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Children's Hospital, New Orleans



Neonatology/NICU
NICU Direct Line:
Transport Phone:
(504) 896-9418
(504) 896-9418
Office Hours:24 hours
Location:Fifth floor, patient tower

Physicians:
Brian Barkemeyer, MD, Medical Director
Lisa Barbiero, MD
Maria Bautista, MD
Minnie Buis, MD
Juan Gershanik, MD
Raegan Gupta, MD
Staci Olister, MD
Christy Gautier Mumphrey, MD
Duna Penn, MD
Dana Rivera, MD
Jeffrey Surcouf, MD
Olivier Thelin, MD

Childrenís Hospitalís Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is a 36-bed critical care unit for newborns that provides care for issues ranging from prematurity to neonatal respiratory distress to infections and birth defects. 24-hour air and ground transport is available for the sickest babies. The NICU has expanded more than 5 times its original size since opening in 1988.

  • State-of-the-art 11,000-square-foot facility has 36 beds.
  • Private and semi-private rooms.
  • Rooms for parents who wish to stay with their babies overnight.
  • In 2012, 228 babies were admitted to the NICU and stayed an average of 35 days.
  • The NICU allows babies to be treated at the highest level of care.

Visitation Parents are encouraged to visit as often as they are able. Sibling visitation is permitted when pre-arranged with the nurse or doctor. Siblings must be at least 4 years of age to enter the NICU, except during RSV season, when the age increases to 12 years. Children and adults must avoid visiting if they are ill (i.e. diarrhea, colds, fever, cough or have cold sores, pink eye or impetigo [Indian Fire]). Also, if you have been exposed to or had any infectious diseases such as chicken pox, measles or mumps within the past three weeks, please inform us immediately.

Visitors must call and speak with their babyís nurse before entering the unit. A phone is provided in the waiting area. Cell phones are not allowed in the NICU. There are occasional situations in the NICU when no visitors are allowed. Only 3 visitors are permitted at the bedside at a time. Visitation is allowed 24 hours a day except during change of shift: 7-8 a.m. and 7-8 p.m. We ask that you leave the unit, and also refrain from calling during these times. Visitors may also be asked to leave the unit at the doctor or charge nurseís discretion. Please understand that each baby is special and information is confidential. We ask that you visit with your baby only. Information regarding other patients cannot be discussed.

Phone calls Parents may call the NICU 24 hours a day at (504) 896-9418, except during shift changes (7-8 a.m. and 7-8 p.m.). We will give information to parents only. Please ask extended family members and friends wanting information about your infant to communicate with you for updates. Parents will be provided a unique security pass code, which is required to receive any information over the phone.

Housing Only one person will be allowed to sleep at the patientís bedside overnight, if the infantís condition allows. If space allows, a second person will be allowed to stay in either the NICU waiting area or the PICU lounge.

ICU Parentsí Lounge The ICU Parentís Lounge is located directly across from the PICU. The ICU Parentsí Lounge is available to parents and family members who have children in the PICU or NICU. Only parents or primary caregivers may stay in the hospital from 9 p.m. to 8 am. Since space is limited, only one sleeper chair is available per family, and personal belongings must be limited to one small bag/suitcase. If space is available, two people may stay in the ICU lounge. If not, one may stay in the ICU lounge, and the second may sit in the cafeteria. Use of any other hospital space is prohibited. Parents or caregivers planning to stay in the hospital overnight must sign the ICU Reservation List by 6 p.m. daily. Two cards will be issued daily between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. to the parents or caregivers staying overnight. The cards must be prominently displayed for security purposes.


Brian Barkemeyer, MDBrian Barkemeyer, MD
Director, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Childrenís Hospital
Professor of Pediatrics, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, New Orleans

Professional School:
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center

Specialty Training:
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center

Special Interests:
Outcomes of preterm infants, neonatal lung disease, medical education

Raegan Wetzel Gupta, MD

Professional School:
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center

Specialty Training:
UT Southwestern
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center

In the area since: 2009
In practice since: 2009

Juan Gershanik, MD

Professional School:
University of Rosario Medical School, Rosario, Argentina

Specialty Training:
University of Kentucky Medical School, Lexington, KY
Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC

Special interests:
Latino issues, education

In the area since: 1979
In practice since: 1963

Lisa Barbiero, MD

Professional School:
University of Connecticut School of Medicine

Specialty Training:
Tulane University Pediatrics
Emory University Neonatology

Maria Bautista, MD

Professional School:
University of Santo Thomas

Specialty Training:
Tulane University Pediatrics
LSU Neonatal Perinatal

Minnie Buis, MD

Professional School:
University of Tennessee

Specialty Training:
University of Tennessee

Olivier Thelin, MD

Professional School:
University of Geneva

Specialty Training:
University of Tennessee

Staci Olister, MD

Specialty Training:
LSU Medical Center
Tulane Medical Center

Special Interests:
Intrauterine growth retardation

Duna Penn, MD, MS

Professional School:
Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI

Specialty Training:
Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami, FL
University of Miami School of Medicine

Special Interests:
Neonatal nutrition and metabolism, myocardial lipid metabolism, carnitine deficiency and metabolism

Dana Rivera, MD

Professional School:
LSU School of Medicine

Specialty Training:
LSU Medical Center
Tulane Medical Center

Special Interests:
Persistent pulmonary hypertension, intrauterine growth restriction


Jeffrey Surcouf, MD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics

Professional School:
LSU School of Medicine, Shreveport, LA

Specialty Training:
LSU Health Sciences Center, New Orleans, LA



Christy Gautier Mumphrey, MD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, New Orleans

Professional School:
University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL

Specialty Training:
LSU Health Sciences Center, New Orleans, LA

Special Interests:
Metabolic Bone Disease of Prematurity