EDUCATION

Undergraduate Degree

  • Rutgers University , 1987 , New Brunswick , NJ

Internship

  • St. Christopher's Hospital for Children , 1992 , Philadelphia , PA

Medical School

  • Jefferson Medical College , 1991 , Philadelphia , PA

Residency

Pediatrics
  • St. Christopher's Hospital for Children , 1994 , Philadelphia , PA

Fellowship

Newborn Medicine
  • Tufts New England Medical Center , 1997 , Boston , MA

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. Every day, when I attend a delivery, I announce to the parents that their baby is beautiful. Although it may sound rehearsed, it is heartfelt, each and every time. I am honored that I get to be a part of such a special time in a family’s life. Sometimes when the unexpected happens, that happy time can be stressful and full of worry. My goal is to provide the baby with the expert neonatal care to allow the premature infant to grow and thrive. We also need to support the family, reducing their stress and ensuring the days, weeks or months in the NICU to be become a special time for the entire family.

PROFESSIONAL HISTORY

Dr. Nancy Weinschenk obtained her medical degree at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and the completed an internship and residency in pediatrics at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia. She moved to Massachusetts to continue her fellowship training in Perinatal / Neonatal Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine and the Floating Hospital for Children. After completing her fellowship, she continued as an assistant professor of pediatrics at Tufts University School of Medicine. There, she was the director of the Level II nursery at Lawrence General Hospital. During her tenure at Tufts, she developed expertise in Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome and community neonatology.

In 2007, Dr. Weinschenk joined Boston Childrens Hospital as a member of the extensive and growing network of community neonatology programs. She continues to have an interest in quality improvement for neonatal abstinence syndrome. Dr. Weinschenk is also the Director of the Level I Nursery System for Boston Childrens Hospital. In this role, she works to provide education to community pediatricians and ensure that excellent care is provided to all newborns delivered in our community hospitals.

CERTIFICATIONS

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

PUBLICATIONS

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  1. Lainwala S, Brown ER, Weinschenk NP, Blackwell MT, Hagadorn JI. A retrospective study of length of hospital stay in infants treated for neonatal abstinence syndrome with methadone versus oral morphine preparations. Adv Neonatal Care. 2005 Oct; 5(5):265-72. View abstract
  2. Weinschenk N, Pelidis M, Fiascone J. Combination thrombolytic and anticoagulant therapy for bilateral renal vein thrombosis in a premature infant. Am J Perinatol. 2001 Aug; 18(5):293-7. View abstract
  3. Weinschenk NP, Farina A, Bianchi DW. Premature infants respond to early-onset and late-onset sepsis with leukocyte activation. J Pediatr. 2000 Sep; 137(3):345-50. View abstract
  4. Weinschenk NP, Farina A, Bianchi DW. Neonatal neutrophil activation is a function of labor length in preterm infants. Pediatr Res. 1998 Dec; 44(6):942-5. View abstract
  5. DeMaria MA, Zheng YL, Zhen D, Weinschenk NM, Vadnais TJ, Bianchi DW. Improved fetal nucleated erythrocyte sorting purity using intracellular antifetal hemoglobin and Hoechst 33342. Cytometry. 1996 Sep 01; 25(1):37-45. View abstract