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Patricia Spitale, MD

Patricia Spitale, MD

Neonatology

On staff since April 2013

Academic Title: Clinical Associate Professor

"I am constantly impressed that we have the opportunity to change the lives of the young babies and their families for the better. My passion is to build teams in Community Hospitals to improve the over all care of the fragile neonate,by introducing "best practices" ensuring quality outcomes,and providing the families the opportunity to remain withing their comunity. I am lucky to work with some of the best people in the area and together we will make sure that the tiniest most fragile of our patients are given the best care possible."

As medical director for the Fransican Health Care System's NICUs and Special Care Nurseries, Dr. Spitale oversees neonatal care at five medical centers and hospitals in the south Puget Sound. This partnership between Seattle Children's Hospital and the Franciscan Health Care System has made it possible for the vast majority of fragile newborns to stay within their community, close to their family and friends, while receiving the very best care. Dr. Spitale has particular interest in neurodevelopment outcomes of the preterm baby, pulmonary physiology of the preterm and late preterm infant, and quality outcomes of community-based Level III NICUs.

Overview

Board Certification(s)

Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

Medical/Professional School

Universidad Centro de Estudios Tecnologicos, Altos de Arroyo Hondo
SUNY School of Medicine - Buffalo, Buffalo

Residency

Pediatrics, Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune

Fellowship

Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, SUNY - Children's Hospital of Buffalo, Buffalo