Neonatal Care

The Section of Neonatal Medicine provides a comprehensive program of care for critically ill newborns. The highest level of neonatal care is provided by a team of neonatologists as well as neonatal nurse practitioners and physician’s assistants that provide individualized care for the complex needs of each neonate at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children and local and regional hospitals including Temple University, Hahnemann University Hospital, and The Reading Hospital and Medical Center. Infants delivered at local hospitals may be transferred to St. Christopher’s NICU if they require the advanced subspecialty or surgical services available only at St. Chris.

In addition to the NICU, a 10-bed Continuing Care Nursery (CCN) at St. Christopher’s provides a family-centered environment in preparation for discharge to home. Comprehensive care is provided at St. Christopher’s and our pediatric surgeons and subspecialists are available 24 hours a day to respond to problems requiring medical, surgical or subspecialty intervention.

Our Team

St. Christopher's Hospital for Children in Philadelphia has highly qualified experts who are specially trained to work with the individual and unique needs of infants and pediatric patients. The team is led by Vineet Bhandari, MD, DM, Chief, Section of Neonatal Medicine. Dr. Bhandari has made significant contributions to pediatric scientific literature. His main research interest is understanding the pathophysiology and prevention of bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD). His other area of research interest has been the early detection of infections in the neonate. Dr. Bhandari’s research (both basic scientific and clinical) has touched on each of these areas as he tries to better understand BPD. During his research, he has used intermittent positive pressure ventilation via nasal prongs, and contributed the idea of synchronizing the breaths with the patient’s respiratory drive (SNIPPV). His research on BPD is recognized nationally and internationally and has received grant funding since 1998. He has been an ad-hoc member of multiple National Institutes of Health (NHLBI, NICHD, NIAID) study sections and is a member of the American Lung Association Research Grant Review Committee. He is presently on the editorial board of multiple medical journals and a frequent speaker on pediatric pulmonary research.Although research is a strong passion, Dr. Bhandari is dedicated to education and devoted to clinical care. Because he considers education to be important, Dr. Bhandari has been an advisor to numerous medical, PhD, undergraduate and high school students. As a clinician, he views patient care as a significant part of his job. It is the clinical problems that he confronts which helps drive his research interests and passion.

As leaders in neonatology, the faculty conducts continuing education programs for physicians and nursing staffs across the region. To view a list of our specialists, click here.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (215) 427-5202.