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Neonatology (RNICU)

The Regional Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (RNICU) at Maria Fareri Children's Hospital at Westchester Medical Center is a special nursery where babies with every type of medical problem are cared for in a family-oriented professional environment.

The RNICU is staffed with specially trained physicians, nurses, and health professionals who are experts in the treatment of premature and ill newborns.  Each baby receives the personal attention his or her condition requires.  We encourage you to actively participate in your baby's care.  We will work with you to help you and your family to understand and adjust to these new experiences.

Our Services

Having a baby in the RNICU can be stressful and we understand that you may frequently have questions and concerns, or may feel overwhelmed or frightened about the health of your child. Our family-oriented environment offers a variety of services to help you cope with your child's hospitalization.

Our Medical Staff


Gad Alpan, MD, MBA
Praveen Ballabh, MD
Heather Brumberg, MD,MPH
Johanna Calo, MD
Jean Chelala, MD
Manuel De Castro, MD
Semsa Gogcu, MD
Sergio Golombek, MD, MPH
Portia Groening, MD
Joseph Hall, MD
Soheir Haram-Mourabet, MD
Jordan Kase, MD
Martin Katzenstein, MD
Necla Kirtok, MD
Prabakhar Kocherlakota, MD
Edmund La Gamma, MD (Section Chief)
Yogangi Malhotra, MD
Myra Mercado, MD
Vanessa Mercado, MD
Glenn Mendoza, MD
Lance Parton, MD
Michael Petrella, MD
Stephen Piazza, MD
Raja Senguttuvan, MBBS
Sonya Strassberg, MD
Rolando Vilar, MD
Muhammad Zia, MBBS

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Allied Health Practitioners

Christine Cerulo, NP
Jeannemarie Curry, NP
Ellen Dombrowski, NP
Kristen Dyroff, NP
Julie (Yuliya) Gorelik, NP
Nadia Guastini - Brown, NP
Amanda Hines, NP
Debra Matthews, FNP
Giovanni O'Campo, PA-C
Amy Peterson, NNP-BC
Lisa Sauer, NP
Despina Scheyer, NP
Lorna Welde, NP

For information about our specialists, please visit our online Physician Directory.