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
Thomas George, MD, FAAP
System Medical Director, Neonatology Sit Investment Associates Endowed Chair in Neonatology

Thomas George, MD, is the system medical director of neonatology 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.

Andrea Lampland, MD
Andrea Lampland, MD
Associate System Medical Director
Neonatal Director, Midwest Fetal Care Center
Associate Program Director, University of Minnesota Neonatal Perinatal Fellowship Program
Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota, Department of Neonatology

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.

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, MBA
Medical Director of Ridgeview Medical Center NICU, St. Francis Special Care Nursery, neonatal virtual care and outreach, and Digital Health Transformation for Children’s Minnesota

Mark Bergeron, MD, MPH, 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 Minnesota 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.

Daniela Villacis Calderon, MD
Daniela Villacis Calderon, MD
Staff neonatologist

Neonatal training: University of Minnesota.

Dr. Villacis Calderon completed her pediatric residency at Texas Tech Health Science Center El Paso and her neonatal-perinatal fellowship at the University of Minnesota. Her clinical interests include hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy, neonatal neurodevelopmental outcomes, global health and support to NICU families.

Eric Culp, DO
Eric Culp, DO
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, MB, BAO, BCh, MS
Ann Downey, MB, BAO, BCh, MS
Director of Neonatal Quality

Neonatal training: University of Colorado, School of Medicine

Dr. Downey is the Director of Neonatal Quality at Children's Minnesota. She also represents 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.

Kiran Dwarakanath, MD
Kiran Dwarakanath, MD
Staff neonatologist

Neonatal training: Westchester Medical Center

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

David Gonzalez, MD
David Gonzalez, MD
Staff neonatologist

Neonatal training: University of Minnesota

Dr. Gonzalez's areas of interest include neonatal nutrition and growth, hyperglycemia in neonates and its repercussions on future brain development, and enhanced parenteral nutrition during the first week of life. He also focuses on care of underserved and non-English speaking families.

Evangelia (Lia) Gravari, MD
Evangelia (Lia) Gravari, MD
Associate Medical Director, ECMO

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

Leah Jordan, MD
Staff neonatologist

Neonatal training: University of Minnesota Medical School

Dr. Jordan completed her pediatric residency and fellowship in neonatal-perinatal medicine at the University of Minnesota. She is passionate about improving lactation care for patients and families through the use of quality improvement and trauma-informed care.

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.

Christopher Lust, MD
Christopher Lust, MD
Medical Director, Special Care Nursery, Mercy Level III NICU, Regions Hospital Special Care Nursery and Lakeview Hospital Special Care Nursery

Neonatal training: Washington University in St. Louis

Dr. Lust's area of interest is neonatal abstinence syndrome.

Ryan Meinen, DO
Ryan Meinen, DO
Staff neonatologist

Neonatal-perinatal training: University of Wisconsin-Madison

Dr. Meinen’s clinical interests include point of care ultrasound (POCUS) use in the NICU, PDA management strategies, ventilation of the neonate and quality improvement.

Alexandra Muhar, MD
Staff neonatologist

Neonatal training: Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Dr. Muhar completed her pediatric residency at the University of Minnesota and her neonatal-perinatal fellowship at Vanderbilt. Her interests are in the areas of improving care and outcomes for opioid exposed infants and their families, education for trainees and outreach for community hospitals.

Emilee Parsons, DO
Emilee Parsons, DO
Staff neonatologist

Neonatal-perinatal training: University of Chicago

Dr. Parsons' clinical interests include patient safety, simulation, and global health.

Megan Paulsen, MD
Staff neonatologist

Neonatal training: University of Colorado

Dr. Paulsen completed her pediatric residency and neonatal-perinatal medicine fellowship at University of Colorado and Children's Hospital of Colorado. Her clinical interests are the intersection between the NICU environment and long-term outcomes, optimizing NICU family engagement, and leadership development.

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
Staff neonatologist

Thomas Pokora, MD, 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.

Dennis Stevens, MD
Staff neonatologist

Neonatal training: Indiana University School of Medicine

Dr. Stevens is a nationally renowned neonatologist who spent several decades in academic neonatology at Sanford Children’s Hospital in Sioux Falls, including several years leading the neonatal program there. His interests have been in the areas of NICU design, surfactant therapy, inhaled nitric oxide therapy, disabilities education and in clinical research design and biostatistics.

Jill Marie Therien, MD
Jill Marie Therien, MD
Medical Director, St. Paul Level III NICU

Jill Marie Therien, MD, is the medical director of the St. Paul Level III NICU. 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!

Tara Zamora, MD
Tara Zamora, MD
Medical Director, Minneapolis level IV NICU

Neonatal training: University of Minnesota Medical School

Dr. Zamora completed her pediatric residency and neonatal-perinatal fellowship at the University of Minnesota. She initially practiced for several years in the NICU at Children’s Minnesota, St. Paul, and for the last two years was an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of New Mexico and Medical Director of the Level IV 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.

Elizabeth Petri Zorn, MD
Medical Director, Infant Care Center

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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Advanced practice leadership team

The neonatology team includes dedicated specialists who provide comprehensive care for our littlest patients. We employ over 60 neonatal nurse practictioners (NNPs) who are advanced practice nurses that care for premature and sick newborns in neonatal intensive care units (NICU).

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Nannette Albright, MSN

Associate medical director

Sara Covington Andrews

Sara Covington Andrews, APRN, CNP

Lead neonatal nurse practitioner, transport

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Megan Borgos, APRN, CNP

Lead neonatal nurse practitioner, community sites

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Robyn Gizzi, APRN, CNP

Lead pediatric nurse practitioner

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Monisha Husom, APRN, CNP

Neonatal APP educator

Heather Jaynes_APRN_CNP_NNP-7255

Heather Jaynes, APRN, CNP

Lead neonatal nurse practitioner, St. Paul

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Teri Johnson, APRN, CNP

Lead neonatal nurse practitioner, Minneapolis

Practice manager

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Melissa Markfort
Practice Manager

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Doctors and healthcare providers

For immediate access to a Children’s Minnesota neonatologist

Please call our Children’s Minnesota 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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We offer the largest high-risk neonatal care program in the upper Midwest.