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Dr. Beau Batton is the Chief of the Neonatology Division of Pediatrics at SIU School of Medicine, and the Director of Newborn Services at HSHS St. John's Children's Hospital. Dr. Batton earned his medical degree at Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University, in Maywood, Illinois. He went on to do an internship and his residency at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan, and his fellowship in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio. He joined SIU School of Medicine in 2008 and continues to serve as an associate professor in addition to his clinical obligations, and has contributed to Neonatology's four Teaching Service of the Year awards (2009, 2011, 2013, 2016). Dr. Batton's publications include works on blood pressure management and neurodevelopment in extremely preterm infants, in utero anti-depressant exposure and neurodevelopment in preterm infants, and perspectives of physician parents in the neonatal ICU. In his off hours, Dr. Batton is the current chair of the Illinois Department Public Health Perinatal Advisory Committee, a member of the International Neonatal Consortium Hemodynamic Adaptations Workgroup, and is very involved in the March of Dimes Perinatal Collaborative Leadership Council, and Ronald McDonald House Charities.

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Patient Care

The Division of Neonatology at SIU School of Medicine and the staff of the HSHS St. John's Children's Hospital Neonatal ICU have been offering oustanding care for premature and critically ill infants for over 75 years. They are committed to treating this incredibly vulnerable population and their families with a compassionate, evidence-based approach.


The Division of Neonatology at SIU School of Medicine is devoted to teaching excellence. The pediatric residents are educated in neonatal-perinatal medicine through varied methods which include:

  • Bedside Patient Management and Teaching Rounds (10 – 11:30 AM)
  • Patient care discussions with the attending neonatologist and/or neonatal nurse practitioner throughout the day and during on call hours
  • Performance of patient assessments and/or procedures under the supervision of the neonatologist or neonatal nurse practitioner.
  • Attendance at deliveries in the Perinatal Center under the supervision of the attending neonatologist or neonatal nurse practitioner.
  • The Pediatric Core Lecture Series in Neonatology and didactic lectures in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
  • Self-education

Pediatric residents acquire increasing basic knowledge, patient management acumen, and procedural expertise as they advance through the program.  Infants with a higher acuity of care are managed sequentially as the years of experience advance during the pediatric residency.

Clinical and Research Interests

The faculty of the division of Neonatology are well-versed in a variety of topics in neonatal-perinatal medicine. They have specific interest in quality improvement, neonatal abstinence syndrome, timely discharge, acquired infection rate reduction, bronchopulmonary dysplasia, infants of diabetic mothers, and  neonatal hypertension among other areas of interest.