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In this 2018 photo, Famuyide is shown at the state’s only Level IV NICU.
In this 2018 photo, Famuyide is shown at the state’s only Level IV NICU.
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Our Providers: Dr. Mobolaji Famuyide new chief of Division of Newborn Medicine

Published on Wednesday, July 8, 2020

By: Annie Oeth, aoeth@umc.edu

When the 88 private neonatal intensive care rooms in Children’s of Mississippi’s expansion open this fall, Dr. Mobolaji Famuyide will be several months into her new role as chief of UMMC’s Division of Newborn Medicine.

Famuyide, professor of pediatrics, bioethics and medical humanities, was medical director of the NICU at Wiser Hospital for Women and Infants. She succeeds Dr. Renate Savich, who is retiring this summer.

“The thought of stepping in the shoes of respected leaders who have headed this division, introduced seminal improvements to our newborn services and positively impacted neonatal care and outcomes in the state is intimidating but a very strong foundation to build on,” Famuyide said.

Dr. Mary Taylor, Suzan B. Thames Chair, professor and chair of the Department of Pediatrics, said Famuyide’s leadership has been outstanding in her previous role as medical director of UMMC’s neonatal intensive care unit, the only Level IV NICU in the state.

“She has been a shining example of a well-rounded academic physician,” Taylor said. “She is an excellent clinician, a respected educator, and an accomplished researcher.”

The expansion’s private NICU rooms will provide the best possible start for the state’s smallest and most critically ill babies, Famuyide said.

“With this new tower, we will be able to provide more developmental support, engage parents more in the care of their babies, provide a conducive environment for pumping and breastfeeding, and reduce the length of stay in the hospital.”