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COASTAL CAROLINA NEONATOLOGY
Neonatology care is provided by Coastal Carolina Neonatology (CCN) in Wilmington, North Carolina, a division of Coastal Children's Services. Our physicians and nurse practitioners provide neonatal medical services at the Betty H. Cameron Women’s & Children’s Hospital. Our neonatology staff consists of 7 Neonatologists and 18 Neonatal Nurse Practitioners (NNP). The medical team is trained and skilled in the care of critically ill newborns, and provides neonatal intensive care services for the region.

NICU Facilities
The neonatal unit (NICU) is a modern, 45-bed, all private room facility. Complimenting our unit's progressive design is CCN’s progressive, research-based approach to treatment. In addition to offering the latest evidence-based approach to treatments and therapies, we regularly participate in clinical research with other neonatal centers across the country, the results of which directly benefit premature or critically ill newborns. Our neonatologists enjoy academic appointment at the UNC School of Medicine, and each has academic or administrative interests, including: quality improvement, neuroprotection, neonatal ethics, clinical research, and developmental follow-up.

NEONATOLOGISTS

Fernando Moya, MD
Medical Director, Children's Hospital
Associate Director of Neonatology at NHRMC
President & CEO of CCNEO/CCS

Fernando Moya, MD graduated with maximum distinction and completed his pediatric residency at the Catholic University of Chile.  He then completed his Neonatology fellowship at Yale University School of Medicine, where he became full-time faculty as Assistant Professor of Pediatrics.  His subsequent employment history/academic appointments include 1) Associate Director of the Division of Neonatology at Louisiana State University, 2) Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, and, 3) Professor of Pediatrics and Endowed, Tenured Director of the Division of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at the University of Texas – Houston Medical School from 1997 until 2005. Presently, he has the rank of Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine.  Dr. Moya is board certified in Pediatrics and Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine. He has been involved in clinical research throughout his career and has been the Principal Investigator for two pivotal trials of new products that resulted in FDA approval. He has over 70 peer-reviewed publications in Pediatrics, The Lancet, New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of Pediatrics, Pediatric Research, American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, Journal of Perinatology, American Journal of Perinatology among other journals. Also, he has written 16 invited articles and 22 book chapters. Dr. Moya has given over 150 guest lectures in more than 25 countries.

Sheri L. Carroll, MD
Medical Director, NHRMC NICU

Dr. Sheri L. Carroll is the Medical Director of Neonatology and the Director of the Vermont Oxford Network Quality Collaborative at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. She is also the Treasurer and Secretary of Coastal Carolina Neonatology, PLLC.

Dr. Carroll grew up in Wilmington until she left in her junior year of high school to attend the North Carolina School of Math and Science in Durham, NC. She received her medical degree at UNC and completed her Pediatric Residency at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, NY.

After two years in General Pediatrics in upstate New York, she returned to North Carolina to complete her Neonatal Perinatal fellowship at UNC. Dr. Carroll returned home to Wilmington in 2006 as a neonatologist at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. She was part of the historic move to the Betty H. Cameron Women and Children’s Hospital in September 2008. Dr. Carroll’s interest is in quality improvement and she leads improvement teams at the unit, state and national level. Each has an appointment at the UNC School of Medicine, and academic or administrative interests, including: quality improvement, neuroprotection, neonatal ethics, clinical research, and developmental follow-up.

Mohamed Walaa Hussein Sharaf, MD
Director of Neonatal Transport


Dr. Walaa Sharaf directs the Neonatal Transport Team Development at New Hanover Regional Medical Center and is Vice President of Coastal Carolina Neonatology, PLLC.

Dr. Sharaf attended medical school at the University of Tanta, in Tanta, Egypt, and completed his pediatric residency at Harlem and Columbia Presbyterian Medical Centers in New York. He then completed a fellowship in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New York, prior to his move to Wilmington, NC in the year 2000.

He is board certified in Pediatrics and Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, and has been a staff neonatologist at NHRMC since his arrival in Wilmington. Dr. Sharaf enjoys an academic appointment with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His clinical interests include general neonatology and management of infants with hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy and congenital heart disease.

Maria-Cristina Javier, MD
Medical Director, SRMC NICU
Director, Medical Education

Prior to joining New Hanover Regional, Dr. Maria-Christina Javier spent 6 years as an academic neonatologist at Penn State- Hershey Medical Center where she became Director of the NICU follow-up clinic in 2007. During her years as an assistant professor, she was active in medical student, resident and nursing education and her interest included the field of neonatal nutrition, neurodevelopment and neonatal ethics.

Dr. Javier did her Pediatric residency at Lincoln Medical Center in New York City and went on to complete her subspecialty training in Neonatology at the New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical College where she was chief her final year of training. She attended her undergraduate and medical education at Far Eastern University Institute of Medicine in Manila, Philippines.

Robert DiGiuseppe, MD
Medical Director, Neonatal Follow-Up Clinic
Dr. Robert DiGiuseppe is the Medical Director of the NICU Follow Up Clinic at New Hanover Regional Medical Center with satellite offices in Columbus County. He also serves on the Board for March of Dimes and the Interdisciplinary Neonatal Follow-Up and Treatment Services (INFANTS).

Dr. DiGiuseppe was born and raised in Charleston, SC. After receiving a degree in mathematical sciences from Clemson University, he returned to Charleston to attend medical school at MUSC. He next completed a pediatric residency at Greenville Hospital System in Greenville, SC and is a board certified pediatrician.

After residency he relocated to Indianapolis, Indiana to complete a fellowship in neonatal-perinatal medicine. His interests include developmental follow-up, quality improvement, and evidence based medicine. Dr. DiGiuseppe is in charge of NICU Developmental Follow-up at the Nunnelee Family Outpatient Clinic in the Betty H. Cameron Women’s and Children’s Hospital.

Kathryn Colacchio, MD
Medical Director, Simulation Education
Dr. Kathryn Colacchio directs Simulation Program Development at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.
She is a 2013 recipient of a grant from the North Carolina Medical Society awarded by the Kanof Institute for Physician Leadership. The grant will focus on simulation as a means to improve the delivery experience for patients and staff.

Dr. Colacchio was born and raised in Essex, Vermont. She received a Bachelor of Science from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA. She received her medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond, VA and completed her residency in pediatrics at the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY.

She is board certified in pediatrics and neonatology. After residency she completed her fellowship in Neonatal-perinatal medicine from Yale University in New Haven CT. Dr. Colacchio’s interests include quality improvement, patient safety and simulation training.

Erin Schofield, MD
Neonatologist

Erin Schofield, MD joins the team from the University of Alabama Birmingham where she completed her fellowship in the Department of Neonatology.

Originally from Baltimore, Maryland, Dr. Schofield is board certified from the American Board of Pediatrics. She graduated summa cum laude from Winthrop University, Rock Hill, South Carolina, where she received her Bachelor of Science in Biology and Chemistry. She received her Medical Degree from the Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine and is a licensed Neonatal Resuscitation Program Instructor. Dr. Schofield’s professional interests include optimizing nutritional and growth outcomes in preterm infants. 

Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband on their boat and at home with their two big four legged children, Mason and Cooper.  She also enjoy cooking, traveling, making furniture, quilting, and spinning.
 

NURSE PRACTITIONERS

Ashley Batten, NNP
Ashley is originally from the Wilmington area. She attended East Carolina University for her undergraduate degree in Biology, and then obtained her Masters of Science in Nursing with a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner concentration from there as well. Her nursing career started in 2008 in the NICU at Vidant Medical Center as a Nurse Aid. She then transitioned to a bedside NICU nurse, and gained experience as she fulfilled her graduate requirements for becoming a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner. After working in Greenville NC as a practitioner, she and her young family moved back home to Wilmington to fufill her career goals of working as a Nurse Practitioner at NHRMC. She has been with Coastal Carolina Neonatology since 2014, where she considers as her forever home.. She is also an active contributor of the neonatal research team.

Therese Bertolette, NNP
Therese attended the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, where she received her nursing
degree in 1973. As a Registered Nurse she worked in Pediatrics and the NICU at New Hanover Regional Medical Center (NHRMC), NICU at the Medical College of VA, and the PICU at Georgetown University Medical Center. She then went on to receive her certification as a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner in 1993 from Georgetown University Medical Center. She has worked as a NNP at Greater Baltimore Medical Center, St. Mary’s Hospital in Duluth, MC. She is currently employed by Presbyterian in Charlotte, NC as well as with Coastal Carolina Neonatology.

Donna Boylan, NNP
Donna Boylan received her basic nursing education at Arnot Ogden Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in Elmira NY in 1976. She then went on to earn a BSN from Elmira College and attended Georgetown University Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Program in 1995. She worked in the Level 3 NICU at Arnot Ogden Medical Center in Elmira, NY from 1976-2010, first as a bedside nurse, then as a nurse educator, and as an NNP from 1996 until relocating to Wilmington in 2010. In addition to clinical duties as an NNP, she is a STABLE instructor and a Bereavement Counselor. She is interested in transport issues and outreach education.

Karen Caputo, NNP
Originally from Pennsylvania, Karen graduated from the University of Scranton in 1987 with a
Bachelor’s of Science degree in Nursing. She began working at Community Medical Center in
Scranton, PA in their Level III NICU in 1988 as a staff nurse, and found that she most enjoyed teaching and mentoring new nurses, which led her to a position as staff educator. She became manager of the NICU in 2005, but missed hands-on care of the babies and decided to become an NNP. She graduated in 2007 with a Master‘s of Science in Neonatal Nursing from Stony Brook University in New York. Having worked as an NNP in Pennsylvania for almost 10 years, she and her husband relocated to Myrtle Beach, SC to be close to their growing family.

Heidi Cawman, NNP
Heidi Cawman is originally from the Maryland area and a recent transplant to Beaufort, NC. She received her AA-RN from Harford Community College and her BSN from the University of Maryland. After serving in the Air Force Nurse Corps and being a traveling nurse she was sponsored by Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center to attend Georgetown University NNP program and graduated in 1992. She obtained her Masters in Pediatrics from the University of MD in 1998. She has spent the last 25 years working in Level 3+ NICU's in the Maryland area. Certifications include BLS, PALS, and NRP. She will be working primarily at Camp Lejeune in the SCN.

Britney Cherry, NNP
Britney attended East Carolina University where she received her Bachelors of Science in Health Education and Promotion in 2010. After graduation she went on to receive her Master’s in Nursing at ECU while working as a full time NICU nurse at Vidant Medical Center. She graduated in 2013 and started her NNP career at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. After gaining invaluable knowledge working with critically-ill surgical patients and soaking up the sun in LA, she decided it was time to come back to North Carolina to be closer to family and friends.

Julie Daniels, NNP
Julie Daniels attended the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where she received her Bachelors degree in Nursing in 1994. After working in various staff nurse positions at Carolina's Medical Center-NorthEast in Concord, North Carolina, she transferred to the NICU in 1999. Julie worked as a NICU nurse until returning to the University of Alabama at Birmingham and receiving a Master's degree in nursing along with certification as a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP) in 2009. Following completion of this degree, she worked at Pitt County Memorial Hospital and now at New Hanover Regional Medical Center as an NNP.

Sheila Deitz, NNP
Sheila Deitz attended the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, where she received her nursing degree in 1980. She then worked in the NICU at NHRMC as a registered nurse until 1991, at which time she attended the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner program at Pitt Memorial Hospital/East Carolina University, where she obtained her certification as a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP) in 1992. Following completion of this program, she returned to work in the NICU at NHRMC as an NNP. In addition to her clinical duties as an NNP, she is coordinator and instructor for the Neonatal Transport Team, a “STABLE” instructor and a regional NRP instructor.

 

Becky DeMars, NNP
Becky is joining the team at the Naval Hospital at Camp LeJeunne. She joins us from Novante Health in Charlotte, where she rotated between four facilities providing different levels of neonatal care. She has been and NRP instructor for over 20 years and for the past several years has been involved in neonatal simulation and transport training. Becky received her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, her Master’s in Nursing from the University of Kentucky and received certification in the NNP program from East Carolina University/Pitt County Memorial
Hospital. In her spare time, Becky owns a quilt shop.

Julie Dube, NNP
Julie Dube joined Coastal Carolina Neonatology as a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner in May of 2009. Originally from Georgia, Julie attended the University of Georgia in Athens before completing her Bachelors in Nursing from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. Upon graduation, she gained additional experience in the care of high-risk neonates by working as both a staff nurse and a travel nurse in several neonatal intensive care units around the country. After moving to Wilmington in 2003, Julie worked as a nurse in the NICU at New Hanover Regional Medical Center for several years before enrolling at East Carolina University to further her nursing education. Julie completed her Masters Degree in Nursing from ECU and obtained her certification as a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner in 2009. Julie is a certified NRP instructor and S.T.A.B.L.E. instructor.

Christen Ferguson, NNP
Christen Ferguson, MSN, NNP-BC is originally from North Myrtle Beach, SC. She received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Medical University of South Carolina in 2009 and her Masters of Science in Nursing from Duke University in 2013. She completed her clinical training as a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner in the NICU at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. Prior to joining Coastal Carolina Neonatology, Christen worked in the Neonatal Intensive Care Units at the Medical University of South Carolina and at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. Christen's interests include providing family centered care and in finding ways to improve/enhance interdisciplinary collaboration in the NICU.

Lola Friedman, NNP
Lola Friedman, MSN, NNP graduated from the second BSN class at Saginaw Valley State College, Saginaw Michigan. Initially, she didn’t want to go into neonatology. The babies were too small and scared her, but that was the only unit accepting new graduates. That was in 1980, and she never left. Somewhere along the way she got over being scared of those fragile little babies and got hooked on them. Now they understand each other. In 1995, she attended Columbus Children’s Hospital’s Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Program in Columbus Ohio. Lola went back to Grand Valley State in Grand Rapids Michigan to earn a Masters in Nursing Education. Wilmington has been home since 2004.

 

Carolyn Jones, NNP
Carolyn earned a bachelor's in nursing from Lenoir-Rhyne College in Hickory, NC and worked in a wide variety of specialties including, obstetrics/gynecology, neurological intensive care, home health and neonatal intensive care. In 2000, she completed a master's in nursing from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC where she served as adjunct faculty for several years. Kerri earned a PhD in nursing from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and since then has been a lecturer at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

 

Kristin Leahy, NNP
Kristin Leahy graduated from George Mason University in 1997 with a BSN and was fortunate to start working in the NICU as new graduate. Traveling with her husband who was on active duty in the Coast Guard she worked in numerous Level III NICU’s – Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters in Norfolk, VA, Miami Children’s Hospital in Miami, FL, Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland, OH and Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, NJ. She finished her MSN from the University of Alabama in 2010 and became a board certified Neonatal Nurse Practitioner. Prior to starting with Coastal Carolina Neonatology at New Hanover Medical Center in February of 2013, Kristin worked at Jersey Shore Medical University as NNP-BC.

Natalie Lynch, NNP
Natalie Lynch is a new graduate. She graduated with her master’s degree in May 2017 from East Carolina University, College of Nursing. She is originally from Charlotte, NC and graduated from Wofford College in 2010 with a BS in Biology. For the past four years, Natalie worked as a nurse in the Intensive Care Nursery at Duke University Hospital and a part time hot yoga instructor at various yoga studios in Raleigh, Durham, and Charlotte. In her spare time she enjoys traveling both domestically and abroad, traveling most recently to Dubai, UAE. She is looking forward to settling into life in Wilmington and hopes to adopt a puppy in the near future.

Julie Oliver, NNP
Julie Oliver earned her MSN from the University of Maryland in Baltimore. Prior to moving to Wilmington in 2006, she worked as a Clinical Nurse Specialist and an NNP at Washington Hospital Center in Washington DC. In addition to clinical duties Julie is also involved in the Vermont Oxford Network and different Quality Improvement initiatives in the NICU.

Debra Parker, NNP
Debra Parker, MSN, NNP graduated in 1982 from Watts School of Nursing and her BSN from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1988. Debbie graduated in 1990 from Georgetown University NNP program and then in 2008 from State University of New York MSN program. She has worked as a NNP for 24 yrs. She recently moved back to North Carolina from Omaha Nebraska where she was the lead NNP for 4 years at Methodist Women's Hospital. She presently works at the Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune.

Paula B. Roach, NNP
Paula B. Roach, NNP is a board-certified neonatal nurse practitioner and joins us from Womack Army Medical Center in Fort Bragg. Prior, she worked at the Women’s Hospital of Greensboro. She is a member of the NC Association of Neonatal Nurses, NC Nurses Association, Carolinas Association of Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (CANNP), Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN), and the National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN).

Janet Robnett, NNP
Janet Robnett, RN, MSN, NNP-BC attended Presbyterian Hospital School of Nursing in Charlotte, NC where she received her diploma degree in nursing in 1978. She worked as a RN certified in the care of high-risk infants in the Level 3 NICU at Presbyterian holding various positions including staff nurse, charge nurse, preceptor, and discharge coordinator. She was instrumental in introducing developmental care into the NICU and later instrumental in obtaining a grant to provide for developmental follow up referrals. She continued her education at East Carolina University where she received her Masters of Science in Nursing with a concentration in Neonatal Nursing in 2008. She has practiced as an NNP-BC in Level 2 and Level 3 NICUs prior to joining Coastal Carolina Neonatology in 2012. She is certified in BLS, NRP, and PALS. Her interests include family centered care.


Jeffrey Siebert, NNP
Jeff Siebert attended Ivy Tech College on South Bend Indiana where he received his Associates nursing Degree in Nursing in 1997. He went on to work in the NICU at South Bend Memorial Until 2000, at which time he relocated to Cape Coral Florida where he worked for the next ten years at the Children’s Hospital of Florida in Fort Myers Florida. During his time at the Children’s Hospital, he was on the NICU transport team, the PICC line team, and charge nurse. He went on to obtain his BSN from NOVA University in Fort Myers Florida and then graduated with a Master’s degree in the NNP program at the University of South Alabama in 2010. At that time, he relocated to San Antonio Texas to work for Pediatrix Medical group as an NNP. There he worked at 7 of the largest NICU’s servicing the San Antonio area. In 2013 he relocated to Swansboro North Carolina to be closer to family. He is currently employed by Coastal Carolina Neonatology and works at Camp Lejeune in the Special Care Nursery.

Sarah Williamson, NNP
Sarah Williamson RNC-NIC, NNP-BC, originally from Richmond, Virginia received her undergraduate and graduate training at East Carolina University. She received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing in 2004 and her Masters of Science in Nursing w/ a concentration in Neonatal Nurse Practitioner in 2008. She joined Coastal Carolina Neonatology in May of 2009. Prior to joining the medical team as a certified Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, she was a staff nurse, certified in the care of high-risk neonates in the NICU at New Hanover Regional Medical Center for several years. She is a certified NRP instructor and S.T.A.B.L.E. instructor. Her interests include management of the late preterm infant and supporting family centered care.

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