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We found 9 neonatologists who accept Aetna near New Orleans, LA.

Dr. Rajesh Kumar Sharma, MD
Specializes in Neonatology
2500 Belle Chasse Highway
Gretna, LA
 

Dr. Rajesh Sharma's specialty is neonatology. He is an in-network provider for Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at Kings County Hospital Center, Dr. Sharma attended medical school at Christian Medical College. Dr. Sharma's professional affiliations include West Jefferson Medical Center (WJMC) and Ochsner.

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Dr. Farooq Abdulla, MD
Specializes in Neonatology
1303 Henry Clay Avenue
New Orleans, LA
 

Dr. Farooq Abdulla is a neonatology specialist. He is a graduate of Dow Medical College and a graduate of Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - Shreveport's residency program. Dr. Abdulla accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. In addition to English, Dr. Abdulla (or staff) speaks Urdu. He is professionally affiliated with West Jefferson Medical Center (WJMC) and Southern Hills Hospital.

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Dr. Lisa Michelle Barbiero, MD
Specializes in Neonatology
1303 Henry Clay Avenue
New Orleans, LA
 

Dr. Lisa Barbiero specializes in neonatology. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Humana HMO, and more. After completing medical school at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Dr. Barbiero performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Tulane University. She is professionally affiliated with West Jefferson Medical Center (WJMC), Touro Infirmary, and Northeast Georgia Health System (NGHS).

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Dr. Maria Imelda Bautista, MD
Specializes in Neonatology
1303 Henry Clay Avenue
New Orleans, LA
 

Dr. Maria Bautista's specialty is neonatology. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Cigna are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Bautista accepts. She is affiliated with West Jefferson Medical Center (WJMC), Ochsner, and Touro Infirmary.

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Dr. Juan Jorge Gershanik, MD
Specializes in Neonatology
1303 Henry Clay Avenue
New Orleans, LA
 

Dr. Juan Gershanik is a neonatology specialist. Dr. Gershanik accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. After attending National University of the Littoral School of Medical Sciences for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kentucky. He is conversant in Spanish. His professional affiliations include Ochsner, West Jefferson Medical Center (WJMC), and Touro Infirmary. Dr. Gershanik's practice is open to new patients.

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Dr. Olivier Pierre Thelin, MD
Specializes in Neonatology
1303 Henry Clay Avenue
New Orleans, LA
 

Dr. Olivier Thelin's specialty is neonatology. Dr. Thelin is a graduate of the University of Geneva Faculty of Medicine. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Thelin honors. Dr. Thelin (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish, German, and French. His hospital/clinic affiliations include West Jefferson Medical Center (WJMC), Ochsner, and Touro Infirmary. His practice is open to new patients.

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Specializes in Neonatology
1020 Old Metairie Place
Metairie, LA
 

Dr. Candace Smith sees patients in Metairie, LA. Her medical specialty is neonatology. She graduated from Ohio State University College of Medicine. Dr. Smith is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, United Healthcare Compass, and Aetna HSA.

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Dr. Harish C Anand, MD
Specializes in Neonatology
2500 Belle Chasse Highway
Gretna, LA
 

Dr. Harish Anand is a physician who specializes in neonatology. Dr. Anand is professionally affiliated with Ochsner and West Jefferson Medical Center (WJMC). He graduated from Christian Medical College. For his residency, Dr. Anand trained at a hospital affiliated with Tulane University. Patients gave Dr. Anand an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry.

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Dr. William Larry Gill, MD
Specializes in Neonatology
1415 Tulane Avenue
New Orleans, LA
 

Dr. William Gill is a medical specialist in neonatology. He is affiliated with West Jefferson Medical Center (WJMC). He is an in-network provider for MultiPlan, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Gill has received the following distinction: New Orleans Super Doctors.

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What is Neonatology?

Neonatologists are doctors who provide care for newborn babies who need specialized medical help. These babies may be premature, sick, need surgery, or have injuries from birth. Neonatologists work in hospitals in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, or NICU, where they have access to special equipment sized to fit very small babies. Although neonatologists mostly see patients after birth, they may occasionally attend deliveries. In some cases where a problem is diagnosed during pregnancy, a neonatologist may also consult with the OBGYN or perinatologist (high-risk obstetrician).

Many of the problems that neonatologists treat are due to prematurity, where an infant is born before 37 weeks gestation. When infants are born prematurely, their bodies are often not developed enough to be able to cope with the world apart from their mother. Premature infants sometimes struggle with issues such as:
  • Breathing and lung problems, including apnea
  • Temperature regulation
  • Jaundice, a condition that causes yellowing of the skin (jaundice is common in newborns but can sometimes lead to serious complications)
  • An underdeveloped digestive system, which poses a nutritional challenge
  • An underdeveloped neurological system, which can lead to problems breathing, sucking, and swallowing

Full-term infants also sometimes require the care of a neonatologist. Problems that might affect a full-term newborn include, among others:
  • Asphyxia, or a lack of oxygen, during birth
  • Congenital birth abnormalities
  • Infections such as pneumonia or meningitis
  • Hyperbilirubinemia, or severe jaundice
  • Injuries obtained during the birth process
  • Bradycardia, or an unusually slow heartbeat

Neonatologists spend time with their tiny patients and their families, diagnose and treat any problems, and manage their daily care. They also ensure newborn babies receive adequate nutrition, which is a critical factor in their healing and growth. Having a baby in the NICU can be a scary time for families. Neonatologists have the knowledge and experience in newborn care to provide the best for your baby.