Downtown Nashville NICU

Everyone plans for the day that their child will be born, but not everyone plans on the possibility that they may need to use the services of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). While the vast majority of infants are born healthy and without complications, sometimes special care is needed.



Our Level III NICU is a specialty unit for newborns who need additional care in their first days, weeks or months of life, due to prematurity or birth defects.

Neonatologists and neonatal nurse practitioners are in-house 24/7 at The Children's Hospital at TriStar Centennial. An experienced interdisciplinary team works to develop the best treatment plan for each infant.

We also provide transport services that allow access to this specialty care for parents throughout Middle Tennessee through our TriStar family of hospitals.

Cardiologists, endocrinologists, radiologists and others may be involved depending on the child's case.

Our staff, uses state-of-the-art monitoring equipment and diagnostic tools, to ensure that these babies receive the appropriate level of treatment and care and achieve best possible outcomes. We use the latest technologies and a minimal stimulation environment for the developmental care of our most premature babies. Our experienced teams help babies quickly reach a level of maturity and health to allow them to go home with their parents.

For more information, call TriStar MedLine® at (615) 342-1919.

Our team includes:

  • Specialty-trained nurses
  • Respiratory therapists
  • Speech therapists
  • Physical therapists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Massage therapists
  • Lactation consultants
  • Social workers
  • Case managers

Meet Our NICU Team

We have eight neonatologists on staff to provide 'round-the-clock, specialized care for your baby.

  • Sami Ismail, M.D. - Medical Director of NICU
  • Susan Campbell, M.D.
  • Ashraf Hamdan, M.D
  • Sarah Hassell, M.D.
  • Hadeer Karmo, M.D.
  • Lara McKee, M.D.
  • Eric Scott Palmer, M.D.
  • Jenny Ravenscroft, M.D.

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