Neonatal Care

The level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center is one of only a handful of units in Boston that provides the most advanced care and technology for premature and critically ill newborns.

Mass General For ChildrenSt. Elizabeth’s Medical Center offers world class care for newborns through a clinical collaboration with MassGeneral for Children. Our NICU is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week by MassGeneral for Children physicians.

The Neonatal Team

The NICU is staffed by board-certified neonatologists and licensed neonatal nurse practitioners. Other members of the care team include:

  • Development therapists
  • Experienced nursing staff
  • Nurse educator
  • Nutritionists
  • Pastoral care
  • Pharmacists
  • Respiratory therapists
  • Social workers

Subspecialty services

In the event that a St. Elizabeth's patient requires the most critical care, they have access to the specialty services offered through our clinical collaboration. Our physicians, nurses and other staff members work closely with the parents so they can participate in their baby's care in the unit and feel confident about caring for their newborn at home.

Subspecialty services include cardiology, cardiac surgery, dermatology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, general surgery, hematology, immunology, infectious disease, nephrology, neurology, neurosurgery, orthopedics, otolaryngology, pulmonology and urology.

Neonatal Transport

An important part of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center is neonatal transport to and from the medical center. A team of neonatologists, neonatal nurse practitioners and neonatal nurses travel to referring hospitals to transport sick newborns to the NICU at St. Elizabeth's. Through a collaboration with Armstrong Ambulance, a dedicated ambulance with state-of-the-art equipment is used to transport newborns.

The Neonatal Care Team

Silvia Testa, MD, FAAP  Chair, Department of Pediatrics, Director of Newborn Medicine             

Shah Hossain, MD, Clinical Director NICU, Chief of the Division of Neonatology                   

Donna Brezinski, MD

Jennifer Benjamin, MD

Simon Manning, MD

Elisabeth Kaza, MD

Francheyska Silfa Mazara, MD

Kyoung Joung, MD

Liza Konnikova, MD

Nisreen Maari, MD

Ruggero Spadafora, MD

Shah Hossain, MD

Lucy Andrade, NNP


MOONLIGHTERS                                                   PER DIEM NNP

Helen Christou, MD                                                    Monique St. Germain, NNP               

Mandy Belfort, MD                                                     Deborah Giambanco, NNP

Michael Prendergast, MD

Sailaja Ghanta, MD

Sarbattama Sen, MD

Sule Cataltepe, MD


For more information about St. Elizabeth's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, call 617-562-7077.