We found 9 neonatologists who accept Aetna HMO near Upland, PA.

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Specializes in Neonatology
1 Medical Center Boulevard
Chester, PA
 

Dr. Tarek Nakhla works as a neonatologist. His clinical interests encompass high risk pregnancy. He takes United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Nakhla attended Alexandria University Faculty of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Flushing Hospital Medical Center for residency. He is conversant in Arabic. Dr. Nakhla is affiliated with Crozer-Keystone Health System. He is accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: High Risk Pregnancy

Specializes in Maternal and Fetal Medicine, Neonatology
One Medical Center Boulevard; Division of Neonatology
Upland, PA
 

Dr. Kelly Ecker works as a maternal-fetal medicine specialist and neonatologist. Dr. Ecker's clinical interests encompass high risk pregnancy. She takes United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing her residency at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore, Dr. Ecker attended medical school at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She has received the distinction of "Top Doctors" in Neonatology, Main Line Today. Dr. Ecker is professionally affiliated with Crozer-Keystone Health System.

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Clinical interests: High Risk Pregnancy

Dr. Jocelyn R Austria, MD
Specializes in Neonatology
1068 West Baltimore Pike; Neonatology Department
Media, PA
 

Dr. Jocelyn Austria is a physician who specializes in neonatology. In addition to English, Dr. Austria speaks Filipino. Her clinical interests include high risk pregnancy. She is affiliated with Einstein Healthcare Network, Ephrata Community Hospital, and Riddle Hospital. She studied medicine at the University of the East, Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Austria completed her residency training at Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia. She honors Coventry, Aetna HSA, and Coventry HSA, as well as other insurance carriers. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Austria include: Class Salutatorian, UERMM Medical Center, Philippines and Cum Laude, St. Scholastica's College, Philippines. Unfortunately, she is not currently accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: High Risk Pregnancy

Specializes in Maternal and Fetal Medicine, Neonatology
1 Medical Center Boulevard
Chester, PA
 

Dr. Stephen Higgins is a maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology) and neonatology specialist in Chester, PA, Upland, PA, and Drexel Hill, PA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Higgins include high risk pregnancy. Dr. Higgins is affiliated with Crozer-Keystone Health System. After attending MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Thomas Jefferson University. United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Aetna HSA are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Higgins takes. He has received the distinction of Philadelphia Super Doctors.

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Clinical interests: High Risk Pregnancy

Specializes in Maternal and Fetal Medicine, Neonatology
1 Medical Center Boulevard
Chester, PA
 

Dr. Cynthia Dembofsky's specialties are maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology) and neonatology. She practices in Chester, PA, Upland, PA, and Drexel Hill, PA. Her clinical interests include high risk pregnancy. Dr. Dembofsky takes Coventry, Aetna HSA, Coventry HSA, and more. Her training includes a residency program at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children. She has received professional recognition including the following: "Top Doctor" in Neonatology, Main Line Today. She is professionally affiliated with Crozer-Keystone Health System.

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Clinical interests: Premature Babies, High Risk Pregnancy

Dr. Michael Alexander Friedman, MD
Specializes in Neonatology
One Medical Center Boulevard; Intensive Care Nursery, 3rd Floor
Upland, PA
 

Dr. Michael Friedman is a neonatologist. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Crozer-Keystone Health System and Capital Health. He honors Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Friedman is a graduate of Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. For his professional training, Dr. Friedman completed a residency program at Jefferson University Hospitals.

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Dr. Nicholas Obiri, MD
Specializes in Neonatology
One Medical Center Boulevard; Intensive Care Nursery, 3rd Floor
Upland, PA
 

Dr. Nicholas Obiri's area of specialization is neonatology. Dr. Obiri's professional affiliations include Reading Health System, Crozer-Keystone Health System, and Temple University Hospital (TUH). He accepts United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, Coventry, and more. Before completing his residency at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center, Dr. Obiri attended medical school at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.

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Clinical interests: Endotracheal Intubation

Specializes in Neonatology
One Medical Center Boulevard; Intensive Care Nursery, 3rd Floor
Upland, PA
 

Dr. Melissa Skibo's medical specialty is neonatology. Before performing her residency at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children and Jefferson University Hospitals, Dr. Skibo attended UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. She takes United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, Coventry, and more. She is affiliated with Crozer-Keystone Health System.

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Specializes in Neonatology
One Medical Center Boulevard
Upland, PA
 

Dr. Melissa Micallef's area of specialization is neonatology. She is professionally affiliated with Crozer-Keystone Health System. Dr. Micallef is an in-network provider for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and more. She studied medicine at Ross University School of Medicine.

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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.
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