Neonatologists

Neonatologists are pediatricians with special expertise in caring for sick or premature infants. Our neonatologists are world leaders in caring for babies requiring intensive care after birth. Babies who undergo fetal surgery are cared for in a special surgical unit in the Intensive Care Nursery.

For further information regarding neonatology please refer to the UCSF Neonatology website.

Our physicians will speak with you at length about your fetus’s condition, the procedure, risks, possible benefits, and possible complications of fetal surgery. They will perform your surgery and manage your postoperative care together with other members of our fetal therapy team.

David H. Rowitch, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor of Pediatrics and Neurological Surgery
Chief of Neonatology
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator

Dr. David Rowitch is chief of neonatology at UCSF. Rowitch earned his medical degree from the University of California, Los Angeles and doctorate in biochemistry from the University of Cambridge in England. Subsequently, he completed an internship and residency in pediatrics and fellowship in newborn medicine at Children's Hospital in Boston. Rowitch was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard...

Yao Sun, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
Director of Neonatal Clinical Programs

Dr. Yao Sun is medical director of the William H. Tooley Intensive Care Nursery at UCSF Children's Hospital. He uses his expertise in medical informatics, a field at the juncture of medicine and computer science, to keep the intensive care nursery on the cutting edge of patient diagnoses and treatments.

Sun is an associate professor of clinical pediatrics in the UCSF Division of...

Roberta L. Keller, M.D.

Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
Medical Director, Neonatal ECMO Program

Dr. Keller received her medical degree from the University of California San Francisco, where she also undertook her postgraduate training, completing a residency in Pediatrics and a fellowship in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at the UCSF Medical Center/UCSF Children’s Hospital. During her fellowship, she was the recipient of the Glaser Pediatric Research Network fellowship. She is the director...

Trevor Burt, M.D.

Assistant Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics

Dr. Trevor D. Burt is a neonatologist, specializing in the care of critically ill newborns, including premature infants and newborns requiring intensive care such as those with birth and cardiac defects, surgical issues and genetic syndromes. He also treats babies who have difficulty or trauma before or during birth and those who require extracorporeal membranous oxygenation (ECMO) for cardiac...

Gavin Henderson, M.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics

Dr. Gavin Henderson is a neonatologist, specializing in the treatment of critically ill newborns and premature infants. His research is centered in the UCSF High Risk Infant Follow-Up Clinic, where he evaluates the neurodevelopmental outcomes of the most critically ill infants cared for in the UCSF Intensive Care Nursery. These evaluations are an important component of continuing care for our...

Luke Judge, M.D.

Clinical Instructor, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Neonatology

Dr. Judge completed his MD and PhD at University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle, WA as a part of the Medical Scientist Training Program.  His graduate work was performed through the interdisciplinary Molecular and Cellular Biology program in the laboratory of Dr. Jeffrey Chamberlain, where he focused on dystrophin protein function and therapeutic gene replacement for Duchenne...

Leslie Lusk, MD

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Leslie Lusk is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Neonatology at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. She obtained her undergraduate degree at the University of Pennsylvania and her medical degree at the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine.  She completed a Pediatrics Residency at UCSF after which she spent a year as Chief Resident at San Francisco...

Emin Maltepe, M.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Adjunct Professor

Dr. Emin Maltepe is an attending neonatologist at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital.  Maltepe's research focuses on hypoxia, epigenetics, placenta, in utero programming of adult disease and neonatal outcomes. In addition to treating patients, Maltepe is an assistant adjunct professor in the UCSF Division of Neonatology. He received his medical degree from the University of Chicago Pritzker...

Mark Petersen, M.D.

Clinical Instructor

Dr. Mark Petersen is a clinical fellow in neonatology at UCSF. He received his medical degree from the University of Iowa. Petersen completed his residency training in pediatrics at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford where he subsequently served as chief resident and clinical instructor.

Elizabeth Rogers, M.D.

Assistant Clinical Professor, Neonatology

Elizabeth Rogers completed her undergraduate degree in Slavic Languages and Literature and History of Science at Harvard University in 1998.  She then received her medical degree from Stanford University in 2003 and completed residency training in pediatrics at University of California San Francisco.  Her major interests are in the neurodevelopmental follow up of premature and critically ill...

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