EDUCATION

Undergraduate Degree

  • Cornell University , 2003 , Ithaca , NY

Medical School

  • St. George's University School of Medicine , 2008 , Grenada , BW

Internship

  • Goryeb Children's Hospital in New Jersey , 2009 , Morristown , NJ

Residency

  • Goryeb Children's Hospital in New Jersey , 2011 , Morristown , NJ

Fellowship

Clinical Medical Ethics; Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
  • University of Chicago , 2013 , Chicago , IL

Fellowship

Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
  • University of Chicago , 2014 , Chicago , IL

Philosophy of Care

In the Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH) Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) our philosophy is to ensure that every patient receives the best care for the best possible outcomes. We consider our “patient” to be the baby and the family; we are constantly striving to serve the needs of both. This requires a team based approach with all members being essential.

PROFESSIONAL HISTORY

Dr. Arzuaga is a physician-scientist with expertise in neonatology and bioethics. Prior to moving to the Boston area, she completed a dual fellowship in neonatal-perinatal medicine and clinical ethics at the University of Chicago. She primarily cares for critically-ill infants in the neonatal intensive care unit at South Shore Hospital. Her other responsibilities include leading the Perinatal Complex Care Program at South Shore Hospital and she serves as the Course Director for Medical Student Electives and Observer Education in Newborn Medicine at Boston Children's Hospital. Her academic pursuits include exploration of medical decision-making at the beginning and end of life, variations in local standards of care, as well as the important interplay of culture and patient values with those of medical staff in decision-making processes.

CERTIFICATIONS

  • American Board of Pediatrics, General Pediatrics
  • American Board of Pediatrics, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

PUBLICATIONS

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  1. Arzuaga BH, Cummings CL. Deliveries at extreme prematurity: outcomes, approaches, institutional variation, and uncertainty. Curr Opin Pediatr. 2019 Apr; 31(2):182-187. View abstract
  2. Arzuaga BH, Petty C, Janvier A. The therapeutic space and doctor-parent relationship in paediatrics: trainees' experiences and perspectives. Acta Paediatr. 2019 Jun; 108(6):1067-1073. View abstract
  3. Arzuaga BH, Wraight CL, Cummings CL, Mao W, Miedema D, Brodsky DD. Do-Not-Resuscitate Orders in the Neonatal ICU: Experiences and Beliefs Among Staff. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2018 07; 19(7):635-642. View abstract
  4. Boulais J, Vente T, Daley M, Ramesh S, McGuirl J, Arzuaga B. Concern for mortality in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU): parent and physician perspectives. J Perinatol. 2018 06; 38(6):718-727. View abstract
  5. Arzuaga BH. Beyond the avoidance of waste: the ethical imperative to focus on value in the NICU. J Perinatol. 2017 06; 37(6):622-623. View abstract
  6. Arzuaga BH. "Development of a Clinical Ethics Committee De Novo at a Small Community Hospital by Addressing Needs and Potential Barriers. J Clin Ethics. 2017; 28(2):153-158. View abstract
  7. Arzuaga BH, Cummings CL. Practices and education surrounding anticipated periviable deliveries among neonatal-perinatal medicine and maternal-fetal medicine fellowship programs. J Perinatol. 2016 09; 36(9):699-703. View abstract
  8. Arzuaga B, Adam H, Ahmad M, Padela A. Attitudes towards the resuscitation of periviable infants: a national survey of American Muslim physicians. Acta Paediatr. 2016 Mar; 105(3):260-7. View abstract
  9. Arzuaga BH. Clinical challenges in parental expression of hope and miracles. Pediatrics. 2015 Jun; 135(6):e1374-6. View abstract
  10. Arzuaga BH, Caldarelli L. Paediatric trainees and end-of-life care: a needs assessment for a formal educational intervention. Perspect Med Educ. 2015 Feb; 4(1):25-32. View abstract
  11. Arzuaga BH, Meadow W. National variability in neonatal resuscitation practices at the limit of viability. Am J Perinatol. 2014 Jun; 31(6):521-8. View abstract
  12. Arzuaga BH, Groner A. Utilization of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation in congenital hypertrophic cardiomyopathy caused by maternal diabetes. J Neonatal Perinatal Med. 2013 Jan 01; 6(4):345-8. View abstract
  13. Arzuaga BH, Lee BH. Limits of human viability in the United States: a medicolegal review. Pediatrics. 2011 Dec; 128(6):1047-52. View abstract
  14. McGuirl J, Arzuaga B, Lee BH. Antenatal calcium channel blocker exposure and subsequent patent ductus arteriosus in extremely low-birth-weight infants. Pediatr Cardiol. 2012 Jan; 33(1):60-4. View abstract