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About Our Division


UCSDdoctors UCSD: The UC San Diego Medical Center was set up as approximately a 40 bed Neonatal Intensive Care Unit with 11 board-certified Neonatologists. The unit provided leadership and coverage for the Infant Special Care Center (ISCC) of the UCSD Medical Center.​ The unit also provided care for the high risk infants born through the Perinatology Service at the medical center and to provide support for infants transported from other centers. The overall program is a largely inborn perinatal service with a concentration of very low birth weight and extremely low birth weight infants, and also provided care to near term and term infants with disorders of transition, congenital anomalies, infections, hypoxic-ischemic injuries, and surgical support for general surgical disorders. There was a focus on neonatal resuscitation, clinical nutrition, hypoxia-ischemia, and clinical trials to evaluate newer approaches and treatments including medications.

Radydoctors RCHSD: The Rady Children's Hospital - San Diego NICU and the NICU's within the Scripps and Palomar/Pomerado Healthcare Systems consisted of 93 neonatal beds with 14 board certified Neonatologists. The Rady NICU was set up to provided a regionalized approach to care, participating with all the major delivery services in San Diego, Imperial and Riverside Counties, and focused on clinical excellence and evidence based research and teaching.  Services provided by division physicians included a range of medical care and neuro-developmental evaluations of high-risk infant graduates from the NICUs serviced by the division. 


​ Our division has expanded to not only continue building on services, programs, and goals of a solid foundation, but with the merging of RCHSD and UCSD, we have grown to consists of 155 combined NICU beds with  28 Neonatologists, 35 Neonatal Nurse Practitioners, 3 Neonatal Hospitalists, 2 Newborn Hospitalists, 10 Fellows in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, 9 Administrative Staff Members, and 5 Clinical Research Staff Members.  With the expansion of our division and staff in the past year (2014), we've enhanced our capacity to provide more comprehensive care delivering over 16,000 babies, receiving over 3,400 NICU admissions, and supporting over 700 neonatal transports. 

With the anticipated opening of the Jacobs Medical Center​ (Fall 2016), we intend to further enhance our services by providing focused Women and Infant Care with three dedicated floors offering care of every kind of birth, more family focused comforts, and an additional 52 (private) ​NICU rooms for infants/parents. 


Rady Children's Hospital

Lisa Quade
Program Manager

Phone    858-966-4045

UCSD Health Sciences

Karina Santos
Research Administrative Coordinator

Phone    858-822-2526

UCSD Health System

S. Alex Sayers
Division Coordinator

Phone    619-543-3759