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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 attended Christian Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at Kings County Hospital Center for residency. He honors several insurance carriers, including Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Sharma is affiliated with 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 affiliated with West Jefferson Medical Center (WJMC) and Southern Hills Hospital. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Abdulla accepts. Dr. Abdulla attended medical school at Dow Medical College. Dr. Abdulla's residency was performed at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - Shreveport. Dr. Abdulla (or staff) speaks Urdu.

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

Dr. Lisa Barbiero's medical specialty is neonatology. Dr. Barbiero is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. She studied medicine at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Barbiero completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Tulane University. Dr. Barbiero's hospital/clinic affiliations include 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 practices neonatology. Dr. Bautista is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Cigna, and more. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include 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's specialty is neonatology. Dr. Gershanik graduated from National University of the Littoral School of Medical Sciences and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kentucky. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Gershanik accepts. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Gershanik is professionally affiliated with Ochsner, West Jefferson Medical Center (WJMC), and Touro Infirmary. He is accepting new patients.

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

Dr. Olivier Thelin specializes in neonatology and practices in New Orleans, LA and Gretna, LA. Dr. Thelin takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. He studied medicine at the University of Geneva Faculty of Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Thelin (or staff) speaks Spanish, German, and French. His hospital/clinic affiliations include West Jefferson Medical Center (WJMC), Ochsner, and Touro Infirmary. He welcomes new patients.

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Specializes in Neonatology
1020 Old Metairie Place
Metairie, LA
 

Dr. Candace Smith, who practices in Metairie, LA, is a medical specialist in neonatology. Dr. Smith is in-network for Aetna EPO, United Healthcare Compass, and Aetna HSA, as well as other insurance carriers. She studied medicine at Ohio State University College of Medicine.

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

Dr. Harish Anand works as a neonatologist. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Anand's professional affiliations include Ochsner and West Jefferson Medical Center (WJMC). He takes Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Anand attended Christian Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Tulane University.

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

Dr. William Gill is a specialist in neonatology. MultiPlan, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Gill honors. Dr. Gill has received the distinction of New Orleans Super Doctors. He is affiliated with West Jefferson Medical Center (WJMC).

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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.