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Choosing Our Team

Every expecting parent hopes for a perfect pregnancy and birth experience. But should you discover that your baby may need critical care, choose the right neonatal team is one of the most important decisions you'll ever have to make.

Every day, parents from all across North Texas, and many from across the state and beyond, trust the neonatology specialists at Cook Children's to care for the smallest, sickest, and most fragile babies. When the unexpected happens, our team has the skill and technology to provide the highest level of care for that tiny child that matters most, yours.

What is neonatology?

Neonatology is an in-hospital subspecialty of pediatrics that focuses solely on the care and treatment of critically ill newborns and babies that are born prematurely. Our neonatologists and Level IV Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) are ranked among the best in the nation for care that combines the most advanced treatments with heartfelt compassion.

With extensive training in neonatology, our team of specialists are among the best in caring for critically ill infants. When you entrust your newborn to Cook Children's, you'll have access to leading neonatologists, nationally recognized pediatricians and specialists, researchers, and clinicians who are all specially trained in pediatrics and the complexities of treating newborns and micro-preemies.


Level IV is the highest ranking a NICU can receive. But to earn it, you have to meet stringent requirements, especially in the areas of advanced medicine and quality of care. Our Level IV NICU is fully equipped to treat the sickest children with the most difficult and complex diagnoses, including all types of respiratory, surgical, cardiac, genetic, renal, neurological, hematological and metabolic diseases. We care for babies as young as 23 weeks gestation and as small as one pound at birth.

Our Level IV NICU

Care that goes beyond our NICU

As part of our collaborative nature, we have access to the full support of a wide array of our pediatric specialties including neurosciences, genetics, hematology, endocrinology, gastroenterology and many more specialties and subspecialties to support your child's specific needs. Your child will also have access to state-of-the-art testing and diagnostics with a focus on technology that is minimally or noninvasive whenever possible. And that means giving you and your child the best treatment options and care choices available to repair their heart and help them grow and lead active lives.

For nearly a century Cook Children's has been caring for the infants and children with some of the rarest and challenging conditions. Thanks to our continually advancing medicines, technologies and excellent outcomes, today Cook Children's is an internationally recognized pediatric health care system.

Specialties at Cook Children's

Circle of care

When you choose the team at Cook Children's, you can trust that your baby is surrounded by multiple specialties and doctors at the forefront of new treatments and research. For babies with conditions that require long-term care, from before birth to young adulthood, our doctors are here for you and your family every inch of the way.

If your baby was born early or with serious medical complications, there may be developmental complications. Our NEST newborn development team is here to help your baby reach important milestones. And should challenges arise, we offer the physical, mental and emotional support you, your baby and your family need. At Cook Children's, you'll find more than a complete health care system, you find a complete circle of care.

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Located right in the heart of Texas, and the nation, our neonatal specialties include:

  • Anesthesiology
  • Cardiology
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Craniofacial/Plastic Surgery
  • Cardiovascular ICU
  • Endocrinology
  • Ear, Nose and Throat
  • Genetics (metabolic)
  • Gastroenterology
  • Hematology and Oncology
  • Infectious Disease
  • Metabolic Genetics
  • Nephrology
  • NEST (NICU follow-up)
  • Neurology
  • Neuro-oncology
  • Neurosurgery
  • Ortho-oncology
  • Orthopedics
  • Palliative Care
  • Pain Management
  • Pediatric Surgery
  • Pulmonary

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Our team of specialists

Lead by recognized board-certified pediatric cardiac specialists, our Neonatology team includes:

  • Neonatologists
  • Neonatal surgeons
  • Cardiothoracic surgeons
  • Neurosurgeons
  • Neonatal diagnosticians
  • Neonatal anesthesiologists
  • Physician assistants
  • Nurse practitioners
  • Researchers
  • Child Life specialists
  • Social workers
  • Medical interpreters

Meet Our Neonatology Specialists

Advanced technologies

Great outcomes begin with the accuracy of advanced technologies. From EKGs to advanced 3D modeling, and cardiac catheterization to state-of-the-art fetal echocardiography, the neonatal program at Cook Children's is well equipped to evaluate your child's condition and design not just a treatment plan, but a plan for life.

Advanced Technologies

Family-centered care

As parents ourselves, the expert neonatology team at Cook Children's understands your fears and works to ease them by making you a part of the team. From the very beginning, we will include you in the care of your child so that you can make the most informed decisions and choices that are right for your child and your family.

A major illness or long-term condition can impact the entire family physically, emotionally, and financially. So, in addition to our doctors and nurses, our family services programs offer support for the patient and the entire family. From Child Life specialists and social services to activities, sibling support and more, these programs are designed to help ease the way along your journey.

Family Centered Care

We're here to help.

If you would like to schedule an appointment for a NICU tour, refer a patient or speak to our staff, please call our offices at 855-687-6428.