Children's Health Service Neonatology


Division Director: C. Joan Richardson MD

We provide clinical care in a Level IV neonatal intensive care unit which admits approximately 900 babies per year. The 43 bed unit provides the acute and semi-acute care for moderate and critically ill newborns, including:

  • ECMO and
  • integrated subspecialty and
  • surgical care for complex congenital conditions.

We provide care of normal newborns born at UTMB as well as newborns born at a near-by community hospital which has a Level II nursery. In total, we care for about 6000 deliveries per year.  

In addition:

  • We also provide follow-up care for high-risk infant out-patient visits for graduates of the NICU  and
  • a Perinatal Hospice Program for infants with severe medical conditions impacting long-term survival.
  • We are very active in education, including third-year medical student and resident rotations in the newborn nursery, the neonatal ICU, fourth year medical student internships and active fellowship program.
    • We have Fellowship Training Programs and 
    • Residency Education Programs.
  • Our research is focused on sudden infant death syndrome, perinatal epidemiology, neonatal lung injury, neonatal infections, intrauterine asphyxia, necrotizing enterocolitis, and neonatal nutrition.


  • A Richardson, Joan

    C. Joan Richardson MD
    Professor, Chair for Department of Pediatrics, Director Neonatology
  • A Shattuck, Karen

    Karen E. Shattuck MD
    Medical Director of Nurseries
  • Coon, John MD

    John Isaac Coon, MD
    Assistant Professor

  • Cummings, Kristyn MD

    Kristyn Cummings MD
    Assistant Professor
  • Dawlett, Marie MD, FAAP

    Marie Dawlett MD
    Associate Professor
    Medical Director Clear Lake Inpatient
  • Fonseca, Rafael MD

    Rafael Fonseca MD
    Associate Professor
    Director, ECMO Program
  • Geary, Cara MD PhD

    Cara Geary MD, PhD
    Director of Perinatal Hospice
  • Gerik, Susan MD

    Suzie Gerik MD

  • Huff, Monica MD

    Monica Huff MD
    Assistant Professor
  • Jain, Sunil MD

    Sunil Jain MD
    Director, Premature Follow-up Clinic
  • Malloy, Mike MD

  • Rassin, David PhD

    David Rassin PhD
  • Smith, Karen

    Karen Smith PhD
    Clinical Professor
  • Y Carlisle, Julie Deanne

    Julie Carlisle
    Julie Carlisle, PNP
    Nurse Practitioner
  • Y Franks, Pam

    Pam Frank,
    Pamela G Franks, DNP, NNP
    Nurse Practitioner
  • Y Fridley, Amanda Danielle

    Amanda Fridley,
    Amanda Fridley, NNP
    Nurse Practitioner
  • Y Lawton, Katie Nicole

    Katie Lawton,
    Katie Lawton, NNP
    Nurse Practitioner
  • Y Listi, Brandi C

    Brandi Listi
    Brandi Listi, PNP
    Nurse Practitioner
  • Y Messer, Brittanie

    Julie Carlisle
    Brittanie Messer, NNP
    Nurse Practitioner
  • Y Vasquez, Stephanie

    Stephanie Vasquez
    Stephanie Vasquez, FNP
    Nurse Practitioner
  • Y Warnke, Keleigh Amber

    Keleigh Warnke, NNP
    Nurse Practitioner
  • Y Weeks, Amanda

    Amanda Weeks
    Amanda Weeks, NNP
    Nurse Practitioner
  • Y Williams, Deyna

    Deyna Williams,
    Deyna Williams, PNP
    Nurse Practitioner


Dr. Davis with young boy nurse_boy-with-cowboy-hat-in-bed301 8th St, Galveston, TX 77550
9th floor
(409) 772-1011
Open 24 hours

The UTMB Children’s Hospital in Galveston offers leading edge knowledge and over 120 years of experience in one of the finest academic settings in the nation. The fully redesigned hospital and child life program reflects an attention to all the details that matter to children, offering the whimsy and serenity of an ocean/island design along with many special spaces for toddlers, older children and teenagers to play, relax, unwind and spend time with family members. UTMB Health offers advanced general inpatient care for ill children, as well as specialty inpatient care for children with serious medical conditions. Our pediatric hospitalists, attending faculty physicians, nurses, residents, students and staff provide state-of-the-art clinical care and the emotional support that is essential during a hospital stay. Our Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) offers critical care services for infants, children and adolescents with severe illnesses or injuries. We can arrange emergency helicopter transport when needed to serve the most seriously ill children in our region.
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UTMB Clear Lake Campus

200 Blossom Street
5th floor

(832) 632-7539

UTMB Clear Lake Campus offers exceptional care for mothers and their healthy newborns in spacious LDRP rooms. Here, families stay in the same room throughout their birthing experience and Mother-Baby stay.

Our new Labor, Delivery, Recovery Mother/Baby Rooms contains:

  • Birthing suites designed with significant input from patients, nursing staff and physicians
  • Oversized room for mom and baby to stay together
  • Large, private bathroom in each room designed to accommodate mom’s personal belongings
  • Free Wi-Fi, comfortable sofa-bed, rocking glider chair, oversized windows
  • Controlled lighting in each area of the room (mom’s bed, bassinet area, family area)
  • Nursery with private “teaching” room
  • Additional counter space for mom’s flowers and gifts
  • Nurse practitioner (Neonatal) on staff 24/7
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301 8th St, Galveston, TX 77550
(409) 772-1011
Open 24 hours, call for visiting hours

Pediatric Critical Care is responsible for the evaluation and management of critically ill newborns, infants, children and adolescents with medical or surgical problems.

We have outstanding physicians ready to provide the highest standard of care using the latest innovations and research available.