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Neonatology ranks third in nation by U.S. News & World Report

U.S. News & World Report has released its 2021-22 Best Children's Hospitals survey. This is the second consecutive year that we rank as one of the top five neonatology programs in the country. We are also the highest rated specialty at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford.

Dr. Jeffrey Gould is a NEO "Legend"

Neonatologist and CEO/Co-founder of the California Perinatal Quality Care Collaborative Jeffrey Gould, MD, MPH was honored as this year’s “Legend of Neonatology” at the NEO 2022 Conference in San Diego, CA. The Legends of Neonatology Hall of Fame was established in 2007 to spotlight individuals whose clinical contributions have significantly advanced the field of neonatal medicine.


Providing family-centered care and specialized services in neonatal-perinatal medicine


Training the next generation of leaders in human development and neonatology


Performing groundbreaking research that improves outcomes for mothers and babies

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Predicting preeclampsia early in pregnancy with cell-free RNA

Researchers in the March of Dimes Prematurity Research Center at Stanford are making significant progress toward a liquid biopsy test to assess risk for preeclampsia, which is the second largest cause of maternal deaths worldwide. Using over 400 blood samples, the team was able to identify and validate significant transcriptomic changes in cell-free RNA (cfRNA) associated with preeclampsia. Read the full findings in Nature.

Neonatal hospitalists advance diversity, equity, and inclusion at Stanford School of Medicine

Shamita Punjabi, MD, and Elizabeth Blecharczyk, MD, are developing a neonatal health disparities curriculum for pediatric residents, and were recently named recipients of the 2021-2023 Picker Gold Challenge Grants for Residency Training (along with Becky Blankenburg, MD, MPH). Drs. Punjabi and Blecharczyk were also selected to be LEAD (Leadership, Education in Advancing Diversity) mentors. Through May 2022, they will advise residents and fellows across GME to develop leadership and scholarship skills in addressing issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.