Mildred Stahlman Division of Neonatology
Vanderbilt NICU
The Division of Neonatology is one of the top academic pediatric programs in the country.
  • More than 30 neonatologists and Ph.D. research faculty
  • Research strengths in lung and vascular diseases, gastrointestinal diseases, developmental biology and reproduction, brain injury, and cerebral palsy
  • NIH-funded laboratory-based and clinical/translational investigators
  • Accredited fellowship program with NIH-supported T-32 training grant
  • Simulation-based community outreach education programs

Nationally acclaimed neonatologists, developmental pediatricians, and Ph.D. research faculty members continue our division’s long history of excellence in patient care, teaching, research, and advocacy. Ranked among the top neonatology programs in the country, our faculty are sought-after as educators and leaders. Division members are involved in community outreach, shaping national, state and local policy, serving on editorial and research review committees, and leading statewide efforts to improve perinatal care.

The flagship of the neonatology clinical program is the 100-bed Children's Hospital NICU. The division also provides full-time neonatology services at the following Tennessee hospitals:

Clinical trials are currently underway to test novel treatments for infants with lung disease, patent ductus arteriosus, pulmonary hypertension, necrotizing enterocolitis, brain injury, life-threatening infections, birth defects and nutritional problems. Our research, funded by the National Institutes of Health, the March of Dimes, Thrasher Foundation, and the Gerber Foundation, is shaping the way health care providers around the world care for infants.

Established in 1962, the Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship Training Program, is one of oldest training programs in the nation. The program's educational mission also includes teaching pediatric residents, medical students, nurses, and community physicians. Our education outreach features a portable SimNewB simulation lab to train teams in real-time neonatal scenarios and review their performance. The Division's annual Neonatology Symposium, and a variety of regularly scheduled conferences, ensure our standing and national reputation for teaching excellence.


Dr. Susan Guttentag Dr. Brian Hackett Ann Stark

Susan H. Guttentag, M.D.

Julia Carell Stadler Professor
of Pediatrics;
Division Director of Neonatology  

Brian Hackett, M.D., PhD          
Associate Division Director
Fellowship Program Director       
Maria Gillam-Krakauer, M.D. M.Ed.
Associate Fellowship
Program Director
Dr. Jeff Reese Dr. Hendrik Weitkamp Mildred Stahlman
Jeff Reese, M.D.
Director of Lab-based Research

Hendrik Weitkamp, M.D.

Director of Patient Oriented
Mildred T. Stahlman, M.D.
Founder, NICU