In Their Own Words

Dr. Steven CzinnAt the University of Maryland Children’s Hospital (UMCH), it is our privilege to care for children with critical illnesses and complex, chronic conditions. We are recognized in Baltimore and throughout the region for state-of-the-art medicine, research and innovation in patient care. What distinguishes us is our ability to integrate clinical excellence with compassionate, family-centered care and a broad range of support services. With the leadership of our exceptional physicians and our multidisciplinary care teams, we continue to improve the health of countless children across the region, nation, and world.

Our ability to care for patients in a world-class setting is made possible by the generous philanthropic support and partnership of our donors and friends. Gifts to the NICU Campaign have a transformative and lasting impact on our patients, families and caregivers and ensure that our youngest patients grow and thrive.

On behalf of my colleagues and the patients and families we serve, thank you for your generous support.

Steven J. Czinn, MD,
Physician-in-Chief, University of Maryland Children’s Hospital
Professor and Chair, Department of Pediatrics, University of Maryland School of Medicine


Chip Doestch“My involvement with the NICU Campaign stems from the fact that there are few other places within healthcare where you can have such a meaningful impact on the hopes and dreams of families during the magnitude of the birth of a child.”

~George "Chip" Doetsch, III
Chair, UMCH Board of Visitors

Dr. Dina El Metwally“The world of science is about innovation and cutting-edge technologies. The world of business is about quality assurance and customer satisfaction. The world of philanthropy is about love of humanity and nourishment. Our NICU at the University of Maryland Children’s Hospital combines all of these worlds and more.”

~Dr. Dina El Metwally
Medical Director, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Assistant Professor, Division of Neonatology-Department of Pediatrics
University of Maryland School of Medicine

Dr. Cynthia Bearer


“Supporting families is one of our main goals.”

~Cynthia Bearer, MD, PhD, FAAP
Mary Gray Cobey Professor of Neonatology
Chief, Division of Neonatology
Department of Pediatrics
University of Maryland School of Medicine 


Koser FamilyA Light at the End of the Tunnel

One family shares their experience in the newly opened Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

The arrival of a new baby is an exciting time for any parent. But when a complication arises, those excited jitters can quickly change to worry and even distress. James Koser found himself in this tense situation after a sonogram revealed irregularities in his wife’s pregnancy.

Read more about the Koser Family.



NICU ribbon cutting and dedication

UMCH Unveils New NICU

The Drs. Rouben and Violet Jiji Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

The new unit, triple the size of the previous NICU, will meet the rapidly rising need for specialty care and innovative research to benefit our smallest and most fragile patients.

Read more about our new NICU.



Mr. and Mrs. Hoffman

Living Legacies

Beloved friends make couple's philanthropic dreams come true

"The Jijis would be so proud to know their name is forever associated with this incredible NICU.  This is going to be something that other NICUs across the country will want to model."
~Stacy Hoffman

Read more about how the NICU became The Drs. Rouben and Violet Jiji Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.




Herbert Family

The Herbert Family

Gage and Jayden Herbert were born at the University of Maryland Medical Center at 24 weeks. Due to their extreme prematurity, they needed round-the-clock care in the NICU for several months. Both Gage and Jayden are now thriving thanks to the care they received.

Learn more about the Herbert's story by watching this video.




Meet Dheeraj

A NICU success story

Dheeraj spent the first six weeks of his life in the NICU at UMCH after doctors realized that he had suffered a brain stroke.

Read Dheeraj's full story here.