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Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
The neonatal unit (NICU) is a modern, 45-bed, all private room facility. Complimenting our units 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.
NICU Medical Team
Fernando Moya, MD
Medical Director, Children's Hospital
Associate Director of Neonatology at NHRMC
President & CEO of CCNEO/CCS
Fernando Moya, MD is the Medical Director at the Children's Hospital, the Associate Director of Neonatology at New Hanover Regionall Center and President and CEO of Coastal Carolina Neonatology, PLLC. He attended medical school and completed his pe Medicadiatric residency at the Catholic University of Chile.
Following the completion of his Neonatal-Perinatal fellowship at Yale University School of Medicine, Dr. Moya continued to work there for three years as an 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, 3) Professor of Pediatrics and Director of the Division of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at the University of Texas - Houston Medical School from 1997 until 2005, and presently, 4) Professor of Pediatrics at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and Director of Neonatology at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.
Dr. Moya is board certified in Pediatrics and Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine. His research interests include lung maturation and surfactant use, congenital diaphragmatic hernia and necrotizing enterocolitis.
Sheri L. Carroll, MD
Medical Director of Neonatology
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 of Neonatal 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
Director of Neonatal Follow-Up Clinic
Dr. Rober 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 Nunnalee Family Outpatient Clinic in the Betty H. Cameron Women’s and Children’s Hospital.
||Kathryn Colacchio, MD
Director of 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
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.