Letter from our Director

Laura Haneline, MD

Laura Haneline, MD

Professor of Pediatrics and Microbiology and Immunology 

Director, Section of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

Indiana University School of Medicine

Dear Colleagues:

Welcome to the Section of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine (IUSM).  The neonatology faculty cares for the sickest of newborn infants in Indiana and surrounding states utilizing the latest technologies available to our field. Our team was ranked in U.S. News and World Report’s 2011-2012 “Best of Children’s Hospitals” rankings. The neonatal intensive care unit at Riley Hospital for Children is the only comprehensive NICU in Indiana and one of the largest in the Midwest.

We have a talented group of faculty, investigators and support staff that collectively has more than $13.2 million in extramural funding for both basic and translational research – a top 10 recipient in the country. The Section of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine has participated in the National Institutes of Child and Human Development Neonatal Research Network since its inception in 1991. This network allows for large-scale clinical research, advancing the care of premature and ill newborns across the country.

Neonatology faculty are involved in international projects that support pediatric health in countries such as Kenya and Haiti which provide opportunities for faculty, fellows and medical students to serve these areas of need.  We have a dedicated Neonatal Simulation Program that provides cutting-edge training in both our Simulation Center as well as outreach opportunities throughout the state.  In addition, the Riley NICU has one of only 17 designated Centers for Excellence nationally for Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO).

The Section of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine offers a well-rounded fellowship program that allows participants clinical exposure, teaching opportunities and work with well-elaborated scientific investigation.

Our primary offices are located on the IUPUI campus in downtown Indianapolis and we staff a total of nine neonatal intensive care units throughout the state of Indiana in conjunction with Indiana University Health and other hospital systems.  We utilize the LIFELINE Critical Care Transport team and equipment to ensure quick exchange of patients and care throughout the state. LIFELINE is the only full-service transport program in Indiana capable of providing helicopter, fixed wing and ground ambulance service. All neonatal transports are staffed by a neonatal nurse practitioner.

Thank you for visiting our website to find out more about the Section of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine.


Laura Haneline, MD
Interim Director, Section of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine