung mechanics, respiratory control
 
Loanne Tran, MD
Director, NRP
Assistant Professor, Zucker School of Medicine
Interests:  neonatal resuscitation, simulation
 
Juliette A. Trope, MD
Assistant Professor, Zucker School of Medicine
Interests: neonatal education
 
Barry I Weinberger, MD
Associate Director, Neonatal Service Line
Professor, Zucker School of Medicine
Interests: evidence-based practice, quality improvement, lung microbiome
 
Nahla Mohamed Saad Zaghloul, MD
Assistant Professor, Zucker School of Medicine
Interests: periventricular leukomalacia, brain injury
 
Alla Zaytseva, MD
Associate Program Director
Assistant Professor, Zucker School of Medicine
Interests:  medical education

Did you know…

… a resident sits on the medical board of each Northwell teaching hospital as a representative of resident affairs?

Lilling Family Neonatal Research Lab

The researchers at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research actively study the area of neonatal nutrition and common, critical inflammatory disorders of the newborn. Through their research, they are able to analyze the changes in composition of human milk, the effect of processing on human milk, andthe clinical benefits of expressed human milk in the extremely premature infant. This research translates to better care for our tiniest patients.

Cohen Children's Medical Center

Dedicated exclusively to the care of children and committed to providing the most sophisticated, state-of-the-art care in all major clinical areas.

About 10 percent of newborns are born premature or with an illness requiring specialized care. The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit staff at Northwell Health works hard to care for our most vulnerable patients, from birth to discharge.