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Neonatal Physicians and Neonatal Nurse Practitioners

Dedicated to healing, supporting you, and your sick little one.

Some newborns need a little extra care. This is why our staff includes several of the region’s most experienced and highly trained neonatal physicians and neonatal nurse practitioners (NNPs).

Our neonatal physicians and NNPs specialize in caring for newborns with various health conditions, such as respiratory distress or low birth weight. They consult with neonatologists to determine the best course of treatment for newborns.

Newborns with health issues may need care immediately, so NNPs must have the ability to think and act quickly. Because they often relay important information to parents, they must be good communicators.

Our NNPs attend all high-risk deliveries and are on campus 24 hours a day. Each of our NNPs is an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN), a registered professional nurse licensed in Georgia who is recognized by the board of nursing as having met the requirements to engage in advanced nursing practice and holds a master’s degree or other graduate degree from an approved nursing education program and national board certification in neonatal intensive care.

Meet Our Neonatologists

Leslie Leigh, MDLeslie D. Leigh, MD
Medical School: University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria
Residency: Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA
Fellowship: Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA

Dan Suskin, MDDan Suskin, MD
Medical School: University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
Internship: MetroHealth Medical Center, Cleveland, OH
Residency: MetroHealth Medical Center, Cleveland, OH
Fellowship: Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA

Riad Ahmad, MDRiad Ahmad, MD
Medical School: Damascus University College of Medicine, Syria
Residency: MetroHealth Medical Center; Children’s Hospital of Damascus University, Syria
Fellowship: University of California Irvine College of Medicine, Orange, CA

Palanisamay Rajasekaran, MDPalanisamy Rajasekaran, MD
Medical School: Madras Medical College, Park Town, Chennai, India
Residency: Cook County Hospital Program, Chicago, IL
Fellowship: University of Maryland, College Park, MD

Meet Our Neonatal Nurse Practitioners

Kelly Browder, NNPKelly Browder, NNP



Thomas CottoThomas Cotto, NNP



Ashley DeBerry, NNPAshley DeBerry, NNP



Joy Ivemeyer, NNPJoy Ivemeyer, NNP



Suzanne Tillman, NNPSuzanne Tillman, NNP



Stephanie Debski, CNNP-BC

Jaclyn Nicole Hall, CNNP-BC

Jon McDowell, PA

Donna F. Parks, CNNP-BC

 Traci Pitts, CNNP-BC




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