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Neonatal Surgery - UCLA Fetal Care Center


The Department of Surgery

Division of Pediatric Surgery

Neonatal Surgery - UCLA Fetal Care Center

UCLA pediatric surgeons have extensive experience treating a variety of gastrointestinal and thoracic congenital anomalies that may occur in newborns. Through our well-established UCLA Fetal Care Center, we serve as integral members of a multidisciplinary team of pediatric and maternal-fetal specialists that counsel future parents and coordinate the care of babies known to have congenital anomalies. Prenatal counseling for such conditions is readily available and is performed in coordination with neonatologists and pediatric specialists and includes a tour of the state-of-the-art Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) during the prenatal visit.  Our nurse practitioner, Rosemary Dearnley, NP, can coordinate care for you and your child at (310) 825-0860.

The High Risk Obstetrical Unit and NICU provide excellent care to pregnant women and their newborn babies delivered or transferred to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Labor & delivery and the post partum units are in immediate proximity to the NICU so that mother and child can be remain close following delivery. In addition, the NICU serves as a regional referral and transfer center with a dedicated and highly-trained neonatal transport team for critically-ill newborns that are born at other hospitals and require specialized surgical care at UCLA.

The pediatric surgeons at the Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA have extensive experience in providing specialized surgical care to neonates. Common problems diagnosed and treated include:

  • Anorectal malformations (imperforate anus, perineal fistula, recto-urethral fistula, cloaca)
  • Biliary atresia
  • Choledochal cyst
  • Congenital cystic adenomatoid malformation (CCAM) and pulmonary sequestration
  • Congenital diaphragmatic hernia
  • Congenital intestinal atresia (duodenal atresia, jejunal-ileal atresia, colonic atresia)
  • Conjoined twins
  • Esophageal atresia and/or tracheoesophageal fistula
  • Gastroschisis
  • Hirschsprung's disease
  • Intestinal obstruction or pseudo-obstruction
  • Malrotation
  • Meconium ileus
  • Meconium peritonitis and pseudocyst
  • Midgut volvulus
  • Necrotizing enterocolitis
  • Omphalocele
  • Patent ductus arteriosus
  • Respiratory failure requiring ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation) or ECLS (extracorporeal life support)


Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is a biomedical device similar to a cardiopulmonary bypass or assist machine that is used during open-heart surgery. This technology provides life support for select newborn and pediatric patients suffering from overwhelming but reversible respiratory or cardiac failure. In the case of newborns, ECMO therapy can be thought of as returning the baby to the life support of a mother's placenta and allowing a more gradual transition to breathing air.

The ECMO program at UCLA has been operational since 1998 and has successfully treated newborns and pediatric patients with congenital diaphragmatic hernia, meconium aspiration, pulmonary hypertension, and severe pneumonia. The ability to provide ECMO support is only available at a handful of neonatal centers, and Mattel Children's Hospital at UCLA is one of only a few ECMO centers that have also received the ECMO Award of Excellence by the Extracoporeal Life Support Organization.

Telephone Number
(310) 206-2429 Information and referral
(310) 825-0860 Nurse Practitioner Rosemary Dearnley, NP, coordinator

Fax Number
(310) 825-4640

Provider Specialty
DeUgarte, Daniel MD Pediatric Surgery
Dunn, James MD Pediatric Surgery
Lee, Steven MD Pediatric Surgery
Shew, Stephen MD Pediatric Surgery
Pediatric Surgery

Age/Sex Gender
Child/Teen Health

Disorders and Conditions
Genetics/Birth Defects