Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship Program

Facilities and Resources

The James Whitcomb Riley Hospital for Children was founded in 1924 as Indiana's only hospital solely dedicated to the health care of children. Riley remains the only comprehensive children’s hospital in the state of Indiana serving as a consultation and referral center for infants, children and adolescents throughout the Midwest. Affiliated with the Indiana University School of Medicine, Riley Hospital also serves as a teaching facility for medical students and residents. Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health is nationally-ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the best children’s hospitals in the United States. 

In 2013 Riley opened a new NICU in the Simon Family tower with 60 private rooms.  The Riley level IV NICU admits between 600 and 700 critically ill infants each year. Approximately 70% of the admitted neonates are transferred from outlying hospitals from across the Midwest.  The Riley NICU is one of only 17 designated Centers of Excellence nationally for Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO). There are two neonatal-pediatric transport teams available to transport critically ill infants from across the Midwest by either ground or air. The Riley NICU is supported by multiple pediatric and surgical sub-specialists. Patients in the Riley NICU benefit from the latest in available technology, including high frequency ventilation, inhaled nitric oxide, ECMO, total body cooling and a neuro-NICU with 24 hour video surveillance EEG.

Neonatal faculty and fellows also staff a 38 bed Level III NICU at Methodist Hospital. This large, urban hospital in downtown Indianapolis is in close proximity to Riley has 3-4,000 deliveries each year many of which are high-risk patients referred to Indiana University Maternal-Fetal Medicine.  In 2014 the Riley Maternity and Newborn Health Program was created with the goal of providing preeminent care to pregnant women and newborns through a coordinated system of health care delivery in the state of Indiana.  The Riley Maternity and Newborn Health Program is a partnership between a very experienced group of obstetric and maternal-fetal medicine subspecialists, neonatologists, pediatric general surgeons, pediatrics neurosurgeons, pediatric cardiologists, cardiovascular surgeons and other pediatric medical sub-specialists.  The creation of the Riley Maternity and Newborn Health Program merged neonatology and maternal-fetal medicine into a single clinical service line within the Department of Pediatrics.  We provide comprehensive prenatal diagnosis, fetal and maternal care, and genetic counseling with the largest collective experience and expertise in Indiana.  The new Perinatal Center at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health is under development and will include a comprehensive diagnostic fetal center which will accommodate both high and low risk deliveries, an OBICU and a level III NICU.

Ezkenazi Hospital, formerly Wishard Memorial Hospital, is a county hospital serving the local community. Eskenazi has 2-3,000 deliveries and 450-500 NICU admissions per year.  In 2013, Ezkenazi opened a new 36 bed, private-room, level II NICU. Eskenazi Hospital serves the vulnerable population in the state of Indiana and provides fellows the opportunity to care for economically disadvantaged families with barriers to accessing the healthcare system. 

There are community hospitals throughout the state of Indiana affiliated with Indiana University including:  IU Health North in Indianapolis, IU Bloomington,  Arnett Hospital in Lafayette, Ball Memorial in Muncie, Community Hospitals of Indianapolis, St. Francis Hospital Indianapolis and Deaconess Women's Hospital in Evansville. Neonatology fellows wanting more experience in a private setting hospital have the opportunity to rotate in the special care nursery of a community hospital during their third year of fellowship.