Patient Care

Golisano Children’s Hospital Neonatology Program Moves Up to #21 in US News Rankings

Jun. 14, 2021
The department has increased its ranking for the second straight year

UR Medicine’s Golisano Children’s Hospital has been recognized as one of the nation’s best in the neonatology specialty area in the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Children’s Hospital rankings.

The 2021-2022 rankings, released online Tuesday, placed the children’s hospital’s neonatology program at No. 21 nationally, increasing two spots from the previous year’s rankings.

“For the second-straight year, our Neonatology has been recognized as one of the 25 best in the nation” said Patrick Brophy, M.D., the William H. Eilinger Professor and Chair of Pediatrics and the Physician-in-Chief of Golisano Children’s Hospital. “We are proud to provide top-end care to patients in our region and advance the field through innovative research.” 

The Division of Neonatology provides care for critically ill and premature newborns, and treats more than 1,100 infants every year. The division is staffed by 20 physicians, approximately nine Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine fellows, 35 advanced practice providers, and 300 nurses. The Gosnell Family Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is the only Level IV NICU in the 14-county Finger Lakes region. 

“Our doctors, nurses, and support staff strive each day to provide the best possible care for infants in our region,” said Carl D’Angio, M.D., chief of the Division of Neonatology. “We are pleased and proud to receive this ongoing recognition of being a leader in patient care, education, laboratory research, clinical investigation and quality science.”

The Division is led by more than 25 faculty actively engaged in research, education and quality improvement efforts. These academic efforts are supported by numerous local, state and federal grants.  Faculty members have recently received funding to study lung development and injury, neonatal immunology, blood cell development, kidney injury, human lactation and many other areas important to the health and well-being on newborns.

The Division of Neonatology has made major advances in research, education, and patient care during the past few years. In addition to the Neonatology Fellowship Program, the GCH NICU conducts an Advanced Practice Provider (APP) Fellowship Program, one of only a handful of similar programs for APPs across the country. This past year, the Division also launched a partnership with Monroe Community College (MCC) to provide summer research experiences to MCC students who are under-represented in medicine.  Students will not only have experiences to work in a research lab, but also be able to participate in workshops on career options, biomedical ethics, mentorship and preparation for transfer to 4-year schools.

“Part of maintaining our success as a program will be educating future generations to build on the foundation we’ve made in research, education, and patient care,” said Jeffrey Meyers, M.D., medical director of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at GCH, “this program will help bolster this foundation across all elements of our department.”

The U.S. News and World Report rankings feature the 50 best children’s hospitals in each of 10 pediatric specialties. Over the past nine years, Golisano Children’s Hospital has appeared in the top 50 in six of the 10 categories.