Meet the neonatal experts

We think of our neonatal team as a family, caring for other families. That means we work closely with referring physicians as well as parents to deliver the best care for babies in need.

As one of the largest neonatal teams in the region, we’re able to care for the most acutely ill newborns in our Level IV NICUs and for less fragile babies in our Level II sites. We offer 24/7 access to a neonatologist so physicians can consult with our team on urgent needs. And to support families on their journey, we provide child-life specialists, dietitians, music therapists, neonatal nurse practitioners, respiratory therapists, social workers, spiritual counselors and more.

Our team partners with the childbirth experts at The Mother Baby Center, a collaboration between Allina Health and Children’s Minnesota. The partnership helps us deliver consistent, high-quality care while limiting unnecessary variation and making swift improvements in best practices.

Our physician team

Thomas George, MD, FAAP; system medical director of neonatology at Children’s Minnesota
Thomas George, MD, FAAP
System Medical Director, Neonatology
Medical Director, Minneapolis level IV NICU

Thomas George, MD, is the system medical director of neonatology and medical director of the Minneapolis level IV NICU at Children’s Minnesota. Previously, Dr. George held the position of director of clinical services for the division of neonatology at the University of Minnesota, medical director of the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital, Fairview Southdale and Ridges Hospitals, and associate director of the Pediatric Residency Program. He earned his MD degree at Indiana University and completed his pediatric residency and neonatal-perinatal fellowship at the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital. Dr. George has been in practice for more than 20 years and has extensive experience in caring for patients with cardiac and congenital anomalies. His clinical research interests have included the role of inhaled nitric oxide in premature infants; he also has interests in educational research, faculty development and determining trainee competency.

Jennifer Berger, DO
Jennifer Berger, DO
Staff neonatologist

Neonatal training: University of Iowa

Dr. Berger’s clinical interests include management of extremely premature infants, and necrotizing enterocolitis global health.

Mark Bergeron, MD, MPH; Minneapolis medical director of neonatology and our physician lead for neonatal tele-health at Children’s Minnesota
Mark Bergeron, MD, MPH
Medical Director, Special Care Nursery at Children’s Minneapolis campus and Mercy
Director, Telehealth and Outreach
Associate Director, Children’s Minneapolis level IV NICU

Mark Bergeron, MD, MPH, is the medical director of Special Care Nursery (at Children’s Minneapolis campus and Mercy), director of telehealth and outreach and associate director of Children’s Minneapolis level IV NICU. Dr. Bergeron attended medical school at Creighton University in Omaha, Neb. He completed his pediatrics residency at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital at The Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, followed by a neonatal-perinatal medicine fellowship at the University of Minnesota. He holds a master’s degree in Public Health (Maternal and Child Health) from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Bergeron has been in practice for more than 15 years. His interests are public health policy and advocacy for newborn infants and hospital-based quality improvement initiatives to drive excellent outcomes for preterm infants. Dr. Bergeron enjoys participating in the professional development of neonatal-perinatal medicine fellows, pediatrics and family medicine residents, neonatal nurse practitioner students and medical students. He is an assistant professor of Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota Medical School and is also an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. In his free time, he enjoys outdoor sports and activities with his wife and four daughters.

Katherine Braski, MD
Katherine Braski, MD
Staff neonatologist

Neonatal training: University of Utah School of Medicine

Dr. Braski comes to Children’s from the University of Utah Medical Center. Her clinical interests clinical interests include prevention and treatment of feeding difficulties and necrotizing enterocolitis in premature infants; and research in Near-Infrared Spectroscopy (NIRS) in the neonatal population.

Eric Culp, DO
Eric Culp, MD
Staff neonatologist

Neonatal training: Loyola University

Dr. Culp is passionate about medical student and resident education and functions as the neonatology residency liaison at Advocate Christ Hospital. He is an Adjunct Professor in Pediatrics at Midwestern University and lectures for the Clinical Medicine course and the Pediatric clerkship. He resides in Northwest Indiana with his wife and four kids. Clinically his interests are less invasive ventilation strategies and antibiotic stewardship. Outside of driving his kids everywhere, Dr. Culp likes to play sports, including golf and basketball.

Ann Downey, MD
Ann Downey, MD, MSc
Director, NICU quality improvement

Neonatal training: University of Colorado, School of Medicine

Dr. Downey joins Children’s as the lead for NICU quality improvement. She will also represent the NICU to the PIPSQKS surgical quality collaborative. Dr. Downey is an experienced neonatologist with more than four years of experience in a Level 4 NICU and a masters degree in clinical investigation.

Kiram Dwarakanathi, MD
Kiran Dwarakanath, MD
Staff neonatologist

Neonatal training: Westchester Medical Center

Dr. Dwarakanath’s clinical interests include quality improvement and education.

Abigail Faulman, MD
Staff neonatologist

Neonatal training: University of Minnesota

Dr. Faulman completed her pediatric residency at the University of Minnesota and her neonatal-perinatal fellowship at the University of Colorado. Her clinical interests include ethics and neonatal quality of life issues inside and after the NICU.

Evangelia (Lia) Gravari, MD
Staff neonatologist

Neonatal training: University of Louisville Medical School

Dr. Gravari has a special interest in ECMO and neonatal transport.

Donna Hamburg, MD
Donna Hamburg, MD
Staff neonatologist

Neonatal training: Baylor College of Medicine

Heidi Kamrath, DO
Heidi Kamrath, DO
Director, Neonatal Transport

Neonatal training: University of Minnesota Medical School

Dr. Kamrath’s clinical interests include management of extreme prematurity, the NICU follow-up and quality improvement. She is married with two children.

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Stacy Kern, MD
Staff neonatologist

Neonatal training: Sanford Children’s Hospital

Dr. Kern completed her pediatric residency at Sanford Children’s Hospital and her neonatal-perinatal fellowship at the University of Iowa in 2018 and has been in practice at Sanford Health in Fargo since then. She will be joining Children’s in October and her interests include care of premature infants at the borderlines of viability.

Andrea Lampland, MD; Children's MN Medical Director
Andrea Lampland, MD
Neonatal Medical Director, Regions Hospital Level ll NICU and Lakeview Hospital Level ll NICU
Neonatal Director, Midwest Fetal Care Center
Medical Director, Neonatal Research department and Translational Research lab
Site Director, University of Minnesota Neonatal Perinatal Medicine Fellowship Program

Andrea Lampland, MD, is the medical director of all level II nurseries covered by Children’s Minnesota and the lead physician serving the Midwest Fetal Care Center. After attending medical school at the University of Minnesota, she completed her pediatric residency training at Lurie Children’s Hospital and the University of Minnesota. She completed a neonatal-perinatal fellowship at the University of Minnesota. She is an assistant professor of pediatrics within the University of Minnesota, division of neonatology. Dr. Lampland has been in practice for more than 15 years. Her areas of interest include clinical and laboratory research of neonatal respiratory support strategies, the care of extremely preterm infants, neonatal transport and medical education. Dr. Lampland has an extensive research background publishing in multiple peer-reviewed journals and continues to direct the research laboratory and neonatal research department. During her free time, she keeps busy by spending time with her husband and three sons, gardening and tending a small flock of chickens.

Tamika Lasege, MD
Medical Director, Children’s Health Network
Staff neonatologist

Neonatal training: University of Louisville

Dr. Lasege completed her pediatric residency in 2007 and neonatal-perinatal fellowship in 2010, both at University of Louisville. She recently completed her Masters in Healthcare Administration (MHA) to further support her commitment to optimizing value by controlling medical costs while increasing quality of care. Dr. Lasege’s professional interests include Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, discharge planning, preventative care, quality improvement, health equity and social determinants of health. In addition to joining Children’s as a neonatologist, Dr. Lasege’s primary role will be Medical Director of Children’s Health Network.

Cristina Miller, MD
Cristina Miller, MD
Director, NICU Follow-up Program

Neonatal training: Wake Forest School of Medicine

Dr. Miller will have oversight of standardizing Children’s NICU Follow-Up Clinic on both campuses and reviewing how the service can be further enhanced to support the babies, families and their primary care providers. She specializes in the care of premature neonates and critically ill infants. Her area of clinical research interest is the long term neurodevelopmental outcome of preterm infants. Dr. Miller is involved in the education of neonatal fellows, pediatrics residents, family practice residents and medical students. She lives in St. Paul with her husband and three children.

Pankaj Nagaraj, MD
Pankaj Nagaraj, MD
Medical Director, Neonatal Care Unit at Ridgeview Medical Center, Waconia and Special Care Nursery at St. Francis Regional Medical Center

Neonatal training: Georgetown University

Dr. Nagaraj’s clinical interests include bubble CPAP,ventilation strategies for the micro preemie and post discharge neurodevelopmental assessments. He has been in practice for more than eight years and his philosophy in life is to follow the concept of “Meraki,” which means putting something of yourself into doing what you love. Outside of work, Dr. Nagaraj enjoys spending time with his kids, playing and watching cricket and soccer. His favorite television show is The Office and if he wasn’t a physician, he would have been a character on the show!

Erin Plummer, MD
Erin Plummer, MD
Staff neonatologist

Neonatal training: University of Minnesota Medical School

Dr. Plummer’s research interests include growth, body composition and neurodevelopmental outcomes in children requiring neonatal surgery.

Thomas Pokora, MD; Children's MN Medical Director
Thomas Pokora, MD
Medical Director, Infant Care Center

Thomas Pokora, MD, is the medical director of the Infant Care Center at Children’s Minnesota. Dr. Pokora received his Bachelor of Science degree from Michigan Technological University and his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Wisconsin. He completed his residency at the University of Minnesota Medical School and then completed a neonatal – perinatal fellowship at the University of Minnesota Medical School. Dr. Pokora’s clinical interests include neonatal abstinence syndrome, multiples and education.

Jill Therien, MD; Children's MN Medical Director
Jill Marie Therien, MD
St. Paul site Medical Director, Neonatology

Jill Marie Therien, MD, is the St. Paul site medical director for neonatology at Children’s Minnesota. Dr. Therien attended medical school at the University of Minnesota Medical School and also completed her residency and fellowship at the University of Minnesota Medical Center. She has been in practice for more than 15 years. Her clinical interests are in quality improvement and clinical research, particularly in extremely low birthweight infants during the first month of life. Dr. Therien is also an assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Minnesota and is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and Section on Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine. Outside of medicine, Dr. Therien spends her time playing tennis, enjoying the outdoors, traveling, spending time with her family, and wishing she were spending more time traveling with her family!

Elizabeth Zorn, MD
Elizabeth Petri Zorn, MD
Staff neonatologist

Neonatal training: University of Minnesota Medical School

Dr. Zorn’s clinical interests include Neurodevelopmental outcomes, hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy and NICU follow-up.

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CHILDREN’S PHYSICIAN ACCESS

For immediate access to a Children’s Minnesota neonatologist

Please call our Children’s Physician Access line and ask for the neonatologist at 1-866-755-2121 available 24/7 for referral, consult, admission and transport assistance.

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