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NeuroNICU Program

Established in 2013 by the Division of Neonatology, the NeuroNICU program provides expert care, targeted surveillance, neuroprotective interventions, and evidence-based treatment options and support for newborns with serious neurologic problems. A collaboration between the highly ranked level IV NICU and the Child Neurology Division, the NeuroNICU program is the only neonatal neurocritical care program within the state of Indiana.

Our program’s mission is to help each baby reach their best neurodevelopmental potential. We achieve this by providing exceptional, team-based, coordinated care for babies in a supportive, culturally responsive environment while fostering familial partnership. Based at Riley Children’s Hospital at IU Health, the NeuroNICU program provides expert care, targeted surveillance, evidence-based treatment options and support for newborns with serious neurologic problems, including seizures, intracranial hemorrhage, hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy, malformations, and hydrocephalus. Thirty to forty percent of all NICU admissions are followed and treated through the program. 

Conditions evaluated and treated

  • Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy
  • Seizure disorder
  • Intracranial hemorrhage
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Brain malformation
  • Brain infection
  • Neuromuscular conditions


  • Neuroassessment

    Prenatal consultations, postnatal evaluations by team experts including Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Interventional Neuroradiology

  • Neuroprotection

    Whole-body hypothermia therapy, developmentally appropriate environment

  • Neuromonitoring

    Advanced neurophysiology, neuroimaging and laboratory technology

  • Neurointervention

    By Neurosurgery and Interventional Neuroradiology

  • Neurodevelopment

    Early inpatient neurodevelopmental assessment and follow-up, including GMA and HINE, with transition to outpatient neurodevelopmental follow-up through the Early Years Program

Program Team

Co-Director NeuroNICU Program
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Beatrice Stefanescu, MD, MBA, MS

Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics

Beatrice Stefanescu, MD, MBA, MS, is the Assistant Chief of the Neonatal Clinical Programs in the Division of Neonatology, the Medical Director of the Riley Hospital Simon Family Tower Newborn Intensive Care Unit, and the Co-Director of the NeuroNICU Program. Dr. Stefanescu completed medical school at the University of Medicine Timisoara, Romania. She completed her Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine fellowship training at Wake Forest University in North Carolina. She received a Master’s in Public Health Services and Epidemiology from Wake Forest School of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Stefanescu’s academic interests include development of tools that allow the delivery of high-quality neonatal health care, use of quality improvement methodology to improve outcomes, and patient safety.

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Co-Director NeuroNICU Program
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Sarah E. Wing, MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology

Sarah Wing, MD, is a Child/Neonatal Neurologist at IU School of Medicine Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis, IN. She co-directs the NeuroNICU Program together with Dr. Stefanescu. She completed undergraduate studies at Davidson College in Davidson, NC. Dr. Wing received her medical degree from University of Kentucky College of Medicine in Lexington, KY and went on to complete her Child Neurology residency training at Indiana University. Dr. Wing’s academic interests include improving delivery of care to neonates with neurologic injury and seizures, through expanding medical knowledge and quality improvement initiatives.

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NeuroNICU Neurologist

Bittu D. Majmudar-Sheth, MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology

Bittu Majmudar-Sheth, MD, is an Assistant Professor of Pediatric Neurology at Indiana University School of Medicine and Riley Hospital for Children. She completed medical school at the University of Cincinnati School of Medicine, and post-graduate residency training in Pediatric Neurology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis & St. Louis Children's Hospital. She is board-certified in Neurology with Special Qualification in Child Neurology and subspecializes in Neonatal Neurology.

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NeuroNICU Team Lead

Heather Bruckman, DNP-BC, C-NICC

Heather Jane Bruckman is the Team Lead for Riley Hospital's Neuro Critical Care. Dr. Bruckman started her career as a registered nurse at Riley Hospital for Children's Newborn Intensive Care Unit in 1997 and completed her master and doctoral program at University of Indianapolis. She transitioned to an Advanced Practice Provider role where neurology became an absolute passion. Dr. Bruckman has always been a huge patient and family advocate with a particular interest in improving outcomes and safety in the neonatal population.

NeuroNICU Program Coordinator
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Fannie Boyle, BA

Frannie has been the NeuroNICU Program Coordinator since 2018 at Riley Hospital for Children. After graduating from Indiana University in 2013 with a Bachelor’s in Biology, she joined the NICU research team at Riley Hospital working in both clinical and translational research projects. Through her research experience, she became interested in early neurodevelopment and joined the NeuroNICU team. She is academically interested in furthering her medical experience while learning more about the developing brain.

NeuroNICU Data Coordinator
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Kennice Sawyer, BSN, RN

Kennice is a registered nurse and the newest member of the NeuroNICU team. After graduating from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2019, she began her bedside nursing career with Riley Hospital for Children’s Neonatal ICU. After almost four educational and intensive years caring for neonates, Kennice undertook data coordination and nursing curriculum development for the NeuroNICU program. Her academic passions include neurocritical patient and family advocacy and furthering nursing education.