Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

About Us

The Section of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine (IUSM) is one of the leading neonatology programs in the United States, providing neonatology faculty for 9 clinical sites in central Indiana including the level 3C neonatal intensive care unit at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health in Indianapolis. Neonatal-Perinatal services at Riley Hospital for Children has been ranked #4 in the nation by Parent’s Magazine for Neonatal-Perinatal care and ranked 14th in the nation by US News and World Report for top hospitals by specialty. The section cares for more than 3,000 admissions annually.


With a long-standing tradition of excellence, Indiana University continues to grow and provide state-of-the art neonatal and perinatal care. 2012 saw the opening of the new expansion of Riley Children’s Hospital’s $475 million 10-story Simon Tower which provides additional capacity for emergency room services, an enhanced single-room-concept newborn intensive care unit and new imaging and radiology units.


Celebrating its 45th year in 2015, Riley Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is the only comprehensive NICU in Indiana and one of the largest in the Midwest. Approximately 70% of the 700 critically ill neonates admitted annually are transferred from outlying hospitals. Our Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) program is one of only 17 designated Centers of Excellence nationally and our newly opened Simulation Center Program is an advanced cutting-edge training center for health-care professionals and students to hone their clinical and technical skills.


The Section of Neonatal-Perinatal Pediatrics is also renowned for the strength of its basic science and translational research programs. Pediatric research at IU is ranked #8 in NIH funding nationally. The Herman B Wells Center for Pediatric Research is part of a 500,000 sq. ft. interconnected state-of-the art research complex on the IU School of Medicine campus in Indianapolis. In May of 2008, IUSM, with partner institution Purdue University, was awarded a five year NIH Clinical and Translational Science Award to support the recently formed Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI). In 2009, IUSM received an additional $60 million gift for additional development of clinical translational research.

The division of Neonatology also participates in the National Institute of Child and Human Development Neonatal Research Network. This multi-center network of level III NICUs allows for large-scale clinical research in the field of neonatology, advancing the care of premature and ill newborns across the country. Quality improvement research is also actively pursued in the clinical field.

The Future

As Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at the Indiana University School of Medicine continues to grow and excel, exciting new opportunities are developing for expansion of preeminent clinical services, cutting-edge basic and translational research, innovative educational programs and excellence in quality improvement.