Women’s & Children’s Hospital recently welcomed two new physicians to its Neonatal Intensive Care Unit team.
Dr. Amy Zeringue and Dr. Kristine Chimento, both neonatologists with Pediatrix Medical Group of Louisiana, are trained specifically to treat the most complex and high-risk newborn patients affected by premature birth, illness, injury or birth defect in Acadiana’s only Level III Regional NICU.
“As neonatologists, we specialize in taking care of babies who need extra help transitioning into this world, whether it’s due to being born early, birth defects or infection,” Dr. Zeringue said. “We medically treat and coordinate care of critically ill newborns as well as educate and support parents during this stressful time.”
“The many complicated illnesses which affect both premature and full-term infants require specialized training to treat,” Dr. Chimento said. “I chose to become a neonatologist because I have a passion for treating these newborn illnesses while helping parents through this difficult time.”
Dr. Zeringue graduated summa cum laude in 2003 with a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience from Centenary College of Louisiana at Shreveport before acquiring a medical degree from LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. She completed an internship and residency with the LSU Health Sciences Center Pediatric Residency Program and a neonatal-perinatal clinical fellowship with the university before joining the Pediatrix Medical Group of Louisiana. She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Dr. Chimento received the University Medal at LSU in Baton Rouge, where in 2003 she earned a bachelor’s degree in biology with a minor in chemistry. After acquiring a medical degree in 2007 from LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, Dr. Chimento went on to complete an internship and residency in pediatrics followed by a fellowship in neonatology before joining the Pediatrix Medical Group of Louisiana. She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics.