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Children’s Minnesota announces expanded leadership in our neonatal program

Children’s Minnesota is excited to announce updates to the leadership of our neonatal program. We welcome Dr. Tara Zamora in the role of medical director of our neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) in Minneapolis. And Dr. Lia Gravari has assumed the position of the extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) director for the NICU, in her role as an associate medical director, ECMO for Children’s Minnesota.

Our neonatal team of nearly 500 doctors, surgeons, advanced practice and neonatal nurse practitioners is the largest in Minnesota—and one of the largest in the country. As a program, we offer all levels of neonatal care, Levels II to IV, we have the in-house expertise and experience to care for the most complex and critically ill newborns.

Meet the new leadership

Dr. Tara Zamora
Medical director, Children’s Minnesota NICU Minneapolis

Dr. Zamora attended medical school at the University of New Mexico before moving to Minnesota to complete her pediatric residency and perinatal-neonatal medicine fellowship at the University of Minnesota. She has previously worked at Children’s Minnesota – St. Paul campus, and also spent several years in Albuquerque, New Mexico at the University of New Mexico, most recently as medical director of the NICU at the University of New Mexico Children’s Hospital.

Her areas of interest include caring for the extremely preterm infant, blood transfusion practices and neonatal nutrition. She has been involved in basic translational research and teaching medical students, residents and fellows.

Tara and her husband Felix have two children, Santiago and Selena, and a dog named Gofer. They love to try new food, fish and enjoy outdoor activities.

Dr. Tara Zamora, medical director, Children’s Minnesota NICU Minneapolis

Dr. Lia Gravari
Associate medical director of ECMO, NICU, Children’s Minnesota

Dr. Lia Gravari, associate medical director of ECMO, NICU, Children’s Minnesota

Dr. Gravari was born in Thessaloniki, Greece. She moved to the United States in 1996 to join her husband in Minneapolis where he completed his PhD in chemical engineering. Lia completed her pediatric residency and neonatal fellowship in Louisville, KY and joined the University of Louisville neonatal group in 2012.

Her interests include simulation and programming, education and ECMO. Dr. Gravari is also a strong advocate for team rounding and decision making; she prides herself on building robust relationships with her babies’ families and can frequently be heard on the phone talking to long discharged families and answering their questions.

Lia and her husband have two girls Anna and Sophia and they love traveling and exploring new countries as a family.

Alexandra Rothstein