A Letter from Our Section Chief


Krisnamurthy Sekar, MD
Interm Section Chief

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Department of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

The Section of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, College of Medicine, is a 90-bed level IV NICU in the state of Oklahoma, a major referral center for newborn infants with the most complex conditions.  The NICU at The Children’s Hospital, OU Medicine Inc., is the state’s premier academic center for newborn intensive care. 

We are committed to excellence in research, education and patient care. Our team of trained neonatologists, neonatal nurse practitioners, registered nurses and our vast network of health care specialists provide around-the-clock clinical care for newborns, using the most advanced medical practices.  We have 26 full-time faculty who attend at our level IV NICU at The Children’s Hospital at OU Medicine, Inc. and two, level II community hospitals to respond to critical newborns. With the dedication and commitment of our teams we provide our patients with advanced interventions and exceptional care in order to achieve remarkable outcomes.  Our neonatologists are leaders in their field and play major roles in research and education in national and international arenas. Their accomplishments include international visiting professorships, peer-reviewed articles, as well as other educational efforts that range from hosting physicians from other countries and hosting annual medical conferences for regional and national attendees.

Our strong commitment to training the next generation of neonatologists is self-evident through our long-standing Neonatal-Perinatal Fellowship Program, graduating two fellows per year. The goal of this program is to prepare post-doctoral fellows for an academic career, and to practice evidenced-based medicine.

Our section has both developed and supervises a robust research training program, as well as a dedicated research team to assist faculty researchers. Together, these initiatives allow researchers to gain the knowledge needed to successfully design, conduct and publish basic and clinical research throughout 2 basic science labs, resulting in over 25 active clinical trials and 74 publications in the last three years.  All faculty members pursue clinical or bench research activities, with a wide range of scholarly interests mirrored by a diverse and multi-faceted research agenda. In addition to single-center studies, we reach out beyond our NICU to establish cooperative joint projects with national and international researchers.

 I invite you to browse our website further and find more about Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, our flagship in neonatal care.