Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
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Physicians in the Division of Neonatology provide comprehensive care of all neonatal illness, using the most complete and up-to-date techniques. It is responsible for the operation of the Regional Newborn Intensive Care Unit at University Hospital and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit 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, the nation, and from overseas. In addition, Neonatology provides coverage at five private, not-for-profit community hospitals. Research is in the following areas: 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.