About Us

The Division of Neonatology at UF Health is dedicated to providing outstanding patient care, developing the next generation of physicians and scientists, the discovery of disease mechanisms, treatments and outcomes, and advocacy for our patients and our profession. 

Founded in 1963 by Donald V. Eitzman, MD, Distinguished Service Professor, the Division has always been a leader and resource for Florida’s most vulnerable citizens.

Meet Our Team

Neonatology Faculty

US. News Best Children's Hospital Badge 2021-2022

Nationally Ranked

The neonatology program at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital is ranked as one of the best programs in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at UF Health serves as a referral base for North Central Florida, the Florida Panhandle, and surrounding areas of Georgia.


The Division strives to promote a culture of learning and has earned an outstanding reputation both within the Department of Pediatrics and beyond.


The UF Health mission of advocacy for neonates was led at local and national levels by our late colleague Dr. Richard Bucciarelli. Division members serve in numerous State and National leadership positions, all with the common goal of improving the health outcomes of children. These include key positions within the American Academy of Pediatrics, Section on Perinatal Pediatrics, Trainees & Early Career Neonatologists (TECaN), Organization for Neonatology Training Program Directors (ONTPD), Academy of Breastfeeding, and IPOKRaTES International. In addition, our faculty serve on NIH and American Heart Association study sections, scientific journal Editorial boards, and regional research committees.