Expert Team

Under the leadership of Charles Simmons, Jr., the NICU team is made up of board-certified neonatologists  and a nursing staff experienced in neonatal care. The team has extensive experience evaluating, stabilizing, and treating infants who require medical intervention, including premature infants, babies who require help breathing at birth, and babies born with life-threatening medical conditions.


Many of the physicians who have medical staff privileges to practice medicine at
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center are independent physicians, and not employees or agents of the hospital. These independent physicians bill separately for their services. You should contact your physician to determine their status and billing practices.


Expert Team

Charles F. Simmons, MD

Chair Department of Pediatrics
Director Neonatology

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Yolanda F. Brown, MD

Pediatrics Neonatology

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Sara Dayanim, MD

Pediatrics Neonatology

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Anuj Desai, MD

Pediatrics

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Leena C. Gibson, MD

Pediatrics Neonatology

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Sarah E. Greene, MD

Pediatrics

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Allison F. Henry, MD

Pediatrics

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Lily M. Marouf, MD

Pediatrics

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Nasreen Merchant, MD

Hospitalist

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Vladana Milisavljevic, MD

Associate Director Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

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Kurlen Payton, MD

Associate Director Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

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Asha R. Puri, MD

Associate Director Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

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