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    Neonatology Team

    California Pacific’s Neonatology Team is specially trained in the care of small and sick babies. Our Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) provides round-the-clock care by physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses and other professionals. All of these specialists are committed to providing you and your baby with personalized, expert care. We encourage you to fully understand what is happening to your baby in the NICU and invite any questions.

    Our neonatologists are physicians who have completed specialty training in the care of newborn infants with special needs. The neonatologists listed below will supervise the care of your infant while in California Pacific’s NICU.

    Steven Goldman, M.D.
    Dr. Goldman serves as Chief of California Pacific’s Division of Newborn Services and is an Associate Clinical Professor at UCSF’s Department of Pediatrics. He received his M.D. from George Washington University and trained at Children’s Hospital National Medical Center (Washington, D.C.), UCSF, Massachusetts General Hospital and Children’s Hospital (San Francisco). Dr. Goldman is board certified in neonatal-perinatal medicine. He has a special interest in neonatal respiratory issues.

    Ghizala Kaleem, M.D.
    Dr. Kaleem received her neonatology and pediatric training at California Pacific Medical Center. She obtained her M.D. from Fatima Jinnah Medical College in Pakistan. Dr. Kaleem is board certified in neonatal-perinatal medicine and her interests include jaundice and pulmonary hypertension.




    David Lee, M.D.
    Dr. Lee is Medical Director for California Pacific’s Newborn Connections. He has been with California Pacific’s Neonatology Team since 1989. He also serves as the Medical Director of Nurseries at Mills-Peninsula Hospital. Dr. Lee trained at Kaiser Medical Center in Oakland and California Pacific Medical Center, after receiving his M.D. from UC San Diego School of Medicine. Dr. Lee is board certified in pediatrics and neonatal-perinatal medicine. His current interests include neonatal transfusion medicine and all aspects of breastfeeding.

    Kathleen Lewis, M.D.
    Dr. Lewis is Clinical Director of Nurseries at California Pacific Medical Center. She has been with the Neonatology Team for more than 25 years, since the completion of her medical training at California Pacific. Dr. Lewis received her M.D. from University of Nebraska Medical Center and is board certified in neonatal-perinatal medicine. In addition to her position at California Pacific, Dr. Lewis is Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at UCSF. Her major area of interest is extreme prematurity.

    Chris Retajczyk, M.D.
    Dr. Retajczyk is Director of the Neonatal Hospitalist Program and the Neonatal and Pediatric Transport Service. He is involved in research areas including illness severity scores, multiple gestation outcomes and hospitalist systems. He received his pediatric and neonatology training at UCSF and his doctorate from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. He is board certified in neonatal-perinatal medicine.

    Terri Slagle, M.D.
    Dr. Slagle is Director of California Pacific’s Neonatal Outreach Program, a service that coordinates the transfer of babies in need of special care from other Bay Area hospitals to California Pacific. She also serves as the administrator for the neonatology database system. Dr. Slagle received her medical training at SUNY-Syracuse and M.D. from Medical College of Wisconsin. She is board certified in neonatal-perinatal medicine. Her current interests are in nutrition and in safety and quality of care issues.

    Dongli Song, M.D., Ph.D.
    Dr. Song received her doctoral training in Beijing and Toronto. She completed her pediatrics training at New York University and her fellowship in neonatology at UCSF. Her research has focused on molecular mechanisms of brain development. Dr. Song is board certified in pediatrics and in neonatal-perinatal medicine. She is fluent in Mandarin.


    Neonatal Nurse Practitioners

    Neonatal nurse practitioners are nurses who have completed advanced and specialized training in the field of neonatal nursing and patient management. They work in conjunction with the neonatologists to direct and manage the care of newborns admitted to the Newborn Intensive Care Unit.

    Nancy Kirkpatric, Nurse Practitioner
    Nancy serves as a neonatal nurse practitioner at California Pacific and has more than 20 years experience in perinatal nursing. She received her RN from Michigan State University and completed advanced training at UCSF, where she received her Masters in Nursing and Post-Masters certificate in perinatal clinical nursing and pediatric nursing, respectively. Nancy has held positions at UCSF, Johns Hopkins, Children’s Hospital in San Diego and University of Washington.

    Anne Parker, Nurse Practitioner
    Anne has been in neonatal nursing for almost 20 years. She received her Bachelors in Nursing from the University of San Francisco and her Masters in Nursing as a perinatal clinical nurse specialist from UCSF. She also completed Post-Masters neonatal nurse practitioner’s training from UCSF. Anne is active in the Neonatal /Pediatric Transport Team and is a clinical instructor at USF’s and UCSF’s schools of nursing and medicine.


    Linda Weaver, Nurse Practitioner
    Linda received her RN and nurse practitioner training at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Soon after, she moved to the Bay Area for graduate study at UCSF, where she received her Masters degree in high-risk perinatal nursing. Linda has cared for babies at Mt. Zion and Stanford, in addition to her 16-year tenure at California Pacific Medical Center. Her special interests include art, music and collecting antique medical supplies.

    Among the other team members who comprise the Neonatal Team include:

    • Registered nurses

    • Respiratory therapists

    • Social Workers

    • Pharmacists

    • Registered dietitians


    Newborn Intensive Care Unit
    California Pacific Medical Center
    3700 California Street, 2nd floor
    San Francisco, Calif. 94118
    (415) 600-6211