NEWS | March 27, 2014

Mark Underwood appointed new division head of neonatology


Effective April 1, Mark Underwood will be the new division head of neonatology.

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Mark Underwood.

Underwood’s appointment was made after an extensive national search that focused on identifying a leader with superb clinical, educational and academic skills.  

“Mark brings all three to the position, and is well known for his thoughtful clinical approach, enthusiastic commitment to education, and innovative research on the microbiome and neonatal intestinal development,” said Robin Steinhorn, professor and chair of the Department of Pediatrics.

Underwood started at UC Davis as a neonatology fellow in 2003, became an assistant professor in 2006 and has been an associate professor of clinical pediatrics at UC Davis Children’s Hospital since 2012. His research interests include necrotizing enterocolitis, development of intestinal innate immunity and clinical trials of probiotics and prebiotics in pre-term infants.

His vision is to build upon the strengths of the division including excellence in clinical care and teaching plus research in three key areas: neonatal nutrition, pulmonary hypertension, and protecting the neonatal brain.

View video Q&A with Dr. Underwood

“UC Davis has positioned itself to become a leader in the care of sick and premature infants. I’m so pleased to be a part of this wonderful team,” said Underwood.

UC Davis Children's Hospital is the Sacramento region's only nationally ranked, comprehensive hospital for children, serving infants, children, adolescents and young adults with primary, subspecialty and critical care. It includes the Central Valley's only pediatric emergency department and Level I pediatric trauma center, which offers the highest level of care for critically ill children. The 129-bed children's hospital includes the state-of-the-art 49-bed neonatal and 24-bed pediatric intensive care and pediatric cardiac intensive care units. With more than 120 physicians in 33 subspecialties, UC Davis Children's Hospital has more than 74,000 clinic and hospital visits and 13,000 emergency department visits each year. For more information, visit